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Senators - Staff Senate - Montana Tech

Staff Senate


Denise HermanDenise Herman, Secretary

Denise Herman has worked in the Data Preservation program at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) at since 2013. The MBMG, part of the Montana Tech community, serves as the state geological survey. In her role as a Research Assistant, she helps digitize the collection of mining related documents, makes those publicly available, and assists with information requests. The program has employed many students, and Denise has had the opportunity to work with and learn from them. As a staff senator, she hopes to help build a stronger sense of community among staff members by identifying the many tasks we perform, improving recognition for our achievements, and learning ways we can support one another.

Marcia Lubick
Marcia Lubick - Secretary

Marcia Lubick earned her BS in Business & Information Technology, graduating with honors from Montana Tech in December 2002 while working 40 hours a week at the Montana Tech Library

She loves her job and enjoys helping students, faculty and staff with whatever they need from the library.  From experience, Marcia understands that juggling what’s important in our lives including family, academics and work can be stressful which makes it so very important to make customer experiences in the Library positive and productive.   Marcia tries to go the extra mile every day to help our students. 

Service to the community is also important to Marcia and she enjoys working with the other Staff Senate members to make this campus an even better place to work.

Debbie Luft, admissions representativeDebbie Luft

Debbie has been working at Montana Tech since May of 2005 after earning her second Bachelor’s degree from Montana Tech in Biological Sciences. For the first three years she worked as a full time research assistant for Tech professors Don and Andrea Stierle performing many of the bioassays for the lab as well as maintaining the lab’s numerous microbial cultures. Then in May of 2008 she began working as an academic recruiter for Montana Tech. During that time, she has worked with all groups of students, but most recently she works with transfer students to assist them in their admissions process and works other college campuses to create new transfer articulation agreements and pathways. As a Staff Senator she hopes to help the campus realize the important role staff plays in creating a positive student experience and the students’ overall perceptions about Montana Tech. As a Staff Senator she also looks forward to finding ways to help make sure the staff feels appreciated for their efforts and welcomes input from any staff members. staff members.

Peggy McCoy
Peggy McCoy, Treasurer

Peggy McCoy graduated from Montana Tech in 1999 with a bachelor degree in Society and Technology/Communications. She began working at Montana Tech in 2002 as an Enrollment Representative recruiting high school students in Montana and across the Northwest United States. In 2004, she accepted the position of Director of Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Montana Tech Alumni Association (MTAA). As Director she works closely with the MTAA, college departments and the Montana Tech Foundation to continue the affinity Montana Tech graduates have to their alma mater. Peggy is grateful for the opportunity to get to know students throughout their college career and continue to watch them grow in their professional careers.

KinsleyKinsley Rafish, Vice President

Kinsley Rafish has worked in Enrollment Services for the past two years and recently accepted a new position in the Institute for Educational Opportunities (IEO) as the Public Education Coordinator. Kinsley is an outgoing individual who enjoys working with faculty, staff and students. She joined Staff Senate in 2019 and as an active member hopes to bring new ideas to the table, build a sense of community, and provide a positive and productive working environment. Kinsley enjoys working at MT Tech and is excited to see what the future holds.

Sean RyanSean Ryan

Sean Ryan is a two-time graduate of Montana Tech earning a BS in Professional & Technical Communication in 2016 and receiving his MS in Technical Communication in 2019. Entering his second season as the Oredigger Men’s & Women’s Golf Coach, Sean also works on campus in the Montana Tech Athletic Department as the Assistant HPER Director/Pool & Recreation Manager. He is in charge of season ticketing for Montana Tech sporting events and assists with the Digger Athletic Association’s fundraising events. Sean loves the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of his job and the ability to build relationships with students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and the community.

Tristan Sewell
Tristan Sewell

Tristan Sewell began working at MT Tech in 2014. In her current role as Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Tristan assists parents and students in navigating the financial aid process. She is always willing to help and has a smile on her face. Tristan joined Staff Senate in 2019 and is excited to be an active member. She looks forward to working closely with staff and creating a positive work culture.

Trisha SouthergillTrisha Southergill

Trisha Southergill has worked in the Research Office and Graduate School as the Grant Support and E-Thesis Manager since August 2014. In this role, Trisha assists faculty apply for external grant funding and graduate students complete his/her graduate product degree requirements. She is a certified research administrator (CRA) and holds an undergraduate degree from Converse College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina. Trisha joined Staff Senate in 2020 and looks forward to work on being a friendly face for all staff at Montana Tech.

Kathy Stevens
Kathy Stevens

Kathy Stevens started working full-time as Distance Learning Coordinator at Montana Tech in September 2008. This newly created position provided an additional way to support distance learning here at Montana Tech. Kathy can be seen running around the campus providing support for technology in the classroom, making video connections, setting up web conferencing and recording capabilities, and helping with anything in the online environment. Along with improving distance learning and teaching, Kathy has a passion to help Montana Tech achieve its high standards for quality education and accessibility for all.

Angela Stillwagon
Angela Stillwagon

Angela Stillwagon has worked on campus since 2007. She enjoys working directly with students and is energized by the college campus atmosphere. Appreciating everything Montana Tech offers, she hopes to help other staff maintain positivity, help build employee morale, and serve as a friendly person for staff to contact with ideas or concerns.

Kramer UngarettiKramer Ungaretti

Kramer Ungaretti began working at Montana Tech in 2017. In his current position, Kramer primarily reconciles Montana Tech’s bank statements and works with students that have questions about their bills. Kramer really enjoys working on this campus and the people he gets to interact with. He is excited to join staff senate so he can help make a difference on campus.

Casey Vanatta
Casey Vanatta, President

Casey Vanatta has been working at Montana Tech in the Campus Technology Services, Information Services Department since October of 2004. Campus Technology Services is comprised of three separate departments, Information Services, Network Services and Telephone Services. Information Services is responsible for maintaining & managing several systems, including Banner, Nolij, CAS, MyMtech and Moodle. She serves as Supervisor to Montana Tech’s Campus Technology Services Help Desk. Casey enjoys her job at Montana Tech and those she gets to work with on a daily basis. As a staff senator, she is hoping to see working relationships grow and to help provide an outlet for others to voice their concerns, opinions and/or overall appreciation of each other.