Meet the State Staff

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Travis Anderson

Travis Anderson

Director

Contact Info: p: (406) 449-9139 | tanderson@montana.edu

Oversight: Personnel, administrative support.

BIO: I grew up in North Dakota and began my teaching career as a middle school science teacher. Prior to joining Montana GEAR UP, I served as a superintendent, high school principal, and curriculum director.  As a first generation college graduate, I am very proud of accomplishing my post-secondary goals, as well as, using that experience to help others achieve success.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, running and completing various races, and rooting for the MSU Bobcats & Green Bay Packers.

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

School Grant Manager

Contact Info: p: (406) 449-9144 | kwilson@montana.edu

Oversight: School implementation plans, budgets, amendments, services.

BIO: Karen Wilson is a first generation graduate of Montana State University. Most of her career, Karen has served the needs of students kindergarten through college. She’s been with the State GEAR UP Team since October 2018. In her off time, she enjoys playing pinochle and creating art.
Maureen Madden

Maureen Madden

College Access Program Manager

Contact Info: p: (406) 449-9142 | mmadden@montana.edu

Oversight: College Access Arc of Events

BIO: Maureen Madden is the College Access Program Manager for GEAR UP, seeking to assist students returning to school at the post-secondary level. Maureen has a BA in English Writing from CU-Denver. She has several years of teaching experience within the Helena School District working with ages K-8 as well as experience working with college aged students at Carroll College. Maureen is passionate about helping students realize and achieve their potentials.
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John Kilgour

Program Manager

Contact Info: p: (406) 449-9140 | jkilgour@montana.edu

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Communications & Operations Manager

Contact Info: p: (406) 389-7092 | 

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Data Analysis & Assessment Manager

Contact Info: p: (406) 449-9174 |