Student Support Services provides comprehensive supports to families, schools and others to improve educational outcomes for all students. Using a result-based approach, the division meets its general supervision requirements through programs that support quality instruction, provide continuing education for parents and professionals, ensure fiscal accountability, and support compliance with all state and federal requirements. 

 A brief description of our programs can be found here.  Additional information can be found through the links below.

Contact us at:

General Office Information                                                        Melissa Niemi,  444-0037

Meetings and Events                                                                 Kelley Brown,   444-5661

Contracts and Payments                                                           Marlene Wallis, 444-2504


School Improvement Supports

Unit Manager                                                           Dale Kimmet, 444-0742

Post-Secondary Transition, IDEA Compliance       Marla Swanby, 444-0044

Teacher Induction, IDEA Compliance                     Ruth Miller, 444-1579

School Improvement Specialist                               Julie Murgel, 444-7432

School Improvement Specialist                               Yvonne Field, 444-4940


ASPIRE Grant Specialist                                       Deb Cockrell-Gilsoul, 444-3124

ASPIRE Grant Specialist                                      Marilyn Weber, 444-0466

Early Assistance Program and Dispute Resolution  Mandi Gibbs, 444-5664

Continuing Education and Technical Assistance

Unit Manager                                                                           Jenifer Cline, 444-4426

Montana Autism Education Program                                       Doug Doty, 459-5303

Early Childhood Education                                                      Danni McCarthy, 444-0452

Continuing Education, Stipend Programs                               Annette Young, 444-0299

School Mental Health Specialist                                             VACANT                                           

Data Systems and Reporting

IDEA Part B Data Manager                                                    Anne Rainey, 444-4430

AIM Special Education Data System                                      Mary Graff, 444-0685


State Special Education Director                                            Frank Podobnik, 444-4428

Assistant Director, Fiscal Management                                  Dick Trerise, 444-4429