Sharyl Allen headshot

Sharyl Allen is serving as Deputy Superintendent.

Sharyl is a native Montanan raised in an entrepreneurial environment with ranching as the backbone of her family. Community involvement and pride were firmly instilled by parents who valued work ethic, family, music, and God. Western Montana College provided an exceptional foundation to become an effective teacher. Her MBA was completed at Northern Arizona University, where she also completed post-master’s work in Educational Leadership. Georgetown University’s Urban Educational Leadership certificate was completed in 2015. With 38-years in public education, she has been with the OPI for just over a year first as the Transformational Learning and Montana Advanced Opportunities program manager, and since April 2020 as the Deputy Superintendent.

Contact Sharyl, 406-444-5658.

Sarah Swanson headshot

Sarah Swanson is serving as Chief of Staff.

Contact Sarah, 406-444-3160.


Jessica Flint headshotJessica Flint is serving as the Communication Program Specialist.

As a 4th generation Montanan, Jessica comes from a proud family of educators. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Montana, where she met her husband Aaron, a currently serving combat veteran. She has experience in a broad range of industries, stewarding projects for several private and public entities, including four different members of Montana’s congressional delegation. Jessica endeavors to serve all Montanans in all she does, including serving on the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation Board and as a board member for the MetraPark in Yellowstone County.

Contact Jessica, 406-438-3400.


Patrick Beddow headshotPatrick H. Beddow Sr.
Superintendent's Land Board Advisor

Patrick is a consultant minerals landman from Billings and has been involved with oil, gas, hard minerals, coal and land-title related issues for over 38 years. Using his decades of industry expertise, he advises Superintendent Arntzen in her capacity as Vice-Chair of the Montana Board of Land Commissioners.


Contact Patrick, 406-855-8838


Qwinn Weisner headshotQwinn Weisner is serving as the Executive Administrative Clerk.

Contact Qwinn, 406-444-5643.