Robert Stutz

 Rob Stutz

Deputy Superintendent
Chief Legal Counsel

Work-Related Duties:

  1. Manages the legal division
  2. Counsels the agency on legal matters
  3. Responds to public inquiries of a legal nature

Rob comes to OPI with legal experience in state and federal government, in private practice, and with a non-profit. His background includes 10+ years in education law, including as legal counsel for the Montana Board of Public Education, at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters, and with the Montana School Boards Association.

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 Christy Mock-Stutz

Assistant Superintendent

Work-Related Duties:

  1. Coordinates instructional initiatives and projects
  2. Aligns and monitors the Superintendent's priority instructional programs
  3. Oversees agency legislative deadlines

Christy returns to the OPI with 20+ years experience in public education. She has worked as a teacher, instructional coach, and adjunct professor in a variety of school types ranging from smaller rural schools to large urban school districts. Her work experience includes overseeing state-wide educational programs, teaching pre-service teachers at the college level, and providing professional development. In addition, she has spent time advising national organizations, such as the Smithsonian and National Endowment for the Arts, on supporting instruction in rural schools. Outside of work, Christy enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and taking photographs.

Brian O'Leary

 Brian O'Leary

Communications Director

Work-Related Duties:

  1. Writes Press Releases
  2. Liaising with members of the press
  3. Communicating OPI's message to Montana schools

Brian is in charge of writing press releases, liaising with members of the press, and communicating OPI's message to our schools. Brian grew up in Butte and Helena. He and his wife live in Helena and are excited to have  had their first child arrive this summer.


Daniell Redden

Executive Assistant

Work-Related Duties:

  1. Assisting the State Superintendent
  2. Executive Tasks
  3. Organization

Daniell is an Executive Assistant for Superintendent Arntzen. She comes to OPI with over 20 years’ experience in the Executive space. Previously she worked as a Relationship Manger, managing vender relationships. She also has experience in Business Operations and Project Management.

Maie Lee Jones

 Maie Lee Jones

Project Manager

Work-Related Duties:

  1. Creating marketing materials
  2. Scheduling meetings with teams and stakeholders
  3. Assisting in tracking legislation for the 68th legislative session

Maie is Cuban-Jamaican-American. She always challenges herself with her positive demeanor. Maie has a BSW, MSc, PhDBA, and several years of experience working alongside C-level executives in the fields of Social Work, Travel & Tourism, Finance, and Government. She is driven by her self-discipline, motivation, confidence, and creativity. Maie grew up in a polyglot household, so she became fluent in English, French, and Italian to bridge cultural gaps. Her husband is also a polyglot, and they both teach their children. Maie spends her free time with her family, exploring new places, socializing with friends, working as a food entrepreneur, and reading her favorite books.

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Katherine Bloodgood

Legislative Liaison

Work-Related Duties:

  1. Work with legislative committees, legislators, and government offices. Track education-related legislative bills and committee hearings.
  2. Interface with boards and committees and coordinate legislative events.
  3. Assist with special projects throughout the agency.

Katie’s family is from DeSmet South Dakota, but she was raised on the east coast. She graduated from Boston University with a double major in Political Science and History. She has lived and worked in multiple states and has a background in Education, Budget, Tax, and Healthcare policy.


Kiera Moog

Family Engagement Specialist

Work-Related Duties:

  1. Work with the Military and Family Support (MIC3 and Purple Up) programs.
  2. Assist in organizing and preparing documentation for Negotiated Rulemaking Committees.
  3. Assist the Assistant Superintendent in updating and maintaining Legislative work plan.

Kiera is the Family Engagement Specialist and will be working collaboratively with the Assistant Superintendent to ensure that the Superintendent’s objectives and goals are being addressed and achieved. She will be coordinating with vendors, event planners, and other stakeholders to fulfill the Superintendent’s expectations.

Kiera is married with 3 children living on the Hi-Line in rural Montana. She is very passionate about education in Montana and has enjoyed being a substitute teacher the last 3 years.

Patrick Beddow

 Patrick H. Beddow Sr.

Land Board Advisor

Work-Related Duties:

  1. Attends meetings related to the Land Board.
  2. Advises Superintendent Arntzen on land issues for her role on the Land Board.
  3. Tracks issues related to land and timber sales.

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.