We Are Montana Speakers Bureau

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Find a UM Role Model

Would you like to book a UM role model to visit your K-12 classroom, after-school program, or community event? The We Are Montana Speaker's Bureau can help you get connected.

How to use this resource:
  • From the listings below, contact a UM role model directly using the email address provided. If you would like help coordinating a visit, you can also contact We Are Montana in the Classroom.
  • Limited travel funding is available through We Are Montana in the Classroom to support UM role model visits beyond the Missoula area, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please contact us for more information.
  • Don't see anyone on this list who meets your needs or interests? We Are Montana in the Classroom works with many other UM faculty members and graduate students not listed here. Contact us and we will do our best to make a match.
  • Did you book a visit using this resource? Are you having trouble connecting with a UM role model? We would love your feedback.
Coming soon.
Michael photoMichael Cassens

Academic field: School of Media Arts

Availability: Friday

Preferred grades to work with: 6-12

Profile: I have taught at the University of Montana for over 18 years, and I have owned a software development company for over 17 years, building programs and projects for companies like Microsoft, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and others. I have run numerous summer camps for middle school and high school students where we learned game programming and creativity through gaming. Currently, I am starting an eSports team at the University of Montana as well.

Visit options:

I could lead students in designing a simple game to play during a visit. It would be fairly directed but would allow for creativity and customization. We can also talk about related opportunities at UM.

Please feel free to contact me at michael.cassens@mso.umt.edu.

Coming soon.

Sherrill-Brown-DSC_2905-1200w.jpgSherrill Brown

Academic field: Pharmacy, also veterinary medicine

Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Wednesday afternoons

Preferred grade level: K-6, also available for all grades

Profile: I am a pharmacist, and I also have a veterinary medicine degree. At the University of Montana, I run the UM Drug Information Service, providing evidence-based information to healthcare providers in Montana and across the US. I also teach in the pharmacy program.

Visit options:

Discussion topics:
  • Pharmacy; career options, getting into pharmacy school, what to expect in pharmacy school, what pharmacists can do
  • Veterinary medicine: career options, what veterinarians do
  • Compounding: making lip balm or scented hand cream
  • Physical assessment: using stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs
  • Other possible activities related to pharmacy and genetics
  • Talk to current pharmacy students about their experiences

Please feel free to contact me at sherrill.brown@mso.umt.edu

Coming soon.
TrishDuce1.jpgTrish Duce

Academic field: Computer Science

Availability: Fridays

Preferred grade level: Middle School and High School

Profile: I am a lecturer in the Computer Science Department at the University of Montana. I have a large teaching load during the academic year. I have directed a few tech summer camps with more planned for the future with the hope of attracting more students (and in particular female students) to computer science.


My activities involve some basic programming so students can get an idea of what it is. Students need to have access to a computer with an Internet connection.

Please feel free to contact me at ducepa@mso.umt.edu


UM faculty members, staff, and graduate students: Are you interested in joining the We Are Montana Speakers Bureau? Contact us for more information on how to get started.