Get To Know Us

Holly Wright, M.A. - Manager

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Holly came to Montana after attending Sonoma State University in beautiful California during which she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Mathematics.  Four years of math wasn't enough so she became a mathematics graduate student of the University of Montana.  

After graduating with her Masters of Arts in Applied Mathematics in 2011, Holly stayed in Missoula and taught with the UM Math Department for two years, and became Director of Math Tutoring on campus for two and a half years.  She also worked with the Office for Student Success (OSS) as the Director of Study Jam tutoring and the EdReady Academic Coach in 2013.  

While working in the Math Department, she greatly enjoyed helping students understand difficult topics and succeed in their academic pursuits.  Teaching and tutoring are lifelong passions for Holly.  

In January of 2014, Holly began working with the OSS as the Manager of the new UM Financial Education Program.  Holly enjoys the continuing opportunities to help students understand difficult topics, and aiding them to achieve a future full of possibilities.  

Julie Pavlish - Assistant

Julie comes to us from the magic city of Billings MT, but has now lived in Missoula for over a decade. She loves taking advantage of the amazing outdoor recreation that the area offers as well as helping out with several of our local nonprofits. 

As an Alumni of the University she found her passion for working with people and money as somewhat of a surprise as it had very little to do with her area of study. Through various job opportunities she was able to work with the Missoula community at every level, helping people feel confident in understanding and using their money to meet their individual goals.

Starting in July of 2014 she joined us here at the Financial Education Program to focus on helping our students, staff, and alumni reach their goals and gain confidence in their financial decisions.

Mira Mendick - AmeriCorps VISTA

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Originally from Maryland, Mira came to Montana after receiving her Bachelors of Art degree in Psychology and a Master's of Public Administration at Clark University in Massachusetts. 

Mira moved cross country to serve as an AmeriCorps Vista with Montana Campus Compact in the Office for Student Success at UM. 

Throughout college, Mira worked and volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations. She has worked as an educator, volunteered with an animal rescue organization, was a youth group adviser, and had an internship with a domestic violence organization. 

Mira is excited to become a member of such a great community! 

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