Executive team

Rachel Smith 

I'm a Master's Candidate in English Literature studying Medieval Literature and Ecocriticism. I grew up in Montana and have been both and undergraduate and graduate student at UM. This will be my second year acting as an executive member of the Graduate and Professional Student Association and I am looking forward to continuing our group's advocacy for graduate students. 

Hallee Kansman

I’m a 2L (2nd year) law student and second year masters student in the public administration program. My specialty in law focuses on environmental and natural resources law. I’m originally from the suburbs of Detroit and received my undergraduate degree in wildlife biology from Eastern Michigan University. I’ve been coming to Montana for 15 years and am looking forward to calling Montana my home. I joined the GPSA Executive Team in hopes of creating a connected community amongst all graduate and professional programs on campus. I look forward to working with everyone!

Blake Sherman

Blake came to the University of Montana to focus his graduate studies on all things storytelling. At home in the English department, Blake studies teaching and writing. He taught WRIT 101 and currently works at the Writing and Public Speaking Center. Blake grew up in Montana but has studied at half a dozen colleges, receiving a B.A. in Communication and Culture from the City University of New York, and will graduate this year from UM. Along with teaching and writing, Blake is passionate about travel and being in the outdoors. He’s excited to be part of the GPSA exec team to meet fellow students and also enhance university culture.