To prepare recommendations for student computing fee allocations consistent with the goals and guidelines developed by the IT Senate and to forward those recommendations to the President and Cabinet through the Chief Information Officer.


Executive Oversight

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Matt Riley

Matt is the Chief Information Officer and Executive Oversight for the STEP. He has been an Ex-Officio member of STEP since 2013. As Chief Information Officer, Matt has responsibility for technology and information services at the University of Montana.  Matt reports to the President, is a member of the Council of Vice Presidents and a member of the President’s Cabinet. He is a non-voting member. 




Nathan Anderson

Nathan acts as both the Chair of the STEP and as a student member.  He is the Systems Administrator/Internal Projects for CHPBS IT, and an Assistant Technician at the University of Montana College of Business. He is a student of the College of Business, studying MIS and Cybersecurity.

Faculty Members (Two appointed for staggered three year terms by the Faculty Senate)


Josef Crepeau

Josef is a voting member. He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Applied Arts and Sciences at the University of Montana. He began teaching mathematics at UM in 1989 and moved to a tenured position in the Department of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1995. His primary research interests involve applications of computer technology to increase studetn success in mathematics courses. He recently directed a $750,000 federal grant to design a computer-based mathematics curriculum that improves student success and reduces the amount of time students spend in developmental mathematics courses. 









Martin Horejsi

Martin is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Science Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning. He is a voting member. 

Staff (Two appointed for staggered three year term by the Staff Senate)







Chuck Harris

Chuck has been with the university for nearly two decades. He has a BS from Montana State University and a MA from the University of Montana. Chuck has served on several campus committees including Tech Partners Board, Staff Senate, and STEP. He currently operates the Social Science Research Laboratory (SSRL) for the College of Humanities and Sciences. The SSRL provides computer-oriented teaching environments and technical research laboratories to students, researchers, faculty and staff. He is a voting mmeber of the STEP. He can be reached at, (406) 243-5381, SS259D.


Jesse Neidigh

Jesse oversees a team of professional staff and student staff who provide quality support to student services departments including campus housing, the student union, dining services, the health center and offices providing services to minority student groups such as veterans, native americans and students with disabilities. Jesse is intentional about learning and encourages others to do so, focusing on personal and professional development for members of his team in an effort to be more than typical IT support. He strives to have shared expectations and transparency in communication with those served, treating them as partners through a project rather than clients or customers. He focuses on quality service, efficiency, and value when leading his team and works to empower them to realize success. An active and inquisitive member of many campus committees and governance bodies, he spends much of his time engaging and working towards a more cohesive and effective IT organization across the campus at UM. He is a voting member. 

Information Technology Office


Valerie Crepeau

Valerie is a Non-Voting Member who acts as a Liaison to the STEP. She is in charge of setting the agendas for each meeting, keeping the STEP projects on track and moving forward. She provides the committee with historical knowledge of the committee, as she has been working with STEP the longest. Some of her other roles in the STEP are information dissemination, allocation process management, oversight on the review and execution of processes, and supervision of the student website manager. Her primary contact information is (406) 243-6301  and

Students appointed for one year renewable terms - reviewed by ASUM


Josie Baretta

Josie is the Website Manager for the STEP. She provides communication support for the STEP and participates as a voting member, and provides assistance to her supervisor, Valerie, in her duties. Josie is part of the Student Technical Assistant Program (STAP). The STAP program provides students with online training opportunities with competency level requirements. She is graduating this spring from the College of Business with a degree in Management Information Systems and a certificate in Data Analytics. After graduation, she will moving to Seattle to work as a Data Analyst for a Microsoft Technology Consulting company. 


Sarah Colenso

Sarah is a voting student member of the STEP. She is an especially enthusiastic UM student majoring in Marketing & Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law. She is a former ASUM Senator and remains an active student leader at the University of Montana. She is dedicated to a lifetime of civic duty and aspires to run for the U.S. Congress as a bi-partisan representative for Montana and The United Stated of America. Sarah is a software technician at Griztech, with a strong background in computer science, data analytics, and information technology.






Calvin Koerber

He is a voting member. 


Colin Milton

Colin is a voting member. He is a sophomore at UM, double majoring in Political Science and Sociology. He has an interest in technology and sustainability.


Appointed by Academic Affairs


Stephen Kalm

Stephen has been with the STEP for two and half years. He sung with the Houston Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Minnesota Opera, Connecticut Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Spoleto, BAM, Lincoln Center Festival, The Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, and the Milwaukee, Billings, Missoula, Bozeman and Springfield Symphony Orchestras. He received a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for Meredith Monk’s opera, The Politics of Quiet, Internationally, he has appeared in concert and stage in Avignon, London, Paris, Berlin, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Bern and Bogota. He created the role of Franco Hartmann in Meredith Monk’s Atlas and appears on ECM’s recording of that work. His five additional commercial recordings include Harry Partch’s The Wayward, recently performed at Carnegie Hall and hailed by the NY Times as “one of the ten best classical music perfomances of 2014”. He has a B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an M.A. from Queens College, and a D.M.A from The City University of New York. He currently serves as Dean of College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Montana.

Ex-Officio Member for IT Accessibility



Timothy McHenry

Timothy is an Ex-Officio, non-voting member of the STEP. He has worked at the University as the University’s Assistive Technology Specialist, since 2012 instructing students with learning disabilities in assistive technologies.  He has been married for 25 years and has three children. Timothy also teaches sound design at UM where he received both his BA and MFA in theatre. Mr. Mc Henry began his career as a professional audio engineer in 1985 working in Country Music. Eventually he and his wife Liz moved to Branson, Missouri and performed in the capacity of head Audio Technician/Sound Designer for the Mutton Hollow Theme Park. Subsequently, he assumed the responsibilities of the Country Tonite Theatre as the Front of House Audio Engineer – where, in 1996, he received the best audio in Branson award. Eventually, Mr. Mc Henry worked as Front of House Audio Engineer for the Champagne Theatre (Lawrence Welk). In 2001, Timothy was offered an audio position with the ten-million-dollar Palm Springs Follies in Palm Springs, California. At the Follies, he was promoted to Head of Audio and further polished not only his front of house audio engineering skills, but became an effective and proficient sound and video designer for an extremely intense highly demanding theatrical production. At UM, Mr. Mc Henry has created sound designs for the university productions of: Jumping into Fire, Book of Days, Pippin, Jenny Sutter, Treasure Island, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Legally Blonde – the musical, and most of the dance programs the University has produced since 2013.