Public Administration Student Association (Pi Alpha Alpha)


University of Montana’s Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha (UMPAA) fosters innovative applied learning experiences and scholarship in public administration, policy, and affairs. This is facilitated through the assertion of public service values, which are at the core of the University of Montana’s MPA program. By serving the students, alumni, and associates of the University of Montana, UMPAA strives to enhance the experiences of its members and community by providing opportunities for professional development, applied learning and networking through academic and professional support.

Become a Member


  1. Fully admitted MPA student;
  2. Completed 18 MPA approved credits (electives or core classes);
  3. Maintain a 3.7 GPA or higher;
  4. Alumni with a 3.7 GPA or higher are also eligible to apply for membership. If you cannot locate your unofficial transcript, contact the MPA Director.


  1. Applications for membership are accepted on a rolling basis with seasonal application deadlines
  2. Complete the application and include a copy of your unofficial UM transcript
  3. Make a check payable to the University of Montana for $60. Be sure to include “MPA Program” in the memo line. Mail to: Prof. Christina Barsky, University of Montana Department of Public Administration & Policy, 32 Campus Dr., Missoula, MT 59812.


The deadline for UMPAA’s induction is rolling: Apply to UMPAA now! 


sleeper_umheadshot.jpgKristin Sleeper – President

Kristin is an MPA student and fellow with the Big Sky Poll. She currently works as the Community Preparedness & Fire Prevention Program Manager for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Born and raised in the Midwest, Kristin quickly fell in love with the West and has called Montana home since 2017 after living in Washington, D.C. for six years. She completed her B.S. in Environmental Biology and Zoology from Michigan State University and has a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Kristin believes public service is the rent you play for the place you love, and she loves Montana. She looks forward to sharing her passion for public service with others and working on behalf of our students and alumni to broaden our network and create positive change. Outside of public service, Kristin enjoys hiking and mountain biking with her husband and two dogs.

emily-mcculloch.jpgEmily McCulloch – Vice President

Emily is a joint MPA and JD student at the University of Montana. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Environmental Studies. Prior to and during grad/law school, she has worked with a variety of organizations including Montana Wilderness Association, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Missoula, Montana Legal Services and International Rescue Committee. She is interested in public interest law and how it connects with public administration. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, and playing with her dogs.

max-hamberger.jpgMax Hamberger – Secretary & Treasurer

Max is currently in his third year as a fully remote student in the MPA program at the University of Montana. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Max moved to Montana in 2011 to pursue a degree in film and photography at Montana State University in Bozeman. After graduating in 2015, he started working as an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Admissions at MSU, where he is currently employed. Much of Max’s interest and research during his time in the program thus far has focused on educational policy, especially in relation to the Montana Board of Regents and Montana University System. He’s excited to join the UMPAA team, and looks forward to bringing new and exciting programs and initiatives to students!

desirae-lindquist.pngDesirae Lindquist – Outreach Coordinator

Desirae will graduate from the online MPA program in December 2020 with a concentration in nonprofit administration. Originally from the Bitterroot Valley, she moved to Bozeman in 2009 to attend Montana State University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing in 2013, she went to work for MSU's Information Technology Center where she had the opportunity to serve students, faculty, and staff for three years. She has worked for the past four years for the Gallatin Association of REALTORS® (GAR), a 501(c)(6) membership organization in Bozeman, where she has gained experience in all aspects of nonprofit management. She credits her time at GAR for sparking her passion for public service and encouraging her to take the leap to earn her MPA degree. Desirae is excited to be part of a group of leaders who are passionate about serving others and in continuing to instill that passion in current and future students and alumni. 

tiana-jensen.pngTiana Jensen - Allied Member Coordinator

Tiana is an Academic Advisor for undergraduate students at UM, serving as a resource for both academic and professional development. Tiana earned her BA in Media Arts and Communication Studies from UM in 2014 and just completed her first year in the MPA program. She is especially passionate about innovation in higher education as a way to make college more accessible and equitable. She has lived in Montana her whole life and grew up 600 miles away in the rural, rolling plains of Eastern Montana. In her free time, Tiana enjoys hiking, backpacking, and foraging. If it’s outside, she will probably like it. She is excited for the opportunity to help her DPAP colleagues thrive through her service in UMPAA. 




Faculty Advisor

Christina Barsky

Office: LAW 149
Phone: 406-243-2871


The University of Montana’s MPA Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha (UMPAA) is a chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA), a registered Trademark of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

UMPAA serves the students, alumni and associates of the University of Montana engaged in public policy, affairs, and administration. The Chapter strives to enhance the experience of its members by providing opportunities for professional development, networking, and public service through academic and professional support.

View the UMPAA Constitution here.