Mentors provide support and encouragement to our students.
Peer mentors are student employees who are working toward a degree at MSUB. They have been through training and are well versed on both campus and community resources. They can assist students with pre-advising, financial aid and financial literacy questions, study strategies, writing a résumé, letter of recommendation, time-management, and much more.
Full-time SSS staff are mentors as well.
Neither peer mentors nor full-time SSS staff are licensed counselors. Students in crisis MUST be referred to qualified professionals to receive counseling services. Call SSS at (406) 657-2162 or Student Health Services at (406) 657-2153 to learn more.
My name is Maddy and I am a senior at MSUB. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in International Studies. I love to head up to the mountains in the winter and ski with my husband. I also love to travel when I get the chance. I’ve lived in Billings my whole life, but I plan to move somewhere else after I graduate. I would like to go to graduate school for Forensic Psychology after I finish here at MSUB. Ultimately, I would like to get my PhD and be able to do clinical assessments of prisoners, but that’s a long term journey that I get to look forward to.
My name is A.J. and I am originally from Southern CA, I moved to Billing in the summer of 2016. I attended community college straight out of high school with the intention of studying accounting. In the middle of my freshman year, I took a semester off, and 26 years later I am now enrolled at MSUB. Because of my life experiences, I have changed my focus of study to Psychiatric Rehabilitation; my goal is to be a Licensed Addiction Counselor. In my free time I enjoy skateboarding, kayaking, building and playing cigar box guitars.
Hello, my name is Chris Grudzinski. I am a returning nontraditional student at the prime age of 38 with aspirations of obtaining my BS in Human Services. Prior to returning to college, I served 15 years in the United States Army as an infantryman. While serving on my second combat deployment, I was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. After my military service, I developed a passion to help others, especially Veterans that are struggling get the help they need. With this passion, my wife and I started a nonprofit that helps collect and distribute food to Veterans in need. My ultimate goal is to be a licensed counselor and use outdoor adventures as a form of therapy.
Hello, my name is Dustin Duke. I am originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and I moved to Billings, Montana in 2015. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Oklahoma. After my freshman year, I decided to enlist in the Military. I served in the United States Navy for 21 years and after retirement I decided to go back to school in pursuit of a B.S. in Human services. My long range goal is to complete my education in mental health and work for the Veteran Affairs specializing in Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Hi, my name is Autumn Nott. I am in my senior year at MSU Billings and will graduate in the spring with a B.S. in Human Services. I plan to become a Licensed Addictions Counselor. I am interested in the entire spectrum of healing arts. My dream job is to become a therapeutic yoga instructor to assist in recovery from addiction and healing from trauma. I am also a very busy single mother to a son in fifth grade, twin daughters in fourth grade, and a three-year-old daughter. Currently, my greatest hobby is relaxing at home with my children with a movie and popcorn or doing other fun activities, creating memories with them.
Want to be a Peer Mentor for SSS?
Click HERE for an application
Or come to our office in LI 141!