Mission Statement

The Office for Students in Transition executes quality orientation and transitional programming by providing students with engagement and learning opportunities that contribute to their personal, social and academic success.

We support students in defining their own success and developing a course of action to achieve it, with a particular focus on high school, first-year, and transfer students.

If you have a question or concern, and you do not know where else to go, stop by 42 Solon Campus Center. We will answer your questions, address your concerns, or point you to the right person or office that can!


Lisa Reeves Lisa Rigoni
Director, Office for Students in Transition
Lisa oversees the department and its programs. She works on program assessment and learning outcomes in addition to department supervision. She is happy to assist any student or parent with questions about new student transitions.
Jen Doebler Jen Doebler
Coordinator, Bulldog Welcome Week Progam and SIT Social Media and Publications
Jen coordinates the UMD Bulldog Welcome Week Program. In this role she oversees programs that help new students make a successful academic, social, and personal transition to UMD. Jen also serves as our publication and social media coordinator. She works closely with our student web developer, our blogger and videographer.
Sam DeVilbiss Sam DeVilbiss
Coordinator, UMD Seminar
Tory White Jill Beuning
Coordinator, Advisement & Registration and Transfer Services Support
Jill coordinates our Advisement & Registration programs and as the primary contact for incoming transfer students at UMD. Please call Jill or drop by her office if you are a current transfer student with questions or are thinking about transferring to UMD.
Erin Olson
SIT Operations Systems Assistant & Graduate MN Coordinator
Erin supervises the SIT Front Desk Staff. Through UMD's Graduate MN Initiative (DCAN) program, Erin reaches out to students who applied to graduate but then left without finishing. He assists those who are interested in completing their degree. Erin also assists with our Advisement & Registration Program and is currently researching online options for registration.
Barbara Perushek Barbara Perushek
Coordinator, CITS Community Program
Barb directs the College in the Schools (CITS) program where qualified high school juniors and seniors take UMD courses at their high school. She oversees the UMD CITS teacher approval process, assists with their training, and organizes student campus visits. Barb collaborates with UMD faculty liasions who facilitate professional development workshops and conduct site visits with CITS high school teaching specialists. She advocates for the CITS program and engages in problem-solving with all stake-holders.
Suzan Gonia Suzan Gonia
Coordinator, PSEO Program
Suzan manages the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program at UMD. This program allows qualifying high school juniors and seniors to take UMD courses on campus for both high school and college credit. Many current and former UMD students began their college careers by participating in the PSEO program. Suzan is happy to provide information about the program to anyone interested.
Nancy Heller Olsen Nancy Heller Olsen
Coordinator, CNED Program
Advisor and Career Counselor, Non-Degree and Non-Traditional
Nancy coordinates and supervises the Career Exploration and Education (CNED) courses at UMD. She serves as a primary contact for non-degree seeking and non-traditional students at UMD. She provides academic advising and career counseling services for students.