Meet the Enrollment Services Staff



Alisha Higley    

Customer Service Manager/Associate Registrar

Alisha assists students with registration, financial aid, and billing issues.
Education: BS in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University and currently pursuing a Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southern Oregon University.
Interesting fact: Backpacked through Western Europe
Favorite campus spot: The bench outside Churchill

Kristen Gast

Director of Financial Aid 

Kristen is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and has served in Financial Aid for over 12 years. She started out as a financial aid work-study student and found her dream career from that moment. Kristen loves financial aid, as crazy as that seems!!! 
Education: MA in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University, BA in Communications from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Interesting fact: Kristen is a US Navy Veteran and was one fo the first five women aboard the USS Essex (LHD-2).
Favorite campus spot: Right now, it's the Human Bean!


Matt Stillman

University Registrar/
Co-Executive Director of Student Enrollment      

Matt serves as the University Registrar, the University's FERPA compliance officer and student records officer, and serves as the general manager of the Enrollment Services Center. He supervises student registration, grading, academic progress, student records and transcripts, degree evaluation, academic scheduling and transfer articulation. He collaborates to develop and implement various academic and administrative policies, works on matters of enrollment, retention, and admissions research and planning, and serves as the Building Manager for Britt Hall.
Education: Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from University of Nebraska, MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University and BS in Political Science from Southern Oregon University.
Interesting fact: Met wife as a freshman at SOU and have been together ever since. SOU is an important part of his life in many ways.
Favorite campus spot: The fireplace seating area in the Hannon Library

Enrollment Services Associates


 Lisa Younker

Enrollment Services Associate

Lisa assists students with registration, financial aid and billing issues.

Education: Bachelors in Art & a Bachelors in Communications Studies from SOU, as well as an AAOT from Rogue Community College
Interesting fact: Enjoys drawing the human figure. Lisa loves how different everyon is and the slightest changes in an individual can alter someone's whole feature.
Favorite campus spot: Schneider Museum


Tamara Hamann

Enrollment Services Associate

Tamara assists students with registration, financial aid and billing issues.
Education: BA in English from San Jose State University
Favorite campus spot: Hannon Library

Tim Chappell

Enrollment Services Associate

Tim assists students with registration, financial aid and billing issues.
Education: BS in Psychology from Southern Oregon University
Interesting fact: Comic book "nerd", especially loves Marvel's X-Men.
Favorite campus spot: Stevenson Union

Financial Aid


Karinda Decker

Associate Director of Financial Aid

Karinda administers Financial Aid Programs and counsels students and parents about financial aid. Karinda is also the point of contact for Consortium Agreements.

Education: BA from University of Oregon and MA in Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education from Portland State University.

Interesting fact: Loves watching college football.

Paul Coffelt

Financial Aid Counselor

Paul administers Financial Aid Programs and counsels students and parents about financial aid. That's all we let him do right now because he just joined our office in January, 2019!

Education: BA in Liberal Studies from CSU San Marcos and MA in Sociology from CSU Fullerton

Favorite Spot on Campus: Raider Stadium

Interesting fact: Paul is also an Assistant Coach for the Men's Soccer team at SOU!

Stephanie Hanigan

Scholarship Coordinator

Veteran Certifying Official

Stephanie is responsible for managing, reviewing, and awarding scholarships while working with the Foundation Office and other departments on-campus as well as off-campus to ensure scholarship funding is current and up to date. She is the campus point of contact for The Ford Family Foundation and one of the campus contacts for The Office of Student Access and Completion. Stephanie also works closely with the Director and Associate Director of Financial Aid to regulate financial programs and maintain internal and external compliance while also acting as the Veteran Certifying Official in the Veteran's Resource Center. Additionally, she is one of the main contributors in the development of the campus' Financial Literacy Program.

Education: BA in Art, English, and Communication from Juniata College and currently pursuing a MS in Education with SOU!

Interesting fact: Studied in England for a semester during her senior year of college.

Favorite campus spot: Too many to choose just one!

Jason Piazza

Financial Aid Counselor

Jason assists administers Financial Aid Programs and counsels students and parents about financial aid. That's all we let him do right now because he just joined our office in September, 2019!

Education: Bachelors in Business finance with a minor in IT Technologies
Interesting Fact:Likes to help people and enjoys assisting his kids in their homeschooling program.
Favorite campus spot: The library. The architecture is beautiful, he wants to travel to Italy and he feels going and viewing the floor is a little get away from it all. In general the campus is naturally beautiful, it expresses everything great about Oregon.

Eric Walker

Financial Aid Compliance Coordinator

Eric provides technical support for Enrollment Services focusing specifically on financial aid.

Education: BS in Computer Science from Southern Oregon University

Registration and Records


Tiffany Thom

Academic Scheduling Coordinator

Tiffany is responsible for academic room scheduling, reviewing and entering catalog information, irregular registrations, creating the finals schedule, and assisting departments with academic course creation and scheduling.

Education: BA in Spanish and Humanities with minors in Linguistics and English from California State University-Chico
Interesting fact: Went bungee jumping while studying abroad in Costa Rica and loves sloths
Favorite campus spot: The lawn outside of Britt Hall

Racquel Berglund

Transfer Articulation Coordinator

Racquel is responsible for evaluating and awarding transfer coursework and helps coordinate the development and maintenance of transfer articulation agreements.

Education: BS in Psychology from Southern Oregon University

Katherine Cable

Academic Records Coordinator

 Katherine is responsible for academic records, course evaluations, athletic eligibility, academic appeals, and a variety of other core registration and records areas.

Education: Degrees in EMDA at Southern Oregon University.
Interesting fact: Trained in pursuit, defensive, offensive, and combat driving.
Favorite campus spot: Courtyard of the Center for the Arts.

Jasmin Evans

Enrollment Systems Coordinator

 Jasmin is responsible for inputting tuition and fee rules into SOU's systems.

Education: BS in Art and EMDA from Southern Oregon University.
Interesting fact: Makes comics as a way of keeping a journal. 
Favorite campus spot: Outdoors seating area on the top floor of the Library.

Julie Hugues

Degree Coordinator

Julie is responsible for degree evaluation and awarding.

Education: BA in Intercultural Studies from Biola University
Interesting fact: Spent a semester in China, a summer in Kenya and picked her major in college because she wanted to be like Indiana Jones.
Favorite campus spot: Case Coffee and the library meeting rooms with beautiful mountain views