Meet the Staff

Jennifer Willard

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The College of St. Scholastica in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising, as well as a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis  in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University. She has been employed at Mesabi Range College for fourteen years in various positions such as advising technical programs, Public Information Director, Student Senate Advisor, and the Director of Concurrent Enrollment and Applied Learning Institute programs.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching hockey, baking, shopping, and playing volleyball.

You can contact her at (218) 749-0329 or at

Cindy Altobelli
Administrative Assistant
Cindy has been with the SSS program for 16 years. She works with both students in the SSS grant and students not in the grant. Cindy graduated from Mesabi Range Community College with a diploma in Office Administration. She has a huge heart for students and energy to see them succeed at every step in their life journey. If you're looking for an action filled work study job and would like to  experience the college atmosphere of working in the main office on campus, please see Cindy as she is always in need of help at the front desk!

Outside of work Cindy loves spending time with family & friends, living on Lake Vermilion where she enjoys fishing & boating, making treats to share, and getting snowed in.

You can contact her at (218) 749-7750 or at

Matt Jarva
Matt has been working as an Academic Advisor with the SSS program at Mesabi Range since August 2008. He graduated from MRC with his A.A. degree in 2002 and  then transfered to Bemidji State University, receiving a B.A. in History in 2007 and a B.S. in Applied Psychology: Human Services in 2009. He was active at BSU with the Department of Residential Life as a Resident Assistant  Assistant and Residence Hall Director, performed with the BSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, "Redline Swingers" Pep Band, and the BSU "Funtastic Dance Follies" student dance show.

During his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, hiking, biking, listening to music, watching movies, and playing RPGs on both pc/game console, as well as table-top. He also enjoys playing percussion in a variety of bands around the Iron Range.

You can contact him at (218) 749-7791 or at

Kelly Bakk

Kelly received her AA degree from Mesabi Range Community & Technical College in 1998, her Bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2000 and her Masters degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2005. Kelly was employed at Lake Superior College from 2005-2010 having served as a Professional Advisor and the Director of Advising Services. Kelly began working at Mesabi in 2010 as the Academic  Coordinator for the Upward Bound Math & Science program and has recently begun serving as the SSS and campus counselor. 

In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, shopping, and going on trips. She looks forward to helping you achieve your academic goals!

You can contact her at (218) 749-7765 or at

Stephen Briggs

Bio coming soon.

You can contact him at (218) 749-7707 or at

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