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About Business Affairs Office

Contact Information

Office Hours

Business Affairs Office

General Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cashier's Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Department deposits: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Office Fax Numbers

General Office Fax: 541.885.1115
Payroll Fax: 541.885.1115
Purchasing Fax: 541.885.1115
Accounts Payable Fax: 541.885.1215


Snell Hall

Mailstop: Business Office
Mailing Address:
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Areas of Responsibility

  • Accounting and Financial Reporting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable - including Student Accounts and Cashier
  • Grants and Contracts - Post Award Administration
  • Payroll
  • Purchasing, Property Control, and Vendor Relations
  • Travel Reimbursement

Michelle Rich, CPA, Director of Business Affairs

OfficeSnell - Room 102

Michelle Rich serves as the Director of Business Affairs. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Accounting, and Management Options from Oregon State University. Michelle joined Oregon Tech with over 9 years of experience in public accounting. Michelle is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the AICPA, Oregon Society of CPA's and is also licensed as an Oregon Municipal Auditor.

Denise Reid, Assistant Director of Business Affairs

OfficeSnell - Room 101

Denise Reid is the Accounting Manager. Denise is the direct supervisor for Accounts Payable and the Collections Accountant and provides general accounting oversight. Denise has been in the accounting profession since 1988 and has worked at Oregon Tech since 2010. Her work history includes Revenue Agent and Financial Accounts. Denise has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an Accounting emphasis from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Accountancy from University of Phoenix.

Karen Blevins, Payroll Administrator

OfficeSnell - Room 106

Karen Blevins is the Payroll Administrator. Karen is the direct supervisor for the Payroll Department which provides support for all aspects of payroll for Oregon Tech. Karen was a Human Resource Manager and an Accounting Manager before joining Oregon Tech in May 2013. She has an Associate of Applied Science Accounting Option from Klamath Community College and brings 15 years of experience in the payroll and accounting field.

Cindy Childers, Accounts Receivable Manager Accountant

OfficeSnell - Room 116

Cindy Childers is the Accounts Receivable Manager. Cindy handles collections and Third Party Billing. Cindy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems with an Accounting option from Oregon Tech. Cindy has worked in the Student Health Center as the Office Manager prior to transferring into the Business Affairs office in March 2013.

Mary Lou Nicholson, Auxiliary & Grant Accountant

OfficeSnell 204

Mary Lou Nicholson is the Auxiliary & Grant Accountant, handling auxiliary accounting and billing, capital asset management, and post award administration of grants. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Merchandising from Southern Oregon University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.

Karissa Guthrie, Financial Aid Accountant

OfficeSnell - Room 115

Karissa Guthrie is the Financial Aid Accountant. Karissa refunds student account credit balances, reconciles financial aid funds including grants, loans and scholarships. Karissa does the return of Title IV aid calculations for students who have withdrawn, and manages the promissory notes and exit interviews through ESCI for Perkins loans and all the institutional loans. Karissa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Nevada – Reno.

Faletha Fowler, Accounts Receivable Accountant

OfficeSnell 116

Faletha Fowler is an Accounts Receivable Accountant. Some of her duties include emergency loans, student and 3rd party billing, and payment plan arrangements. Faletha has an Associate of Arts degree in Accounting from Oregon Tech and has been with the Business Office since July 1999.

Keli Patterson-Stelley, Cashier

OfficeSnell - Room 116

Keli Patterson-Stelly is the Cashier. In addition to her cashiering duties, she applies payments to student accounts, assists with billing questions, registration agreements, and payment agreements. Keli offers assistance to students with printing error issues, ordering Higher One cards, account summaries for employer reimbursements, and parking permits. Kelli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science from Colorado State University.

Rachel Winters, Payroll Assistant

OfficeSnell- Room 106

Rachel Winters is the Payroll Assistant. She provides support to Karen Blevins and oversees the Student Employee payroll. After 15 years travelling the globe as a tour manager onboard cruise ships, she stepped ashore to manage a wilderness guiding company in Alaska and a multinational tour company in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Seeking a little more sunshine than Alaska afforded, she made Klamath Falls her home where she enjoys the great outdoors.

Paige Arteaga, Administrative Program Assistant

OfficeSnell- 102a
Paige Arteaga is an Administrative Program Assistant, providing support to the Director of Business Affairs and acting as Procurement Card Administrator. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Oregon State University.


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Kirby Garlitz, Administrative Program Assistant

OfficeSnell- Room 114

Kirby Garlitz is an Administrative Program Assistant in Accounts Payable. Kirby handles invoices, travel and P-Cards. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management/ Accounting option from Oregon Tech. 

Shonia Hinton, Administrative Program Assistant

OfficeSnell- Room 114

Shonia Hinton is an Administrative Program Assistant. Her duties include Accounts Payable and travel reimbursements. Shonia has an Administrative Office Professional Certificate from Klamath Community College.