Meet the Team

Michael Le, M.A., Director

(707) 826-5489
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Michael Le M.A. also known as Michael ‘Data’ Le is a higher education researcher by day, but by night, he is a data junkie with a passion for visual analytics and sharing information to create a data-informed democracy. Mike has worked in the field of Institutional Research/Effectiveness for almost a decade in both public 2-year and 4-year institutions.

At Humboldt he serves on the Accreditation Steering Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Most recently, he served the university as an elected staff senator, chair of the University Senate Constitution and Bylaws Committee (CBC), and was a member of the Academic Policies Committee.

Mike regularly presents at the state and national level on behalf of Cal Poly Humboldt and professional affiliate organizations. He has won the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Best Presentation Award three times (2015, 2017, and 2018) and has been an invited speaker at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE), and Tableau Software Conference.

Mike maintains professional membership in CAIR and AIR and serves on numerous volunteer committees. He currently serves AIR on the eAIR Visual Display of Data Contributor (2015-present) and the CAIR on the Awards and Scholarship Committee (2019-present).

Outside of Humboldt, Mike serves as a research consultant for the Research & Planning Group for California Community Colleges and as the co-curator of TEDxHumboldtBay. When Mike is not crunching data and learning about new technology and techniques you can find him in the gym applying the fundamentals of powerlifting. He boasts personal records of a 615-lb. back squat, a 555-lb. deadlift, and a 345-lb. bench press.


Matthew Koelling, Analyst/Programmer

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Matthew Koelling, who also goes by Matt, has worked for Cal Poly Humboldt for more than 15 years and has worn many hats during his career. He currently serves in the Institutional Research, Analytics, and Reporting department as an Analyst/Programmer. Matt has a passion for technology and is always expanding his knowledge. He is particularly passionate about artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and futurism. He believes strongly in the use of technology in sustainable ways for ethical purposes.

Outside of work Matt's hobbies and interests include tabletop role-playing games, video games, writing, art, miniatures, and volunteering at Dow's Prairie Grange in McKinleyville. There he is a leader for the Grange’s Monthly Family Game Night, and also helps coordinate Annual Events such as the Breakfast with Santa and Children's Halloween Carnival.


Gay Hylton, Research Analyst

(707) 826-5340

Gay's responsibilities are legion. She coordinates university community surveys and tracks external and internal survey data requests, monitoring deadlines and soliciting required data from key providers. She coordinates the university's IPEDS responses; screens, tracks, and provides data for all requests across the institution; compiles and provides data analysis for special collections such as accreditation; publishes data and analysis commentary, and maintains secondary historical data collections for IRAR.


Jeff Stebbins, Analyst/Programmer

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Jeff graduated from Humboldt State University in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration – Management. After graduation it was his ambition to become a ski bum and moved to Colorado, where he failed at ‘living the dream’ because he worked too much. He left the Rocky Mountains to work and live in Seattle. He worked his way from help desk to Network Administrator, he acquired his MCSE, Microsoft Certified System Engineer certificate, then his Database Programming certificate. He consulted for many years up in Seattle and worked as a senior programmer in Epidemiology and Quality Improvement for Harborview Medical before returning back home to Cal Poly Humboldt. He is familiar with Finance, HR and Student systems and has worked in the data warehouse for over 10 years with OBI. Outside of the office, Jeff is involved with Arcata Sunrise Rotary a community service organization, and real estate, although his desire is still to be a ski bum.


Sky McKinley, M.S., Analyst/Programmer

(707) 826-5334

Sky comes to Institutional Effectiveness via Information Technology Services and the Financial Aid Office at Cal Poly Humboldt. His primary responsibilities include the development and maintenance of the Strategic Data Repository data warehouse, producing projection models and forecasts, and engineering analytic objects to facilitate reporting. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Humboldt and a Master's degree in Mathematics from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. When not busily coding at work, he can be found cycling around Humboldt County, backpacking in the Trinity Alps, or performing with the Blue Lake Choir.


Seth Bradley, Research Analyst

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Seth has close ties to Cal Poly Humboldt and the local community. Both of his parents are Humboldt alumni and he grew up in Arcata before earning a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Humboldt. Since first enrolling in 2006 Seth has worked on campus, first as a student employee and then as auxiliary staff at the Humboldt Bookstore. In 2013 he joined the Dean of Students Office, where he assisted the Dean's team in supporting students as they navigated the university experience. His first taste of data came when he started tracking caseload numbers for internal use and federal reporting. After starting graduate coursework pursuing a Master's degree at Humboldt in Public Sociology (Practicing Track), Seth realized he wanted to shift trajectories and work more closely with data. Joining the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in June of 2019, Seth brings his student and equity centered lens, and is now working in various capacities within the Office of Institutional Effectiveness as he learns the ins and outs of Institutional Research, Assessment, and the wider world of data - as well as providing administrative support for the office.


Stephanie Souter, Research Analyst

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Stephanie brings to the team a passion for higher education and the research-informed decision-making that will help to cultivate meaningful growth on campus. She graduated with a master’s in psychology from Cal Poly Humboldt, where she has taught various courses, including research methods and statistics. Currently, she mentors students as the co-principal investigator of the Social Identity Research Lab housed in the psychology department. She worked as an administrative analyst with the County of Humboldt, where she was proud to assist with managing grant programs that uplifted individuals experiencing barriers to employment. When she is not on campus, you might find her stand-up paddle boarding in Stone Lagoon or hanging out with her dog, Darth Vader.


Steven Margell, Research Analyst

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Steven Margell began his career at Cal Poly Humboldt as a transfer student in 2007. He has served the campus community in a myriad of roles, including tutoring, lecturing, serving on the Senate, evaluating various grant initiatives, a brief stint as a budget analyst, and now in his role as a Research Analyst in IRAR. He earned both his Bachelor's degree in Physics and a Master's degree in Mathematical Modeling from Humboldt. Beyond the campus, Steven strives to raise two thoughtful, inquisitive, and compassionate human beings.



Retired and Previous Office Members


Lisa Castellino, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of IE 

John Filce, Associate Director of Institutional Research

Amy Moffat, Ph.D., Associate Director for Institutional Assessment

Mark Wicklund, Ph.D., Associate Director of Academic Assessment

Angela Rich, M.A., Research Analyst

Ward Headstrom M.S. - Retired

Joshua Smith, M.A. Change Management Coordinator

Ronda Stemach, Data Administrator