Kristin Juliar

Kristin Juliar

Director of Montana Area Health Education Center and Office of Rural Health
Phone: (406) 994-6003
Location: Room 301 Culbertson Hall

In 2007, Kristin was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Montana State University, and was also the recipient of a multi-year grant from HRSA to establish Montana’s AHEC system. Previously, Ms. Juliar was the Director of Minnesota’s Healthcare Education - Industry Partnership. She was also Executive Director of the Region Nine Development Commission, a rural development agency serving southern Minnesota. Kristin is on the Executive Committee of the National Rural Health Resource Center, and was elected to serve on the Board of the National Rural Health Association, and Chair of the NRHA Frontier Committee. She has an MA in Urban and Regional Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Natalie Claiborne

Natalie Claiborne

Assistant Director of the Montana Office of Rural Health
Phone: (406) 994-6001
Location: Room 302 Culbertson Hall

Natalie is an alumna of Montana State University, earning her Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education in 2005. Following her time in Bozeman, Natalie attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon earning her Masters of Public Health in 2007. Natalie joined the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Program Office in September of 2007 and currently serving as Assistant Director. Outside of the office Natalie enjoys many adventures with her husband and children including camping, traveling, cooking and spending time with Ellie, their Golden Retriever.

Cindra Stahl

Cindra Stahl

Assistant Director of Montana Area Health Education Center and Network Director for the Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Network
E-mail: cindra.stahl@montana.edu
Phone: (406) 994-6499
Location: Room 304 Culbertson Hall

Cindra works extensively on Healthcare Workforce issues, serving as facilitator for the Montana Healthcare Workforce Advisory Committee. She is also focused on educating, recruiting and retaining the HIT workforce in Montana, assisting rural and frontier facilities to meet meaningful use requirements. Previously, Cindra was Hospital Services Manager and Data Analyst at New Mexico Donor Services, the organ procurement organization for the state. She has also worked in health policy at the New Mexico Health Policy Commission, and as a legislative analyst for the New Mexico Senate. Cindra has an MBA and MS in Audiology from the University of New Mexico. She enjoys travelling the state of Montana with her husband. They intend to visit every microbrewery at least once; then start all over again.

Kailyn Dorhauer

Kailyn Mock

Project Coordinator
Phone: (406) 994-7709
Location: Room 306 Culbertson Hall

Kailyn is a Montana State University alumna, earning both a BS in Health and Human Performance and a Master of Health Administration. She currently serves as a nursing education coordinator with the Montana Board of Nursing and coordinates the Montana Graduate Medical Education Council.   Kailyn also serves on the Montana Rural Health Initiative Collaborative Committee, Montana’s statewide Nursing Action Coalition, is the President Elect of the Montana American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Chapter, and is a National Rural Health Association Rural Health Fellow.  In her free time, Kailyn enjoys spending time with her husband and golden retriever puppy, traveling around the state, and cheering on the LSU Tigers.

Rachel Pearson

Rachel Norris

Project Coordinator
Phone: (406) 994-6495
Location: Room 308 Culbertson Hall

Rachel grew up on a wheat farm in Washington. She moved to Bozeman in 2008 to pursue a degree in Accounting and has worked with the MT AHEC and Office of Rural Health ever since. In May of 2013, she received a Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting. Her main interest is in governmental and non-profit accounting.  At AHEC and ORH, Rachel’s role is to manage the numerous grants and contracts that flow through the office. Rachel loves living in Bozeman, and spends as much time as she can in the outdoors. Some of her favorite activities include hiking, mountain biking, hunting and skiing.

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Michal Gilpin

Michal Gilpin has been with MT AHEC/ORH since July 2013. She has a long history with MSU starting in 1991 in the accounting office of the MSU Bookstore. Retirement from the Bookstore in 2006 opened the door to working with a grant funded program called Nutrition And Physical Activity Program. Taking care of the financial activity of the NAPA grant which morphed into the MT AHEC/ORH department, made for a smooth transition for her to help with the accounting demands of MT AHEC/ORH. Working part time with this wonderful group affords Michal time to pursue outside interests which include both winter and summer outdoor activities. 
Cathy Costakis

Cathy Costakis

Active Living Coordinator
Phone: (406) 994-5734
Location: Room 311 Culbertson Hall
Cathy Costakis works for Montana State University-Bozeman and is a Senior Consultant to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services’ Nutrition and Physical Activity program (NAPA). NAPA is a statewide obesity prevention program, funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  For the past nine years Cathy has worked on statewide initiatives focused on the connection between public health and community design. In partnership with statewide advisors and mentor counties, Cathy has developed the Montana Building Active Communities Initiative and works statewide to provide technical assistance and training to cities working to build better places for walking and biking. Cathy holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in health promotion from MSU-Bozeman. 
Renee Harris

Renee Erlandsen

Renee is the Health Science Education Specialist for the Montana Office of Public Instruction. She works with the Montana Office of Rural Health and AHEC as the K-12 Healthcare Pipeline liaison and supports the student interns with special projects. Prior to coming to OPI, Renee was at Montana State University as the principal investigator/coordinator for the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (now called SNAP) through MSU Extension, and taught part-time in the College of Health and Human Development. Renee is an advisory board member for Montana Office of Rural Health and AHEC, MT Healthcare Workforce Advisory Council, and a member of the National Consortium for Health Sciences Education (NCSHE). Renee has a MA degree in Native American Studies and a BS degree in Health and Human Development from Montana State University.

Cheryl McNicholas

Cheryl McNicholas

Cheryl joined the staff of MT AHEC/Office of Rural Health as an Accounting Analyst in April 2015. She received her B.S. in Education from the University of Nebraska in 1993. Cheryl has many years’ experience in bookkeeping, and originally started working on campus in 2006. As a part-time staff member, her responsibilities include reconciling multiple accounts and performing various administrative duties. A native of rural Nebraska; her hobbies include skiing, hiking, biking, golf and music.

Carol Bischoff

Carol Bischoff

HealthCARE Montana Workforce Coordinator
Phone: (406) 994-6495
Location: Room 300 Culbertson Hall

Carol is the Workforce Coordinator for the HealthCARE Montana grant, a three-year grant designed to bridge the health care worker skills gap by connecting job seekers with training opportunities ensuring academic success and credential attainment that ultimately leads to gainful employment in the health care industry.  She was previously employed at the MHA…an Association of Montana Health Care Providers as the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Director and at Mountain Pacific Quality Health as a Project Coordinator. Carol graduated from Carroll College in Helena, MT with a BS degree in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and has been an active member of the American Health Information Management Association since 1999. Carol also has a BS degree in Foods and Nutrition from North Dakota State University. She shares her home with her husband, Rod, and two lazy cats. Hobbies include: gardening, bird watching, yoga, hiking, skiing and just about anything outdoors.

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Amy Royer

Project Coordinator
Amy Royer graduated from Montana State University with highest honors, earning her Bachelors of Science  in Community Health and a minor in Hispanic studies. She earned her minor while studying abroad in Mexico and Nicaragua. Amy works as the project coordinator for the Rural Health Initiative and is a project assistant for Community Health Service Development. Her areas of interest include rural health, child and maternal health, reproductive health, Latino/Hispanic health disparities and preventative medicine.  She was raised in West Yellowstone Montana where she grew to love the outdoors. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing, and travel.
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Rachel Sisco

Media and Information Specialist/ Assistant Project Coordinator
Rachel Sisco graduated from Montana State University with highest honors, earning her Bachelors of Science in Community Health. Rachel works as the assistant project coordinator for the Rural Health Initiative and has worked on the Community Health Service Development project as well as the Montana Community Health Worker Stakeholder Project. She was raised in Pennsylvania until moving to Montana with her family. Rachel enjoys being outdoors and exploring the new state she now calls home. 
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Heidi Blossom

Nursing Compliance Coordinator        E-mail: heidi.blossom@montana.edu   Phone: (406) 442-8623

Heidi Blossom, MSN, RN, is the Nursing Compliance Coordinator for the Montana Office of Rural Health & Area Health Education Center. She has developed education and supervised Community Health Workers. Ms. Blossom has taught as an adjunct Professor of Nursing at Carroll College, in Helena, Montana, and has developed curriculum for nursing students as well as education majors. Ms. Blossom is a co-author of the article, “The Experience of Nursing Students Visiting Older Adults Living in Rural Communities,” published in the Journal of Professional Nursing July/August 2013. She collaborated with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program to develop a guide for Community Health Workers, “Building a Community Health Worker Program.” She holds a BA in Nursing from Carroll College, Helena, MT, and an MSN from Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, in Nursing Education. 

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Beth Ann Carter

Project Coordinator 
Montana Rural Allied Health
Professionals Training Program
E-mail: beth.carter@montana.edu
Phone: 406-925-1261