Meet Our Staff
Location: Room 301 Culbertson Hall
Kristin has directed the Montana AHEC and Office of Rural Health since 2007.Previously,shewas the Director of Minnesota’s Healthcare Education - Industry Partnershipand served asExecutive 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,the Advisory Committee for the Association for Community Health Improvement, and is active on boards and committees of the National AHEC Organization, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and the National Rural Health Association. She serves on several state boards and committees including the State Health Improvement Plan, Montana University System Healthcare Workforce Advisory Committee, the Montana Graduate Medical Education Council, WWAMI Advisory Committee, and the Coalition to Advance Health through Nursing.She has an MA in Urban and Regional Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato.Kristin enjoys spending time in outdoors with her dog Meahri and working with the small communities across Montana.
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 serves as Assistant Director for the Office of Rural Health. Outside of the office Natalie enjoys many adventures with her husband and children including skiing, camping and traveling.
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 is a Montana State University alumna, earning both a Bachelor of Science 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 works with 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 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, traveling our beautiful state, and watching college football!
Rachel grew up in a rural community in Washington State. She moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University. 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 with her husband and 2 dogs, and spends as much time as she can in the outdoors. Some of her favorite activities include backpacking, mountain biking, and hunting.
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 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.
Nursing Compliance Coordinator
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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.