Meet Our Staff
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Nursing Compliance Coordinator E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.