Speakers

Mary-Ann Sontag Bowman, PhD, MSW

Dr. Mary-Ann Sontag Bowman, a faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Montana, holds a Ph.D. and an MSW from the University of California at Berkeley; she is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mary-Ann has worked in end-of-life care and grief for over two decades; her interest and passion in this area began following her own experience with loss and grief when her mother died of breast cancer at the age of 45.

Mary-Ann's clinical work includes time as a hospice social worker/bereavement coordinator, developing and implementing a bereavement program at a regional pediatric hospital, providing crisis social work services to pediatric patients and their families, and being part of a team that developed a successful pediatric palliative care service. Mary-Ann's research agenda focuses on grief and loss, parental bereavement, and pediatric palliative care. In addition to her research, Mary-Ann teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and regularly presents in her areas of expertise.

Mary-Ann believes that information about grief is essential so that those who are grieving will better understand their experiences and know they are normal (and not going crazy!). This site reflects her ongoing commitment to those who have experienced the death of a loved one. She is grateful to be able to give meaning to the sorrows that she has been trusted with through the years, for it is those experiences that have taught her the most about grief, bereavement -- and hope.

Mary-Ann enjoys living in Montana, the outdoors, her family, and training/showing her Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Bryan Cochran, PhD

My primary area of research interest is in the health correlates of being part of a stigmatized minority group. Specifically, I have studied substance use disorders and other mental health conditions among LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) youth and adult populations. My work is framed within a contextual model that takes into account the unique experiences of identifying as part of a marginalized segment of society.

As a practitioner, I work with adult clients who present with a variety of behavior disorders as well as problems in living. I am a relationship-oriented therapist who draws upon evidence-based approaches when applicable to the particular client’s problem.

Adrienne Coopey, DO

Dr. Coopey is a board certified general and child/adolescent psychiatrist. She completed medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is directing the Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic (EPIC MT), the first of its kind in the state, where the goal is to take a person-centered team-based approach at providing coordinated services to patients experiencing a first episode of psychosis. She has worked in integrated rural child and adolescent telepsychiatry and emergency telepsychiatry developing treatment algorithms and population management strategies to improve care for patients in rural areas. She is passionate about teaching especially related to building resilience in patients with adverse childhood experiences.

Ian McGrane, PharmD

Dr. Ian McGrane graduated with a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Montana in 2011. He completed a PGY1 residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a PGY2 Psychiatry specialty residency at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois. He worked at Shodair Children’s psychiatric hospital in Helena, Montana from 2014-2016. He is now an assistant professor at the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy with a clinical practice site at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. His current research interests are related to therapeutic drug monitoring and drug-drug interactions.

Zanen Pitts: Warrior Movement, Inc.

https://www.jointhewarriormovement.com/

The Warrior Movement is about bringing hope to those contemplating suicide. It's about spreading the message that there are people who care, that life is precious, and there are programs and life skills they can learn to help them get through the tough times. We aim to bring awareness to those who have the means to step up and make a difference with those going through these struggles.

It’s about developing a Warrior mentality in this battle against the darkest of foes. That means cultivating the courage to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others. We are all stronger when we fight together.

Our goal is to provide free and positive youth activities and community events to promote family and community involvement. Our motto is "Together We Rise", and we strongly believe that coming together as one and finding a sense of belonging can help in this battle against suicide. We strive to give youth a platform to have a voice and to be able to voice opinions on such topics.

Sarah Potts, PhD

Sarah Potts, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health at Partnership Health Center in Missoula, Montana. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Utah State University. Dr. Potts specialized in Behavioral Pediatrics in her residency and fellowship at the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health in Omaha, Nebraska. She is passionate about working in an integrated behavioral health capacity with children and families with a variety of internalizing and externalizing behavior concerns, medical co-diagnoses, and family challenges. She specializes in evidence-based treatments, such as CBT, ACT, DBT, functional family therapy, and applied behavior interventions. Dr. Potts’ research interests are focused around exploring barriers and improving access to excellent healthcare for all people, as well as strengthening evidence-based and cost-effective treatments as routine primary care practice. Much of her time at Partnership Health Center is spent partnering with the community to support access to excellent behavioral healthcare for the Missoula County. In her free time, Dr. Potts enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and spending time on rivers.

Teresa "Maria" Russell, LCSW

Teresa "Maria" Russell, LCSW is the Behavioral Interventionist/Project Coordinator in the Behavioral Health-Primary Care Integration Program at the Northern Cheyenne Service Unit. She earned an Associate of Arts degree at Chief Dull Knife College, Bachelor of Science from the University of Great Falls, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Walla Walla University. Prior to working in the Behavioral Health-Primary Care Integration Program, she worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in settings such as The Blessing New Spirits Program, Chief Dull Knife College, Northern Cheyenne Tribal School and Altacare of Montana (Comprehensive School and Community Treatment Program) in Lame Deer and Colstrip Public Schools.

She is passionately committed to her community, focusing from a cultural perspective to meet the behavioral health needs of the people through providing quality trauma informed, evidenced based services in collaboration with medical providers, community agencies, and schools.

Dana Thompson

Dana Thompson is the co-owner/COO of The Sioux Chef and Executive Director of NATIFS (North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems). As co-owner of The Sioux Chef, Dana Thompson has been working within the food sovereignty movement for the past six years. Within that time, she has traveled extensively throughout tribal communities engaging in critical ways to improve food access. Last year Dana jointly founded the non-profit NATIFS (North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems) for which she is acting Executive Director. Through this entity, she will focus her expertise on addressing and treating ancestral trauma through decolonized perspectives of honoring and leveraging Indigenous wisdom.

Jonnae Tillman, DNP, PMHNP

Dr. Jonnae Tillman is board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and holds a doctoral degree as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). She has additional training in addiction medicine, with over 25 years of experience working with both adults and adolescents. Dr. Tillman has a broad spectrum of experience working with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. She maintains an avid interest in integrating genetic testing into the selection of evidence-based practice and psychopharmacology. Jonnae has provided training in Motivational Interviewing for 19 years, including coaching emergency department practitioners at NYU / Bellevue Hospital, Miami’s Jackson Memorial, and Massachusetts General in Boston. She is faculty at Seattle University and designs trainings for Nurse Family Partnership, Washington State Department of Corrections, Migrant Head Start, and domestic violence prevention agencies. For her doctoral research, Jonnae investigated the role of NP’s in medication-assisted-treatment (MAT).

Liza Tupa, PhD

Dr. Liza Tupa is the Director of Education and Research for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Behavioral Health Program. A licensed clinical psychologist, her career in public behavioral health includes work in the Colorado state mental health and substance abuse authority, community mental health, corrections, and state psychiatric inpatient. Prior to joining the WICHE Behavioral Health Program, Dr. Tupa was a Deputy Director of Colorado’s Office of Behavioral Health, providing leadership in community behavioral health planning, procurement, crisis services and regulation. Her projects at WICHE Behavioral Health have included expanding rural psychology internship development to seven western states, behavioral healthcare workforce training, system and clinical consultation, statewide behavioral health needs assessments, and developing toolkits for Suicide Prevention in Primary Care and School Behavioral Health Advocacy.