Anna Bradley has been working with the Public Health and Safety Division at Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services since 2014 after graduating with her Master's of Science in Health and Human Performance, with a focus on Community Health, at the University of Montana. She has worked in clinical quality improvement with the Montana Asthma Control Program, as a program evaluator, and now as the Plans Coordinator overseeing the monitoring and implementation of the State Health Improvement Plan and the Division's Strategic Plan. Anna also provides technical assistance to both state public health programs and local and tribal health departments on developing strategic or evaluation plans whenever possible. She lives in Helena with her husband, baby boy, and two dogs.
Karen Clemmer, RN, BSN, MN, PHN
Karen Clemmer is a public health nurse with 25 years of experience with the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health population. While leading countywide MCAH efforts Clemmer utilized state and local health data to inform program priorities and activities. When local Adverse Childhood Experiences data became known, it transformed how she viewed population-based problems and priorities.
As MCAH Coordinator, Clemmer integrated ACEs science into program problem statements and into the related goals and activities. She leveraged collaborations with community partners, including more than a dozen health centers, Indian Health Services, three WIC agencies, parenting and early infant organizations, and public health home visiting programs. She built relationships upon a shared understanding of ACEs science and the intersection with the target population. Working in coordination with key partners she identified levers and opportunities to address upstream, ACEs related, root causes of key health disparities.
In 2014, Clemmer co-founded the Sonoma County ACEs Connection. It rapidly grew from a grassroots organization to a structured coalition with 75+ members from many sectors, including juvenile justice, public policy, child advocacy, primary care, behavioral health, among others. Recognized for its work by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Sonoma County ACEs Connection was invited to apply for and was one of 14 communities nationwide to receive the foundation's Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities grant. Among other goals, the funding supported 25 community leaders to become certified ACEs Interface Master Trainers and this work continues to ripple. In June 2019 an article, "Trauma informed public health nursing visits to parents and children" was published that highlights the benefits of a trauma-informed home visiting model utilizing ACEs education in a self-reflective approach with parents to increase family resilience and reduce the risk for future childhood trauma.
Clemmer's vision as a public health nurse to fully capitalize on the power of prevention - transformed her career trajectory. Since 2017 Karen has served as the Regional Community Facilitator for ACEs Connection where she works at a regional level to heal, prevent, and treat Adverse Childhood Experiences while promoting resiliency.
Jaleen Johnson is the Program Manager of the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC), which is one of 14 HRSA-Funded resource centers across the country. The NRTRC provides technical assistance in developing Telehealth networks and applications throughout the region of Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Jaleen was the Telestroke Program Coordinator and Neurosciences Outreach Administrative Coordinator for six years before moving to the NRTRC in July of 2020. Jaleen has participated in many research efforts and has presented on telehealth at several conferences on the national and international levels. She has also been published in several medical journals, including the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.
Lanette is the daughter of a German farm girl and a Crow Tribal member, her father was born and raised on the Crow reservation. During her childhood, she lived on five reservations in Montana and Wyoming. Lanette had an influence on the seven Montana reservations associated with her father’s employment with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Lanette has insight into balancing communications between tribal and non-tribal populations, continuing into her professional and personal life. As a Registered Nurse, Lanette was the Native American Patient Advocate for a two-year federal grant at Billings Clinic. The grant position continued over four years. Lanette advanced her nursing education and achieved a Masters in Nursing. Lanette created the project "Comparison of Cultural Competency Programs for Nurses." Most recently, Lanette was the Supervisor of Native American Programs at Benefis Health System. Lanette participated as a liaison and co-author for the Montana Emergency Child Ready Project. Lanette has provided cultural education to MSU nursing and dietary students as well as providing resources and connections with local agencies, Indian Health Service, and Tribal Health Departments.
Mariela Herrara Rojas, MD
Mariela Herrara Rojas is a Board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has worked in the Psychiatric Youth Treatment Unit at Billings Clinic, in Billings, MT for the past five and a half years. She completed Medical School and Adult psychiatry residency in her home country of Costa Rica. Upon moving to the United States, she repeated an Adult Psychiatry Residency and subsequently completed a Child and Adolescence Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, OH. She is passionate about advocating for youth who have been exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and struggle to find supportive attachments and stable and caring placements. After doing this for five years, she realized the need to work towards prevention through extensive education and development of policies that have been backed by evidence to decrease the occurrence of ACEs. Mariela helped develop the first Psychiatry Residency Program in the state of Montana and is one of two Associate Program Directors in the program. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting new places, exploring the outdoors, and traveling to her home country to see her extended family.
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, a 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, evidence-based services in collaboration with medical providers, community agencies, and schools.
Mark Schure is an assistant professor of community health at Montana State University. He received a doctorate degree in public health at Oregon State University where he began research on the impacts of depression among older adults. His most recent research focuses on evaluating novel intervention's impacts on mental wellbeing. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator on several research projects aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of an Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy program to help reduce depression and anxiety among adult Montanans. He is also the Principal Investigator of a project to develop and evaluate the impact of a trauma-informed program designed for the Apsáalooke (Crow) nation. In his spare time, he gets outside as often as possible to enjoy the great Montana landscape and recreational opportunities.
Jonnae Tillman is in her 18th year as a trainer, researcher, and consultant in Motivational Interviewing (M.I.). and is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), an international organization committed to research, training, and practice. Jonnae is the former Clinical Director of University of Washington's Innovative Projects Research Group (IPRG), where she provided M.I. training and supervision in research with military personnel, marijuana dependence, and alcohol abuse. Jonnae has also written online CE courses for M.I. and Type 2 Diabetes Primary Care, and M.I. for Early Childhood Programs.
Jonnae received her DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatry) from Seattle University, as well as undergraduate degrees in psychology and addiction medicine. She has trained and coached emergency department practitioners at NYU/Bellevue Hospital, Miami's Jackson Memorial, and Massachusetts General in Boston. She also teaches M.I. as Adjunct Faculty for Seattle University's graduate nurse practitioner program. She now designs trainings for Nurse Family Partnership, Washington State Department of Corrections, Migrant Head Start, and domestic violence prevention agencies.
Jonnae regularly presents at national and international conferences, presenting on topics like "M.I. in 'e-Health' Interventions" at the ICME research conference in Venice, Italy; and "M.I. in Healthcare: Brief Interventions" at the MINT conference in Sheffield, England. She lives north of Seattle with her two gigantic, muddy Labradors.
Ryan Tolleson Knee, PhD
Ryan Tolleson Knee, Ph.D. has more than 30 years of experience in social service and mental health workforce development, statewide prevention and intervention system development, educational leadership, and systems management. His areas of expertise include curriculum design/development, team leadership and management, rural behavioral health, designing and implementing rural and tribal community school-based substance abuse, mental health, and suicide prevention programs (e.g., PAX Good Behavior Game, Zero Suicide), rural and tribal mental health and social service system workforce improvement, and research and data management. Dr. Tolleson Knee serves as the co-director of the National Rural School Mental Health Center in partnership with the University of Missouri and University of Virginia developing and testing school-based behavioral health prevention and intervention programs. He recently oversaw curriculum development and staff training to effectively deliver culturally relevant courses and workshops to impact systems providing behavioral health, social services, prevention, and education to high-risk populations. As Director of the University of Montana’s Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development, Dr. Tolleson Knee has overseen the development of classroom, web-based, and e-learning curricula to promote knowledge and skill development for professionals employed in rural and tribal communities that provide behavioral health, prevention, social services, addiction treatment, and education services to high-risk children, youth, and families. These web-based training modules, podcasts (iTunes station), e-learning courses, video educational sessions (YouTube learning channel), professional toolkits, and fact sheets have been developed to facilitate on-demand and immediately downloadable training materials. This content has provided workforce development and capacity building guidance in underserved areas in Montana and across the United States in areas such as substance abuse, childhood, and adolescent mental health, trauma, child and adolescent development, and adult mental health.