Leadership

Marcy Hanson, MN, RN, Montana Act Early Ambassador.  Marcy is a registered nurse (RN) with a background in public health and nursing education. Prior to her current role, she was the Maternal/Child/Health WIC nurse for Sanders County and worked closely with their local primary care offices as well as schools. She was instrumental in implementing supplemental nutrition programs for the County’s school age children as well as the Text-4-Baby program in their WIC Department. She also has experience as a children’s case manager for Western Montana Mental Health and as a school nurse for multiple districts. In these roles, her work focused on pediatric physical and mental health as well as supporting, educating and advocating for families and caregivers. Marcy currently leads a Community Health Nursing course for Montana State University’s College of Nursing in Missoula. In this course she is able to share her passion for prevention and community-based services with future RN’s. She is pursuing a PhD in Public Health from the University of Montana. Marcy is also a foster-adoptive parent and foster care advocate in her community.

Kaitlin Fertaly, PhD is the Evaluation Services Director for the Rural Institute for Inclusion Communities.  She is the lead evaluator for the Act Early/COVID19 Response project. She also leads several maternal and child health needs assessment projects in Montana. She is passionate about improving equity and inclusion of access for all Montana families.