External Advisory Committee

To contact any of the EAC members, please email GPH Program Coordinator Delyla Wilson: delyla.wilson@mso.umt.edu

Richard Aldred

  • Executive Director, Posture 24/7
Richard Aldred

Rick Aldred was born and raised in Canada where he received a BA in Philosophy, B.Ed in Education, and worked on a degree in religious studies at the graduate level. He has varied work experience, focusing for many years now on information technology. His third daughter, Eleanore, was born with complex needs in 1989; the next twelve years with her changed Rick’s life, as he awakened to the lived experience of families raising children with complex needs. This experience inspired the NGO Eleanore’s Project, which focuses on improving the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families in low-resource parts of the world. Currently Eleanore’s Project provides wheelchair clinics and wheelchairs to those in need in Peru. These life experiences coalesced and led Rick to found Postural Care USA in 2013 with his wife Tamara, now continuing on as Posture 24/7. Rick spends part of his time providing IT support at a clinic for uninsured and underinsured individuals in Missoula, Montana, where he is highly aware of the need for cost effective health care approaches. He spends the rest of his work day developing Posture 24/7 and Eleanore’s Project. In his spare time he is an avid amateur photographer.

Jonah Attebery, MD

  • Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Jonah Attebery, MD
Jonah Attebery is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he is a practicing pediatric intensivist.  After medical school at Oregon Health and Science University and residency at the University of Nebraska, he completed his critical care fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.  During this time, he also completed a research fellowship investigating physiologic markers of nutritional recovery in severely malnourished children in Malawi.  Other global health experience includes research on traumatic brain injury in east Africa and South America, which he continues.  Additional research interests include the reduction of morbidity in children returning to medically-underserved communities following critical illness.  Following the completion of his training, he spent a year working in Missoula in the PICU at Community Medical Center.  In his spare time he enjoys travel, cooking, fly fishing, and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals.”

Breanna Barger-Kamate, MD

  • COO and Chair of Mali Medical Relief Fund
Breanna Barger-Kamate, MD

I grew up in Arlee Montana, a small 30 minutes north of Missoula. I attended the University of Montana, initially studying political science and French. I returned for an additional year of pre-medicine study to qualify for medical school. I had my first experiences with global health research working as a research assistant to Dr. Peter Koehn on his cultural competency work. After completing my undergrad, I moved to Washington DC where I worked at the National Institutes of Health on a project that took me to Mali. During this year I also applied to medical school. In the fall of 2004, I began my studies at Montana State through the WWAMI program. After my third year of medical school I was accepted into the Forgarty International Health Scholars program. In the Fall of 2007 I returned to Mali for a year. I helped conduct one of the earliest trials of using intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in school children. With this came abundant clinical experience and a front line education in health disparities.

In 2008 while seeing patients on the pediatric ward, I was increasingly concerned about the number of patients dying from poverty. They simply could not afford their diagnostic work up or treatment. I wrote an email home and within days several friends and family members had donated a few thousand dollars to help pay for care. At the end of rounds the pediatric team would assess the needs of patients and determine who would need financial support. We would go and purchase the studies and medicines needed to continue patient care. The program became a huge success. Mali Medical Relief Fund was born! Patients benefited from the care they received, and the medical team is able to do much more to help patients in financial difficulty.

We continued our work even after I left to return to the USA. We had a reliable team of physicians and medical students who continued to refer patients and provide care. Over the years we have benefited from generous donors who have helped our organization grow. We are now in 5 sites around the country and are able to provide complex surgeries including brain surgery, complex orthopedic surgeries, and even prostheses. 

I completed my training in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Since completing my training, my day job is that I am an attending pediatric emergency medicine physician at Providence Sacred Heart in Spokane Washington. I continue on as the Chief of Operations and Chair of the board of Mali Medical Relief Fund.  I am thrilled to be a part of the global health advisory council.

Darin Bell, MD

  • Faculty, Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana
Darin Bell, MD

Darin is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. He also works part time as a Hospitalist at St Patrick Hospital. He has lived and taught in Missoula for the last year and a half. Prior to moving to Montana, he spent eight years living and working in rural and bush communities throughout Alaska. In that capacity he served as medical director for a volunteer EMS service, a national park, a nursing home, and a maximum security prison. He has put together and participated in several over-seas medical volunteer trips in Africa and South East Asia. During these experiences, he has witnessed the profound effects the physical environment can have on the health of a population and its individuals; as well as the effects that the health of people can have on their environment.

Tom Bulger, MD

  • Internist/Emergency Medicine, St. Patrick Hospital
Tom Bulger, MD

Tom Bulger grew up in Great Falls, attended Harvard College, then McGill medical school. He was the Chief Medical Resident at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. He is a board Certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He has been an Emergency Medicine doctor at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula since 1989. His international health experience includes work with semi-nomadic tribes in Kenya, India, and rural poor in Honduras. He believes that Global Health efforts now lead the world in accurate detection of health problems and their solutions -- even in wealthy countries like our own. And, as Paul Farmer says, there is a part for everyone.

 

Julie DeSoto, MPA, International Development

  • Program Management Officer
Julie DeSoto, MPA, International Development
Julie is a Program Management Officer focusing on adolescent health and mental health programming on the global health team at World Vision. She supports the DREAMS Innovation Challenge Project School-Community Accountability for Adolescent Girls Education (SAGE) in Uganda and the COVida (Together for Children) OVC project in Mozambique. Julie has worked extensively with adolescents in the U.S., Egypt, Jordan, Mozambique, and Uganda. In the Middle East, she managed programs for youth empowerment and employability, and she is now focusing on the intersection of adolescent health and mental health programming. Julie holds a bachelor degree in science and a master degree in international development from the University of Montana focused in the Middle East and fragile contexts, and is currently pursuing a second post-graduate degree in public health at the George Washington University focusing on global adolescent health and global mental health.

Alexandra Enders, OTR/L

Alexandra Enders, OTR/L
Alexandra Enders is a licensed occupational therapist   For more than 40 years, she has been involved with service delivery systems and networks, public policy, funding and quality assurance issues, program development and training activities, information services, independent living program development, and technology evaluation and effectiveness studies, at the University of Montana Rural Institute on Disabilities, the Electronic Industries Foundation in Washington, D.C., the Rehabilitation Engineering Center at Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, California.  She has a long time interest in universal design, self help tools and technology, accessible media, and integrated approaches to dissemination with an emphasis on technology, particularly DIY (do it yourself)  technology.  She has travelled extensively, and uses GIS (geographic information systems) to explore the relationship of environmental factors and access and functional needs. She has published widely, including three editions of the Assistive Technology Sourcebook, and has served on numerous advisory boards.  Ms. Enders was awarded a NIDRR Switzer Fellowship which focused on Self-Help Tools. She has worked for the International Red Cross Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center in Armenia; done a fellowship in India on the Relationship of Economic Development to Community Based Rehabilitation and Independent Living, and is currently a FEMA reservist in the Disability Integration Cadre. She was a founding member and a past-president of RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Association of North America.

Heinz Feldmann, MD, PhD

  • Chief, Laboratory of Virology Chief and Disease Modeling and Transmission Section, NIAID
Heinz Feldmann, MD, PhD
Heinz Feldmann graduated from medical school in 1987 (M.D.) and received his Ph.D. in 1988, both from the University of Marburg, Germany. His postdoctoral research was conducted in the field of virology (filoviruses and hantaviruses) at the Institute of Virology, University of Marburg, Germany, and the special pathogens branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he held a fellowship from the National Research Council. Following his postdoctoral training, he was as an assistant and associate professor with the Institute of Virology at the University of Marburg, Germany. During this time he was trained as an infectious disease specialist with a focus on laboratory diagnostics. From 1999 to 2008, Dr. Feldmann held the position of chief of the special pathogens program of the National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada. Since 2008, he has been the chief of Laboratory of Virology and the chief scientist at the RML BSL-4 laboratories and is now the Chief of the Laboratory of Virology at the Rocky Mountain Lab.  In addition, he is an associate professor with the department of medical microbiology, University of Manitoba. Dr. Feldmann is a laboratory expert on high containment viruses (BSL-4) and serves as a consultant on viral hemorrhagic fevers and related pathogens for the World Health Organization and, thus, has field experience and expertise in outbreak management. He is a member of national and international professional societies, an editor for Archives of Virology, and serves on the editorial board of several other journals. Dr. Feldman is the Chief of the Laboratory of Virology at the Rocky Mountain Lab.

Nancy Fitch, MD

  • Independent Consultant, Institute for Collaborative Development
Nancy Fitch, MD

Dr. Nancy Fitch is currently an independent consultant in international health, working for a newly established firm, the Institute for Collaborative Development, that specializes in health financing and health system strengthening.

She previously worked for 7 years at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation for the Foundation’s Director of Sustainability and Health Systems in three different positions. Most recently, she oversaw efforts to strengthen nationally and locally-led HIV and primary health services and systems in 12 African countries. Prior to September 2011, Dr. Fitch served as the country director for the Foundation’s program in Mozambique, where she oversaw programmatic, research, and advocacy initiatives. Her areas of technical expertise include HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, family medicine and primary health care, reproductive health, health service delivery, performance-based financing, health systems strengthening, and quality improvement. Dr. Fitch first served as the country director for the Foundation’s Rwanda program before joining the Mozambique office in 2008.

Previous to her work with the Foundation, Dr. Fitch served in various roles at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Rwanda, including HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor and oversaw the first two years of USAID’s HIV Rwanda program. She also worked as a Primary Care advisor to the Ministry of Health in Armenia, strengthening primary health care and developing a family medicine training program and curriculum at the national medical university. For 11 years, Dr. Fitch was Director of the University of Montana’s Student Health Services. Dr. Fitch received a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Brown University and a degree in medicine from Duke University, School of Medicine; she completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota Hospitals.

Lisa Fleischer, MD

  • Family Medicine, Kalispell Regional Medical Center
 Lisa Fleischer, MD

Dr. Fleischer received her BA from Cornell University and attended George Washington University Medical School. She has been working in Family Practice in NW Montana, mainly Ronan and Kalispell, since 1988. Dr. Fleischer has worked in a variety of health organizations and positions; from private practice, for the HIS and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Lake County Health Department, to the Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She is currently the Medical Director of Lake County Family Planning Clinic and a volunteer physician St. Jude Hospital in St. Lucia. She was also the founder and President of Hewanorra Health Volunteers (a 501C3 dedicated to supporting St. Jude Hospital) from 2004-2013. She has been acting as a recruitment liaison for HHV since 2013. She has worked internationally with the Behrhorst Foundation in Chimaltenango, Guatemala,  Physicians with Heart Family Medicine Development in Tajikistan, Kyrgystan and Moldova, and St Jude Hospital in St Lucia. Dr. Fleischer believes that working in Global Health settings allows us to connect with new patients, colleagues and systems to the potential benefit of all.

Students can learn more about our work in St Lucia by visiting www.hhv-stlucia.org

Bruce Hardy

Kate Hurly

Tamara Kittelson-Adred, MS

  • OTR/L, ATP/SMS, Project Director - Elanore's Project
Tamara Kittelson-Adred, MS
Tamara is an occupational therapist that has been in practice for 40 years. As a specialist in pediatrics/early intervention her focus shifted when Eleanore, her third daughter, was born with complex needs; eventually she specialized in positioning and mobility equipment for children, youth and adults with complex needs. Tamara is a RESNAcertified Assistive Technology Professional/Seating and Mobility Specialist. While working with children during their growing years, she observed deterioration in the body shape of many despite good seating and positioning. In the year 2000 a paper published in England sparked her interest in 24 hour postural care. She used what she knew as a therapist to provide 24 hour postural care for her clients, but over time desired further training. In January 2012 Tamara studied with John and Liz Goldsmith and Sarah Clayton at Postural Care Skills, CIC in England. She implemented what she learned with clients at home and completed qualifications in Measurement of Body Symmetry, Advanced Postural Care  and a Postural Care Tutor/Manager course through the Open College Network West Midlands. Her desire to raise awareness about 24 hour postural care in the United States led to starting a nonprofit organization in 2013, Postural Care USA – now renamed Posture 24/7. Tamara works clinically through her private practice, Specialty Occupational Therapy, PLLC,  in Missoula, Montana. In addition to working with Posture 24/7, she also directs Eleanore’s Project, which focuses on improving the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families in low-resource parts of the world. Currently Eleanore’s Project provides wheelchair clinics and wheelchairs to those in need in Peru. In her spare time she loves to grow, preserve and cook with food from her garden and is an avid yoga practitioner.

Joe Knapp, MD

  • Internal Medicine/Cardiology, The International Heart Institute of Montana

Dr. Joe Knapp is a Cardiologist who has been practicing in Missoula since 1982. Presently, he is the director of medical research at the International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation. He completed his undergraduate education at Santa Clara University and attended Medical School at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency and earned a Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Arizona. His Public Health Education was at the University of Washington. Among his professional interests are advanced cardiac imaging with cardiac ultrasound, in particular three-dimensional realtime imaging. He has a particular passion for the practical implementation of "Best Practices" in the real world of health care delivery and the Appropriate Use Criteria and what it implies for the practice of medicine. He is interested in the comparative effectiveness of research and population studies in rural America.

Nerissa Koehn, MD

  • Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana
Nerissa Koehn, MD

Dr. Nerissa Koehn is a family physician who was born and raised in Missoula. She attended Lewis and Clark College, Harvard Medical School, and Tacoma Family Medicine for her residency training. As an undergraduate student, she spent five months in Kenya on a study abroad program where she completed an independent study project on ways to improve communication between traditional and modern healers. While in medical school, she did a four-month internship with the World Health Organization and Zanzibar Ministry of Health in Tanzania on hookworm infections among school children on Pemba Island. She also spent six weeks in the rural highlands of Guatemala participating in an intensive medical Spanish course and providing medical care to the local indigenous population at a number of rural clinic outposts. After completion of residency, she and her husband, Dr. John Miller, worked for the Indian Health Service in Zuni, New Mexico where she served as the Director of Women's Health at the Zuni Service Unit. They spent eight years living and working on the Zuni reservation before moving back to Missoula in 2011. Dr. Nerissa Koehn is currently the Associate Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana (FMRWM). The mission of FMRWM is to train family physicians who are motivated to serve patients and communities in the rural and underserved areas of Montana.

Charlotte Kutsch, MD

  • Dermatology, Western Montana Clinic

Dr. Kutsch is a Dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology.  She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and received her graduate training in Dermatology at the University of Colorado.  She also completed a research-based fellowship in Immunodermatology at the University of Colorado. Dr. Kutsch has worked in solo, group, and hospital-based Dermatology practices. She is currently employed by the Western Montana Clinic.  Dr. Kutsch is Vice-President of the Montana Academy of Dermatology, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Montana Medical Association. In February 2014, she taught Dermatology to medical students and residents in Cambodia through Health Volunteers Overseas. She returned there recently to teach again in February 2015.

Anne Linn, MPH

  • USAID
  • Africa Regional Malaria Advisor
Anne Linn, MPH

Annē Linn grew up in Belgrade, MT, and first discovered her passion for global health as an undergraduate student studying Spanish, French and Global Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. She decided to pursue further experience and education through the Peace Corps Masters International Program at Tulane University, where she received a Masters of Public Health in International Health and Development. While awaiting her Peace Corps placement, Annē and her husband came back to Montana, and she worked at The University of Montana as a program coordinator in the Western Montana Area Health Education Center. Peace Corps service sent Annē to Senegal for two years, where she worked on a pilot project of a proactive model of community case management of malaria, establishing cervical cancer screening services, and a harm reduction project around mercury exposure in artisanal gold mining. Annē subsequently went on to work at Rutgers University establishing a global health program within the School of Nursing and then to Johns Hopkins University where she worked for the Demographic and Health Surveys Program, a global survey project that monitors the health situation of countries around the world. In her current role at USAID, Annē acts as a liaison between the Africa Bureau and the President's Malaria Initiative, providing technical guidance on the monitoring and evaluation of US-funded malaria programs. She dearly misses Montana and is delighted to serve on the EAC. 

Mary Nielsen, MSN, RN

  • Team Leader for Tanzania Medical Mission
Mary Nielsen, MSN, RN
Mary attended college in Minnesota earning a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1978. Along with her husband Tim, they came west to Missoula, MT, where she started her career as an RN at Saint Patrick’s Hospital.   

Mary has worked in rehabilitation, acute care, emergency room care, home health and hospice care. After earning her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education, she has spent the last 25 years in nursing academia, as nursing faculty and then the Nursing Program Director at Missoula College.  She then joined the HealthCARE Montana TAACCCT 4 grant team as the Nursing Curriculum Director in 2014, and after 39 years of nursing, plans to join her husband Tim in retirement after the grant ends March of 2018.

Since 2009, Mary with her husband Tim have made five medical mission trips to Sakila, Tanzania and leading the teams since 2011. The focus of our visits have changed from a clinic setting to becoming a mobile clinic traveling to outlying villages of northern Tanzania. The experience has been enlightening, spiritual, joyful, humbling, and educational.   Our plans are to continue this relationship with Bishop Eluidi Issangya, of the International Evangelism Center in Sakila, and the surrounding communities long-term.

John Miller, MD

  • Medical Director, Partnership Health Center
John Miller, MD

Dr. John Miller is a family physician who was raised in a small town in north Idaho. He attended the University of Chicago and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Sociology.  He then attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in International Health. During this time, he completed a four week intensive medical Spanish course in medical school, and spent ten weeks in the rural highlands of Guatemala participating in public health research on bus safety and providing medical care to the local indigenous population at a number of rural clinic outposts.  After completion of his residency at Tacoma Family Medicine, he worked for the Indian Health Service in Zuni, New Mexico where he served as the Director of the Diabetes Program at the Zuni Service Unit.  For eight years, he lived and worked with his wife Dr. Nerissa Koehn on the Zuni reservation before moving back to Missoula in 2011. Dr. Miller is currently the Medical Director at Partnership Health Center, Missoula's community health center.  He is also a faculty member for the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana (FMRWM).

Lisa Parks, PhD

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Professor of Comparative Media Studies, Director of the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab
Lisa Parks, PhD

Lisa Parks, Ph.D., is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, where she serves as Director of the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab (http://globalmedia.mit.edu/). A humanities scholar, she is the author and editor of seven books focused on media and information technologies, globalization, and world power relations, including most recently, Rethinking Media Coverage: Vertical Mediation and the War on Terror (Routledge, 2018), Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (Duke UP, 2017), and Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures (U of Illinois, 2015).  Parks is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow, and her recent research has focused on internet and mobile phone infrastructure in Zambia and Tanzania. She has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, McGill University, University of Southern California, and the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a PI on major research grants from the National Science Foundation and the US State Department, and has collaborated with computer scientists, geographers, and artists. She is committed to exploring how greater understanding of media systems can inform and assist citizens, scholars and policymakers in the US and abroad to advance campaigns for technological literacy, creative expression, social justice, and human rights. Before joining the MIT faculty, Parks was Professor and former Department Chair of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she also served as Director of the Center for Information Technology and Society. She is an alumna of the University of Montana.

Gary Peterson

 

Genevieve Reid, MD

  • Director, Global Midwife Education Foundation
Genevieve Reid, MD

Dr. Genevieve Reid is a practicing Family Physician from Livingston Montana who has worked in Pakistan, Nicaragua, Morocco and Bolivia on women's and children's health issues in remote, low-income settings.  In 2010, she founded the Global Midwife Education Foundation which works to train birth attendants, improve educational opportunities and improve wáter and sanitation in southern Bolivia. Her interest in improving care in the developing world has been inspired by the safe childbirth experiences we can provide to mothers and babies in the rural United States.

George Risi, MD

  • Infectious Disease Physician
George Risi, MD
Dr. Risi is an infectious disease physician in private practice in Missoula. He received his undergraduate degree at Emory University, MD at Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia. He did his residency and ID fellowship at the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. His international work has included a year sabbatical at the London School of Hygiene studying immunology. Dr. Risi also spent time working in Africa where he cared for patients with Ebola, which he followed by training health-care workers to care for Ebola patients in Havana, and Panama. He believes that global Public Health is critical in this era of modern travel, where no place in the world is more than a plane ride away from the US. In his own words, “Ultimately, everything is infectious. It has been a true joy to study this discipline and I cannot imagine anything more satisfying.”

Michele Sare, MSN, RN

  • Founding Director, Nurses for Nurses International Foundation, Inc
Michele Sare, MSN, RN
Michele Sare has dedicated the majority of her professional life –spanning 40 years—to improving health in rural and resource-poor communities. She founded Nurses for Nurses International Foundation, which works to close the gap between disparity and inequity in healthcare in rural and resource poor communities in Haiti, Montana, Mongolia and Nicaragua through the skill, knowledge, attributes, and strengths of the world’s largest professional healthcare workforce—nursing—the profession of care. She has also authored several internationally distributed texts, and remains a speaker, trainer, university level professor, activist, and advocate, and a consultant for rural and frontier public health. She has helped design and implement successful legislation, and deliver innovative and responsive educational offerings in Indonesia, Haiti, Mongolia, and across several US states, particularly in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Michele knows what it takes to effect change and to address the tough choices in healthcare.

Phil Seidenberg, MD

  • University of New Mexico
I grew up in Austin, Texas and then attended the University of South Carolina on a soccer scholarship where I studied Philosophy. During medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, I also was associated with the African Studies Department where I helped to teach a few courses. I became involved in early HIV behavioral research studies in Zimbabwe where I spent 18 months conducting research. Upon graduation from residency at UNM, I worked in a busy county teaching hospital in Austin, Texas prior to leaving for Zambia. While in Zambia for six years and while holding a faculty appointment in the Center for Global Health at Boston University’s School for Public Health, I was involved in program implementation focused on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) for HIV and Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) of HIV. I also conducted research focused on child survival, community case management of childhood diseases, technology and EID, and trauma. Clinically, I was a faculty member in the Department of Medicine in the University of Zambia School of Medicine and helped run the Adult ICU. Since returning to UNM in 2012, I have focused on clinical care, become involved in research in the ED Observation Unit as well as continued research in Zambia

Chris Siegler

Chris Siegler

After graduating from Notre Dame, Chris Siegler was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone from 1967-1969, working on agriculture and construction projects. Returning to the States, he worked for AT&T for four years before going to the Rosebud Indian Reservation, in South Dakota, and working on Reservation health issues with an Indian controlled non-profit. After getting an MPA at UM in 1979, Chris spent the next 28 years in healthcare consulting and hospital administration. From 1998-2014, I was a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo.

In 2004, Chris’s wife (also a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone) went back to Sierra Leone to see if there were opportunities to help the country recover from 12 years of civil conflict. They helped develop a Partnership between the Missoula YMCA and the YMCA of Sierra Leone which focused on youth empowerment and vocational training; Chris became a Member of the Board of Directors of Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that makes micro finance grants to women’s organizations in Sierra Leone, Kenya and India; and Chris became a Board member of Village Hope, Inc., a US-based 501(C) 3 organization, which is attempting to develop a sustainable commercial agri-business growing cassava and processing the tubers into gari for retail sale in Sierra Leone.

 

Brian Sippy, MD

  • Vitreo-Retinal Disease and Surgery, Rocky Mountain Eye Center
Brian Sippy, MD

Dr. Sippy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. He attended medical and graduate schools at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His medical internship was at the University of Utah. He then went to Emory University in Atlanta for a residency in Ophthalmology and stayed on for fellowships in ocular pathology and vitreo-retinal disease and surgery. He moved to Montana to join the multi-specialty Ophthalmology group at the Rocky Mountain Eye Center. He also holds affiliate positions at the University of Montana and University of Washington in Seattle. He has served on the Montana Medical Association BoT and executive committee. He is past president of the Montana Academy of Ophthalmology and represents Montana as its sole Counselor to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He travels to D.C. every spring to advocate for Medicare patients and healthcare-related issues. His global health experience comes from participating as volunteer faculty for Orbis in China and Syria.

Tim Nielsen, RPT

  • Team Leader for Tanzania Medical Mission
Tim Nielsen, RPT
Tim attended college in Iowa earning a Bachelor degree in Biology and Psychology.  He then went on to Physical Therapy School at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. In 1978, after completing PT school, he came west to Missoula, MT, to start his career as a Physical Therapist.

Tim worked for six years in a rehabilitation center/community hospital setting primarily treating rehabilitation patients who experienced spinal cord injuries, strokes, or traumatic brain injuries, and was the department director for part of those six years.  

At that point, with two other PTs, he opened a private PT practice specializing in orthopedic and musculoskeletal patients.  In the context of this clinic he also worked in nursing homes, home health care, schools, hospice care, functional job testing, pre-employment screening, and contract hospital inpatient work. After 39 years in practice, he has sold the practice and retired.  

Since 2009, Tim with his wife Mary have made five medical mission trips to Sakila, Tanzania and leading the teams since 2011. Our focus has changed from a clinic setting to becoming a mobile clinic traveling to outlying villages of northern Tanzania. The experience has been enlightening, spiritual, joyful, humbling, and educational.   Our plans are to continue this relationship with Bishop Eluidi Issangya, of the International Evangelism Center in Sakila, and the surrounding communities long-term.

Rosemary Till

  • Flathead City-County Health Department
Rosemary Till
Rosemary Till works with the Montana Cancer Screening Program and the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program at the Flathead City-County Health Department in Kalispell. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in French Language & Literature and Global Studies (Development & Social Justice emphasis) at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. In college she took many classes related to African anthropology and post-colonial studies and had the opportunity to study abroad in both metropolitan France and the Caribbean. Upon graduation, she spent a year teaching English at the Université Evangélique au Tchad and lived with a host family in Moundou, Chad. She chose to earn a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Montana because she sees public health as a tangible way to apply her interest in development studies and social justice. Much of her coursework at UM was around global health, including a practicum with the Global Public Health minor program, and a professional paper entitled “Global climate change and local public health in southern Chad: mediating pastoralist-agriculturalist conflict and improving food security.” She believes that global health is important because our world is increasingly interconnected; “global” is made up of different “locals” and their various geopolitical and socioeconomic relationships. As she is am from Montana, and maintains a love for Montana, she is increasingly interested in how to combine “global” and “local” health interests, themes, and work. When she wrote this, she was participating in a short-term opportunity with the CDC as part of their Ebola response in Guinea. She very much enjoys talking about how different experiences and backgrounds can combine into unique educational and professional opportunities, and carving out innovative approaches for local, global, and personal development.

Sarah Webb, MPH & MBA student

  • John Hopkins University

Sarah Webb graduated from the University of Puget Sound with her BA in Political Theory and Environmental Policy & Decision-Making. Sarah first fell in love with the world of international development and public health during a Field School extension of an undergraduate course in Botswana during the summer of 2011, where she was studying the overlap between community-based natural resource management and women's empowerment. She has worked in international education as well as micro-enterprise development in both India and Ecuador, where much of the programming that she was implemented was related to public health strategies (clean water, vision, public health awareness strategies) and environmental impact (resource conservation, waste management). During the year that she spent in India, Sarah's eyes were opened to the challenges and obstacles faced by women and girls during menstruation, and she has been a passionate advocate for menstrual hygiene initiatives ever since.

In her 3 years with Days for Girls, Sarah started and supported DfG programming at the global level. She participated in health training, project management, and curriculum design in Uganda, Guatemala, Nepal, and India. Sarah was the DfG Programming Director in Asia and Latin America, working closely with the DfG Core Team on strategic planning, global growth strategy, and program support  when she left DfG earlier this year to pursue a Masters in Public Health and Masters in Business Administration at John Hopkins University.

Growing up in Montana, Sarah has long been a passionate advocate for environmental conservation and the outdoor world, and is excited to be pursuing a career that focuses on the intersections between public health, women's empowerment, and environmental conservation.

Lauren Wilson