Department of Public Health and Human Services
Ann Buss supervises the MOMS program implementation. She has 25+ years experience managing maternal and child health programs and is beginning her 15th year as the Montana Title V Director/Maternal Child Health Section Supervisor. Ann earned her BA in elementary education/psychology; an AA in Early Childhood Education; and a Masters of Public Health Administration.
Amanda Roccabruna Eby
As the Program Specialist for Montana’s Maternal Health Innovation grant, Montana Obstetrics and Maternal Support (MOMS) she oversees program design, implementation and evaluation while managing related contracts and federal reporting. She coordinates the multidisciplinary statewide collaboration of the MOMS Maternal Health Leadership Council, the Montana Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC), the Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC) and the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Initiative. Prior to this role, she managed business development and provided communications support at Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. As the Health Innovation Program Officer for Montana Medicaid, she managed Medicaid’s value-based payment programs. As Project Administrator for the Montana Insurance Commissioner, she staffed communications, health policy and consumer education; and she administered the statewide Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program.
As Director of Grants and Program Development at Billings Clinic, Dianna Linder plays a strategic role in partnering with thought leaders to development exciting new programs by securing external resources. She writes grants and supervises the work of contract grant writers and grant management staff, provides support for others across the organization writing grants of all types, and works with physicians and employees in program planning, budgeting and implementation. Dianna assumed the full full-time position as Director of Grants in 2013, following 12 years of grant writing and sponsored program planning for Billings Clinic as a consultant. Prior to joining Billings Clinic, Dianna was the Dean of Distance Learning at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Dianna holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dianna is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and serves as the current President of the MT Chapter.
Dr. Clayton H. “Tersh” McCracken III
Dr. Clayton H. “Tersh” McCracken III attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. He joined Billings Clinic in 1992 after completing his internship and residency at the University of Cincinnati. He has served as the Medical Director of the Billings Clinic Family Birth Center and is active with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as the Montana Medical Association. Dr. McCracken currently serves as the MOMS Medical Director, ACOG District VIII Chair, and Chair of the Montana Maternal Health Leadership Council. He serves in an advisory role on all MOMS activities and is the primary facilitator for MOMS Project ECHO clinics.
Stephanie Fitch, MHA, MS, LAC
Stephanie attended Montana State University Billings where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. She completed a master’s in Healthcare Administration with concentration in Human Resource Management through Colorado State University Global in November 2020. Stephanie has been a licensed addiction counselor (LAC) in the state of Montana since 2016 and utilized that license to provide inpatient, outpatient, and utilization review counseling at Rimrock Foundation prior to accepting a position with Billings Clinic in January 2020. Stephanie manages all MOMS Demonstration Project activities including simulation trainings, Project ECHO, certification courses, telehealth services, remote patient monitoring, and perinatal/postpartum substance abuse/mental health programming.
Valerie Lofgren, BS, ACLC
Valerie began her career as a CNA at Roundup Memorial Hospital in 2008. She then moved to Billings and started her journey working with people in recovery at Rimrock Foundation in 2011. Over her 10.5 years with Rimrock, she served in numerous roles with her favorite being her case management work at Michel’s House and Willow Way assisting mothers and their children. She completed her bachelors degree in the Psychology of Addictions through Purdue Global in August of 2020 and transitioned into work as a women’s residential counselor at that time. Valerie joined the Billings Clinic team in December 2021 as the MOMS Regional Engagement Coordinator; she is tasked with expanding the Empaths perinatal substance use program and managing social media and other marketing efforts for the MOMS demonstration project.
Mary Robertson, RN, BSEd, BSN, CHSE
Mary Robertson began her professional career as a teacher and turned to nursing after memorable and powerful birth experiences. She has 35 years of nursing practice in clinical settings, public health, and health care education, including the use of simulation. She has served on multiple state and local professional boards and committees, inclusive of the Montana Hospital Association education committee and the Montana Perinatal association Board of Directors. Her expertise incorporates clinical passion, educational and program development, competency assessment and the integration of simulation-based education into intra-and inter-professional learning. She has developed training for new staff at Billings Clinic and has also trained CNA students, PA students, resident physicians, and pharmacists. Additionally, Ms. Robertson has provided numerous professional presentations at local, state and national levels.
Accomplishments encompass working with (and learning from) inter-professional learners in multiple settings. In addition, Ms. Robertson is privileged to have led teams that launched the Billings Clinic Simulation and Experiential Learning Lab (SELL) and steered the SELL to international accreditation. She completed a master’s certificate in Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management from Robert Morris University and has achieved multiple specialty certifications in nursing practice. She is currently credentialed as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH).
Ms. Robertson’s proudest professional moments center around the “Aha-now I get it” instances that occur in the context of individual conversations, collaborative projects and learning events. She joined MOMS in 2020 as the MOMS Nurse Clinician. She shared that she is “thrilled to be a part of the MOMS team!” and we are so grateful for the experience, knowledge, and balance she brings to the team.
When not working on MOMS projects, Ms. Robertson is frequently charmed by her four beautiful grandchildren, her children and her partner, Mark. She can sometimes be found in her garden, her teardrop camper with her dog Lucy, or in the back row of the Billings Symphony where she plays horn. She sometimes forgets that she is actually owned by cats Crosby and Buddy.
Joe Salyer, CBHPSS
Joseph “Joe” Salyer joined the MOMS Eastern Montana Perinatal Addiction Treatment Health System (EMPATHS) team in November 2020 as the social services care manager. He was born and raised in Billings and feels fortunate to live in the beautiful state of Montana where he routinely participates in hiking, camping, running, watching/playing sports, swimming in the Stillwater and fishing those waters as well with his young sons. Prior to joining the MOMS team, Joe served as a certified behavioral health peer support specialist at Rimrock Foundation where he aided those struggling with substance use and mental health disorders access support services and begin their journeys in recovery. Joe shared: “I am passionate about people, and empowering and inspiring humans to fight to be their best, to attain joy and fulfill their glorious purpose in life. I’ve learned this is possible through humility, compassion, empathy, giving of my time and openness in sharing life experience and lessons hard learned. I strive to seek out gratitude in every simple and complex thing in life and have found it has created a positive shift in my life”.
University of Montana
Dr. Annie Glover
Originally from Great Falls, MT, Dr. Annie Glover is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. In this role, she leads research and evaluation initiatives related to reproductive health and gender-based violence, including the statewide evaluation of the Montana Obstetric and Maternal Support (MOMS) program. Dr. Glover has a PhD from the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine in Global Health Systems Management and Policy, an MPH and MPA from University of Montana, and a graduate certificate in Native American Studies and BA in German, economics, and political science from Montana State University. Dr. Glover has received her post-doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, and she is a Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty Global Health Center.
Dr. Kimber McKay
Dr. Kimber McKay is a professor in the School of Public and Community Health Sciences at the University of Montana. My research is on programs that address the social and behavioral determinants of health, and the interplay between community development projects and health outcomes. My main area of expertise is social and behavioral determinants of maternal and child health, and my research has focused on understanding and influencing health behaviors in cross-cultural settings, both rural and urban. I have 20+ years’ experience working with interdisciplinary teams of health professionals, engineers and community mobilizers on program design, research, and monitoring and evaluation.
Carly Holman is a Program Evaluator at the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. Ms. Holman’s work has included research on early childhood systems, obesity prevention, and healthcare workforce development. Before joining the Center, Ms. Holman worked at the Western Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) on projects to enhance access to quality health care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals via strategic partnerships with academic programs, communities, and professional organizations. She holds a master’s degree in Community Health and Prevention Sciences from the University of Montana.
Madeline Woo is an Affiliate Researcher with the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities under Montana’s HRSA Maternal Health Innovation Grant, with the Montana Obstetric and Maternal Support (MOMS) Program. Madeline’s role on MOMS is to investigate severe maternal morbidity in partnership with the Montana Hospital Association. She holds a Masters of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from the International Health Department in the Health Systems concentration, along with a certificate in Evaluation of International Programs. She also has a Master of Arts in political science from the University of California, San Diego. Her maternal health work includes evaluating the impact of midwife training programs on maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in Myanmar and Ethiopia, studying client-provider communication around adverse maternal outcomes and potential for misclassification between early neonatal death and stillbirth in Ethiopia, and researching criteria for preventability used by state maternal mortality review boards in the United States.
Megan Nelson is a Research Analyst at the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. In this role, she supports the statewide evaluation of the Montana Obstetric and Maternal Support (MOMS) program. Nelson has a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. Her experience includes clinical work with children, families, and substance use in pregnancy.
Dr. Sarah Reese
Dr. Sarah Reese is an assistant professor at the University of Montana School of Social Work. Sarah has over a decade of direct social work practice working with individuals and families impacted by poverty, oppression, and mental health and substance use disorders. This experience has informed her research interests – primarily, integrated health intervention to promote health and well-being during the perinatal period, with a particular focus on perinatal substance use disorder.