CARD Staff Biographies
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Brad Black (CEO/Medical Director)
Dr. Black is the Chief Executive Officer at CARD and the Medical Director. He continues to be a leading advocate for healthcare, treatment, and research to benefit those impacted by Libby amphibole asbestos. A pediatrician by specialty, he additionally spent 10 years as the Medical Director for the urgent care center and served as an emergency room physician. Lincoln County Health Officer since 1984, Dr. Black has become dedicated to developing the healthcare infrastructure for asbestos related disease healthcare, including the planning and implementation of the original ATSDR screening program and the development of CARD. With support from Alan Whitehouse, Spokane Pulmonologist, Dr. Black has become an expert in identifying and managing Libby amphibole asbestos diseases. His dedication is appreciated greatly by CARD as well as the community.
Michelle Boltz (Nurse Practitioner)
Michelle Boltz is a Nurse Practitioner who provides asbestos related health screening and chronic asbestos disease management for local and long-distance patients. Michelle is part of four generations who have made Libby their home. She received a Master’s of Science in Nursing through Washington State University and practiced family medicine in an isolated Inupiaq Eskimo village before returning to Montana in 2011. Working closely with CARD’s team of providers, Michelle has developed specialized skills in monitoring Libby amphibole asbestos disease while encouraging overall health and wellness.
Nancy Craig (Business Office Manager)
Nancy Craig joined CARD in December of 2011 in the newly created position of Business Office Manager. She was previously a Senior Medical Coding Specialist and Supervisor at Peace Health Medical Group in Longview, WA for the past twelve years. Nancy also has prior experience as a Medical Office Manager, after working her way up from a part time receptionist position in a medical practice, right out of college. She has attended Long High School, Lower Columbia College and the University of Washington, where she majored in Business.
Ashley Day (Respiratory Therapist)
Ashley is a Registered Respiratory Therapist at CARD and has been a valued member of the staff since June of 2004. She was born and raised in Libby, Montana and is a graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula. At CARD, Ashley is dedicated to quality care for patients, where she administers pulmonary functioning tests (breathing tests) to the quality that they may be used for diagnosis and research purposes. Ashley is extremely thrilled to be working in her community and is enthusiastic about educating patients on disease management. She is proud to be working at CARD with such an amazing team that shares her same goals.
Chris Ekstedt (Data Entry Technician)
Chris joined CARD in June of 2009, as a Data Entry Technician. She is responsible for the organization, entry, accuracy and overall quality assurance of CARD’s database. The database is used not only in delivering screening and healthcare services to patients; it also supports CARD’S research efforts. She conducts exposure interviews and consents patients who are interested in participating in research activities. Chris has an AAS degree in Office Technology and a background in accounting, banking, and library support. As a Libby native, Chris has experienced the effects of asbestos both personally and within the community motivating her to be an integral part of the CARD team in pursing new treatments to manage asbestos related diseases.
Jennifer Fortner (Research Associate/Project Coordinator)
Jennifer joined CARD in 2008.She is a Research Associate/Project Coordinator. Born and raised in Libby, Jennifer has an AAS in Early Childhood Education and 15+ years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Jennifer decided to change career paths in 2008 to dedicate herself to further understanding of Libby amphibole asbestos and asbestos related diseases’. Jennifer works closely with researchers to coordinate specific projects here at CARD, including education, collecting and processing data, recruitment and consenting of participants. She also keeps the staff educated and up to date with all the required trainings needed for research involvement.
Cheryl Fox (Long Distance Screening Coordinator)
Cheryl joined the CARD team in July of 2003 as a volunteer and within six months was asked to join the team as an employee. She is the Long Distance Screening Coordinator, supporting long distance screening processes and ongoing long distance diagnosed medical care. Cheryl brings with her over ten years non-profit administrative support, as well as over thirty years of system planning, implementation and supportive roles. Her background includes Information Technology based on communications and system implementation. Cheryl moved to the Libby area from Denver Colorado in 2002 and she brings to the team a strong desire to benefit all patients served by the CARD programs.
Kerensa Hanley (Research Associate)
Kerensa joined CARD in May of 2011 as a Research Associate/Data Entry Technician. She is responsible for a wide variety of tasks related to healthcare delivery and research projects including: planning and assisting with data collection, consenting patients, extrapolating and verifying information, organizing and entering the data. Kerensa brings compassion and caring, along with a wealth of knowledge and experience to the CARD team.
Tanis Hernandez (Administrative Director)
Tanis Hernandez, a licensed Clinical Social Worker, is the Administrative Director at CARD and assists in overall program development and clinic management. She completed her undergraduate degree in social work at the University of Montana and her Masters, in social work, through the Walla Walla College of Washington State. She has extensive experience in assisting, supporting and counseling individuals, families and communities regarding chronic health and mental health issues. Born and raised in Kalispell, Montana; she moved to Libby in 2000 and has been with the Center for Asbestos Related Disease since 2002.
Karen Horton (Reception/Information Specialist)
Karen joined the CARD team as a Receptionist/Information Specialist after having moved back to Troy, Montana from Oregon in 2009. Her many duties include greeting and directing patients, answering telephones, screening and directing calls, providing information to callers, general administrative and clerical support, receiving and sorting mail and deliveries, scheduling appointments, as well as performing data entry. Karen is enthusiastic to be working in making our community a better place to live, one patient at a time.
Tracy McNew (Clinical & Research Manager)
Tracy started at CARD in 2009 bringing experience in both nursing and nonprofit management. She manages the day to day flow of the clinical services and ensures excellent patient care. Tracy also concentrates on maintaining strong research relationships so that Libby amphibole asbestos related disease can be better understood, treated, and prevented. She also balances community and patients interests with research goals and objectives. Tracy was educated at the University of Montana where she obtained her Master’s degree in public administration and she truly enjoys the challenges of doing meaningful work in both healthcare and research roles.
Tami Reatz (Registered Nurse)
Tami graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula and has been a nurse since 1996. She worked at Libby Clinic for 12 years, then at Libby Care Center for 4 years. She joined the CARD Clinic staff in June of 2012 as Dr. Black’s nurse and also works closely with Dr. Alisa Koval. Tami was born in Troy and graduated from Troy High School. She has been married for 39 years, has 3 children & 6 grandchildren.
Pam Roll (Patient Accounts Representative)
Pam started working at CARD in 2006 as the Patient Accounts Representative. She is responsible for a variety of office/clerical tasks relating to claims processing; working with patients and insurance companies to resolve accounts. Pam brings with her a wealth of financial knowledge and enjoys serving her community in this capacity.
Terri Sanchez (Registered Nurse)
Terri Sanchez joined CARD in May 2012. She is a registered nurse nationally certified in adult critical care and currently performs as Michelle Boltz's nurse. Terri graduated from Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center School of Nursing in Portland Oregon, and relocated to Libby in 2000. She brings 30 years of acute care experience to CARD, primarily adult critical care, trauma and emergency services. Terri feels very privileged to be serving her community as part of the CARD team.
Mark Smith (Respiratory Therapist)
Mark, a Registered Respiratory Therapist, has been at CARD since May of 2009 and in Libby since winter of 2006. Before joining CARD, mark gained extensive experience in assisting individuals utilizing home oxygen therapy. He administers pulmonary function tests (breathing tests) and performs many duties related to respiratory medications and oximetry. Mark enjoys the opportunity to work with patients from all walks of life and is committed to providing quality care in his community.
Lori Staska (Nurse Case Manager)
Lori is a Registered Nurse who began working at CARD in July 2011. As Nurse Case Manager, Lori is a liaison between patients, their families and health care personnel. She works to ensure efficient and prompt holistic health care service to all patients. Lori also assists in devising care plans, health care and facilitates access to resources and services for patients.
Linda Storkson (RMA/RPT)
Linda started at the CARD Clinic in June of 2007 as a Registered Medical Assistant and a Registered Phlebotomy Technician, a person specialized in drawing blood. She works closely with CARD’s medical providers in providing patient care. Linda also coordinates and maintains quality control of CARD’s lab for clinical care and research activities. After completing school in Colorado and doing her externship at an Allergy & Asthma clinic she moved back to the area to share her medical training with the community and expand her medical knowledge. Linda is dedicated to the patients at CARD and is proud to be serving her community.
Shelly Taylor (Medical Records/Research Associate)
Shelly joined the CARD team in June of 2012 as a Medical Records Technician/Research Associate. She is responsible for organizing and processing medical records requests, managing the organization of patient information, and consenting patients. After returning to her hometown of Libby, having studied Accounting with the University of Phoenix, Shelly felt drawn to become involved with CARD. She is dedicated to helping CARD provide the many valuable services that are so important to our community.
Dusti Thompson (CARD Outreach Specialist)
Dusti joined the CARD team in November of 2011 as the Outreach Specialist. She was born and raised in the Libby area and has spent the last two decades working with community/ non-profit organizations. As the Outreach Specialist, Dusti is responsible for development of press releases, social media, brochures, website and other printed materials. She also facilitates public relations through community involvement, outreach and education on a local and national level.
Jason Vick (IT Administrator)
Jason is the Information Technology (IT) Administrator at CARD. He supports the research database, network security, PACS/radiology system, phone system, and various computer-user related needs throughout the clinic. He completed his Management Information Systems (MIS) undergraduate degree at Auburn University in 2001. Jason worked in IT support and consulting for several years before moving to Libby and beginning work at CARD in 2009.
Liz Voorhies (Reception/Information Specialist)
Liz joined the CARD team in February of 2011. As a Receptionist/Information Specialist, her many duties include answering telephones, screening and directing calls, providing information to callers, greeting and directing patients, general administrative and clerical support, receiving and sorting mail and deliveries, scheduling appointments, as well as performing data entry. Liz is dedicated to bringing high quality service to everyone that comes to CARD and is proud to be part of the CARD team.
Betty Jo Wood (Development Officer)
Betty Jo works for the CARD Foundation as the organizations' Development Officer. After graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Betty Jo returned to her hometown with her family and joined the CARD team in 2007. Her role at CARD focuses on diversifying CARD's funding through grant writing, organizing fundraising events and donor cultivation and solicitation, which are critical for CARD to continue expanding research activities and services to patients. The CARD Foundation is an independent non-profit organization committed to supporting the goals of CARD.