Department of Public Health and Human Services

Sarah Buchanan, MPH, CHES

Sarah Buchanan is a Maternal Health Program Specialist for the Early Childhood and Family Support Division within the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). Sarah serves as the DPHHS Project Coordinator for the MOMS Program. Sarah graduated with a Master in Public Health degree from Boise State University in May 2023. Sarah joins the MOMS Program with significant experience in community engagement, grant writing and management, population health education and promotion, and program evaluation.


Mandi Zanto BS, MPH

Mandi Zanto BS, MPH is the Title V Director/MCHC Supervisor in the Family and Community Health Bureau. She has a Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Montana State University Bozeman and Master of Public Health from the University of Montana. Mandi has 17 years’ experience in public health in Montana including serving in the Montana WIC program, managing the DPHHS Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, supervising the DPHHS Healthy Lifestyles Section and currently supervising the Maternal and Child Health Section.

Billings Clinic

Stephanie Fitch

Stephanie Fitch, MHA, MS, PCLC, LAC, PMH-C

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.


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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.

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Diona Buck, BS

Diona Buck is the MOMS Engagement Coordinator. Diona is proud member of the Nakoda (Assiniboine) and Aaniiih (Gros Ventre) tribes from Fort Belknap, Montana. She embraces her Native culture and family and has developed a deep appreciation for the traditions and values passed down through generations. Diona graduated from MSU-Northern earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion in 2018. Her educational journey is not only a personal accomplishment but also a testament to her dedication in improving health outcomes to her fellow Native communities. Diona’s previous work was in suicide prevention for the urban native youth in Billings. In her personal life, Diona enjoys running, spending time outside with family, attending cultural events, traditional ceremonies and passing on cultural knowledge to her kids.

Kara Gaylord, MHA, RN BSN

Kara is the Director of Ambulatory Women’s and Children’s Services at Billings Clinic.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s In Healthcare Administration.  She practiced as a pediatric nurse for 18 years and has been involved in the Women’s and Children’s service line leadership at Billings Clinic since 2016. She has overseen the MOMS team since implementation in 2020.

University of Montana

Dr. Annie Glover

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.

Carly Holman

Carly Holman

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.

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Megan Nelson

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.

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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.

Dr. Jessica Liddell

Dr. Jessica Liddell (she/her) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Montana School of Social Work. Her work focuses on pregnancy and childbirth, reproductive justice, community-engagement, and making healthcare systems more equitable. Her current research explores the use of doulas to improve perinatal health outcomes, especially for rural people, and those experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Her previous research explored the sexual and reproductive health experiences among Native American women in the Gulf South. Originally from Logan, Utah, Jessica completed her PhD at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the interdisciplinary City, Culture and Community doctoral program. You can see a complete list of her published work here:

Alexandra Buscaglia

Alex Buscaglia, M.A. is a clinical psychology PhD candidate at the University of Montana. She joined the MOMS Team in January 2021, and is currently working on a HRSA-funded provider survey examining  postpartum care and contraception provision in Montana. Alex is originally from Buffalo, NY and obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University in 2017. Her research interests include intimate partner violence, identity-based harm, reproductive justice, maternal health, and sexual violence prevention on college campuses.

Al Garnsey

Al is an undergrad soon to graduate with a bachelors in Sociology from the University of Montana. Al joined the MOMS team in 2023 as a research assistant completing qualitative coding of various projects. After graduation, she will move to a research associate position where she will participate in coding, qualitative research, and manuscript preparation. She has also been working as RA in the Social Work department this past year analyzing data from abortion fund applications in Montana.

Patrick Boise

Patrick Boise (he/him) is a Research Assistant at the University of Montana Center for Population Health Research (CPHR) and a master’s student at the University of Montana Department of Economics. In this role, he supports healthcare-related research with an emphasis on economic evaluation and impact. He holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Business Management: Management Information Systems from the University of Montana as well as a certificate in Big Data Analytics. His research interests include interventions that support the improvement in the health and well-being of marginalized communities including women, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) communities.

Emma Piskolich

Emma is a Research Assistant at the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. In this role, she supports projects by conducting literature searches, data management, and various other tasks to aid the process. She is currently studying at the University of Montana to attain a Bachelors in Social Work and Pre Dance Therapy.