Diabetes Program Staff

Section Supervisor

Jessie Fernandes, MPH, CPH
Email: jfernandes@mt.gov
Phone: (406) 444-9155

As the Section Supervisor, I monitor program activities, provide direction and staff support, and manage federal and state grant funding requirements.

Program Manager

Melissa House, MBA
Email:  melissa.house@mt.gov
Phone: (406) 444-9154

A little bit about what I do...

As the Program Manager, I am responsible for overseeing and managing the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. This includes oversight of the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of State and Federal grant requirements, evidence-based public health policies and interventions, proposals, contracts, planning and coordinating program outreach, training and support.

Office Manager/Accountant

Susan Day, AS
Email: sday@mt.gov
Phone:(406) 444-6677

A little bit about what I do...

As the Office Manager/Financial Specialist I organize and coordinate our office to help things moving along smoothly. This includes coordinating meeting, conferences, and mailings. My duties as Financial Specialist have me overseeing our various grants/budgets ensuring paying our customers on time and keeping each budget reconciled while coordinating with our Program Manager.


Trina Filan, Ph.D.
Phone: (406) 444-6484

A little bit about what I do...

As an evaluator I work on a project from first design to final analysis to assess what's working, identify room for quality improvement, and demonstrate impact and success.

Quality Diabetes Education Initiative Coordinator/Consultant

Marcene (Marci) Butcher, RDN, CDCES, FADCES
Email: mbutcher@midrivers.com
Phone:(406) 350-2658

A little bit about what I do...

As the consultant to the Montana Diabetes Program I work on increasing access to and the quality of diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) for Montanans living with diabetes. I coordinate a self-study and peer-mentoring program for health professionals in diabetes care and education, and I provide technical assistance in helping develop diabetes education programs across the state. I serve as the Quality Coordinator for our Montana Diabetes Education Accreditation "umbrella" Program, and help smaller, more rural sites to develop diabetes education services that are billable and sustainable. I also coordinate a statewide work group on diabetes care in the school setting, and serve as a diabetes resource person for health care professionals across Montana. 

Quality Improvement Coordinator

Jennifer Van Syckle, MA, RDMS, RVT
Email: jennifer.vansyckle@mt.gov
Phone: (406) 444-9729

A little bit about what I do...

As the Quality Improvement Coordinator, I have a diverse job! During a quality improvement project, I work closely with clinics, hospitals, and anyone who cares for patients with diabetes. Over the course of a year, we take small steps towards big improvements to help improve their workflow, processes, and patient care. If you happen to go to a health-related conference, you'll likely find me running a vendor booth and sharing information about all the great assistance and guidance the Diabetes Program can provide. I also create pamphlets, newsletters, brochures, and more to help educate about the disease and show how much our program can help.

Epidemiologist Supervisor

Will Gardner, MPH, CPH
Email: william.gardner@mt.gov
Phone: 406-444-0653

A little bit about what I do...

As an epidemiologist I assess and monitor the diabetes, prediabetes population for risk factors and outcomes to these diseases. Translate data into communication materials for the general public, people with diabetes, and public and private health practices.

GIS Analyst

Brian Norderud
Email: Brian.Norderud@mt.gov
Phone: (406) 444-7896

A little bit about what I do...

As a GIS Analyst I use computer-based spatial location data and tools to answer questions and create maps for chronic disease and population health program reporting. I work with staff to use these systems and methodologies to store, visualize, analyze, and interpret geographic data in many different projects and contexts for the benefits of our customers and decision makers.

Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator



Informatics Specialist

Ann Lanes
Email: Lorraine.Lanes@mt.gov
Phone: (406) 444-6894

A little bit about what I do...

As the informatics specialist I maintain and provide technical assistance for the Diabetes Program's data collection systems. I also edit the programs website content to ensure the information provided is up to date.

Montana Diabetes Program