EMS and Trauma Systems Staff

Terry Mullins
Section Supervisor
phone: (406) 444-4460
email: Terence.Mullins@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities:

  • Supervises development and implementation of an organized, statewide emergency medical services, trauma care and prevention program
  • Develops and coordinates a strategic planning process. Manages Section budgets, funding, and contracts.
  • Coordinates grant procurement and management activities
Represents the Department on various state-wide councils, committees and task forces including the state 9-1-1 Advisory Council, State Interoperable Executive Committee, Highway Safety Traffic Records Committee and others
Shari Graham
EMS Systems Manager
phone: (406) 444-6098
email: sgraham2@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities:

  • Plans and implements a pre-hospital data collection and quality improvement system for emergency medical services
  • Manages the Section’s EMS System strategic planning project
  • Manages the development of an office management and resource database
  • Supervises the EMS licensing and enforcement program
  • Manages bioterrorism grant planning and disaster planning

Alyssa Johnson, RN, MSN
Trauma System Manager
phone: (406) 444-0752

email: Alyssa.Johnson@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities:

  • Manages day-to-day development of the statewide trauma system
  • Coordinating adoption of the administrative rules for implementation of the Montana Trauma Care System
  • Coordinating adoption of a Montana Trauma System Plan
  • Coordinating administration of the state trauma registry including education, implementation, data analysis and reports
  • Meets quarterly with the Regional Trauma Advisory Committees to solicit input and to help coordinate priorities among the three RTACs
  • Meets quarterly with the State Trauma Care Committee to present recommendations for trauma system improvement, and to receive input, suggestions and directions
  • Provides technical expertise and assistance to Montana hospitals through consultation visits and helps prepare facilities for trauma center designation
  • Medical response to disaster planning
  • Facilitates and coordinates trauma related education offerings (RMRTS, trauma coordinator conference, PHTLS, GEMS, TBI, TERN/STN, TNCC, and Trauma TEAM)
  • Administers trauma grants including all grant activities, reports and continuing applications
Maureen Ward
Injury Prevention Program Manager
phone: (406) 444-4126
email: maureen.ward@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities:

  • Manages Section's injury prevention programs and grants
  • Provides technical assistance to state and regional trauma committees, hospitals, community agencies, FICMR, state agencies and others in the design and evaluation of injury prevention and control activities.
  • Coordinates implementation of the Injury Prevention and Control Plan
  • Manages the poison control system
Robin Suzor
EMS for Children Program Coordinator
phone: (406) 444-0901
email: rsuzor@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities:

  • Manages Section EMS for Children program
  • Provides technical assistance to state and regional trauma committees, hospitals, community agencies, SAFE KIDS, state agencies and others in the design and evaluation of EMS for Children
  • Administers and manages the HRSA EMS for Children Partnership grant
    Manages implementation of Emergency Medical Dispatch program
Francine Janik
EMS Service Licensing Program
phone: (406) 444-3896
email:fjanik@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities:

  • Manages day-to-day operation of EMS transportation program including licensing and inspections
  • Serves as the Section’s enforcement officer. Investigates complaints or enforcement actions that may be necessary
  • Assists with writing and adoption of new licensing rules and makes recommendations for improvement and modifications
  • Manages unprotected exposure program
  • Coordinates statewide communications inventory
  • Administers and manages the HRSA AED grant
Manages community AED program
Janet Trethewey
Cardiac Ready Communities Program Coordinator
phone: (406) 444-0442
email: jtrethewey@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities:

  • Program Management and Grant Administration
  • Develops and administers statewide public health programs in response to
  • state needs and grant and cooperative agreement solicitations.
  • Develops and implements evidence-based health policy, and public health interventions.
  • Coordinates statewide planning and partnership groups.
  • Develops and maintains program strategic and quality improvement plans,and performance measures.
  • Coordinates and monitors completion of program core work activity plans in performance management system.
  • Researches and write competitive and continuation grant and cooperative agreement applications to funding organizations.
  • Coordinates the development and management of health surveillance and data collection systems to track, analyze and evaluate programs and services.
  • Researches, analyzes and monitors state laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to their public health programs.
  • Outreach, Training, Program Support
  • Coordinates program support and technical assistance to local and tribal health departments and other
  • partners/contractors.
  • Assesses training needs of contractors and partners.
  • Coordinates the implementation and evaluation of trainings and conferences, and other educational opportunities for contractors and partners.
  • Oversees the development of health education and outreach materials.
  • Responds to inquiries concerning public health programs.
  • Program and Contract Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Evaluates statewide program performance, recommends policy and/or program changes and improvements.
  • Oversees the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of requests for proposals, contracts, and memorandum of understandings to fund and support program-related services.
  • Develops and monitors programmatic budgets.
Vacant
Data System Coordinator
phone: (406) 444-3746
email: vacant

Program Responsibilities:

  • Database coordination and analysis for the trauma registry, data validation and reporting
  • ATLS Program Administration
  • Generates various program statistics and other database activities, and contact lists
  • Administers Section website, bulletin board, listserv and other information projects
  • Assists staff with software issues and training
Carol Kussman, RN, BSN
Trauma Coordinator - Nurse
phone: (406) 444-4459
email: ckussman@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities:

  • Assists with day-to-day development of the statewide trauma system
  • Trauma registry and reporting
  • Trauma facility designation
  • Meets quarterly in conjunction with the State Trauma System Manager with the Regional Trauma Advisory Committees to solicit input and to help coordinate priorities among the three RTACs
  • Meets quarterly in conjunction with the State Trauma System Manager with the State Trauma Care Committee to present recommendations for trauma system improvement, and to receive input, suggestions and directions
  • Provides technical expertise and assistance to Montana hospitals through consultation visits and helps prepare facilities for trauma center designation
Assists with coordination of ATLS classes

Melinda Reed
Injury Prevention Program Manager 
phone: (406) 444-6892
email: Melinda.Reed@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the CDC funded Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) grant designed to reduce overdose deaths in Montana
  • Coordinates activities under the OD2A grant with partner agencies and organizations
  • Coordinates grant procurement and management activities

Victoria Troeger
Epidemiologist
phone: (406) 444-3170
email: victoria.troeger@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities:

  • Develops, implements, and oversees overdose surveillance systems
  • Analyzes datasets regarding substance use and produce regular reports and presentations to statewide stakeholders
  • Provides technical assistance on issues regarding surveillance, interventions, statistical analysis, and data interpretation

Aliva Winters
Health Education Specialist
phone: ( 406) 444-3355
email: alivia.winters@mt.gov

Program Responsibilities

  • Assesses ongoing program activities to identify education and training needs such as new requirements i.e. administrative / law changes, client needs, and revised public health policies
  • Plans, coordinates and attends conferences to provide education, outreach and networking opportunities
  • Responds to inquiries concerning public health programs
  • Monitors contracted services and budgets to ensure conformance with terms and conditions of individual agreements 
  • Monitors and regulates EMS Opioid website pages and content
Jennifer McDanel
Financial Specialist/Office Manager
phone: (406) 444-3895
email: Jennifer.Mcdanel@mt.gov 

Program Responsibilities:

  • Provides office management functions
  • Provides clerical services for Section staff
  • Assists with preparation of various meetings
  • Assist staff and others with various travel needs
  • Coordinates office purchasing and payment systems
  • Coordinates entry of section budgets into projection spreadsheets