Staff Members

Non-clinical Staff

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Brianna Wesson


Brianna was born and raised in Deer Lodge, Montana. She then attended Anaconda Job Corps and moved to Libby in 2021 with her husband and son. She loves to spend time with her family, including their pets, and her favorite pastime is shopping. Before taking a job with CARD, Brianna worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant in Billings. She enjoys the community of Libby and being at the reception desk where she has the opportunity to interact with people and make them laugh.

Chris Ekstedt

Database Coordinator

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 pursuing new treatments to manage asbestos related diseases.

Jody Jones

Data Entry / Maintenance

Jody was born and raised in the Libby area and brings years of work experience from various industries to his position. He works part time and ensures that the CARD Clinic and our grounds are both clean and well-maintained. He enjoys volunteering in the community, cooking, woodworking, and an array of outdoor activities. He also enjoys spending time with has two sons and six grand kids.

Jordan Kuhn

Patient Accounts Representative

Jordan was born and raised in Libby, Montana. She joined the CARD clinic in 2021, but has brought years of customer service and billing experience with her. She is responsible for a variety of office/clerical tasks related to claim processing and working with patients and insurance companies to resolve accounts. Jordan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, camping and kayaking. She is excited to be working with such a great team at CARD and with the community she grew up in.

Rhonda LaBelle

Imaging Coordinator

Rhonda started at the CARD Clinic in October of 2013, but has been doing medical transcription for the CARD Clinic doctors’ since 2009 off site. Since Rhonda has worked at the CARD Clinic, she does medical transcription, works as a database entry technician, and medical records assistant. Rhonda feels very privileged to be serving her community as part of the CARD team.

Tracy McNew

Executive Director

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.

Viktoriya Smith


Viktoriya joined the CARD team in 2020. She spent her childhood in Russia and moved to the United States at age 14. She has been in Montana for ten years and lives in Libby with her significant other and their pets. She enjoys, crafts, cooking, gardening and outdoor physical activity of all kinds. Vika, for short, is pursuing a degree in accounting attending classes online and she brings bookkeeping experience from working both at an accountant’s office and in banking.

Annamarie Wagner

Research Associate

Annamarie was born and raised in the Libby, Montana area. She has worked a number of jobs here and brings a strong medical background to CARD from her last position working as a pharmacy tech. She loves the Libby community and enjoys working with the people who come into our clinic. Annamarie lives with her husband and their two spoiled dogs. She loves to sew, making a wide variety of things from bags to quilts, and she also loves to bake.

Clinical Staff

Dr. Brad Black

Senior Medical and Research Advisor

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.

Dr. Lee Morrissette

Medical Director

Dr. Lee sees established ARD patients as well as new screening patients. She made the move to Libby, Montana in 2019 from Cincinnati, Ohio to join CARD. She was raised in West Virginia and spent 21 years in the military as a flight surgeon and aerospace medicine/ preventative medicine specialist. During those years, Dr. Lee spent much of her time deployed with aviation squadrons to South American, the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. She retired from the Air Force in 2009 as a Colonel, and has since done work throughout the country as well as in New Zealand. She loves to travel and has visited 113 countries and territories. She also enjoys writing stories, cooking, hiking, photography, and spending time with Ollie, her Jack Russel Terrier.

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.

Kathy Hall

Registered Medical Assistant

Kathy joined the CARD Clinic team in January of 2020. She moved to the Libby area about 2.5 years ago and has been working as a RMA for about 6 years. Kathy looks forward to serving the community that she has grown to love.

Kerensa Hanley

Clinical 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.

Cathy Ann Jenkins

Registered Nurse

Cathy Ann came to Libby January 1972. She has worked most of her career in long term care, with a 15 year span as nurse for Roger Brus, M.D. She is very proud of her family, which includes 6 daughters, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great granddaughter. She enjoys working in her yard, quilting, cooking, beading with her granddaughters, and scrapbooking. She has served as Chamber President, Chairman of the Libby School Board, president of Libby Woman’s Club, and is a member of Kootenai Valley Rotary Club. She started at CARD April 23, 2018 and is nurse for Brad Black, M.D.

Vernon Johnson

Respiratory Therapist

Vernon is a Registered Respiratory Therapist at the CARD Clinic. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV which is where he also attended PIMA Medical Institute for his respiratory therapist education in 2009. Vern is looking forward to being a part of the team of professionals at CARD where he will assist in administering your pulmonary function test. Vern moved to the Libby area with his family in 2020and is looking forward to learning more about this community that was his wife’s childhood home. Vern enjoys sports, fishing, and has a lifelong love for the Green Bay Packers.

Joe Joslyn

Certified Physician Assistant

Joe is a Great Falls, Montana native with a background in primary care. He has been working in healthcare for 24 years and wan an LPN before going to PA school. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Washington’s MEDEX PA Program and earned a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies in Family Medicine in 2020 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has served for 28 years in both the Army and Air National Guard which included a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. He currently serves with the Montana Army National Guard at Fort Harrison in Helena, MT. Joe has been married to the former Bonita Absher Eveland since 1992. They have six children and one grandchild.

Serena Pape

Nursing Assistant

Serena graduated from Libby High School in 2007 and joined CARD in 2019. She brought with her several years of management experience as well as experience being a junior emergency medical technician. She started in medical records, but soon took on a more clinic role working directly with patients. She enjoys all aspects of the healthcare environment especially helping her patients. Serena lives with her husband and children and enjoys spending as much quality time with them as possible. Here hobbies include reading, sewing, and crafting.

Pam Martens

Licensed Practical Nurse

Pam graduated from the University of Montana and has been in nursing for decades. She grew up in Libby and after a 19 year absence has moved back home. Pam joined the CARD Clinic in June 2014 and works closely with the medical providers to ensure high quality patient care. She is very excited to be back in Lincoln County serving the community she grew up in.

Miles Miller

Certified Physicians Assistant

Miles graduated from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Services, and minor in Surgery and Emergency Medicine. His undergraduate studies were completed at University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas at Austin. Miles has been a resident of Lincoln county since 1992. He has dedicated much of his career to rural primary care in NW Montana. He worked many years with Dr. Black at the original Prompt Care Clinic, right here in Libby, later establishing himself as one of the primary care providers in Eureka, Montana. He joins the CARD clinic after recently serving overseas , as the senior medical provider at the US Embassy in Iraq.

Stephanie Shaw

Case Manager

Stephanie graduated from Montana State University – Northern, with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and minor in Psychology. Prior to coming to CARD in April of 2019, Stephanie served in the Marine Corps for 8 years. She provides free care coordination through, smoking cessation counseling, depression screening, Pilot reimbursement submission assistance, collaborating with local providers and Pilot to request additional authorized services, and arranging benefits such as Medicare and Pilot. Stephanie spends her free time volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and as a Design Team Member with the Lincoln Country Zero to Five Collaboration. Being born and raised in Libby, Stephanie is excited to put back into the community she loves and adores.

Mark Smith

Data Entry Specialist

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.