Staff Members

Staff Members

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Tracy McNew

Executive Director

Tracy became Executive Director of the Center for Asbestos Related Disease after the nonprofit’s founder, Dr. Brad Black, retired from the executive role in 2021. Tracy started working at the clinic after moving to Libby, Montana with her family in 2009. She began in a nursing role and soon moved into management. Her prior experience included both nursing and nonprofit management. Her education includes training as a licensed practical nurse, a bachelor’s degree in biology, and a master’s degree in public administration. In addition, she is actively pursuing CARD’s research goals as a Ph.D. student in epidemiology and public health at the University of Montana. In her role, she manages the overall operations of CARD and ensures that patient care is always CARD’s top priority. She oversees service and program delivery, human resources, organizational compliance, record keeping, financial practices, and performs other administrative duties aligning CARD’s day-to-day operations with its mission and vision.

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.

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.

Curtis B.

Marketing / Outreach and Research Associate

Curtis is a transplant from Oregon where he spent the first 50 years of his life learning all he could before coming to Montana in fulfillment of a dream he had since 1985 when he first experienced Montana’s wonderful splendor. He joins the CARD staff as of April 2023 in their efforts to help the community he has chosen to live in along with his family who also live here. He brings a variety of skills to the job he has at CARD and looks forward to being able to help others as he can. He is an animal and nature lover as well as an outdoorsman who loves to fish, hike and photograph the beauty he sees in his exploration of his new home in Montana.

Justin Thorstenson

Medical Assistant

Justin was born and raised in Libby, Montana, then moved to Seattle, Washington for 2 years after graduating high school. However, he missed the area where he grew up and moved back. Justin became a CNA in 2021 and then completed the 8 month NIMAA program. He completed an externship at the Northwest CHC before becoming a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, graduating at the top of his class. Justin worked at the Libby Care Center for over 2 years before joining CARD. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, playing pool, hiking, swimming, and hanging out with his beagle, Louie.

Nathanael Kramer

IT Technician

Nathanael graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2012. He is an IT Technician at CARD and started working with us in January of 2023, but that is not where his skills stop. Nathanael loves working in any area he can to help CARD, including research, writing, and problem solving. He is happy and excited to be able to serve his community with CARD and participate in helping progress research in Asbestos Related Disease. Born and raised in Montana, he grew up in the Troy and Libby area since he was seven. He has a passion for technology and writing. He has many other hobbies including astronomy, photography, and learning just about anything he can get his hands on, to name a few. Nathanael is a proud dog owner and loves spending time with his loyal dog Winnie. He is proud to work with his community and support the research and service CARD provides for our community.

Annamarie Wagner

Front Desk and Long Distance Coordinator

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.

Ashley Miner

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.

Hailey Wallace

Hailey was born and raised in Libby, started her healthcare career at CPMC where she had exposure in many different departments- from front desk work, to direct patient care. She has done a bit of everything- Family Practice, Orthopedics, OB/GYN actively delivering babies, Surgery, and Emergency Medicine. She has always had a passion for this community and healthcare as a whole, and has tried to help out wherever she can. She got her EMT license in 2022, and has spent a lot of time volunteering for LVA. She is currently going to school for nursing, allowing her to learn and get more involved with patient care. In her off time, she loves spending time with her family. In the summer you can find her hiking, camping, kayaking, and trail running. In the winter she is more of a homebody, reading and crocheting.

Vernon Johnson

Respiratory Therapist

Vern 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 2020 and 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.

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.

Janine Price

Bookkeeper

Janine is our bookkeeper and wears many other hats within CARD, such as accountant and human resources manager all rolled into one. Her primary responsibility is that of performing and monitoring the various CARD accounting activities that are part of the grant funding and tracking process. She also enjoys gardening, playing music and making wine.

Rachael Shelmerdine

Patient Accounts Representative

Rachael was happy to join the CARD team in early 2022 taking the position of Patient Accounts Representative. After a twenty-year adventure, she has returned back to the home that she loves in the beautiful Kootenai Valley. During her journey, she attended the University of Montana and graduated with a Medical Reception Certificate. She also traveled throughout Montana and raised three wonderful children. She now enjoys spending time with her four beautiful grandchildren and likes anything and everything that has to do with the outdoors. Rachael is excited to be back in the foothills of the Cabinet Mountains and on the banks of the Kootenai River. In her downtime, she likes to cook, quilt, bike ride, and enjoy floating on the river.

Rhonda LaBelle

Imaging Coordinator

Rhonda's journey at the CARD Clinic began in 2013, but her experience in medical transcription dates back to 2009 when she started working remotely. Since joining the CARD Clinic team, Rhonda has taken on the role of Image Coordinator, a position she assumed in 2020. In this role, she meticulously manages the radiology database, ensuring smooth operations. One of her key responsibilities is coordinating external reads for CARD screening imaging, a task that includes facilitating peer reviews twice a year. Additionally, Rhonda plays a crucial role in digitizing all image documents into the electronic health record system and provides assistance with medical records when required. Her dedication and expertise significantly contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of CARD clinic's operations.

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 his two sons and six grand kids.

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.

Marcella K.

Research Associate

Marcella is new to the Libby area and joined CARD Clinic in July 2022. As a Research Associate, her main focus is assisting patients with the completion and recording of their paperwork whether it be in person or over the phone. Marcella brings with her 20+ years of experience in the clerical field as well as customer service. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, DIYs, yard work, walking/hiking but most of all spending time with her son.

Ashley White

Receptionist

Ashley was born and raised in Libby, MT and has lived here her whole life, excluding a little less than a year where she lived in the south for her husband's work. She quickly figured out that there really is no place like home in the mountains. She loves to fish, camp, and hike during the summer but in the winter she would prefer to hide in the house and teach herself new hobbies to pass the time. Ashley was thrilled to start the position at the CARD clinic in 2022 because she loves to learn and was excited to do her part to help the community.