Amaya started at CARD in August of 2020 as the Receptionist. Her duties include but are not limited to greeting patients, answering phone calls, and directing phone calls. Amaya was born and raised in Washington and moved to Montana with her family in 2013. She enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. Amaya plans on pursuing a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the future and is very excited to start this new journey at CARD.
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.
Tim was born and raised in the Libby community and joined the CARD Clinic team in May of 2013. He works as a research associate helping people recall details about their past exposure to asbestos as this is important for healthcare and research activities. He also educates about the latest research activities and obtains informed consent from interested and eligible research participants. Tim was a volunteer EMT for 6 years with Libby Volunteer Ambulance. and volunteer EMT & Fireman with Fisher River Valley Fire and Rescue for 5 years. He also trained for Incident Command and worked on wildland fires in Lincoln county as well as throughout Montana and went as far as the Nevada state. Tim is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting and fishing plus other hobbies at home.
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.
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 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.
Pam started working at CARD in 2006 as the Patient Accounts Representative. She is responsible for a variety of office/clerical tasks relating to claims processing; working with patients and insurance companies to resolve accounts. Pam brings with her a wealth of financial knowledge and enjoys serving her community in this capacity.
Liz joined the CARD team in February of 2011. As the Human Resources Manager, her many duties include maintaining the HR files and systems, supervising the front office staff,coordinating assigned activities with management team, and coordinating and managing employee benefits. Previously Liz held the positions of Research Associate, Receptionist, Medical Records and Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator, and Clinical Care Manager. Liz is dedicated to bringing high quality service to everyone that comes to CARD and is proud to be part of the CARD team.
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 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.
Penny joined CARD as the COVID-19 Central Testing Site Coordinator in the summer of 2020 following CARD’s reopening from a temporary pandemic-related shut down. Penny works closely with Dr. Black and Lincoln County Health Department to provide drive-through COVID-19 testing to the community. She has extensive experience customer service experience and spends much of her time on the telephone scheduling and providing results to testing participants. She enjoys being part of the CARD team and doing work to benefit the community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.