Cindy Stergar


Cindy has over 20 years in health care leadership, FQHC’s, and health policy.  She is a Native of Montana

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Stacey Anderson

Communication and Public Affairs Manager

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406-442-2750 x 10
Stacey Anderson is the Communication and Public Affairs Manager for the Montana Primary Care Association. Stacey develops and implements MPCA’s internal and external communication programs, acts as one of the organization’s spokespeople, develops relationships with the organization’s members and varied stakeholders, and advises the organization on its official actions with regard to administrative and legislative policy. Stacey has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana and earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

Paula Block

Paula Block, RN, PCMH-CCE

Clinical Process Improvement Manager

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406-442-2750 x 7

Paula provides training, technical assistance and coaching to primary care practices in quality improvement and risk management.  Paula is a National Committee for Quality Assurance Certified Content Expert in Patient Centered Medical Home Standards.  Paula helps health centers transform their practices to become Patient Centered Medical Homes, and can assist with the process of receiving Joint Commission accreditation, as well.  Paula has garnered over 10 years of community health center, public health, and clinical nursing experience.

Services: Clinical Improvement; Emergency Preparedness; Federal Compliance; Governance; Grant Review; Operations Improvement; Patient Centered Medical Homes

 Brenda Kienlen

Brenda Kienlen

Administrative Specialist

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406-442-2750 x 2

Brenda is responsible for coordinating all MPCA administrative needs, ensuring organizational efficiency and effectiveness.  Contact Brenda with any question you might have and she will direct you to the proper person for a quick response.

Jaclyn Kinkaid

Jaclyn Kinkaid, MPH

Health Informatics Network Manager

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Jaclyn manages the planning and implementation of a central data repository and analytics tools to support regulatory, clinical quality improvement, and payment reform data requirements for community health centers participating in the health center controlled network.  She is also responsible for strategically assessing, developing and implementing actions to align health centers with key payers in both fee-for-service and risk-based environments.  Prior to joining the MPCA, Jaclyn worked for a health technology company implementing national quality improvement registries in partnership with medical specialty societies.  Jaclyn has a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Management from the Yale School of Public Health.

Services: Analytics & Meaningful Use; Clinical Improvement; Operations Improvement; Patient Centered Medical Homes

Barb Leake

Barb Leake

Accounting Manager

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406-442-2750 x 3

Barb is responsible for managing the finances of MPCA and keeping the organization in compliance with funding requirements and accounting principles.  She manages the organization’s budget by overseeing grants, tracking expenditures, and establishing and maintaining internal controls.  Barb prepares financial statements and reports for the Board.  She also processes MPCA dues, payments, expenses, receivables and employee compensation.  Barb ensures MPCA adheres to the highest standards of financial integrity.

Olivia Riutta

Olivia Riutta

Outreach and Engagement Manager

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Olivia joined the MPCA in 2013 to organize and lead MPCA’s statewide outreach and enrollment activities.  Olivia is the Special Populations Coordinator.  Prior to joining MPCA, Olivia was co-director of Montana Women Vote, overseeing and planning its civic engagement field campaigns, voter registration efforts, and issues education campaigns.  Her work also included policy advocacy on issues that impact low-income women and families in Montana.  Olivia has a B.A. in Grassroots Development from the University of Michigan.

Services: Outreach & Enrollment

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Lara Salazar, SPHR, PCMH-CCE

Organizational Development Manager

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To support Montana FQHCs in their mission to provide patient-centered care to all, Lara provides training and technical assistance in leadership development, management and human resources.  Lara provides support using skills in group facilitation, strategic planning, project management, process improvement (Lean, PDSA), and facilitating Patient Centered Medical Home recognition as a National Committee for Quality Assurance Certified Content Expert in PCMH Standards.  In addition, Lara’ qualifications in this area include a Bachelors degree in Business Management, an in-progress MBA, is a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR), and served two years as a reviewer on the Board of Examiners for the national Malcolm Baldrige Award for Excellence.

Services: Federal Compliance; Governance; Human Resources; Operations Improvement; Patient Centered Medical Homes


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Lisa Underwood

Clinical Informatics Manager

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406-442-2750 ext. 9

As the Clinical Informatics Manager, Lisa provides training and technical assistance to health centers in optimizing and utilizing health information technology to improve clinical quality outcomes, ensure patient safety and develop strategies to better engage patients in their care.  Lisa also helps to facilitate recognition as a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Certified Content Expert in Patient Centered Medical Home Standards.



Courtney Buys

Public Health Project Manager

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Courtney Buys spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Montana Primary Care Association working on the Cover Montana project; increasing awareness, understanding, and utilization of Montana’s affordable health insurance options for low-income Montanans. Upon finishing her term of service in July of 2016, Courtney started a new adventure at the Montana Primary Care Association as Public Health Project Manager; working on quality improvement measures to increase preventable disease screening in Montana’s Community Health Centers.

Olivia Riutta

Julia Siar

AmeriCorps Vista

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Julia Siar serves as the new AmeriCorps Vista helping to expand the reach and build capacity for the Cover Montana project. She is continuing Courtney’s work helping to increase the efficiency of Cover Montana through education and outreach.

Services: Outreach & Enrollment