Cindy Stergar

Cindy Stergar

 CEO

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

Email Cindy Stergar

office: (406) 442-2750 ext 9770
cell: (406) 438-6264


Stacey Anderson

Stacey Anderson

Deputy Director

Email Stacey Anderson

(406) 442-2750 ext 9781
Stacey Anderson is the Deputy Director 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.

Leslie Southworth

Leslie Southworth

HCCN Director

Email Leslie Southworth
(406) 594-3863

Leslie provides technical assistance to support data quality and integrity, EMR and system integration, organizational performance improvement and health center requirements and program compliance. Over ten years of community health center experience in leadership, risk management, program development, project management, and reporting. Leslie earned her B.S. in Community Health from Montana State University.

Tara Callaghan, MPH, LPN

Director of Workforce and Special Projects

Email Tara Callaghan
(406) 461-3384

Tara Callaghan

Tara provides guidance to MPCA members in the areas of recruitment and retention and connects them with training opportunities to educate the healthcare workforce to enhance their skills in community health practice. She also assists with organizational special projects and provides technical assistance related to patient-centered health care. Tara has over 10 years of experience in healthcare. She completed her nursing training in the US Army and earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Montana.

Tammera Nauts, LCSW, LAC

Manager of Integrated Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder

Beginning October 2018

Tammera Nauts

Paula Block

Paula Block, RN, PCMH-CCE

Director of Clinical Practice Transformation

Email Paula Block

(406) 442-2750 ext 9776

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 over 40 years of community health center, public health, and clinical nursing experience.

Olivia Ruitta

Olivia Riutta

Outreach and Engagement Manager

Email Olivia Riutta

(406) 442-2750 ext 9775

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 issues that impact low-income women and families in Montana. Olivia has a B.A. in Grassroots Development from the University of Michigan.

Courtney Buys, PCMH-CCE

Health Outcomes Improvement Manager

Email Courtney Buys

(406) 442-2750 ext 9769

Courtney provides training, technical assistance, and coaching on quality improvement measures to increase preventable disease screening and management in Montana’s CHCs, primarily through the Quality Data Initiative. Courtney is also the Vice-Chair of the Montana Cancer Coalition. Prior to her current role, Courtney 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. In her free time, she can be found hiking, doing yoga (badly), or spoiling her two dogs Maxi and Bobo.

Toni Wood

Clinical Infomatics Manager

Beginning October 2018


Emily Samhammer

Emily Samhammer

Events and Training Coordinator

Email Emily Samhammer

(406) 442-2750 ext 9779

Emily Samhammer is the Events and Training Coordinator for the Montana Primary Care Association. She makes sure MPCA’s educational opportunities go smoothly. Emily previously worked for the Commissioner of Securities of Insurance coordinating consumer education efforts. She grew up in Missoula, MT and graduated from Carroll College with BAs in Communications and Political Science.

 Brenda Kienlen

Brenda Kienlen

Administrative Specialist

Email Brenda Kienlen

(406) 442-2750 ext 9771

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.

Barb Leake

Barb Leake

Accounting Manager

Email Barb Leake

(406) 442-2750 ext 9772

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.


Nat Cortes

Nat Cortes

AmeriCorps VISTA

Email Nat Cortes

(406) 594-0980
Nat is the Montana Primary Care Association’s 2018-19 AmeriCorps VISTA. The focus of their assignment is evaluating and expanding the Cover Montana project and continuing to increase awareness of the health insurance options available to Montanans. Prior to serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Nat did work around communications, sexual health, and LGBTQ+ issues. Nat has B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from New York University.