Meet The Team
The Board of Directors plays a pivotal role in guiding the Butte Native Wellness Center towards success. Our Board is comprised of: Bob Yother, Board Chair; Scott Abad, Vice Chair; Cindy Juarez, Board Secretary; Julie Endy, Treasurer; Rose Barton, At Large Board Member; Frank Juarez, At Large Board Member; and Irene May, At Large Board Member.
Tina was born and raised in Butte, MT. She earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Montana. Tina is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Tina previously served as the Community Health Division Director for the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department overseeing multiple programs and grant contracts including the Title X Family Planning Clinic, HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention, Syringe Services Program, Behavioral Health System Coordinator, Chronic Disease Prevention, WIC Clinic, and Nurse-Family Partnership evidence-based home visiting program. Tina is passionate about improving the health of people and looks forward to serving the Urban Indian community of Southwest Montana.
Tina enjoys spending her free time with her husband, children, and dogs, cheering on the UM Grizzlies, and boating.
Amy graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration; majoring in Management. She enjoys working in human resources as it offers her the opportunity to mentor, coach, and support staff to excel in their role while empowering them to pursue new ideas and challenges. She strives to empower all women to become strong leaders and mentors in their community and be the positive change we need to create a better world of acceptance and unity.
Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Danielle is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and was raised in Butte, Montana. Danielle served US Navy active and reserves, and retired after 24 years as a Navy Nurse. She has been a Registered Nurse since 2001 and worked at Denver Indian and Family Services as a Diabetes Manager, Educator and Case Manager. She then went to work for VA Medical Center as a Medical Surgical Nurse, IV/PICC and Same Day RN. In 2018, Danielle graduated from Walden University with a Master’s in Nursing, Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and has worked as a Family Planning Provider at the Health Department. She is very excited to be working at Butte Native Wellness Center, taking care of the Native population and learning more about Primary Care. Danielle is married and has two sons, a bonus son and daughter, and 5 grandchildren; they enjoy camping, ATV riding and lounging with all their pets.
Cultural Services Manager
Leigha was born and raised in Butte, MT. She is a registered member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. As a first-generation student, Leigha earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/American Governance/Public Administration and Master of Public Administration from the University of Montana.
While most of Caitlynn’s experience is in western medicine, she has an appreciation for complementary forms of medicine and believes in a combined approach when addressing health issues.
Caitlynn spent a small part of her childhood in Missoula, but mostly grew up in Anaconda. She has called Butte home since 2018. She attended Montana Technological University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in December 2018. She spent the beginning of her nursing career working on the medical surgical floor and eventually, transitioning to critical care in the ICU. Caitlynn has experience in taking care of various patient populations with both acute and chronic illnesses.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, soon to be husband, and fur kids (Novie, Nellie, and Henley). On the weekends, you can usually catch her on a side by side ride up to a mountain lake or golfing at one of the local courses.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hope earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American Studies from the University of Montana. She worked as a Peer Recovery Specialist for the State of Virginia while obtaining her RN license which brought her back to Montana to work with and advocate for the Native population. She earned her Master of Science degree from Duke University and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She feels strongly rooted in service to those living with substance use disorder and/or mental health challenges and believes in healing through a holistic lens. She emphasizes community support, cultural resilience, and harm reduction in her approach to treatment. In her free time Hope loves to garden, decorate, sew, and hike with her partner and dog Scout.
Administrative Health Specialist – Medical Billing and Coding
Hilirii is an enrolled member of the Crow tribe, she was born on the Crow reservation but spent most of her life growing up in Butte. She graduated Butte High School and attended Montana Tech. She worked in various medical positions before finding her home at BNWC. She strives to be the protector of the facility as the medical receptionist, as she will be the first person you see as you enter Butte Native Wellness Center. She is very excited to meet and help all of our Native American community.
Terryn was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. She is the daughter of two loving parents, and has three siblings and a beautiful son of her own. She graduated from Browning High School and has studied at the Blackfeet Community College and University of Montana. She now resides in Butte and is furthering her career as a Care Navigator & Cultural Specialist at the Butte Native Wellness Center. She hopes to be an inspirational role model for her community back home. Her beliefs come from a traditional Blackfeet Native American standpoint.
Aimee was born and raised in Havre, MT. Aimee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Montana in Missoula and a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Montana State University in Bozeman. She completed the Montana Dietetic Internship program through MSU and has been a registered dietitian since 2014. Aimee has worked in clinical and community settings including St. James Hospital and most recently the Butte-Silver Bow WIC program. She is passionate about addressing health disparities with a food-as-medicine approach. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her partner and cats.
Licensed Addiction Counselor
Mike has a broad background that allows him to understand the complex challenges facing Native Americans in our community. He has worked in the schools with AWARE and as a counselor for Western Montana Mental Health. In addition, he has worked for CCCS at the Watch Program as an addiction counselor.
He has found that his spirit-based approach provides clients with a sense of safety and allows new possibilities to open up in conversation. By building on a client’s strengths, Mike helps his clients develop the courage to change.
As a graduate from Walla Walla University with an MSW degree, Mike has been in private practice since 2011. He has helped clients transition through anxiety, depression, divorce, grief, relationship issues, trauma, and addictions of all forms.
Community Outreach Specialist
Phoebe joined us from Vancouver, Canada, where she completed a BA at the University of British Columbia. While living in Canada, Phoebe worked in the field of Urban Planning which allowed her to gain experience in community outreach. Phoebe grew up in various countries, which gave her a different perspective on people, culture, the built and natural environment. Due to her upbringing, she considers herself to be adaptable and flexible. She looks forward to her new journey in the charming city of Butte, America.
Jancee was raised in Butte, MT. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Montana-Missoula. She has experience working in reproductive health, harm reduction, domestic violence and sexual assault, mental health, and disability services. Jancee is passionate about health equity and racial justice, and she is excited to help our program grow and reach more people in our community. In her free time, Jancee enjoys spending time with her child and dog, painting portraits, gardening, hiking, and learning to play the drums.
Administrative Health Specialist
Mariah joined our team as our new Administrative Health Specialist. Mariah is from Butte, and she spent some time living in Missoula when pursuing her Bachelor’s in Communicative Science and Disorders, with a minor in Gerontology, at the University of Montana. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathology Aide, and she has come to us from the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department where she worked as a Administrative Health Specialist. Mariah enjoys boating as well as being with friends and family.
Roger is a proud veteran, born and raised in Butte, Montana. After serving in the Marines, Roger returned home to Butte where he tried his hand at many trades, resulting in a career in mining that allowed him to travel the country for 20 years. After many years on the road, Roger felt it was time to return home, leading him to BNWC.