Health Advancement Staff

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Marci Torres, MPH

Office of Health Advancement Director

 

Undergraduate Degree:

  • BS in Health Science, Clemson University

Advanced Degree:

  • Masters in Public Health - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, George Washington University

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 2014
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Lisa Debuse

Office Coordinator

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 2014
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Danika Comey, MPH

Health Education Specialist

 

Undergraduate Degree:

  • BS in Public Health, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah

Advanced Degree:

  • Masters in Public Health - Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, New York

Languages (besides English):

  • Spanish 

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 2017
Catherine Ebelke

 Catherine Ebelke, PA-C

 Travel Medicine Specialist & Wellness Coach
 Undergraduate Degree:
  • BS in Botany and German, University of Michigan 

Advanced Degree:

  • Physician Associate, Yale University School of Medicine

Certifications:

  • Certified Physician Assistant 
  • Certified in Travel Health awarded by International Society of Travel Medicine

Languages (besides English):

  • German and Spanish

Special Interests:

  • Travel medicine 
  • Wilderness medicine 
  • Integrative medicine/mind-body medicine

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • International Medicine CIWEC Clinic Staff Kathmandu, Nepal
  • International Medicine Health Care Provider Maya Mountains National Geographic Expedition, Belize
  • Ranger Naturalist in Glacier National Park 
  • Health Educator and Health Care Provider at various Community Clinics in Appalachia
  • Current Travel Clinic Coordinator at MSU University Health Partners 
  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 1998
Marie Nelson

 Marie Nelson, MS

 Health Educator & Wellness Coach
 Undergraduate Degree:
  • BS in Psychology, Montana State University

Advanced Degree: 

  • MS in Community Health Montana State University

Certifications:

  • CHWC, Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches Corporation

Special Interests:

  • Coaching students to discover their best selves
  • Encouraging a lifestyle approach to well-being and prevention
  • The science of gratitude, happiness, and play

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 2011

Nutrition Staff

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Julie Goyette, MS, RD

Dietitian/Nutritionist

Undergraduate Degree: 

  • BA in Community Nutrition/Community Health Education, Eastern Washington University 

Advanced Degree: 

  • MS in Human Nutrition and Post Graduate Internship in Dietetics, Washington State University 

Certifications:

  • Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist 

Special Interests:

  • Empowering individuals and groups to make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Personal wellness development
  • Nutrition therapy and lifestyle coaching

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Practice in both In-patient and Out-patient settings 
  • Private Nutrition Consultation 
  • Adjunct Faculty Member in Nutrition at MSU
  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 2013

VOICE Center Staff

Alanna Sherstand

Alanna Sherstand, BS

VOICE Center Coordinator

Undergraduate Degree:

  • BS in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in Women's Studies, Colorado State University 

Certifications:

  • Certificate in Community-based Development from the International Institute for Sustainable Development 
  • Certified Victim Advocate, member of the Gallatin Valley Sexual Assault Resource Team and Domestic Violence Resource Team

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Sexual assault victim advocate in Ft. Collins, CO and Bozeman, MT
  • Directed a victim advocate center in Ft. Collins, CO 
  • Developed community-based prevention programs
  • Worked as the outreach coordinator of MSU's VOICE Center (Victims Options in a Campus Environment) 
  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 2009
Nora Peterson

Nora Peterson, MA

Volunteer Coordinator & Direct Services Specialist

 

Undergraduate Degree: 

  • BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University 

Advanced Degree:

  • MA in Gender and Women’s Studies, Central European University and Universidad de Granada 

Languages (besides English):

  • Spanish

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Victim Advocate in Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 2017
Amber King

 Amber King, MS

 Prevention Education Specialist
 

Undergraduate Degree:

  • BS in Psychology, Montana State University 

Advanced Degree:

  • MS in Counseling Psychology, Lewis & Clark College 

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • VOICE Center Advocate 2000-2001
  • Family Therapist in Auburn, NY
  • Admissions Counselor at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY
  • Career Development Coordinator at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY
  • Social Worker for Partnership Program at Thrive in Bozeman, MT
  • US 101 Instructor at MSU
  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 2016

Insight Staff 

Rick Winking

Rick Winking, M.Ed.

 Director of INSIGHT, Alcohol and Drug Assistance Center

 

Undergraduate Degree:

  • BAAS from Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University) 

Advanced Degree:

  • M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling, Montana State University

Certifications:

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor

Special Interests:

  • Chemical dependency 
  • Couples counseling 
  • Anger issues

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Has worked at MSU's Alcohol and Drug Assistance Center since Graduate School 
  • Private Practice 
  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 1994