Program Staff

Anna Diffenderfer

Anna Diffenderfer, MS, RDN

Director, Dietetic Internship, Operations & Sustainable Food Systems Focus

   Reid 339
   (406) 994-4074
   [email protected]

Lindsay Ganong, MS, RDN

Director, Graduate Education & Clinical Supervised Practice

   Reid 337
   (406) 994-3010
   [email protected]
Jessy Griffel Photo

Jessy Griffel, RD, LN, CNSC

MDI Program Manager

   Reid 338
   (406) 647 0229
   [email protected] 
Coleen Kaiser

Coleen Kaiser, MS, RDN

ACEND Director

   Reid 349
   (406) 994-5002
   [email protected]

The success of the Montana Dietetic Internship is dependent on the work and collaboration of many people across the state of Montana.  The director and assistant directors are housed at Montana State University along with food and nutrition program faculty and staff.  Beyond MSU, MDI preceptors work in facilities located in six different Montana regions and one Wyoming region in clinical, community and food service management.  MDI also has an advisory board that includes MSU administrators, faculty, and preceptors representing different practice areas of dietetics. 

Food and Nutrition Administrators and Faculty at MSU

  • Jessi Peterson, MS, RDN, LN; DPD Director, Instructor, Food & Nutrition
  • Jill Falcon Ramaker, PhD; Faculty & Buffalo Nations Food Systems Initiative Director
  • Brianna Routh, PhD; Faculty;

    Assistant Professor, Sustainable Foods, Nutrition, and Family and Consumer Sciences

    Food & Family Extension Specialist

    Graduate Program Leader in Sustainable Foods

  • Emily Tomayko, PhD; Faculty
  • Tricia Seifert, PhD; Professor and Dean, Education, Health and Human Development
  • Dawn Tarabochia, PhD; Department Head, Food Systems, Nutrition & Kinesiology

MDI Advisory Board 2021-24

The advisory board meets annually to review program mission, goals, outcomes, and evaluation data.  Board members make recommendations related to improving and refining the program and its policies and procedures, based on information presented by the MDI program directors.   Advisory board members include MSU program faculty and administrators, and MDI preceptors representing all areas of dietetic practice.