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Program Directors

Coleen Kaiser

Coleen Kaiser, MS, RDN


[email protected]

406 994.5002

337 Reid

Anna Diffenderfer

Anna Diffenderfer, MS, RDN

Asst Director

[email protected]

406 994.4074

339 Reid


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 director 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

  • Melody Anacker, MS, RD, LN; DPD Director, Asst Teaching Professor,
  • Carmen Byker Shanks, PhD, RD, LN; Associate Professor, Food and Nutrition
  • Michael Fox, MS, RDN, LN; Instructor, Food and Nutrition
  • Janet Gamble, MTeach, RDN, LN; Instructor, Food and Nutrition
  • Alison Harmon, PhD, RD, LN; Professor and Dean, Education, Health and Human Development
  • Deborah Haynes, PhD; Department Head, Health and Human Development
  • Colleen McMilin, PhD, MPH; Asst Teaching Professor, Food and Nutrition, Community Health
  • Anne Shovic, PhD, RDN, LN; Instructor, Food and Nutrition

MDI Advisory Board

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.