2022 Speakers

Dr. Serena Brewer

Dr. Serena Brewer has been a medical provider at SWMTCHC for more than a decade. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology at the Willamette University in Oregon and earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri in 2005. Serena completed her internship and residency in Santa Rosa, California, in 2008 before coming to Butte. Serena specializes in family, adolescent and women’s health. Her passion is teaching the next generation of medical providers and you will often find her visiting patients with her students. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Univ of Washington school of Medicine. Serena received the University of Washington School of Medicine’s 2018 WRITE Excellence in Teaching Award for Montana and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Master Preceptor award in 2020. Outside of medicine, Dr. Brewer enjoys spending time at her cabin, cooking and traveling.

Ed Conley

Ed Conley spent 27 years as a decorated FEMA responder and five years as a crisis management advisor to NATO. He led response teams in some of history’s most significant disasters. The roll call includes 9/11, Katrina, Columbine School Shooting, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Ebola, and earthquakes in Haiti and California. Other federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Coast Guard, have relied on him during unprecedented events. Former FEMA director James Lee Witt has called Ed “the heart of emergency management.” His upcoming book, Promote the Dog Sitter: And Other Principles for Leading During Disasters, launches this fall. Find more about Ed at  linkedin.com/in/ed-conley-5731a8.

Emelyn Falley

Emelyn has lived and worked in the Missoula area for approximately the past 10 years, and has developed an appreciation of the health and education systems impacting our communities—and the necessity of ensuring access to both. Prior to joining the Behavioral Health team at Partnership Health Center (PHC), Emelyn worked as a school psychologist in a variety of smaller, rural school districts to ensure access to special education services and support students’ holistic development through behavioral intervention and consultation. As a recent graduate of the University of Montana’s MSW program, she firmly believes that schools provide a unique opportunity for (almost) universal programming and intervention with students, families, and communities, and looks forward to upholding PHC’s mission of promoting optimal health and wellbeing for all through comprehensive, patient-focused, accessible, and equitable care as a behavioral health provider embedded within a local elementary school.

Eldon “Chad” Johnson

I have been an educator in Montana for 25 years, 19 as Superintendent working in small schools such as Melstone, Fromberg and Twin Bridges. Currently I’m starting my 5th year at Hardin School Districts serving nearly 1850 students and over 300 staff. Over the past five years, nothing has changed more than my perception of “wellness” and the incredible impact it has on our educational system; including students, staff, parents and community. It is my goal as an educational leader in my community to ensure that a good quality of life is achievable through not only academics, but through community mental, social, physical and behavioral supports and working with our healthcare partners in order to do so.

Amy Krzyzek

Amy Krzyzek is Program Development Manager at Partnership Health Center in Missoula. As a member of the Innovations Team, she works to secure grant funding and oversee new program implementation in the areas of child & adolescent health and health equity. At PHC, Amy has been involved in expanding school-based health services, implementing a foster care health navigation team, and expanding access to high-quality child care. Amy is also currently a Bloomberg American Health Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on Adolescent Health.

Partnership Health Center is a federally-qualified health center that provides medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and supportive services across 7 sites. PHC employs 250+ staff and serves 16,000+ unique patients annually.

Kami Norland, MA, ATR

Kami Norland, MA, ATR, is the Compassionate Experiences Organizer (CEO) of Integrative Re-Sources, LLC, and co-founder of the global Elevate Compassion Coalition. She has stood on many international stages, delivering dynamic keynote presentations, and facilitating workshops that are uplifting, insightful, and affirming. With over 20 years of experience working in health care at local, state, national and international levels from direct care to administrator to trusted advisor, Kami is recognized as a thought-leader who is passionate about helping individuals, organizations, and communities recognize their own resilience and co-create a culture of mental wellbeing. Audiences love how she weaves the latest scientific research into relatable stories and practical tips that help re-frame, re-discover, and re-design quality of life and workplace experiences.

Jill Pate

Jill Pate, RN coordinates the Greater Valley Health Center school-based clinics in Evergreen and Kalispell school districts. She has studied at University of California, Santa Barbara and Cambridge University, England. She holds degrees in Nursing, Sociology and a certificate in integrated behavioral health and primary care from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Spending time as a school nurse was instrumental to her understanding the complex needs of students in Montana. Jill’s current innovation projects are centered on oral health, food insecurity and suicide prevention. Jill has worked in maternal-child health for most of her career, teaching at Flathead Valley Community College school of nursing, working in the NICU and outpatient pediatrics in Kalispell, teaching childbirth education and working in Labor and Delivery and Postpartum in both Whitefish and Kalispell. She is most proud of her work with camps for children with medical needs. Jill has directed camps for children with cancer and burn injuries and developed an adaptive rock climbing program for a wheelchair sports camp. She is married to Paralympic gold medalist Steve Pate and the proud mother of two MSU Bozeman students and a sophomore at Glacier High School.

Jamey Petersen

Jamey Petersen is the Coordinated School Health Director for the Montana Office of Montana. Jamey has been with the OPI since January 2020. She has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Memphis and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver. She has enjoyed serving the people of Montana for 20 years, working extensively in public health, prevention, and intervention for both children and adults. Through this work Jamey become an upstreamist and likes to not only address the current concerns impacting our communities and children but also how to go upstream, preventing them from happening in the first place.

Todd Wester

Todd Wester is middle school principal and deputy superintendent at Livingston Public Schools. Over his lifetime he has made his living as a fishing outfitter, commercial fly-tier, woodworker, and author. He is past president of the Livingston Baseball Association and the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana. He is a native of Billings, MT, and attended Stanford University (B.A. Philosophy) and Montana State University (B.A. Elementary Education, M.Ed. Educational Leadership). He enjoys fishing, hunting, gardening, old pickup restoration, cooking, sports, music, especially when spending time with his three children and two grandchildren. His group, Benson’s Landing String Band, performs at fundraisers and benefits. He has three children and two grandchildren.