D'Shane Barnett
D'Shane BarnettExecutive Director

D’Shane is Mandan and Arikara and comes to MUIHC with a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California, San Francisco. D’Shane formerly served as the executive director of the National Council of Urban Indian Health in Washington, DC, and as the director of planning and policy for the Native American Health Center in Oakland, California.

D’Shane received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Montana, Missoula. In his free time, he enjoys taking advantage of western Montana’s beautiful outdoors, attending powwows, and spending time with his family.


Clayton Tallwhiteman
Clayton TallwhitemanInformation Technology Technician/Clinical Applications Coordinator
Clayton Tallwhiteman works as the Information Technology Technician/Clinical Applications Coordinator for Missoula Urban Indian Health Center as of June 2014. He is a tribal member of Assinibione, N. Cheyenne and Blackfeet tribes. His education background consists of an Associate Degree in Information Technology and is CompTIA A+ certified, TestOut PC Pro certified and has a Computer Support Specialist certification. He is currently a student at the University of Montana pursuing a B.A.S. degree in Computer Science.




Kiana Simonson
Kiana SimonsonHuman Resource

My name is Kiana Simonson and I am from Loring, Montana. I am a Chippewa Cree native out of the Little Shell tribe located in Great Falls, Montana. I graduated college in May of 2017 from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a Certificate in Entertainment Management. I continued my education at the University of Montana the following 2017-2018 academic year to pursue my last year of eligibility apart of the University of Montana Rodeo team.  

I wanted to stay in Missoula and the timing was perfect becoming the new Human Resource Specialist at the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center. Working part-time allows me to continue my rodeo career on the weekends as well. I am very grateful to work at an organization such as MUIHC and want to work endlessly at following and improving the mission of the company.  



Skye McGinty
Skye McGintyDevelopment and Communications Coordinator

Skye is a three-time graduate from the University of Montana with her Bachelor and Master of Art degrees in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequality and Social Justice, and a Master of Business Administration degree. She is a descendant of the Shoshone-Bannock and Little Shell Chippewa tribes. Skye has worked with historically marginalized communities in an academic setting and wrote her master’s thesis on low-income and first generation college students’ experiences in higher education. She looks forward to serving the Urban Indian communities of Western Montana in a culturally-conscious manner.

Originally from the plains of Northeastern Montana, Skye enjoys exploring Missoula’s excellent hiking trails and public lands with her dog in her spare time.

Dillon Conway
Dillon ConwayFinance Analyst
Laura Bird
Laura BirdEligibility Specialist

Laura Bird is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation. Laura grew up an Air Force military brat and lived on several different military bases during her childhood. She graduated from Enid High School in Enid, Oklahoma and her secondary education consisted of Haskell Indian Nations University, Blackfeet Community College, and most recently, Missoula College. Laura moved to Missoula in 1999 and has worked in healthcare for over 13 years as a pharmacy technician before she decided to change career paths and further her education. Laura obtained a degree in Medical Information Technology from the Missoula College while also working part time retail for the Missoula Osprey. Laura now works as the Eligibility Specialist for MUIHC and is happy for the opportunity to be able to work with and serve the Missoula urban indigenous community.  Laura has 4 children, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Laura enjoys being outdoors, playing roller derby and is a team skater for Hellgate Roller Derby.







Behavioral Health And Chemical Dependency


Lily Gervais
Lily GervaisBehavioral Health Clinical Director

My name is Lily Wagner Gervais.  I am a Blackfeet tribal member from Browning, Montana.  I currently live in Missoula with my husband and four sons.  I came to Missoula in 2001 to attend the University of Montana.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work.  I am dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and have worked in the addiction field since 2005 in various capacities.  I came to work for the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center (MUIHC) as the Behavioral Health Supervisor in 2016.  I had hoped to be more connected to the Native population in Missoula on a personal and professional level and being at MUIHC has provided me that opportunity.  I am grateful to be here.  




Dana Kingfisher
Dana KingfisherASAP/Tobacco Coordinator
I am an enrolled member of the White Clay (Gros Ventre) Tribe and a descendent of the Blackfeet Nation. My Indian Name is Pittanshkeeakii (Eagle Speaker Woman). I was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation and graduated from the Blackfeet Community College in 1999 then moved to Missoula. I started working at the Center in 2006 as the Receptionist and in 2008 became the ASA/Tobacco Program Coordinator. Incorporating Cultural and Traditional Values taught to me by my maternal family when I was young and today by my in-laws, is a very important aspect of the current evidenced-based and promising practices utilized in my prevention education programming. I am very humbled and honored to have served the Missoula Urban Indian Community for the past 12 years. Ii-ta-miks-tsitsi-koo (Have a good day/It is a good day)!


Lida Running Crane
Lida Running CraneWellness Specialist/Mental Health Provider

I am a 2016 graduate of the University of Montana with my Master’s in Counselor Education and have subsequently received my NCC and LCPC licensure while employed at MUIHC as a Mental Health Provider and Wellness Specialist. I am certified in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Trauma Resiliency Model Level II, Native Wellness Institute Healthy Relationships, Mending Broken Hearts, and as a Circle of Security Model Parenting Class Leader. I hold a BA in Native American Studies and a minor in Human and Family Development. A non-Native, I am second generation European immigrant and was born and raised in New England. I have lived in Montana since 1996 when I spent time in Heart Butte on the Blackfeet reservation and where I was eventually adopted into a family. While there, I met and married my husband and together, we have raised three children. My life is full and I enjoy my time with my family, volunteering, writing short stories, being active outside, and riding. I am grateful for the opportunity to share in the healing process with my clients and to have the honor of holding their stories.



Tanell Broncho
Tanell BronchoBehavioral Health Data Clerk
My name is Tanell Broncho. I am Blackfeet and Shoshone Bannock. I have worked for the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center for two and a half years as the Intake Coordinator/Data Clerk. I am in the process of receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a minor in Native American Studies.






Teresa Vial
Teresa VialFamily Nurse Practitioner
Teresa Pirro Vial, RN, MSN, FNP-BC. I have been a nurse since 1984 and then continued my studies finally graduating from University of Delaware with my family nurse practitioner degree. I have four children and two dogs. I like to craft, quilt and enjoy fishing. 

Quentin Means
Quentin MeansCommunity Health Coordinator 
Quentin Means is from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation where he is an enrolled member. Prior to working at M.U.I.H.C, Quentin worked as a Tribal Outreach Intern for the National Center for Appropriate Technology and served as a summer and fall Intern at the University of Montana’s Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS) Farm. He graduated from the University of Montana with Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science Degree in the Environmental Studies Program, with an emphasis in Sustainable Food and Farming, at the University of Montana. Quentin currently maintains two garden plots for M.U.I.H.C at a local community garden site and grows fresh fruits and vegetables for the organization’s clients. Quentin has been a member of the Missoula County Public School’s Title VII Parent Advisory Committee, a member of the Missoula Community Food Coop and has volunteered with Garden City Harvest at several urban farms and community gardens. Quentin is the proud father of two kids and in his free time, he likes to spend time with his family, hike, camp, and attend the farmer’s market.

Marina Powers
Marina PowersChart Auditor