MISSOULA URBAN INDIAN HEALTH CENTER STAFF
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.