Dr. Loretta Heuer, PhD, RN, FAAN, NDSU
Department of Nursing
Loretta is a Professor of Nursing for the North Dakota State University School of Nursing. She holds Bachelors of Science and master's degrees in nursing. Her doctoral degree is in Research Methodology from University of North Dakota College of Teaching and Learning.
In the research and practice arenas, she has worked with underserved populations, specifically American Indian and Latino migrant farmworkers for the past 20 years. Currently, her work focuses on health care workforce development in the American Indian population. She is alumnus of the 2002 Robert Wood Executive Nurse Fellowship, 2008 Class, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2007-2009 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Board Leadership Program and 2009 Rural Health Fellows Program.
She has more than 30 years of experience in health care, of which 20 years have been spent in nursing education. She chairs the Midwest Clinicians' Network Research Committee which is composed of clinicians, administrators, and clinician-researchers from health centers, as well as researchers from the University of Chicago. The committee includes several general internists and nurse practitioners who have extensive experience in conducting diabetes research in Health Centers and providing primary care to vulnerable populations.
Linda is the Director of Nutrition Therapy for Sanford Health in Fargo and is the Diabetes Program Coordinator for 14 Fargo region Sanford sites.
Linda graduated from North Dakota State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics. She has been a registered dietitian for 33 years and has worked in many areas including hospital, clinic and even information technology. She has a passion for all areas of clinical nutrition, but especially for diabetes, weight loss surgery and weight management. She is currently completing her Masters in Public Health from the University of Indiana, Terra Haute.
Linda has previously served on the North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly North Dakota Dietetics Association) as reimbursement representative for 2 years and the Public Policy Coordinator for 1 year.
The Fargo region diabetes education program sees anywhere from 4200 to 5725 unique patients per year with diabetes. She has worked to implement telemedicine options for diabetes education and medical nutrition therapy, with the hope of increasing access to certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians in rural areas of North Dakota and Minnesota.
Donna Amundson, RN, CDE, CPT
Donna graduated from Minot State College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After working at St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot as a staff nurse on a surgical unit for three years she then worked as the Patient Education Coordinator for the next 22 years, becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator in 1991. She and her family moved to Bismarck in 2001 when she was hired as the Director of the Diabetes Education Center at Medcenter One, now Sanford Health. She currently manages the center and works with patients of all ages who have Diabetes.
Members at Large
Ann Fraase, RN
Ann is the Nurse Informatics Specialist with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.
She received her RN diploma from St Luke’s School of Nursing in Fargo, N.D., and bachelor of university studies from NDSU in Fargo, N.D. She has more than 19 years of experience with Community Health Services.
For 14 years, she coordinated a statewide diabetes quality improvement project in conjunction with North Dakota Department of Health, which included an access-based claims data registry of diabetes members and developing physician reports assessing the frequency of annual office visits, A1C testing, lipid testing, eye exams and microalbumin test.
Katie Johnke, RDN, LRD
Katie is the Nutrition Services Coordinator for Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health and Worksite Wellness Coordinator for the City of Bismarck. Katie is a Licensed Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of North Dakota.
Prior to taking her position at Public Health in 2013, she worked for NDSU Extension Services as a Family & Consumer Sciences Agent-in-Training in Grand Forks County. Katie currently serves on the board for North Dakota Nutrition Council and the Executive Committee for the local community health coalition, Go! Bismarck Mandan. When Katie is not working, she is found chasing her very active children and enjoys running the streets and trails of Bismarck. She is married to her husband Scott and has three children, Levi, Gavin and Halle.
Karen Liepke, RN, CDE
She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1959 and is complication free. She has used a Medtronic insulin pump for 20 years and was certified to train Medtronic insulin pumps since 2001. She was able to receive and be part of the 50-Year Medalist Program through the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA and participated in research 3 different times to enhance care for type 1 diabetes. She continues to provide education for all ages of people with diabetes.
Tera was the North Dakota Department of Health's Diabetes Program Director for several years, and currently is Public Health Consultant for the NACDD Diabetes Team. Tera has served on several local, state, and national boards and committees.
When Tera isn’t working, she can be found whipping up a nutritious meal and/or eating chocolate (they balance each other out); working out by chasing one, two, or all three of her children; or catching a brief moment of silence to watch mindless television.
Not only has Tera jumped out of an airplane, she also has her private pilot's license to fly one. She has been married to her wonderful husband Derek for over 8 years and serving in the North Dakota Air National guard since 2001.
Liaison, North Dakota Department of Health
Jane is the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) Director for the North Dakota Department of Health.
The DPCPs current scope of work is to expand and support Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSMES) Programs and the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) throughout North Dakota.
Having dedicated her career to diabetes care as an educator and program coordinator, she is now helping clinical and community sites strengthen their programs and develop a framework that supports the prevention of type 2 diabetes and optimal self-management for those with diabetes.
As Liaison to the Dakota Diabetes Coalition, Jane's role is to promote collaboration between the Coalition and the DPCP, assist with setting Coalition priorities and faciliate the Coalition board's processes. Other current/recent leadership positions for Jane include being a member of the North Dakota Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association, co-chair of the Office and Clinic Based Community of Interest for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and member of the Diabetes Leadership Council for the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.