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.
Nancy Hostetter, RHIA, CTR
Nancy is an education coordinator for UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the SW Campus in Bismarck, N.D. She coordinates continuing medical education for physicians, primarily working with the central and western part of the state.
She has more than fifteen years experience working with clinical trials and cancer research. She worked for the Women’s Health Initiative’s Coordinating Center and Cancer Surveillance System (part of the National Cancer Institute’s SEER program) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA.
Members at Large
Rhea DeCoteau, MS, RN, CDE
Rhea graduated from University of North Dakota with her BSN in 2005 and her Masters of Science in Nursing Education in 2009 and has been with Indian Health Service in Belcourt, ND since 2013. Rhea has been the diabetes nurse educator at the Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility Indian health Service since 2014. The diabetes education program mission is to “help prevent onset of diabetes mellitus, improve the quality of life for people diagnosed with diabetes, increase overall access to comprehensive diabetes health care and education for those of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa community”. She acheived the credential of Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) in October 2016.
Over the past 3 years, Rhea has worked to assist patients with diabetes to improve their overall health. She has helped bring in new equipment to the facility as well as a diabetic shoe program. She coordinates the facility Joslin Vision Network (JVN) program and is the lead JVN imager. The JVN exam is a retinal screening exam that is done when patients are seen in outpatient clinic. It is a quick and easy way to screen for diabetes related eye complications. She was officially certified as a Joslin Vision Network Imaging Acquisition Specialist in June 2016.
Last year she worked with the diabetes team to achieve accreditation for the diabetes education program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). AADE’s accreditation assures that the program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Programs that meet this criteria are considered high quality and have been shown to improve the health status of the individuals who receive the education.
As she continues in her mission as a diabetes nurse educator, she hopes to also be able to work more with childhood diabetes prevention.
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 Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) 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. Jane is also a member of the American Diabetes Association, Community Leadership Board for North Dakota and a member of the Diabetes Leadership Council for the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.