Cindra Stahl, MS, MBA
Cindra Stahl is the Assistant Director of the Montana Area Health Education Center, focusing on Workforce Development–particularly for rural and frontier healthcare facilities and across all education levels from K-12 to adult continuing education. She is also working with the Montana Graduate Medical Education Council to identify approaches to support, advocate and grow GME within the state. Cindra serves as facilitator for the Montana Healthcare Workforce Advisory Committee and is also the Project Manager (at MSU) for the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Institute of the Montana University System. Cindra is committed to developing a healthcare workforce that is appropriate to meet the needs of the very rural and frontier communities of her state. Prior to moving to Montana, Cindra was Hospital Services Manager and Data Analyst at New Mexico Donor Services, the organ procurement organization for the state of New Mexico. She has also worked in state health policy at the New Mexico Health Policy Commission, and as a legislative analyst for the New Mexico Senate. She holds an MBA and MS in Audiology from the University of New Mexico.
Bonnie Bishop, MPH
Bonnie Bishop obtained her Masters in Public & Community Health from the University of Montana and is a certified health education specialist. Bonnie is currently the Co-Program Manager of the Montana IPE Institute and works at The University of Montana to coordinate campus-based interprofessional education efforts. Bonnie also manages the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars program, which is a statewide program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or undeserved urban settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities. Bonnie believes that IPE and collaborative practice are necessary to transform healthcare by enhancing the quality of patient care, lowering treatment costs and reducing medical errors. Prior to working as a program manager and moving to Montana, Bonnie worked as the head Athletic Trainer in creating an Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation program with structural firefighters in rural Virginia.