To integrate and invigorate all efforts to prevent, manage and treat diabetes for all North Dakotans.
A dynamic and sustainable diabetes coalition.
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Direct the future of ND diabetes care
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We serve North Dakotans through efforts to prevent diabetes and improve care for those who have diabetes.
This statewide organization works in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Health, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. DDC members share resources and tools proven to be effective. Most importantly, members share time and ideas.
The coalition is your conduit to what is happening in diabetes in North Dakota. By sharing ideas and resources, our statewide group strives to improve the lives of patients living with diabetes and the professional skills of people committed to ending the diabetes epidemic.
Membership is the key. Together we can reduce the enormous personal and public costs of diabetes.
Help end an epidemic.
Linda Bartholomay, MS, RDN, LRD
Linda is the Director of Nutrition Therapy and Diabetes Education for Sanford Health in Fargo. She 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 since 1984 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. Linda completed her Masters of Science in Public Health in the spring of 2018 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.
Lisa Thorp, BSN, RN, CDE
Lisa Thorp is a Quality Improvement Specialist for Quality Health Associates of ND, which is ND’s quality improvement organization. She holds a BA in Business Administration, and BS in Nursing. Lisa has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years, with experience in a Critical Access Hospital in which she was cross trained to work in various departments, as is often necessary in small hospitals. She was a Clinic Nursing Supervisor for a Rural Health Clinic for several years, while in this position developed a passion for diabetes education. She later earned the CDE credential and managed their accredited Diabetes Education program.
In her early years of working in diabetes education, Lisa recognized that there is often a lack of resources for up and coming diabetes educators working in small, rural facilities. Feeling the need for diabetes mentorship caused her to reach out to diabetes specialists resulting in the implementation telehealth diabetes consults to the program, and later added other telehealth specialties for the facility.
Lisa recently joined Dakota Diabetes Coalition, with the desire to grow a network of resources for diabetes educators and foster mentorship. She would ultimately like to see growth in the number of certified diabetes care and education specialists to bring much-needed diabetes education to the rural areas of ND.
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.
Donna 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.
Kathryn Moch, RN BSN CDE
Katey is currently working at the Sanford Bismarck Diabetes Center as the hospital educator. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Minot State University in 2015 and became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2019. She has had Type 1 Diabetes for 25 years and has worn an insulin pump for 14 years.
Katey has been married to her husband for 3 years and has two beautiful daughters, all of which are a wonderful support system. She has always known that she wanted to become and diabetes educator and thoroughly enjoys helping others with diabetes.
Ann Fraase, RN
Member at Large
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.
Nikki Johnson, MS, RDN, LRD
Member at Large
Nikki Johnson is registered dietitian nutritionist and currently works as a Community Health and Nutrition Specialist for North Dakota State University Extension and University of Minnesota Extension.
Nikki graduated from North Dakota State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and went on to earn her Master of Science in health promotion Management from Nebraska Methodist College in 2011. For the last 10 years, Nikki has been providing nutrition education to North Dakotans and Minnesotans through her various roles with Extension. In her current role, much of Nikki’s work revolves around the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). She teaches National DPP in her community, helps to increase program availability by training new lifestyle coaches across the state, and provides technical assistance to new and existing organizations. Her hope is to help individuals lead healthier lives through lifestyle change and to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes.
In her free time, Nikki enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending time with loved ones. She lives in West Fargo with her husband, two daughters, and English Bulldog.
Karen Liepke, RN, CDE
Member at Large
Karen graduated from the RN diploma program at Trinity School of Nursing in Minot ND in January 1978. She then worked 2 years as an OB/Labor and Delivery nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Williston ND then became a Certified Lamaze instructor for 15 years. In July 1980, she started at Trinity Western Dakota Clinic, where she educated all of the diabetic patients along with completing her other nursing duties. Eventually, she became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2000 and a Certified Pump Trainer in 2001, along with training patients on various Continuous Glucose monitors.
Karen brings a personal perspective, giving additional tips to her teaching as she herself was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 16 months of age in 1959. This has allowed her to participate in the research studies through the 50-year Medalist Program at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston Massachusetts. Karen is dedicated and motivated to provide the highest quality of care for her patients, so they can enjoy life to its fullest.
Throughout the years, Karen and her husband have cared for 20 foster children. They have traveled extensively, including 50 states, 5 Canadian provinces, 4 areas in Mexico, and 11 countries. She enjoys gardening and being active in her church. She continues to work at Trinity Western Dakota Clinic, caring for patients of all ages with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.
Natasha Petry, PharmD, MPH, BCACP
Member at Large
Natasha is Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. She received her B.S., Pharm.D., and MPH degrees all from NDSU. She completed a post-graduate 1 year pharmacy practice residency at Trinity Health in Minot, ND. She is board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy. Her clinical practice site is at Sanford Health in Fargo. For five years she worked as the Internal Medicine Patient Centered Medical Home Pharmacist and managed patients’ diabetes medications and labs through a collaborative practice agreement with providers.
Since 2018, her clinical practice has focused on precision medicine and pharmacogenomics with Sanford Imagenetics. She teaches Endocrine Therapeutics in addition to many other classes at NDSU. She serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students on rotation and for pharmacy residents. During her free time, Natasha can usually be spotted either playing sports or attending sporting events with her husband and two children.
JulieAnne Walter MSN, RN, CDE
Member at Large
Julie has been a Certified Diabetes Educator with the Bismarck Sanford Diabetes Center since 2010.
Julie received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Medcenter One College of Nursing in 2006. She received her Master’s in Nursing Education from the University of Mary in 2019.
Julie provides diabetes self-management education and training to individuals who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. She works with children and adults. Julie has also been a Diabetes Prevention Program instructor since 2014.
Brianna Monahan, MS, RDN, LRD
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Director
Brianna Monahan is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and serves as the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) Coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Health.
In her current role, Brianna works to expand and support Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSMES) Programs and the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) throughout North Dakota. Through this work, Brianna aims to reduce the burden of diabetes, and improve the quality of life for all North Dakotans with or at risk for developing the disease.
Brianna received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Maine. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Maine Medical Center. Having worked in various clinical and community settings in both Maine and Beijing, China, Brianna has focused her career on empowering people to lead happier, healthier lives through lifestyle change.
In her free time, Brianna enjoys traveling and camping with her husband and two young sons.