Bozeman (UW/Montana State)

Meet the Core Team:

Brenna Cockburn


My name is Brenna Cockburn and I am first year medical student at the WWAMI-Montana site. During my year of service with the National Health Corps in Pittsburgh, PA, I had the opportunity to work with and learn about underserved populations in an urban community. This experience exposed me to the significant disparities that prevent people from accessing healthcare and social resources. As a member of HEC, I am excited to be back in my home state of Montana and work to improve the health of my community. Along with health equity, my passions include cycling, skiing, and eating ice cream.

Cierra Dauenhauer


Cierra is a first year medical student from Butte Montana. She loves backpacking, skiing, rock climbing, and anything else she can do outside. Her family claims her spirit animal is a mountain goat, and she dreams of one day traveling to the Himalayas and Nepal. After finishing her medical training she hopes to return to Montana and work as a primary care provider in a rural or underserved setting. 

Jessica Gagen


My name is Jessica Gagen and I grew up in Livingston, MT. Despite my love for hiking and camping in the mountains, I decided to attend college in the middle of the prairie at the University of Mary in Bismarck. After graduation, I worked on the ambulance and was exposed directly to the significant impact of  health inequity within our community. This experience inspired me to join HEC and work towards increasing health equity!

Sydnee McKee


I’m from Deer Lodge, I got my undergrad degree in Cell Biology & Neuroscience and my MS in Health Science at Montana State University. I want to practice some kind of primary care like family medicine or pediatrics, possibly in a rural area. I got into HEC because throughout my education I’ve learned about the disparities different people experience, and I want to try to help fix them. In my free time, I like to ski, play various sports, hike, and read books (when I’m not studying)!

Marilee Schaner


My name is Marilee Schaner and I am a first year medical student in the MT WWAMI program. I grew up in Billings, MT and got my undergraduate degree at Montana State University. After college, I lived in Ronan, MT on the Flathead Reservation where I first encountered major health disparities and became passionate about health equity. When I’m not studying, I enjoy cooking, crafting, and going on adventures with my husband.

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