Camp Volenteers enjoy lunch at Montana Youth Diabetes Allicance MYDA 2021
Our Mission

MYDA or Montana Youth Diabetes Alliance is a 501C3 organization that started in 2019 to fulfill the unmet needs of the Montana Type 1 diabetes community. 

 

Our mission is to enrich the lives of youth with Type 1 Diabetes and their families while offering safe, fun, and educational opportunities through camps and other events. MYDA provides financial assistance for out-of-pocket expenses associated with self-management supplies and networking resources to navigate diabetes-related support systems.

Meet the MYDA Team

The MYDA Team is comprised of a strong group individuals all across Montana all with a direct connection to Type 1 Diabetes. Our team ranges from long time Type Ones, parents of Type Ones, Pediatric Endocrinologists from all across the state, Certified Diabetic Educators and nutritionists. Everyone has a connection.  Led by our fearless leader Tonya Fuhrmann, who stepped up to make sure Type One kids in Montana have a safe Diabetes camp to go to right here in our beautiful state. She is flanked by mission driven board members that help make this mission a reality!

Tonya Fuhrmann
President of MYDA

I've been type 1 since I was 9 years old. For the past 22 years I have been involved with camp. I created MYDA with the help of Karen Giesy in November of 2019. In March of 2020 the 9 person board and 34 person committee was brought together to ultimately form the  best non-profit volunteer group one could ask for. I love spending time with my precious baby boy Cassius Clay (pictured) and my other half Travis. We like to race, adventure and work on projects together.

Gabe Blomquist PA
Medical Coordinator

I was born in Helena and grew up in the small towns of Harlowtown and Rygate MT. I attended Carroll College in Helena for my undergraduate studies before getting my Physician’s Assistant Degree from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT. I have worked at Billings Clinic Diabetes and Endocrinology as a PA since 2014, specializing in management of type 1 and type 2. I have been part of camp as medical director since 2015. I am blessed with a beautiful wife Cassie, and two wonderful children McLain and RoriMae. I love the great Montana outdoors, hunting and fishing is one of my favorite pastimes.

Merna Terry
Treasurer of MYDA/Projects and Initiatives

I became involved with Type1 when my son was diagnosed in 2016 as a young adult. I feel camp experiences can be some of the best memories and learning experiences available when you are a child.  I want to ensure that all kids with T1D can also have an opportunity for those experiences. That is why I am so excited to be involved with MYDA.

Jonathan Hampton
VP of MYDA & Fundraising Chair for MYDA

My entire family is a large supporter of MYDA and helping families with type 1 diabetes. I grew up and attended college in Florida, moving to Montana in 1992. I am the executive diabetes care specialist with Novo Nordisk. For the past 9 years I have been a volunteer counselor at camp. I have been blessed with Sara Jane, my beautiful wife for 24 years and together we have 2 children, Jaden (18) and Ruby (17)

Mary Tripp
Secretary for MYDA

Hello! I am Mary, and I have had T1D for 26 years! Camp has been such a passionate thing in my life as I was a camper myself at a young age. I am here to share my life experiences with other kids as well. I have other passions as well, like hunting, fishing, camping, and my family. I have been a cosmetologist for 12 years and an owner of a salon for 6 years, and although T1D can be challenging, I choose to live my best life and have control of it the best I can!

Marci Butcher CDCES
Board Member

I am a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist. My career has been entirely with the diabetes world for 31 years now. In addition my husband Jason of now 30 years, was diagnosed a couple years after we were married. I currently work for the MT Diabetes Program at the state health department. My role includes helping increase access to diabetes care and education across the state. I also lead a statewide workgroup on diabetes care at schools.  We are blessed with two sons- Andy and Sam. I enjoy hiking and fishing in north Helena.

Michele Danichich MD
Medical Board

Michele is an endocrinologist who has been in practice in Missoula since 1999. She is a Montana native who moved back home after completing her medical training in Seattle, Portland and San Diego. She is a big fan of all of the outdoor opportunities western Montana has to offer and is thrilled to be part of MYDA and helping make Camp MYDA an unforgettable week to look forward to every summer!

Karen Giesy
Fundraising Support

My name is Karen Giesy.  My grandson Jayden was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9 and my life changed forever! It was my goal to do what I could to help Jayden have a promising future. That’s when Tonya and I decided to start a nonprofit to assist kids and families with TID.

I grew up in Rudyard, MT where helping your neighbors was a way of life.  It was my good fortune to spend my career working in Glacier National Park.  I am now retired and giving back to the community however I can.  My life is great with my husband Roger, son Ryan his fiancé Janay, daughter, Abreon her husband David along with 3 amazing grandchildren Jayden, Jazmine and Dominic.

Jeremy Rolfsmeyer
Marketing Chair Board Member

I am a father of a 13 year old Type One Diabetic named Thaymen. I have been working at Harley-Davidson for the last 7 years as the Marketing Manager and enjoy long walks on the beach. I am very active on a lot of the Online T1 parent support groups, and have been a repeat guest on the Juicebox Podcast. My only goal in life is to make sure my sons life is as full as it can be.

Our Team Does Not End Here...

We are also supported my many medical specialists and volunteers in and outside of camp.

Marwan Bakhach MD  Pediatric Endocrinologist Great Falls Montana

Marwan Bakhach MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

MYDA Medical Provider

Anita Azam- MD Pediatric Endocrinologist Billings Montana

Anita Azam- MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

MYDA Medical Provider

Colleen Wood MD Pediatric Endocrinologist Billings Montana

Colleen Wood MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

MYDA Medical Director

Nathan Bingham MD Pediatric Endocrinologist Kalispell Montana

Nathan Bingham MD PhD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

MYDA Medical Director

Katherine Flass PA-C Pediatric Endocrinology Kalispell Montana

Katherine Flass- PA-C

Pediatric PA

MYDA Medical Provider

Jodie McIlvain Adult Endocrinologist Billings MT

Jodie Mcllvain- PA

Adult Endocrinologist

MYDA Medical Committee

Jennifer Miller ICU RN Billings Montana

Jennifer Miller- ICU RN

ICU RN

MYDA Medical Committee

Justen Rudolph MD Internal Medicine Billings Montana

Justen Rudolph- MD

Internal Medicine

MYDA Medical Committee

Jordan Teller NP Adult Endocrinology Billings Montana

Jordan Teller- NP

Adult Endocrinology

MYDA Medical Committee