Hope Pregnancy MinistriesLeadership Team
Michelle has been with Clear Choice Clinic since its inception in 2007 and holds a degree in nursing from Montana State University. She has been an active leader in cause of life, and her medical background and passion for life make her the strong Executive Director of Hope Pregnancy Ministries. Michelle is a gifted educator and strong communicator. She can often be found in local schools, teaching about sexuality, integrity, and lifestyle choices; hosting groups in her ministry’s medical clinic; and instructing young people on the topic of abortion and sexuality as it relates to faith. Michelle serves on the leadership team of the Women’s Health Network of Montana and is an instructor with the Women’s Health Network National Ultrasound Training team. She grew up in Whitefish, Montana, where she still resides with her husband, Kent. They are blessed with five children and twelve amazing grandchildren, and worship at Whitefish Nazarene.
Tanaia Wise joined the Hope Pregnancy Ministries team in 2019, stepping into the role of Executive Assistant to Michelle Reimer. Tanaia attended the Fire School of Ministry in Kalispell from 2011 – 2013, and in 2016 received an Associate’s Degree in Business with a Social Media Marketing Certificate from Spokane Falls Community College; she has been working in human resources since that time. Tanaia is also a Certified Wedding and Event Planner. She is a fourth generation Montanan, and enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, horseback riding and camping. Tanaia plays guitar, and attends Flathead Valley Cowboy Church, where she has worshiped since age eleven.
Resource Center Director
Debbie Otto has been involved with Hope since 1999 as one of our earliest volunteers. Since that time, she has served in many areas, but her passion has been facilitating post abortion healing Bible studies. She also led the board of directors from 2010 – 2015. In April of 2015, Debbie became the director of Hope Family Resource Center, and feels as if her life has come full circle, once again mentoring and working with young families. Debbie was married to Art for 20 years before his passing in 2014, and together they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. Debbie worships at Central Bible Church.
HFRC Administrative Assistant
Venus came to Hope Pregnancy Ministries in 2015 after hearing a radio highlight about the ministry on Moody Radio. She began as an administrative volunteer and became indispensable in her role at Hope Family Resource Center; when a staff position became available, she was the obvious choice. Venus lived most of her life in Washington state, where she worked for 19 years in the dental field before making a career change and earning an associate’s degree in Medical Business Information Management. Her time away from HFRC is spent on sewing, knitting, outdoor activities and preparations for yearly, short-term mission trips to the Czech Republic.
Stefanie schelling, RN
Stefanie began leading the nursing team at Clear Choice Clinic in April of 2019. A native of the Flathead Valley, Stefanie was a photographer for 10 years before pursuing a nursing career. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in nursing through Montana State University at the Kalispell campus. Her first nursing position was at the Flathead City-County Health Department working with pregnant and parenting teens, amongst other roles. Stefanie married her high school friend in 2002 and is a mother of three, one of whom is in heaven. Stefanie and her family attend Canvas Church. Her hobbies include boating, golfing and traveling.
kayla anderson, RN
Kayla joined the nursing team in April of 2019. Kayla recently graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Kayla has always had a heart for maternal health and underserved populations, which lead her to YWAM and eventually serving in a birth center in the Philippians. As a Flathead Valley native, Kayla returned in 2008 and married her best friend Clay. Together they enjoy spending time outdoors, fishing, and traveling to new places. Clay and Kayla are excited to be growing their family through adoption. They attend Hope Church.
Kristin Gilbert, RN
Kristin joined the nursing team in 2019 after returning to the Flathead Valley following 18 years in Seattle. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwest University in Kirkland, WA and has worked in ICU, Labor & Delivery and postpartum units. In each setting Kristin has enjoyed giving compassionate care to family members as well as patients; she is excited to work with Clear Choice Clinic. Kristin and her husband, Treavor, both born and raised in Kalispell, have been married for 18 years and have three children. She spends much of her time as homeschool educator to their children. Their family worships at Grace Church and loves spending time together serving, reading, playing games and being outdoors.
Kristen habel, RN
Kristen joined the nursing team at Clear Choice Clinic in June of 2015 as the Nurse Manager. She has since transitioned to a PRN position as a Staff Nurse. A native of Wisconsin, Kristen received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing at Viterbo University and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary. She served as a missionary at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Koutiala, Mali, returning in 2014 to marry her childhood friend, T.J. Kristen and her husband have two children, are actively involved in Fellowship Church in Columbia Falls, and enjoy outdoor activities including skiing, hiking and sports.
Kara Roberts, RDMS
Kara joined us in April of 2009. A Registered Sonographer, Kara was trained at Argosy University in Minnesota, and has worked for both Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Kara continues to work at KRMC, and her expertise makes her a valuable part of the Clear Choice team. She is gifted in helping her patients to understand what they see in the ultrasound room and guiding them through the decision making process. She enjoys camping and outdoor activities with her family and friends, and lives in Kalispell with her husband Sean and their 3 kids. Kara and her family attend Canvas Church.
rhonda fisher, ccma
Rhonda Fisher came to Clear Choice Clinic as a volunteer Patient Advocate. She quickly became indispensable, and was hired as Clinic Assistant in early 2015. Her skills as a certified phlebotomist and CNA, combined with impeccable administrative skills, has made Rhonda an essential part of the ministry of Hope. She served as Executive Assistant to Michelle for 18 months, before transitioning back to the medical clinic, where she now works as a medical assistant. Rhonda is well known for her compassion and tender spirit, and is the proud mother of two children and grandma to one sweet baby. Rhonda and her husband, Doug, live in Columbia Falls and attend Whitefish Nazarene.
Sandy Hanson joined Hope in August 2012. Her love for her husband Neil and her family has prepared her well for the caring work done at Hope. Her sweet spirit and compassionate nature, plus an Associate Degree in Accounting from FVCC are a perfect combination for the job. Sandy is a woman of consistent character who takes great delight in keeping the office organized and the books balanced. On her days off, you may find Sandy bird watching, gardening, or working any sort of puzzle. She and Neil worship at Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish.
Clinic Assistant / Community Liaison
Renee returned to Hope Pregnancy Ministries in 2018. She served as Director of Hope Family Resource Center from 2012-2015, and was greatly missed when life circumstances took her away for a time. In February 2018, the Lord led her back to Hope, and she now fills the role of Clinic Assistant at Clear Choice, as well as Community Liaison for the ministry. Renee’s kind disposition and gift of compassion makes her the perfect person to greet our patients as they walk through the door or call to schedule an appointment. Renee is the mother of 2 grown daughters and one young son, and loves spending time with her 5 grandchildren who live in the valley. She enjoys many outdoor activities, and is passionate about empowering people with truth.
John Lavin, MD
Clear Choice Clinic is blessed to have Dr. John Lavin serving as Medical Director. Dr. Lavin attended the University of Nevada Medical School, and did his residency in Family Practice, as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the University of Colorado. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a partner at Kalispell OB/GYN. John and his wife Anita have seven children. When asked why he is involved with Clear Choice Clinic, Dr. Lavin states, “I am involved with Hope Pregnancy Ministries because it is obvious that the Spirit of Jesus is working here.”
Meet the Hope Pregnancy Ministries Board Members
Nick Maltby - Chairman
Jason Johnston - Vice Chairman
Pat Jepsen - Treasurer
Kristy Whitsitt - Secretary