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 eleven amazing grandchildren, and worship at Whitefish Nazarene.
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, make Rhonda an essential part of the ministry of Hope. In September 2017, Rhonda was promoted to Executive Assistant where she helps to keep the behind-the scenes of the ministry running smoothly. She 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.
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 and CCC Office 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 splits her time, sharing her administrative skills with both HFRC and CCC. 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.
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.
Kristen Habel, RN
Kristen began leading the nursing team at Clear Choice Clinic in June of 2015. 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.
Tiffany Rietema, LPN
Tiffany joined the nursing team in 2016. She received her degree from University of Montana, Helena, and went on to practice med/surg nursing and pediatric home health, as well as volunteering with Mercy Ships. Tiffany and her husband, Jon, have been married for 18 years and have 3 sons. They have called the Flathead Valley home since 2003, but in 2016 took a sabbatical in order to pursue their passion for missions by attending a family school of ministry then lead an outreach team to the Philippines. Tiffany attends Hope Church and loves coffee, good books, spending time with family, and seeing new places.
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. 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
Bailey Siemens - Secretary