Laura Yelton, RN
As Administrator for the Montgomery County Health Department Home Health Agency, Laura works with the Board of Directors to set the vision for the agency and manage its finances. She provides leadership and oversight to the staff, and works with groups in the community to identify gaps, develop policies, and implement programs to improve public health. She brings nearly two decades of experience in hospital system acute care in St. Louis. Laura is originally from Montgomery County and is actively involved in the community.
"I would love the opportunity to take care of you, because I know you and care about this community. My new position at the health department will be a big change, and I look forward to learning the new role and serving my home town."
Melissa Cahall, RN
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Melissa attended Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and Allied Health in 1996. She gained experience in orthopedics, labor and delivery, and post-partum care. She also worked at a local medical clinic for 12 years and as the Assistant Director of Nursing at New Florence Care Center.
"I live in Montgomery County . . . I am excited to work for Montgomery County Health Department. I enjoy working with residents and families of the community and want to continue building on my nursing knowledge."
For the past 30 years Donna has served Montgomery County residents as an employee at the Health Department. She serves as Office Manager, and is the cornerstone for our office. She does a great job keeping the Health Department functioning smoothly. She performs all of her tasks efficiently and expertly, as well as consistently going above and beyond her job to help others.
Kenna Fricke, RN
A Montgomery City native, Kenna returned home after nursing school and working in hospitals in the emergency room, intensive care, surgery, and the float pool. She now serves county residents as a home health nurse for the Health Department.
“I am really excited to be working in my community.”
Deidre Briengar, OT
Deidre is an Occupational Therapist in our Home Health program, serving Montgomery County residents with occupational therapy needs.
Lindsey Janes, LPN
"I was born and raised in Montgomery County only living in in Mexico, Missouri while in nursing school. I graduated from the Advanced Technology School in Mexico as an LPN in 2002 and moved back to Montgomery at that time. I have a husband of 11 years and two wonderful daughters Taylor 10 and Aubrey 7. I jumped into nursing on a whim and found that I really enjoy all aspects of nursing. I love to get to know each and every one of my patients and find it very rewarding to be able to help them. I have worked in many fields: Medical Surgical, Outpatient Surgery, Endoscopy Lab, Family Practice and Public Health/Home Health. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading and I recently started redoing furniture which I find really fun and relaxing."
Erin Hadden, RN
As a young girl, Erin wanted to be a nurse like her grandma. Now she is a registered nurse, serving as the Home Health Case Manager.
"I am the nurse I am today because of everything my Mom taught me. My Mom taught me how to care for people. And what I love about my job is taking care of people I know. Living in a small town is a wonderful thing and I have learned to love it, I am a small town girl! I love the fact that I get to care for the people that I know and grew up around.”
Courtney James, RN
Courtney is married to Matt James, and they have three boys that Courtney says keeps her busy running them around to all their activities. She grew up in Montgomery City and lived here most of her life. She graduated from Moberly Area Community College in 2016 and worked at the University of Missouri Hospital on the cardiac floor before becoming one of our home health nurses.
"I am excited about being able to make personal connections with new and familiar patients, while making a positive influence on their health care needs. I am glad to be back home serving these special people in our close-knit community. In my free time, I love to read, run and spend time with my family.”
Chad Powell, PT
A lifelong Montgomery County resident, Chad graduated from Montgomery County R-II and earned a degree in dietetics and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Missouri State University. As a physical therapist in our home health program, Chad helps people regain functional mobility after surgery, injury or illness with exercise, manual therapy, heat, ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
“Home health gives me the opportunity to help give people back independence within their homes and improve their quality of life. Those are two of the main reasons I wanted to become a physical therapist. I'm excited to have the chance to help people in our community.”
I was born and raised in Montgomery County and moved to Montgomery City 4 years ago with my fiancé, Ron Brandt, to be closer to family. I worked at the Audrain County Health Department in Mexico, MO for the last 11 years. I worked with the WIC and Immunization programs and was the webmaster. I am truly blessed to be able to join the Montgomery County Health Department. I am very passionate about public health and look forward to working with the residents of Montgomery County.
Stacy is a Montgomery City girl, born and raised. She says, "My husband and I raise our girls in this great community as well. Juanita is 14 years old, Vivian is 7 and they keep us super busy. I am excited to be a part of the Montgomery County Health Department. Joining this amazing, caring team is a great way to further serve my hometown. It is important to me to be active where I reside, so the position I accepted here was the perfect fit. I have served on the Board at Birthright since we were established and I am currently the mentor there. My family is all members of New Florence Baptist Church and we are proud to be Wildcats! I look forward to my future here at MCHD and doing my part in making a difference."
Robin has lived in Montgomery County since she was a toddler. She's been married to her husband Randy for over 31 years and has two adult daughters she is extremely proud of. She served on the Montgomery City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 4 years and was very active with events and fundraising.
"In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I am very excited to work at the Health Dept. as the Environmental Specialist, I look forward to working within the community I love."