Carroll College, Helena Montana


Kelly Parsley, M.A., M.P.H.

Chair, Health Sciences Department

Parsley speaks both locally and nationally on violence prevention and has been a victim advocate for twenty years. She currently chairs the Health Sciences Department at Carroll College and serves both on St. Peter’s Hospital Board of Directors and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Advisory Board. She is a past chair of Lewis and Clark County Board of Health.

She has worked as the Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Montana Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence and served on their Board of Directors for four years. She served three years on the Montana Crime Victim’s Services Committee and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Montana AIDS Advisory Council.

She has managed several grants ranging from tobacco use prevention to alcohol abuse prevention to sexual violence prevention. In 2011, she was named the National Outstanding Prevention Professional of the Year by Everfi, a national agency that supports alcohol and violence prevention, and in 2015, she was honored with the National Visionary Voice Award given to leaders in violence prevention.  In the spring of 2015, she was chosen to serve on the White House Think Tank on College Sexual Assault, and she presented to the Montana Senate Judicial Committee on ways to address sexual violence. 

Professor Parsley’s research interests focus on prevention tools for safer communities, and when she is not working, she is running, skiing, biking, and hiking Montana mountains with her husband and twin daughters.

Courses Taught: ENWR 303 Grant Writing; HS 303 Public Health Nutrition; HS 335 Health Policy, Management and Issues: National and Global Perspectives; HS 405 Health Sciences Senior Seminar; HS 415 Health Sciences Internship; PH 303 Public Health Promotion and Methods; PH 333 Public Health Theories and Practice; PH 405 Public Health Senior Seminar; PH 415 Public Health Internship.

Gerald Schafer, Ph.D.

Gerald Schafer, Ph.D

Gerald Schafer arrived at Carroll College in January 2014, after completing a Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. He has undergraduate degrees in biology and music (piano) and an M.S. in Biology from Walla Walla University. He previously taught high school in his native Canada and at Asia-Pacific International University in Thailand.

In Pittsburgh, Gerald was involved in translational research based on the Diabetes Prevention Program, a large clinical trial that demonstrated that moderate lifestyle changes were more effective than drugs in delaying or preventing type 2 diabetes. The goal of Pittsburgh project was to evaluate an adaptation of these approaches in a variety of community settings. Gerald’s particular interest was the out-of-pocket expenses faced by participants in the interventions for things like food and activity, as well as the time spent on activities related to the program.

His research interests at Carroll include the development of diabetes prevention projects that provide opportunities for students to be involved in improving health and lifestyle in the Helena community and beyond.  As a teacher, Gerald’s most important goal is to help students see the connections between how people live and the impact on their health, on individual and community levels.

Gerald enjoys cooking and exploring ethnic cuisine with his wife. They are members of local choirs, as well as organic farmers. He also enjoys international travel, running, hiking, and Scrabble.

Courses Taught: HS 198 Introduction to Health Sciences; HS 230 Introduction to Epidemiology; HS 303 Public Health Nutrition; HS 307 Evidence Based Research Methods in Health Sciences; HS 335 Health Policy, Management and Issues: National and Global Perspectives; HS 389 Behavioral Lifestyle Intervention

Katie Wagner, M.S.

Katie WagnerKatie Wagner, a Montana native, started teaching at Carroll College in the Fall of 2015 after working for several years post grad school in Public Health, Employee Wellness, and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.

Katie earned her B.S. degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and her M.S. degree from Montana State University in Health and Human Development. During her time at MSU, she researched prevention factors for type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease, particularly the influences of nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction techniques on risk factor modification. For her master’s thesis, she researched the relationship between BMI and the effect of the glycemic index of foods on inflammatory markers linked to various diseases. Katie’s research interests still include how to make small changes that have the greatest bang for our buck in chronic disease prevention for various populations. 

Although originally from the beautiful Bitterroot Valley, Katie moved to Helena 3 years ago to marry her husband Matt. Together, they have a 12 year old yellow lab lovingly referred to as Sam the Ham and recently completely renovated their first home. When not doing home renovation projects, Katie loves to go on adventures, cook, hike, kayak, read, and paint. 

Courses Taught: ENWR 303 Grant Writing; HS 307 Evidence Based Research Methods in Health Sciences; HS 335 Health Policy, Management and Issues: National and Global Perspectives; HS 198 Introduction to Health Sciences.