Learn About Our Staff

Aaron Wernham, MD, MS
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Aaron Wernham is a family physician and chief executive officer of the Montana Healthcare Foundation. Aaron brings his experience in public health, medical practice, and philanthropy to the job of providing overall direction and leadership for the Foundation. In this position, he works with the trustees to develop and implement the Foundation’s strategic priorities, programming, and partnerships.

 

Over more than 10 years in clinical practice, Aaron served as faculty in the Contra Costa County family medicine program in California and provided primary care in remote Alaska Native and rural Alaskan communities. At the national level, Aaron has helped lead efforts to address the upstream influences on health and illness through partnerships beyond the health sector with leaders in housing, transportation, education, and other fields. He founded and directed the Health Impact Project, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts that makes grants and conducts policy-relevant research on American’s health. Aaron also served as public health and policy advisor for Alaska Native tribes while working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. He has served on several National Academies of Science committees focused on health and public policy, authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and public health reports, and often speaks on public health and prevention at national and international conferences.

 

Aaron received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He trained in family medicine at the UC Davis-affiliated Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

Ted Madden, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

As the chief operating officer, Ted oversees the Foundation’s investments, financialals, and operations. He also oversees the Housing and Health Care and Implementation of Value-Based Care initiatives.

 

Ted brings 20 years of non-profit foundation and health care administrative experience to his position at the Foundation. He served as the executive director at the Park County Community Foundation, the founding chief financial officer of Community Health Partners, and assistant to the treasurer and subsidized housing director at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul Minnesota.

 

Ted received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s in business administration from the University of Minnesota. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of the Livingston School District and serves on the board of a private foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota. He resides in Livingston, Montana with his wife and three children.

Scott Malloy, LCSW
Senior Program Officer

As a senior program officer, Scott provides leadership for the foundation’s programs, grantmaking, initiatives, and capacity building. He also leads work in the Behavioral Health focus area and the Integrated Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment, and Behavioral Health Leadership initiatives. 

 

Prior to assuming his role at the Foundaiton, Scott worked as the director of a program assertive community treatment (PACT) in Phoenix, Arizona and the Executive Director for Western Montana Mental Health Centers in Butte, Bozeman, and Livingston, Montana. Scott has developed and overseen a variety of programs including jail diversion, crisis intervention training, crisis stabilization and response, peer support, school-based mental health programs, supported housing, supported employment, and PACT.

 

Scott was raised in Miles City, Montana and received his bachelor’s degree from Rocky Mountain College and his master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. Scott is licensed as a clinical social worker and currently serves as a board member for the Human Resource Development Council in Bozeman. 

Tressie White
Senior Program Officer

As a senior program officer, Tressie leads the Foundation’s work in the American Indian Health focus area and the Solving Perinatal Drug and Alcohol use, Strengthening American Indian Health Services, American Indian Health Governance and Leadership Support, and the Reducing American Indian Health Disparities initiatives.

 

Tressie White is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and a descendant of the Rocky Boy Chippewa Cree Tribe. Prior to assuming duties as at the foundation, she served as the Helena Indian Alliance Executive Director where she implemented a wide range of clinical and behavioral health services to the community. She has also served as the Helena Indian Alliance Assistant Executive Director and Clinical Manager, and the Wakina Sky Multicultural After School Program Director.

 

Tressie is passionate about the delivery of health care services to Montana’s American Indian population and is dedicated to improving health outcomes and reducing disparities. She has extensive experience developing and managing the outreach strategy for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and HELP Act enrollment services, and she has collaborated closely with relevant providers and agencies within Indian Country to ensure quality health care programs and services are available to all American Indians.

Melinda Buchheit
Communications Coordinator & CEO Executive Assistant

Melinda serves dual roles as the Foundation’s communications coordinator and as executive assistant to the CEO. Melinda works closely with the CEO to develop the Foundation’s communication strategy and messaging. She also manages the Foundation’s communication channels including the website, social media pages, and email listservs. Melinda also provides administrative support to the CEO, a position she has held since 2015.

 

Prior to her work with the Foundation, Melinda pursued a film production career in Los Angeles. While there she worked as a production and camera assistant, completed a term of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA where she taught filmmaking classes to youth, and worked as an executive assistant at Paramount Pictures in the creative content marketing department.

 

Melinda was born in California and her family moved to Montana’s Bitterroot Valley when she was eight years old in search of “the most beautiful place in the country to live.” She received her bachelor’s degree in film and photography from Montana State University and is currently working on her master’s degree in communications from Purdue University. Melinda is happy to once again call Montana home, and she is thrilled to bring her experience in media to the job of sharing the Foundation’s work with the public.

Kayla Talbert
Grants Administrator

Kayla is the grants administrator for the Montana Healthcare Foundation where she manages the grantmaking process from the beginning to end. She provides support to the Foundation’s partners, ensures compliance with IRS regulations, and manages the Foundation’s grants management system.

 

She has worked in the public sector for over five years providing administrative and programmatic support. Prior to joining the MHCF team, she worked at Montana State University where she managed and provided assistance for programs aimed at increase graduation rate through student-centered approaches.

 

She grew up in Missoula, MT and received her bachelor’s degree in community health and master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana. She loves being in the mountains whether that be through backpacking, biking, or skiing.

Michele Henson, MPH
Program Associate

Michele Henson is the Foundation’s program associate and manages the Public Health and Capacity focus areas. Michele also works closely with the Foundation’s senior program officers, providing research and programmatic assistance in the Foundation’s American Indian Health, Behavioral Health, and Partnerships for Better Health focus areas.  

 

Michele has worked in the field of public health since 2011 with a focus on family and child health. Prior to her job at the Montana Healthcare Foundation, Michele spent several years working for the Center for Native Health Partnerships (Montana State University) and the Center for American Indian Resilience (University of Arizona). During her time in Arizona, Michele traveled throughout Arizona to support health-related projects in several urban and tribal communities, including chronic disease prevention and mental health promotion with the Havasupai Tribe in Supai, Arizona.

 

Michele was raised in Corvallis, Montana and is part of the fifth generation of her family to grow up in the Bitterroot Valley. Michele graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in community health before moving to Tucson, Arizona to receive her master’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona. Special areas of research and interest include strength-based and community-driven approaches to improve health.

Price Klaas, MPA
Operations Manager

As operations manager, Price is responsible for helping the organization run smoothly and efficiently. Price works closely with the COO to manage the Foundation’s operations, processes grant payments, and manages contracts.

 

Price has served in a variety of administrative roles in the human-service and public sectors which included positions with Child Care Connections, Gallatin County, Montana State University, and the Bozeman Schools Foundation. Most recently, she was the operations manager for an international semester school based in Bozeman.

 

Price was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley and she received her bachelor’s degree in health and human development from Montana State University and her master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Montana. Price loves how the Montana Healthcare Foundation’s mission and her role in the organization align her two professional passions: healthy individuals and families with nonprofit accountability and sustainability.

Anna Lange
Administrative Assistant

As the administrative assistant, Anna manages the front desk and is the first line of contact for people who visit, call, or email the Foundation. She also helps the operations manager facilitate day to day organizational operations and provides administrative support to the Foundation’s senior program officers.  

 

Anna is a Bozeman native and received her bachelor’s degree in community health from Montana State University. She has worked in several customer service and client-based positions – most recently you may have seen her at Cello Gallery in downtown Bozeman.  

 

Anna enjoys snowshoeing in the winter, hiking and biking in the summer, and spending as much time as possible in her garden. 

2018 Call for Proposals

Find out about this year’s available grants.