Who We Are

Aaron Wernham, MD, MS
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Aaron Wernham is a family physician and chief executive officer of the Montana Healthcare Foundation, where brings experience in both public health and medical practice to the job of providing strategic direction for the Foundation. In this position, he works with the MHCF Board of Trustees to develop and implement the Foundation’s strategic priorities, programming, and partnerships. Over more than a decade in clinical practice, Aaron worked in underserved communities in urban California and rural Alaska, where he also served as a policy advisor for Alaska Native tribes. In his work on health policy at the national level, Aaron developed and led the Health Impact Project, a major national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; he has served on several National Academy of Sciences committees, and authored a number of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and public health reports. Aaron received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco.

Anna Lange
CEO Executive Assistant & Board Liaison

Anna Lange is most likely the first person you will talk to when you call our office. With a background in customer service, she’s an expert at answering your questions or getting you to the right person who can help. Anna has been an invaluable member of our team since 2018. She provides administrative support to our CEO Dr. Aaron Wernham and meeting management support to our Board of Trustees. Anna is a Bozeman native and MSU alum (where she received her undergraduate degree in community health). In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and gardening.

BaLeigh Harper, MPH
Grant systems manager

Questions about logging into our grant management system, submitting an application, or filling out your progress reports? BaLeigh Harper can help with all your grant-related needs! BaLeigh joined our team in 2019 and quickly became an indispensable member. She supports our grantees and program staff throughout the entire grant application and reporting process. She also oversees our grant management system and manages the collection and reporting of our programming-related data. A Montana native, BaLeigh grew up in southcentral Montana. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from Swarthmore College and her graduate degree in public health from the University of Montana. BaLeigh lives in Livingston with her husband and two huskies. 

Hannah Jacoby
Program Assistant

Hannah Jacoby provides administrative support for the Foundation’s Behavioral Health focus area and program staff. For the past 10 years, Hannah has worked in various nonprofits supporting social change. She worked as an educator and trainer at the Chicago Freedom School and the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Madison, Wisconsin. Most recently, she was the member management coordinator at the Montana Conservation Corps. Hannah was born and raised in Bozeman, but left to attend the University of Chicago where she received her bachelor’s degree in political science. She is happy to be back in Montana with her husband and two daughters. Hannah is excited to support the Foundation’s mission of improving health outcomes for Montana communities.

Kassie Runsabove
Program Officer

Kassie Runsabove supports the Foundation’s programming work in the American Indian Health focus area. Kassie has over 12 years of experience in health care ranging from public health to health administration. Her career began at Riverstone Health as a prevention health specialist and grew to a health disparities coordinator at St. Vincent Healthcare. In recognition of her work, Kassie earned the 2016 Billings Gazette 40 Under 40 Award and the National Catholic Healthcare Association 2016 Tomorrow’s Leader Award. Kassie is enrolled Whiteclay from Fort Belknap, Montana. She is passionate about education, awareness, and collaboration so under served populations have access to all the resources available. Kassie received her bachelor’s degree in health promotion from Montana State University Billings. She currently lives in the Billings area with her husband and three children.

Kelsey Gummer
Program Officer

Kelsey Gummer supports the Foundation’s programming work in the Behavioral Health focus area. Previously, Kelsey served as the chief strategic officer at Alluvion Health, formerly the Community Health Care Center. Prior to that she served as the health center’s chief operations officer. Kelsey graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in community health and a minor in business administration. She is currently working to complete her master’s degree in health care administration. 

Melinda Buchheit, MS
Communications Manager

Melinda Buchheit manages the Foundation’s communications department and develops strategy, messaging, and materials for the focus areas and initiatives. Melinda’s interest in nonprofits and sustainability started when she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Bresee Community Center in Los Angeles. After her term of service with AmeriCorps, she worked as an executive assistant in the marketing and creative content departments at Paramount Pictures. Melinda grew up in the Bitterroot Valley, received her bachelor’s degree in film and photography from Montana State University, and her master’s degree in communication strategy from the Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communications. Melinda lives in Bozeman with her husband and black lab. 

Michele Henson, MPH
Program Officer

Michele Henson manages the Foundation’s programming work in the the Public Health and Capacity focus areas and provides research and programmatic support for the Behavioral Health focus area. Michele has worked in the field of public health since 2011 with a focus on family and child health. She spent several years working for the Montana State University Center for Native Health Partnerships and the University of Arizona Center for American Indian Resilience. Michele was raised in Corvallis, Montana and is 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 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.

Ni'Cole Triplett
Program Assistant

Ni’Cole Triplett provides administrative support for the Foundation’s American Indian Health focus area and program staff. Ni’Cole graduated from Montana State University-Billings with a degree in health administration and a minor in business. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe from Browning, Montana. Ni’Cole lives in the Bozeman area with her husband and son. She is excited to assist the Foundation’s mission of improving health for the native communities in Montana.

Price Klaas, MPA
Senior Operations Manager

Price Klaas ensures the Foundation run smoothly and efficiently by managing organizational operations, grant payments, contracts, and human resources. Price has served in a variety of administrative roles in the human-service and public sectors including 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 Foundation’s mission and her role in the organization align her two professional passions: healthy individuals and families with nonprofit accountability and sustainability.

Scott Malloy, LCSW
Program Director

Scott Malloy leads the Foundation’s work in the Behavioral Health focus area. Previously, Scott  served as the Western Montana Mental Health Center Director in Butte, Bozeman, and Livingston. He also served as the director of a program assertive community treatment (PACT) in Phoenix, Arizona. 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. 

Ted Madden, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

Ted Madden leads the Foundation’s investments, financials, and operations. He also manages the Partnerships for Better Health focus area. Ted brings 20 years of nonprofit 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 lives in Livingston with his wife and three children. 

Tressie White
Program Director

Tressie White leads the Foundation’s work in the American Indian Health focus area and the Meadowlark Initiative. Tressie is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and a descendant of the Rocky Boy Chippewa Cree Tribe. Previously, Tressie served as the Helena Indian Alliance Executive Director where she implemented a wide range of clinical and behavioral health services to the community. She 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 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.