Learn About Our Staff

Aaron Wernham, MD, MS
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Aaron Wernham is a family physician, and CEO of the Montana Healthcare Foundation. Aaron brings his experience in public health, medical practice, and grantmaking 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 Research Council and Institute of Medicine 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

Ted Madden is Montana Healthcare Foundation’s COO, a position he has held since 2014. Ted oversees investment, financial and other operational functions of the foundation.


Ted brings 20 years of non-profit foundation and health care administrative experience to MHCF having served as executive director of the Park County Community Foundation, 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 earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA 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

Scott Malloy is a Senior Program Officer for the Montana Healthcare Foundation. Scott provides leadership for MHCF’s programming, grant-making, and initiatives.


Scott is licensed as a clinical social worker and has spent his career in behavioral health working in a variety of clinical, management, and executive roles. Scott worked as the director of a program assertive community treatment in Phoenix, Arizona; as director of Western Montana Mental Health in Butte, Montana; and as the executive director for the Gallatin Mental Health Center in 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 specialists, peer-run drop-in centers, school-based mental health programs, supported housing, supported employment, and programs of assertive community treatment. Scott has a special interest in collaborative and integrated approaches that are community driven and client-centered.


Scott was raised in Miles City, Montana. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rocky Mountain College and his master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. Scott currently serves as a board member of the Human Resource Development Council in Bozeman. Scott lives in Bozeman with his wife and two children.

Tressie White
Senior Program Officer

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 Montana Healthcare Foundation’s Senior Program Officer for American Indian Health, 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 healthcare 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.


A dedicated public servant, Tressie has served as a board member of the Indian Education Department of the Helena School District and the Wakina Sky Multicultural Education Center. She is currently working toward the completion of her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Montana-Billings. Tressie is the proud mother of three children.

Melinda Buchheit
Communications Coordinator

Melinda Buchheit is Montana Healthcare Foundation’s Communication Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the CEO. As a graduate of Montana State University’s School of Film and Photography, she brings her experience in media, marketing, and documentary storytelling to the job of sharing the work of the Foundation and its grantees with the public.


Melinda was raised in Darby, Montana, and after receiving her bachelor’s degree, she spent five years in Los Angeles pursuing a career in film production. Her longstanding interest in non-profit organizations led her to complete a term of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Bresee Community Center in Koreatown, Los Angeles where she taught classes in documentary filmmaking, photography, and editing; and helped run a youth documentary film festival on social justice issues. She worked for Paramount Pictures as an executive assistant in the Media and Creative Content Departments. Melinda is currently pursuing a master of science degree in communications through Purdue University.


Melinda is happy to once again call Bozeman home and she tries to blend in by driving a Subaru and owning a black lab.

Kayla Talbert
Grants Administrator

Kayla Talbert is the grants administrator for the Montana Healthcare Foundation. She received her bachelor’s degree in community health from the University of Montana and is working towards her master’s degree in public administration. Prior to her employment at MHCF, Kayla managed a successful financial literacy program at Montana State University, where she actively reached out to students to make financially sound decisions and developed partnerships across campus and throughout the Montana University System.


She is originally from Missoula but has called Bozeman home since 2013. Kayla enjoys all that Montana has to offer, particularly the outdoor recreation and the kind people that call the state home. She has always been passionate about creating healthy and active communities and she is excited to be a part of a team that has the knowledge, experience, and passion for creating a healthier Montana.

Michele Henson, MPH
Program Associate

Michele Henson is Montana Healthcare Foundation’s Program Associate. Michele has worked in the field of public health since 2011. Much of her work has been in American Indian and family and child health. Special areas of research and interest include strength-based and community-driven approaches to health promotion.


Michele was raised in Corvallis, Montana and graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in community health. Michele spent several years working at the Center for Native Health Partnerships, based at Montana State University, before moving to Tucson, Arizona to receive her master’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona. During her time in Arizona, Michele worked for the Center for American Indian Resilience which allowed her to travel throughout Arizona to support health-related projects in urban and tribal communities. Michele is also the lead author in a publication titled, “Identifying Protective Factors to Promote Health in American Indian and Alaska Native Adolescents: A Literature Review” which was published in 2017 in the Journal of Primary Prevention.

Price Klaas, MPA
Operations Manager

Price Klaas is Montana Healthcare Foundation’s operations manager. Born and raised in the Gallatin Valley, Price loves everything about Montana – our neighbors, communities, culture, landscapes and activities. Price brings 12 years of nonprofit and public-sector experience to the Foundation, including working for Child Care Connections, Gallatin County, Montana State University, and the Bozeman Schools Foundation. After completing her Bachelors of Science – Family and Consumers Sciences Degree, with a focus on family science, at Montana State University, Price served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Thrive’s Girls for A Change Program. This experience led her to a fulfilling five-year tenure as the operations manager at the Traveling School. The opportunities Price experienced in her capacity as operations manager reaffirmed her passion for the nonprofit sector which inspired her to delve deeper into the crazy world of nonprofit administration. In December 2016, Price received a Masters of Public Administrator – Nonprofit Administration Degree from the University of Montana.


Price loves how 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. Price believes that nonprofits fill a vital role in our society by improving quality of life and is excited to help MHCF in its unique position to improve the health and well-being of all Montanans.

Anna Lange
Administrative Assistant

Anna Lang is Montana Healthcare Foundation’s administrative assistant. Through Anna’s experience as a Montana native she has seen the role that community plays in a person’s health. 


Anna has spent most of her time in Bozeman. She has a bachelor degree in community health from Montana State University and has worked in the Bozeman community in several costumer service and client-based positions. 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.