Learn About Our Staff

Executive Team

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

Programming 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Operations 

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.

BaLeigh Harper, MPH
Grant systems manager

BaLeigh Harper oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking process including managing the grant’s management system and supporting grantees and program staff in the application and reporting process. BaLeigh has worked for several nonprofits and health and human services providers, supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence and youth in foster care. She grew up in south central Montana, received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree in public health from University of Montana. BaLeigh is passionate about improving health, well-being, and quality of life in Montana.

Anna Lange
CEO Executive Assistant & Board Liaison

Anna Lange provides administrative support to the CEO and meeting management support to the MHCF Board of Trustees. Anna has worked in several customer service and client-based positions – most recently you may have seen her at Cello Gallery in downtown Bozeman. Anna is a Bozeman native and received her bachelor’s degree in community health from Montana State University. Anna enjoys snowshoeing in the winter, hiking and biking in the summer, and spending as much time as possible in her garden. 

Communications

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. 

2019 Call for Proposals

Find out about this year’s available grants.