Ms. LaPan has been the administrator of the Richland County Health Department since 1997. The chair of the Richland County Commissioners applauds her successful efforts assessing the county’s health needs and developing programs to meet those needs. When she started in 1997, Ms. LaPan administered an annual budget of $100,000. She now manages $1 million annually. Ms. LaPan was one of the founding members of the Montana Association of Public Health Officials and served as its first president. As such, she helped hire the Association’s first executive director and helped establish the financial system for the organization. Also, Ms. LaPan was a member of the Montana Public Health Improvement Task Force from 2001 to 2011, and served as its chair for more than seven years. Further, Ms. LaPan led Richland County in the community building process that resulted in the development of the Richland County Quality of Life Strategic Plan and the County’s associated Steering Committee. She is a member of the governing/advisory boards of the Montana Health Eastern Area Authority, the State Emergency Response Committee, the Seventh Judicial Distinct Adult Treatment Court, the Accreditation and Quality Improvement Committee, and the Richland County Strategic Plan Steering Committee.