Who We Are

Aaron Wernham, MD, MS
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Aaron Wernham is the Montana Healthcare Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer and a family physician. He brings his experience in public health and medical practice to provide strategic direction for the Foundation. Aaron works with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to develop and implement strategic priorities, programming, and partnerships. Before beginning his position at the Foundation in 2014, Aaron spent over a decade in clinical practice working in underserved communities in California’s urban and Alaska’s rural areas. He also served as a policy advisor for the Alaska Native tribes. In his work on health policy at the national level, Aaron developed and led the Health Impact Project, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative to improve the environmental, social, and economic factors that shape health. He has also served on several National Academy of Sciences committees and authored peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and public health reports. Aaron received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Network for Public Health Law and is a member of the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society. Aaron and his family live in Bozeman, where they spend much of their free time exploring the amazing public lands of the Mountain West.

Anna Lange
CEO Executive Assistant and 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

With her organizational talent and administrative skill, Hannah Jacoby provides our behavioral health program team with the support they need to operate effectively. Before joining our team in 2019, Hannah worked at several nonprofit organizations, all with a common goal: supporting social change. She held positions at the Chicago Freedom School in Chicago, Illinois, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Montana Conservation Corps, in Bozeman. Hannah is a Bozeman native. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Chicago. We are happy to have her back in Bozeman, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.  

Kassie Runsabove
Program Officer

With a talent for collaboration and community building, Kassie Runsabove manages our American Indian Health and Meadowlark Initiative programming. She works with our team to provide funding, program support, strategic guidance, and technical assistance to our grantees. Kassie has over 12-years of experience in the health care field, ranging from public health to health administration. Before joining our team in 2019, she served as the 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. She received her undergraduate degree in health promotion from Montana State University-Billings. Kassie now lives in the Billings area with her husband and three children. 

Kelsey Gummer, MHA
Program Officer

Kelsey Gummer manages our programming work in the Behavioral Health focus area. She works with the team to provide funding, program support, strategic guidance, and technical assistance to our grantees in the Integrated Behavioral Health Initiative and our newest initiative focusing on school wellness. Before joining our team in 2020, Kelsey served as the chief strategic officer at Alluvion Health, a federally qualified health center in Great Falls. She received her undergraduate degree in community health from Montana State University and her graduate degree in healthcare administration from Ohio University. Kelsey was born and raised in Great Falls. She now lives in Bozeman with her family and their two dachshunds. 

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. 

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 plays a pivotal role in making sure the Montana Healthcare Foundation runs smoothly and efficiently. She skillfully manages our day-to-day operations, grant payment schedules, contracts, and human resources. Before joining our team in 2017, Price served in various administrative roles in the human-service and public sectors, including positions with Child Care Connections, Gallatin County, Montana State University, the Bozeman Schools Foundation, and The Traveling School. Price was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley. She received her undergraduate degree from Montana State University and her graduate degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Montana. Price lives in Bozeman with her husband and Luna, their yellow lab. 

Scott Malloy, LCSW
Program Director

Scott Malloy directs our behavioral health and capacity programming with a vision and motivation for improving health for people in Montana. Scott and his team provide funding, programming support, strategic guidance, and technical assistance for our grantees in the behavioral health and capacity focus areas and initiatives. Scott works closely with state, tribal, and health care leadership to strengthen Montana’s continuum of care for behavioral health. Before joining our team in 2015, Scott served as executive director of the Western Montana Mental Health Center and the director of a Program of Assertive Community Treatment in Phoenix, Arizona. Scott was born and raised in Miles City, Montana. He received his undergraduate degree from Rocky Mountain College and his graduate degree in social work from Arizona State University. Scott serves on the board of directors for HRDC-Bozeman and the pastoral council for the Resurrection University Parish. Scott and his family live in Bozeman, where they actively enjoy all that Montana has to offer with an occasional trip to the beach. 

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 directs all our American Indian health programming with calm leadership and tireless dedication to improving health and reducing disparities for American Indian people in Montana. Tressie and her team provide funding, programming support, strategic guidance, and technical assistance for all of our grantees participating in the American Indian Health focus area and initiatives and the Meadowlark Initiative. Before joining our team in 2017, Tressie served as executive director of the Helena Indian Alliance, and the director of the Wakina Sky Multicultural After School Program. Tressie is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and a descendant of the Rocky Boy Chippewa Cree Tribe. She currently lives in Helena and enjoys spending time with her three children.