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.

Hannah Jacoby
Program Systems Manager

Hannah Jacoby designs and manages systems to help achieve the Montana Healthcare Foundation’s strategic priorities. 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. 

Lisa james
Program Officer

Lisa James provides technical assistance to our grantees and other partners in our Integrated Behavioral Health initiative. Lisa brings over 12 years of health care experience to our team, including seven years with Montana Medicaid. Prior to joining our team in 2021, Lisa spent five years with the Department of Public Health and Human Services, where she held positions such as the Medical Home Program Officer and the IHS/Tribal Section Supervisor. In the Medical Home role Lisa oversaw value-based and medical home models that looked to provide quality of care rather than quantity, as well as collaboration as a team, in order to give whole person care. She worked to strengthen the Department’s relationship with Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) and Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) sites across Montana, as well as worked collaboratively on the multi-payer committee to standardize measures and alleviate provider burden. While serving in the IHS/Tribal role, Lisa cultivated partnerships with Tribes, building trust and improving health outcomes. She provided intuitive and comprehensive support to executive leadership regarding decisions that directly impacted tribal communities. Lisa received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Montana State University – Northern. Lisa currently lives in Townsend and enjoys spending time with her two children. 

Liz Davies, LCSW
Program Officer

Liz Davies provides programming support and technical assistance to our Integrated Behavioral Health initiative grantees and other partners. Prior to joining our team in early 2021, she spent nearly 10 years at Community Medical Center in Missoula overseeing behavioral health services, home and community based services, and social work services in a brain injury rehab program. Liz grew up in Vero Beach, Florida, but has called Montana home since 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her graduate degree in social work from the University of Montana. Liz currently serves as the Board President for the Poverello Center. She lives in Missoula with her husband, two daughters, and pandemic puppy. 

Maria Swoboda
Program Systems Coordinator

Maria Swoboda is the grant software administrator and works closely with the programming and operations teams to design effective systems for staff and grantees. While completing her Business Administration degree from Montana State University, Maria worked for Foundant Technologies providing grant software support to foundations across the country. Prior to joining the Montana Healthcare Foundation, Maria spent five years in Southeast Alaska at a statewide nonprofit addressing domestic and sexual violence. Maria is thrilled to be back on the road system and living in her hometown of Bozeman. When not at work, you can find her hiking, on a river or relaxing in the sunshine with a book.

Marias Quammen
Program Assistant

Marias Quammen supports the America Indian team by providing her organizational and personal skills to ensure the program is running smoothly. Before joining our team in June of 2021, Marias was the program director at Befrienders in Bozeman, MT where she provided services to help reduce loneliness that many senior citizens face today. Marias was born and raised in Billings, MT and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Community Health and certificate in Gerontology. Marias also spends her time volunteering through YoungLife which goes into the high schools and meets students where they are at to walk along side them and do life with them. When Marias is not working or volunteering she enjoys getting on the water to raft in the summer time and skiing in the winter.

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. 

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 as the board of directors chair for HRDC-Bozeman and coaches youth basketball. Scott and his family live in Bozeman, where they actively enjoy all that Montana has to offer with an occasional trip to the beach. 

Siobhan Marks
Program Assistant

Siobhan Marks assists the behavioral health team with operations and administration. Siobhan is a recent graduate of Amherst College where she majored in mathematics. Along with her math courses, many of her classes and extracurriculars emphasized public health and medicine. Siobhan interned at Bridgercare and an addiction treatment clinic during her time in college. Prior to graduation, she gained administrative experience as an assistant in the Amherst College admissions office. Siobhan was born and raised in Livingston and is excited to be back in the area to enjoy skiing, hiking and being with family.

Ted Madden, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

As the Montana Healthcare Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer, Ted Madden oversees our investment portfolio, financials, and operations. He also manages our Housing is Health Care initiative. Ted brings 20 years of nonprofit, philanthropic, 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 undergraduate degree in accounting and a graduate degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota. He currently serves as the chairman of the Livingston School District board. Ted and his family live in Livingston, where you can often find them rafting the Yellowstone River or planning trips across the country and abroad.

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.