Mountain Health CO-OP’s Board of Directors must include a majority of members — people with our coverage who want to help direct the future of the organization. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please click here to go to a page on how to secure a nomination.
- Joan Miles - Chair
- John Morrison - Vice Chair
- Thomas Bassler
- Sylvia Danforth
- David Forbes
- Dr. Jane Gillette
- Treasa Glinnwater
- Thomas Gooch
- Gary Gunderson
- Jeremy Johnson
- Kevin Joplin
- Ray Kuntz
- Michael K. McMurray
- Diane Olsen
- Lori Peterson, CPA
- Raymond Rogers
- James Stogsdill
Joan Miles – Chair
Joan Miles recently retired as Director of Grants and Program Development for MHA – An Association of Montana Health Care Providers. Miles was responsible for the administration, coordination and supervision of the grant-funded programs housed in the Montana Health Research and Education Foundation (MHA’s non-profit foundation) and served as a liaison between MHA members and state, federal and other agencies on grant-related matters. Prior to joining MHA, Ms. Miles was Director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services from 2005 through 2008, and served 12 years as the Lewis & Clark County Health Officer and Director of the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department. Earlier in her career, she worked as a law clerk for the Montana Supreme Court and served two terms in the Montana Legislature as a representative of central Helena. Miles currently serves as the chair of the Public Health Foundation based in Washington, D.C. She is licensed to practice law in Montana, California and federal courts.
John Morrison – Vice Chair
John Morrison is the founding President of NASHCO (National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs). He served as State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner of Montana from 2000–2008 and chaired the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Commissioner Morrison is the author of Insure Montana and Healthy Montana Kids. He led the national ban of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) discretionary clauses and the crack down on fake health insurance. Appointed to replace former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, he is Chairman of the Senior Health Care Oversight Trust. Commissioner Morrison has testified before both Houses of Congress and written and spoken widely on health insurance reform. He serves on the board of the Center for Health Policy Development and as an ERISA consultant to the U.S. Department of Labor. He is the senior partner of his law firm, Morrison, Motl and Sherwood. His work has been covered widely by national media.
Tom Bassler is an attorney with 35 years experience in corporate, health care and health insurance law. From 1995 through 2008, he was General Counsel and Sr. V.P. of Legal Services and Governmental Affairs for Blue Cross of Idaho. Prior to that, he was employed for 17 years by Community Mutual Insurance Company (an Ohio Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan) where he served as V.P. and General Counsel for 10 of those years. Subsequent to his career with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, he joined the Hawley Troxell law firm in Boise, Idaho, and was Of Counsel with the firm for five years. He now has a solo legal practice in Boise. Tom is a member of the Idaho and Ohio State Bars and the American Health Lawyers Association. He has also served as chair of the Idaho Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association.
Sylvia Danforth has been the Executive Director of DEAP, a nonprofit organization providing a variety of evaluation, education and treatment services to individuals with special needs and their families in the 17 counties of eastern Montana, for over 25 years. She has experience serving on a number of healthcare, educational and human services boards and councils. She supports the values and mission of MHC and this year was honored with the “Strengthening Families Award/MT Children’s Trust Fund”.
David Forbes: David attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate degrees (M.S., Ph.D.) in pharmacy. He recently retired after serving the University of Montana as Dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences for 25 years and one year as the Interim Vice President for Research. As Dean, he had administrative oversight for programs in pharmacy, social work, physical therapy, public health, and he was most recently intimately involved with the creation of the Family Medicine Residency Program of Western Montana. While at UM, Dr. Forbes and his colleagues secured over 100 million dollars of federal research funding and over 25 million dollars in private support.
Dr. Jane Gillette
Dr. Jane Gillette is a researcher and policy consultant, editor of the Journal of Evidence-based Dental Practice, and developer and director of both the infant oral health program Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Montana, and Montana’s school-based sealant program Sealants for Smiles!
Thomas Gooch is a retired Fire Department Division Chief and Emergency Medical Technician. In his 25-year fire service career he served numerous roles, including Project Manager, Commissioner, Training Officer and Safety Officer. He earned numerous State and National certifications and wrote successful grant applications winning over $800,000 in Federal funding for his department. Tom has owned four successful businesses, including an ambulance company and an electrical contracting firm. Tom and his wife reside near Kalispell where he is president of his homeowners association.
Gary Gunderson serves on the Mountain View Co-Op board of directors a supply and marketing Co-op; the Montana Co-Op Development Center board of directors and the Montana council of Co-Ops board of directors. Gary holds a degree in Ag business from Montana State Northern and is a member of Montana Farmers Union. Gary currently farms in the Power area growing winter wheat, spring wheat and malting barley. He is married with four children.
Jeremy Johnson is a professor of political science at Carroll College in Helena, MT. He teaches a course on health politics and policy and is currently writing a book surveying changes in the politics of health insurance over the last century. He also frequently provides analysis for newspapers and television news about campaigns and elections in MT and has lectured extensively on the Affordable Care Act.
Kevin Joplin retired from Norco, Inc. after almost 30 years as the Executive Vice President of the Medical Division. His career spans as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at St. Alphonsus Medical Center through various ranks at Norco Medical. Mr. Joplin managed medical homecare stores in 6 northwest states (ID, MT, WA, NV, UT and OR). One of his many duties at Norco was negotiating all insurance provider contracts company wide. He is currently a small business owner of a multi-unit storage facility.
He was born and raised in Eagle, Idaho, and resides there with his wife and children. He graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Respiratory Therapy. He is very interested in healthcare and the challenges in providing quality care at affordable pricing for the entire population.
Ray Kuntz serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Watkins Shepard Trucking Company in Helena, Montana. In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall business operations of the company, providing directions for daily operations to include marketing, sales and budgeting as well as policy administration. Watkins Shepard Trucking is a nationwide trucking company with terminals in 16 states and over $150 million in revenue per year. Kuntz began his association with Watkins Shepard Trucking in 1986, but began his business career with a furniture store while still attending college. In this capacity, he was involved in sales, purchasing, pricing and daily business operations. He later moved on, in 1979, to open and manage the Floor Show, a carpet store in Helena. In 1986, he began his own freight brokerage business, as well as his business relationship with Watkins Shepard Trucking. Kuntz is a Past Chair of the American Trucking Associations, Inc (ATA). He began his active involvement with the ATA in 2000, serving on and chairing several of the association’s public policy committees. Since 2005, he has spearheaded the association’s efforts of addressing the truck driver shortage. He also serves as Chairman of American Trucking and Transportation Insurance Company (ATTIC). ATTIC is a risk retention group that provides liability insurance for the trucking industry and was started under his direction, and currently has over $12 million invested. In addition to ATTIC, Kuntz currently serves on the board of MBI, an oilfield service company. In addition to his leadership within the business community, he is involved in many community-development efforts and with a number of educational, nonprofit organizations.
Mike lives in Eagle, Idaho, and retired as a financial executive from Boise Cascade Corp. He is a finance graduate of the University of Idaho and Harvard Business School Executive MBA program. Mike serves on the Idaho Community Foundation’s Board Investment Committee. He served on not-for-profit board of Regence Blue Shield of Idaho, YMCA, Idaho Housing and Finance Association, and start-up company boards Tenxsys, PCS Edventures and Farmers and Merchants Bank.
Lori Peterson, C.P.A. : currently serves as the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Treasurer at Carroll College. Rising through the ranks, Lori started her career at Carroll twenty years ago when hired as the Payroll Accountant. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Carroll College in 1987. Lori is a native Montanan from Havre, where she was raised on her family’s 3,300 acre wheat farm.
She and her husband Pete, also a Carroll graduate, have two daughters. Haleigh, a 2014 graduate of Carroll College is a registered nurse at Billings Clinic. Sarah, is a sophomore attending Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, WA.