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.
- Raymond Rogers-Chair
- Lisa Ballard
- Thomas Bassler
- Dr. Jane Gillette
- Christina Goe
- Thomas Gooch
- Gary Gunderson
- Jeremy Johnson
- Kevin Joplin
- Michael K. McMurray
- Joan Miles
- John Morrison
- Diane Olsen
- Lori Peterson, CPA
- Scot Schermerhorn
- James Stogsdill
Lisa Ballard is a self-employed journalist based in Red Lodge, Montana. She covers outdoor recreation, wildlife conservation and travel-related topics. She spent 20 years as a television producer/host for ESPN, PBS and other networks, for which she garnered 3 Emmys and 5 additional Emmy nominations. More recently, she has focused her communication skills on writing and photography, primarily for magazines and websites. Lisa has served in leadership and strategic planning roles on numerous non-profit boards and advisory committees, including the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the US Ski and Snowboard Association, the US Ski Hall of Fame and her alma mater, Dartmouth College. Lisa was born in Saranac Lake, New York, where her family still runs an insurance agency. After graduating with a degree in Economics, she worked in commercial banking, advertising and as a professional athlete (ski racing) before her career in communications.
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.
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!
Christina Lechner Goe is an attorney with extensive experience in health insurance and health care law. She was born in Billings, Montana. She has a B.A. in history from Stanford University and a J.D. from Santa Clara University Law School. She is member of the bar in California (1980 – inactive) and Montana (1995).
Ms. Goe worked as staff attorney, chief legal counsel and general counsel for the Montana Department of Securities and Insurance from 1999 through 2016. She worked in all areas of insurance regulation. Beginning in 2010, she worked exclusively on implementing state and federal health insurance laws and healthcare delivery reform.
In 2017, Ms. Goe established a solo law practice, focusing on state and federal health care law issues.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Scot Schemerhorn graduated from the Montana State University in Bozeman and the University of Oregon. After school, Scot worked as a banker, lawyer and businesses owner, spending most of his professional life in Billings. He has served on a variety of non-profit boards and remain committed to community development. Scot has a daughter attending University of Montana in Missoula and a son attending Montana State University in Bozeman.
He currently lives in Columbia Falls where he enjoys every form of outdoor activity. Scott strongly believes in the mission of MHC and feels his diverse background can be helpful in moving the CO-OP forward.