Montana Health CO-OP Elects Board of Directors

Montana Health CO-OP recently conducted its first member-wide search for and election of members of the board of directors, concluding in the selection of eight Montanans to serve on the MHC board for the next two years.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such a well-rounded group of dedicated Montanans offering to serve on our board. Their business experience, knowledge of the health industry and knowledge of our state will be invaluable in helping shape and grow MHC,” said Joan Miles, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “I look forward to getting to know them and hearing their perspectives as we continue to develop the future of the CO-OP.”

MHC sought nominations from among its membership over the past several months, and provided an online method for eligible members (all members age 18 and older are eligible to vote) to choose these new board members.

The new Board members are:

Hillary Folkvord: Hillary is the General Manager of the Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, MT. Hillary’s three-generation farming family started Wheat Montana in 1987, and she was born and raised in Three Forks on her family’s farm. She attended Montana State University on a women’s golf scholarship, where she studied political science and Spanish and worked on various political campaigns; interned in Washington, D.C., for the Senate Finance Committee; and studied abroad in Spain. After completing her undergraduate studies, Hillary attended Daniel’s College of Business at the University of Denver, receiving a MBA in entrepreneurship and marketing. Hillary is and has been involved in many organizations around Montana, including being a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2012. She serves on the boards of directors of the Women’s Foundation of Montana, Eagle Mount Board, and the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce Board. Hillary was the Chairman for the Joe Foss Institute Annual Event, and is an active member in the Young Professional Organization in Bozeman.

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 the Interim Vice President for Research for one year. As Dean, he had administrative over sight 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 more than $100 million of federal funding and more than $25 million in private support to support the University’s research programs.

Jane Gillette, D.D.S.: Jane is a researcher and policy consultant, and a nationally recognized leader in primary oral disease prevention, health disparities, and evidence based dentistry. She serves or has served in a leadership capacity, including board appointment, with many health organizations including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research funded practice-based research networks. She is an 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!.

Treasa Glinnwater: Treasa a resident of Ronan, MT, since 1998 and has owned a fulltime, private practice in psychotherapy for the past 27 years in both Missoula and Polson. Treasa has served on the Montana Board of Social Work Examiners and Counselors for eight years. Toward the end of her second term in 2012, the Association of Social Work Boards of the U.S. and Canada awarded her the Sunny Andrews Award for Outstanding Commitment to Social Work Regulatory Board Service. This award is given to a board member who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to board service in upholding the integrity of a member board’s functioning, enforcing the ethical performance of a member board, and giving selflessly of personal time and effort to support the work of the member board.

Gary Gunderson: Gary was born and raised in Montana and graduated from Northern Montana College with an associate’s degree in AG business and AG management. Gary began farming 36 years ago and is a fourth generation farmer. Gary’s operation is comprised of spring wheat, winter wheat, and malting barley. Gary is married to Debby and they have four grown children. Gary enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling and snowmobiling in his spare time.

Diane Olsen: Diane is currently the Executive Director of a non-profit agency in Hamilton, MT. She has worked on two non-profit boards, serving as the board chair for four years on one of them. Prior to that, she led trips for a therapeutic wilderness program, was the Youth Services Coordinator at a program serving survivors of domestic violence, and worked for a health insurance agency as a team leader in its physician credentialing department. She feels strongly that Montanans should have access to quality, affordable, inclusive healthcare, and looks forward to contributing to those goals.

Raymond Rogers: Raymond is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Center for Health Care Informatics (NCHCI), a Montana non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the management of health care data, information, and knowledge. He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration, fundraising, marketing, engineering, and business development as well as 14 years of experience in health care informatics. He is active in his community and sits on several boards and committees including the Executive Committee of the Butte Local Development Corporation.

James Stogsdill: James is self-employed attorney, practicing private law for more than 31 years. He also has 25 years as legal counsel to a local community hospital in matters relating to contracting, legal compliance, employment, human resources, medical staff, governing board and hospital administration as well as farm and ranch, estate planning and administration, real property transactions, banking and financial institutions. He is also a member in several non-profit boards and community organizations. Currently residing in Lewistown, MT, He is married, has four daughters, six grandchildren and counting.

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About Montana Health CO-OP Montana Health CO-OP was formed in 2012 with a federal loan from CMS, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. The company has more than 14,500 members and first-year premiums of $40 million. As a non-profit, MHC keeps costs low, returns profits to members in the form of lower premiums, improved coverage and better quality care, and employs only 21 staff members.