Staff Directory

Senior Leadership Team

Jim FitzGerald, M.P.A.- Chief Executive Officer


  • Bachelor degree in Psychology -University of California, Los Angeles
  • Masters in Public Administration-The University of Montana

Jim FitzGerald, Chief Executive Officer, has worked with Intermountain for over 33 years in areas of leadership, training, program development and implementation and has played a key role in developing the nationally recognized children’s mental health agency.

Intermountain employee since: 1978

Mynor Veliz, M.B.A.- Chief Financial Officer


  • Bachelor degree in Business Finance, University of San Carlos, Guatemala
  • Masters in Business Administration, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington

Mynor Veliz, attended the Harvard Business School Leadership Development Program. He is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and the Harvard Business School Annual Global Summit Planning Committee. Mynor is known as a dynamic, accomplished CFO with a history of effectively managing a broad range of complex financial and operational responsibilities for both public and private, as well as international entities in healthcare, technology, and revenue cycle management.

Intermountain employee since: 2015

Justin Murgel – Chief Business Officer


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications and Human Resource Management from University of Montana – Western.

Justin Murgel, Chief Business Officer, is responsible for guiding mental health services in conjunction with area schools including School Based Services and Intensive Day Treatment. He has expertise is in working with families in their home and community and children in the classroom setting. In addition, Justin provides trainings and presentations to a variety of audiences ranging from families (foster, adoptive, birth) to several school districts statewide.

Intermountain employee since 2001

Lora Cowee, M.P.A. – Chief Operations Officer


  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology- University of Montana
  • Masters in Public Administration- University of Montana

Lora Cowee, MPA, Chief Operations Officer, has worked in a variety of roles ranging from a direct care counselor to residential manager. Lora has provided consultations to Montana Psychological Association and has provided trainings to a variety of audiences ranging from families (foster, adoptive, birth) to providers, agencies and other organizations in Montana. Lora supervises Providence Home, Child and Family Psychological Center and the Family Learning Center in the Flathead area.

Intermountain employee since: 1992

Terry Chaney, J.D. – Chief Development Officer


  • B.S. degree in Psychology from Oklahoma Christian University
  • Law degree from Pepperdine University

Terry Chaney has over 17 years experience securing resources for child and family service organizations, most recently serving as Executive Director of a children’s home and school for at-risk youth in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also has three year’s experience as a practicing attorney. Terry oversees all fundraising activities.

Intermountain employee since: 2005

Dee Incoronato, PsyD – Chief Strategy Officer


  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Carroll College, Helena, MT
  • Master Degree in Education, United States International University, San Diego, CA
  • Doctor of Psychology, California School of Professional Psychologists, Fresno, CA

Dee Incoronato has served Intermountain in various capacities. She served as a member of the Board of Directors for more than ten years, including a 2-year term as Board President. Now as Chief Strategy Officer, she is skilled in coaching, assessing, supporting, training, and facilitating organizational change, strategic intent, and continuous learning. Dee has owned and managed two businesses in Bigfork, Montana. She has served as Academic Director in two international schools; one in Japan, and one in Taiwan. She was also Director of International Programs and Associate Professor at Carroll College, Adjunct Faculty at Flathead Valley Community College , and a Higher Education Consultant. She was a Bigfork Montana School Board Trustee for two terms.

Intermountain employee since: 2013


Elizabeth Kohlstaedt, Ph.D. – Director of Clinical Services


  • Bachelor of Arts in Education- Purdue University, Indiana
  • Master of Science in Education- Indiana University
  • Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology- Arizona State University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology – The University of Montana

Elizabeth Kohlstaedt, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and has been the clinical director of Intermountain for over 21 years. She has served as adjunct faculty at Syracuse University, and has trained medical interns from Upstate New York Medical Center, and psychology, social work, and counseling interns from across Montana. Dr. Kohlstaedt has appeared on Prime Time Live, National Public Radio, and in the Los Angeles Times to discuss attachment disorders and has trained staff, parents, and professionals across Montana.Licensed Psychologist, Montana and New York

Intermountain employee since: 1990

Barbara C Walsh, C.P.A. – Director of Finance


  • Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting – Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Barbara Walsh has over 20 years of Auditing and Accounting experience with a variety of organizations, including the State of Montana, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Cable TV, Civil Engineering, Pensions and Health Insurance in Washington D.C., Denver, Co and Helena, MT.

Intermountain employee since: 2010

Marvin Williams, M.A. – Director of Education Services


  • Bachelor degree in Physical Education and Special Education –Eastern Montana College, Billings
  • Masters in School Administration and Special Education with endorsements as a Principal (k-12 and Supervisor in Special Education, Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Supervisor Endorsement, Montana State University-Billings

Marvin Williams, Director of Education Services, worked in Public Education for over 31 years, recently retiring from the Helena School District where he served as the Special Education Administrator for 18 years. He has worked in areas of leadership, training, program development and implementation and has played a key role in developing special education and mental health services for area children. Williams was recently selected to co-chair MCASE (Montana Council of Administrator for Special Education) for a two year term to begin in the fall of 2011.

Intermountain employee since: 2010

Glenna Wortman-Obie, M.A.- Director of Communication


  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana
  • Master of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising, Michigan State University

Glenna Wortman-Obie, came to Intermountain to help create the Intermountain President’s Council. She recruited over 50 executive volunteers to raise awareness and raise funds for Intermountain and established the annual Leadership Summit. Her new role as Director of Communication brings her back to a role she loves—as a communication professional. She previously worked in advertising and public relations agencies and as a consultant and served a term as a Jefferson County Commissioner and then served as the Stewardship Director for the Diocese of Helena before coming to the Intermountain.

Intermountain employee since: 2007

Michelle Hauer, M.P.A, C.H.P.S.E- Quality Assurance Director


  • Bachelors of Social Work, Carroll College, Helena, MT
  • Masters in Public Administration, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Michelle Hauer, serves as Quality Assurance Director at Intermountain and is responsible for the entire organization’s quality, compliance, accreditation, licensing, and risk mitigation. She has worked for over 12 years in the non-profit sector, including previous work both within the Residential and Family Based Services programs at Intermountain. She has a wide array of experience related to non-profit management including program development, public policy, human resources, risk management, quality assurance and compliance. Michelle is a Certified HIPAA Privacy and Security Expert (CHPSE) .

Intermountain employee since: 2014

Christina Lipetzky, M.A., P.H.R.- Director of Human Resources


  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Christina Lipetzky, Director of Human Resources, is responsible for overseeing the Human Resources department, providing support and guidance to staff and the organization. Upon graduating with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, she began a career in Human Resources at a healthcare facility. In addition, she obtained certification as a Professional in Human Resources.

Intermountain employee since: 2014

Residential Program

Sami Butler, R.N. – Professional Relations

Sami Butler has over twenty years of nursing experience. In addition, her professional career includes extensive lobbying, fundraising, coordinating international healthcare teams, and serving as Executive Director of a nonprofit association.Intermountain employee since 2004

Chris Haughee, Chaplain


  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education with a Comparative Religious Studies minor, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
  • Master of Divinity, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, OR

Chris Haughee has 15 years of experience in children’s and youth ministry. Chris oversees the spiritual development and cultural nurture of the children in the residential program. Chapel services are offered twice a week for two different age groups. Chris also serves as a liaison with Intermountain’s supporting churches and faith communities.

Intermountain employee since: 2012

Tina Johnson – Residential Operations Manager


  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – William Smith College, New York

Tina Johnson, Residential Operations Manager has worked at Intermountain for over 31 years. She is responsible for the continual improvement of a therapeutic environment to meet the clinical, emotional and physical needs of children and families and to ensure quality treatment planning and implementation that is in line with industry best practices and Intermountain’s culture and philosophy and budget. The Residential Operations Manager maintains and promotes an understanding of the Intermountain mission and philosophy.

Intermountain employee since: 1982

Community Based Services

Kimberly Gardner, L.C.S.W., L.A.C. – Lead Clinical Supervisor


  • Bachelor of Social Work – Carroll College, Helena MT 1979
  • Master’s of Social Work – University of Denver 1994

Kimberly Gardner, LCSW, LAC, Kim has been active in advocacy and services for children and families for the last 25 years. She has extensive experience in program administration and development, the legislative process, and residential and community-based mental health services. She has provided respite foster care for several years. She is the former Chair of the Ethics Committee and the current secretary of the Montana Chapter of National Association of Social Workers and serves on the NASW Board. She also provides clinical supervision for MSW interns and in-training practitioners for Intermountain. Licenses relevant to the position:

LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LAC – Licensed Addictions Counselor

Intermountain employee since: August 2007

Development Department

Todd Garrison – Donor/Investor Relations

Todd Garrison comes from a successful career in venture capital. He brings to Intermountain as sense of creative vision, as well as many years of business and management experience centered on communication skills; client development; and strategic planning & execution.“Not only am I honored to be a part of this very important and vital work that happens here with children who desperately need help; but being part of the Intermountain development team gives me the opportunity to help other people become donor-investors in the health and future of these kids.”Intermountain employee since: 2003

Adam Jespersen – Associate Director of Development


  •  Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science-Carroll College, Helena, Montana

Adam Jespersen, a Montana native, has been with Intermountain since 2009. Adam provides leadership and management of all fundraising activities and has specific expertise in grant writing and grant administration.

Intermountain employee since: 2009

Carrie Reynolds – Senior Development Officer and President’s Council Manager


  • Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Development with a Business Marketing Minor -Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

Carrie Reynolds, a native of Montana’s Big Sky Country, leads our annual giving fundraising efforts and supports the Intermountain President’s Council volunteers in their friend and fundraising activities.

Intermountain employee since: 2013

Stephanie Fitte – Special Events Manager


  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations, Carroll College, Montana

Stephanie, a Helena native and graduate of Carroll College in Public Relations and Communications, has been working with Intermountain since 2005.  She began as an intern and is passionate about Intermountain’s mission.  Stephanie leads Intermountain’s fundraising events efforts.

Intermountain employee since: 2005

Ralph Yaeger – Senior Development Officer


  • Bachelor’s degree in business from Carroll College, Helena, Montana

Ralph Yaeger has lived in Helena since 1976 working in all areas of fund development, and has most recently worked for the Montana Wildlife Association and the Montana Community Foundation.

Intermountain employee since: 2008

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