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Staff Directory

Intermountain Staff Directory

Senior Leadership Team

Jim FitzGerald, M.S.W.

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, joined Intermountain in 1978, working as a cottage counselor in the residential services program. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2001, Jim was Director of Operations, working in all facets of program development, training, policy, and finance. Throughout his career, Jim has focused the agency upon strengthening families and improving society’s ability to provide prevention, protection, treatment and permanency for all vulnerable youth. A dedicated leader in youth advocacy, he has played a vital role in the state and national forum of child welfare, mental health, and public policy. Working with a dynamic Board and staff, he is responsible for guiding the vision and mission of Intermountain, and transforming Intermountain into a nationally recognized children’s mental health agency. Jim is also the CEO of ChildWise Institute, a Montana not-for-profit 501c (3) organization established by Intermountain. The mission of ChildWise is to elevate the well-being of vulnerable children through advancing awareness, accelerating knowledge, and advocating for positive societal change. ChildWise has garnered attention across the State of Montana and at the national level. Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. Intermountain employee since: 1978

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

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

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

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


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

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

Glenna Wortman-Obie, M.A.

Director of Communication and Marketing


  • 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

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

Elizabeth Kohlstaedt, Ph.D.

Clinical Director


  • 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 25 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

Residential Programs

Chris Haughee, M.Div



  • 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

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

Community Services Programs

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


Kyle Waterman

Senior Development Officer


  • B.A. in Liberal Arts, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA; Certificate of Non-Profit Management, University of Illinois
Kyle Waterman was raised and educated in Helena and attended schools there. He has worked in the non-profit world, especially in development, since 2003.  He serves as our Senior Development Officer in the Flathead area. Intermountain employee since: 2015

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

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

Todd Garrison

Philanthropic 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

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Helena, MT 59602
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