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Staff Directory

Intermountain Leadership Directory

Senior Leadership Team

Jim FitzGerald, MSW, MPA

Chief Executive Officer

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Montana
  • Master of Social Work, 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.


Adam Jespersen, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Education:

  •  Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science, Carroll College
  •  Masters of Business Administration, University of Montana
Adam Jespersen, a Montana native, has been with Intermountain since 2009. Adam provides leadership and management of all Intermountain services and has specific expertise in Lean management, process improvement, grant writing and grant administration.  Adam has been the Chief Operating Officer since 2017. Intermountain employee since 2009.


Dee Incoronato, PsyD

Chief Strategy Officer

Education:

  • Bachelors of Arts, Psychology, Carroll College
  • Master of Education, United States International University
  • Doctor of Psychology, California School of Professional Psychologists
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 two-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 Saylor

Chief Financial Officer

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Meredith College School of Business
Elizabeth Saylor came to Intermountain in 2015, as Controller. Elizabeth has many years of experience in the nonprofit (healthcare) sector as well as public accounting. Elizabeth oversees all financial activities. Intermountain employee since 2015.


Kathy Ramirez

Chief Development Officer

Education:

  •  Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, Carroll College
Kathy Ramirez came to Intermountain in November 2018 after serving 10 years as the Director of Alumni at Carroll College. Her 25 years of development experience also include working as the Director of United Way, Membership Director for the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce and serving as a board member for the Helena Area Community Foundation, the St. Helena Cathedral Finance Council and Kiwanis. Kathy’s business background includes 22 years of operating a bed & breakfast, serving on the Council for Community Service and the Workforce Development Task Force.  Kathy is responsible for all development activities. Intermountain employee since 2018.


Lora Cowee, MPA

Chief Human Resources Officer

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Montana
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Montana
Lora Cowee 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.

Directors

Daniel Champer

Director, School Based Services

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Pastoral Ministry, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Master's of Arts, Counseling, Waynesburg University
Daniel Champer, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who currently serves as the director of school-based services for Intermountain in Helena. Daniel provides clinical leadership and oversight to teams of mental health professionals who provide therapeutic services in public school settings in the Helena area. His passion is restoring life and beauty in all that has been discarded and marked as waste. Intermountain employee since 2012.

Kimberly Gardner, LCSW, LAC

Associate Clinical Director

Education:

  • Bachelor of Social Work, Carroll College
  • Master of Social Work, University of Denver
Kimberly Gardner, LCSW, LAC, 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, clinical supervision, the legislative process, and residential and community-based mental health and substance use treatment services. She has provided respite foster care for several years.  Kimberly serves on the Board of Behavioral Health for the State of MT.  She also provides clinical supervision for MSW and graduate-level interns and  Licensure Candidates for Intermountain. Intermountain employee since August 2007.

Glenna Wortman-Obie, MA

Director of Communication and Marketing

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Great Falls
  • Master of Arts, 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.

Residential Programs

Meegan Bryce, MSW

Director of Residential Services

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Carroll College
  • Master of Social Work, University of Montana
Meegan Bryce began her work at Intermountain with children and families as a Direct Care Counselor. She has since been a Cottage Supervisor, Child and Family Therapist, the Residential Manager and now serves as the Residential Director. Meegan is a Montana native and enjoys all the outdoor activities that Montana has to offer, especially river rafting. Intermountain employee since 2004.

Chris Haughee, D.Min.

Chaplain

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, English Education with a Comparative Religious Studies minor, Central Washington University
  • Master of Divinity, Multnomah Biblical Seminary
  • Doctor of Ministry, Multnomah Biblical Seminary
Chris Haughee has 20+ years of experience in children’s and youth ministry. Chris oversees the spiritual development and cultural nurture of the children in the residential program. Chris also serves as a liaison with Intermountain’s supporting churches and faith communities. He is the author of "Bruised Reeds & Smoldering Wicks", an adult Sunday School Curriculum focusing on trauma-informed ministry and compassionate care for children from hard places and situations. Intermountain employee since 2012.

Sami Butler, RN

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.

Marvin Williams, MA

Director of Education Services

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Education & Special Education, Eastern Montana College
  • Master of Education, School Administration & Special Education with endorsements as a Principal (K-12 and Supervisor) in Special Education, Montana State University
  • 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 selected to co-chair the Montana Council of Administrator for Special Education (MCASE) for a two year term that began in the fall of 2011. Intermountain employee since 2010.

Community Services Programs

Dr. Eric Aune, PhD, NCSP

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Montana
  • Master of Arts, School Psychology, University of Montana
  • Educational Specialist, School Psychology, University of Montana
  • Doctor of Philosophy, School Psychology, University of Montana
Dr. Eric Aune is a licensed psychologist specializing in pediatric and developmental neuropsychology. Dr. Aune has extensive training in the neuropsychological evaluation and intervention of neurodevelopmental conditions, including learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, Tourette's/tic disorders, intellectual disabilities, giftedness, and childhood-onset psychotic disorders. In addition, he received intensive training in the evaluation and treatment of children with complex medical conditions (e.g., traumatic brain injury/concussion, epilepsy, congenital heart defects, cancer, cerebral palsy, cerebrovascular conditions, etc.), many of which impact a child’s brain functioning. Intermountain employee since 2016.

Steffani Turner, MSW, LSCSW

Director of Community Services

Education:

  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Montana,
  • Master of Social Work, University of Montana
Steffani Turner manages the administrative and clinical aspects of the multi-service clinic which offers child and family outpatient therapy, psychiatric medication management, occupational therapy, and therapy for co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues as well as case management, home support services, family aide services and therapeutic foster care and adoption services. Intermountain employee since 2006.

Development

Ralph Yaeger

Senior Development Officer

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Business, Carroll College
Ralph Yaeger has lived in Helena since 1976 working in all areas of fund development. Ralph has most recently worked for the Montana Wildlife Association and the Montana Community Foundation. Intermountain employee since 2008.

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