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Staff Directory

Intermountain Leadership Directory

Senior Leadership Team

Jim FitzGerald, MSW, MPA

Chief Executive Officer


  • 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.

Dee Incoronato, PsyD

Chief Strategy Officer


  • 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


  • 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.

Lora Cowee, MPA

Chief Human Resources Officer


  • 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.


Daniel Champer, LCPC

Clinical Director


  • 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

Clinical Director


  • 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.

Janna Williams

Director of Communications & Marketing


  • Bachelor of Music, University of Montana
  • Master of Music, Portland State University
  • Master of Music, University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music
Through her work as an opera singer, Janna was ushered her into the creative world of marketing, communications, graphic design, writing, and web development that she has now worked in for nearly 18 years. During this time she has provided complete creative and branding services for an eclectic list of medical clientele across the United States including internal medicine specialists, oncologists, dentists, orthodontists, occupational therapists, and psychologists. Additionally, Janna has worked closely with local artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and other nonprofits to successfully create and restructure their branding, web presence, and media organization. In 2017 Janna returned to the state that she loves and is excited to join Intermountain. Intermountain employee since 2019.

Residential Programs

Meegan Bryce, MSW

Director of Residential Services


  • 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.



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


Ralph Yaeger

Senior Development Officer


  • 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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