Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the Western Montana AHEC meets two times annually to review WMT-AHEC programs and budget, speak on behalf of rural communities throughout western Montana, and discuss methods for improving access to quality healthcare in Montana. The Advisory Board has three subcommittees that focus on the fundamental pathway elements in healthcare workforce development: Career Awareness, Education and Training, and Workforce Development. 

Advisory Board Members

  • Melissa Bestram, Regional Health Services Director, The Goodman Group
  • Maria Clemons, Executive Director, Northwest Community Health Center
  • Jennifer Courtney, Assistant Principal, Big Sky High School 
  • Jay Erickson, MD, Associate Dean, WWAMI
  • Landon Godfrey, Director of Hospital Operations, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Greg Hanson, MD, President and CEO, Clark Fork Valley Hospital
  • Reed Humphrey, Dean, College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, UM
  • Natalie Jaeger, Principal, Big Sky High School
  • Patricia Kelly, Director of Nursing, Salish Kootenai College
  • Debra Krantz, Regional Manager, Montana Department of Labor and Industry
  • Steve McNeece, CEO, Community Hospital of Anaconda
  • LeeAnna Muzquiz, MD, Associate Dean for Admissions, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Jen Robohm, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in Behavioral Science, Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana
  • Brenda Solorzano, CEO, Headwaters Health Foundation of Western Montana
  • Jan Van Fossen, Human Resources, Providence St. Patrick Hospital
  • Bruce Whitfield, CEO, Cabinet Peaks Medical Center 
  • Marcie Willmore, Director of Adult Acute Care Services, Community Medical Center
  • Pat Wilson, Senior Executive Director Academic Affairs, KRMC

Advisory Board

Made up of representatives from the healthcare industry, education, and other agencies.

  • Promote healthcare career awareness activities
  • Advocate for high qulaity healthcare education and training for students and professionals
  • Utilize healthcare workforce data to develop strategic objectives and activities
  • Idnetify funding mechanisms


Advisory Board Members of the Designees

Career Awareness

Promote and support efforts to increase career awareness activities at Montana schools and identify potential funding.

Education and Training

Advocate for Montana healthcare programs that train students to meet workforce needs and identify potential funding.

Workforce Development

Maintain knowledge of healthcare workforce needs for recruitment, retention, and continuing education and identify potenial funding.