The Board and Staff of Benefis Foundation

It’s our job to maximize the good we can all do together. We make sure 100 percent of all donations directly support the programs you earmark them for.

Board of Directors

Without the generous efforts of those who give their time and talent to serve on our board, the Benefis Foundation would not exist. Our board of directors consists of volunteers, elected at the Foundation’s annual general meeting to serve busy three-year terms.

Officers

Douglas M. Nicholson
Chair
Davidson Companies

 

Bryce C. Graft
Secretary
Calumet Montana Refining

 

Dean A. Nelson
Treasurer
Retired Investment Advisor

 

Directors

Debra J. Ammondson
Retired Manager of Outpatient Therapies and Occupational Therapist, Benefis Health System

 

Wendy R. Baker
Community Volunteer

 

Grant W. Eve
Certified Public Accountant, Wipfli/JOSEPH EVE

 

Dena Burnham Johnson
Owner, Legal Practice Systems Consulting

 

Jerry L. Lehman
Certified Public Accountant, Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens

 

James R. Simmons
Sales and Service Manager, National Laundry Co.      

 

Patricia T. Sletten
Community Volunteer

 

G. Mike Tabacco 
President, Guy Tabacco Construction

 

Janie L. Ward 
Realtor, Dahlquist Realtors 

 

Sandi R. Wilson 
Leader, Weight Watchers

 

James A. Yturri, MD 
Chief Medical Officer, Benefis Medical Group

 

Ex-Officio Board Members

Terry A. Preite
President, Pre and Post Acute, Regional Relations, and Philanthropy
Benefis Health System

 

Forrest G. Ehlinger
Chief Financial and Treasury Officer
Benefis Health System

 

Shannon E. Hoiland
Vice President, Retail Hub Manager
First Interstate Bank

 

Benefis Health System Founding Board of Directors

J. W. Bloemendaal, MD
James D. Eidson, MD
Gaee M. Ellis*
Sandra L. Geske*
Gregory J. Hatley
Jane C. Hibbard*
Paul C. Husted
Richard E. Lauritzen, MD
Barbara L. Moe
Nancy M. O’Brien
M. Kathy Rice
Shirlee J. Thiebes
Rodney C. Thorne
Evie A. Ugrin
Virginia H. Wieck
Carter Williams*
Milton O. Wordal*
Frances M. Wylder       

*Deceased

Staff

Our staff works year-round to support our major programs and fundraising initiatives. When it comes to philanthropy, it’s all about creating, nurturing, and maintaining relationships. We’re here to help you give in ways that are mutually beneficial and meaningful.

Terry Preite
President
Pre and Post Acute, Regional Relations, and Philanthropy
terrypreite@benefis.org

Marilyn Parker
Executive Director
(406) 455-5836 (desk)
(406) 788-5651 (cell)
marilynparker@benefis.org

Kelly Michel
Director of Annual Giving
Mayfaire Coordinator
(406) 455-5842 (desk)
(406) 788-2692 (cell)
kellymichel@benefis.org

Sara Branom
Development Officer
Gift of Life Coordinator
(406) 731-8180 (desk)
sarabranom@benefis.org

Jami Williamson
Special Events Director
(406) 455-5844 (desk)
(406) 799-0803 (cell)
jamiwilliamson@benefis.org

Mary Koppy
Development Assistant II
(406) 455-5847 (desk)
(406) 750-3612 (cell)
marykoppy@benefis.org

Amber Steers
Development Assistant
(406) 455-5840 (desk)
ambersteers@benefis.org

Sandy Ramstead
Support Specialist
(406) 455-5843 (desk)
sandyramstead@benefis.org