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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.


douglas nicholsonDouglas M. Nicholson
Davidson Companies


Bryce C. Graft
Calumet Montana Refining


dean nelsonDean A. Nelson
Retired Investment Advisor



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


Wendy R. Baker
Community Volunteer


jared brownJared Brown
Managing Partner & Founder, PathWise Partners


jerry lehmanJerry L. Lehman
Certified Public Accountant, Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens


jim simmonsJames R. Simmons
Sales and Service Manager, National Laundry Co.      


G. Mike Tabacco 
President, Guy Tabacco Construction


Joan Tierney
Community Volunteer


janie wardJanie L. Ward 
Realtor, Dahlquist Realtors 


sandi wilsonSandi R. Wilson 
Leader, Weight Watchers


jim yturriJames A. Yturri, MD 
Chief Medical Officer, Benefis Medical Group


Ex-Officio Board Members

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


forrest ellingerForrest G. Ehlinger
Chief Financial and Treasury Officer
Benefis Health System


shannon hoilandShannon 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       



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
Pre and Post Acute, Regional Relations, and Philanthropy

Marilyn Parker, CFRE
Executive Director
(406) 455-5836 (desk)
(406) 788-5651 (cell)

Kelly Michel
Senior Director of Development
(406) 455-5842 (desk)
(406) 788-9287 (cell)

Sara Branom
Development Officer
Gift of Life Coordinator
(406) 731-8180 (desk)

Jami Williamson
Special Events Director
(406) 455-5844 (desk)
(406) 799-0803 (cell)

Mary Koppy
Development Assistant II
(406) 455-5847 (desk)
(406) 750-3612 (cell)

Amber Steers
Development Assistant
(406) 455-5840 (desk)

Sandy Ramstead
Support Specialist
(406) 455-5843 (desk)