Our TrusteesOur Trustees are all volunteers with a passion for health philanthropy.
Robert J. Phillips
“I chose to serve on the Headwaters Health Foundation because I feel that we have the best of both worlds. When Community Medical Center was sold, we made sure that the new owners would operate it consistently with its excellent history. Now, with the proceeds of the sale, we can also do exciting things through the Headwaters Foundation.”
Robert J. Phillips has been practicing law since 1978 in areas of insurance defense of all kinds, including coverage opinions, coverage litigation, and bad faith defense. He has tried numerous civil jury trials in State, Federal and Tribal courts. He has been lead counsel in many of the leading cases in Montana insurance law before the Montana Supreme Court, Federal Court for the District of Montana and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also been lead counsel before the U.S. Claims Court, Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Initially, because of a sense of obligation to those who, over many years, had generously donated to CMC—to ensure that the organization’s unique commitment to women’s and children’s care would be honored. Now, however, after working with this board, I am excited—energized even—about the prospect of making a positive, long-lasting impact in the health of western Montanans. Affecting meaningful change that, I truly believe, would make CMC’s past benefactors smile.”
Dr. Jay Lowder has been practicing pediatric medicine in Montana since 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School and completed his internship and residency in pediatric medicine at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. Dr. Lowder is a founding partner of Missoula Pediatric Associates, which provides pediatric hospitalist care at Providence St. Patrick and Community Medical Center in Missoula, MT. He is also a clinical associate professor in the Pediatric Department at the University of Washington Medical School and affiliate faculty at the University of Montana and Family Practice Residency of Western Montana.
“I chose to serve on the Headwaters Health Foundation board because I am invested in enriching the quality of life for Montanans, with special interest in my local community located in the heart of the Flathead Indian Reservation.”
Alyssa was born and raised in western Montana in the heart of the Flathead Indian Reservation. She has tribal affiliation with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Alyssa is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with emphasis in women’s health and preventative care. She currently practices physical therapy in a rural hospital-based outpatient clinic in Ronan, Montana. She believes that through collaborative effort and education that better healthcare and access to adequate healthcare can be more attainable in rural areas and to under-served populations. Alyssa and her husband, Ryan, live in St. Ignatius, Montana with their 2 children.
Ryan Tolleson Knee
“Too many people in western Montana have insufficient access to services that can effectively prevent and treat common health-related problems. My career has been devoted to increasing access and reducing barriers so low-income and disadvantaged people can lead healthier and more productive lives. Headwaters has a rare opportunity to remove these barriers, improve access, and create better systems of care.”
Dr. Ryan Tolleson Knee has served in positions of leadership in the behavioral health and academic fields. As a University of Montana professor, he has assumed leadership in developing and serving as the founding Director of the University of Montana’s (UM) Campus Compact program, School of Social Work’s graduate program, and Montana’s Child Welfare Partnership. He served as Chair of UM’s School of Social Work for nine years and is currently the Director of the Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development. He lives in Missoula with his wife and four children.
Michael A. Stewart
“I chose to serve on this board to make a difference in the health of people before they require hospital care. We have many disparities and poorly served regions in Western Montana. We need to make an impact in our region to improve access to care. Underserved populations and communites need help.”
Dr. Mike Stewart’s academic career, including his residency in Diagnostic Radiology, was completed at the University of New Mexico. In 1992, he began practicing in Montana. He is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology. He has served as Medical Director at Community Medical Center in Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, and is presently the Medical Director of Montana Breast Health. Dr. Stewart holds multiple appointments at both Community Medical Center and Providence St. Patrick in Missoula.
Rosalie Sheehy Cates
“I chose to serve on the Headwaters Health Foundation because we are imagining how to build community partnerships that help people lead healthy lives.”
Rosalie Sheehy Cates advises foundations, individuals and organizations on mission investing strategies and projects as a Senior Advisor at The Giving Practice/Philanthropy Northwest, where she is a 2016 Impact Investing Catalyst Fellow. Rosalie has 20 years experience building and leading a $62 million Montana fund that provided small business loans, New Markets Tax Credits and programming for entrepreneurship and sustainable forestry. Prior to this Rosalie lived in rural Wisconsin where she was an organizer for family farms and sustainable agriculture.
“I chose to serve on Headwaters Health Foundation because I believe we have an opportunity to fundamentally improve the health of Western Montanans.”
Missoula-native Christina Twohig, CPA, has a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Montana. After working at Moss Adams in Oregon she returned to Missoula and joined Boyle, Deveny, Meyer. As a partner at BDM, Christina’s practice focuses on estate planning, trusts, and estate compliance, as well as business and personal income taxes, financial statement preparation, and consulting. She currently serves as the treasurer of the Western Montana Chapter for Elder Abuse and has also served on the boards of the Blue Mountain Clinic, Missoula Chapter of the Montana Society of CPAs, Loyola Foundation and Missoula Community Hospital Legacy Foundation.
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