Board of Directors

Michelle Becker, President
Michelle Becker, Chair

Michelle Becker, broker/owner of Maverick Realty in Livingston, has been a board member since 2001. She is a lifelong resident of Park County, and has been an active Realtor since 1987. When asked why she serves on the Livingston HealthCare board, Becker replies, "To continue to contribute to the health of the hospital and to be effective and helpful in accomplishing the vision of Livingston HealthCare."

Denis Prager, PhD, Vice Chair

Denis Prager is president of Strategic Consulting Services. From 1983 to 1994, he was director of the health program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. From 1978 to 1983, Dr. Prager was associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He began his career in 1960 as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health and has also served as a U.S. Public Health Service Fellow at Stanford University, where he received his PhD in physiology.

Joseph T. Swindlehurst, Treasurer
Joseph T. Swindlehurst, Treasurer

Joe Swindlehurst is an attorney and has been with the law firm of Huppert, Swindlehurst & Woodruff since 1972. He has been a member of the board of directors of Livingston HealthCare since 1998. Swindlehurst has always been interested in healthcare and has enjoyed his service on the board of Livingston HealthCare. He continues to work hard to make this organization a success.

Billie Kaye Harms, Secretary
Billie Kaye Harms, Secretary

Billie Kaye Harms is a homemaker and operates Harms Livestock, Inc., with her husband. She has been a member of the board of Livingston HealthCare since 2002. Harms believes it is important to be involved in the community. She values her perspective on the board as a "nonprofessional." She always wants to focus on Livingston HealthCare's mission to serve the residents of Park County and surrounding communities.

Scott Coleman, MD

Scott Coleman, MD, is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician who practices family medicine and obstetrics at Livingston HealthCare. He was selected to fill the role of Medical Director for Livingston HealthCare in October, 2013, at which time he joined the Livingston HealthCare Board of Directors. Dr. Coleman received a degree in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee, followed by his MD from the University of South Dakota. After the completion of his MD, Dr. Coleman served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy for six years receiving the Navy Achievement Medal for Outstanding Performance as a Resident. In 2005, he moved to Park County to be closer to family. Dr. Coleman is presently a Major in the Medical Corp of the Montana Air National Guard.

Douglas Wadle, MD
Douglas Wadle, MD

Douglas Wadle, MD, is an internal medicine physician at Livingston HealthCare. Prior to moving to Livingston in August of 2003, Dr. Wadle served as chief resident at the University of Washington Medical Center Primary Care Track in Boise, Idaho. He was elected as physician trustee to the Livingston HealthCare board in 2005.

David Stanley

David Stanley is a retired CEO of Payless Cashways, Inc. and past executive director of Piper Jaffray, Inc. He is a graduate of Columbia University Law School and has practiced law in New York City and Minneapolis. Stanley and his wife moved to Livingston in 1998. He has been very active in the community, bringing those interests, together with his experience in business, investment banking, and law, to the Livingston HealthCare board of directors. He is honored to serve the community through Livingston HealthCare, especially during these times of great change.

Daniel Kaul

Daniel Kaul has worked in the home construction, renovation, and development industry for over three decades. He and his family moved to Montana from the Twin Cities metro area in 1991, when he purchased the Murray Hotel. He managed the hotel, restaurant, and bar while renovating the hotel into hotel-condominiums and personally sold all of the initial commercial and residential units. He has since bought and renovated several prominent Livingston area properties, including the Wilmont building. He also helped establish the Business Improvement District and has served on numerous local boards.

Jeffry Lindenbaum, MD

Jeffry Lindenbaum, MD has been lead Radiologist at Livingston HealthCare since January 2013. Dr. Lindenbaum is licensed to practice in Montana and Wyoming and has more than 15 years of leadership experience in private practice and integrated healthcare delivery systems.

Michael SchaerMichael Schaer

Michael Schaer is the sole owner and chairman of Computers Unlimited, and sits on the advisory board of First Interstate Bank, MSUB College of Business, and Billings Business Improvement District. In the past he has been a board member at the Billings Chamber of Commerce, Big Sky Economic Development Agency, Billings Clinic, and Downtown Billings Partnership. In addition to Michael's extensive involvement with advisory boards, he is the owner of the following Billings restaurants and hotels; McCormick Cafe, Cafe Italia, Carlin Hotel, Log Cabin Bakery and Catering, and Hotel Carlin Events Center.

Kristen GailbraithKristen Galbraith

Kristen Galbraith was raised near Glacier National Park in northwest Montana and continued her post-secondary education at Montana State University, obtaining a high honors dual degree in Business Marketing and Accounting. Her diverse career resume includes jobs as a retail salesperson, waitress, wrangler, administrative assistant, project manager, grant writer/administrator and business owner. Since 2009, she has concentrated efforts as a full-time grant writer and special projects administrator, raising more than $24 million for different communities and organizations throughout Montana and Colorado. Her sense of passion and creativity has enlivened her interest in making a concerted difference in communities, including a wide range of infrastructure, public safety and recreation improvements. She also shares pride, ownership and responsibilities associated with two successful Livingston businesses - The Obsidian Collection (since 1994) and Coffee Crossing (since 2008).

Kristen is one of three Montanan's who is Grants Professional Certified (GPC) and serves as Board Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Grants Professional Association. She also serves on two local boards as chair of the Livingston Business Improvement District and secretary of the Livingston Youth Soccer Association. She directs and organizes the very popular Night Owl Run which takes place in September of each year. This event has raised more than $29,000 in the past seven years and all proceeds have been donated back to local youth and education-associated programs and agencies.

As an avid outdoor enthusiast, she is often trail running, biking or hiking throughout Montana's off-road and mountain areas, most likely accompanied by her two children and canine friends.

Ruth WeissmannRuth Weissman

Ruth Weissman is a faculty member and former provost and vice-president for academic affairs at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She is internationally renowned for her research on eating and weight disorders. Prior to joining the faculty at Wesleyan, she was on the research staff in the Department of Psychology at Yale University (New Haven, CT). Weissman earned a diploma in Psychology (Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Germany) and a PhD in Clinical Psychology (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC). Mrs. Weissman and her husband, Walt, live on Snowy Range Ranch in Paradise Valley.

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