Livingston HealthCare’s Board of Directors
Local Community Members Dedicated to Providing Quality Healthcare
Livingston HealthCare’s mission is to serve the community by providing
quality healthcare. Our board of directors are local residents who resonate
with that goal and lend their skills and insight to accomplish it. Along
with the leadership team, the individuals listed below are responsible
for the excellent services LHC has provided over the years and will continue
to provide in the future.
Denis Prager, PhD, 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.
Michelle Becker, Vice 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."
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
Kristen Galbraith, Secretary
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. 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.
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 Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corp of the
Montana Air National Guard.
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 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 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
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.
Laurie Smith has been the Vice President of Hospital Operations and Chief
Nursing Officer at Billings Clinic since April of 2016. She became a Certified
Nursing Assistant at the age of 16 and has been working in the medical
world ever since. Smith earned her certification as a Licensed Practical
Nurse after high school, and went on to earn her bachelor’s and
master’s degrees — both in nursing. She is married with two
children, and says she is happiest when she’s camping or on a beach.
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
Shiell Anderson attended MSU in Bozeman for his undergraduate degree and
went to law school in Missoula at the University of Montana. He is a former
state legislator, former chair of the Montana Transportation Commission,
and lifelong Park County rancher. Mr. Anderson has served on a number
of non-profit boards, including the Park County Community Foundation and
Community Health Partners in Livingston. In addition, Anderson was a member
of the Capital Campaign Cabinet for Livingston HealthCare Foundation’s
New Hospital Campaign.