The Montana Chapter of the March of Dimes has undergone a re-organization of the executive board and added four new employees.
Tom Boos has been elected to the board as chairman. Boos earned his bachelor's degree in business from Montana State University in Bozeman and has worked for Billings Federal Credit Union since 1984, serving as president/CEO since 2005. He serves on the board for CUsource, LLC and the Montana Credit Union League.
Jill Mason has been elected vice chair to the Big Sky Chapter of the MOD. She earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mason is vice president at Premier Professionals Network and works as a franchise consultant for Mountain Mudd Espresso.
Serving as the board treasurer is Heather McDowell who joined the Montana March of Dimes Executive Board in 2009. She graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2005 and had worked for the Crowley Fleck law firm. McDowell is now an attorney with PPL Montana, Billings.
Three new board members are:
Stephanie Honeyman who is senior VP of retail and mortgage banking at Rocky Mountain Bank. She received her education at the Graduate School of Banking at Dickinson State University. Stephanie had two twin boys in 2000. After spending several weeks in the NICU, she has personal knowledge with the challenges of that experience.
Roger L. Wallace, DO, is the medical director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program at St. Vincent Healthcare. Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology with a subspecialty in maternal-fetal medicine, Wallace provides care for women who are high-risk or have complication of pregnancy, such as obstetric, medical, surgical or genetic complications. He is the only physician in the area who performs in-utero procedures. He went to medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, did his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center and his fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine LAC/USC Medical Center.
Cheryl Miller is an RN at St. Vincent Healthcare. Miller has donated countless hours to the mission of the March of Dimes Program Services Committee. She has consistently helped to develop and guide the mission efforts of the chapter and helped identify key maternal and children’s needs. She has assisted in reviewing grant proposals for funding, offered valuable ideas and solutions to many problems. Miller has been a member of the Program Services Committee for the past five years and been involved in the Prematurity Summit/Volunteer Leadership Conference for the past four years.
The March of Dimes has had changes in staff members as well.
Maria Mares is the new community director. She worked for Wells Fargo for 10 years, serving on various committees during her employment. After her daughter was born 13 weeks premature, the family became involved with the March of Dimes. For three years they volunteered their time with the March for Babies walk. By year four, Mares was a full-time volunteer, working with family teams, traveling and helping with walks all over the state, all the while still working full time with Wells Fargo.
Christina Klekner interned in 2011 with three nonprofits including Autism Support of Kent County, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Diabetes Association which gave her valuable experience with walks, galas, a 300-mile bicycle tour and more. In December 2011, Klekner graduated from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a bachelor’s degree in public and nonprofit administration. She also has her Certified Nonprofit Professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Christina began working with MOD in January as the community director for the western part of Montana and wants to expand the Montana Big Sky Chapter.
Shawna Stripp attended Montana State University Billings, majoring in communications and marketing. She first became involved with MOD when her son was born six weeks premature. She began volunteering in September 2011 and now works part time as an administrative assistant.
Victoria LaFromboise has worked in the area of public health for more than 10 years and is now the MOD director of program services. She received an associate's degree from Salish Kootenai College and a bachelor's degree in community health education and a master's in health education and promotion, both from Montana State University in Bozeman. LaFromboise worked for the Yellowstone City County Health Department and was thrown into a vast array of public health topics from cardiovascular issues and education to WIC, HIV testing and training to working on American Indian health disparities and eventually youth suicide prevention.