Board of Directors

Heritage Health Board of Directors

Pam Thompson, LCSW

President
Pam Thompson served as the director of eight different departments at Kootenai Health over a span of 33 years. She also worked part-time at Advanced Healthcare of CDA and Northwest Specialty Hospital. She has been a graduate-level professor for Boise State, Eastern Washington, and Walla Walla Universities for more than thirty years. Pam has served as the President of the National Society of Healthcare Social Workers and on the national board twice. In 2008, she was named Social Work Leader of the Year for three counties. Pam loves public speaking because she can reach more people with messages than counseling one-on-one. She does seminars on stress, laughter, empowerment, difficult personalities, etc. In her spare time, Pam loves fly fishing, traveling, cooking, and is a master gardener on her lavender farm.

Chief Christopher Way, Kootenai Co. EMS

Vice President
Chris Way has been an emergency service professional for 30 years. He became Fire Chief at Kootenai County Fire and Rescue in May of 2020 after serving as the Chief Officer for the Kootenai County EMS System for the previous seven years. He has been a licensed paramedic since 1994, as well as a certified Firefighter. He also has significant experience in disaster management at the local, state, and national levels. He is a regular speaker at national conferences, and in his spare time, Chief Way and two partners own an Emergency Medicine education and consulting company. Chosen in May 2009, he served as Chairman of the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Council. He has a bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Relations and maintains all of his Fire and EMS licenses/certifications. He is a regular community and non-profit volunteer. Chris and his wife Jennifer live in Hayden, Idaho, with their two daughters (and four Labradors).
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Liz Montgomery

Secretary
Liz Montgomery is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a BS in Education. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance, a nonprofit focused on childhood health and safety and bereavement support for those affected by a pregnancy, infant, or child loss. Liz is passionate about serving her community and currently shares her time and talents with the United Way of North Idaho Impact Council, Community Advisory Member Nurse-Family Partnership Panhandle Health, and Post Falls Rotary as a board member. She enjoys spending time with her wonderful family, boating, gardening, and traveling.
George Rohlinger

George J. Rohlinger

Treasurer
George is a results-oriented healthcare executive with a unique operating experience in start-up and mature environments and over 16 years of bulge-bracket investment banking experience. Since transitioning from Wall Street, George has co-founded a medical device development company through which he was granted a U.S. patent and successfully monetized homegrown technologies; raised capital and provided executive leadership for advancing a medical services company from business plan to strong cash flow; and, co-engineered a unique business model and secured private equity funding for a fertility services company, which was successfully sold. Currently, George is Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Apogee Physicians, a national hospital medicine company. George serves on the boards of Jacob Stern & Sons (founded in 1857 and among the longest-running family-owned businesses in America) and Books For Tots (a 501 c3 nonprofit organization). George holds a Bachelor of Science in Math – Applied Science (Economics) from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt

Board Member
Mr. Schmidt attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and while attending, he worked graveyard in the Emergency Room at McKay Dee Hospital, which is where he noticed a big disconnect and numerous inefficiencies in delivering healthcare to those in need. Mr. Schmidt graduated from Weber State with a degree in commercial German & Business Administration. After undergrad, he attended law school at the University of Idaho School of Law, graduating in 2003. Since graduation, he has worked at the law firm of Lukins & Annis, P.S., where he practices business, real estate, and commercial law, with an emphasis in commercial litigation and transactions. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, climbing, mountaineering, snowboarding, fly fishing, martial arts, reading, and being a dad. He chose to work for Heritage because he believes that giving back to the community and volunteer work is an important civic duty, and the work that Heritage Health was providing to his community was invaluable and something that he wanted to be a part of.

Dr. Jana Hull, DC

Board Member
Jana is married with 3 children and chose a profession as a Doctor of Chiropractic after serving as a medic in the US Army. She serves on the Board because both health and community are core values of hers. She has volunteered to support Heritage Health in the past as an Ambassador, helping organize Muddy Miles, and continues to increase the value of her investment in our community’s health.

Brinnon Mandel

Board Member
Brinnon has always had a passion for public health, starting in the Peace Corps in Honduras in 1999-2001 and strengthening primary care and HIV/AIDS programs as a health volunteer. In 2004, she completed her MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and has been working in public health ever since, ranging from domestic community health programs in Baltimore and Madison, Wisconsin, to global health programs and technology innovation for low and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. When Brinnon moved to Coeur d’Alene in 2013 with her husband Ben and their two young children, she wanted to find a way to participate in community health in the area. Heritage Health has been a natural fit because of its mission, growth, and role in improving healthcare for everyone regardless of pay. Brinnon is currently Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at VIA Global Health, an online marketplace to deliver health technologies worldwide to low-resource settings.

Linda Johann

Board Member
Linda lives on the Rathdrum Prairie, north of Post Falls, where she and her husband farm. She raised two daughters and is now blessed with nine grandchildren. Linda has a 30-year career in public health laboratories, currently serving as a Client Services Liaison for a premier mining & environmental laboratory based in Kellogg, ID. She is a strong advocate for mental health and behavioral health services for adults and children and quality patient care. Her goal is to help fill the enormous need for mental health services; mental health is part of physical health.

Donna Austin

Board Member
Donna has been married for 64 years; she has 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She has done office support and clerical work all her working life. She was the bookkeeper for Jim Griffitts at the Hayden Lake Golf Course Pro Shop. Donna now works at home for their part-time business. She is a Genealogist and is on a Church Mission from her home, answering emails from all over the world (English Language), and has done that for 6 + years. She had served on the Heritage Health Board since 2004, when initially asked if she would be interested in helping and said yes, of course, so she could give back to Heritage Health for what they have done for her.
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Ann Dare

Board Member
Ann became involved with Heritage Health in October 2013 as a volunteer in the Dental and Administration offices and joined the board of directors in 2015. In her hometown of Springfield, Missouri, Ann worked for several non-profit agencies and retired from United Way of the Ozarks in 2008. Ann lives in Coeur d’Alene, where she is an active member of the Cancer and Community Charities (3Cs). She also enjoys membership in the Coeur d’Alene Elks Lodge and the Hayden Lake Eagles Auxiliary. Ann believes everyone is entitled to quality health care and is proud to be part of Heritage Health's mission.

Ron Beecher

Board Member
Ron began serving on the Heritage Health board in May of 2016. He has over 30 years of experience in Social Services and 25 years in Real Estate with an active broker license and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware. Now retired, Ron wanted to give back to the community and is actively participating on several boards. He felt his background in social services (Mental Health, SUD, Medicaid) and as a retired Regional Director for Idaho Health and Welfare could benefit the Heritage Health organization.

Paul Amador

Board Member
Paul Amador, a state representative, said he is excited to contribute to the legacy of Lidwin Dirne, the founder of Heritage Health. Paul has an education and development consulting business with his wife and owns a small family farm with his brother and sister. While working over the past ten years, Paul spent time earning both a Master’s and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership to better shape his understanding of the educational system. He has been proud to call North Idaho home for the past six years, coming to love the many wonderful aspects of living in as Paul describes it, “God’s Country.” His wife, Julie, has family who grew up in North Idaho and currently lives locally, in Post Falls. Paul and Julie had their first child, Peter, in September of 2017. Paul has been active in various community groups including those focused on community activism, tourism, the arts, and economic development. For fun, Paul enjoys spending time at one of our community’s true Gems, the Kroc Center, where you can find him bright and early almost every morning. He also enjoys hiking in our local mountains, playing Parks and Rec softball, and most importantly, spending time with his wife and son.
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Cheri Zao

Board Member
Cheri Zao joined the Heritage Health Board in 2019. She received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees from Steven F. Austin State University. She then completed her Medical Degree and residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She has over 18 years of experience practicing family medicine and 15 years of teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology with Cadavers at North Idaho College. After retiring, Cheri desired to expand her voluntary contributions to her community. Helping Heritage Health further its goals by participating on the Board of Directors was the perfect opportunity to give back. Cheri enjoys hiking, traveling, gardening, cooking, kayaking, and various other outdoor activities. She serves as a member of the Idaho Medical Reserve Corps, volunteers as a Senior Health Insurance and Benefits Advisor, and is an active member of the Kootenai Electric Coop Trust Board.
Carl McMinimy

Carl McMinimy

Board Member
After working for thirty years as a social worker and administrator for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Mr. McMinimy and his wife retired and moved to Post Falls to be close to children and grandchildren. He is a patient at the Heritage Clinic in Post Falls. During his career with DSHS, he was instrumental in the establishment of contracts with Federally Qualified Health Centers (like Heritage) throughout the state of Washington. Whereby millions of federal funds were provided to the state for outreach to people in need of Medicaid coverage. He has worked closely with FQHCs from 1974 as a Child Protection social worker and an administrator and feels that being on the Board at Heritage gives him a chance to pay back for services provided to our communities in health care and social support.