Board of Directors

Heritage Health Board of Directors

Brinnon Mandel

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 and Heritage Health has been the natural fit because of its mission, growth, and the role it plays in improving healthcare for everyone regardless of ability to pay.

Chief Christopher Way, Kootenai Co. EMS

Vice President
Chief Christopher Way was appointed the Chief Officer of the Kootenai County EMS System in North Idaho on September of 2013. Prior to his current position, he served as an EMS Chief for a county in Southeast Kansas. Chief Way attended Labette and Coffeyville Community Colleges for his EMS certifications and holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Business Management from Mid America Nazarene University.

Pam Thompson, LCSW

Pam Thompson has been a Director of 8 departments at Kootenai Health for 33 years. She has been a professor for Boise State, Eastern Washington, and Walla Walla Universities for 31 years teaching graduate school. Pam is currently semi-retired working at Advanced Healthcare of CDA and Northwest Specialty Hospital part-time. Pam has served as the President of the National Society of Healthcare Social Workers and on the national board twice. She was named Social Work Leader of the Year for 3 counties in 2008. 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.

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.
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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.

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 now is blessed with five grandchildren. Linda has a 30-year career in public health laboratories; currently Microbiologist/Supervisor for a premier mining & environmental laboratory based in Kellogg, ID. She advocates for mental health and counseling services for adults and children. 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 55 years, she has 3 children, 15 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. She has done secretary 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 serves on the Board because Ginger Seaman asked her years ago if she would be interested in being on the board. Donna, of course, said yes… she just wants to give back to Heritage Health for what they have done for her.

Ann Dare

Board Member
Ann Dare became involved with Heritage Health in October 2013 as a volunteer in the Dental and Administration offices and joined the board of directors in August 2015. Ann has over twenty years experience working in the non-profit field; she retired in 2008 from United Way of the Ozarks in Springfield, Missouri. Ann is a member and current board member of the Cancer and Community Charities (3Cs) and a member of the Blazen Divaz performance group. She and her husband John and their three cats moved from Springfield, Missouri to Coeur d’Alene in 2013 to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. Ann is dedicated to the mission of Heritage Health and believes that everyone is entitled to quality health care regardless of their ability to pay.

Ron Beecher

Board Member
Ron came to serve 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. 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 be of benefit to the Heritage Health organization.

Ryan W. Bones, DC

Board Member
Originally from South Dakota, Dr. Ryan Bones graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Biological Sciences before receiving his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University in Dallas, TX. He specializes in neurologically based chiropractic corrective care for everyone from pregnant moms and newborns to teens and adults. Dr. Ryan’s biggest calling in life is spreading the message of true health. He recently gave a TEDx talk at Southern Methodist University entitled “Dr. YOU: Understanding Your Very Own Superpower”, and is excited to bring that message to the community of Coeur d’Alene.
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George J. Rohlinger

Board Member
Mr. Rohlinger is a results-oriented healthcare executive with a unique combination of operating experience, in both start-up and mature environments, and over 15 years of bulge bracket investment banking experience. Mr. Rohlinger is Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Apogee Physicians, an advisor to Ovation Fertility, a company he helped form and secure private equity capital, a co-founder of Redyns Medical, a medical technology development company, where he sold multiple new technologies to leading global healthcare companies and is a member of the Advisory Board of Jacob Stern & Sons, a privately-held international agricultural products company. As Chief Business Development Officer for a healthcare services and technology company, Mr. Rohlinger provided executive leadership to the successful development and commercial launch of an electronic medical record software service and, subsequently, to the operations of a 58 location medical practice, which experienced over 70% profit growth during his involvement. Having advised on private and public financings, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures with aggregate dollar volume in excess of $25 billion, Mr. Rohlinger has extensive corporate finance and valuation expertise. He is respected as an advocate of empowerment and accountability with strong work ethic and team orientation.

Liz Montgomery

Board Member
Liz Montgomery is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Currently, Liz and the INW SIDS Foundation strive to educate parents, caregivers, medical professionals and child care providers in Idaho on the American Academy of Pediatrics safe infant sleep recommendations. In 2016 she was invited to join Cribs for Kids, a national non-profit, to provide training and support to hospitals in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana who would like to become a nationally certified safe infant sleep hospital. She also serves on Idaho’s CoiIN team focused on reducing infant death in Idaho due to sudden infant death and other sleep-related deaths and on the Spokane County Regional Health District Safe Infant Sleep Taskforce.

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.

Cheri Zao

Board Member
Cheri Zao joined the Heritage Health team in 2019. Her background includes completing her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees at 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 in practicing family medicine and 15 years of teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology with Cadaver at North Idaho College. After retiring, Cheri desired to expand her voluntary contributions to her community. Helping Heritage Health to further their goals by participating on the Board of Directors was the perfect opportunity to give back. Cheri enjoys hiking, traveling, gardening, cooking, kayaking, and a variety of other outdoor activities. She also volunteers as a Senior Health Insurance and Benefits Advisor and is an active member of the Kootenai Electric Coop Trust Board.
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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.