Our Staff

  • Aaron Wernham, M.D., M.S. (Chief Executive Officer)

    Dr. Aaron Wernham is a family physician, and CEO of the Montana Healthcare Foundation. Aaron brings his experience in public health, medical practice, and grantmaking to the job of providing overall direction and leadership for the Foundation. In this position, he works with the trustees to develop and implement the Foundation’s strategic priorities, programming, and partnerships.

    Over more than 10 years in clinical practice, Aaron served as faculty in the Contra Costa County family medicine program in California, and provided primary care in remote Alaska Native and rural Alaskan communities.

    At the national level, Aaron has helped lead efforts to address the upstream influences on health and illness through partnerships beyond the health sector, with leaders in housing, transportation, education, and other fields. He founded and directed the Health Impact Project, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts that makes grants and conducts policy-relevant research on American’s health. Aaron also served as public health and policy advisor for Alaska Native tribes while working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.  He has served on several National Research Council and Institute of Medicine committees focused on health and public policy, authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and public health reports, and often speaks on public health and prevention at national and international conferences.

    Aaron received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He trained in family medicine at the UC Davis-affiliated Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

  • Ted Madden, MBA (Chief Operating Officer)

    Ted Madden is the Chief Operating Officer of the Montana Healthcare Foundation, a position he has held since November 2014. Ted oversees investment, financial and other operational functions for the foundation.

    Ted brings 20 years of non-profit foundation and healthcare administrative experience to the MHCF having served as Executive Director of the Park County Community Foundation, founding Chief Financial Officer of Community Health Partners Inc., and Assistant to the Treasurer and Subsidized Housing Director at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul Minnesota.

    Ted earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He resides in Livingston, Montana with his wife and three children. He served as Chairman of the Livingston School District Board of Trustees from 2004-2006 and 2012-2015.  Ted currently serves on the board of a private foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Scott Malloy, LCSW, CMHP (Senior Program Officer)

    Scott Malloy has spent his career in community mental health working in variety of direct care, management, and administrative roles. Prior to assuming duties as Senior Program Officer with the Montana Healthcare Foundation, Scott worked as the Director of a program assertive community treatment (PACT) in Phoenix, Arizona, the Director of Western Montana Mental Health in Butte Montana, and most recently as the Executive Director for the Gallatin Mental Health Center in Bozeman and Livingston, Montana.

    Scott has developed and overseen a variety of programs including: jail diversion, crisis intervention training (CIT), crisis stabilization and response, peer-run drop-in centers; school based mental health programs, supported housing, supported employment, and programs of assertive community treatment (PACT). Scott has special interest in collaborative and integrated approaches that are community driven and client centered.

    Scott was raised in Miles City, Montana and received his bachelor’s degree from Rocky Mountain College and his master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. Scott is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and certified as a Mental Health Professional Scott currently serves as a member of Governor Steve Bullock’s Healthier Montana Task Force and is a board member of the Human Resource Development Council in Bozeman.

  • Melinda Buchheit

    Melinda Buchheit is Montana Healthcare Foundation’s Communication Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the CEO. As a graduate of Montana State University’s School of Film and Photography, she brings her experience in media, marketing, and documentary storytelling to the job of sharing the work of the Foundation and its grantees with the public.

    Melinda was raised in Darby, Montana, and after graduating from college in Bozeman, spent several years in Los Angeles pursuing a career in film production. Her longstanding interest in non-profits led her to complete a term of service as an AmeriCorp Volunteer at the Bresee Community Center in Koreatown, Los Angeles where she taught classes in documentary filmmaking, photography, and editing to underprivileged inner-city youth; and helped run a youth documentary film festival on social justice issues. Following her term with AmeriCorp, she worked for Paramount Pictures as an executive assistant in the Media and Creative Content Department working on films such as Flight, Pain & Gain, World War Z, Anchorman 2, and Noah.


  • Kayla Talbert

    Kayla Talbert is the Grant Administrator and Administrative Assistant for the Montana Healthcare Foundation. She received her bachelor’s degree in community health from the University of Montana and is working towards her master’s degree in public administration. Prior to her employment at MHCF, Kayla managed a successful financial literacy program at Montana State University, where she actively reached out to students to make financial sound decisions and developed partnerships across campus and throughout the Montana University System.

    She is originally from Missoula, MT but has called Bozeman home since 2013. Kayla enjoys all that Montana has to offer, particularly the outdoor recreation and the kind people that call the state home. She has always been passionate about creating healthy and active communities and she is excited to be a part of a team that has the knowledge, experience, and passion for creating a healthier Montana.