Meet the Candidates

Participate in the 2020 board election.  As a member of our CO-OP you get a say in how our organization is run. During the month of September all Mountain Health CO-OP members will have the opportunity to vote for your board of directors and two by-law changes.


Ballots will be mailed and emailed from a secure third party source, Survey Ballot Systems.


As the Mountain Health CO-OP’s elected governing body, the 17-member Board of Directors is legally responsible under federal and state law, and its Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, for establishing, guiding, and assessing the overall direction and performance of the Mountain Health CO-OP.  Class A board members must be insured through the CO-OP, be in good standing and at least 18 years old.


This year we also have two ballot questions which will help shape the existing by-laws which the co-op operates within. They are:


1. Do you Approve changing director terms from 3-year terms to 4-year terms with elections occurring at least every other year?

  • Yes, I approve the change.

  • No, I do not approve the change.

The board recommends this bylaw change.


2. Do you Approve the process that Board Directors who are Mountain Health CO-OP members vote to resolve a tie when 2 or more candidates tie for the last vacant Class A position on the board.

  • Yes, I approve the new tie resolution procedures.

  • No, I do not approve the new tie resolution procedures.

The board recommends this bylaw change.

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Liesel Brink  (Montana)

A Montana transplant since 1995 Liesel Brink earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science from the University of Montana – Missoula. She has held positions in the non-profit, legal and Insurance industries. Her area of expertise is in the field of Human Resources where she has over 15 years of experience. Liesel has earned designations within her field and accepted the 2019 Circle of Excellence Award from the Big Sky Society of Human Resource Management Chapter. Her experience participating on Boards spans just over two decades. She enjoys getting out into the Montana landscape by hiking with family and pets.

Stasia Creek  (Montana)

Born and raised in Northwestern Montana and residing in Eastern Montana for the past ten years, I have the background necessary to be a spokesperson for both urban and rural members of the Rocky Mountain Region. With experience from a corporate career in banking and more recently as an independent Real Estate Broker, I have a comprehensive understanding for individual healthcare needs across all spectrums. I look forward to representing your interests as a Mountain Health Co-Op board member.

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Tom Gooch (Montana)

Thomas Gooch is currently a board member of the Mountain Health CO-OP and is a retired Fire Department Division Chief and Emergency Medical Technician.  In his 25-year fire service career, he served numerous roles, including Project Manager, Commissioner, Training Officer, and Safety Officer.  He earned numerous State and National certifications and wrote successful grant applications winning over $800,000 in Federal funding for his department.  Tom has owned four successful businesses, including an ambulance company and an electrical contracting firm.  Tom and his wife reside near Kalispell where he is president of his homeowner's association.

Patty Hamblock (Montana)

Patty Hamblock retired in December 2019 from Water & Environmental Technologies
(WET) after working as an engineer for 181⁄2 years. She was born and raised in Havre
and has lived in Butte since 1990. She was involved in her husband's physical therapy clinic from its inception in 1990 until it sold in 2017. She is motivated to serve on the MT Health Co-op Board because of her 40-years of experience being insured, positive/negative interactions with various insurance carriers, and her association with small businesses. She has a husband Mike, two adult children, and a dog named Carl.

Alex Heiphetz  (Idaho)

Alex Heiphetz received a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. After working for a consulting firm, in 1997 Dr. Heiphetz founded AHG, Inc., a technology company that specializes in software for educational institutions and business.

Since 2008 Dr. Heiphetz supervises the development of the Android and iOS apps for business. He also oversees Bluetooth software development. Besides working on new products, Dr. Heiphetz consults in technology and offers his expertise in reviewing technology applications, including in the medical industry.

Over the years Dr. Heiphetz authored multiple papers that appeared in scientific and industry publications. In 2009 McGraw-Hill published Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds by Dr. Alex Heiphetz and Gary Woodill, EdD.

Alex’s knowledge and experience in technology will provide a unique prospective on enhancing member experience and Mountain Health CO-OP business model.

When not coding, consulting, or supervising software development, Alex can be found on the mountain slopes: skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. He is also an avid windsurfer. Dr. Heiphetz can be reached through the company web site, by email or by calling AHG at (208) 806 – 3300.

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Nolan Hill (Idaho)

Nolan Hill is the co-Founder and CEO of Highland West Energy, an alternative energy company based out of Rexburg, Idaho. He received an A.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Business Management from BYU-Idaho. He worked as a business consultant helping new entrepreneurs start online businesses from 2004 – 2013 while residing in Salt Lake City, UT. In 2013 he co-founded Highland West Energy which focuses on
clean sustainable energy systems. Since 2012 he has actively provided low income home financing for individuals and families looking to have home ownership, who do not have the resources for traditional bank lending.

Nolan saw firsthand the challenges of working through medical insurance billing issues for his mother after she experienced a heart attack in 2012. Because of this experience, he has a great desire to work with Mountain Health Co-op as a board member to assist in creating world class insurance for its members and help steer Mountain Health in pioneering ways for other insurance providers to model.
Nolan has been married to his wife Autumn for 13 years and they have 4 children ages 2 – 11.

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Kevin Joplin (Idaho)

Kevin Joplin is currently a board member of the Mountain Health CO-OP and retired from Norco, Inc. after almost 30 years as the Executive Vice President of the Medical Division.  His career spans as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at St. Alphonsus Medical Center through various ranks at Norco Medical. Mr. Joplin managed medical homecare stores in 6 northwest states (ID, MT, WA, NV, UT, and OR). One of his many duties at Norco was negotiating all insurance provider contracts company-wide.  He is currently a small business owner of a multi-unit storage facility.

He was born and raised in Eagle, Idaho, and resides there with his wife and children. He graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Respiratory Therapy. He is very interested in healthcare and the challenges in providing quality care at affordable pricing for the entire population.

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Ken Kodilla (Montana)

Ken Kodilla retired from Neogen Corporation as VP of Manufacturing Operations, a food and animal safety business. He previously held senior management positions in several medical diagnostics companies including BD, DIFCO and Facet Medical
Technologies involving operations, cost control, budgeting, QC, project management and regulatory compliance.

He moved from Michigan with his wife Jewel to Potomac, Montana, where they have a ranch with horses, goats, chickens and two dogs. Ken’s interest in serving on Mountain Health CO-OP’s Board is to utilize his background and experience to reduce direct costs to members while improving coverage.

Ken holds a MS degree in Medical Microbiology from the University Nebraska Medical Center, and dual BS degrees in Microbiology and Animal Science from Purdue University.

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Mountain Health CO-OP does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or health status in the administration of the plan, including enrollment and benefit determinations.


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