Blue Mountain Clinic’s Board of Directors are passionate community members who are committed to our mission and vision.

chair

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts practiced general Internal Medicine in Missoula for 35 years, with clinical interests in Geriatrics and HIV care. He was President of the Western Montana Clinic for 15 years, and also worked at Saint Patrick Hospital and Partnership Health Clinic. Tom cofounded the Montana Health CO-OP, and was it’s first Board Chair and Medical Director. He served on the Missoula City-County Health Department Board for 5 years and was a  regular commentator on KUFM for over 10 years. He and his wife, Lindsay Richards M.D., are now retired, enjoying outdoor activities, and their new grandson.

 

Vice Chair

Montana James

Montana is a Senior Grants Administrator in the City’s Office of Housing & Community Development. She was born and raised in Missoula where she learned to love the outdoors and cherish community activism. Montana has a passion for public policy as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. She earned her undergraduate degree at UM and worked for Senator Jon Tester before moving to Seattle, WA. In Seattle, Montana completed her MPA at the University of Washington where she researched inclusion and workforce equity. Montana is passionate about public service and has volunteered with the YWCA Missoula, Legal Voice, the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, and served as Chair of the Board for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. Montana joined the Blue Mountain board because she believes in every person’s right to compassionate, high-quality healthcare. When she is not working, Montana can usually be found drinking coffee, baking, or playing with her husband and dog Rosie in Missoula’s North Hills.

Treasurer

Juniper Davis

Juniper is an experienced policy analyst, grant maker and partnership builder who has lived and worked extensively in rural and urban western communities, particularly in Montana where she was born and raised.

For the duration of her career, Juniper has dedicated herself to working on behalf of locally driven initiatives by applying policy, research, and collaborative solutions to achieve system-level change. While working for the State of Oregon, Juniper specialized in bringing together external partners and internal staff teams to transform complex policy initiatives into grant programs supporting community and watershed resiliency. Juniper has also worked in legal and program capacities for the Five Valley Land Trust, as well as as for a consortium of northwest tribal governments on policy issues of regional significance. As a result, Juniper has acquired a deep understanding of the interplay of economic, health, and environmental conditions in western communities and is committed to working to improve the lives of western Montanas.

Juniper has a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Colorado College.

Staff Representative

Vasa Parsons, MSW, LCSW

 

Vasa has worked with adults and families in the Missoula Community for over 25 years.  This range of experience includes extensive work in training, teaching and supporting adults in developmental disability services and providing guidance to the entire family system.  Vasa also works with others in short-term, solution-focused therapy. Vasa’s approach to therapy is one of patience and understanding.  Allowing the person to become comfortable with her is critical in any type of progress made.  Vasa utilizes a strengths-based approach and believes finding ones strengths will lead to a more fulfilling life. 

Board Members

Holly Biehl

Holly is the Outreach and Marketing Director at the Clark Fork Coalition. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and after spending much of her early career there, Holly moved to Missoula in 2009 to earn a Masters of Business at the University of Montana. Missoula won her heart, so she was thrilled to stay and work to protect Montana’s beloved natural resources. In her free time, Holly tries to get outside as much as possible by hiking, backpacking, skiing, and floating rivers. Holly is honored to be on the board of the Blue Mountain Clinic and believes that every member of the community deserves access to compassionate and comprehensive health care.

Amy Smith

Amy is an OB/GYN currently practicing at Western Montana Clinic and St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. She was raised in Missoula before leaving to complete her medical education at the University of Washington and residency training at the University of Utah. Since returning to Missoula she has enjoyed finding her place again amongst the mountains and rivers of Montana. Her passion for access to affordable health care for all, led her to medicine in the first place after seeing the disparities in her own community while working as an EMT. Throughout her training and career she has done medical mission trips to Tanzania, Honduras, India, and Nepal, as well as worked in underserved health clinics in Salt Lake City and on the Navajo reservation. She has also provided full spectrum care to women at all stages of family planning and pregnancy. When not at the hospital she enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening, and baking, as well as a relaxing day at home with her husband and dog.

Dani Standley

Dani Standley is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and Life Enrichment Director at Auberge at Missoula Valley. She is a homegrown Missoulian, now raising her own little people with her partner in this beautiful city. Dani has her BA in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and has a passion for advocating for feminist issues, contraceptive access and safety, and resources and services for underserved populations.

Darci Thorsrud

Darci is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at U of M’s Curry Health Center. She was born and raised in Montana and graduated with a Nursing degree from Montana State University in Bozeman. She worked at hospitals in Oregon and Missoula until returning to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. She worked at Planned Parenthood until 2002 when she accepted a job at U of M’s Curry Health center. Darci loves living in Montana and she and her husband Lane take advantage of all four beautiful seasons to play outdoors. She especially has a soft spot in her heart for Flathead Lake.Darci is very proud and honored to be asked to serve on the board of Blue Mountain Clinic.