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Staff Directory

Intermountain Staff Directory

At Intermountain, our staff is challenged and supported to grow professionally and personally. Our long-tenured, professional staff are advocates, mentors, teachers and friends.

Jim FitzGerald, M.P.A., M.S.W.

Chief Executive Officer

Jim FitzGerald has worked with Intermountain in areas of leadership, training, program development and implementation, and has played a key role in developing the nationally recognized children’s mental health agency. Intermountain employee since 1978.

Phillip A.K., Hash, D.O., Ph.D.


Phillip A.K. Hash has a wealth of experience in academic, inpatient, outpatient community mental health and private practice. Dr. Hash is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) and Adult Psychiatry. He also holds his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (Human Factors). Prior to starting his career as a physician, Dr. Hash served as an officer in the United States Air Force. In addition, he has worked diligently to identify new areas in which technology can be applied for the benefit of patients and their families in the community mental health settings. Besides providing psychiatric care to children, Dr. Hash has served as the Residential Medical Director since 2014.

Meegan Bryce, M.S.W

Executive Director of Residential Services

Meegan Bryce began her work at Intermountain with children and families as a Direct Care Counselor.  She has since been a Cottage Supervisor, Child and Family Therapist, the Residential Manager and now serves as the Executive Director of Residential Services.  Meegan is a Montana native and enjoys all the outdoor activities that Montana has to offer, especially river rafting.  Intermountain employee since 2004.

ML Rutherford, M.Ed.

Director of Education Services

ML has worked at Intermountain as an educator, counselor, supervisor, and trainer. She started at Intermountain in 1996. She also worked as a school district behavior specialist for a number of years, training educators and administrators in effective behavior management interventions and response to intervention. ML returned to Intermountain in 2014 as a trainer, and moved into Admissions. She then moved into Operations and is now currently the Director of Education Services.  ML is a Montana native who enjoys the myriad of activities Montana’s playground offers.

Jill Richards, B.A.

Admissions and Outreach Director

Jill began working at Intermountain as a Direct Care staff.  After nearly 5 years in direct care, she moved into the role of Case Manager, coordinating care with families and treatment teams.  Jill spent over 5 years as a Case Manager before moving into the Admissions Manager role.  Jill now serves in a leadership position as the Admissions and Outreach Director for the Residential Program after spending over 5 years as the Admissions Manager.  Intermountain employee since 2006.

Ashley Browne, L.C.S.W.

Clinical Supervisor

Ashley began her work at Intermountain with children and families as a direct care counselor. She received a B.S. in Sociology from Montana State University, and an M.S.W. from Syracuse University, New York. Certified in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), she has worked as a therapist, trainer, leader, and in her current role as Clinical Supervisor. Ashley is married with three children.  In her spare time, she runs half-marathons and is an outdoor enthusiast. Intermountain employee since 2005.

Melissa Hammond, B.A.

Operations Manager

Melissa comes to Intermountain with a wealth of knowledge and experience from over 30 years of working with children and families.  She has working in a variety of early childhood settings, and most recently served in leadership in a nonprofit focused on early intervention for infants and toddlers.  She came to Intermountain to continue her passion of helping children and families.  She loves exploring Montana and the abundance of outdoor adventures that Montana provides, especially hiking and downhill skiing.  Intermountain employee since 2021.

Cottage Leadership:

Bridger Cottage:

  • Gregory Kolwicz, ; Therapist
  • Jager Kechely, B.A.; House Supervisor
  • Caitlyn Corso, B.A. Case Manager

Sunrise Cottage

  • Caitin Budde, L.C.S.W., Therapist
  • Ashley Van Dyke, M.S.W., Therapist
  • Mike Dagenais, B.A., House Supervisor
  • Caitlyn Corso, B.A., Case Manager

Glacier Cottage

  • Mary Huigen, M.S.W., Therapist
  • Amy Jamie, M. Ed, House Supervisor
  • Sky Freeman, M.A.; Case Manager

Education Staff:

  • Sarah Whitlatch, B.A., Music Teacher
  • Kathleen Slack, M.S., General and Special Education Teacher
  • M.L. Rutherford, M.Ed., Director of Education Services
  • Dan Kandt, B.A., Education Mental Health Support

Health Care Staff:

  • Carly Sell, R.N.
  • Teresa Johnson, R.N., B.S.N.
  • Amber Ewing, Health Services Assistant

Spiritual & Cultural Development:

  • Rev Sami Pack-Toner; M. Div., Chaplain
  • Edith Kort, M.A.; Jewish Mentor

Intermountain Staff Directory

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Helena, MT 59601
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