Our Team

Key Personnel

Ann Geiger, Executive Director ~ Co-Founder

Ann Geiger is a graduate of Eastern Montana College (Now Montana State University, Billings). Practicum experience included Mental Health settings and her senior practicum was at Billings St. Vincent Hospital in oncology. She completed her internship at Montana State Hospital. In 1990, Ms. Geiger moved to Bozeman, MT to become the program director for a small extended rehabilitation program housed within a skilled nursing facility. During that time, she completed an intensive course of study at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA with focus on community integration for TBI survivors. Ms. Geiger is a past co-president of the Brain Injury Association of MT and was a brain injury support group participant and leader for many years. Ms. Geiger has experience in many aspects of operating businesses. In the community, Ann has served as secretary for the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and is an active Rotarian. She has dedicated much of her life to seeing the dream of Liberty Place develop into a viable program that will benefit the individuals who desperately need the focused service for brain injury recovery. Ann's passion is for encouraging others to become all that they can be and to advocate for those who need help to accomplish their goals and realize their dreams.  Ms. Geiger returned to the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana in 2014, was the President for 2016, and continues to serve.



 Jody Johns, Administrator - Whitehall, MT Facilities

Jody Johns has worked in the medical field since she was in high school. She started out as a candy-striper before obtaining a job working in a large OB/GYN clinic, helping RNs, office staff and during Junior and Senior years. Jody worked off and on as a caregiver from 1987 until present in assisted living facilities, home health and nursing homes in Pennsylvania, California & Montana as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Mrs. Johns attended the college of the Canyons and Modesto Junior College. In 2009, Jody joined the staff at Liberty Place. In 2010, she passed the Administrator Certification test from Senior Living University and become the assistant manager. In 2011, Mrs. Johns was named Administrator for Liberty Place, Townhouse and in 2013, she became the Administrator for both the Farmstead and the Townhouse (Whitehall Facilities). "I wanted to work at Liberty Place, due to the fact I can help people and make a real difference in their lives. I can be a part of the rehabilitation process that leads to increased independence for so many people. I love the feeling of helping people reach their goals. I have enjoyed assisting people all my life, no matter how great or small the task may be."


Karan Jones, RN

Karan works part-time for Liberty Place, Inc., while she is enjoying her retirement in the Jefferson Valley. Ms. Jones has spent many years in the Public Health sector throughout Idaho and more recently, Anaconda Montana.  Her experience in Home Health gives Liberty Place more depth in understanding the needs of clients working to become more independent in the community and the challenges that occur as a result.  Knowing the resources available in the community is vital to assisting clients to be successful. 


 Jennifer Mitchell, RN

Jennifer Mitchell is a Registered Nurse with over 23 years of acute care experience. She has worked for Liberty Place, Inc. for two years. "My husband and I moved to Whitehall in 2010. I noticed Liberty Place, Inc. as I drove to and from work at the hospital in Butte and eventually looked them up on the internet. My neighbor was the first to talk to me about the organization. She couldn’t say enough wonderful things about the work they were doing. I was curious and when I heard there was a part time opening for a Registered Nurse, I applied for the job. I have learned so much about TBI over the past two years and enjoy being a part of a community based program where I can continue to grow professionally. It’s been a rewarding, challenging, and fun-filled adventure and I hope to be a part of Liberty Place, Inc. for many years to come."

Debby Wagner, Habilitation Technician

Debby Wagner is a graduate of Montana State University with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Before Liberty Place began providing services, a Town Meeting was held to inform the community of the prospect of this program establishing in the Whitehall, MT area. Debby was in attendance and thought that the work there would fit in with her background of study and desire to help people achieve and accomplish goals after setbacks in life. Mrs. Wagner was one of the first people hired and has been working with our residents ever since.  Starting as a Personal Care Assistant,  Debby became invested in getting the residents involved in community events and also worked with each one independently on their therapy goals. In 2011, she became the Habilitation Technician, being the liaison between various therapists and the staff who assist with ongoing programs for each resident. "With a brain injury, it can be kind of tough to get motivated. I like to be an encourager. ", says Debby when asked why she continues to work with Liberty Place clients.


David Parker, MM, MT-BC / Program Manager

A Board Certified Music Therapist, Mr. Parker brings a well-rounded level of experience to Liberty Place.  His previous work as a Music Therapist in a long term care facility, has given him insights into challenges experienced by someone who has been affected by trauma or disease of the brain, as well as innovative ways to address rehabilitation. "Discoveries in neural plasticity have given hew hope to those with brain injuries. And studies regarding music and the brain have indicated that music's effect on the brain is not centrally located but is rather pervasive and complex. Therefore, music - with its rhythmic structure, familiarity, and strong emotional/sensual connection - is powerfully situated to augment the brain's ability to re-build neural pathways and to be a potent force for change."  In addition to music therapy groups and 1:1 sessions, David manages and works with a staff of Life Skills Trainers to assist clients with specific activities to educate about brain injury, community integration, recreation, leisure skills development and to essentially find meaningful purpose again.


Kara Osborne, Administrator - Liberty Place @ Bootstrap Ranch, Belgrade, MT

Ms. Osborne began working at Liberty Place in 2011, as a Personal Care Assistant at the Farmstead.  In 2013, while working to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (completed in 2014, University of Montana/Western), she moved into the main office to assist with the many office administrative needs of the growing corporation.  Kara has served as the the Certified Mandt Trainer for Liberty Place, leads the Safety Committee and was designated by the Board of Directors to be the Compliance Coordinator as the organization goes through the process toward Accreditation. In 2016, Kara became the Administrator of the newest LPI facility, Bootstrap Ranch.  Ms. Osborne serves on the Board of Directors for the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce.


Diana Lamprea-Smith, Behavior Intervention Advisor

Mrs. Lamprea-Smith holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the European Institute of Training and Consultancy and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the Republic of Columbia - Bogata,D.C.  With experience in behavioral intervention for children in Europe and Canada, Diana brings a wealth of information to Liberty Place.  Having recently moved to the Whitehall, MT area, Mrs. Smith-Lamprea desires to assist our clients to learn skills that will help with the emotional and behavioral changes that come about as a result of brain injury. 

Board of Directors

Tom W. Harrington, President

(Whitehall, MT)

Tom graduated in 1978 from Montana State University with a degree in finance and management. He was commissioned through the U.S. Army ROTC program and served twenty-two years in various leadership and staff assignments and retired in 2000 at the rank of colonel. He is currently employed part time with the Jefferson Local Development Corporation and works on various community and economic development projects that create employment opportunities and increases the local tax base. He also serves as the President of FLAIR Incorporated, which is a real estate investment company. He is actively involved in several civic and community organizations such as Captain of the Jefferson Valley Search and Rescue, operates the Whitehall Community Center, serves in leadership positions in the local American Legion Post, Hunter Education instructor, active in the Jefferson Valley Sportsman group and Whitehall Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Liberty Place organization as a board member in 2005 and currently serves as the President. He believes in the mission of Liberty Place and strives to help brain injury residents improve their quality of life and give them the “freedom to try”.
At the 15th anniversary celebration for Liberty Place, Inc. in 2011, Tom was recognized for his years of leadership and dedication and was given the title of HONORARY FOUNDING 'MOTHER' by the LPI co-founders (THE FOUNDING MOTHERS)


Roy McBride, Vice President

(Whitehall, MT)

Roy H McBride is the Branch President of Rocky Mountain Bank located in Whitehall, MT. Roy brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Board of Directors as he has 30 Plus years in the banking industry. It is because of this experience that he chose to serve on the board for Liberty Place. Mr. McBride is a dedicated member of his community as he is involved in various community programs: he serves on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Valley Community Foundation; is an active member of the Community Transition Advisory Council which coordinates economic development efforts between the Whitehall community and Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine; and he serves the youth of the valley through the Whitehall Baseball program.


April Buonamici, Fundraising Chair ~ Festival of Trees

(Bozeman, MT)
April Buonamici is a retired public school teacher certified in special education, music and general classroom. She is past president of both First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Bozeman and Gallatin County Newcomers Club. Ms. Buonamici has served on the board for Junior Achievement, Cedar Creek HOA, and the Gallatin County Tax Review Board. She is Mountain Valley District Advancement Chair for Boy Scouts of America, president of Painted Hills HOA, Democratic State Committee Woman, vice-president of Beta Sigma Phi Gamma Theta Chapter and performs with the Bridger Mountain Harmony Sweet Adeline Chorus.

April was invited to Festival of Trees by a friend in 2007.She found the event so beautiful that she asked if she could help with the event next year. Her volunteer service was promptly accepted, and after serving on the Festival of Trees committee for a year, she was asked to serve on the Liberty Place board. For the last three years she has chaired the Festival. (click here for more on the Festival of Trees)


Dorothy Solyst, OTR-L (retired) ~ Co-Founder

(Bozeman, MT)

As one of the'Founding Mothers', Dorothy has been with Liberty Place since inception. With over twenty-five years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, she became acutely aware of the needs of individuals who have sustained brain injuries - especially in the State of Montana where statistics place it in upper tiers, per capita, for this unimaginable feat for the body and mind. "We have worked diligently to provide needed services and life-skills trainingwithinresidential community settings. Please join usin our Mission to..'.Encourage individuals with brain injuries to reach their highest level of independence and to enhance the quality of their lives by giving them the "Freedom to Try".


Gail Gunderson, RN (retired) ~ Co-Founder

(Belgrade, MT)

Being involved in long term care throughout her career in both direct care and administration, Mrs. Gunderson has been acutely aware of the need for community based programs for those working through recovery after brain injury. Gail has been an advocate for the continuum of care model for survivors and this is behind her desire to make a difference. Gail's passion is also for seeing to the development and education for the staff of Liberty Place, Inc. She continues to volunteer several times a month for staff trainings and assists with the continued improvement of the program through participation in designing policy and procedures. Mrs. Gunderson actively works as a member of the Accreditation Committee.


Rhonda L. Hobbs, Accountant

(Waterloo, MT)

Rhonda Hobbs holds her Bachelor's Degree from Montana Tech/University of Montana and received her MBA from University of Phoenix. Rhonda is the in-house accountant for McDonald’s restaurants in Butte area, and is self-employed with bookkeeping and tax prep business. Mrs. Hobbs serves her community as a member of the Whitehall Saddle Club, as a Girl Scout Leader and the leader for Waterloo Boosters 4-H Club. Rhonda shares her past experience as a corporate controller, which has proven to be a great value by keeping Liberty Place, Inc. fiscally responsible. "I chose to serve on the board because of the passion and enthusiasm shown by founding mothers and I want to be a part of the vision!!!"


Warren "Jack" Frost, D.V.M.  (Secretary)

(Bozeman, MT)

Retired as Director of Animal Resources / Adjunct Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Montana State University - Bozeman, MT, "Jack" also currently serves another nonprofit organization, T.E.A.M. Mentoring, a program which works with Christians leaving prison and destructive lifestyles. Along with his wife, Barbara, Jack has also assisted with the Family Promise Program of Gallatin Valley. Jack and Barbara have attended and assisted with several Festival of Trees events over the years; in fact, Jack and his daughters play an active role in delivering the decorated trees after the event. He currently works with the Accreditation Committee as Liberty Place continues to develop as an organization. Jack states; "I chose to serve on the Liberty Place Board of Directors because it was obvious that this organization was making a significant difference in the lives of those affected by Traumatic Brain Injury."


 

OPEN POSTITION

 


Tony Kindred

(Bozeman, MT)

Tony Kindred is the Director of Global Logistics for Re-Think, Inc. Tony and his wife, Julie, were actively involved in a number of Festival of Trees fundraisers for Liberty Place. Because of his wealth of experience in business logistics, Mr. Kindred is able to assist the board as Liberty Place, Inc. programs continue to look toward improving services and being fiscally responsible.
"I choose to serve on the LPI board mainly because I truly believe in the mission and work of the organization. Liberty Place is providing a greatly needed community service to individuals that would have nowhere else to turn otherwise. For me it’s about treating our fellow persons with respect and kindness. Everyone deserves to be treated in a dignified manner and have an opportunity to regain as much of their normal life as they once had."


Jane Geissler

(Bozeman, MT)

Jane Geissler has a long history of helping people.  She has served as a bookkeeper, an activity director and a volunteer in skilled nursing facilities, is a past member of the Board of Directors for Love In The Name of Chirst, and has been a volunteer for her church.  She has also served as a volunteer and on the Board of Directors for Befrienders.  Jane is a member of a prayer that group has decorated many trees for the Festival of Trees through the years.  Mrs. Geissler has joined the Board at this time because much help is needed for the expansion project.


Diane O'Connor-McNair

(Bozeman, MT)

More to come.


Charles Fritz, MD (retired)

Charles is a retired emergency medicine physician who has lived with his wife, Tani, in
Bozeman for twenty-three years. During that time he worked at the Bozeman Deaconess Emergency
Room and Occupational Health. He and his wife are active members of Holy Rosary Parish and Charles is an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

 

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Pamela Hiebert, MD Board Certified in Internal Medicine; Associate with Bozeman Deaconess Internal Medical Associates; Bozeman, MT.  Dr. Hiebert has supported Liberty Place, Inc. since its beginning and along with her husband, Tom Bozeman, has been a major sponsor of the Festival of Trees fundraising event.

 Art Wittich, Attorney At Law, founder of the Wittich Law Firm and Senator to the Montana Legislature has helped Liberty Place, Inc. since the early days by providing counsel to establish bylaws and other important non-profit business procedures. Along with his wife, Candice, Sen. Wittich continues to support Liberty Place, Inc. as an individual and through his law firm.


Contact Us

Phone: (406) 287-3154
Mail: PO Box 446
         Whitehall, MT 59759

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