Leadership Team

At the core of the RiverStone Health staff is our leadership team, a group of individuals whose vision, innovation and passion have made RiverStone Health a quality provider of primary care and public-health services in southeastern Montana.

John Felton, MPH, MBA, FACHE
President & CEO
Yellowstone County Health Officer

John joined RiverStone Health in May, 2004. Prior to joining the organization he spent eight years as CEO of Northern Rockies Radiation Oncology Center, a non-profit freestanding radiation therapy center; six years as Vice President of Professional Services at a rehabilitation and sub-acute care facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a member of both the Board of Health and Yellowstone Health Partnership Board. John has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Montana, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound. John has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2000.

Shelli Ritz, CPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Shelli has been with RiverStone Health since May, 2008. Prior to joining the organization, she worked in a controller position at Roscoe Steel & Culvert Co. and was a key member of the company’s Continuous Process Improvement Initiative Team. Shelli also previously held the position of Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer of Northern Rockies Radiation Oncology Center, a non-profit freestanding radiation therapy center. She also worked with KPMG LLP as an Audit Manager. Additionally Shelli was a member of the Board of Health and the RiverStone Health Clinic Board. She received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Montana State University Bozeman.

Kristie Asay, CFRE
Executive Director RiverStone

Kristie joined RiverStone Health Foundation in January, 2012. Prior to joining the organization, she was with Alberta Bair Theater as Development Director. A graduate of the University of Mary with a Master of Science–Management degree, Kristie has over 18 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience. She earned her undergraduate degree in Linguistics from the University of Wyoming and her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Dickinson State University. Kristie holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential. She is past-President of the Billings Rotary Club and Association of Fundraising Professionals-MT Chapter. Kristie serves on the Big Sky Senior Services Board of Directors. RiverStone Health Foundation supports the work of RiverStone Health by raising funds to improve life, health and safety through philanthropy.

Roxanne Fahrenwald, MD
Senior Vice President, Clinical and Educational Integration

Dr. Fahrenwald joined the staff of RiverStone Health in September, 2005, when the Montana Family Medicine Residency operations transitioned to RiverStone Health; however, Dr. Fahrenwald has been the Director of, and a faculty physician for, MFMR since August, 1998. Prior to her arrival in Montana, Dr. Fahrenwald was the Vice Chair and Residency Director in the Department of Family Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook, New York for 11 years. She earned her undergraduate degree in General Studies from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, her Master of Basic Science from the University of Colorado, and her MD from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Fahrenwald completed her Family Practice Residency at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and a Fellowship at the National Institute for Program Director Development in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Fahrenwald has been a consultant for the American Academy of Family Physicians Residency Program Solutions since 2001, and is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Washington.

Jeff Hert, SPHR
Vice President, Human Resources

Jeff joined RiverStone Health in May, 2012. Prior to joining the organization he spent two years working as Vice President of Human Resources at iTech Corporation, which was acquired by Fiserv Corporation. He worked as a Human Resource Manager for Fiserv for three years, overseeing the Human Resources needs of Billings and West Des Moines, Iowa. He also enjoyed a long career of 24 years with FedEx Corporation, working in various facilities in management roles. Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Human Resource Management from Eastern Montana College (currently Montana State University Billings). He has served on the Yellowstone Valley Chapter Affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management (SPHR).

Daniel Hillman
Vice President, Information Services

Daniel joined RiverStone Health in February, 2008. Prior to joining the organization, he worked in a variety of Information Technology positions including: IT Senior Network Consultant for M.A. Polce Consulting in New York; IT Senior Project Manager and IT VPN Manager for Comtech LLC and General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, DC; and also as a contracted Senior Network and Information Security Manager. He earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Syracuse University. Additionally, Daniel holds numerous software and hardware certifications, including the designations of Blue Coat Certified Systems Engineer and Cisco Certified Design Associate.

Shawn Hinz
Vice President, Public Health Services

Shawn joined Public Health Services (Maternal Child Health) at RiverStone Health in 1992. She became the Coordinator and then Director of Family Health Services in 2006 and Vice-President for Public Health Services in June, 2014. Prior to joining the organization she spent eight years as a caseworker and supervisor of the Intake Unit for Child Protective Services. She worked as the Director of Gateway House for several years, overseeing resources for families escaping domestic violence. A graduate of Montana State University Billings with degrees in Psychology and Sociology, Shawn has her Certificate in Public Health. She is currently completing her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Montana. Her public health interests include societal and global conditions affecting health. She is proud of the work being done in public health in our community. The demonstration of this work culminated in RiverStone Health’s accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board, one of the first 50 health departments in the nation to receive this recognition.

Megan Littlefield, MD
Medical Director, RiverStone Health Clinic

Dr. Littlefield joined RiverStone Health as the Medical Director in September 2011. Prior to joining RiverStone Health, she practiced primary care and served as Medical Director at Revere Family Health Center at Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Connecticut College, graduated from University of Maryland Medical School, completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric residency at the University of Chicago, and then served as chief resident at McNeal Hospital prior to starting in clinical practice in 2005. Her clinical interests include improving healthcare access to underserved populations, obesity and diabetes prevention, and healthcare system transformation to create a team-based, efficient, population focused, and patient centered approach to healthcare. She is currently a clinical instructor of Family Medicine at the University of Washington.

Barbara Schneeman
Vice President, Communication and Public Affairs, Public Information Officer

Barbara joined RiverStone Health in July, 2003 as the Manager for Communication and Advocacy and assumed her current role in 2013. Prior to joining the organization she served on the Yellowstone County Board of Health and worked with the American Heart Association at both local (Billings) and national (Dallas) levels on communication and public policy issues. She has a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Montana and participated in the 2006 -2007 cohort of the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute. Barbara is currently the Vice President of Planned Parenthood of Montana, on the United Way of Yellowstone County Board and is serving as an ex-officio member of the Health and Economic Partnership Livelihood (HELP) Act Oversight Committee which oversees Medicaid expansion in Montana.

Judy Stewart, RN, MS
Vice President, Organizational Improvement

Judy joined RiverStone Health in October, 1987. She has served in various positions within the organization including Staff Nurse, Supervisor and Program Manager in Home Care and Hospice Services; Program Director of the Community Health Access Program; and Director of Strategic Partnerships. Prior to joining RiverStone Health Judy worked as a registered nurse at Billings Clinic, at St. Vincent Healthcare (both in Billings), and at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Polson, MT. She earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Montana State University and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary. She is an advocate for the homeless and uninsured populations and formerly served as Co-Chair/Secretary of the Mayor’s Homelessness Committee and the Governor’s Council on Homelessness.

Nancy Taylor, MBA
Vice President, Clinical Services

Nancy joined RiverStone Health in May, 2002 and served as the Director of Ambulatory Care until assuming her current position in May, 2008. Prior to joining the organization, she held executive management positions in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, long-term care and primary care. She earned her undergraduate degree in Health Care Administration from University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and a Master of Business Administration from University of Montana.