Foundation Board of Directors

RiverStone Health Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors. In addition to the board’s governance responsibilities, they also work to ensure that financial resources are available to fulfill its mission of improving life, health and safety through philanthropy.

Bill Royer


Career: UBS Financial Services

Year joined: 2020

Why you’re committed to serving on the board: RiverStone Health is an essential service for the entire Billings community. The quality of the staff, organizational leadership and openness to serving the underprivileged in our community is exceptional.

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Being on the foundation board will allow me to help endow this organization so future generations will receive quality healthcare, regardless of their economic background. In the years to come, I envision RiverStone Health, in partnership with the Billings community, to be in a position of financial strength. I look forward to helping build an organization that has long-term economic viability.

Carol Beam

Vice Chair

Career: Rocky Mountain Health Network

Year joined: 2022
Why you’re committed to serving on the board: RiverStone Health has been serving our communities for more than three decades. It provides health, education, leadership and protection to everyone in need, regardless of ability to pay.

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RiverStone Health’s website promises access, affordability, compassion and quality in everything it does. This is a real promise, not just words. The good work of RiverStone Health must endure and that’s where the RiverStone Health Foundation fits in. The Foundation plays a key role in RiverStone Health’s future success. Serving on the Foundation Board gives me the opportunity to ensure that RiverStone Health can fulfill its promises to everyone. We all deserve to live in a community that values health.

Drew Hedrick


Career: Tightline Property Brokers

Year joined: 2020

Why you’re committed to serving on the board: I believe that mental, physical and emotional health are at the core of a vibrant community. RiverStone Health is the leading advocate for those in our community who may lack the resources to obtain health services by other means.

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After meeting with the staff, and learning about RiverStone Health programs and services, I was compelled to be a part of an organization that strives to improve our community on a daily basis. I am honored and humbled to be a part of the RiverStone team as a member of the foundation board.

Deborah Agnew, MD, MMM

Career: Pediatrician, Billings Clinic

Year joined: 2023

Why you’re committed to serving on the board: Over a 25-year career as a pediatrician and healthcare administrator, my driving purpose and passion has been to uplift the health of our community.

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My work has allowed me to experience children growing and developing and helping families through injuries and illness, often some of the scariest times of their lives – it has all been a true privilege. I have also watched as the healthcare industry has changed: costs are rising, coverage is shrinking and trust in the system has faltered. RiverStone Health stands tall as a vital and unique resource for the most vulnerable, so ensuring that it remains strong is crucial to our overall community wellness.

RiverStone Health has led our community in assuring care for all regardless of their ability to pay for over three decades; I am honored to add my voice and efforts to the RiverStone Health Foundation board as we work to ensure that needs are met today and for years to come. My commitment as a board member is to assure that each and every donation be spent wisely in the hope that our patients and community continue to benefit from the vast services of this terrific organization. One of my core beliefs is that healthcare is a basic human right; RiverStone Health lives up to this challenge every day – I am grateful to be able to play a small part in delivering on that commitment.

John Dorr, MD

Career: Retired

Year joined: 2015
Why you’re committed to serving on the board: I practiced orthopedics for almost 40 years before retiring and have served on the RiverStone Board of Health since 2015. As the board Chair, I am deeply concerned that RiverStone Health may struggle financially in coming years since the outlook on public health funding is troubling.

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I have encouraged RiverStone Health Foundation to build an endowment that will allow the organization to continue its crucial community services. When you know all the good things RiverStone Health does for Billings and Yellowstone County, you want to get involved and sustain the positive work they do. Please contribute to our endowment – for the organization and all its amazing efforts.

Jon Forte, MHA, FACHE

Career: President & CEO, Riverstone Health

Year joined: 2023
Why you’re committed to serving on the board: Jon joined RiverStone Health after serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer for Choptank Community Health System on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He previously spent a decade in various leadership positions within the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

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Jon is a graduate of the University of Scranton, earning his bachelor of science degree in biology and a master’s in health administration. He is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. He is certified in Healthcare Leadership for Disasters and Mass Casualty Events as a graduate of FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Kim Gillan

Career: Retired

Year joined: 2023
Why you’re committed to serving on the board: I am recently retired from a career in the public and private sector working on healthcare policy, benefits and accessibility. I also represented the Billings Heights in the Montana Legislature for 16 years. Today’s healthcare system is extremely complex and financially challenging. As a board member, I hope that I will be able to join and support the board’s efforts to ensure the sustainability of all services and continue to enhance our community’s access to quality health and wellbeing.

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I am  honored to serve on the RiverStone Health Foundation Board, sharing the organization’s commitment to supporting and enhancing public health in our region. During my 20 years of experience working in healthcare policy, I’ve seen first-hand the critical importance of the services and leadership RiverStone Health. Not only do the organization and staff work to enhance the health and wellbeing of the community, but RiverStone Health plays a major role in educating and advocating on Montana public health issues.

Barb Skelton

Career: Co-Founder, Horses Spirits Healing

Year joined: 2023

Why you’re committed to serving on the board: The goals and mission of the RiverStone Health Foundation align with my beliefs and wishes for our community. I believe in giving back and giving to those less fortunate.

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I believe in neighbor helping neighbor; that is how I was raised. What RiverStone Health does in this community is just that. The staff is committed to making our community a better place to be, beginning with one person. Being on the RiverStone Health Foundation board gives me the opportunity to be a part of that and to help fulfill the mission. We all value health and deserve to be in a community that supports that effort.

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