Leadership

SYDNEY BLAIR, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer

Eva LaRocque, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Doris Hernandez, MSHR, PHR, SHRM-CP

Chief Human Resources Officer

Richard Moog, CPA, CGMA

Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Whitfield, LCPC

Chief Clinical Officer

Julie Prigmore, LCPC

Cascade County Service Line Director

Nicole Hurd, LCPC

Quality Assurance Director

Karlee Hamilton, DNP, PMHNP-BC, APRN

Director of Nursing

HEATHER IRBY, LCSW

Lewis and Clark County Service Line Director

SYDNEY BLAIR, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer

Sydney Blair re-joined Many Rivers Whole Health as Clinical Director in 2009 then was later promoted to CEO in 2011. Blair has served Many Rivers Whole Health in multiple roles prior to her appointment to the Clinical Directors position: Day Treatment Supervisor, Outpatient Supervisor, In-Home Services Supervisor, and Outpatient services as a Therapist.

Other training and career experiences include: Group Home staff, Day Treatment Staff, Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT), residential treatment centers for youth, community corrections, inpatient addictions counselor, and Veterans Administration therapist. She earned her bachelor’s (1983) from MSU-Bozeman and her master’s from Colorado State University (1990). Sydney was licensed in 1995 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Sydney was born and raised in Great Falls and continues to live here with her husband and three children.

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Eva LaRocque, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Eva LaRocque, M.D. was born and raised in Great Falls. She completed her undergraduate degree at Montana State University, then went on to earn her medical degree at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. After completing a residency program in psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, she worked in private practice until moving back to Great Falls to be near family. She lives in Great Falls with her husband and three children. Dr. LaRoque has worked at Many Rivers Whole Health since 2001, and her role as Medical Director is to oversee the staff doctors and nurses (including RN’s and LPN’s).

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Doris Hernandez, MSHR, PHR, SHRM-CP

Chief Human Resources Officer

Doris joined Many Rivers Whole Health as the Regional Human Resources Director in September of 2010. Her responsibilities include the development, implementation, and maintenance of personnel services.  

Her previous human resource experience includes Benefits Healthcare and Army & Air Force Exchange Services in Panama City, Panama and Comayagua, Honduras. Doris earned her Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Great Falls, Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Park University, Great Falls, Montana.

She completed a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Troy State University. She is also certified as a Professional Human Resources (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute. She has worked in the Healthcare industry for 16 years. Doris enjoys traveling, reading, running, and volunteering at her church. She lives in Great Falls with her husband Arthur and two adult children, AJ and Alyssa, and a son-in-law, Jason Wood. Her favorite saying is, ‘Together we can make a difference!’

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Richard Moog, CPA, CGMA

Chief Financial Officer

Richard joined Many Rivers Whole Health as the Controller in October 2018. By the summer of 2019, his role evolved into the Chief Financial Officer. The CFO is responsible for both internal and external financial reporting, facilities and fleet maintenance, billing and collections, payroll processing, information systems, and accounts payable. A total of nine employees report directly or indirectly to the CFO to assist Many Rivers Whole Health in fulfilling these important administrative duties.

Richard grew up in the golden triangle, attended Joplin-Inverness High School and the University of Montana. He has over 25 years of experience as a CPA, with over ten of those years spent working in healthcare finance and administration. Most of his career has been spent working for or auditing small to mid-sized non-profit organizations in Montana. Richard has also been a Chartered Global Management Accountant since 2012.

When not at work, Richard stays busy chasing his four children with his wife, Laura-Dawn. In what little free time he has, Rich enjoys playing golf, frisbee golf, working on computers, and home improvement projects.

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Jennifer Whitfield, LCPC

Chief Clinical Officer

Jennifer Whitfield, LCPC, Chief Clinical Officer with Many Rivers Whole Health. Jennifer grew up in a small Montana town. She attended Carroll College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Psychology.

She went on to study counseling at the University of Great Falls where she earned her Master of Science in Counseling and started working at Golden Triangle Community Mental Health Center.

Her roles have included: Youth Case Manager, CSCT Therapist, CSCT Supervisor, Director of Youth and Adult Services, Area Director of Services, Quality Assurance/Utilization Reviewer, Interim Recovery Service Line Director, and most currently Chief Clinical Officer. She also serves as the Center’s HIPAA Privacy Officer and Safety Chairperson. Jennifer became licensed in 2005 as a LCPC. She has remained with Many Rivers Whole Health for over 17 years.

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Julie Prigmore, LCPC

Cascade County Service Line Director

Julie Prigmore moved to Great Falls in 1993 after spending many summers here as a child with fond memories of visits with her grandmother and walks under the canopy of trees on 1st Avenue South. The draw of family, mountains, and fly fishing keeps her here today.

Julie worked previously for Many Rivers Whole Health in multiple roles prior to her return to Many Rivers Whole Health and appointment as the Director of the Recovery Service Line. Her previous roles were: Adolescent Day Treatment, In-Home Services, Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) and Outpatient services working with adults, youth, and the Veteran population as a therapist.

Other training and career experiences include: Licensed Behavioral Health Case Manager for Magellan Health; Regional Care Coordinator and Account Executive for the Magellan Medicaid Administration and Chief of the Mental Health Services Bureau with the Addictive and Mental Disorders Division (AMDD) for the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS). Group Home Program Manager and Clinical Director with AWARE Inc.

She earned her bachelor’s (1995) from the College of Great Falls and her master’s from University of Great Falls (2000). Julie was licensed in 2001 and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Montana. She was licensed in 2017 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Minnesota.

Julie continues to live here with her two adult children Jeff, Jenna, son-in-law Eric, and twin granddaughter’s, Mackenzie and Myla.

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Nicole Hurd, LCPC

Quality Assurance Director

Nicole Hurd grew up in Great Falls, MT and had aspirations to be a teacher to take after her father and grandmother. However, a psychology class in high school turned that notion on its head and she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Montana-Missoula. She was determined to obtain her PhD and work with older adults but again a class in her senior year at the university shifted her focus. She quickly decided on pursuing her Master of Arts degree at U of M in the counseling program where the professor that taught captivated her attention her final undergrad year.

After completing her degrees, she moved home to Great Falls and started her time with Many Rivers Whole Health in August of 2009 as a CSCT therapist. This felt a little like meeting that dream of working in the schools even though she was not a teacher. She became licensed as a Professional Counselor in July of 2011.

After 5 years in the schools, she moved from the therapist position into program supervisor for the middle school/high school CSCT teams. Most recently she stepped back into the role of direct care in CSCT before the opportunity for the Quality Assurance Director came available and she was promoted. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with her spouse and two dogs.

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Karlee Hamilton, DNP, PMHNP-BC, APRN

Director of Nursing

Karlee Hamilton was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. She has 13 years of psychiatric nursing experience working with children and adults with multiple etiologies including eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia. She graduated in May 2020 with her Psychiatric/Mental Health Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is excited to begin seeing adult patients at Many Rivers Whole Health. She is an avid reader and enjoys being outdoors – hiking, fishing, and going for long walks. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters.
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Heather Irby, LCSW

Lewis and Clark County Service Line Director

Heather Irby, LCSW, joined Many Rivers Whole Health in 2019 and transitioned into her role as a Director in July 2022. She is currently the Lewis and Clark County Service Line Director. She earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree with a Minor in Psychology at the University of Montana in 2010 and then obtained her Master’s of Social Work degree through Walla Walla University in 2016.

Heather’s prior experience includes working with children at the elementary level as a Behavioral Specialist in a Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) program. An Intake Specialist with Centralized Intake through the Department of Public Health and Human Services and a Mental Health Therapist with children in middle school and high school in a therapeutic group home setting, as well as a children’s psychiatric hospital. Prior to be a Director, she was the Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) Team Lead working with adults diagnosed with Severe and Disabling Mental Illnesses.

Heather lives in Helena with her two children and enjoys attending their various musical and sports activities, as well as spending time enjoying Montana’s many outdoor opportunities.

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