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

Shawn Winters, LCSW

Service Line Director – Residential

Julie Prigmore, LCPC

Service Line Director – Recovery

Nicole Hurd, LCPC

Quality Assurance Director

SYDNEY BLAIR, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer

Sydney Blair re-joined the Center as Clinical Director in 2009 then was later promoted to CEO in 2011. Blair has served the Center 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 the Center 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 the Center 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 Benefis 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 the Center 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 the Center 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 the Center for Mental 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 the Center for over 17 years.

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Shawn Winters, LCSW

Service Line Director — Residential

Shawn Winters joined the Center as an Outpatient Therapist in 2012. In that same year became a therapist for the PACT Team (Program for Assertive Community Treatment) from 2012-2014. He then became the PACT Team Leader from 2014 to 2019. In July 2019, he was promoted to the Service Line Director for Residential service line.

Other training and career experiences include: State of Idaho Family and Children’s Services Social Worker, Medical Social Worker in an acute care hospital and Medicaid Waiver Social Worker for adults and children. He earned his Bachelor’s in Social Work (1993) from Idaho State University and his Master’s in Social Work from Walla Walla University (2004). Shawn was licensed in 2015 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Shawn was born and raised in Idaho and moved to Great Falls in 2000. He lives there with his wife. They have two grown children currently residing in Montana. Shawn has many family members who have homesteaded near Great Falls, Montana.

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Julie Prigmore, LCPC

Service Line Director – Recovery

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 the Center in multiple roles prior to her return to the Center 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 the Center for Mental 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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