Meet Our Leaders

Advanced Care Hospital of Montana is led by a team of highly experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing the highest level of care available to the hospital’s patients.

We invite you to learn more about us below:

Meet our Leaders

Judi Powers, Chief Executive Officer
Judi possesses more than 25 years of experience in healthcare. Today, she is responsible for the leadership, business operations, and management of the hospital.

“Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be in healthcare,” Judi says. “I love helping people reach their maximum potential in their personal health. It’s rewarding to see individuals who are going through difficult times make it through with strength and support. I love to see a passionate healthcare team rally around an individual.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., Judi also completed a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz. She currently is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Judi is committed to elevating the community in all its facets and so serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and as an outside member on the Northern Rural Electric-Cooperative Benefits Association board of directors.

Judi enjoys spending time with her husband and family. Together, they enjoy the outdoors, traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time at their mountain ranch.


Dr. Daniel Talley, Medical Director
With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Talley is well suited to manage our medical staff and programs. His special interest is in the fields of pulmonology and critical care.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Talley received a medical degree at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Talley completed his residency in internal medicine at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa then did a transitional residency at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. He also completed residencies at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wis. for sleep disorders medicine and at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for pulmonary/critical care medicine. Dr. Talley is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonology, sleep medicine, and critical care.

Dr. Talley is involved with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, and the Christian Medical & Dental Association. He is married and has 8 children.


Kim Compton, Chief Financial Officer
More than 12 years of experience in healthcare management and administration have given Kim just the background she needs to lead our financial planning, management, analysis and reporting initiatives.

Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In her free time, she enjoys following her two sons in sports. She also relaxes by boating, camping and traveling.


Chuck Copeman, Director of Plant Operations
Chuck possesses more than 35 years of experience in maintenance and maintenance management. He retired from the U.S. Navy as an aircraft electrician after 21 years of service, including seeing time in combat. His background – which includes on-the-job training and multiple U.S. Navy schools and courses — has equipped Chuck perfectly to manage hospital property including building and grounds maintenance, housekeeping, and contracted staff for building maintenance.

Chuck enjoys spending time outdoors and is glad to be back in Montana to spend more time with family.


Mia Gravgaard,
Director of Case Management and Health Information Management
Mia guides our case managers to assist the clinical team with psychosocial aspects of patient care and discharge planning. She brings practical experience in health care having spent 30 years in nursing, mostly in critical care and home care services. Mia has been with our hospital since it opened in 2008.

Mia can’t remember a time that she didn’t want to be a nurse. One of the most impactful professional experiences she’s ever had has been at our hospital. A young man had suffered sudden cardiac arrest and resuscitation efforts were delayed for more than seven minutes. He was flown to a local hospital where he wasn’t progressing neurologically. His father wanted everything possible done for his son, and he was brought to Advanced Care Hospital of Montana. Within 24 hours, he started waking up. After nearly two months here and then to an inpatient rehabilitation facility, he was able to go back to school in year. “People ask what we do differently,” Mia says. “I tell them that it’s the environment and our ability to spend more time with everyone.”

Mia obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minot State University in Minot, N.D. and is continuing her education by pursuing a master’s degree in nursing through Chamberlain University in St. Louis, Mo. She has been accepted into the Family Nurse Practitioner tract beginning in November 2015.

In her spare time, Mia enjoys nature, golfing, swimming, and riding bicycles. She has been married for 25 years and has a daughter who is also pursuing a nursing career. She and her family enjoy the outdoors and traveling. They also raise Labrador puppies.


Amy Ross, Director of Pharmacy Services
Amy is a registered pharmacist with 15 years of critical care, ambulatory telemetry, and neonatal intensive care experience at a local acute care hospital. For the last six years, she has functioned as a Level III Lead Clinician responsible for some aspects of pharmacy administration. Simultaneously, she serves as a clinical leader at the facility.

Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. She is involved with the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and Infectious Disease Society of America.

Amy has always had a personal interest in healthcare. Her brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was in college. Following surgery, he was to start chemotherapy. “If my father hadn’t been at his bedside, the chemotherapy would have been administered in the wrong order,” she says. “He caught the error. I’ve never forgotten how everyone has a responsibility to be alert and ask questions.”

Amy enjoys travel, gardening and her menagerie of animals. She resides in Billings, Mont., with her husband of 22 years.


Whitney Pierson,  Director of Nursing Operations
Whitney loves to teach, provide care, and help others achieve strength and success.

Having devoted 54 years working in critical care nursing, Whitney is a seasoned medical professional. She earned a nursing degree from Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago.

Whitney is a member of the Western Pacific Critical Care Medicine Society and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She is a certified critical care registered nurse and progressive care certified nurse.

She loves to serve the people in her community through the Episcopal Church and enjoys spending time at her family ranches in Montana.


Kathy Satterfield, Director of Therapy Operations
Kathy comes to us with 27 years of experience as a speech and language therapist. Kathy earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Montana State University Northern in Havre, Mont. She then attended the University of Montana where she received a master’s degree in communication, sciences and disorders — speech-language pathology.

Born and raised in Montana, Kathy comes from a large, close-knit family. Time spent with them is very important, and she feels lucky to have them close by to allow for frequent family gatherings. She loves the warm weather. Golf and water activities are her favorites, so summer months are busy. Kathy also loves animals. She has two cats at this time – and would have more in a minute if not for the possibility of being tagged the “crazy cat lady!”


Rita Bishop, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Rita leads our hospital’s marketing team by working collaboratively with hospitals and providers in the region to help them understand how Advanced Care Hospital of Montana can provide the best possible care for patients. She brings more than 19 years of health care experience to her position, having previously worked in long-term care, dialysis, orthopedics, recruitment, information services, and leadership.

Rita has been a resident of Billings, Mont., for the past 27 years. When not working, she enjoys football, traveling to tropical locations, and spending time with her husband, five grown children, and her puppy.