Montana Chapter

President’s Welcome

Wow!  It’s June already!  We are in full swing of graduations, vacations, and the beginning of the 2023-2024 MT HFMA Fiscal Year! 

Let me introduce myself.  I am Shawna Talles, the 2023-2024 MT HFMA Chapter President.  To say I’m honored and excited to lead our chapter this year is quite an understatement.  This Chapter, the association and each one of you has contributed to my knowledge and leadership whether you know that or not.  I can’t think of any other way to say thank you than to volunteer for such an amazing chapter full of so many incredible people.  Thank you for the opportunity!

A little about me.  I grew up in Glasgow, MT, left a couple times after high school, then settled in Helena, MT just 13 years ago.  I share my life with my husband, Bob, for the last 23 ½ years and am blessed with my daughter, Jessica, and now my son-in-law, Mick.  We chase our dogs around, Jax (Yellow Lab) and Oreo (Border Collie Mix) and spoil them beyond what any human should!  I love camping and enjoying the beautiful Big Sky Country!

Professionally, I started in the health insurance business back in 1999 because it paid much better than retail.  Who would’ve thought that I would enjoy learning and helping others while making it a career?  Customer Service was the beginning and then I quickly moved into more roles around claims, audit, learning and development and Provider Network.  It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I learned about HFMA.  I joined as a member of HFMA about 7 years ago and started learning there was so much more to this finance thing than just insurance.  So many of you have opened my eyes to Revenue Cycle and late last year I jumped over to that side of the business.  I am now the Director of Client Experience Management for Revenue Enterprises LLC, a long-time Business Partner of the Montana Chapter.

Enough about me!  Let’s talk about you!  When I looked at our membership numbers recently, I was pleasantly surprised that we have 295 members.  While we do have good participation from our membership, seeing that number motivates me to ENGAGE! more of our membership.

The active members in our chapter and this organization have contributed to MY professional success and I’m honored to be elected to lead us in 2023-2024.  I’d like to present this years’ MT HFMA Chapter Theme!  Let’s connect with all our members and encourage each other to ENGAGE! 

As a leader of this chapter, I want to hear from YOU!  What do you want from HFMA?  What do you need from HFMA?  How can we bring to you and your colleagues the education that you are striving for?

I welcome your feedback, suggestions, and volunteerism!  Please feel free to email me at [email protected] and let me know how I can help.  Meanwhile, mark your calendars for October 25-27, 2023 and plan to join us for the 2023 MT HFMA Fall Conference at the Northern Hotel in Billings, MT!

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