• Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Announces New Hire of Robert Lopp. As part of the restructuring of the organization, Lopp will be the Chief Administrative Officer, a new position that will oversee internal support services across all areas of the business and help integrate and allocate resources. Lopp has extensive experience and has held leadership positions in finance, information technology, human resources, business relations and healthcare provider relations. He is also a longtime partner and advocate for better health care, especially in rural areas. While Lopp resides in Kalispell, he will frequently travel to Mountain-Pacific’s headquarters in Helena.

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health also hosts Angela Skolroud as the new account manager for Montana. Skolrud brings over 20 years of experience as a registered nurse in the state of Montana and a wide range of knowledge in long-term care, medicine-surgery, palliative care, home health and health behavioral. In addition to her professional career, Skolrud holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is currently working towards completing the Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.

Mountain-Pacific is a nonprofit corporation and holds federal and state contracts to help oversee quality of care for patients and their families. Mountain-Pacific works in Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Territories of Guam and American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to help improve health care delivery and the systems that provide them. Mountain-Pacific’s goal is to increase access to high quality, affordable, safe and helpful healthcare for the patients they serve. www.mpqhf.org.

Jessica Hanson, director of commercial relations at First Interstate Bank in Kalispell, has been named the 2021 Flathead Valley Small Business Lender of the Year by MoFi. MoFi awards this award annually to its most prolific small business and commercial lending partners, individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment. meet the needs of entrepreneurs in their community. Additionally, First Interstate Bank was named MoFi Montana’s 2021 Lender Partner of the Year, referring more business owners to MoFi than any other lending institution in the state.

Hanson has extensive banking experience, having started his career at 17 and joined First Interstate Bank 15 years ago. At First Interstate, she held a variety of leadership roles and positions, becoming head of commercial relations at the end of 2020. She graduated from the University of Montana in 2006 with degrees in business management and business marketing .