Board of Directors

The Montana Academy Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, who hire and oversee an Executive Director.  The Directors are volunteers who receive no compensation for their efforts on behalf of the Foundation.  The Board determines the Foundation’s goals and policies, raises funds to support the three dimensions of the Foundation’s mission, and reviews and approves all MAF expenditures in accordance with its Bylaws, which you can read by clicking here.


20161112-Bertolli-005Tom Bertolli, MD, MPH, Vice President, has spent almost thirty five years in medicine as a family physician and medical director. He has worked his entire career in not-for-profit community health centers in rural Northern California: Gualala, Pt. Arena, Ukiah, and Laytonville. Ten years ago, recognizing the burgeoning opioid problem in this country, he took specialty  training in addiction medicine and spends considerable time treating opioid dependent patients and teaching other physicians what he has learned. Tom has both a BA in psychology and a Masters degree in Public Health(Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from U.C Berkeley. He earned his MD at George Washington University and completed his residency in Family and Community Medicine at U.C. San Francisco. He is an MA alumni parent whose son graduated in 2006. Tom’s personal interests include sailing, fly fishing, organic gardening, grape growing and making wine.
Christina Dawson2Christina Dawson, originally from London, worked as a civil servant specializing in training and industrial relations. In 1990, she took a leave of absence to accompany her husband on assignment to California. Being unable to work proved to be surprisingly liberating. By the time her sons entered the public school system, she was enthusiastically committed to the local spirit of volunteerism. She took leadership positions within women’s groups, parents and sports associations, and volunteered in the classroom.  The family was transferred back to the UK and in 2002 returned ‘home’ to California.  In 2007, Christina became a naturalized US citizen.  She is a Trustee of Whitman College and a Fellow Commoner of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge.  Her younger son graduated from Montana Academy in December, 2011.
Head Shot Rhonda FriedmanRhonda Friedman, ScD, President, has over 30 years of health care experience in both the public and private sectors. Currently retired, she was a founding partner of three bioscience companies: TraumaCure, Inc., Bethesda Bioscience Partners LLC, and Coagulation Diagnostics, Inc. Before heading her own companies, Dr. Friedman was Vice President of The MEDSTAT Group, a health care information company, head of the Marketing section of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, and Legislative Aide for Health on committees in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. In addition to the Montana Academy Foundation, she currently serves on the board of the Olney Theatre Center, the Bernie Scholarship Fund Foundation, the Research Review Committee of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Suburban Hospital.  She has previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of the Washington DC Area, the Suburban Hospital Foundation, and he Montgomery County Commission on Children and Youth.
Tom KellermanThomas W. Kellerman, J.D., Secretary, received his law degree from UCLA and is currently a partner with the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, based in Palo Alto, California.  He serves as the chair of the firm’s Northern California Corporate Practice Group.  His practice emphasizes corporate governance, public and private securities transactions, and mergers and acquisitions for technology companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.  He spent four years practicing in London, England and regularly advises on cross-border transactions.  He frequently lectures on topics within his practice area and has served on several non-profit boards and state bar committees.  He is the parent of a Montana Academy alumnus and a past President of the Montana Academy Foundation.

Liz-Kohlstaedtx134x168Elizabeth Kohlstaedt, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and has been the clinical director of Intermountain, a children’s behavioral health care agency in Montana, since 1990. Dr. Kohlstaedt received a B.A. in German from Purdue University, an M.S. in linguistics from Indiana University, an M.A. in physiological psychology from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Montana. She has served as adjunct faculty at Syracuse University, University of Montana and Carroll College and has trained medical, psychology, social work and counseling interns from around Montana and around the country. Dr. Kohlstaedt has appeared on Prime Time Live, National Public Radio and in the Los Angeles Times to discuss attachment disorders and has provided seminars for a variety of professionals, including judges, physicians, nurses, foster parents, case workers, clinicians and direct care staff on issues of attachment, child development and trauma.  Dr. Kohlstaedt was honored as a distinguished alumna by the University of Montana in 2014 for her work through Intermountain.

John McKinnon April 2017John A. McKinnon, MD, was co-founder (1997), and now is Chairman and Medical Director, of Montana Academy.  In 2001 he started the Montana Academy Foundation.  He was educated at Harvard College (BA English Lit), Cambridge University (MA Economics), Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (MD), Yale University (Resident Training in Psychiatry), and Vermont College (MFA).  For eight years he was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of California (San Francisco), where he served as Associate Director of Resident Training and Director of Outpatient Psychiatry Services at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.  He practiced adolescent and adult psychiatry in Texas and Montana, where he directed adolescent psychiatric and CD hospital programs.  He has written: An Unchanged Mind: The Problem of Immaturity in Adolescence; New York, Lantern Books, 2008, and To Change a Mind: Parenting to Promote Maturity in Teenagers, also Lantern Books, 2009.
John SantaJohn Santa, PhD, Treasurer, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and a co-founder of Montana Academy. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Whitman College, followed by a doctorate from Purdue University and post doctorates from Stanford University, the University of California at San Diego, and the University of Montana.  He served as a tenured faculty member in psychology at Rutgers University and has written widely on topics in psychology and education.  John has been married to his wife Carol since college, and they have two children and seven grand-children.
Amy ZAmy Zink, Secretary, attended Montana State University for her degree in Business. She has worked for Montana Academy since 2007 and currently holds the title of Business Manager. She joined the MAF Board in November, 2007. As a mother of four, she appreciates and recognizes the importance of the work that is provided to students at Montana Academy.
Photo - Dennis HartzellDennis Hartzell is the Executive Director of the Montana Academy Foundation and an ex officio member of the Board.  He was educated at Hamilton College (BA, English Literature) and Duke University (MA, English Literature) and is the author of Odysseus: The Complete Adventures (Longmans).  He has devoted his professional career to education, having spent eighteen years as an English teacher and school administrator, four years as a college basketball coach, and ten years as an advancement and external affairs officer.  He served as Head of School at Montana Academy in 2013-2015 and is the father of a MA graduate.