President's Message

Carla Neiman, President

HFMA MT Chapter President, Carla Neiman


Members and Friends of Montana HFMA:


Thank you to everyone who attended the Montana HFMA Fall Conference in Billings. This was one of the best attended Fall meetings we have had. I heard lots of positive feedback about our speakers and their educational offerings, as well as our Pub Crawl networking event. It’s great to be able to try new things and we really appreciate your support as we roll them out. Last I checked, our response rate to our post-event survey was pretty low, so please take a few minutes to give us your feedback. The Chapter Survey from National HFMA has also been distributed to our members in the last couple weeks. Your response to that survey is also very important to the success of our chapter.


Chapter conferences don’t just happen. It is the result of a lot of good work that is done by our Program Committee, under the leadership of the Program Chair and Co-Chair, Marya Marvin and Marci Mollman for this year, respectively. We have about ten people serving on this committee, so with everybody pitching in, it isn’t an inordinate burden on any one person. The Pub Crawl was the brainchild of our Networking/Social Awareness Committee, headed up by Shawna Talles. I know this group is already talking about what they can plan for the Spring conference in Great Falls, and I can’t wait!


Please consider volunteering for one of our committees. It is a great way to begin to understand the inner workings of our chapter, and decide whether you would like to become more involved as a Chapter board member. Speaking of the Chapter Board, if you are an HFMA member be sure to watch for your ballot in December when we will conduct our board election.


I have been a member of Montana HFMA for 20+ years, and although I volunteered on the Membership and Program Committees a few times during those early years, I did not make a decision to run for the board until about ten years ago. I will tell you that serving on the Board and helping to make positive change and improve our Chapter has been a very gratifying experience. It has also been a great source of professional growth for me. I feel like Montana HFMA is a really unique organization, bringing colleagues from across the state together to learn from each other and build relationships. I am so happy to be a part of it!


As I write this letter, I am looking forward to Election Day tomorrow. I would encourage you to vote, but by the time you get this it will all be over. I’m sure that, like me, you will not miss the political ads on television and the flyers in your mailbox! I wish all of my HFMA friends a Happy Thanksgiving…

Carla Neiman - November 2018