Hyperbaric Health & Wellness Foundation Board of Directors

Meet Our Board

Chris Dooley

Executive Director

Dooley brings his passion for personal development and a diverse range of professional experiences to his role at the Hyperbaric Health and Wellness Foundation. After 4 years overseas in the Army Infantry and 4 years in wildland firefighting, he transitioned into the academic world, acquiring scientific degrees in massage therapy and psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology. He has worked professionally with veterans and special needs individual since 2002 and assisted research for populations with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other related pathologies at the Kessler Foundation and the War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC). He continued work on the clinical side of therapeutic intervention with young adults and adolescents at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy and subsequently served veterans with trauma and their families at Higher Ground’s recreational therapy and adaptive sports program. His approach focuses on post-traumatic growth through applications of neuropsychology, mindfulness and experiential education. When he’s not preparing for application to graduate school, Dooley spends time volunteering his chainsaw skills for national disaster response with Team Rubicon. More locally in Idaho’s Wood River Valley, he can be found bicycling, motorcycling, snowboarding, exploring hot springs, and finding dogs needing petting.

Monty Heath

Treasurer

At 16, Monty joined the delayed entry, dive-farer program, to become a US Navy SEAL. He proudly served his country, twice awarded the Bronze Star with combat Valor designation. From the defense contracting sector, he led the Navy’s SEAL Mentorship Program and the BUD/S Preparatory Program - the first two steps in the SEAL candidates' training pipeline. Monty then managed executive protection details for Forbes 400 families, as well as a 614,000 acre eco resort. For the past five years, Monty has passionately supported the veteran community through non-profit organizations; with Higher Ground, he is honored to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma. As Executive Director of VetToCEO, he is privileged to help veterans learn critical business skills. Because Monty prefers “and” to “or”, he also works with numerous for-profits across the country, serving in such roles as Director of Veterans in Business with PrimePay, marketing and leadership with American Revolution Vodka, and workplace violence/active shooter training with Trident Shield. When not working, Monty enjoys the outdoors with family, pets or a dirt bike.

Don Mathern

Don Mathern, owner of Idaho Insurance Specialists, began his insurance career in Montana in 1969. He started out with American Mutual Insurance Co. Don went to work for American Fidelity Insurance Co. and was the company representative in Montana, Idaho and Oregon. He then transferred to Boise, Idaho to work for American Fidelity and then joined the Marsh McLennan agency. In 1989 Don started his own company, Idaho Insurance Specialists as an independent agency. He helps all his clients on an annual basis to review their plans to make sure the plan fits his client’s need.

Advisory Board

Heidi Peterson

Heidi’s experience over the past 20 years has focused on serving many large, international nongovernmental (INGO), multilateral, and philanthropic organizations. She is a proven innovator and versatile leader, and possesses a deep understanding of the dynamics of the health sector. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boise State University, and an M.P.A. from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She became the Executive Director of Mobility Outreach International (MOi) in 2017. Her prior experience while based in San Francisco, Seattle and New Delhi India includes working with JDRF, PATH, Room to Read, CARE INDIA, CARE USA, Global Partnerships, Washington Works and United Way.