Staff

Robert Vande Merwe, Executive Director
Robert was hired as the Executive Director of IHCA in January 2001. He has an MBA from the University of Utah and an B.S. in Psychology and a Gerontology Certificate also from the University of Utah. He was an administrator of a skilled nursing facility in Eastern Idaho for four years where he served on the Board of Directors for IHCA and presented at the Convention. Robert also worked in assisted living for three years.

Tammie Bankhead, Office Manager
Tammie joined IHCA in May 2015 as the Office Manager. She graduated from Boise State University with a BBA in Accountancy in 1999. Her work experience includes corporate financial reporting at Albertsons, Inc., bookkeeping at Oregon State University, and banking at First Security Bank. Just prior to coming to IHCA, she worked at Good Samaritan Society-Boise Village, a Skilled Nursing Facility, for 10 years as the Office Manager. She really enjoyed serving on committees and joining in fun activities for staff and residents. She also served on the IHCA Education Committee prior to 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed attending convention and workshops to network and learn from others in the healthcare industry. In her spare time, she, her husband and their little Cocker Spaniel love spending time with family and friends and being in the mountains camping, snowmobiling, or riding ATVs. Tammie believes in strong relationship building and looks forward to working with all the people she will come in contact with working for IHCA.

Monica Perry, RDN/LD, Education Coordinator
Monica joined IHCA in March 2014.  She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Foods & Nutrition. Her experience includes: working as a State Surveyor & Training Coordinator for the State of Idaho; a Corporate Dietitian for Western Healthcare; a Regional Dietitian for SunBridge Healthcare; and the Program Director & Instructor for the Idaho Nutrition & Foodservice Professional (aka Dietary Manager) Online Training Program.  In her spare time, she sits on multiple Boards and attempts to satisfy her passion for quilting.  Monica thrives when no two days are alike so has come to love the challenge of organizing multiple education & training events.

Dana Leavitt, Director of Member Services
Dana joined IHCA in October 2021. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in International Relations. She’s worked as an Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship program and as a Grant Coordinator for the Department of Health and Welfare’s CNA Caregiver Grant.  She worked in the Home Care Industry for Assisting Hands as a Community Liaison in Boise and in the office in Fruitland.  Before that, Dana worked in the gun industry, owned, and managed a Saddle and Tack store with her husband and worked in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the State Department in Washington DC.  Dana loves the outdoors, spending time with her husband, four kids and dog and reading.  She also loves all plants but has a succulent addiction.