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KRH employees honored at annual '20 under 40' recognition


Allison Linville

Manager, Marketing and Community Relations, North Valley Hospital

As the Marketing and Community Relations Manager at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, Allison Linville connects the work of the hospital with the people that call the Flathead Valley home. From her involvement in Leadership Flathead to her work on getting Medicaid Expansion passed in the State Legislature, Linville brings a “vibrant, fresh approach” to the hospital. She coordinates the Internal Communications Committee that has improved communication between management and employees and also works with external media relations, acting as a primary public information officer in crisis communications and incident command settings. Linville also writes a column in the Whitefish Pilot.

In addition to her work at the hospital, Linville express herself with other creative outlets. She is an accomplished writer and poet, appeared in the Whitefish Theatre Company production of “Cabaret” and teaches fitness classes.

She also serves on the Whitefish Planning Board, teaches Junior Achievement classes at local schools and has received certification from the American Public Relations Society.

What is your proudest moment in terms of your professional or civic accomplishments?

"My proudest moment in terms of professional accomplishments is this, the 20 under 40, because I was nominated by coworkers at Kalispell Regional Healthcare and North Valley Hospital. To me, that says that our organization supports young professionals and they value innovation and being a change agent and a leader. To me, that's an organization I want to work for."

Kyle Kercher

Supervisor Competitive Edge, The Summit Medical Fitness Center

Kyle Kercher wears a number of different hats. A husband, entrepreneur, author, coach, and leader in Kalispell, Kercher began his journey in the Flathead nine years ago as a student intern with the Summit Medical Fitness Center. As an intern, Kyle assisted the marketing director with daily operations with an emphasis on promotional efforts, building an employee wellness program, developing a new business, and executing health and wellness events.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion, Kercher was hired at the Summit to perform various roles as a clinical exercise physiologist and health and wellness coach in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, employee wellness and athletic performance training. Kercher’s passion for coaching encouraged him to earn a number of different certifications related to health and a master’s degree in sport psychology to continue to help individuals develop their character and achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Along with his work at the Summit, Kercher developed Excel Athletics LLC, Olympic-style strength training programs, Athletic Edge Sports Consulting, and Competitive Edge-initially a comprehensive coaching service to provide student athletes with the tools to develop, maximize, sustain, and be accountable to their individual behaviors. Competitive Edge has evolved to become a program Kercher leads at the Summit for adult barbell training, youth athletic training, and student athlete wellness coaching. He also recently wrote a book, “The Mental Game: Grit, Growth, and Mental Toughness in Athletes” to provide insight into tangible ways individuals can work to provide a platform for young people to be successful.

What is your proudest moment in terms of your professional or civic accomplishments?

"My proudest moment is just all the relationships that I've built over the years. When I first came here nine years ago I was an intern at the Summit, and now I can't count the number of different clients and colleagues and friends and football coaches I've built great relationships with."


Originally published in the Daily Inter Lake on June 19, 2019.