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Board

  • John Bartholomew*

    Bartholomew is the Budget Director of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), which serves almost 900,000 Coloradans with an annual budget of $5.0 billion. He has been a member of the HCPF team for over 11 years. Bartholomew has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining HCPF, he was the lead economist at the Business Research Division at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has served on the board of the Denver Association of Business Economists from 2000 to 2009 and completed a fellowship at the Colorado Health Foundation.

  • Christy Blakely

    Former Executive Director of Family Voices Colorado

  • Jay Brooke, M.S.W.

    Brooke has been the Executive Director of High Plains Community Health Center in Lamar since it opened in 1995. High Plains has grown from its original five staff to its current staff of sixty-five and established itself as a model for delivering comprehensive primary care including medical, dental, behavioral health and health education. He has been the Board Chair for the Colorado Rural Health Center, the Colorado Community Health Network and the Colorado Community Managed Care Network.
  • Peg Brown, J.D., M.A.*

    Brown is a native Coloradan with over twenty-five years’ experience in health care policy. She currently serves as Deputy Insurance Commissioner for Consumer Affairs for the Colorado Division of Insurance. Her experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the Colorado Association of Health Plans, advisor to former U.S. Senator Hank Brown on health care and welfare policy, as staff to U.S. Senator Bob Packwood, and an attorney in private practice focusing on health and insurance issues.

  • Tom Dameron

    Senior Vice President, Continental Benefits (TPA) & WellDyneRx (PBM), and former President of Aetna's mountain states region.

  • Greg D'Argonne

    D’Argonne is the Chief Financial Officer of HCA-HealthONE LLC. He joined HCA in 1984 and served as the Assistant Controller at Parkland Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA and Controller at North Monroe Hospital in Monroe, LA. He has has served as CFO for HealthONE and the HCA Continental Division since 2001. Prior to that, D’Argonne served as Controller and then CFO at Wesley Medical Center from 1994 to 2001. He is a native of New Orleans and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1981.
  • Chris Habgood*

    Director of Policy and Planning at Colorado Department of Human Services/Office of Behavioral Health

  • Rebecca Helfand, Ph.D.*

    Office of Behavioral Health, Director, Data and Evaluation

  • Michael Huotari, J.D. (Chair)

    Huotari is a nationally recognized attorney, with nearly 30 years’ experience in health care business and law. Previous to his current position as Vice President of Legal and Governmental Affairs with Rocky Mountain Health Plans, he served as Executive Director for the Colorado Association of Health Plans. Prior to that, he held the positions of Vice President and General Counsel for DMCare, Inc., a disease management company and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans and affiliated companies in Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. Additionally, he had a law practice in Denver, Colorado.

  • Jillian Jacobellis, Ph.D., M.S.*

    Jacobellis is the Deputy Policy Advisor, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). In this new role, she is leading the effort to build and support public health framework as it relates to health care reform. For over thirteen years she served as the Director of the Prevention Services Division and State Chronic Disease Epidemiologist, CDPHE. She is the President-elect of the Board of Directors, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and serves as chair of the NACDD Science and Epidemiology Committee. She is Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Public Health, University of Colorado.

  • Mark Levine, M.D.*

    Levine is Chief Medical Officer at the Denver regional office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A practicing internist, he is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. As Clinical Professor of Medicine, he teaches in the Division of Geriatrics and at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He also serves on the faculty of the Colorado School of Public Health. He founded and now serves on the board of the Colorado Patient Safety Coalition.

  • Donna Marshall, M.B.A.

    Marshall has served as Executive Director of the Colorado Business Group on Health (CBGH) since 1996. Prior to joining CBGH, Marshall was Manager of Managed Care Services for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Medicaid Division, where she directed all activities associated with the Primary Care Physician Program, the Drug Utilization Review Program and health plan contracts including procurement, negotiation, rate setting, enrollment and systems implementation issues, oversight and conformance with state and Federal statutes and regulations.

  • Douglas McCarthy, M.B.A.

    is senior research director for The Commonwealth Fund. He oversees The Commonwealth Fund’s scorecard project, conducts case-study research on delivery system reforms and innovations, and serves as a contributing editor to the Fund’s bimonthly newsletter Transforming Care. His 30-year career has spanned research, policy, operations, and consulting roles for government, corporate, academic, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations. He has authored and coauthored reports and peer-reviewed articles on a range of health care–related topics, including more than 50 case studies of high-performing organizations and initiatives. Mr. McCarthy received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Yale College and a master’s degree in health care management from the University of Connecticut. He was a public policy fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota during 1996–1997, and a leadership fellow of the Denver-based Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership during 2013–2014.

  • Greg Smith

    In November 2012, Greg Smith became the sixth Executive Director for Colorado PERA, a not-for-profit organization with over $43 billion in defined benefit assets and over $3 billion in defined contribution assets. As a fourth-generation Colorado native, he considers it to be a privilege to work for an organization that provides retirement security to 500,000 current and retired public school teachers, state troopers, snow plow drivers, and many others serving in roles that are vital to the state.
    He strives to keep Colorado PERA in the national forefront of the pension and corporate governance arenas, serving on the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) Board and the Board of Directors for the Council of Institutional Investors, among others. He is interested in making connections and participating in conversations related to pensions, retirement security, and corporate governance.
    As the Executive Director for Colorado PERA, the nation’s 21st largest public pension plan, he oversees 276 employees and a $65.6 million annual budget. Colorado PERA currently administers a defined benefit pension plan as well as disability and survivor benefits and other voluntary programs including defined contribution plans, health care, and life insurance to more than 500,000 current and retired Colorado public employees. Mr. Smith joined Colorado PERA in February 2002 after a distinguished career as an equity partner at Hamilton & Faatz, P.C. While practicing at Hamilton & Faatz, P.C., Mr. Smith held first chair responsibilities in numerous court and jury trials in both the state and federal courts. Mr. Smith's areas of litigation experience include public pension plan representation, commercial, construction, real estate and employment litigation, as well as extensive appellate practice.
    Mr. Smith received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver. Mr. Smith has presented and moderated on pension fund related legal matters to a variety of organizations, including the Institutional Investor Educational Foundation, NY, International Corporate Governance Network, National Council on Teacher Retirement, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Colorado Retired School Employees Association, Council of Institutional Investors, Government Finance Officers Association, United States Treasury Department, and for the Colorado Association of School Executives.

  • Steven Summer

    Summer joined the Colorado Hospital Association in September of 2006. Prior to that, he spent 13 years with the West Virginia Hospital Association as President and CEO. He also worked with the Maryland Hospital Association as senior vice president from 1990 to 1993 and vice president for professional activities from 1976 to 1990. He served as a member of Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

  • Dick Thompson

    Thompson is the Executive Director and CEO of Quality Health Network – commonly referred to as QHN - headquartered in Grand Junction, CO. Thompson’s business background includes three decades of management experience in software technology and support organizations with special successes in “start up” organizations. A resident of Grand Junction for more than 30 years, he has been an active leader in many youth and philanthropic initiatives in the area. He also participants in several health care initiatives across the state including BC3 Steering Committee, Mesa County Health Leadership Consortium, and Board Chair of the national organization, Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC).

  • Mark Wallace, MD, MPH

    Mark Wallace, MD, MPH serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of North Colorado Health Alliance. In 2001, innovating at a local level and acting with two other healthcare leaders, Dr. Wallace founded the Alliance. Dr. Wallace has served as the Executive Director of the Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment since 2000. He also serves as a Colorado Access Regional Medical Director for Colorado’s new Medicaid ACC project launched in May 2011. He has been active in family medicine and graduate medical education for over 25 years, serving twice as the Family Medicine Residency Program Director at North Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley and as the Director of Graduate Medical Education for Banner Health – North Colorado Medical Center. As a board certified family physician he continues to see patients on a part-time basis. He attended the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, receiving his medical degree in 1984. Dr. Wallace subsequently completed a 3-year residency in Family Practice at the UCLA-Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center and then a 1-year post-graduate fellowship in Academic Family Medicine at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. He received his Masters in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health in 1989, and completed the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA in 2004. Dr. Wallace gives generously of his time outside of work to serve the community, and is the recipient of multiple awards in recognition of his community service leadership. Dr. Wallace was the Vice-chair of Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform, and also served on the Centennial Care Choices Program Panel.

  • Barbara Yondorf, M.P.P.

    Yondorf is president of Yondorf and Associates, a Denver-based health policy consulting firm. Yondorf and Associates researches policy issues, conducts feasibility studies, analyzes fiscal data, provides strategic planning services, facilitates meetings, drafts legislation and writes grant proposals. Barbara has written numerous reports, studies and white papers on health policy. Before starting her own company, she oversaw the health grant-making program at Rose Community Foundation. She has served in senior management positions at the Colorado Division of Insurance, National Conference of State Legislatures, and the former Colorado Department of Health. Yondorf also staffed the Colorado Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee.

  • Karen Zink

    Zink is a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner in Durango, Colorado. She is the owner of Southwest Women’s Health, a clinic providing primary and gynecologic care for women throughout the Four Corners since 1989. Her nursing roles include staff nurse, critical care (ICU/ER), nurse educator, childbirth educator, Hospice volunteer, and nurse practitioner. She works full‐time as an APN and serves as a clinical preceptor for nurse practitioner students.

    * Denotes ex-officio status

CIVHC has a strong and diverse Board of Directors comprised of individuals from across the health care spectrum – people who represent health care consumers and advocates, providers, businesses, health plans and government leaders.