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Ms. English, CIVHC Chief Executive Officer, holds a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in the fields of Economics and Political Science. She brings to CIVHC more than 25 years of finance and business operations experience in health care; combined with previous financial industry experience. Most recently, she was a member of American Medical Associations’ (AMA) executive management team and served as the head of the AMA’s for profit subsidiary, AMAGINE. Previously she served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Electronic Network Systems (ENS) up through its acquisition by Optum Health. As President and Chief Operating Officer for ENS and later with Optum, Ms. English gained a clear understanding of the new direction of e-Health’s positive impact on health care operations. Ms. English’s health care career started with insurers Lincoln National and Foundation Health Systems (FHS) where she held various leadership positions including Vice President of Analysis and Planning, Senior Vice President of Administration, and divisional Senior Vice President of Operations. Ms. English was one of the founders of the industry association called Cooperative Exchange and served as their board’s President and Vice President.
Dr. Want, CIVHC's part time Chief Medical Officer, is responsible for engaging providers and contributing to CIVHC's overall strategic direction to support achieving the Triple Aim. Want served as founding chairman of the board for CIVHC until early 2012. For eight years he was President and CEO of Physician Health Partners, LLC. He has served on task forces for the Colorado Division of Insurance, The Colorado Trust, the Colorado Hospital Association, and the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform. He also served as chairman of the Northwest Denver Care Transitions Steering Committee, a program that successfully lowered hospital readmissions by 10%. Dr. Want consults for a wide variety of clients as owner and principle of Want Healthcare, LLC. He currently serves on the board of the non-profit Rocky Mountain Health Plan, and was appointed as one of the initial Innovation Advisors to CMS in January 2012. He is a board-certified internal medicine physician trained at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and practiced primary care for ten years.
As Senior IT Project Manager, Dwayne Aaron provides planning, leadership and support activities for CIVHC’s short and long term project initiatives. Dwayne has over twenty years of experience as an IT professional with eleven years of project management experience within health care, state government and banking. Dwayne has a successful history of seeing large, mission-critical projects completed on-time and within budget and has a proven record of taking projects from original concept through deployment and post-implementation. His success can be attributed to a solid understanding of project methodologies along with his leadership, collaboration and communication skills. Dwayne is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and takes an active role within the project management community.
Dave Abernethy’s IT career spans over 17 years. Prior to beginning his career in IT, Dave served and retired as a United States Air Force officer, where he served as an Assistant Professor and the most junior ranking cadet squadron commander in the United States Air Force Academy’s history. He presently serves as the Vice President of Analytics and Data Operations for CIVHC. Prior to joining CIVHC, he served as the Director of IT for the Colorado HealthOP. In this role, Dave helped create the health insurance start-up from the ground-up, and earned recognition from Salesforce.com as one of the “top 5 public sector Customer Relationship Management (CRM) implementations for 2013.” Dave has had other key health care IT roles such as serving as the largest medical device manufacturer’s Chief of CRM Technology, where he managed over 15 different CRM applications and implementations. He is a Certified ScrumMaster, MCDBA, MCSA, MCSD, MCP, MSS, ITIL Foundations V3, Siebel Customer Certified Consultant and Instructor, and Lean Sigma Green Belt.
Bill Bauer joins the CIVHC team with extensive experience in health care analytics, account management, and client services. In his position as Account Executive, he is the key point of contact between CIVHC and the multitude of stakeholders utilizing insights from CO APCD data. Bill has had measurable success in delivering analytics to clients, supporting improvement in population health and health care costs. Bill spent 18 years in multiple leadership positions at Truven Health Analytics, and most recently led the account management team for Wolters Kluwer Health. Bill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and is a member of Colorado Healthcare Strategy and Management (CHSM).
As Executive Assistant and Business Office Manager for CIVHC, Alice Louise handles human resources, IT support, accounting management and executive administrative support. With a background in consulting, education and the performing arts, Ms. Bonaker joined CIVHC after working as an office manager and research associate at Rootstock Solutions. Other prior positions included working as a liberal arts administrator at Stanford University, helping students and faculty in their personal missions for social, intellectual and artistic advancement. Alice Louise holds a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University.
Aspen Brooks comes to CIVHC with a wide range of unique skills and work experience. Prior to CIVHC, she worked as an Executive Assistant for an Oil & Gas company in Washington D.C., Operations & Sales Manager for a local Denver Website Development company, and an English Teacher abroad in South Korea. She acquired her undergrad in Business Administration in 2003, and completed her Masters in Business Administration in 2007. Aspen brings positivity, empathy, and consistency to the table, serving as Executive Assistant at CIVHC for all VP and Director-level Executives.
Ms. Campbell is a seasoned health care executive with over 25 years of health care IT experience. She has held positions at McKesson, Inteck, HealthTrio, and most recently with Numera, a telehealth care management solutions company. Her experience includes working with consumers, payers, providers, hospital systems and other health related businesses. In her role as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Tracey is responsible for all aspects of the strategy, implementation, operation and sustainability of Colorado’s APCD. She plays a key role in working with CIVHC’s stakeholders including consumers, payers, businesses, providers and policy makers who together will help move Colorado to better health, better care and lower costs by using this unique Colorado resource. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
Eddy has over 10 years of health care consulting and business development experience and is proud to have served in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he managed and oversaw the workforce needs for the Biomedical Service Corps, Medical Service Corps, Dental Corps, and the Medical Health Professions Scholarship Programs. He has worked for SCL Health, Kaiser Permanente, KFORCE Healthcare IT, and was previously the Director of Healthcare IT for SofTec Solutions. In each of his positions, his commitment and industry knowledge has enabled him to succeed by developing positive working relationships with health care executives and leaders at all levels throughout the country. Eddy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing, a Master of Arts degree in Management and Leadership, and he is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Management program where he is studying Healthcare Leadership and Management. Eddy is an Assistant Professor at Colorado Technical University and enjoys all sports and outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer. His health care sales management and business development experience has reinforced his passion for ensuring that health care is provided in a timely, cost-effective, and patient-centered manner.
Kari comes to CIVHC as an experienced healthcare administrator in acute, post-acute and dental care. The last five years she served as a Nursing Home and Assisted Living Administrator where she had successful survey results and built quality improvement programs. Kari holds a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Business- Healthcare Management from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She is currently enrolled in the Professional MBA program at the University of Denver. As a Colorado native, Kari looks forward to bringing about better care for Coloradans through her work at CIVHC.
Maria is responsible for advancing CIVHC’s capabilities in reporting health care quality measures publicly via www.comedprice.org, and directly to health care providers. Prior to joining CIVHC, Maria was responsible for managing data reporting and analysis from Electronic Health Records for a Federally Qualified Health Center System, producing measures to inform operations, clinical quality outcomes, performance improvement, program implementation, and evaluation. Maria has a doctoral degree in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Social Psychology from the National Autonomous University in Mexico City.
As Director of Communications at CIVHC, Ms. Frank is responsible for developing and implementing strategic outreach efforts to heighten awareness of and fulfill CIVHC’s mission to create a healthier Colorado by promoting higher quality, lower cost health care. Most recently, Cari served as Director of Communications and Development at the Colorado Rural Health Center where she led communications, policy and advocacy, and new program development efforts. Prior to CRHC, Cari worked as Program Manager for the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care on patient safety and communications initiatives. Ms. Frank brings a personal passion and energy for improving health care and increasing access to high quality affordable care throughout the state to the leadership team at CIVHC. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in pre-med Biology from Colorado College, and has an MBA in Marketing from University of Phoenix.
Lloyd Guthrie is responsible for developing, managing and implementing CIVHC’s broad state and federal health care innovation initiatives. Mr. Guthrie’s experience includes executive positions in large integrated systems and physician groups and managed care programs, with recent emphasis on health care reform, Triple Aim and health care finance. He has significant expertise in large program development, new business and program start-ups, strategic and operations planning, and community delivery networks. He has held leadership positions with Centura Health, Exempla Health, New Mexico Heart Institute, Group Health Cooperative (Seattle) and The Everett Clinic.
As a Health Care Data Analyst at CIVHC, Rene’ works with multiple data sources including the Colorado All Payer Claims Database to design and execute analysis to answer complex health care questions. Previously, Rene’ spent seven years as the Manager of the Data Analysis Section at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing working to provide information for the management and reform of Medicaid programs. In addition, Rene’ worked as a laboratory scientist at University of Colorado Medical School and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Having worked her entire career analyzing different kinds of data, Rene’ focuses on using the scientific method in all of her projects. Rene’ holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s in Entomology from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Idaho State University. For the record, Rene’ does not believe in Bigfoot.
Rachel Linn returned to her home state of Colorado in 2015 to join the CIVHC team. Her role is to enhance awareness and increase the visibility of CIVHC through providing expertise in marketing, navigability, and accessibility. In her most recent position at the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Ms. Linn was the marketing and communications lead for multiple contracts, creating and implementing tactical marketing plans to fulfill recruitment, provide continuing education, engage providers and consumers, and market various healthcare service lines. Additionally, she streamlined internal communications processes to more effectively execute strategies, enhancing external outreach and stakeholder engagement. Ms. Linn received her bachelors of communications, with an emphasis in organizational and strategic planning, from The University of Colorado.
Dr. Mathieu, Vice President of Research & Compliance and Chief Economist, is responsible for providing quantitative and analytical support for CIVHC’s strategic initiatives. Prior to joining CIVHC, Mathieu was employed as an economist at The Nature Conservancy, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he provided support for policy initiatives affecting prescription drug, biological product and medical device manufacturers. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Mathieu holds master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematical economics from Oswego State University.
Paul comes to CIVHC with over 22 years of analytic experience, 15 of which were focused on analyzing claims data in managed care and provider environments. Most recently, he had his own consulting company and worked for multiple clients, fulfilling their need for trend analysis, metric development, and general reporting. In his role as Health Care Data Analyst, Paul supports multiple programs and projects at CIVHC, contributing SQL expertise, and Tableau visualization development.
In her role in Stakeholder Relations, Amy is invested in building collaborative relationships, increasing public awareness and health care transparency. She currently reaches out to self-insured employer sponsored health plans to help them understand the new Colorado legislation and the value of including self-insured employer claims data into the CO APCD. Amy helps CIVHC identify opportunities to drive change in cost and highlight the best providers of high quality health services for Coloradans. She brings her passion for wellness and wise living to CIVHC and has served as an educator and professional development coach for 15 years, a national public speaker for Fred Pryor Seminars and CareerTrack, a training manager and an entrepreneur teaching integrated mindfulness and teambuilding. Amy has a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University in biology education.
Lindsay McMillan is a Denver, Colorado native with extensive experience in data analytics and SAS programming. He began his career at the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008 working on the Current Population Survey and American Time Use Survey. In his final years with the U.S. Census Bureau he worked on the National Health Interview Survey and a supplemental health survey for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Prior to joining CIVHC, Lindsay worked for Kaiser Permanente as a Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) programmer. Lindsay holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s of Science in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas – Little Rock.
Miranda Meadow recently joined CIVHC as Health Care Programs Manager. In this role, she oversees the Healthy Transitions Colorado initiative and will be leading CIVHC's efforts in the area of Palliative Care. With over seven years in the health care industry in both the private and public sectors, she brings expertise in the areas of health care policy, data analysis, quality and process improvement, and community organizing to the team. In addition to her role at CIVHC, she is the Vice President of the Culture Change Coalition Board of Directors in Colorado. Miranda received her Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Colorado and her Bachelors as Reed College.
As Director of Health Care Programs for CIVHC, Kristin Paulson is responsible for managing our delivery system redesign projects including care transitions and palliative care. Prior to joining CIVHC, Ms. Paulson spent five years working at the University of Minnesota on organ transplant policy and ethics while completing her graduate work. She has collaborated with the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients to advance organ transplant and allocation policies, and contributed to the U.S. State of Transplantation reports for 2009-2012. Ms. Paulson received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed her Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Health Degrees at the University of Minnesota.
Ms. Perry is the APCD Project Manager with CIVHC and supports the administration of the Colorado All Payer Claims Database, and CIVHC's data, transparency and communications activities. Before joining CIVHC, Ms. Perry worked in Washington, D.C. for five years focusing on United States Foreign Policy in the Middle East and National Security as Editorial Assistant and then Director of Administration at the Middle East Policy Council. Ms. Perry holds three Bachelor of Art degrees in History, Arabic, and International Relations. She lived in Egypt for one year studying Arabic while completing her Bachelor degrees.
Ms. Spriggs brings a love of words to her role as Grant Writer and Report Specialist. Prior to joining CIVHC, she was a Stage Manager at several regional theatres across the nation and a member of Actor’s Equity Association. Upon moving to Colorado she became Coordinator of Peripheral Services for Regal Facility Management. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Liberal Studies with a focus in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. As Grant Writer and Report Specialist, Ms. Spriggs supports members of the CIVHC team as they work to make the goals of high-quality and affordable healthcare a reality.
Mariam joined CIVHC as an intern while completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management at Metro State University. Upon completion of her degree, she was hired full time and now manages the data intake process for the CO APCD. Mariam keeps all submitters engaged and monitors incoming data submissions, checking for quality and compliance with the data submission guide.
As Senior Manager of Public Reporting and Data Quality at CIVHC, Marcus works with stakeholders and data requestors to unlock information and insights to help promote the Triple Aim for Coloradans. Marcus’s previous roles include working on behalf of providers as the Director of Data Analytics for the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and as the Associate Director of Data and Reporting at United Healthcare. Having exposure to both the provider and payer perspective, Marcus works to make the healthcare system patient centric to ensure better health, better care and lower costs for patients. Marcus holds a Bachelor’s of Mathematics from the University of Nebraska – Omaha.
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