CIVHC's staff has wide-ranging experience from sectors critical to changing the trajectory of health care including: Mathematics, Health Care IT, Economics, Business, Management, Analytics, Law, and Public Health. 

Executive Team

Kristen Paulson, JD, MPH
CEO and President
Kristin Paulson is the Chief Executive Officer and President at the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), the designated administrator of the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD). In this role, she oversees data submission, intake, processing, quality evaluation, reporting, and analytics, as well as compliance and data privacy, research, and community engagement. She deeply involved policy information and evaluation, and the advance of APCDs nationwide. Her work encompasses everything from establishing a reliable, high-quality dataset, to engaging our local providers and communities in evidence-driven improvement to the health and healthcare of Coloradans, to working with researchers, government, and other partners to identify new ways to use the data from the CO APCD to inform health care delivery and payment reform. In 2018-2019, Ms. Paulson was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow, serving on the Ways and Means health sub-committee for the majority where she worked on improving data collection, quality, and access in the Medicare program and did significant work on reducing drug costs and supporting federal legislation to promote state development of APCDs. Ms. Paulson has her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Master of Public Health and Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She enjoys spending non-work time exploring Colorado and its beautiful outdoors, working in animal rescue, and planning post-COVID travels.
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Cari Frank, MBA
VP of Communication and Marketing
Cari leads the Communication and Marketing team, dedicated to developing and implementing strategic outreach and communication efforts and public data to support and amplify Change Agents. As a member of the senior team, she helps set CIVHC’s strategic direction, leads all of CIVHC’s public analyses based on data in the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD), serves as a liaison for policy and legislative requests, and supports advancing CIVHC’s health equity work. Prior to joining CIVHC in 2012, Cari served as Director of Communications and Development at the Colorado Rural Health Center where she worked directly with rural hospitals and clinic and led communications, policy and advocacy, and new program development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-med Biology from Colorado College, and has an MBA in Marketing.
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Paul McCormick
VP of Data Operations
Paul McCormick is the VP of Data Operations for CIVHC, responsible for CIVHC data quality, reporting, and analytics. Paul joined CIVHC in 2016 with twenty-two years of analytic and leadership experience, with a focus in analyzing healthcare claims data for payers, providers, researchers, and the public. In prior roles, Paul built databases and analytic and reporting tools to support many functions, including claims processing, accounting, provider credentialing, CRM, customer support, and market research. Paul’s leadership experience includes managing teams responsible for physician credentialing, data visualization, provider reimbursement, analytics, and reporting.
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Liz Mooney, MPA
VP of Research, Partnerships and Innovation
Liz Mooney joins CIVHC as Vice President of CIVHC’s recently established Department of Research, Partnership, and Innovation (RPI). Mooney brings with her over 10 years of health care experience and an extensive background in consulting, management and team development. She has held leadership positions with Kaiser Permanente Colorado and Colorado Access. Most recently, she worked at DaVita as the Director of IT Strategy and Innovation, where she led efforts to plan and implement technology and operational strategies and build patient engagement in the areas of telehealth, interoperability, and patient engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.
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Twanisha Parnell
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
As the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Twanisha Parnell is responsible for overseeing CIVHC’s financial strategy and administrative processes that include: Human Resources, Client Solutions & State Initiatives, Finance, Communications, and Marketing. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, financial planning, and strategy implementation. Twanisha comes to CIVHC from her role as Senior Director of Finance & Administration at Colorado Youth for a Change, where she was responsible for budgeting, payroll, financial reporting, contract management, human resources, information technology, and facilities for the nonprofit. Before her time with Colorado Youth for a Change, Twanisha was with Hope Communities for 15 years, cementing her passion for working with those impacted by conditions beyond their control. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Everest College.
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Pete Sheehan
VP of Client Solutions and State Initiatives
As VP of Client Solutions & State Initiatives, Pete manages CO APCD products and client management and develops and maintains strategic partnerships and relationships. Pete has over twenty years of progressive management, including product innovation, business development and governmental affairs. Most recently, he served as the Western States Government Relations Manager for the national non-profit, Nurse-Family Partnership. Prior to that, Pete served as CEO of, Regional Officer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program, and Vice President of Government Affairs & Strategic Partnerships for Healthgrades. With Healthgrades, Pete focused on acquisition and licensing data and worked directly with more than 150 hospitals in 40 states on quality improvement and business development projects.
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Administration & Compliance

Alice Louise Bonaker
Director of Business Operations
Lauren Beaudin, MA
Financial Analyst
Kelsey Foland
Compliance Process Manager
Andria Koenig
Human Resources Manager
Jacque Lewis
Administrative Assistant
LaDios Muhammad
Executive Assistant/Board Administrator

Client Solutions & State Initiatives

Abby Fehler
State Initiatives Project Manager
Ken Holtschlag
Business Development Manager
Amanda Kim
Director of Colorado State Initiatives
Lucia Sanders, MPH
Key Account Manager
Pete Sheehan
VP of Client Solutions & State Initiatives
Mason Thaxton
Health Data Consultant
Sauntice Washington
Jr. Project Manager
Hannah Witting
Account Manager

Communication & Marketing

Sarah Ford
Communication & Marketing Specialist
Spencer Fortier
Communication & Marketing Specialist
Cari Frank, MBA
Vice President of Communication & Marketing
Clare Leather, MPH
Public Reporting Program Manager
Ryan Smith
Graphic Designer
Stephanie Spriggs, MALS
Sr. Communication and Marketing Manager

Data Analytics and Operations

Alice Aguirre
Data Quality Manager
Sarah Barkley
Health Care Data Analyst
Tonia Cliff
Reporting Analyst
Cole Crowl, MA
Data Quality Analyst
Chris Dalton
Quality Control Supervisor
Mohammad Dakkak
Health Care Data Analyst
Danielle Evergreen
APCD Project Administrator
Asmita Ghimire, MPH
Health Care Data Analyst
Trang Giang, MBA
Data Quality Analyst
Tim Ginader, MS
Sr. Health Care Analyst, Team Lead
Christine Harbin
Data Quality Analyst
Erika Lopez, MS
Quality Control Data Analyst
Nicole Kuzmich
Health Care Data Analyst
Martha Meyer, PhD, MPH
Data Research Liaison
Paul McCormick
VP of Data Operations
Maggie Mueller
Director of Data Operations
Traci Musall
Quality Intake Specialist
Emery Shekiro, MPH
Health Care Data Analyst
Emma Ubriaco
Quality Control Reporting Analyst
Dagmar Velez, MS
Lead Intake Analyst
Lindsay Wilkins, MPH
Data Quality Analyst

Research, Partnerships & Innovation

Darcy Holladay Ford, PsyD, MA, LPC, RDN
Director of Research
Valerie Garrison, MES
Evaluation Analyst
Rachel Jardim, MPH
Evaluation Analyst
Megha Jha, MPH
Senior Evaluation Analyst
Kimi Landry, MPH
Research & Evaluation Analyst
Liz Mooney, MPA
VP of Research, Partnerships & Innovation
Melissa Sharp
Program Assistant

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