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pattie adler
Executive Director
Citizens Health Advisory Council

Ms. adler worked at San Juan Basin Health Department as the Director of the Community Health Promotion (Prevention) Division for 16 years before CHAC. Prior to coming to Durango in 1996, she worked in the HIV/STD Program of the State of Alaska Public Health Division, and as a hospital social worker/discharge planner in Fairbanks for 10 years. Other work experiences include the Centers for Disease Control, Planned Parenthood and the Department of Human Services. She has volunteered at the La Plata Community Clinic and Four Corners Health Center. Ms. adler earned a M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. She appreciates the opportunity to work with the members, Board and staff of CHAC.


Terra Anderson
Community Volunteer
Senator Michael Bennet Office

Ms. Anderson is semi retired and holds a BS in Nursing and a MA in Guidance and Counseling. She is currently working for Senator Bennet serving constituents who need assistance with Medicare, Medicaid or other Health Care issues.She has lived in Durango for 33 years.

Allie Anderson, RN, BSN
NFP Nurse Home Visitor SW region
San Juan Basin Health Department

Ms. Anderson received her Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science from Fort Lewis College prior to obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado. She has worked as an urgent care, women’s health and trauma nurse before moving back to Durango to take a position with Nurse-Family Partnership as a maternal-infant nurse home visitor.

Michelle Appenzeller, RN
Mercy Home Care & Hospice of Mercy

Ms. Appenzeller has been working in Home Care and Hospice since 1986, providing direct service to patients as well as administration. She has been the director of Mercy Home Care and Hospice of Mercy for the past 18 years. She has been an advocate for community members to remain in the comfort of their home for as long as possible. Her primary interest is in providing the best end of life care, providing palliative care and hospice services in the comfort of home.

Suzanne Arms
Founder | Director
Birthing The Future

Ms. Arms is a mother, grandmother, consumer health advocate and founder-director of Birthing The Future, an international 501c3 nonprofit which is located in Bayfield. She is also the author of seven published books and producer-director of a one-hour made-for-public television documentary called BIRTH. Her work, and the work of Birthing The Future, focuses on the "Primal Period" - from pre-conception to the first birthday, when the child's brain and body are going through its most rapid development - the mother-baby and father-family bonds that form the foundation for all future relationships and sense of well-being in the world.


Angela Atkinson
Data and Evaluation Consultant
La Plata Early Childhood Council

Ms. Atkinson works with non-profits, boards, and small companies who want to thrive and learn but often struggle reaching their vision and goals. With over 25 years of experience in market research, planning, leadership and community development with clients ranging from non-profits to multi-national organizations, she understands the role that leadership and systems thinking play in an organization’s effectiveness. Having served on city council, chaired boards and led community grassroots movements, she knows firsthand about the challenges of leadership and organizational management. She is a partner in Atkinson Consulting, and holds a BA in Literature and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley.

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Wayne Barnard
National Alliance on Mental Illness


Sherrod Beall, RN, MS, CPNP
District Health Coordinator - School Based Health Centers | Coordinated School Health Services
Durango School District 9-R

Ms. Beall is a pediatric nurse practitioner and has developed health care programs for uninsured/underinsured children for most of her career. For the past 10 years, she has focused on the development of school based health centers in SW Colorado. Currently, she runs the Durango High School SBHC and is working on opening another SBHC at Florida Mesa Elementary. She also oversees school nursing and health education programs for the Durango School District.

Kip Boyd
Chief Medical Officer
Mercy Regional Medical Center

Dr. Boyd received his B.S. Degree in Biology and his M.D. Degree from the University of Arizona. He completed his postgraduate medical training at Silas B. Hays Army Hospital. He’s worked at Fox Army Hospital, Hays Army Hospital, La Plata Community Hospital and, since 1983, Mercy Regional Medical Center. He’s taught at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, College of Medicine; University of California College of Medicine; University of Colorado School of Medicine; and Fort Lewis College. He is also a member of the follow professional societies: American Academy of Family Physicians, Colorado Chapter; Colorado Medical Society; and La Plata Medical Society.


Vanessa Boyd
Health Services Division Director and Care Coordination Services Manager (interim)
San Juan Basin Health Department

Ms. Boyd has participated in CHAC since spring of 2013 when she was the Care Coordination Services Manager for San Juan Basin Health. She is now the Health Services Division Director. Ms. Boyd has lived in Durango since October of 2012 and looks forward to the work that CHAC is doing around facilitating community conversations among agencies and individuals.

Enid Brodsky
Community member
Coalition of Caring Communties

Enid has lived in Colorado for thirty years. She owned her own business consulting company, working with a variety of companies. Her specialty has mainly been human resource issues and helping people and organizations increase work satisfaction and productivity. In addition, she has served twice on the Governor’s Council for Small Business and the Governor’s Council for Women’s Economic Development, has been a Board member of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, works as a Work/Life Coach, and has been a consultant with the Small Business Development Center at Ft. Lewis College for many years. Enid is a founding member of the Women’s Resource Center and an active member in that organization and the League of Women Voters local chapter.



Rachel Cameron
Program Director
La Plata Family Centers Coalition

Sheila Casey
Director of Senior Services
Durango | LPC Senior Center

Ms. Casey has served as Director of La Plata County Senior Services for the past 13 years and she is passionate in her advocacy for rural seniors in Southwest Colorado. Casey is currently serving her second term on the Colorado Commission on Aging, is a certified Senior Advisor (CSA), and licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado. Under Casey’s leadership, Senior Services has received statewide and national recognition, and expanded to include Nutritional Meals, Home Chore Services, Transportation, and Family Caregiver support in Durango, Bayfield, and Ignacio.


Bob Cox
Physician | Consultant

Dr. Cox is double Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, having practiced at four hospitals in the south Denver area until 2001. He served on numerous medical and administrative committees and boards, and he helped develop several new medical businesses. He is now an Infectious Disease consultant and case reviewer for multiple Independent Review Organizations. He moved to Durango in 2011 and is actively involved in efforts to expand healthcare delivery to all citizens of La Plata County.

Tony DeMond
Medical director for fire-based EMS, La Plata County, CO
LPC Emergency Medical Services

Mr. DeMond graduated from Cornell University Medical College and did his internship and residency in emergency medicine at Los Angeles County – University of Southern California Medical Center.  He has lived in Durango for 23 years and retired from Mercy Medical Center in 2006. He was then able to expand his work with EMS and assumed medical direction for all fire-based EMS services in the County. He works for the four county fire districts: DFRA, UPRFPD, LPFPD, FLMFPD; and also for Durango Airport Fire.

Paula Dunne
Durango Urgent Care

Ms. Dunne is a co-owner of two urgent cares, located in Durango, Colorado and Aztec, New Mexico. She has been involved in the start up of both clinics running all aspects of the operation. She is a managing member and sits on the board of her companies.
She received her R.N. License in New Zealand in 1985 and then nursed in Intensive Care and Coronary Care units in NZ, UK and the USA for 14 years. Following this, she held positions in middle management in a large teaching hospital in Christchurch New Zealand. Ms. Dunne received her Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management in 2002 from Canterbury University. Three years prior to moving back to the U.SA, she held a position as a senior level executive as part of a team running pre hospital Emergency Services for the South Island of NZ.
Ms. Dunne is the mother of two children aged 9 and 14.
As a small business owner with her business partner Suzanne, Ms. Dunne managed all aspects of the urgent care operation including HR, revenue cycle management, strategic planning, budgets, branding and marketing, local political involvement, site selection, building remodeling, contracting credentialing, restructuring organization for growth, tax planning, internal systems development and most recently setting up a board of directors to oversee the operation.

Emma Flores
Quality Improvement Advisor
Rocky Mountain Health Plans

Ms. Flores is an RN. She graduated from Mesa State in Grand Junction Colorado. She has 16 years clinical and management experience in quality improvement, chronic conditions and population management for both health plans and providers. She is excited to work with local practices on quality improvement activities utilizing her broad base of past experiences and skills. Emma and her family moved to Durango in 2011 and are enjoying all the area has to offer. ?


Nora Flucke
Colorado Nurses Association

Originally from Germany, Nora Flucke moved to Durango 18 years ago. During this time, she has enjoyed working within the community as a clinical nurse and volunteer in several capacities. She currently coordinates the nursing branch campus at Southwest Colorado Community College, where she leads the Associate in Science of Nursing program. Additionally, Ms. Flucke serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Nurses Association, from which she works towards her vision for fair access to healthcare for all.


Jaynee Fontecchio-Spradling
New Behavioral and Oral Health Project Manager
La Plata County Health Care Capacity Project

Ms. Fontecchio-Spradling considers her large, loving family her greatest accomplishment. She coordinated the La Plata County Health Care Capacity Project and CHAC until November 2013, when she became the special projects manager. She has a BS Degree in Nursing from Houston Baptist University and a MS in Community and School Health from the UNM. She has worked in community and school innovative health programs for over 40 years and has a great passion for prevention and wellness. Past positions include directing employee health promotion and services for the City of Albuquerque, directing school health programs for the State of New Mexico, advocating for school mental health in northwestern NM and coordinating a team to bring together the eight components of school health, including health education, nursing, and school based health center efforts for Durango 9R School District.

Patsy Ford
San Juan Basin Health Department

Karen Forest, RN
Women’s Wellness Connection Community Coordinator
Great West Division, American Cancer Society, Inc.

Karen Forest, RN, received her BSN from Regis University in Denver. She has more than 13 years of public health experience, and is particularly interested in health promotion, chronic disease prevention and the social determinants of health. She is currently the Women’s Wellness Connection Community Coordinator for the American Cancer Society, offering cervical, breast and colorectal cancer education and resources to counties across Southwest Colorado. She joined CHAC because she supports its comprehensive approach to improving access to and quality of health care in our community.

Liane Jollon
Executive Director
San Juan Basin Health Department


Bob Juskevich
Retired Physician
Chair of the Health Alliance of La Plata County

Dr. Juskevich graduated from medical school in 1970 and practiced in Virginia Beach. He was Chief of staff at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and on the Board of Sentara Health Care System in Norfolk VA. Sentara owned five hospitals and had a service area of one million people. Dr. Juskevich retired and moved to Durango in 2004 and has been an active member of the Citizens' Health Advisory Council for four years.


Mary Juskevich
Administrative Assistant
Citizens' Health Advisory Council

Ms. Juskevich is a former teacher and current owner of Baskin-Robbins, who believes strongly in community. Mary has extensive administrative experience and is enjoying her work with CHAC.

Marla Luckey, MPH
Environmental Health Specialist
San Juan Basin Health Department


Kathleen McInnis, RN, MS
Executive Director
Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center

Ms. McInnis, RN, MS brings 28 years of nursing and management experience to her role as Executive Director at Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, a local 501c3 non-profit organization. She received her BS degree in Nursing in 1986 and began her career as a pediatric nurse in Denver. After moving to Durango in 1991, she received her Master of Science in Community Health Nursing in 1996 from the University of Colorado, School of Nursing. In various roles, she has worked in school nursing, in the clinic setting, as a theory instructor for a local community college, in legal nurse consulting, in community and public health, and has held leadership and management roles. Ms. McInnisbrings her passion about nursing, good health and her valuable career experience to SWCAHEC.

Amita Nathwani
Alternative Medicine Practitioner
HLLP | Ayurveda Center of Durango

Ginny Newman
PA | Director, Student Health Center, Fort Lewis College
Fort Lewis College

A primary care Physician Assistant since 1983, Ms. Newman came to Fort Lewis College to direct the long-standing Student Health Center, in 2007. She moved from Los Alamos, NM, where she practiced in a primary care setting. She hopes her involvement with CHAC better informs her of the community's struggles with accessible healthcare and allows her to represent the college population and bring some insight, borne of being "in the trenches" of providing primary care services, to the discussion table as we collaboratively envision and plan for optimizing the delivery and utilization of same throughout the area.

Jill Patton
Health Care Chair
League of Women Voters of La Plata County

Ms. Patton was born in Australia, has worked in the fields of education and computing and has a PhD in Systems Engineering. She has lived in Durango since 1989 and has been a community volunteer for CHAC since 2005.

Kari Plante
San Juan Basin Health Department

Marsha Porter-Norton
Consult | Facilitate | Train
Projects serving non-profits | public sector

Ms. Porter-Norton is a consultant who works across Colorado and the Four Corners region. She is a founding member of the Citizens' Health Advisory Council and is currently serving as a community volunteer. Marsha holds a Master of Social Work degree with a focus on community development.

Missy Crawford Rodey
Board of Directors, Mercy Regional Medical Center

Ms. Rodey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition, a Dietetic Internship with the United States Public Health Service, a Masters degree in Public Health Nutrition and a Certificate in Management. Her career has been spent in Nutrition Education, Renal Dietetics and non-profit management. She was a founding member of the Citizens' Health Advisory Council in 2001. She served as a member of the community Health Services Steering Committee, and she currently serves as volunteer project director of the Community Health Care Capacity Project funded by The Colorado Health Foundation.

Christie Schler
Marketing Director
Sunshine Gardens

Ms. Schler is the Marketing Director for Sunshine Gardens Senior Community, which has two assisted living facilities in La Plata Co. Christie was born and raised in Durango, and began her healthcare career at Sunshine Gardens shortly after their doors opened in 1997. She was a caregiver with Sunshine Gardens for five years while completing high school and studying at Fort Lewis College. Christie went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She studied graduate-level social work at Smith College in Massachusetts, and throughout her studies, she continued to work in long-term care and has always had a focus on her love and passion, which is to develop the most thoughtful ways possible to care for our elders.


Elizabeth Silverstein
Communications Coordinator
Citizens' Health Advisory Council

Ms. Silverstein has worked with CHAC since January 2011, first as the Administrative Assistant, and now as the Communications Coordinator. Ms. Silverstein is also the Program Director for the STEM Internship Program of Southwest Colorado, which offers paid internships to high school students, and she operates a mystery shopping business called the Incognito Agency. She is a member of the Young Professionals of Durango, and served on YPOD's Board from 2011-2012 as the Communications Director. She has worked with many nonprofits in Durango, including the Durango Arts Center and Third Avenue Arts. Ms. Silverstein is passionate about people, education, health, and the stories that result.

John Snyder
Executive Director
Durango Network

Mr. John Snyder has been a resident of Durango, Colorado for the past 18 years. During that time, he and his wife, Louise, have raised six children with only one remaining at home. He attended the University of Missouri – Columbia and earned a BHS in Health Services Management. For 26 years, he served as the Administrator or Executive Director of Long Term Care and Rehab facilities. Recently, he accepted the position of Executive Director of The Durango Network, a local IPA in Durango. He is active in his local church and love bluegrass music and the outdoors. He is looking forward to using the skills learned throughout his career in healthcare at his new job and in shaping the health care environment in his community.


Tamara Volz
Early Childhood Council Director
Early Childhood Council of La Plata County

Ms. Volz oversees the activities and programs of the Early Childhood Council of La Plata County, Childcare Resource & Referral, Quality Initiatives and Health Integration Project. She manages the administrative & fiscal responsibility of state & local initiatives and contracts to support comprehensive early childhood services. She has over 30 years of experience organizing and managing programs for young children. She has an AA in Accounting and a BA in Elementary Education with a focus on Early Childhood. She has taught Kindergarten & preschool children and facilitated numerous workshops for early childhood professionals in the Four Corners area since 1991. She has been a member of the Statewide Early Childhood Councils Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) for 13 years and has served on the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children Board. She has lived in Durango for over 30 years, and is committed to increasing high quality comprehensive early childhood services for children & families.

Bill Warren
BOD for Axis Health System & Valley Wide Health System

Mr. Warren has practiced law in Michigan and Colorado since 1971 and retired from active practice in 2006. He has been active with CHAC since 2005 and worked with the Primary Health Care Coalition in 2006. With the Coalition, he was named to the Valley Wide Health Systems Board and continue to serve with them. He was asked to serve on the Axis Health System Board in 2007 and he is presently the Board lead with the Integration of Health Care in a five-county area. He is working with management at Axis to secure an FQHC in La Plata County. He served as President of the San Juan Mountains Association and work as a board member for the Animas Fire Protection District.


Eileen Wasserbach
Executive Director
Southern Ute Community Action Programs, Inc.

Ms. Eileen Wasserbach is the Executive Director of Southern Ute Community Action Programs, Inc. She has worked for SUCAP since 2003, and administers grants and contracts, implements policies, assists a volunteer board of directors, oversees strategic planning and supervises staff. She earned her B.S. in Consumer Science from Colorado State University. She’s been a member of CHAC since 2006.

Jenny Wrenn, PA
Co-Chair | Consult | Grant Writer | Founder | Director
Healthy Lifestyle La Plata

Ms. Wrenn has a diverse background in medicine, teaching, youth and family services and immigrant services. She has a BS in Zoology (Colorado State University, Phi Beta Kappa) and a BS in Medicine (University of Iowa School of Medicine). Her consulting services include medical, grant, report, and technical writing, Health Impact Assessments, non-profit development, collaboration-building, and strategic planning. Jenny won CHAC's 2012 Health Hero Award.


Karen Zink
Nurse Practitioner
SW Women's Health

Ms. Zink was born and raised in Durango. She grew up in a generational, pioneering, agricultural family, raising crops, sheep and cattle. Karen graduated from Mercy Hospital School of nursing with a diploma in 1971, completed her BSN at Loretto Heights College in 1974 and received a Masters in Community Health Nursing and Women’s Health in 1989 from University of Colorado. Her career began as a staff nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver where she worked for seven years.  Her nursing experience also includes coordinating continuing education for staff nurses, teaching LPNs, childbirth education (18 years), mother-baby home health,  coordination of a BSN outreach program for University of Colorado and advance practice nursing in Women’s Health. Karen is the founder of Southwest Women’s Health, a primary care and GYN clinic. Her clinic was one of the first private advance practice nursing clinics to be established in the United States. Karen’s passions include caring for women, volunteering in her community, promoting the use of locally grown and harvested food, caring for her extended family and promoting the nursing profession. Karen and her husband, Jerry, own and operate Sunnyside Meats Livestock Packing Plant and Sunnyside Farms which grows organic pasture and alfalfa-grass hay. She serves on several boards locally as well as the Center for Improving Value in Health Care at the State level and is in the Bighorn Health Policy Leadership Program

Supporting Members

Toni Marie Abbey
Blueprints of Hope, LLC

Richard Ballantine, Retired Editor
Durango Herald

Deb Banton, Retired RN

Bob Boeder, Field Representative
CO Council of Churches

Tanya Boyce, Program Director
Adult Day Care at "Our Place"

Vanessa Boyd, Care Coordination Services Manager
San Juan Basin Health Department

Buz Bricca, Physician
Health Services Clinic

Nancy Brooker, NP

Emily Burns, MD - Preventive Physician
MRMC - Health Services Clinic

C. Sharyn Butler, Registered Nurse
Mercy Regional Medical Center

Linda Carter, Marketing Director
The Valley Inn & Vista Grande Inn Long Term Care

Luke Casias, Physician
VWHS | Durango Primary Care

Wanda Cason, Regional Representative
Senator Mark E. Udall Office

Rachael Carlevale
Planned Parenthood

Michelina Ceglia, Wellness Coach

Bob Conrad

Christy Deem, RN

Dianne Donovan, Retired Nurse | Volunteer

Patty Dickinson

Lon Erwin, Past Director
Habitat for Humanity; Community Foundation

Rita Fowler, RN
San Juan Basin Health Department, Single Entry Point

Pamela Foyster
Quality Health Network

Cecile M. Fraley, Physician

Bob Goodman, Physician
Durango Orthopedic Associates

Tami Graham, Consultant Facilitator

Michelle Greer

Molly Gutilla, DrPH Student
Colorado School of Public Health

Ted Hall
Mercy Regional Medical Center

Bridget Hall
Alpine Home Care

Pat Hartman, Past Director
Durango Network

Mike Hudson, Attorney

Dean Jacobs, Director
Four Corners Health Care Center

Tessa Johnson
ER Mercy

Danielle Kirkpatrick, HR Director
Durango Herald

Nicole Konkoly, Community Coordinator
Rocky Mountain Health Plans

Elizabeth Lamberson, Consultant

Laura Lewis Marchino, Assistant Director
Region 9 EDD

Susan McGinness, NP
Fort Lewis College

Terry Moore, Human Resources Director
Mercury Pay

Jackie Morlan, Health Integration Coordinator
Early Childhood Council of La Plata County

Lynne Murison, Nurse Practitioner
Region 7 CO Nurses Association

Jenny Nate, Senior Community Strategies Leader
Rocky Mountain Health Plan

Mary Nowotny, Consultant

Shannon O'Conner, MBA Student
Health Care Administration, FLC

Lauren Patterson, Evaluation Consultant

Pam Patton

Julie Pickering, Director, Western Slope Sales
Rocky Mountain Health Plan

Andy Rizzo, Representative
Veterens Administration

Cheryl Roberts

Meggin Roberts
Animas Surgical Hospital

Amanda Saunders, Program Coordinator

Terry Schumaker, RN - Student

Lisa Schwantes, Consultant

Joanne Spina, Assistant County Manager
La Plata County

Jim Sutherland, DDS
Oral Health Improvements

Deb Uroda, Marketing Director
Women's Resource Center

Tyler VanGemert, Licensed Acupuncturist
Mountain Medicine Acupuncture

Scott Wallace, SW Regional Director

Lynn Westberg, Retired RN
Coordinator of Volunteers-LPCC

John Whitney

Marrilee Williams
Tri-County Head Start

Diane Woomer, RN

Erin Youngblood, Medical Social Worker
Alpine Hospice Care