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Staff and Board

Staff:

Lea Ann Purvis, Interim Executive Director | lpurvis@cohealthinitiative.org
Engaged as Interim Executive Director the end of January 2014, Lea Ann brings a passion for nonprofits to CCHI with over 30 years of state and national experience in health care. Her skills include facilitation, consensus building, program design, public policy and communications.

Lea Ann has a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a Health Care Emphasis and a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications.

Debra Judy, Policy Director | djudy@cohealthinitiative.org
Debra Judy joined CCHI in September 2010 as Policy Director. In that capacity, she is working to promote policies that facilitate access to quality and affordable health care for all Coloradans. Debra received a B. A. in Political Science from Williams College, a J. D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and, in June 2010, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. For many years, Debra worked first as a lawyer and then as a consultant advising clients on various environmental issues, primarily involving the cleanup of complex hazardous waste sites. More recently, she has been active in her community, particularly in the local public schools. Her social work training concentrated on community and organizational practice, including program administration and evaluation, community organizing, and policy analysis and advocacy.

Adam Fox, Director of Strategic Engagement | afox@cohealthinitiative.org
Adam joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) in July 2011, where he started as CCHI's Membership Coordinator. As the Director of Strategic Engagement, Adam oversees all communications, media and engagement strategies to ensure CCHI's policy and education goals are achieved. Adam enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives and taking opportunities to amplify the strength of CCHI's membership coalition.

Adam has worked with a variety of non-profit and volunteer organizations both in the U.S. and abroad to help youth, rural communities and facilitate processes among diverse stakeholders. Before coming to CCHI, Adam worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs to promote access to public health programs and implement health education programs with youth.

Adam earned his M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2009 and his B.A. in International Studies, Anthropology, and Spanish from Pacific University in 2007. Adam grew up in Wyoming, and was happy to return to the Rockies and call Colorado home after completing his graduate studies.

Ryan Biehle, Policy Associaterbiehle@cohealthinitiative.org
Ryan joined CCHi in June 2013. As the Policy Associate he provides analysis and education on health policy to advocate for barrier-free access to quality health care. Driven by his enthusiasm for empowering underserved communities, Ryan has worked in the public and nonprofit sectors for over eight years. While earning his B.A. in Political Science and English from CU Boulder, he founded a statewide organization that empowered students to advocate for higher education access and affordability. 

Prior to joining CCHI, Ryan served in U.S. Senator Mark Udall's Washington, D.C. office where he worked in constituent correspondence and communications on issues including health care and education. Most recently, he worked in Governor John Hickenlooper's Office of Policy and Research, and as the Field Coordinator for a successful campaign to fund Aurora Public Schools. Ryan is pursuing his Master of Public Health and Public Administration at CU Denver. He grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado where he cultivated a health appreciation for backpacking, skiing and golf. 

Tiffany Carlyon, Membership Coordinator | tcarlyon@cohealthinitiative.org
Tiffany joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative in April 2012. As the Membership Coordinator Tiffany ensures that all CCHI members have the resources and messaging necessary to best communicate with their constituents. Additionally, Tiffany manages the ACA Implementation Year 3 grant for CCHI in which the goal of the grant to ensure Colorado's online health insurance marketplace is working for Colorado consumers. Having grown up in a small town in Northeastern Arizona Tiffany is particularly interested in rural health care matters. Tiffany is a firm believer that people should be able to get the care they need when they need it and is proud to work for CCHI to help ensure we can meet this common sense goal. Tiffany is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration at CU Denver. 

Tiffany loves bluegrass music and has made it a personal goal to learn to play the fiddle. She is also a registered yoga and indoor cycling teacher. "The mountains are calling and I must go" is a mantra Tiffany lives by and as such she loves to spend her free time outdoors backpacking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, and doing yoga. 

Matthew Valeta, Health Policy Analyst | mvaleta@cohealthinitiative.org 
Matthew Valeta joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative in June 2012 as a fellow from Colorado College’s Public Interest Fellowship Program. As a Health Policy Analyst, Matthew tracks health policy developments in Colorado and helps coordinate consumer outreach and education efforts with CCHI's members and partners. At Colorado College Matthew graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He previously interned with Senator Mark Udall’s office in Washington D.C. and at the National Conference of State Legislatures' health program. Matthew gained an interest in health care policy from these experiences and was inspired to write his senior thesis on efforts to control the rising cost of health care in the Affordable Care Act. At Colorado College Matthew was captain of the club baseball and debate teams and played jazz/funk trombone. In his free time Matthew enjoys going to Rockies games, biking, and playing golf.

Charlotte Kaye, Health Policy Fellow ckaye@cohealthinitiative.org
Charlotte Kaye joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative in June 2013 as the health policy fellow from Colorado College's Public Interest Fellowship Program. At Colorado College, Charlotte graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Classics/History/Political Science. After spending a semester studying health and community development in the Dominican Republic, and a summer with ClinicNET in Aurora, she decided to focus her senior year thesis on women's healthcare issues in Latin America. At Colorado College, Charlotte worked as an admissions fellow, served on the Honor Council, and volunteered with a children's outdoor education program. Charlotte loves to run, camp, and ski in her free time. 

Nina Roumell, Strategic Engagement Fellow | nroumell@cohealthinitiative.org
Nina Roumell joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative in June 2013 as the strategic engagement fellow from Colorado College's Public Interest Fellowship Program. Nina graduated from Colorado College with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and spent a semester in India studying public health. After developing an interest in access to health care, Nina interned at Housing Works in Washington D.C. organizing a "We Can End AIDS" mobilization. At Colorado College Nina was the captain of the women's track and field team. She enjoys running, skiing, and good food! 

Board of Directors:

Chris Crigler, Board Chair CAP Management

Becky Long, Secretary/Treasurer | Conservation Colorado
Becky Long, is the Advocacy Director for Conservation Colorado. She oversees advocacy and policy work to protect Colorado's public lands, healthy rivers, and clean air. Working with a statewide team at the regional, federal, and state level she has a range of experience in policy making, with a specialty in state level work and spends many hours at the state legislature. She hopes to bring her expertise in state policy making, building winning campaigns, and Colorado politics to the CCHI board in order to add to the great work. Being on the Board of CCHI is an incredible opportunity to engage in a dynamic policy area and watch a changing landscape unfold. What an exciting time for CCHI and Colorado!

Debra Thomas, Board Member | Advocate
Debra Thomas began her career in communications and public policy as a broadcast news reporter and anchor.  She covered local and state government in West Virginia and was the first woman to anchor a major newscast in that market.  Debra moved to Denver to work for KMGH-TV and then moved to US WEST, where she worked in communications and public policy. She specialized in regulatory and legislative communications during the telecommunications industry’s transition from a regulated monopoly to a competitive industry and was the company’s liaison with many consumer groups. In 1996, Debra was named Assistant Vice President of College Communications at Metropolitan State College of Denver (now Metropolitan State University), where she headed the department responsible for marketing, media relations and internal/external communications.  Debra was part of the team that convinced the state legislature to grant Metro independent status.  In 2004, Debra became Vice President of Programs at The Colorado Health Foundation, where she helped the organization grow into the state’s largest foundation. During her time at the Foundation, she was responsible for internal and external communications, marketing and operations. She also oversaw the Foundation’s five medical residency programs, adult day care centers, lactation and milk bank programs. Debra retired in 2010 and has continued her involvement in health care policy, as well as teaching English as a Second Language to recent immigrants.

Barb Yondorf, Board Member | Yondorf & Associates
Barbara Yondorf is president of Yondorf & Associates, a Denver-based, health-policy consulting firm. Yondorf & Associates researches health policy issues, conducts feasibility studies, provides strategic planning and facilitation services, drafts legislation and prepares grant proposals. She regularly speaks to national groups and has written numerous health policy reports, studies and white papers. Most recently, she completed a series of 13 health care cost containment briefs for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Before starting her own company, Barbara served in senior positions at a Denver-based community foundation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado Division of Insurance and Colorado Department of Health. She also was a budget analyst for the Colorado General Assembly. Barbara has been a member of numerous board and commissions including, most recently, the national Advisory Board on Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, the Consumer Participation Board of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and the boards of Colorado’s Center for Improving Value in Health Care and Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. Barbara has a BA with Honors from the University of Chicago and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Sharon O'Hara, Board Member | National Multiple Sclerosis Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter
As the Executive Vice President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, Sharon works with and reports to the President to assure efficient internal operations of the Chapter. She is primarily responsible to advance the Chapter's mission through strategic development and implementation of the programs and services to persons with MS and their families. She is also the staff person responsible for one board management committee: Government Relations.

Prior to coming to the Chapter in 2007, Sharon had executive management positions in the private community based health care organizations and with the non-profit American Humane Association. Her extensive and varied experience includes a proven track record in leading teams, supporting key decisions makers, building collaborative relationships, public speaking, and working with state and local policy makers to develop innovative programs to address complex social issues. Sharon has a Master's degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. 

Allie Moore, Board Member | Advocate
Allie Moore is a Colorado native and dedicated consumer advocate.  She is currently pursuing a JD at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Most recently, she served as the Public Policy Coordinator for the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. At the Society, Allie worked on legislative and regulatory policies that advanced the interests of people with chronic diseases in Colorado.  She previously served as the co-chair for CCHI's Policy Committee. Allie has a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Denver, Institute for Public Policy Studies. 

Jean Scandlyn, Board Member | Research Associate Professor
Jean is Research Associate Professor in the Departments of Health and Behavioral Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Colorado, downtown Denver campus. A medical anthropologist, her research interests focus on adolescence and early adulthood, migration and health care in American society, and global health with a focus on South America. Jean has completed a variety of community-based studies using qualitative methods and, with colleague Sarah Hautzinger and students at Colorado College and UCD has just completed an ethnographic study of the effects of multiple deployments on soldiers, their families, and the community of Colorado Springs. As a Fulbright scholar, she led collaborative workshops on qualitative research methods with staff of health-related non-governmental organizations in Bolivia and has served as a consultant on health-related qualitative research projects in Botswana, Guatemala, and the US. She has served on the boards of directors of Urban Peak and The Youth Connection and Colorado Kids Create! and is committed to working for health equity in Colorado.

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