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The CPHA Board is all-volunteer organization. The Board comprises CPHA's Officers, Directors and other Members who serve as the governing body of the Association, with the support of other organizations and individuals who provide, e.g., administrative or lobbying services. The Board transacts the business of the Association at monthly meetings between Annual Association Meetings held at the Public Health in the Rockies conference.
The CPHA Board Year runs from September through October.
Terms vary for each position as provide in the Bylaws.
OfficersPresident: Brian Turner (2016-2017)
Now in second term on board.
Brian is employed as the Deputy Director for the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC), which is the membership organization for Colorado’s community behavioral health system. Brian worked as Public Policy Specialist and Statewide Programs Manager for CBHC before moving into his current position where he is responsible for spearheading complex advocacy strategies, including targeted outreach, coalition building, and mobilizing efforts on behalf of CBHC and its members. His work has focused heavily on health reform; veterans’ mental health; reducing homelessness; the integration behavioral and physical healthcare; and prevention and wellness efforts statewide.
Beginning in 2011, Brian has served as Director for Mental Health First Aid Colorado, a collaborative public health initiative focused on the strategic dissemination and growth of the program statewide. Brian earned his Master’s in Public Health, emphasis in Health Systems, Management, and Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Past President: Burke Fishburn (2016- 2017)
Burke Fishburn has over 30 years experience in public policy, strategy and executive management. He is currently the owner and principal consultant of Fishburn & Associates. He provides public health policy support to several governments and organizations in South-East Asia, the Asia-Pacific region, and African countries. His clients have included the World Health Organization (WHO) at Headquarters, Regional, Subregional and country levels, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the International Union Against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, International Development and Research Center (Canada) and the Global Smokefree Partnership. Burke is a former Regional Adviser for the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative, served as Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Evaluation at CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health and also worked for former US Senator Thomas Daschle (D-SD).
Treasurer: Micaela Cohen Kirshy (2016-2018)
Micaela Cohen Kirshy is the Manager for Performance Management and Quality Improvement at the Public Health Foundation where she focuses on helping communities build and improve their public health infrastructure and programs. Prior to joining the Public Health Foundation, Micaela served as the Director of Medical Services at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association where she spearheaded and grew education, research, and health promotion initiatives intended to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension among medical providers. Mrs. Kirshy also spent several years managing direct service and advocacy programs for survivors of sexual violence, first with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and later with the Military Sexual Trauma Support Team of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Micaela is also a certified yoga teacher providing free yoga in untraditional settings in the Denver area, and a birth doula for underserved populations. Micaela holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Lehigh University, and a Master of Public Health and a Master of Clinical Social Work from Boston University.
Interim Secretary: Cassidy Smith (2016-2017)
Cassidy Smith is an experienced health care policy and public health professional, holding program and project management roles within nonprofit organizations, state government agencies and academic institutions. She has more than 15 years of experience with innovative program design, implementation and evaluation and has worked closely with health insurance plans, foundations, health care providers, consumers, advocates, government agencies and policymakers to advance health care reform initiatives. Cassidy is Deputy Director of Accountable Care at Colorado Access, a nonprofit health plan that provides access to behavioral and physical health services for Coloradans.
Cassidy has held positions at Peer Assistance Services, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, The Colorado Health Foundation, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and HealthTeamWorks. Cassidy completed the Advanced Leadership Training Program at the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership. She is past president of the Colorado Society for Public Health Education and a volunteer ambassador for Bonfils Blood Center. She earned her master’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and her undergraduate degree from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
Interim [APHA] Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC): Kim Boyd (2016-2017)
Kim is currently the President of Lolina, Inc., a consultancy with clients in the healthcare, human services and the public health arena. Kim has been involved in healthcare and public health for over 20 years as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner. Kim works with clients to provide variety of services including, but not limited to, strategic planning, leadership development, employee engagement, community partnerships, grant management, program development and evaluation, and professional coaching. Kim has a particular passion for health policy and supporting systems that aim to improve that health of our Colorado communities.
Kim volunteers as a peer coach for the Regional Institute of Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL) and is also active in the Colorado Public Health Mentoring Program (sponsored by CPHA, PHNAC, and CEHA). In addition, Kim is the outgoing Chair of Practice Council for the Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado and is the President of the Board of Directors for ClinicNET, the safety net clinic advocacy organization in Colorado. Kim earned a Masters of Science as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of Colorado in 2004.
President Elect: Suzuho Shimasaki (2016-2017)
Suzuho Shimasaki is a health equity and cultural inclusivity consultant with Catalysts for Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity (CARE Equity). Through the services of CARE Equity, Suzuho facilitates organizational capacity building as a means to addressing inequities across social determinants of health, improving the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate services for underserved communities, and guiding organizational leaders in creating transformational changes that ensure the vitality of their organizations. Suzuho also serves as the Suicide Prevention Project Coordinator at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center. Suzuho’s extracurricular interests include volunteering with social justice organizations, country line dancing, cycling, gardening, playing taiko, cooking, and watching the Broncos win the Super Bowl.
Public Health Policy: Amy Winterfeld
Amy Winterfeld has more than 11 years working in the field of public health policy, including efforts to prevent chronic disease, discourage tobacco use and promote healthy communities. She’s the author of numerous public health policy publications and presentations. As a lawyer by training, and a public health policy analyst by profession, she has considerable experience in tracking, reviewing and analyzing state, federal and local public health laws, codes and regulations on chronic disease prevention, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco-free public spaces, mental health and injury prevention policies.
She is a Chronic Disease Prevention Policy Specialist for Tri-County Health Department and also served as a Program Director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. She is a gradute of Brown University (BA) and University of Colorado School of Law (JD).
Membership: Adam Anderson
Adam Anderson has a strong commitment to improving the livability and health of our communities through direct community engagement, the physical design of our environments, and social/epidemiological research. He currently works at Tri-County Health Department as a Population Health Epidemiologist, and is also an adjunct instructor at the Colorado School of Public Health. He has worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and several architecture/land use planning firms across the country.
Adam has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky, a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health.
Meghan Prentiss- Sr. Director (2016-2017)
Meghan Prentiss is a public health professional with an international development and global health background. She currently works at Tri-County Health Department as a Program Assistant with the Epidemiology Planning and Communications Division. She provides assistance on three programs – Public Health Accreditation, Performance Improvement, and the Public Health Improvement Plan. Her main role at Tri-County has been developing and implementing the system for filing documents, reviewing documents, and tracking Public Health Accreditation Board requirements for the documentation process using Smartsheet and other tools. Meghan has served on the CPHA board for the past year as the Director of Professional Education Jr. Chair, assisting on various workgroups, and writing and managing CPHA’s accreditation readiness grant from the American Public Health Association with our Colorado Gaining Ground Initiative partners.
Meghan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University and an M.A. in International Development with a Global Health Affairs Certificate from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.
Sophia Yager- Jr. Director (2016-2017)
Sophia Yager is a Public Health Nurse Program Supervisor for Jefferson County Public Health and currently oversees Injury Prevention, Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs, and Maternal Child Health programs. She has been a public health professional for over 17 years and has worked in a variety of community and public health programs in Oregon and Colorado. She is dedicated to working to improve systems that impact health equity and has expertise related to Latino health.
Sophia has served as the lead for community health coalitions in Oregon and Colorado related to school health, immunizations, and most recently the Health in Early Childhood Collaborative in Jefferson County. She currently serves on the executive committee for the NICU Consortium and is a board member of El Centro Amistad in Boulder, Colorado. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and received her Bachelors of Nursing degree from Oregon Health and Science University.
Health Equity: Jason Vitello
Jason Vitello is a Behavioral Health Coordinator at Denver Public Health, a facilitator of the Family Leadership Training Institute in Denver Five Points, a member of the East5ide Unified Leadership Council and an adjunct professor and member of the Advisory Council on Racial Diversity at the University of Denver. He is also a speaker on issues related to social justice, inclusivity, toxic stress, mental health, father engagement and conscious masculinity.
As a social worker and therapist he has provided advocacy, mentorship, case management and clinical services to specialized and general populations. Jason has performed these interventions at the individual, family, community and population levels in multiple settings from small non-profits to county and federal level systems. It should be noted that before he was ever a provider of human services or family assistance - he was a recipient of them.
His ultimate interest is in the betterment of the human condition through fierce compassion, difficult conversations, collaboration across struggles, the peaceful obliteration of structural inequalities and comprehensive paradigm transformation.
If this doesn't work - he will return to bartending.
Communications: Gwendolyn West (2016-2017)
Gwendolyn is a Communications, Marketing, and Event Planning professional, has years of volunteerism and active membership in CPHA. She has been involved in CPHA’s activities since late 2014: member of the Marketing and Communications Subcommittee for the 2015 and 2016 Public Health in the Rockies (PHiR) conferences and 2016 Communications Subcommittee for the CPHA Board.
Gwendolyn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History at UC Berkeley and currently works for Equitas Foundation, a private operating foundation in the Denver area, focused on behavioral health and criminal justice policy reform.
Student Director: William Mundo (2016-2017)
William Mundo recently graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies, with a focus on health equity and indigenous Latin American communities. His next goal is a Master of Public Health Degree and to eventually obtain a medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. William is a native Spanish speaker and an Explore Public Health Program alumni.
Board Members At-Large
Kelly Conroy (2016-2017)
Kelly Conroy currently serves as a Public Health Nurse Supervisor at Jefferson County Public Health. She currently oversees the clinical services including Family Planning, Sexually Transmitted Infections; HIV; and Syringe Exchange programs. Kelly has worked in Public Health for over 15 years, including work with the Indian Health Services and as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her areas of expertise include sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention.
Kelly has been a fixture with CPHA and Public Health in the Rockies (PHiR), previously serving as the CPHA Professional Education Director, and has continued volunteering for the PHiR planning committee to ensure the success of the conference. She is a graduate of University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, with a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University.
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