CPHA Board

The CPHA Board is an all-volunteer organization. The Board comprises of CPHA's Officers, Directors and other Members who serve as the governing body of the Association and is supported by other organizations and individuals who provide 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 and through its committees.

The CPHA Board Year runs from September through August.

Terms vary for each position as provided in the Bylaws.

Bylaws descriptions of each Board position

2018-2019 Board


President: Cerise Hunt (2018 - 2019)

Now in second term on board.

Cerise Hunt is the Director for the Center for Public Health Practice and Instructor in Community and Behavioral Health at Colorado School of Public Health. In this role, she is responsible for the formation of community linkages that guide public health practice, provision of continuing education and workforce development opportunities in public health, and engagement in public health practice research. Cerise was instrumental in the formation of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative and the Far Northeast Health Alliance. She is also a founding member of the Healthy Babies Strong Families Healthy Start Community Action Network, which is a multi-sector collective impact initiative committed to the reduction of the African American/Black infant mortality rate and the promotion of positive birth outcomes. Prior to her employment with the Colorado School of Public Health, Cerise was the Health Disparities Specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Health Disparities. There, she was charged with developing and implementing state- wide strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. Cerise’s research interest include health equity, social determinants of health, cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, community-campus partnerships, and community outreach and mobilization among diverse populations. 


Past President: Suzuho Shimasaki (2018 - 2019)

Now in seventh term on board.

Suzuho Shimasaki is recognized across Colorado as a public health leader with vast experiences in health equity strategies and programming, transformational organizational and community change, workforce development through peer-to-peer learning, and collaborative community engagement. Outside of CPHA, Suzuho serves as the Evaluation Manager of ECHO Colorado and the Principal of Catalysts for Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity (CARE Equity). Personally and professionally, Suzuho is invested in building a healthy and just society, creating opportunities for individuals and communities to achieve their desired potential, and living a life of purpose, striving each day to live up to the name Suzuho, which illustrates sails in the cool breeze and finding direction through the use of all that is encompassed in one’s surroundings. Suzuho earned a BA in Sociology from UC Davis, an MPH from UCLA, and a DrPH from the ColoradoSPH. Suzuho’s extracurricular interests include hiking, country line dancing, cycling, gardening, watching Broncos games, and playing taiko.


President Elect: Kim Boyd (2018 - 2019)

Now in third term on board. 

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 22 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. Kim earned her Master’s of Science/Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of Colorado in 2004. Kim is certified as a Gallup Strengths Coach, certified in EQ-i Emotional Intelligence and as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.


Interim Secretary: Terry Downing (2018 - 2019)

Now in first term on board. 

Terry Downing is a physician who works with health care providers to evaluate and navigate health care delivery. Terry believes he can facilitate patients getting the fastest, most effective care while avoiding common problems seen in today’s elderly health care system. Terry has helped older patients, and their families, with chronic health problems such as strokes and dementia. Assuring kind, safe, and effective care has been a gratifying goal. Terry is a physician who has trained at the University of Colorado, Baylor University, The University of Iowa, and UCLA. He is Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and in Surgery. He is a life member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Surgeons, and the American College of medical Quality. Terry is  a member of the Colorado Guardianship Association, a court-appointed Guardian, and a specialist in the evaluation of medical care, medical record keeping, and medical care standards.


Treasurer: Katie Gelman (2018 - 2019)

Now in second term on board. 

Katie Gelman is the Director of Public and Behavioral Health at OMNI Institute, a nonprofit social science research agency with a mission to strengthen the nonprofit, public and phil- anthropic sectors through evaluation research, capacity building, and technology solutions. Katie has experience across a range of population health evaluation projects, spanning clini- cally focused and community level evaluations. She has significant experience in evaluating behavioral health prevention and treatment projects, as well as across other areas of public health including maternal and child health evaluations, needs assessment and epidemiologi- cal analysis, and supporting local communities in public health improvement planning. Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Skidmore College, a Master of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University, and a Doctor of Public Health degree in Community and Behavioral Health with a minor concentration in Epidemi- ology from the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Public Health. She is trained in Mental Health First Aid, is a Colorado Certified Prevention Specialist II, and serves on the Colorado Prevention Certification Board. 


Interim Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC): Tara Thomas-Gale (2018 - 2019)

Now in first term on board. 

Tara has more than 15 years’ experience building collaborative relationships with health professionals, government, and community partners to implement initiatives in the areas of maternal child health, home visitation and health care delivery. She currently leads family planning and health education efforts for Denver Health, the region’s safety-net health system.

Tara serves on the State & Local Strategies Advisory Group for Power to Decide, formerly the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, City Match’s Reproductive Justice Action Group, and volunteers with the CPHA Mentoring Program.  She holds an MPH in Global Health from George Washington University and completed a post-graduate fellowship in International Healthcare Management with Yale University in Ethiopia.



Health Equity: Jason Vitello

Now in third term on board.

Jason Vitello is the 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 Graduate School of Social Work. He is a national speaker on social justice, health equity, adversity and resilience, critical race theory, collective impact, mental health, father engagement and conscious masculinity. As the Director of Health Equity for the Colorado Public Health Association he chairs a cross sector coalition dedicated to the advancement of health equity education and advocacy across the state.

Prior to his career in Public Health, Jason was a social worker and therapist who provided advocacy, mentorship, case management and clinical services to specialized and general populations. Jason has performed these interventions at the individual, family, and community 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: Chris Jones

Now in first term on board. 

Chris Jones is a Program Manager with CPC Community Health. He has over 5 years of public health experience serving the health needs of vulnerable populations through program management of evidence based prevention programs aimed at reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more recently anxiety and depression among communities across the state of Colorado. Chris has been fortunate enough to refine skillsets including grant development and management, program design and implementation, management of comprehensive public health outreach, electronic public health record system development, and program evaluation.

Chris attended Colorado State University where he completed his undergraduate work in Cultural Anthropology. While maintaining his role at CPC, Chris completed his Master of Public Health with a focus in Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health Anschutz Medical Campus. Pairing Cultural Anthropology with an academic Public Health perspective has provided Chris with a strong drive to work directly with undeserved communities around his home state of Colorado.


Membership: Amanda Mancuso

Now in first term on board.

Amanda currently works for a start-up in Fort Collins, called The Food Corridor, that providers and develops innovations in the food system. She has spent many years working in different areas improving the food system including school health, gardens and the Farmers’ Market. You can find her seasonly selling peaches and apples for Ela Family Farms. On a higher level she spent time developing strategic plans for many public health departments around CHIP and other community health improvement initiatives. Prior to her career in food systems she spent almost ten years as a social worker in child protection for the Larimer County Department of Human Services. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public health. She is a Colorado native and loves just about everything the state has to offer. In her free time she spends time with her family, runs, bikes, camps, gardens, cooks, and does yoga. Amanda is dedicated and passionate about health.


Policy Sr. Director: Amy Winterfield

Now in third term on board.

Amy Winterfeld, JD, currently serves as Chronic Disease Prevention Policy Specialist and a policy coordinator at Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), a local public health agency in the metropolitan Denver area. In 2018, TCHD received one of the first National Advocate of the Year Awards from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) for its bipartisan federal advocacy efforts, which Amy helped to lead. Ms. Winterfeld is a Colorado-licensed attorney who has focused on public health policy for more than a dozen years. She earned her B.A. with honors in history from Brown University and her law degree from the University of Colorado.


Policy Jr. Director: Kaitlin Wolff

Now in first term on board.

Kaitlin is a public health nurse for Tri-County Health Department. She graduated from Tulane University with an MPH in Epidemiology and the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a BSN in nursing. She has worked in international settings, for hospitals, and in local public health for five years. Kaitlin has focused on women's health, refugee & immigrant populations, and immunizations. Currently, she works in the health department's Access to Care Program working to improve clinical-community linkages. 


Student Sr. Director: Daaimah (Dee) LaVigne

Now in second term on board.

Daaimah (Dee) LaVigne is an MPH student at The George Washington University and is a Life Science Specialist for VWR International. She holds a B.S in Biology from Arizona State, a M.S in Microbiology from Long Island University. Daaimah has done extensive research in the areas of infectious diseases and vaccinology at well noted institutions such as NIH and NYU School of Medicine. She has a deep understanding of basic science and research which are translatable to population health and epidemiology.

Daaimah’s passion for health equity and policy is paramount to her life’s work and is something she hopes to expand throughout her career. Daaimah is currently serving her second year as the Student Director for CPHA.


Student Jr. Director: Olivia Kenney

Now in first term on board.

Olivia Kenney is an Evaluation Coordinator with the Community Epidemiology and Program Evaluation Group at the Colorado School of Public Health. She became active with the Colorado Public Health Association in 2017, and her professional experience and interests include community engagement, health policy, health equity, qualitative research methods, and health education. She received her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health, and her BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University.   



PHiR Sr. Director: Masayo Nishiyama 

Now in second term on board.

Masayo has been a public health nurse for over 10 years. She graduated from South Dakota State University with BSN and Emory University with MPH/MSN in Global Health and Inter- national Nursing. Masayo is currently pursuing Doctor of Nursing Practice in Public Health Nurse Leader from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She started out her public health nursing career in Alaska. There, she enjoyed hands-on public health nursing experiences, like immunization, family planning, HIV/STI testing, STI treatment, tuberculosis testing and treatment, disease investigation, community organizing, and home visiting. Masayo moved to Colorado in 2015, currently works as Nurse Manager for HIV and Chronic Disease Prevention Programs at Tri-County Health Department. 


PHiR Jr. Director: Nathifa Miller

Now in first term on board.

Nathifa Miller’s career path began as a practicing attorney for 20 plus years.  She specialized in working with families and children that were at risk of being involved in various “systems.”  As an attorney, she provided expert legal advocacy and representation to specialized populations.  In this work, she promoted, supported, and applied a multidisciplinary approach to address the needs of the entire family.  She believed that this was a building block for systems change.  This work provided her the opportunity to work across the State of Colorado with local communities, city and state government agencies.  In addition, Nathifa developed various trailblazing programs such as the Prevention Partnership Program, in which she served as the Director.  During this chapter of her career, Nathifa developed a passion for public health. 

In 2016, Nathifa accepted a position as the Collective Impact Coordinator for the Healthy Babies Strong Families Black Infant Mortality initiative.  In 2017, she transitioned seamlessly into her current role as Workforce Development Senior Specialist, for the Center for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health. 

Nathifa’s passion for health and wellness is nurtured through her volunteer work within the community, and her advocacy for “whole health” as a Certified Fitness Trainer.  Also, she continues as a member of the Board of Continuing Legal Education, as appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court. 


CoD Sr. Director: Rickey Tolliver

Now in second term on board.

Rickey Tolliver, MPH serves as the Chief of the Health Surveys and Evaluation Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Rickey has been with the State Health Department for about 18 years providing data analysis and interpretation, coordination of surveillance systems, and innovation leadership. He currently provides oversight of the Evaluation Unit, Survey Research Program, and Health Surveys Unit. Rickey is also leading efforts to modernize Colorado’s population based public health surveillance systems. Rickey earned a BA in History from Metropolitan State University then served 4 years in the United States Air Force. During his service he simultaneously earned a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma. 


CoD Jr. Director: Esmeralda Santillano

Now in first term on board.

Esmeralda Santillano is the Prevention Services Administrator at Denver Human Services. In this role, Ms. Santillano is responsible for developing and implementing the delivery of child maltreatment prevention programming and services for the City and County of Denver, as well as developing partnerships with community-based organizations and service providers to enhance family protective factors. She has extensive experience supervising the implementation of federal, state and privately funded projects, including developing and monitoring work teams to ensure that projects meet their objectives on time and on budget.

Prior to joining Denver Human Services, she served as a bilingual licensed professional counselor where she developed and implemented culturally responsive behavioral health programs that focused on reducing the stigma of behavioral health among culturally and linguistically diverse communities and in increasing their overall wellness. Ms. Santillano has provided clinical services and has conducted staff trainings in cultural and linguistic responsiveness and mental health best practices. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Regis University.


At-Large: Jodi L. Javling

Now in first term on board.

Jodi L. Jalving is the Regional Advocacy Director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, managing the Rocky Mountain/Great Plains Region. Jodi has been with the Campaign for nearly 12 years and has worked in tobacco control/substance abuse prevention for over 15 years. Jodi manages tobacco control policy for eleven states, promoting and supporting legislation that prevents kids from starting tobacco use and assisting adults that wish to quit.

Prior to Jodi’s work with CFTFK, she was a Regional Prevention Specialist, working for six years statewide in Colorado with SAMSHA grantees. She completed a fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working both nationally and internationally on tobacco control. Jodi was awarded The Distinguished Graduate Award in 2007 from Alpena Community College. She is an alumni of the Americorps VISTA program, and a former candidate for the State House of Representatives within the State of Colorado, and for US Congress, Congressional District 2.

When Jodi is not working, she is avidly exploring the world, hiking, trailrunning, scubadiving, skiing, snowshoeing, enjoying a great cappuccino, eating great vegetarian food and spending time with her Siberian Husky and husband.


Board Officers/Executive Committee

Cerise Hunt
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Suzuho Shimasaki
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Kimberly Boyd
President Elect
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Terry Downing
Interim Secretary 
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Katie Gelman
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Tara Thomas-Gale
Interim ARGC 
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Board Directors

Jason Vitello
Health Equity Director
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Chris Jones
Communications Director
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Amanda Mancuso
Membership Director
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Amy Winterfeld
Policy Sr. Director
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Kaitlin Wolff
Policy Jr. Director
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Daaimah Lavigne
Student Sr. Director
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Masayo Nishiyama
PHiR Sr. Director 
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Nathifa Miller
PHiR Jr. Director 
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Rickey Tolliver
CoD Sr. Director
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Esmeralda Santillano:
CoD Jr. Director 
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Jodi L. Jalving
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Kimberly Boyd, RN, NP, ND
Lolina, Inc. 

Association Management Support

Civica Management 

Staff Executive: Kim Gill

Government Relations Consultant

Diana Protopapa, Frontline Public Affairs