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

2017-2018 Board


President: Suzuho Shimasaki (2017-2018)
Now in sixth 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.

Past President: Brian Turner (2017-2018)
Now in third 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.

President Elect: Cerise Hunt (2017-2018)
Now in first term on board.

Cerise Hunt, MSW 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. 

Interim Treasurer: Katie Gelman

Now in first 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. 

Secretary: Masayo Nishiyama (2017 - 2018)
Now in first 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. 

Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC): Kim Boyd (2016-2017)
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 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.


Public Health Policy: Alison Harvey

Now in first term on board.

Alison Harvey is a public health specialist with considerable experience developing partner- ships, strategy and tools to improve population health outcomes. She is a systems thinker, experienced in working with diverse networks of individuals and organizations to advance common policy objectives that strengthen evidence-based public health practice. Alison worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) for 14 years, focusing on violence and injury prevention, disability, healthy aging, and chronic disease management. She is currently the Regional Health Connector for Boulder and Broomfield Counties, working to strengthen clinical-community partnerships.

Alison holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Yale University. 

Communications: Adam Anderson

Now in second term on board. 

 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.

Membership: Shana Santistevan

Now in first term on board.

Shana Santistevan RN, BSN is a public health nurse and the Director of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program at the Otero County Health Department. She also works as an Emergency Department nurse in her local facility. Living in a rural area, Shana is passioniate about small town health and actively encourages her community members to lead successful, healthy lives. She sits on the Board of the Southeastern Colorado Regional Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council; is the current secretary for the Otero County EMS Council; is the vice chair of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Panel Advisory Board; is an active member of the BOC Early Childhood Council and the Health and Wellness Taskforce for her local school district; and, lastly, the membership chair for CPHA.

Shana is currently finishing up her Master’s in Nursing through Grand Canyon University and will complete her FNP through Regis University in 2019.

Shana’s extracurricular interests include volunteering with the Rocky Ford Fire/EMS Department, sky diving, running, and being outside. 

Professional Education Sr. Chair: Alix Hopkins

Now in sixth term on board. 

Alexandra (Alix) Hopkins is a Nurse Manager in the Nursing Division at Tri-County Health Department. She is responsible for oversight of the child MCH Title V programs and the Core Nurse program. Prior to joining Tri-County Health Department in 2010, Ms. Hopkins completed the three year Public Health Prevention Service fellowship program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked for a year at the CDC Atlanta headquarters and for two years as an assignee to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ms. Hopkins has worked as a maternity and pediatric nurse in Chapel Hill NC, Exeter NH and Burlington VT. Ms. Hopkins has a B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Professional Education Sr. Co-Director: Halley Hadfield

Now in second term on board.

Halley is a health equity advocate driven by the opportunity to use her unique skills around responsible communication and inclusive marketing strategies. While earning her Bachelors in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University, Halley gained firsthand experience of the inefficiencies of the current health care model due to her father’s metastatic diagnosis. Inspired by the opportunity to improve such experiences for others, Halley has since devoted her career to enhancing outreach, engagement, and community integration efforts at various organizations ranging from non-profits and government agencies to community groups and local start-up initiatives 

Professional Education Jr. Director: Rickey Tolliver

Now in first 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. 

Health Equity: Jason Vitello

Now in second term on board.

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.

Student Co-Director: Marisa Westbrook 
Now in first term on board. 

Marisa Westbrook is a PhD student in Health and Behavioral Sciences at CU Denver, working in research and as a teaching assistant for undergraduate students in public health. Her research interests focus on raising community voices, addressing the structural determinants that act as barriers for health equity, and bringing a critical multidisciplinary lens to the field of public health.

Marisa served on the 2017 Public Health in the Rockies Conference Planning Committee, as the lead of the Volunteer sub-committee and as a member of the Activities sub-committee. She holds a BA in International Affairs with a focus in Global Health, and an MPH in Health and Social Behavior with a specialty area in Multicultural Health. 

Student Director: Daaimah (Dee) LaVigne

Now in first term on board.

Board Members At-Large

Jim Rada

Now in first term on board. 

Jim Rada currently serves as the Environmental Health Services Division Director for Jefferson CountyPublic Health, a role he has held for the past five and a half years. As a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, he has devoted his entire career to service as a public health official at the county government level.

Prior to joining Jefferson County Public Health, Rada worked as Garfield County’s first environmental health manager. In that role, Jim was responsible for water quality monitoring, oversaw septic systems and public information about communicable diseases, and was instrumental in developing the county’s air monitoring program. Jim Rada’s diverse 36-year career experience has taken him to diverse communities dealing with issues ranging from consumer health and water quality, to the built environment relationship to health, and the public health impacts of oil and gas development. Although Mr. Rada’s focus has been on community level issues, he has also participated on many committees, advisory boards, and task forces in the development of policies, regulations, and legislation with statewide application, most recently as a Colorado Water Quality Control Commissioner. Jim also currently sits on the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Board of Directors, and is leading an effort on Colorado to update the 

Ronica Rooks

Now in first term on board. 

Ronica N. Rooks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences (HBS) at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research examines social determinants and chronic conditions, particularly focused on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic status health disparities in cardiovascular diseases and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She teaches a graduate course in Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health and undergraduate courses in Social Determinants of Health, Health Policy, and Health, Culture, and Society. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park focused on social stratification and social demography. She has pre-doctoral training in Health and Aging at the National Center for Health Statistics and post-doctoral training in Geriatric Epidemiology at the National Institute on Aging and Health Disparities at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. She previously served as Graduate Program Director in HBS; member on the Task Force on Minority Issues in Gerontology, Gerontological Society of America (GSA); abstract reviewer for the Public Health in the Rockies, GSA, and American Heart Association (AHA) conferences; and grant reviewer for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, AHA, and National Science Foundation.

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Association Management Support

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Staff Executive: Kim Gill

Government Relations Consultant

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