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


2020-2021 Board


President: Kim Boyd (2019 - 2021) 

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.

President Elect: Jason Vitello (2020 - 2023)

Jason Vitello is the Behavioral Health Coordinator at Denver Public Health, an adjunct professor at the University Of Denver Graduate School Of Social Work, and a community activist. He is also a national speaker on social justice, critical race theory, criminal justice reform, father engagement, male mental health, and collective liberation. In 2017, Jason founded the Colorado Public Health Association’s Health Equity Coalition and was elected as the first Health Equity Director. He presently serves as the Health Equity Officer. Prior to his career in public health, Jason was a social worker and therapist who provided advocacy, mentorship, case management and clinical services. 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.

Health Equity Officer: Robert Franklin (2020 - 2023)

Robert Franklin, II, serves as the Diversity, Health Equity and Inclusion Programs Manager for Children’s Human Resources and within the Child Health Advocacy Institute.  The work of his position involves engaging the entire health system in considering difference and its impact on work and care in our community.  Guided by a coordinated strategy, Robert’s programs and initiatives engage care givers to learn and talk about, celebrate and take action in response to difference.

For nearly two decades, Robert has worked with youth serving organizations through throughout the nations in training, advocacy, program development, change leadership and management activities. Most recently, with Colorado State University, Robert co-chaired the Diversity Catalyst Team, and served as leader trainer and coach with Denver Public Schools and Parks and Recreation.

A youth developer by trade, education and passion, Robert has worked to positively impact the lives of young people, their families and communities through advocacy, ally-ship and educational programming. Focused on creating new and inclusive opportunities for learning and engaging, Robert and his wife, Melissa, built MNMR, LLC to further their passions, merging entertaining performances and opportunities to learn – the EduTainment Experience.  Each experience is designed to engage its audience, and in doing so, provide lasting, memorable, and tangible “ah-ha!” moments.

Secretary: Sarah Lampe (2019 - 2022)

I have worked in the public health field for over 15 years, including conducting research and evaluation in community development; leading processes for coalition development; developing and implementing education assessment and evaluation; and managing, directing, and carrying out research on school health, the built environment, and public health systems. Most notably over the last few years, I was instrumental in the creation and direction of the Regional Health Connector Program, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute's Pipeline to Proposal Program and have expertise in planning, evaluating, and constantly improving a public health programs centered on the strengths of communities. I have a persistent passion for eliminating health inequities and building community collaborations to achieve positive public health outcomes. I have worked for Trailhead for the last five years in varying roles and currently holds the position as CEO of Trailhead. Prior to working at Trailhead I was a Program Manager for CALPHO where I ran research projects for the Colorado Public Health Practice Based Research Network and evaluation projects for the Public Health Alliance of Colorado. In the role with CALPHO I worked closely with the 10 public health associations in Colorado, including CPHA on the administration of their organization's including membership, events and cross organization collaboration. 

Treasurer: Katie Gelman (2019 - 2021)






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. 

Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC): Tara Thomas-Gale (2020 - 2023)






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 Coalition Senior Director: Ashley Wheeler-Bell (2019-2021)

Ashley has been an instrumental force in the development of the Health Equity Coalition from its inception. She has assisted in the design, development and implementation of the Coalition Charter and in the review and revision of the CPHA Strategic Work Plan and Bylaws. She has been meaningfully engaged with every work group and in relationship building which has been crucial to our growth and success. Outside of coalition work, she has implemented multiple initiatives including: an analysis on the diversity of Denver Public Health and subsequent recommendations to increase inclusivity; lead a team to create the internal HE SharePoint site; presented HE work at various conferences and meetings; co-created and implemented the Denver Public Health community engagement committee and completed a national fellowship on equity and leadership.

Health Equity Coalition Associate Director: Lorena Dawson (2020-2022)


Interim Communications Senior Director: Kelsey Robinson (2020-2021)


Communications Associate Director: Jessica Murison (2020-2022


Membership Senior Director - Valerie Larson (2019-2021)

I have participated in several boards related to health care such as CDPHE, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. I have worked in health care in some capacity for the past 20 + years. I have presented at the annual Public Health conference in the past. My background is communications and I have a strong desire to help the rural community at large. 

Membership Associate Director: Molly Gutilla (2020-2022) 


Public Health Policy Senior Director: Allison Howe (2019-2021)

Allison graduated from The Colorado School of Public Health in 2009 with an emphasis in Community Health Education. She has also maintained her credential as a Certified Health Education Specialist for ten years because the professional development allows her to better assess health promotion and services from an administrative perspective.
Her public health experience spans multiple sectors, including maternal and child health, reproductive health, vaccine education and compliance, food insecurity, childhood obesity, health services navigation, and increasing access to recreation. She is engaged with community organizing and serves as an elected councilwoman for the City of Fort Morgan. Allison understands that policy is critical in changing systems and she loves the challenge.
Her current professional role is Director of Client Health Services for the Northeast Colorado Health Department. She oversees the agency's largest division which includes Reproductive Health, Immunizations, School Wellness, Tobacco Prevention, WIC, Oral Health, among others. She joins the CPHA Board as the Associate Policy Director and looks forward to helping set legislative priorities that impact the communities we serve.

Public Health Policy Associate Director: Martha Profit (2020-2022)


Emerging Leaders Senior Director: Nalleli Ramirez-Salinas (2019-2021)


Nalleli Ramirez-Salinas is a Program Coordinator for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment- Office of Behavioral Health Strategies. In this role she oversees a federally funded project with the purpose of increasing mental health awareness among city agencies and community organizations and establishing linkages with community-based mental health agencies in the provision of mental health related services and supports.

Nalleli received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2012 and is currently an MPH candidate at the Colorado School of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal & Child Health. Nalleli has extensive experience serving diverse communities of color in various professional capacities aimed at addressing disparities in educational achievement and health-related outcomes. As a first-generation immigrant she is passionate about equity and serving under-represented individuals, groups, and communities.  

Emerging Leaders Associate Director: Jennifer Villalobos (2020-2022)


PHiR Senior Director: Venice Williams (2019-2021)


Venice Ng Williams is a mixed-methods health services researcher at CU Anschutz's Prevention Research Center for Family & Child Health and Adjunct Instructor in Health Systems, Management & Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health. Her research relates to improving the implementation of prevention programs like Nurse-Family Partnership through cross-sector collaborations and integrating public health and healthcare systems. Venice has a range of experience in public health, including conducting health impact assessments to inform child welfare health policy, evaluating systems change interventions with Urban Indian health centers, developing collegiate tobacco control policies, and implementing reproductive health education with inner city youth. 
Venice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Sciences from UCLA, and a PhD in Health Services Research from the Colorado School of Public Health. She is a first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong to Vancouver, Canada. Despite being a transplant in Colorado, she has embraced the state's great offerings. She enjoys her free time with her husband and black lab, home gardening, keeping bees, hiking, skiing, doing yoga and watching hockey (go Canucks!). Venice is passionate about working with communities to improve their health and excited to lead the planning of Public Health in the Rockies this year!

PHiR Associate Director: Heather Weir (2020-2022)



CoD Senior Director: Kelsey Fife (2019-2021)

Kelsey earned her MPH from the University of Arizona and her BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado Denver. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She works remotely for the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a Professional Research Assistant and is an adjunct instructor at Colorado Mesa University. She previously worked for Mesa County Public Health as a Health Promotion Specialist on the Epidemiology team as a bridge between health promotions and data. She has worked on projects improving community health through tobacco prevention and cessation, substance use and suicide prevention, and promoting the use of active transportation. Kelsey grew up in Western Colorado and enjoys exploring the outdoors with her fiancé and Husky puppy. 

CoD Associate Director: Julia Simhai (2020-2022) 

At-Large: Pamela Valenza (2020-2021)

PHN Section Director: Mary Doran (2020-2021)

PHN Section Associate Director: Angela Fellers LeMire (2020-2022)

At-Large; Ex Officio Past President: Chris Urbina (2020 - 2021)



Government Relations Consultant

Diana Protopapa, Frontline Public Affairs