Meet our 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders Core Cohort!

We are currently accepting applications for Delegates on the Core Cohort now! The ELC CORE COHORT empowers new or transitioning public health professional's involvement in the CPHA. Delegates engage in CPHA through its 5 main committees in leadership roles to ensure that the new public health professional voice is integrated into all aspects of CPHA. The overall purpose of the Delegate position is to take a combination of approaches in giving early career professionals, nontraditional public health workers, and students solid exposure to the multi-faceted nature of public health.


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Lisa Peters, Senior Director
Senior Healthcare Consultant, BKD CPA's and Advisors
Lisa has played a role on BKD CPA’s and Advisors’ Healthcare team for several years. She is a Senior Healthcare Consultant providing a variety of services, including Medicare and Medicaid cost report preparation and reimbursement consulting. She assists clients with Medicare bad debt and reimbursement analyses, wage index reviews, volume decline and geographic reclassification, and various low volume and disproportionate share hospital applications. Lisa is passionate to support her clients tackle their healthcare and reimbursement needs.


This year, Lisa will be serving as the Emerging Leaders Senior Director at CPHA. She is very excited to empower and lift up the voices of students and early career professionals in the Colorado public health community. Lisa is also the Co-Chair of the Aspiring Leaders Committee through the Healthcare Financial Management Association Colorado Chapter.

In her free time, Lisa loves serving the community. She is a second-year Chair of the Foundation Committee, BKD’s charitable arm. She has served three years on the Young Professionals Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope, raising over $200,000 for Colorado high school students who overcame a challenging or disadvantaged background.

Lisa is a 2019 graduate of Colorado Christian University, Denver, with bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health through Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and expects to graduate in 2023.



Samantha Bertomen, Associate Director
Community-Based Organizations Coordinator, Tri-County Health Department

Samantha (she/her/hers) is the Community-Based Organizations Coordinator at Tri-County Health Department. Through this position, she builds community partnerships, manages funding, and provides resources to support long-term recovery from COVID-19. As a Master of Public Health student and Student Senator at the Colorado School of Public Health, Samantha represents her peers and assists in coordinating the university’s annual Emerging Leaders Conference. She serves on several Colorado Public Health Association committees, including the Public Health in the Rockies Conference Committee, the Communications and Membership Committee, and the Public Health Policy Committee.

Samantha previously worked at a non-profit health insurance company, Blue Shield of California, where she organized biometric screenings and flu shot events, implemented virtual wellness programs for clients and their employees, and served as a panelist at large nutrition and fitness events. Applying her undergraduate degree in nutrition, Samantha represented Blue Shield of California as a nutrition expert at events such as Wellvolution, ¡Unidos!, and California Schools Employee Benefits Association.

Samantha aspires to one day apply her skills and experience to supporting foreign health systems and work abroad - she plans to carry out her Master of Public Health student practicum overseas.