Board of Directors

  • Chris McDowell, (Chair) Executive Director of Valley Health Alliance
  • Sherri Corey, (Vice Chair) Senior Clinical Account Manager of Quality Health Network
  • Karen Koenemann, (Secretary/Treasurer)  Public Health Director of Pitkin County
  • Sharon Raggio, (Past Chair) CEO of Mind Springs Health
  • Ross Brooks, CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers
  • Mary Baydarian,  Human Services Director of Garfield County
  • Kathryn Jantz,  Executive Director of Accountable Community Health Model.
  • Stacey Gavrell, Chief Community Relations Officer of Valley View Hospital
  • Elaine Gerson, General Counsel, Chief Transformation Officer at Aspen Valley Hospital
  • Christina Bolin, CFO of Grand River Hospital
  • Darrell Messersmith, VP of Information Technology, CIO & CMIO of  Vail Health
  • Rebecca Larson, Epidemiologist/Deputy of Director Eagle County Public Health
  • Rachel Forbes, Western Colorado MSW Program Director of Denver University

The board meets eight times per year: February, March, May, June, August, September, November, December.


Cristina Gair
Executive Director

 Cristina joined WMRHA as the Alliance's first Executive Director in 2017 with a focus on developing organizational leadership, strategy, innovation and sustainability. Cristina brings more than 15 years of experience working with health and human service non-profit organizations in the West Mountain region. Cristina has a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and a Bachelors of Journalism from the University of Missouri. Cristina is passionate about creating a community healthcare system that serves all people, and believes that this requires a focus on health equity and determinants of health.

Namrata Shrestha
Regional Health Connector, Region 12

Namrata joined WMRHA as the Regional Health Connector for Region 12 (Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, and Summit counties) in 2017 to identify the priority physical and behavioral issues facing the region, create connections with healthcare providers and other community organizations, and finally develop projects to address these issues and the region’s social determinants of health. Namrata has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wichita State in Kansas. Namrata is a native of Nepal, and she worked with Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in the international platform with a variety of partners including Governments, INGO ( UNICEF, World bank, WSSCC), NGO ( Red Cross Nepal, CODEF) and foreign aid program like USAID around WASH.

Katrina Stevens

Program Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer


Katrina is an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with WMRHA since July 2019. As Program Coordinator, Katrina works to facilitate and collaborate on ongoing and new projects to strive toward the Alliance’s goal of creating an integrated health system and improving the local residents’ health. Katrina graduated from Clarkson University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Previously she completed biological research, publishing two articles, and worked as a Project Coordinator in the Potsdam area for Parkinson’s Disease in Central New York. After her time as a volunteer, Katrina will be pursuing a medical degree with a focus in rural medicine. In her free time Katrina enjoys the outdoors by hiking, biking, and hammocking.

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