BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Chris McDowell, (Chair) Executive Director, Valley Health Alliance
  • Sherri Corey, (Vice Chair) Senior Clinical Account Manager, Quality Health Network
  • Karen Koenemann, (Secretary/Treasurer)  Public Health Director, Pitkin County
  • Sharon Raggio, (Past Chair) CEO, Mind Springs Health
  • Sharon Longhurst-Pritt,  Department of Human Services, Director, Garfield County
  • Stacey Gavrell, Chief Community Relations Officer, Valley View Hospital
  • Elaine Gerson, General Counsel, Chief Transformation Officer, Aspen Valley Hospital
  • Christina Bolin, CFO, Grand River Hospital
  • Julie Jackson, Director of Informatics, Clinical Quality Outcomes, Vail Health
  • Rebecca Larson, Epidemiologist/Deputy Director, Eagle County Public Health
  • Rachel Forbes, Western Colorado MSW Program Director, Denver University
  • Annette Franta, CFO, Mountain Family Health Centers

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

Staff Bios

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 17 years of leadership experience working with health and human service non-profit organizations in the West Mountain region. Cristina served as the Executive Director of Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance, Program Officer of Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, and Executive Director of The Eagle River Youth Coalition, now called Mountain Youth. Cristina has also worked with a variety of nonprofits to provide fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning and board retreats. Cristina has a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Change Management from Colorado State University and a Bachelors of Journalism from the University of Missouri. Cristina is passionate about creating a community integrated health system that serves all people, and believes that this requires a focus on health equity and social 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.

Aimee Kinning
WMRHA Intern - DU MSW Program

Aimee’s background includes fundraising, organizing and directing special events, promoting community awareness, managing social media campaigns and working to promote education in underdeveloped countries.
Aimee graduated from Washington College with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Women Studies with an emphasis on the UN. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Denver. She has served on the board of directors for the Africa School Assistance Project (ASAP), an organization dedicated to quality education in east Africa, the Associate Board of Directors for the Metro Denver Boys and Girls Club and the board of directors for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Colorado Chapter.
Aimee has previously worked for the social enterprise Women’s Bean Project and was a co-founder of the RK Foundation in 2011 in which she remained Vice President until 2019.
Currently, Aimee resides in the Vail Valley with her dog Rio.

 

Previous AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers

Katrina Stevens (2019 -2020)
Program Coordinator
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

As Program Coordinator, Katrina worked 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. Her primary accomplishments was initiating the Built for Zero Project in the Roaring Fork and facilitating the formation of a Lift-Up Food Pantry at MidVally Family Practice. After her time as a volunteer, Katrina pursued a medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University with a focus in rural medicine.

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