BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Chris McDowell, (Chair) Executive Director, Valley Health Alliance
  • Sherri Corey, (Vice Chair) Senior Clinical Account Manager, Quality Health Network
  • 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
  • Annette Franta, CFO, Mountain Family Health Centers
  • Chris Lindley, Executive Director, Eagle Valley Behavioral Health

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.

Michelle Skagen
Built for Zero Coordinator

Michelle joined WMRHA in April 2021 to help implement the Built For Zero methodology among regional partners in an effort to reduce homelessness in Pitkin, Garfield, and Eagle counties. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from CU Boulder, and as a graduate student, she studied Social Justice in Education in the Roaring Fork Valley while obtaining a Secondary Social Studies teaching license. Michelle taught at the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek for six years before starting a family. She then became an Educator for Girls Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young women, girls, and their caregivers to develop leadership skills. She also serves as an instructor for World Leadership School, where she has facilitated curriculum designed to build leadership among youth while experiencing cultural immersions to remote locations around the world, exposing young people to many different community leaders tackling pressing problems. Michelle worked for the Aspen Chapel from 2018 to 2020 as the Youth Coordinator, and is excited to circle back to her passion for social justice and working for systemic change.

 

 

Abigail Brown

Abigail joined WMRHA in 2020 with an incredible amount of enthusiasm to contribute  her education and knowledge within the health and wellness industry. She is a certified yoga teacher and has also acquired degrees in Complementary and Alternative Medicine as well as Integrative Health.

She is incredibly passionate about building health and wellness programs and initiatives that will support overall economic growth and stability. In turn, contributing to a healthier community.
She is currently on the Board of Directors for Healing Waters Foundation, a nonprofit in Estes Park, Colorado.

Abigail is excited to share her creativity, knowledge and background within in the industry to support the mission and vision of WMRHA. It is her mission to continue to support the nonprofit community, specifically in the areas of health and wellness. She continues to share her passion and knowledge that contribute to the growth of WMRHA.

 

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