Staff and Board
Denise (Dede) de Percin, Executive Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. de Percin has over twenty-five years of involvement with nonprofit organizations at the local, state, and national levels. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Ms. de Percin is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Energy Commendation from the Urban Consortium, Community Advocate from the Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Business Woman of the Year from the Colorado Business Council, and Consumer Advocate of the Year from Families USA.
Ms. de Percin has served on many local, state, and national boards and commissions related to both her work and interests: Denver Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Commission (Vice-Chair), Denver Human Rights and Community Relations Advisory Board, Colorado Whitewater Association (Secretary), Colorado Division of Insurance Consumer Insurance Council, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (consumer representative), Health Facility Acquired Infections Advisory Committee, Consumer Engagement subcommittee of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), and the board of the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO).
Debra Judy, Policy Director | email@example.com
Debra Judy joined CCHI in September 2010 as Policy Director. In that capacity, she is working to promote policies that facilitate access to quality and affordable health care for all Coloradans. Debra received a B. A. in Political Science from Williams College, a J. D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and, in June 2010, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. For many years, Debra worked first as a lawyer and then as a consultant advising clients on various environmental issues, primarily involving the cleanup of complex hazardous waste sites. More recently, she has been active in her community, particularly in the local public schools. Her social work training concentrated on community and organizational practice, including program administration and evaluation, community organizing, and policy analysis and advocacy.
Adam Fox, Director of Strategic Engagement | firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) in July 2011, where he started as CCHI's Membership Coordinator. As the Director of Strategic Engagement, Adam oversees all communications, media and engagement strategies to ensure CCHI's policy and education goals are achieved. Adam enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives and taking opportunities to amplify the strength of CCHI's membership coalition.
Adam has worked with a variety of non-profit and volunteer organizations both in the U.S. and abroad to help youth, rural communities and facilitate processes among diverse stakeholders. Before coming to CCHI, Adam worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs to promote access to public health programs and implement health education programs with youth.
Adam earned his M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2009 and his B.A. in International Studies, Anthropology, and Spanish from Pacific University in 2007. Adam grew up in Wyoming, and was happy to return to the Rockies and call Colorado home after completing his graduate studies.
Ryan Biehle, Policy Associate | email@example.com
Ryan joined CCHi in June 2013. As the Policy Associate he provides analysis and education on health policy to advocate for barrier-free access to quality health care. Driven by his enthusiasm for empowering underserved communities, Ryan has worked in the public and nonprofit sectors for over eight years. While earning his B.A. in Political Science and English from CU Boulder, he founded a statewide organization that empowered students to advocate for higher education access and affordability.
Prior to joining CCHI, Ryan served in U.S. Senator Mark Udall's Washington, D.C. office where he worked in constituent correspondence and communications on issues including health care and education. Most recently, he worked in Governor John Hickenlooper's Office of Policy and Research, and as the Field Coordinator for a successful campaign to fund Aurora Public Schools. Ryan is pursuing his Master of Public Health and Public Administration at CU Denver. He grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado where he cultivated a health appreciation for backpacking, skiing and golf.
Tiffany Carlyon, Membership Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffany joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative in April 2012. As the Membership Coordinator Tiffany ensures that all CCHI members have the resources and messaging necessary to best communicate with their constituents. Additionally, Tiffany manages the ACA Implementation Year 3 grant for CCHI in which the goal of the grant to ensure Colorado's online health insurance marketplace is working for Colorado consumers. Having grown up in a small town in Northeastern Arizona Tiffany is particularly interested in rural health care matters. Tiffany is a firm believer that people should be able to get the care they need when they need it and is proud to work for CCHI to help ensure we can meet this common sense goal. Tiffany is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration at CU Denver.
Tiffany loves bluegrass music and has made it a personal goal to learn to play the fiddle. She is also a registered yoga and indoor cycling teacher. "The mountains are calling and I must go" is a mantra Tiffany lives by and as such she loves to spend her free time outdoors backpacking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, and doing yoga.
Matthew Valeta, Health Policy Analyst | email@example.com
Matthew Valeta joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative in June 2012 as a fellow from Colorado College’s Public Interest Fellowship Program. As a Health Policy Analyst, Matthew tracks health policy developments in Colorado and helps coordinate consumer outreach and education efforts with CCHI's members and partners. At Colorado College Matthew graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He previously interned with Senator Mark Udall’s office in Washington D.C. and at the National Conference of State Legislatures' health program. Matthew gained an interest in health care policy from these experiences and was inspired to write his senior thesis on efforts to control the rising cost of health care in the Affordable Care Act. At Colorado College Matthew was captain of the club baseball and debate teams and played jazz/funk trombone. In his free time Matthew enjoys going to Rockies games, biking, and playing golf.
Charlotte Kaye, Health Policy Fellow | firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Kaye joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative in June 2013 as the health policy fellow from Colorado College's Public Interest Fellowship Program. At Colorado College, Charlotte graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Classics/History/Political Science. After spending a semester studying health and community development in the Dominican Republic, and a summer with ClinicNET in Aurora, she decided to focus her senior year thesis on women's healthcare issues in Latin America. At Colorado College, Charlotte worked as an admissions fellow, served on the Honor Council, and volunteered with a children's outdoor education program. Charlotte loves to run, camp, and ski in her free time.
Nina Roumell, Strategic Engagement Fellow | email@example.com
Nina Roumell joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative in June 2013 as the strategic engagement fellow from Colorado College's Public Interest Fellowship Program. Nina graduated from Colorado College with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and spent a semester in India studying public health. After developing an interest in access to health care, Nina interned at Housing Works in Washington D.C. organizing a "We Can End AIDS" mobilization. At Colorado College Nina was the captain of the women's track and field team. She enjoys running, skiing, and good food!
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Anne Smith, Board Chair | Evolve Communications
Anne Smith has been working in the Denver media community for over 20 years. After securing her first media job in 1988 as a Promotions and Marketing Director for a group of Denver area radio stations, Anne learned the business from the ground up. Parlaying extensive knowledge gained in marketing and promoting radio stations and directing business development efforts for television, Anne turned her skills to advertiser- and grant- funded public outreach, developing a vast array of initiatives. Some of these initiatives include Start Smart for KWGN-TV, The Safeway Kitchen and Parents Are The Power for KUSA-TV, and Una Boca Saludable and El Poder de la Prevencion for Univision, Telefutura, and the Entravision radio properties. Anne has established relationships with a range of foundations and funders, including The Daniels Fund, The Colorado Health Foundation, The Piton Foundation, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and others. She has designed and executed public health awareness campaigns on behalf of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the American Diabetes Association, Colorado Easter Seals, and the CDPHE. Anne Smith left broadcasting to start Evolve Communications, LLC in July of 2007.
Chris Crigler, Treasurer/Secretary | CAP Management
Becky Long, Board Member | Conservation Colorado
Becky Long, is the Advocacy Director for Conservation Colorado. She oversees advocacy and policy work to protect Colorado's public lands, healthy rivers, and clean air. Working with a statewide team at the regional, federal, and state level she has a range of experience in policy making, with a specialty in state level work and spends many hours at the state legislature. She hopes to bring her expertise in state policy making, building winning campaigns, and Colorado politics to the CCHI board in order to add to the great work. Being on the Board of CCHI is an incredible opportunity to engage in a dynamic policy area and watch a changing landscape unfold. What an exciting time for CCHI and Colorado!
Debra Thomas, Board Member | Advocate
Debra Thomas began her career in communications and public policy as a broadcast news reporter and anchor. She covered local and state government in West Virginia and was the first woman to anchor a major newscast in that market. Debra moved to Denver to work for KMGH-TV and then moved to US WEST, where she worked in communications and public policy. She specialized in regulatory and legislative communications during the telecommunications industry’s transition from a regulated monopoly to a competitive industry and was the company’s liaison with many consumer groups. In 1996, Debra was named Assistant Vice President of College Communications at Metropolitan State College of Denver (now Metropolitan State University), where she headed the department responsible for marketing, media relations and internal/external communications. Debra was part of the team that convinced the state legislature to grant Metro independent status. In 2004, Debra became Vice President of Programs at The Colorado Health Foundation, where she helped the organization grow into the state’s largest foundation. During her time at the Foundation, she was responsible for internal and external communications, marketing and operations. She also oversaw the Foundation’s five medical residency programs, adult day care centers, lactation and milk bank programs. Debra retired in 2010 and has continued her involvement in health care policy, as well as teaching English as a Second Language to recent immigrants.
Barb Yondorf, Board Member | Yondorf & Associates
Barbara Yondorf is president of Yondorf & Associates, a Denver-based, health-policy consulting firm. Yondorf & Associates researches health policy issues, conducts feasibility studies, provides strategic planning and facilitation services, drafts legislation and prepares grant proposals. She regularly speaks to national groups and has written numerous health policy reports, studies and white papers. Most recently, she completed a series of 13 health care cost containment briefs for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Before starting her own company, Barbara served in senior positions at a Denver-based community foundation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado Division of Insurance and Colorado Department of Health. She also was a budget analyst for the Colorado General Assembly. Barbara has been a member of numerous board and commissions including, most recently, the national Advisory Board on Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, the Consumer Participation Board of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and the boards of Colorado’s Center for Improving Value in Health Care and Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. Barbara has a BA with Honors from the University of Chicago and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Sharon O'Hara, Board Member | National Multiple Sclerosis Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter
As the Executive Vice President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, Sharon works with and reports to the President to assure efficient internal operations of the Chapter. She is primarily responsible to advance the Chapter's mission through strategic development and implementation of the programs and services to persons with MS and their families. She is also the staff person responsible for one board management committee: Government Relations.
Prior to coming to the Chapter in 2007, Sharon had executive management positions in the private community based health care organizations and with the non-profit American Humane Association. Her extensive and varied experience includes a proven track record in leading teams, supporting key decisions makers, building collaborative relationships, public speaking, and working with state and local policy makers to develop innovative programs to address complex social issues. Sharon has a Master's degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.