CPHA Board

The CPHA Board is an all-volunteer organization. The Board comprises of CPHA's Officers, Directors and other Members who serve as the governing body of the Association and is supported by other organizations and individuals who provide administrative or lobbying services. The Board transacts the business of the Association at monthly meetings between Annual Association Meetings held at the Public Health in the Rockies conference and through its committees.

The CPHA Board Year runs from September through August.

Terms vary for each position as provided in the Bylaws.

Bylaws descriptions of each Board position

2019-2020 Board


President: Kim Boyd (2019 - 2020) 

Kim is currently the President of Lolina, Inc., a consultancy with clients in the healthcare, human services and the public health arena. Kim has been involved in healthcare and public health for over 22 years as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner. Kim works with clients to provide variety of services including, but not limited to, strategic planning, leadership development, employee engagement, community partnerships, grant management, program development and evaluation, and professional coaching. Kim has a particular passion for health policy and supporting systems that aim to improve that health of our Colorado communities.

Kim volunteers as a peer coach for the Regional Institute of Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL) and is also active in the Colorado Public Health Mentoring Program. Kim earned her Master’s of Science/Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of Colorado in 2004. Kim is certified as a Gallup Strengths Coach, certified in EQ-i Emotional Intelligence and as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.

Past President: Cerise Hunt (2019 - 2020)

Cerise Hunt is the Director for the Center for Public Health Practice and Instructor in Community and Behavioral Health at Colorado School of Public Health. In this role, she is responsible for the formation of community linkages that guide public health practice, provision of continuing education and workforce development opportunities in public health, and engagement in public health practice research. Cerise was instrumental in the formation of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative and the Far Northeast Health Alliance. She is also a founding member of the Healthy Babies Strong Families Healthy Start Community Action Network, which is a multi-sector collective impact initiative committed to the reduction of the African American/Black infant mortality rate and the promotion of positive birth outcomes. Prior to her employment with the Colorado School of Public Health, Cerise was the Health Disparities Specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Health Disparities. There, she was charged with developing and implementing state- wide strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. Cerise’s research interest include health equity, social determinants of health, cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, community-campus partnerships, and community outreach and mobilization among diverse populations. 

President Elect: Adam Anderson (2019 - 2020)

Adam Anderson

I have a BS in Landscape Architecture, Masters degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Public
Health. My professional and academic work started in land use planning and landscape architecture,
developing, and building out our cities. This has transitioned into public health where I continue to look at
these issues in the context of how communities, cultures, and the physical environment we live in can
influence population level health. 

Health Equity Officer: Jason Vitello (2019 - 2020)

Jason Vitello is the Behavioral Health Coordinator at Denver Public Health, an adjunct professor at the University Of Denver Graduate School Of Social Work, and a community activist. He is also a national speaker on social justice, critical race theory, criminal justice reform, father engagement, male mental health, and collective liberation. In 2017, Jason founded the Colorado Public Health Association’s Health Equity Coalition and was elected as the first Health Equity Director. He presently serves as the Health Equity Officer. Prior to his career in public health, Jason was a social worker and therapist who provided advocacy, mentorship, case management and clinical services. It should be noted that before he was ever a provider of human services or family assistance - he was a recipient of them. His ultimate interest is in the betterment of the human condition through fierce compassion, difficult conversations, collaboration across struggles, the peaceful obliteration of structural inequalities and comprehensive paradigm transformation.


Secretary: Sarah Lampe (2019 - 2020)

I have worked in the public health field for over 15 years, including conducting research and evaluation in community development; leading processes for coalition development; developing and implementing education assessment and evaluation; and managing, directing, and carrying out research on school health, the built environment, and public health systems. Most notably over the last few years, I was instrumental in the creation and direction of the Regional Health Connector Program, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute's Pipeline to Proposal Program and have expertise in planning, evaluating, and constantly improving a public health programs centered on the strengths of communities. I have a persistent passion for eliminating health inequities and building community collaborations to achieve positive public health outcomes. I have worked for Trailhead for the last five years in varying roles and currently holds the position as CEO of Trailhead. Prior to working at Trailhead I was a Program Manager for CALPHO where I ran research projects for the Colorado Public Health Practice Based Research Network and evaluation projects for the Public Health Alliance of Colorado. In the role with CALPHO I worked closely with the 10 public health associations in Colorado, including CPHA on the administration of their organization's including membership, events and cross organization collaboration. 

Treasurer: Katie Gelman (2019 - 2020)






Katie Gelman is the Director of Public and Behavioral Health at OMNI Institute, a nonprofit social science research agency with a mission to strengthen the nonprofit, public and phil- anthropic sectors through evaluation research, capacity building, and technology solutions. Katie has experience across a range of population health evaluation projects, spanning clini- cally focused and community level evaluations. She has significant experience in evaluating behavioral health prevention and treatment projects, as well as across other areas of public health including maternal and child health evaluations, needs assessment and epidemiologi- cal analysis, and supporting local communities in public health improvement planning. Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Skidmore College, a Master of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University, and a Doctor of Public Health degree in Community and Behavioral Health with a minor concentration in Epidemi- ology from the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Public Health. She is trained in Mental Health First Aid, is a Colorado Certified Prevention Specialist II, and serves on the Colorado Prevention Certification Board. 

Interim Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC): Tara Thomas-Gale (2018 - 2020)






Tara has more than 15 years’ experience building collaborative relationships with health professionals, government, and community partners to implement initiatives in the areas of maternal child health, home visitation and health care delivery. She currently leads family planning and health education efforts for Denver Health, the region’s safety-net health system.

Tara serves on the State & Local Strategies Advisory Group for Power to Decide, formerly the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, City Match’s Reproductive Justice Action Group, and volunteers with the CPHA Mentoring Program.  She holds an MPH in Global Health from George Washington University and completed a post-graduate fellowship in International Healthcare Management with Yale University in Ethiopia.


Health Equity Coalition Senior Director: Robert Franklin (2019-2020)

Robert Franklin, II, serves as the Diversity, Health Equity and Inclusion Programs Manager for Children’s Human Resources and within the Child Health Advocacy Institute.  The work of his position involves engaging the entire health system in considering difference and its impact on work and care in our community.  Guided by a coordinated strategy, Robert’s programs and initiatives engage care givers to learn and talk about, celebrate and take action in response to difference.

For nearly two decades, Robert has worked with youth serving organizations through throughout the nations in training, advocacy, program development, change leadership and management activities. Most recently, with Colorado State University, Robert co-chaired the Diversity Catalyst Team, and served as leader trainer and coach with Denver Public Schools and Parks and Recreation.

A youth developer by trade, education and passion, Robert has worked to positively impact the lives of young people, their families and communities through advocacy, ally-ship and educational programming. Focused on creating new and inclusive opportunities for learning and engaging, Robert and his wife, Melissa, built MNMR, LLC to further their passions, merging entertaining performances and opportunities to learn – the EduTainment Experience.  Each experience is designed to engage its audience, and in doing so, provide lasting, memorable, and tangible “ah-ha!” moments.

Health Equity Coalition Associate Director: Ashley Wheeler-Bell

Ashley has been an instrumental force in the development of the Health Equity Coalition from its inception. She has assisted in the design, development and implementation of the Coalition Charter and in the review and revision of the CPHA Strategic Work Plan and Bylaws. She has been meaningfully engaged with every work group and in relationship building which has been crucial to our growth and success. Outside of coalition work, she has implemented multiple initiatives including: an analysis on the diversity of Denver Public Health and subsequent recommendations to increase inclusivity; lead a team to create the internal HE SharePoint site; presented HE work at various conferences and meetings; co-created and implemented the Denver Public Health community engagement committee and completed a national fellowship on equity and leadership. 

Communications Senior Director: Chris Jones (2018-2020)







Chris Jones is currently a Project Coordinator with the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center at the Colorado School of Public Health. In this role he assists with the design, development, facilitation, and implementation of a wide range of public health focused education programs for a 6 state region including Colorado. He has over 5 years of public health experience serving the health needs of vulnerable populations through program management of evidence based prevention programs aimed at reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more recently anxiety and depression among communities across the state of Colorado. Chris has been fortunate enough to refine skill sets including grant development and management, program design and implementation, management of comprehensive public health outreach, electronic public health record system development, and program evaluation.

Chris attended Colorado State University where he completed his undergraduate work in Cultural Anthropology. Chris completed his Master of Public Health with a focus in Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Pairing Cultural Anthropology with an academic Public Health perspective has provided Chris with a strong drive to work directly with undeserved communities around his home state of Colorado.

Communications Associate Director: Marie Grucelski


Membership Senior Director - TBD


Membership Associate Director: Valerie Larson 

I have participated in several boards related to health care such as CDPHE, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. I have worked in health care in some capacity for the past 20 + years. I have presented at the annual Public Health conference in the past. My background is communications and I have a strong desire to help the rural community at large.

Policy Sr. Director: Kaitlin Wolff (2019-2020)





Kaitlin is a public health nurse for Tri-County Health Department. She graduated from Tulane University with an MPH in Epidemiology and the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a BSN in nursing. She has worked in international settings, for hospitals, and in local public health for five years. Kaitlin has focused on women's health, refugee & immigrant populations, and immunizations. Currently, she works in the health department's Access to Care Program working to improve clinical-community linkages. 

Policy Jr. Director: Allison Howe (2019-2020)

Allison graduated from The Colorado School of Public Health in 2009 with an emphasis in Community Health Education. She has also maintained her credential as a Certified Health Education Specialist for ten years because the professional development allows her to better assess health promotion and services from an administrative perspective.
Her public health experience spans multiple sectors, including maternal and child health, reproductive health, vaccine education and compliance, food insecurity, childhood obesity, health services navigation, and increasing access to recreation. She is engaged with community organizing and serves as an elected councilwoman for the City of Fort Morgan. Allison understands that policy is critical in changing systems and she loves the challenge.
Her current professional role is Director of Client Health Services for the Northeast Colorado Health Department. She oversees the agency's largest division which includes Reproductive Health, Immunizations, School Wellness, Tobacco Prevention, WIC, Oral Health, among others. She joins the CPHA Board as the Associate Policy Director and looks forward to helping set legislative priorities that impact the communities we serve


Emerging Leaders Sr. Director - Interim: Swarnima Chaudhary


Swarnima Chaudhary finished her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Iowa. She is currently a 2nd year student at the Colorado School of Public Health (CoSPH), earning a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on Global Health Systems, Management & Policy. She also wears the hat of Technology Project Manager at the National Mental Health Innovation Center, located on the CU Anschutz Campus. Her areas of expertise include nonprofit organization & communication, crisis intervention, and implementation of digital mental health innovations. Swarnima's interest and passion lies in bringing a holistic and equitable approach to the mental healthcare system. She joined the CPHA Emerging Leaders Committee in 2017 to learn about Colorado’s public health work, bolster networking and quench her thirst to be in the field, putting her skills to work. As the Director of the Emerging Leaders Committee, Swarnima is committed to bringing the voices of emerging leaders to the CPHA table and is thrilled to collaborate with her Associate Director, Nalleli Ramirez-Salinas to engage student and early career professionals to cultivate trauma-informed leadership.

Emerging Leaders Jr. Director: Nalleli Ramirez-Salinas (2019-2020)


Nalleli Ramirez-Salinas is a Program Coordinator for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment- Office of Behavioral Health Strategies. In this role she oversees a federally funded project with the purpose of increasing mental health awareness among city agencies and community organizations and establishing linkages with community-based mental health agencies in the provision of mental health related services and supports.

Nalleli received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2012 and is currently an MPH candidate at the Colorado School of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal & Child Health. Nalleli has extensive experience serving diverse communities of color in various professional capacities aimed at addressing disparities in educational achievement and health-related outcomes. As a first-generation immigrant she is passionate about equity and serving under-represented individuals, groups, and communities.  

PHiR Sr. Director: Nathifa Miller (2019-2020)

Nathifa Miller







Nathifa Miller’s career path began as a practicing attorney for 20 plus years.  She specialized in working with families and children that were at risk of being involved in various “systems.”  As an attorney, she provided expert legal advocacy and representation to specialized populations.  In this work, she promoted, supported, and applied a multidisciplinary approach to address the needs of the entire family.  She believed that this was a building block for systems change.  This work provided her the opportunity to work across the State of Colorado with local communities, city and state government agencies.  In addition, Nathifa developed various trailblazing programs such as the Prevention Partnership Program, in which she served as the Director.  During this chapter of her career, Nathifa developed a passion for public health. 

In 2016, Nathifa accepted a position as the Collective Impact Coordinator for the Healthy Babies Strong Families Black Infant Mortality initiative.  In 2017, she transitioned seamlessly into her current role as Workforce Development Senior Specialist, for the Center for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health. 

Nathifa’s passion for health and wellness is nurtured through her volunteer work within the community, and her advocacy for “whole health” as a Certified Fitness Trainer.  Also, she continues as a member of the Board of Continuing Legal Education, as appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court.

PHiR Jr. Director: Venice Ng Williams (2019-2020)

Venice Ng Williams is a mixed-methods prevention researcher at CU Anschutz's Prevention Research Center for Family & Child Health and Adjunct Instructor in Health Systems, Management & Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is completing her PhD in Health Services Research this fall. Her research relates to improving the implementation of Nurse-Family Partnership nationwide through cross-sector collaborations and integrating public health and healthcare systems. Venice has a range of experience in public health, including conducting health impact assessments to inform child welfare health policy, evaluating systems change interventions with Urban Indian health centers, developing collegiate tobacco control policies, and implementing reproductive health education with inner city youth. 
Venice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Sciences from UCLA. She is a first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong to Canada. Despite being a transplant in Colorado, she has embraced the state's great offerings. She enjoys her free time with her husband and lab puppy, home gardening, keeping bees, hiking, skiing, doing yoga and watching hockey (go Canucks!). Venice is passionate about working with communities to improve their health and excited to contribute to the board over the next two years.


CoD Sr. Director: Esmeralda Santillano (2019-2020)

Esmeralda Santillano is the Prevention Services Administrator at Denver Human Services. In this role, Ms. Santillano is responsible for developing and implementing the delivery of child maltreatment prevention programming and services for the City and County of Denver, as well as developing partnerships with community-based organizations and service providers to enhance family protective factors. She has extensive experience supervising the implementation of federal, state and privately funded projects, including developing and monitoring work teams to ensure that projects meet their objectives on time and on budget.

Prior to joining Denver Human Services, she served as a bilingual licensed professional counselor where she developed and implemented culturally responsive behavioral health programs that focused on reducing the stigma of behavioral health among culturally and linguistically diverse communities and in increasing their overall wellness. Ms. Santillano has provided clinical services and has conducted staff trainings in cultural and linguistic responsiveness and mental health best practices. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Regis University.

CoD Jr. Director: Kelsey Fife (2019-2020)

Kelsey is a Health Promotion Specialist with Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) and adjunct faculty at Colorado Mesa University. She earned her MPH from the University of Arizona and her BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado Denver. She is CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certified. In her position at MCPH, she works on projects focused on improving community health through tobacco prevention and cessation, opioid prevention, suicide prevention, and promoting the use of active transportation. This work has helped her develop and strengthen a variety of skills, including leading community coalitions, marketing and communications, community education, data collection, and event planning. Kelsey grew up in Western Colorado and enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and doing yoga in her free time. 

At-Large: Gina Febbraro (2019-2020)

Gina Febbraro, MPH, currently serves as a Planning and Improvement Consultant for the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). In this role, Gina supports programs in the Division on strategic planning, performance management and quality improvement initiatives and projects. From 2009 to 2013, Gina served as the Maternal and Child Health Unit Manager at CDPHE where she managed the day-­to­-day operations of the MCH Program including the administration of funds to local public health agencies throughout the state. Prior to joining the MCH team, Gina served as the director of the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program at CDPHE, a state-­legislated grant program that funds over 100 community-­based, youth­-serving organizations throughout Colorado. Gina earned her Master’s of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health and her Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Gina lives in Denver with her husband, 9-year old daughter, and 6-year old Berner rescue named Daphne. 

At Large Public Health Nurse: Masayo Nishiyama

Board Officers/Executive Committee

Kimberly Boyd
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Cerise Hunt
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Adam Anderson
President Elect
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Sarah Lampe 
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Katie Gelman
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Tara Thomas-Gale
Interim ARGC 
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Board Directors

Jason Vitello
Health Equity Senior Director
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Ashley Wheeler-Bell
Health Equity Associate Director
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Chris Jones
Communications Senior Director
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Marie Grucelski
Communications Associate Director
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Chris Jones
Interim Membership Senior Director
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Valerie Larson
Membership Associate Director
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Kaitlin Wolff
Policy Sr. Director
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Allison Howe
Policy Jr. Director
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Swarnima Chaudhary
Emerging Leaders Sr. Director
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Nalleli Ramirez-Salinas
Emerging Leaders Jr. Director
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Nathifa Miller
PHiR Sr. Director 
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Venice Williams
PHiR Jr. Director 
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Esmeralda Santillano
CoD Sr. Director
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Kelsey Fife
CoD Jr. Director 
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Gina Febbraro
At-Large Director
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Government Relations Consultant

Diana Protopapa, Frontline Public Affairs