The people who keep us on track.
Our board of directors are the stewards of Aurora Health Alliance’s assets to approve funding, strategies, programs, activities, expenditures, and other major decisions. The board is responsible for establishing ethical directions and for the oversight of strategy, risk management, internal controls, reporting, and communications. Our directors collectively have the knowledge, skills, and experience to carry out these responsibilities.
Julie Beaubian is the Community Benefit Specialist for Children’s Hospital Colorado, coordinating community benefit activities for the hospital system including the Community Health Needs Assessment. She was born and raised in Long Beach, New York and moved to Colorado in 1976. She graduated from Colorado State University with B.S. in Social Work. She served as the Associate Director for Outreach and Administration for the CDC- funded Colorado Injury Control Research Center, addressing injury prevention and control.
Troy Bowman is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Signal Behavioral Health Network since 2019. Signal is responsible for providing a continuum of substance use disorder (SUD) services in three regions on behalf of the State of Colorado. Signal works with substance use disorder and mental health provider agencies who provide treatment, prevention, and recovery services to individuals and their families across the state of Colorado. Signal partners with the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, 35 counties, several judicial districts, and other organizations across Colorado to manage the quality of and funding for the continuum of substance use disorder services. For 20 years, Signal has been the State of Colorado’s largest Managed Services Organization (MSO). Signal has served in this role since 1997, managing and monitoring substance use treatment services in three of the seven regions in the state. Those regions include Denver-Metro, Northeastern, and Southeastern Colorado.
Prior to Signal, Troy worked with Aurora Mental Health Center for five years, serving as the Administrative Director. Previous positions in the nonprofit sector include: Assistant Director of Development for the Archdiocese of Denver; Director of Community Relations for the Webb-Waring Institute for Cancer, Aging and Antioxidant Research, Admissions Director/ Development Director for Bishop Machebeuf High School, and Development Coordinator for Colorado Youth at Risk. A resident of Aurora, Troy is a member of her community’s HOA Board and is deeply dedicated to “service as leadership.”
Bonnie DeHart, MSW, MPA is retired from Arapahoe County Department of Human Services, where she most recently managed the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCCAP). An advocate in behalf of low income families, Bonnie remains active with the Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council serving families with young children throughout Arapahoe County, the Homelessness Awareness/Action Task Force (HAAT) in Englewood,Colorado and the All Families Deserve a Chance (AFDC) Coalition.
Maisha Fields is a dynamic and passionate mother, wife, daughter, public servant and alum of Colorado State University. When asked what is your calling, she replied, “My passion is health and my duty is to serve”. Ms. Fields began her career as an intensive care nurse at King Drew Medical Center located in the heart of South Central Los Angeles. Where she developed a sincere commitment to improving the lives of children and families who live on the fringes of poverty. She is the Co-founder of the Dayton Opportunity Center and DAWN clinic. In August, she was hired by Salud Clinic as the Aurora Community Program Director, leading the collective impact effort to build the Aurora Commons in partnership with residents, community based and anchor organizations in Aurora.
In 2009, Maisha moved back to her hometown Aurora, Colorado to help her mother Senator Rhonda Fields run for the state legislature and build the Dayton Street Opportunity Center. Maisha, served as the executive director of the Fields Foundation/Dayton Street Opportunity Center, a non-profit in Aurora, CO, established after the horrific death of Maisha’s only sibling, Javad Marshall Fields. Javad and his fiance Vivian were murdered 30 days after graduating from Colorado State University in relation to him being a witness to a mass shooting.
Maisha has focused her career on advocacy, trauma, and health equity. She is committed to being a visible role model for individuals interested in the healthcare profession. She has been a clinical nurse instructor for 15 years and developed a healthcare training and job placement program for teen mothers to become certified nursing students. In 2018 she created the Colorado’s first Healthequity Fellowship with the Pew Foundation and the Center for Health Progress providing legislative consultation and bill analysis focused on improving health outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations. This year Maisha was honored by the Denver Business Journal, 40 under 40, she received the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, 40 under 40 in Public Health and a loving portraits award from the National Negro Council of Black women. Maisha lives her life with vigor, she uses her hands to heal, words to speak life and peace and feet to tread new pathways of hope, promise and restoration to every child and family she encounters.
Mariana Ledezma - Amarosi held the position of Community Development Coordinator within the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health since 2009, and was Assistant Director for the Community-Campus Partnership. As part of her professional experience Mariana has worked directly with residents and community based organizations to increase their capacity in the areas of community engagement, advocacy and leadership development. She has worked with the Latino and Hispanic population in both, government and nonprofit sectors. She has served as a Liaison for the newly arrived immigrant population and has expertise in facilitating cross-cultural discussion groups; conducting state-wide community assessments, working in the areas of public health, community and economic development, affordable housing, nutrition and wellness programs and neighborhood revitalization activities.
Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, she moved to Denver in 1999, to begin her career in community development. She has worked for the City of Aurora, Adams County and The Stapleton Foundation spearheading community development activities prior to joining the Colorado School of Public Health.
As an immigrant, she can relate to and understand different challenges and issues the Latino and Hispanic population face and has the ability to work with groups that are diverse in terms of culture, language and socio-economic status and communicate effectively. She is fully bilingual and bicultural.
Heather Logan is an OVBH Healthcare Consultant at the CU School of Medicine. Formerly the Director of Accountable Care at STRIDE she focused on hospital utilization project management, comprehensive care coordination development, program operations, and external relations. Heather is also the Director for the Bridges to Care Program. Heather holds a master’s in social work from Colorado State University. She previously served on the Jefferson County Housing Authority Board of Directors, Aging Well: Basic Needs Committee, University Hotspotters Committee, South Metro Health Alliance Board Member, and currently volunteers at the Colorado Siberian Husky Rescue.
Addison currently serves as Chair for Colorado PIAC Region 3, and has a passion for destigmatizing mental health and improving integrated care delivery. He has five years’ experience in community mental health, non-profit, substance abuse, inpatient
psychiatric care, community engagement, and business development, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Healthcare Administration.
Rich is a parishioner at St. Therese Catholic Church in Aurora, and longtime Aurora resident. Rich has been active in local community service for decades. He helped form Residents Against Drugs And Crime (RADAC) in 1995 and the St. Therese Church social justice ministry, FAMILY, working with Together Colorado, in 2006.In 2007 Rich helped implement the KidzBlitz innovation in children’s Medicaid/CHP+ enrollment, as part of Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU) and All Kids Covered.Working on KidzBlitz underscored serious issues in healthcare access in Aurora. With Together Colorado, Rich helped bring community residents and partners together to form Aurora Health Alliance in 2009. Rich serves on the boards of Aurora Health Alliance, DAWN Clinic Advisory, the Aurora Community Connection Family Resource Center , the Aurora Salvation Army Advisory Board, and is a former board member of Together Colorado. He has received several awards for his work in social justice and healthcare. He resides in Aurora with his lovely wife of more than 40 years, Mina, an education assistant for Aurora Public Schools.
Julia Mecklenburg has been working with people with disabilities 2002. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work from Colorado State University and later received her master’s degree in social work from University of Denver with a focus in community and leadership. Julia has been working at Colorado Access since 2016. Julia has been on the Community Engagement team, serving in her role as the Community Engagement Liaison since 2019. As a Community Engagement Liaison, Julia thoroughly enjoys building relationships with new community partners and fostering relationships with well-established partners to promote the health and well-being of all Coloradoans receiving Medicaid services. In her free time, Julia enjoys traveling around the world with her spouse, camping, hiking, and walking their two dogs through their beautiful neighborhood.
Keith M. Peterson is the Director of Community Benefit for the UCHealth Metro Region. In his current role Keith is responsible Community Health Needs Assessment, implementation planning, and general community outreach for the UCHealth hospitals in the Metro area. Keith has been with the University of Colorado Hospital for 30 years. His previous position as the Director of Guest Services included leadership of Parking & Transportation, Environmental services, Patient Transport, Volunteer services, Hospital Gift Shops and Information Desks.
In addition to the Aurora Health Alliance Board of Directors, Keith is on the Aurora Chamber Board of Directors, the Visit Aurora Board of Directors, the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) and Metro Denver Partnership for Health (MDPH) . Keith also serves as the University of Colorado Hospital’s representative on the Fitzsimons Transportation Management Association.
Chanell Reed is the Executive Director for Families Forward Resource Center. She has 18 years of experience in Public Administration and has held various positions in municipalities in policy research and development, planning and land use, community engagement and constituency services.
Chanell is a passionate advocate for health equity, community engagement in the public and political process, and is known for her collaborative approach in developing partnerships between government and the community. Chanell earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Wright State University in Dayton, OH and has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Regina Richards, PhD, DSW, is the Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Maribel Sandoval joined the Community Outreach Team at PASCO (Personal Assistance Services of Colorado) in January of 2018. Her passion for helping the undeserved communities has led her to working in the healthcare space where she continues to collaborate with other community organizations to remove barriers and bring education and resources to Families. Maribel is dedicated to helping Families and their loved ones living with disabilities and/or Special Needs. Maribel is honored and very excited to join the Aurora Health Alliance Board.
She received her BA with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Spanish from the University of New Mexico. Her dream is to continue to remove barriers for Colorado Multilingual Families through resource sharing and education. In her free time, she enjoys scenic hikes with her husband Gabriel and daughter Ruby.
Kathie has been in the public and non-profit mental health arena for nearly 30 years as a clinician, supervisor, manager, director, and executive. She currently serves as the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer at Aurora Mental Health Center, where she has been dedicated to improving mental health care in the Aurora community for the past 14 years. Prior to joining the Center, Kathie served as the Manager for Child and Adolescent Programs for the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health and as the Director of Child and Family Services at Community Reach Center. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Throughout her career, Kathie has worked toward service integration through community collaboration with school districts, human services, juvenile justice agencies, primary health care providers, child care providers, and many other human and social service organizations, jointly implementing innovative programs responsive to the diverse needs of the community.
Kathy Staats, MPH is a Prevention & Policy Specialist at Tri-County Health Department serving Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties.
Susan Todd is the Director of External Affairs and Community Partnerships at STRIDE Community Health Center.
Virginia Visconti, PhD, MAT, is an assistant professor and concentration director for the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is trained as a social-cultural anthropologist and educator and has an extensive background in ethnographic research, community-based participatory research, collective impact coordination, higher education service-learning, and community-academic partnership building in diverse settings. Prior to relocating to Colorado, Virginia directed the Public Service Research Program at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service, where she also taught in the Urban Studies Program. Most recently, she served as the Collective Impact Coordinator for the Families Forward Resource Center’s Healthy Babies Strong Families Healthy Start Program. Virginia holds a dual major PhD in social-cultural anthropology and education policy studies and an MAT in English, both from Indiana University-Bloomington. She conducted fieldwork for her dissertation in Viet Nam as a Fulbright Scholar.