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.
Deidre Callanan, DC, RDH, MPH, (ex officio), is in the Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Callanan teaches courses that center on understanding the cultural and social determinants of health, implicit bias, and health equity and equality to pre-doctoral students with the goal of graduating more compassionate and culturally-minded doctors who care for all populations.
In the classroom, Deidre’s goal is to teach in a way that inspires and connects. Learning also takes place outside of the classroom through experiential learning sessions. In these off-campus site visits, students go into communities to form relationships and understand at the most basic level, the barriers, successes, and issues that populations have in accessing and receiving health care.
Susan Davis is the Director of Community Affairs and Development where she makes connections and cultivates relationships with stakeholders in the community and encourages community members to be part of the volunteer force at the hospital. She also coordinates events and activates TMCA’s employee’s skills and resources to support the community.
Susan has a broad range of previous community engagement. She has been an entrepreneur, a foundation director, and served on various boards including schools, non-profits and downtown associations. She enjoys creating meaningful collaborations in the community. She also loves volunteering and doting on her 2 grandchildren.
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.
Michelle Dossey has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Human Services from Fort Lewis College (1994) and a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Children, Youth & Families from the University of Denver (1998).
Michelle has been employed with Arapahoe County Department of Human Services for 24 years. Michelle’s career focus has been in Child Protection Intake, working as a Hotline Screener, an Intake Caseworker investigating child abuse/neglect, a Supervisor of the Hotline and Emergency Duty Services and as a Supervisor of a Child Protection Intake Caseworkers. She was the Child and Adult Protection Intake Administrator overseeing 100 staff responsible for the Hotline and Emergency Duty Services, Child Protection Intake Casework and Adult Protection Services.
In August of 2018 her career shifted in focus towards prevention as she became the Community Development and Prevention Administrator. This new role within the agency, allows Michelle to leverage her long standing passion of partnering with other agencies/organizations, to further develop and enhance the community’s ability and desire to help our families succeed and provide safe, stable and protective care of our most vulnerable populations, children and at risk adults.
Michelle is also an affiliate faculty member of Metropolitan State University of Denver teaching a variety of classes in the Social Work Department and is on contract with the Colorado Child Welfare Training System for curriculum development and course delivery.
Heather Dolan has proudly served the Aurora Mental Health Center as a core member of the management team for sixteen years. In the ascending roles of Development Director of External Resources, Executive Director of Providers’ Resources Clearinghouse and as the Director of Business Development, she has successfully championed countless undertakings that have solidified the Center’s growing reputation as a willing and capable partner in the community, state-wide and nationally.
Ms. Dolan received her Master’s in Business Administration in Health Administration with honors from University of Colorado. She serves as the face of the Center on a multitude of professional, state and city task forces focused on strategic growth for behavioral health. Ms. Dolan has cultivated strategic inter-agency cooperatives of emergency medical services, area hospitals, federal, state, county and city task forces employing care and payer models targeted for improved patient outcomes.
The Center, with its cooperatives, was recently awarded the Medicaid Capitated Behavioral Health Contract with revenues of $500 million over 5 years in which Ms. Dolan served as the project manager.
Antoinette Dow, MPH, has worked in the field of Behavioral Health for more than 25 years. Antoinette is currently the Executive Director for the non-profit Providers Resource Clearinghouse (a subsidiary of Aurora Mental Health Center). She facilitates Mental Health First Aid (Adult & Youth) classes throughout the metro area and speaks at community forums about Mental Health, in an effort to increase knowledge and decrease stigmatization surrounding mental illnesses. Antoinette holds a Master degree in Public Health, is a Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant and Registered Psychotherapist.
“My journey has lead me to be a community advocate in a vast array of communities in Aurora and the surrounding areas. My position at PRC has lent me the opportunity to meet other nonprofit agencies in which PRC has been able to assist in making a new home feel like home to our indigent, refugee and veteran populations. The experience in providing beds, furniture as well as providing the children with essential school supplies certainly warms my heart. When I joined the Aurora Home Alliance, I became intrigued as to who this small group of individuals were so impactful in the community and I wanted to be a part of their synergy in the community. I believe being a part of this board will allow us to be even more expansive in Aurora and the surrounding community especially in our rural areas.”
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-Amorosi has 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 recently named Assistant Director for the Community-Campus Partnership.
She was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and 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 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.
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 the Director of Accountable Care at STRIDE (formerly Metro Community Provider Network or MCPN), where she currently focuses 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.
Molly Markert has been in Aurora almost since the pioneers built the sod houses out on the Prairie. She remembers when nobody would go east of Peoria for anything because there wasn’t much there. She fondly recalls getting her very first speeding ticket on the Fitzimons campus when her ‘68 VW bug powered up to more than 20 miles an hour in a 10 MPH zone.
She has ridden on trash trucks as part of North West Aurora neighborhood cleanups. She was blessed with jobs that allowed her to start programs for Aurora Mental Health, Metro Community Provider Network (now STRIDE), the ARC of Aurora and the ARC of Colorado, Tri County Health, and St. Joe’s, doing whatever the SCL Sisters told her to do to carry out their mission of charism. Probably other things but she can’t remember anymore. She served two terms in the state legislature back when it was a civilized place to be and after raising two smart delightful children, served 12 years on Aurora City Council.
She was a founding board member for Aurora Health Alliance (nee Access), was on the forefront of legislation to start the Community College of Aurora and is most proud of her work empowering victims and crime witnesses. She is currently the Community Engagement Liaison for Colorado Access and is a loyal servant to her beautiful Saluki dog Cloud. She has always had a rather vivid imagination and plans to corral her thoughts into a “tell all” book about all the amazing and outrageous people she has known, if she can remember.
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 for the past 15 years. 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 for the past three and a half years. She accepted a new position on the Community Engagement team in January. In her new position 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 University of Colorado Hospital. In his current role Keith is responsible for the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment and implementation planning as well as general community outreach. 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 and the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) Board of Directors. Keith also serves as the University of Colorado Hospital’s representative on the Fitzsimons Transportation Management Association and the Community-Campus Partnership Steering Committee.
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.
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.
Mitzi Schindler is Director of Communications for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Mitzi strongly believes that “It’s all about the relationships,” and that good relationships depend on effective communication. Given that, her primary focus at The Chamber is to keep the lines of communication open and flowing between The Chamber and its membership.
Prior to working at The Chamber, Mitzi was with the Public Relations Office at the University of Colorado, and was involved in the transition of the university to the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center – now known as the Anschutz Medical Campus. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Denver.
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.
Kaitlin is a Regional Health Connector for the Access to Care Program at Tri-County Health Department. Kaitlin received her Bachelors and Masters of Public Health from Tulane University and her Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She began her career in public health in 2010 and joined Tri-County two years ago. Her career has focused on access to care issues for immigrant and refugee populations, both in the United States and abroad. In her spare time she serves as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run of the Rockies, a physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade.