Denise Denton joined Aurora Health Alliance as the Executive Director in March 2014, and stepped down into this position in 2019. Denise works as an independent consultant for her own company, D2, Inc. Denise’s areas of focus have been board and staff leadership, training, and development, team building and collaboration, project planning, grant writing coaching, meeting facilitation, community capacity building, and workforce recruitment and retention.
Denise moved to Colorado – and to Aurora – in 1991. She is the founding Executive Director of the Colorado Rural Health Center, the first State Offices of Rural Health to be organized as a not-for-profit organization. She led the Center for fifteen years, until December 2006, helping establish one of the most respected and innovative Offices of Rural Health in the country.
Prior to moving to Colorado, Denise worked in the Rural Health Offices in Arizona, located at the University Of Arizona School Of Medicine; and Utah, located within the State Health Department.At a national level, Denise served on National Health Service Corps Advisory Council; on the board and as Treasurer of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health; and on the board of the National Rural Health Association – and as its President in 1992. Denise also served on First Lady Clinton’s National Health Task Force chairing committees on Health Workforce Development, and Rural and Frontier Access. Denise has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Utah.