Team Profiles

Main Office

Lynn Borup
Executive Director
As Executive Director, Lynn provides overall leadership to TCHNetwork. Prior to this calling, she held executive positions in the health insurance and multi-specialty medical group fields. Lynn and five peers created a successful start-up Medicaid managed care plan, which currently serves over one million people. Yet her proudest and most challenging role to-date is raising three boys to be responsible, engaged, and independent. Lynn's dedication and devotion to rural healthcare is grounded in the belief that rural communities should have the same rights as their urban counterparts. Lynn believes that through collaboration the Tri-County region can be a model for systems of improved access, outcomes, and patient experiences for all health related services. When work gets too serious Lynn decompress by skiing, playing hockey, and enjoying Colorado’s beautiful outdoors with her hubby and kids as well as watching her favorite Pittsburgh sports teams – the Steelers and Penguins!
Programs Manager
Rasa Kaunelis
Director of Strategic Initiatives
The direction and management of program operations and contributing to the overall strategic and operational planning are Rasa's primary concerns as Director of Strategic Initiatives with TCHNetwork. Rasa received her B.A. from Michigan State University and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Involved in the non for profit sector for more than a decade, her past experience includes program evaluator at the Center for Policy Research and most recently, the Director of Program Support at Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. A perk to Rasa's job is showing program staff, who can sometimes get caught up in the day-to-day, how their work is making a difference in people's lives. Rasa is obsessed with the Michigan State Spartans and has gone to at least one football game per year since leaving Michigan.
Data Analyst
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Paul Reich
Behavioral Health Program Manager
As the Program Manager for Behavioral Health Paul is excited to work to reduce stigma around mental health, to expand access to care in the communities we serve, and provide opportunities to educate our communities on mental health issues. Specifically, Paul works on the following initiatives: He is a trained Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, a program to educate those who work with youth ages 12 to 18; Implementing new solutions in mental health through tele therapy; Implementing TCHNetwork’s Behavioral Health Strategic Plan for San Miguel County; Facilitating and coordinating the Telluride community's efforts to implement the Communities That Care prevention planning system to reduce teen substance use and improve outcomes for all teens in our community. Paul has lived in Telluride since 2001 where he and his wife have raised 5 children. Paul serves on the Telluride School District Board of Education and the Colorado Association of School Boards, and he is a board member for the Center for Mental Health.
Kody Gerkin
Lead Intercultural Navigator
As Lead Intercultural Navigator, Kody is charged with setting the strategic vision of the Tri-County Health Network’s multicultural initiatives. Unfortunately, significant barriers prevent our diverse population from accessing basic health and human services. Kody's job is to identify service gaps and introduce targeted interventions to fill those gaps, utilizing community engagement, organization, and empowerment strategies. To prepare for this role, Kody spent several years in the Middle East where he served as a university lecturer teaching Spanish and intercultural communication courses. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala (’06-’08), and returned to Guatemala in 2014 to found Mujerave, a nonprofit dedicated to women’s empowerment. Kody enjoys all things outdoors, but if you catch him inside he is probably reading or listening to Bob Dylan records and trying new recipes in the kitchen.
Katia Bhagatram
Care Transformation Manager
As the Care Transformation Manager, Katia assists rural health clinics in practice transformation from a reactive model of patient care to a proactive model. Katia also manages and supports the Community Health Workers and Patient Health Navigators in their work goals – achieving better health outcomes for individuals struggling with diabetes and/or heart disease. She has a Master of Public Health degree and a B.A. in Anthropology with a background primarily in medical care management and child protection. Originally from Alaska, Katia moved to Colorado in 2008 and now, she thoroughly enjoys the diverse environments and communities that each region has to offer. In her spare time, Katia can be found spending time with her family, spoiling her horse and taking advantage of all the outdoor opportunities that the Western Slope has to offer!
Jess Mahanes
Regional Health Connector
Ben Marshall
Palliative Support Services Coordinator & Community Health Worker: San Miguel & Ouray Counties
Creating a business plan, identifying and compiling home health resources, and developing a local advisory board and volunteer force are just a few of the ways in which Ben fulfills the role of Program Coordinator for Palliative Support Services. He is also the Community Health Worker for Ouray and San Miguel Counties and provides free health screenings to the region, as well as devises Action Plans to encourage individual ownership of health. Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, he moved to Colorado in 2004. After completing his Biology major and Biomedical Sciences minor at Colorado State University, Ben came to Telluride's box canyon in 2008 to ski and never left. When not working for TCHNetwork, you can find Ben on his skis, his mountain bike, or in Town Park at one of the many music festivals we have every summer.
Claudia Garcia
Cultural Navigator
As Cultural Navigator, Claudia seeks to fill the gaps that the immigrant and Spanish-speaking population faces in Telluride, by providing necessary resources and collaborating with other organizations to better meet the needs of the immigrant community. Although she calls Dallas, Texas, home, Claudia immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico and is thus able to relate to the needs and struggles of the immigrant population. Before coming to TCHNetwork, Claudia worked at the San Miguel Resource Center as the Bilingual Victims Advocate, where she provided services and resources to Spanish-speaking clients who have been victims of a crime. While in this position, she was awarded the Purple RIbbon Award by the CCADV for her fierce domestic violence victim advocacy. During the summer, Claudia can be found outside doing something active, like hiking, climbing, or running. During the winter months, Lifetime movies are her guilty pleasure.
Adrienne Christy
Integration Program Coordinator
As the Integration Program Coordinator, Adrienne is eager to help build a community where all people have equal access to health care that treats the whole person and the whole community by providing services that work to achieve happiness and well-being. She believes that access to affordable wholistic care is an essential fiber in the fabric of any community. Adrienne received her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and developed her passion for public health during a semester abroad studying community and public health in Durban, South Africa. Continuing her efforts in expanding equity and access to healthcare, Adrienne has worked at John Snow Inc., a nonprofit public health consulting firm in Denver, and previously at Tri County Health Network as a Health Coverage Guide. A Colorado native, Adrienne is an avid skier and hiker but what she values most in life are her friends, family and her little brother Gus (the cutest golden doodle in all the land).

Community Health Workers

Our local Community Health Workers provide outreach, education, referral, follow-up, case management and advocacy for those at-risk for diabetes and heart disease. Our CHWs offer local residents free diabetes and heart disease screenings that include Cholesterol, Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, BMI, Height & Weight, Health Information and an action plan for healthier lifestyle choices.

Kelsey Huckle
Delta County
A Gunnison, Colorado native, Kelsey received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Adams State University and her Master’s degree from Idaho State University in Sport Science and Physical Education. Currently, Kelsey continues her education at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver to obtain certification as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner. Growing up with an autoimmune disease taught Kelsey that health and wellness do not always come easy, which led her to TCHNetwork. Kelsey enjoys helping people achieve optimal health by improving their nutrition and physical activity through education and programming. On her days off, you will find Kelsey trail running or hiking with her dog, Hickory.
Montrose County - Bilingual Assistance
Norwood and Westend of Montrose County

Enrollment Navigators

Enrollment Navigators are responsible for educating, processing and enrolling eligible individuals and families efficiently and effectively into programs such as Medicaid/CHP+/SNAP and the state marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, as well as assisting with TCHNetwork’s mobile school based cavity prevention program known as Skippy.

Carol Schutter
Ouray County
Born and raised in Gardner Massachusetts Carol moved to Telluride in 1972. She had almost every job imaginable in the small ski town from Lift operator to owning her own business. As a licensed practical nurse, Carol had the experience of working several years, at the Norwood Clinic and the Telluride Medical Center, then called Mountain Medical. Empathetic and compassionate by nature, Carol joined TCHNetwork to help the community. She is dedicated to providing the best service possible for anyone who may need her assistance. Ask Carol about: Colorado's state marketplace for health insurance, CHP+, Medicaid, San Juan Kids Cavity Prevention Program “Skippy”, and the Good Neighbor Fund. On a slow Friday afternoon, you can find Carol on her deck with friends and family.
Alexis Klein
San Miguel and Westend of Montrose Counties
Alexis' time in Telluride began in April 2016 when she joined the TCHNetwork team as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Originally from Northern Virginia, she fell in love with the mountains and wide open spaces that make the Western Slope a gem. In college Alexis earned a degree in environmental science from the University at Albany. She continues with TCHNetwork serving the community as a Health Coverage Guide in San Miguel and the Westend of Montrose counties - all things insurance related: Colorado's state marketplace, Medicaid, CHP+ and SNAP. In her spare time you can catch Alexis playing outdoors, reading, eating spaghetti, or petting cats (in a perfect world she'd be doing all at once).
Claudia Gamez
Montrose County - Bilingual Assistance
Before TCHNetwork, Claudia was a housekeeping supervisor for 5 years. She decided to join TCHNetwork to honor her desire to help her community. Claudia has a history of supporting her community by helping translate at doctors appointments, school meetings and filling out applications for Medicaid, Child Health Plans Plus and SNAP. Now she can offer this assistance professionally, which is very rewarding. Claudia enjoys spending time with her children - three boys keep her busy! Claudia admires people that go out of their way to help others without expecting a reward.

Patient Health Navigators

Patient Health Navigators work collaboratively with a clinical team to engage patients in actively managing their chronic conditions and promote patient education and self-management skills through motivational interviewing techniques.

Bridget Taddonio
Telluride Medical Center
Bridget has been working in the field of preventative medicine in some form or fashion for the past eight years. Her greatest passion in life is helping others realize their full potential by supporting and motivating them to achieve their wellness goals. When she is not working, Bridget enjoys Nordic skiing, backpacking, photography, and traveling. Bridget's personal wellness philosophy can be summed up fairly simplistically: eat real food, not too much, and move your body in ways that feel good to you!
Cyndi Wargowski
Naturita's Basin Clinic
When a close family member was seriously injured last year, a TCHNetwork employee reached out to Cyndi's family and helped coordinate services for them during a very difficult time. This persona was an angel to them and Cyndi now hopes to be the angel to others in the Westend. Outside of work, you’ll find Cyndi and her husband working on their ranch, where they have 68 Suri Alpacas that produce beautifully fine fleece that gets processed into yarns and fabrics. Cyndi also enjoys hiking, off-roading, mountain biking, and spending time with her 6 grown kids and 3 beautiful grandkids.

Outreach Coordinator

Amber Elder
Norwood and West End Outreach Coordinator
Amber, a Norwood resident and Ohio native, found her way to Colorado almost 2 years ago, after also living in Arizona and Washington. Amber received her nursing degree in 2009 from Columbus State Community College and has a BA in Allied Science, as well as a Masters in Health Care Administration from South University in Savannah, GA. Nursing, healthcare, and helping those in need have been her passions from a very young age, and are qualities which she brings to her position as West End Outreach Coordinator for Tri-County Health Network. Amber's role with TCHNetwork also includes insurance assistance in Norwood and the West End of Montrose, for which she aids residents in insurance enrollment and understanding their coverage. She loves being able to walk out her back door in Norwood and watch the snow fall on Lone Cone. She is also passionate about her two boys and their activities.

AmeriCorps VISTAs

Coni Arévalo
Communications Specialist
As an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with Tri-County Health Network, Coni's role as the Communications Specialist is to develop, establish, and maintain marketing strategies that promote TCHNetwork’s mission within the community. Born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in both Santiago and Long Island, NY, Coni likes to think that she has two homes on opposite hemispheres. She attended Cornell University, where her focus was on German Studies and Biological Sciences, with a concentration in ecology and evolution. Although her plan is to attend grad school following her AmeriCorps service, Coni wanted to do something more meaningful that would impact peoples’ lives in a positive way before going back to her studies, which is what brought her to TCHNetwork! Coni's passions in life currently include exploring as much of her surroundings (and the world!) as she possibly can, experimenting with cooking/baking and chasing after her kittens, Tigger and Roo.
Eric Jayne
Development Specialist
Eric’s role as an AmeriCorps VISTA at TCHNetwork is serving as the Development Specialist. His role is to help build the capacity of our programs and to expand our donor and volunteer base. Eric moved to Colorado from his home state of New Hampshire, where he grew up and attended Dartmouth College. During undergrad, he majored in Chinese and African Studies and played for the soccer team, but also made the decision to pursue a career in medicine. Since graduating, Eric has spent some time conducting public opinion research in Ethiopia and worked at a furniture mill in Vermont. For his second gap year before medical school, he wanted to help address barriers to health outside of medical care, which brought him to TCHN. Outside of work, Eric loves playing fingerstyle guitar, playing pickup soccer, and going on hikes with his dog.
Miguel Herrera
Special Projects Coordinator
Miguel is an AmeriCorps VISTA working for TCHNetwork as the Special Projects Coordinator. His role is to help develop, implement, and coordinate new and existing projects, ensuring that TCHNetwork is effectively serving the communities in the area. Born in Toluca, Mexico, and raised in Asheville, NC, Miguel spent his life around mountains. He recently graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, where he gained experience in leadership, social entrepreneurship, and management consulting. Miguel's role at TCHNetwork is a fit for him because of his leadership experience, passion for the organization’s mission, and love for the outdoors. Miguel travels, explores, and meets new people any chance he can get. Miguel has also performed and recorded live music with various bands around Dallas, TX (he graduated from Booker T. Washington HSPVA) and North Carolina as a guitarist, bassist, and percussionist.