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!
As Programs Manager, Stacey is responsible for managing our Health Insurance Navigators; developing communication campaigns and promotional materials to increase awareness of TCHNetwork programs; communicating successes and impact through personal attestation, and numerous mediums including social media; soliciting feedback on communication, program messaging and program materials; participating in program evaluation; serving as a “floater” Health Coverage Guide, as needed, to serve the community. Personally, Stacey hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee but but her family calls Sawpit home. Stacey moved to the area to ski but stayed because of her neighbors and the unique lifestyle found only in southwest Colorado. Stacey is passionate about the rural outreach work she does for TCHNetwork as it allows her to give back to the community that has given her 25 years of joy.
Community Engagement Supervisor
Community trainings for Mental Health First Aid, Cooking Matters and Digital Storytelling, providing insurance enrollment services, serving as ADRC Program Coordinator, and assisting in the Health Equity Movement in Colorado are the ways Erich facilitates TCHNetwork as the Community Engagement Specialist. After graduating college, Erich spent a year as a Peace Corps Volunteer Youth Development Coordinator in Cameroon, West Africa. From Cameroon to Telluride, he joined TCHNetwork as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Erich believes everyone is entitled to the same level of health care regardless of their geography, income level, and demographics. Time off will find Erich hiking or skiing in our back yard or exploring more of the four corners region.
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.
As the Data Analyst, Stephanie uses health care data from partner clinics to identify, analyze, and interpret trends.She uses this information to design reports and communicate the good work of TCHNetwork to stakeholders. In Stephanie's past life, she was the resident thermal analyst for electronics, military vehicles, and hybrid-electric and all-electric cars. Stephanie basically designed systems to make things hotter or colder depending on which was more desirable. While she may not be developing thermal solutions anymore, Stephanie still enjoys staying on the technical side of things at TCHNetwork. She loves mountain life - mountain biking, rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, and trail running. To have all of this right at her back doorstep is such a treat. Stephanie also loves the small town feel where she can make new friends just by walking down the street.
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.
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.
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!
Regional Health Connector
As the Regional Health Connector, Matt works within Region 10, which includes San Miguel, Ouray, Montrose, Hinsdale, Delta, and Gunnison counties. His work involves better connecting primary care with community based behavioral health and social services. Matt works on three projects to improve community health with issues of healthy foods/active living, access to care, and behavioral health. Prior to starting with Tri-County Health Network, he worked on initiatives dealing with economic development, local foods, and innovation in the greater Telluride region. Matt graduated from Fort Lewis College in nearby Durango with a degree in Sociology and Human Services. Outside of the office, you can probably find him out in the high country running or skiing.
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. 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. From the incredible people, ideas, and landscapes that constitute Southwest Colorado, Ben is trying to fulfill the wishes of our community and facilitate a health services system that embodies the Palliative Support Services motto: I Want To Live My Whole Life Here. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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 enjoy hiking, off-roading, mountain biking, and spending time with her 6 grown kids and 3 beautiful grandkids.
Senior Services Coordinator
Norwood and Westend of Montrose County
This position is currently in transition. Stay tuned!
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 have 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 trying new things.
Katie is an AmeriCorps VISTA working for TCHNetwork as the Development Specialist, working on volunteer mobilization and creating a donor infrastructure. Katie grew up just north of the Twin Cities in Minnesota where her two sisters and she utilized the thousands of lakes available to them. Katie recently graduated from Winona State University, where she studied Cell and Molecular Biology and Pre-Medicine. In college Katie was an active member of the Midwest Collegiate Ski Association, racing the individual slalom and GS. Before she studies medicine, Katie wants to fully emerge herself in the current U.S. healthcare system so that she can fully understand the limitations as well as benefits affecting her future patients. Katie loves skiing and ultimately everything outdoors and her favorite part about this area is the friendly, accepting, healthy community and the breath-taking playground nature has created.
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.