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!
Rasa Kaunelis
Director of Strategic Initiatives
As Director of Strategic Initiatives with TCHNetwork, Rasa oversees program evaluation, grants, and marketing for TCHNetwork. She also provides direction to several of our programs designed to address the social determinants of health and improve health and wellbeing for residents in our rural region. 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 since 2007, her past experience includes program evaluator at the Center for Policy Research and 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 using findings from our program evaluations. Rasa is obsessed with the Michigan State Spartans and loves hiking, road biking, and backpacking.
Greg Fischer
Director of Program Operations
As Director of Program Operations, Greg oversees the operational success of TCHNetwork’s programs. Greg also assists in developing new projects and objectives to meet community needs and scaling up initiatives. Greg holds a BS in Secondary Education and History from Augustana College and an MA in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University. Greg’s background in social impact programs led him to work in India, Brazil, and the Philippines and manage projects in the Middle East, Africa, and Central America directly. One of his highlights was creating an economic integration program for immigrants and refugees in São Paulo that led to his election to public office. Greg’s objective is to ensure that TCHNetwork fills the gap in rural communities that disenfranchised from private market services and programs. Outside the office, Greg can be found with his four kids, coaching or playing soccer, or mountaineering in Colorado’s alpine.
Alyssa Pindar
Community Health Programs Supervisor
Aly is naturally drawn to using her background in clinical nutrition to provide science based nutrition education to the community she lives in. She has focused her career around counseling individuals and designing menus on establishing lifestyle practices to lessen or erase lifestyle related diseases.She has taught farm to table nutrition education to school aged children and has found the greatest satisfaction in combining local food access with science based nutrition education. As TCHN’s Community Health Programs Supervisor, Aly will oversee the Community Health Worker program. With her team, she will help assure our community has access to healthful food, as well as the knowledge and power to take charge of their own health! Her team will educate people on how to make a lasting impact on their health by empowering them to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables on a budget and securing food access for those in need. With an equal passionate for her career and our earth, she feels blessed to support the people in this unique and beautiful rural area surrounded by the San Juan mountains. You’ll find her spending all her free time trail running, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and foraging edible and medicinal plants with her dog. “Our greatest wealth is health.”
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, and provide opportunities to educate our communities on mental health issues. Paul is a trained Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, a program to educate those who work with youth ages 12 to 18. He also focuses on implementing new solutions in mental health through tele therapy, implementing TCHNetwork’s Behavioral Health Strategic Plan for San Miguel County and facilitating and coordinating 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.
Matt Schroeder
Data Analyst
Leveraging health data to improve patient care and to provide actionable insights for our network members is the core of Matt’s role at TCHNetwork as Data Analyst. He also acts as the point person for all IT related matters for the organization. Originally trained in economics, Matt has a strong background in data modeling, forecasting, and statistical analysis, as well as extensive experience in data visualization. He has a passion for the power of good data analytics to inform decision making and improve people’s lives. Matt has a Master’s in applied economics from John’s Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s in economics from the University of Colorado – Boulder. When he’s not wrangling data in the office Matt can be found outside hiking, camping, fishing, or snowboarding with his wife and daughter – enjoying all the beauty and adventure that our region has to offer.
Ross Valdez
Community Outreach Manager
As Community Outreach Manager, Ross supports the continued growth and development of Tri-County Health Network’s health equity work. His role involves overseeing multiple TCHNetwork Community Outreach Programs across our rural region, including our programming that works to empower, engage, organize, and advocate on behalf of our multicultural population. Ross received his B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Luso-Brazilian studies from Colorado College. Before working at TCHNetwork, Ross worked for the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee supporting national sport federations and elite athletes. In his free time, Ross enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, snowboarding, and spending time with his family (dog included).
Annemarie Jodlowski
Marketing Manager
As Marketing Manager, Annemarie strives to make sure the community is informed about the resources and programs available to them through TCHNetwork. Deploying a strategy that includes traditional communication methods along with digital and social media tools, the idea is to get the right message to the right people and the right time. While this is Annemarie’s first foray into the non-profit sector, she brings with her marketing and brand management experience from Baxter Healthcare, Unilever, and Alpine Lodging/ Annemarie holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. A benefit of Annemarie’s job is the opportunity to work with a staff that is not only talented but passionate about healthcare equity. When not in the office, she juggles raising three energetic and compassionate children with taking advantage of Telluride’s natural playground. Some of her favorite activities in the box canyon include hiking, biking, skiing and SUPing the San Miguel.
Gina Gurreri
Community Programs Development Supervisor
Gina is excited to serve as the Community Programs Development Supervisor, where she will manage and expand the Skippy Dental program and the Teletherapy Behavioral Health program. Her passion for health equity stems from her educational background in social work, and her excitement for managing public health programs is fed by her niche interests in data management, mixed methods research, and mastering Excel keyboard shortcuts and formulas. A 7-year resident of Colorado’s front range, Gina spent the last year traveling the United States, hiking in as many national parks as possible. She was drawn back to the San Juans, where she plans to spend her free time hiking, climbing, doing all the snow sports, and completing craft projects. She collects metrics data on her own travels and has visited 48/50 states, 58% of US national parks, and 22% of US national monuments.
Sami Damsky
Behavioral Health Outreach Coordinator
As Behavioral Health Outreach Coordinator, Sami is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the behavioral health programs administered by Tri-County Health Network. Sami works to support the education outreach of TCHNetwork related to mental health and wellness, including supporting community and youth coalitions, delivering evidence-based educational programs, and conducting outreach activities and presentations. Some of these programs include Communities that Care, Mental Health First Aid, NAMI Family-to-Family, and an annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk. After earning her B.S. in Sustainable Technology from Appalachian State University, she traded the Blue Ridge Mountains for the San Juan Mountains surrounding glorious Telluride, CO. Outside of the office, you can find Sami on her yoga mat, dancing to live music, hiking, paddle boarding, or baking something chocolatey.
Julia Johnston
School Based Program Coordinator
As School Based Program Coordinator, Julia is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the school based programs administered by Tri-County Health Network. Julia oversees all aspects of the existing teletherapy program including developing new venues for delivering teletherapy services in schools and communities. She delivers education and outreach programs including Mental Health First Aid, SafeTALK and NAMI to adult and youth populations. Julia also assists with the Skippy dental program. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Psychology, Julia traveled to Southern Goa, India to study Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. After India, she traded in the Arabian Sea for the San Juan Mountains. Julia is a local yoga teacher who loves sharing her passion for movement meditation. If she’s not in the office, or at a yoga studio, you can find Julia meandering the mountains and enjoying a world without walls with her dog Scout.
Corinne Cavender
Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator
Corinne is joining Tri-County Health Network’s Behavioral Health team after serving as the organization’s Public Health Marketing Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA. In her new role, Corinne will be leading Mental Health First Aid trainings, safeTALK suicide prevention trainings, and facilitating NAMI Family to Family courses. Additionally, she will be assisting in the facilitation of the San Miguel Behavioral Health Solutions Panel and the San Miguel Behavioral Health Collaborative. Corinne graduated from Grand Valley State University in her home state of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. She was fortunate enough to spend a semester studying abroad in Sydney, Australia and surfed breaks from Melbourne to Perth before venturing over to the South Island of New Zealand. Outside the office, Corinne loves shredding the gnar, eating Tacos del Gnar, and sending gnarly hikes.
Joshua Feliz Martinez
Cultural Navigator
As the Cultural Navigator for Tri-County Health Network, Joshua will provide direct services to the Spanish language immigrant population in Telluride and the surrounding areas. Joshua’s goal is to become a part of the community and assist anyone within the Hispanic population who faces barriers related to the social determinants of health. Joshua received his B.A in Anthropology and an Associates in Criminal Justice from University of Colorado- Denver. During his free time, he loves to catch up on the latest movies and his favorite shows, enjoy warm weather on a hike, and attend local events all with his girlfriend Chantal and their dog Romeo by their side.
Enrique Aviles
Cultural Navigator
As Cultural Navigator, Enrique, supports the needs of community members living in Montrose and the surrounding area to successfully access supportive services and programs that bolster their health and well-being such as Medicaid, SNAP, and Energy Assistance. As the needs of families and individuals are multifold, Enrique also engages with families to support them in other ways including connecting them with the appropriate assistive resources that address other critical areas such as mental health and financial stability. Such work can be accomplished through a vast and robust network of partnerships with numerous entities, organizations, and community stakeholders and Enrique helps to facilitate those collaborative relationships in the community through outreach activities and relationship-building. Being bilingual and bicultural, Enrique also engages in extensive outreach to the Spanish-speaking population of the region to facilitate meeting the basic needs of the Spanish-speaking community living and working in Montrose and the surrounding areas. Enrique has extensive experience working in the non-profit realm in varying capacities supporting the needs of children, youth, families, and communities through organizations such as The American Red Cross, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Tucson Unified School District. Enrique grew up in the Sonoran desert of Southern Arizona where he attended the University of Arizona and expanded his terrain from the low-lying desert of Arizona to the high desert of Colorado over a year ago and worked as a Personal Financial Coach helping families and individuals attain financial health and stability prior to joining TCHNetwork. Enrique is passionate about social justice and social equity issues including health equity, educational equity, and financial equity and works toward those aims through his various roles. Enrique also has a passion for art, creativity, and creative expression and, in his spare time, you can find him reveling in one of various creative projects that he has in progress.
María Albañil-Rangel
Immigrant Advocacy Coordinator
As Immigrant Advocacy Coordinator, Maria will lead the development and administration of the TCHNetworks’s immigration legal services program. Maria will represent TCHNetwrok on statewide coalitions seeking to advance racial and health equity in Colorado. Before taking this position, Maria worked for the public school system in North Carolina, where she contributed to the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and programs which sought to better serve the Latinx population. Maria holds an M.S. in Social Work with a concentration in community and organizational practice, from Appalachian State University. Outside of the office, Maria enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys being outdoors.
Mary Burt
Regional Health Connector
As a Regional Health Connector, Mary works with the communities of Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Delta, Ouray and San Miguel. She supports local community health improvement efforts by building linkages among the various components of the healthcare system, including primary care, behavioral health, governmental agencies, and organizations that address the social determinants of health. Before taking this position, Mary helped organizations in Western Colorado develop and sustain programming for food security, behavioral health, immigrant integration, adult and family literacy, health policy, transportation, early childhood education and access to health care. Originally from the San Luis Valley, Mary was raised in Gunnison and went on to get her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Western Colorado University. For Mary, Gunnison never lost it’s allure and it is where she currently resides with her husband and teenage son. Outside of work, you will find Mary enjoying the outdoors by bike, foot, ski or paddle board.
Kaitlyn Swick
Office Manager
As the Office Manager, Kaitlyn will keep everyone in check and ensure that the office continues to run smoothly. She was drawn to Tri-County Health because of her passion for helping people feel their best by making lifestyle and diet changes as well as getting the mental health help they need. Before taking this position, Kaitlyn worked in early childhood education as a teacher and administrator and ran a Functional Nutritional Therapy business. She believes that everyone deserves the affordable health opportunities that TCHN provides. In her free time you can find her outside with her son and dog, exploring nature and going on many adventures.

Care Coordination

Amy Rowan
Care Coordination Supervisor
Amy is the Care Coordinator Supervisor overseeing the Medicaid Care Coordination, Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC), Palliative, and Accountable Health Communities Model Programs. She has a passion for helping community members access support and services to increase their health and wellness. Amy has worked in an array of fields geared around older adults and adults with disabilities for the past 26 years. Starting as a Certified Nursing Assistant, transitioning to recreation coordination and now care coordination, outreach and resource development. Amy enjoys researching and developing programs to reduce health disparities and empower people to improve their health and independence. She is certified as a REACH (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health) Interventionist and certified to teach Healthier Living Colorado classes, she currently is participant in the Colorado Trust Health Equity Leadership Learning Series. Amy says, “Every day I learn something new, if I can take a little bit of what I learn to help someone else the day is complete.” Ask Amy about how to access resources on long-term care supports, services, and benefits. Amy’s favorite thing about our community is the San Juan Mountains and enjoys photographing their beauty.
Amber Kanicila
Care Coordinator
Amber has a goal of advocating and empowering the community in understanding what supports are available to help them achieve wellness. She will be working as the Rocky Mountain Health Plans Medicaid Care Coordination in the City of Montrose and in Ouray County and is the Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado ADRC Options Counselor for Ouray County. Amber completed her Associates and Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration through the University of Phoenix. She have been in Colorado her most of her life and traveled when I was younger all over the states, she also lived in Oregon and Washington for two years and then moved back to Colorado. Amber says “I love to help people any way I can and provide any information for help I can. I have a passion for helping and have always wanted to have a career in a way I can give back to others.” Amber enjoys spending time with her two kids and love the outdoors and the beautiful mountains she lives by.

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.

Darlene Mora
Montrose County- Bilingual Assistance
Darlene is a bi-cultural and bilingual Montrose native, with a passion for helping the people of her community. Darlene attended Colorado Mesa University where she received her Bachelors of Applied Science. Prior to working with TCHNetwork, Darlene cared for her father for many years and worked as a Deputy Sheriff at the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office. As a CHW, she enjoys helping people live healthier lives by providing free health screenings and educational information. When not working, Darlene likes to spend her time with her family and seven grandchildren, and vacationing every chance she gets.
Ruth Homan
San Miguel County
Ruth is excited to join the TCHN team and expand her passion for helping people live healthier lives. A Colorado native, Ruth, her husband and 2 children moved to Telluride in 2005. She considers it a blessing to wake up in the mountains every day and raise her children here. A graduate of Western State Colorado University, Ruth has operated FitLife Personal Training, LLC in Telluride since 2007 as a personal trainer. Working as a Community Health Worker, Ruth hopes to inspire and assist a wider scope in the community towards staying healthy. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys hiking and snowshoeing with her dog, backpacking with family, reading, and just hanging out with family.

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.

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.

Cyndi Wargowsky
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

Angela Bullard
Delta Outreach Coordinator
As a native of Colorado and of Delta County, Angela has deep roots connecting her to local communities. Angela earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Public Administration from the University of Phoenix and has vast experience navigating regional resource. Angela is passionate about serving community members who need help accessing and utilizing resources throughout Delta County. Angela strongly believes that “if we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. …We need not wait to see what others do.” -Mahatma Ghandi. Ask Angela about local resources and programs from human services, medical and non medical transportation and for ideas to meet your need! Angela enjoys cooking new and tasty recipes with her family, reading as often as possible, and keeping her teenage boys busy!
Alexis Sherwood
West End Outreach Coordinator
As the West End Outreach Coordinator, Alexis serves as a Community Health Worker as well as provides Medicaid Care Coordination, ADRC senior services, options counseling, and Cooking Matters classes in the West End of Montrose and San Miguel counties. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Applied Anthropology and a certificate in Volunteer and Community Resource Management, she gained experience in a variety of roles in nonprofits leading projects and coordinating programs. Upon her move to Telluride for what was meant to be a spontaneous and short-term ski season, she fell in love with the area and is inspired to fulfill her passions in social equity and human services in the place she now calls home. In her free time you can find her in the water, hiking, skiing, making art, dancing at local shows, trying new activities, and gaining as many new experiences as she can.
Hope Logan
San Miguel Outreach Coordinator
As the San Miguel Outreach Coordinator, Hope supports clients in navigating resources to meet their needs. She provides health insurance navigation, SNAP enrollment assistance, options counseling for seniors through ADRC, facilitation for the palliative support services program, and Cooking Matters class coordination. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for TCHNetwork supporting Behavioral Health programs across San Miguel. Hope is ecstatic to continue to work on the Western Slope, support the health of the residents of San Miguel, and delve into enhancing food security for our communities. A Maine native, she received her B.A. in Biology and English Literature from Bates College where she fostered a keen interest in sustainable food systems. Off duty, she enjoys trying to turn herself into a morning person and sitting on her porch saying “wow look at that sunset.”

AmeriCorps VISTAs

Ruthie Boyd
Public Health Marketing Coordinator
Ruthie joins Tri-County Health Network in the role of Public Health Marketing Coordinator. Originally from Breckenridge, Colorado, Ruthie attended Carleton College where she majored in Sociology/Anthropology, ran cross country, and studied abroad in Costa Rica. In her role at Tri-County Health Network, Ruthie is excited to creatively and effectively promote Tri-County Health Network’s programs and to help advance equitable health outcomes for residents of the Tri-County area. In her free time, Ruthie enjoys baking sweet treats, exploring new trails, attending farmer’s markets, and cross country skiing.
Sean MacDonell
Public Health Analyst
As the Public Health Analyst, Sean performs program evaluations, supports grant writing, and works to further improve existing programs. Having grown up in a remote corner of Minnesota, he has seen firsthand the need for removing barriers to health access in rural areas. Sean graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota where he studied Political Science with a focus on public health. Sean speaks fluent Spanish and has lived, studied, and worked in Colombia, France, and South Africa, respectively. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outside, playing classical and jazz piano, and learning both computer and foreign languages.
Danielle Grande
Community Specialist
As the AmeriCorps VISTA Community Specialist, Danielle is excited to join Tri-County Health Network and work to improve access to healthcare and resources in under-served communities. Danielle grew up in the small beach town of Kennebunk, Maine and then moved to the triangle region of North Carolina at the age of 13. She earned her B.S. of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and a minor in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Danielle has a passion for travel and expanding her knowledge of other cultures and studied abroad in Berlin, Germany her junior year of high school with the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program, as well as in Bangkok, Thailand for a semester during her junior year of college where she was able to experience a completely different way of life. Danielle is excited to explore Telluride and the San Juans and is looking forward to experiencing activities such as hiking, camping, and skiing that were not easily accessible in her coastal town of Wilmington, NC.

Skippy+ Dental Team

Christy Kopasz
Dr. Christy Kopasz, is the SKIPPY+ Dental Program dentist for Tri-County Health Network. Dr. Christy graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and completed additional training in a General Practice Residency at Denver Health Hospital. Before attending dental school, Dr. Christy worked 10 years as a dental assistant in a pediatric dental office and practiced as a registered dental hygienist for 16 years. Dr. Christy uses teledentistry to provide education, dental consultations, and treatment planning for patients during their comprehensive exam with a registered dental hygienist. Using the teledentistry examination data, Dr. Christy goes back into the schools to provide restorative dentistry to treat dental decay without parents missing work or children missing school. Dr. Christy is a native of Colorado. When she is not working in dentistry, she enjoys spending her free time with her 10-year-old son. They love swimming and skiing together.
Claire Appel
Lead Dental Hygienist
Claire Appel, R.D.H. grew up in Durango, Colorado. She graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico in 2011. Claire worked for a private dental practice in Moab, Utah for 6 years. She started working with Tri-County Health Network’s Skippy + dental program upon moving to Telluride in 2017 and is currently working on getting the Adult Medicaid Dental program up and running. Claire is also currently working at both Ridgway Family Dentistry and River Peak Dental part-time as well as a fill-in at the Uncomphadry Medical Center. Claire loves crack climbing, kayaking, running, skiing, surfing, traveling, biking, baking, and above all, her two children.
Lynsey Marsh
Dental Hygienist
Lynsey is a registered dental hygienist that has been working with Skippy Dental program for the past four years. She attended The Sarah Whitaker Glass School of Dental Hygiene at West Liberty University in West Virginia and has been a practicing locally in Telluride and Ridgway for the last six years. Lynsey started coming to Telluride in the early 90’s with her family to go camping and skiing. She has always wanted to live in the mountains and when she moved to Telluride her dreams became true. Lynsey, and her husband Matthew, enjoy spending time with their two boxer dogs – Bowie and Geddy. Additionally, she likes to snowboard, golf, camp, and she plays competitive disc golf all over Colorado.
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