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 Manager
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.”
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.
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.
Julia Johnston
Behavioral Health Coordinator
As Behavioral Health Coordinator, Julia oversees all aspects of the existing teletherapy program including scheduling, managing and hiring clinicians, and developing new venues for delivering teletherapy services in schools and communities. She delivers evidence-based education and outreach programs including Mental Health First Aid and NAMI Family-to-Family to adult and youth populations. 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 and health equity. 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.
Laura Baker
Multicultural Engagement Manager
Laura grew up in Southern California as part of a bicultural Mexican American family. Her parents, a firefighter and school administrator, modelled service above self and impressed the values of kindness, generosity, and community upon her. For over a decade, Laura has worked or volunteered with non-profit organizations in various capacities. She is most passionate about advancing womxn and people of color. Learning about world cultures and communications became a fascination for Laura when she moved abroad for her first time to Italy. There, she began to understand our shared humanity and made her decision to study Psychology and Social Behavior, and Cultural Studies. During her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, she travelled to Israel-Palestine as a student diplomat. This opportunity afforded Laura a broader perspective on conflict resolution and analysis, the complexities of intergovernmental relations, and reinforced her views on humanism. Since that time, Laura has travelled to other regions of the world to expand and cultivate her worldview. While backpacking in Tanzania, she met her partner, who swept her away to New Zealand for several years before returning to the states. Laura is excited and grateful to join the Multicultural Advocacy Team and looks forward advancing equity for the underserved populations in the Tri County region.
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Valentina Roa
San Miguel Cultural Navigator
Valentina started her career in healthcare as a certified nursing assistant and worked in a variety of settings including geriatrics, addiction recovery and home health and later transitioned to healthcare administration. Having experienced life firsthand as an immigrant and becoming a naturalized citizen, Valentina holds a profound passion for empowering individuals and assisting them in achieving growth and security. Valentina’s goals are to eliminate barriers for the Latinx community to achieve health and social equity. Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, she is delighted to call the San Juan Mountains home where the sense of unity in community is so powerful. Valentina is fluent in Spanish, enjoys traveling, cooking and making others feel heard and seen. Outside of the office, you can find her on the road exploring new destinations.
Cecilia Castro
Delta and Montrose Cultural Navigator
Cecilia has been a Colorado resident all her life, and moved from Mexico to Delta, CO when she was only 5 months old. Cecilia grew up in Montrose and began her career as a CNA, which was when she realized her passion is to help others. As a Cultural Navigator at TCHNetwork, Cecilia’s goal is to reach those who are in need of help but are afraid to reach out. She looks forward to building relationships and partnerships and to educating her community on the importance of health and wellbeing. Cecilia has four amazing children who she is very proud of, and outside of work, Cecilia’s life is soccer- she manages and coaches her son’s soccer team.
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.

Care Coordination

Amy Rowan
Care Coordination Manager
Amy is the Care Coordinator Manager 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.
Amy Efurd
Care Coordinator
Originally from Southern California, Amy moved to the West End in 1997. She graduated from Nucla High School and raised her three children in the West End. She recently met the love of her life, Toby Efurd, and married in September. Amy has always had a passion for helping people in the community, and has taken on roles helping with free meals and state assistance programs throughout the area. Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband, five children, and three grandchildren.

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
As a Patient Health Navigator and Diabetes Para-Professional at the Basin Medical Clinic, Cyndi provides education and support to patients by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices to improve their overall health and quality of life. She also facilitates other programs at the clinic, including the Fresh Food Rx Program, Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program, Chronic Care Management and Diabetes Support. Before joining Tri-County Health Network, Cyndi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance/Management from the University of Northern Colorado and worked in the Denver corporate world for 20 years. After retiring, she lived abroad for 4 years before landing in Southwest Colorado. Cyndi’s passion for helping people live their best lives led to her current career as a Health Navigator. When she’s not at the clinic, you’ll find her teaching school, hiking, off-roading, mountain bike riding, gardening and hanging out with her husband on their Alpaca Ranch on Wright’s Mesa. They have 6 grown children and 4 grandchildren, and she treasures the times they share.

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!

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, reading books 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.
Ariana Sites
Volunteer Coordinator
Ariana joins Tri-County Health Network as the Volunteer Coordinator. Through this position, she will recruit, retain, train, and coordinate the TCHNetwork’s volunteer force to assist in building health equity throughout the region. She is originally from Virginia and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a Bachelors in Social Work, a Minor in Nonprofit Management, and a Certificate in Global Education. She has lived in Colorado for over a year and is excited to continue to explore. Her passions (aside from public health) include traveling, mountaineering, cooking, crafting, and spending time with her dog Meester Snuggles.
Karsen Granning
Community Specialist
Karsen joins Tri-County Health Network as the AmeriCorps Community Specialist VISTA where she will work to improve access to resources to promote healthcare equity in underserved communities. She graduated from Concordia College in Minnesota where she studied Biology and Chemistry, played soccer, and ran track and field. In the future, she hopes to continue to pursue her passion for science and public health by attending medical school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, painting, and is looking forward to exploring all there is to offer in the San Juan mountains.

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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