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!
Grants & Evaluation Administrator
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.
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.
Director of Advocacy and Outreach
As Director of Advocacy and Outreach, Robert oversees programs that empower, engage, educate, organize, and advocate on behalf of Tri-County Health Network’s diverse communities. He works to build coalitions, advance the diversity, equity, and inclusion agenda, and ensure program sustainability. Robert earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He also holds an M.A. in Social Ecology (the science of studying society like an ecosystem) and a B.S. in Cognitive Science (the science of how humans, animals, and machines think). Robert is passionate about social justice, public health, environmentalism, animal welfare, and the ways social science can inform advocacy. Robert’s previous experience with nonprofit organizations includes a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Environmental Defense Fund, sustainability consulting with SeedLA and SeedOC, and grassroots organizing with the Commission on Voluntary Service and Action and the Eastern Service Workers Association. In his spare time, Robert enjoys playing classical piano, weightlifting, and exploring museums
As Marketing Manager, Julia 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 at the right time. 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.
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.
Behavioral Health Solutions Executive Assistant
After serving as Tri-County Health Network’s Public Health Marketing Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA and Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator, Corinne transitioned into her current role as the Behavioral Health Solutions Executive Assistant. Through her time at TCHNetwork, Corinne has coordinated and taught Mental Health First Aid (Youth, Adult and Teen) trainings and safeTALK suicide prevention trainings, and provided behavioral health outreach and education opportunities across TCHNetwork’s coverage area. She will now focus on 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 will be attending the University of Denver’s MSW online program in 2022 with an emphasis in mental health and trauma. In college, 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 mountain bike rides.
Lead Equity Advocate
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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In her role managing Special Projects, Annemarie has a hand in many aspects of TCHN. She lends her expertise to the Marketing team, assists with outreach, and helps with strategy. 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/Telluride.com. 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.
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.
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.
Floriliana Ramos Chavez
Montrose and Delta Cultural Navigator
Floriliana was born and raised in Montrose, Colorado with a Hispanic background since birth. She began her career as a lab technician and then went into the medical field as a Medical Assistant. Working in the medical field made her realize that helping others was her passion. As a Cultural Navigator for Tri-County Health Network, Floriliana will continue to realize this passion for aiding her community. Building trust within her community is important to her because it makes her clients comfortable with coming to her for support. Outside of work, Floriliana has a party decorating business that she shares with her sister. Also, she loves to do make-up and hairstyling for others in her spare time.
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.
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.
Communities that Care Administrator
Tammi recently joined the Tri County team as the Communities that Care Administrator. Her passion for working with mission driven organizations and seeing the need and power of prevention education in a community led her to Tri County. Tammi was born and raised overseas, traveling the world with her mom and kitty. She headed to Arkansas for college and California for graduate school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master of Public Administration. After finishing the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, she moved to Telluride to learn to ski. Unintentionally, Tammi came for the Winter but stayed for the Summer. Tammi believes that health does not just happen in hospitals and doctors’ offices- but that health also happens in the places where people live, work, learn, and PLAY. Young people are agents of change for healthier communities and can be catalysts and prolific communicators in social movements. She is excited to start working with the Telluride youth and community to identify health risks and work collectively toward solutions.
Communities that Care Youth Coordinator
As the Communities That Care Coordinator, Emelie strives to stay in connection with the youth of Telluride to improve their surroundings. Emelie works with the high school coalition and middle school coalition to improve our community when it comes to alcohol and substance abuse as well as working towards making this town a better place for the young. Emelie was born and raised in Sweden, has lived in Australia and Denmark, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from VIA University in Aarhus, Denmark. When Emelie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two little ones, hiking, biking, paddle boarding, x-country skiing or downhill skiing.
Social Services Manager
As Tri-County Health Network’s Social Services Manager, Bethany works closely with her enrollment and outreach team as well as local partners to improve client services in accessing health equity programs and defining client growth. Bethany grew up in Vermont and graduated with a B.A. in Social Science. In her early career she worked in the legal field, primarily in family law. Shorty after finishing college she moved to Colorado with her husband. She continued her career in the legal field until starting her family. She now has 3 children and had spent much of her “free” time volunteering on many boards and committees before transitioning into local government. She has extensive experience in local government and nonprofits. Being a true community champion and advocate is her passion. She believes in building relationships and building community to improve health equity for all. She spends her free time running, hiking, backpacking, gardening and spending time with her family.
Cori joined Tri-County Health Network as the Office Manager to help TCHNetwork operate as smoothly as possible. She moved from Minnesota to Telluride nine years ago with her husband and two children, and she has been in love with our community ever since. She is passionate about helping others, and views this role as an opportunity to give back to the members of this fantastic community. As Office Manager, she is the first person that clients see in our Telluride office, making her the face of the public organization. She enjoys learning about TCHNetwork’s different programs and services and helping the staff better serve the public. Outside of the office, she loves to jeep, camp, hike, fish, and ski.
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 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.
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.
Laura joins the Tri-County Health Network in the role of Care Coordinator to San Miguel and the West End. She will be responsible for assisting community members to access resources in their region capable of addressing their individualized needs. Laura graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Anthropology and the Pre-Health Program with an emphasis in medical anthropology. She plans to pursue a career in medicine, focusing on the provision of care in underserved populations. She is passionate about medicine, patient advocacy, and access to equitable, inclusive care. Laura is very excited to fulfill these passions serving an organization whose mission of “improving health for everyone” aligns with her values. She is an avid learner and an enthusiastic teacher with experience serving diverse populations across Colorado. Laura grew up in both Golden and Winter Park, Colorado. From a young age, she was able to notice the unique intersection where the ski industry and rural Colorado meet and feels impassioned to explore its complexities in our part of the state. In her free time, she enjoys backcountry skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and reading.
High Fidelity Wraparound Facilitator
Lisa Thomason is the Facilitator for the High-Fidelity Wraparound program in San Miguel and Ouray counties. HFW is a collaborative process that brings together families, professionals, and natural supports as a team, whose primary focus is to create and implement support and solutions for individualized families to be able to reach their family vision. She brings with her decades of experience in working with children, youth, and families in various capacities as an educator, facilitator, counselor, director, and behavior analyst. Having lived in both San Miguel and Ouray Counties, she has a granular understanding of the cultures that live within the region. Lisa spends her out of work time in nature, reading, dancing, or doing Tarot readings.
High-Fidelity Wraparound Support Partner
Maria has recently joined Tri-County Health Network as Family Support Partner for High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) in San Miguel County and Ouray counties. She will be providing direct support to adults and youth engaged in the wraparound process utilizing an evidence-based approach that includes the theory of change model. Maria is excited and ready to dive into her role with her HFW team and help people who are experiencing challenges by focusing on personal strengths, providing peer support, and most importantly allowing “voice and choice.” Maria was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California, which gave roots to her Chicana/mestizo identity and then moved to Montrose, Colorado which has allowed her an understanding and appreciation for the community she calls home. From a young age, she has been intrigued by personal stories and the idea that it’s important to understand another’s perspective; thus, she knew she had to learn more and pursued an undergraduate degree in psychology. She attained a BA in psychology from Colorado Mesa University and has been providing case management support for people through nonprofit organizations serving in domestic violence, integrated health, and crisis services. Through her educational, professional, and personal experience, she has been amazed by the strength of the human spirit and strongly believes in personal growth despite barriers and challenges one might encounter. Outside of TCHNetwork, Maria enjoys reading, hiking, and spending her time playing with and learning from her son and daughter.
Adult Wraparound Care Coordinator
Juanita joins Tri-County Health Network as an Adult Wraparound Care Coordinator in Delta County. She was born and raised for most of her life in Delta County. She was raised in a double-cultural family and is proud of her background and knowledge of both cultures. She became fluent in Spanish after living in Mexico for three years with her family. It was an amazing experience to see what life was like firsthand in Mexico. She has worked with kids most of her life as an aide in Utah. However, when she moved back to Colorado in 2019, she made a shift in herlife and jumped into the medical field. This is when she further realized her passion and love for helping others in need, making them feel valued, and showing them that they are not alone. She is a proud mother of three kiddos that love sports like gymnastics, baseball, football, and basketball. She also loves spending time with her cats and her bird.
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.
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.
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.
Delta Outreach Coordinator
As Tri-County Health Network’s Delta County Outreach Coordinator, Kirk works with the social services team and local community partners to improve client services in accessing health equity programs and defining client growth. Kirk grew up in Montrose with his parents and younger brother in a large Italian family. He is 4th generation on his father’s side where his great-grandparent’s immigrated from Abruzzo, Italy settling in Ouray, Colorado. His grandfather worked in the Idarado Mine and his grandmother operated The Pic Restaurant in Ouray. He has extensive experience working in mental health and with various nonprofits. His true passion and focus is advocating for the underserved populations in rural communities.. He believes in building professional and community relationships to improve health equity for all. He also has a background in food & wine and holds a certification as a sommelier. After spending 12 years in the San Francisco Bay area and a short stint in Philadelphia, he moved back to Colorado to be near his family. He spends his time entertaining friends and family, traveling, hiking, cooking, gardening, wine tasting.
Public Health Analyst
As the Public Health Analyst, Katie performs program evaluations, supports grant writing, and works to further improve existing programs. She hopes to pursue a career in public health in order to remove barriers to healthcare in under-resourced communities. Katie graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia where she studied Neuroscience and Biology. She was also a member of the golf team for four years. While in Telluride, she looks forward to enjoying the outdoors and doing some hiking and skiing.
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 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.
Public Health Marketing Coordinator
Hannah joins Tri-County Health Network in the role of Public Health Marketing Coordinator. Originally from New York City, Hannah attended Dartmouth College where she majored in Government with a minor in Quantitative Social Science and captained the rowing team. She plans to attend law school in order to advocate for under-resourced groups. In her role at Tri-County Health Network, Hannah is excited to utilize creative methods of communication to promote Tri-County Health Network’s programs and to help advance equitable health outcomes for residents of the Western Slope of Colorado. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, trying out new sports, and listening to podcasts.
Skippy+ Dental Team
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.