Team Profiles

 

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!
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Jackie Kennefick
Human Resources Administrator
As Human Resources Administrator, Jackie is excited to help employees achieve their goals and support the important work TCHNetwork is doing in the region. Jackie first came to Telluride over thirty years ago to ski for a winter season after graduating from U.C. San Diego and just never left! Over the years, she has worked for Telski, San Miguel County, The Town of Mountain Village, and Land Title. She has volunteered for many festivals and local boards including sitting on the Town’s Planning & Zoning Board, serving as the Rainbow Preschool Board President, being a KOTO volunteer DJ, and participating in TCHNetwork’s Communities That Care. When not working, Jackie loves to travel, read, watch films. and do things outdoors (preferably near water) with her husband, son, and friends.
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Amy Rowan
Director of Care Coordination
Amy is the Director of Care Coordination 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.
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Rasa Kaunelis
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.
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Matt Schroeder
Data Analyst
As Data Analyst, Matt manages all data and IT related matters for TCHNetwork. This includes leveraging health data to provide actionable insights for our internal programs and network members as well as developing and managing the systems TCHNetwork staff use to better serve our clients every day. 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 data to inform decision making and improve people’s lives. He 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 Matt can probably be found in one of two places – working on his hobby farm in Montrose or cheering for his daughter at a fastpitch softball game.
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María Albañil-Rangel
Policy & Advocacy Manager
As Policy & Advocacy Manager, Maria leads the development and administration of TCHNetworks’s immigration legal services program and other multicultural advocacy initiatives. Maria will represent TCHNetwrok on statewide coalitions seeking to advance racial and health equity in Colorado. Before beginning this position, Maria served as TCHNetwork's Immigrant Advocacy Coordinator, and prior to joining the organization, 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.
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Darcy Johnson
Care Coordination Manager
I have lived in Montrose for over 20 years, and I love the cohesive and supportive community. I have a teenage son who keeps me busy with various activities: we enjoy spending time in the mountains, participating in church activities, and being with our extended family. I have a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Healthcare Administration along with an extensive work history in Long Term Care, where I have developed and supervised memory care units and been a Social Services Director. I am honored to have been a part of a team that provided care during the difficult years of the COVID pandemic, and I continue to hold the residents in the Long-Term Care facilities close to my heart. I am excited to provide support to community members of the Western Slope, helping them live their best lives.
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Lizzy Totman
Marketing Communications Manager
As the Marketing Manager, Lizzy supports the continued growth and development of TCHNetwork programming by building community relations and directing external and internal marketing tactics. Lizzy has been working in Marketing for over ten years. Her previous experiences in Marketing include working at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area as well as the University of Utah in Utah. As a graphic designer, photographer, social media manager, and web designer, Lizzy has a solid foundation in all of these fields. Lizzy is dedicated to working for non-profit organizations, as it gives purpose and enables her to build a mission of helping others. Spending time with her family is one of Lizzy's favorite things to do, along with her professional photography and volunteering for nonprofit organizations.
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Corinne Cavender
Behavioral Health Program Manager
Corinne is our Behavioral Health Program Manager and has 3 years of experience working at Tri-County Health Network on be behavioral health team. During her time with the organization, Corinne has been immersed in the mental health and substance use challenges faced by our coverage area and has been involved in identifying solutions to those challenges. Coming to us with her own lived experience, Corinne has excelled in connecting with our community and educating through classes like Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK Suicide Alertness courses, and supporting our Communities That Care coalition. In her free time, she is a co-chair of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Southwest Colorado Out of the Darkness Walk which earned her the honor of being named one of the Telluride Foundation’s 2022 Citizens of the Year. In Corinne’s downtime, she enjoys watching the Detroit Red Wings, skiing, biking, and coaching volleyball.
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Nadia Gonzalez
Cultural Navigator - San Miguel
As a cultural navigator, Nadia, will outreach and engage with the multicultural population in our community to provide interpretation and translation support, help navigate complex systems, and empower the diverse population in our community. Nadia comes to Tri-County Health Network with a strong passion and experience in helping others and serving the community. Nadia started her RN studies in Mexico, moved to California, and became a certified caregiver in 2017. Nadia is a mother of two boys and a baby girl, she was raised in California and came to Telluride when she was 20 years old. Outside of work you will find Nadia out in the park with her children or walking by the river trails.
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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.
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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.
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Tammi Ragan
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.
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Laura Nava Murillo
Immigrant Affairs Advocate
Laura comes from Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved to the United States in 2000 with her daughter Tania, who was six years old at the time. As a single mom, she worked hard to provide everything that her daughter needed, ensuring that she attended college and obtained an Associate's degree in Arts. In 2018, Laura moved to Colorado for a new adventure. Laura opened and successfully managed her own cleaning business for 5 years. Her next position was with UPS in Commerce City, CO as an employee safety trainer supervisor. Laura then worked at Uncompahgre Medical Center as a Latinx Outreach and Medical Interpreter. She has now joined the TCHNetwork team and is looking forward to continuing to serve the community. During her time in Chicago, Laura volunteered with a local church in the Pilsen community, helping eligible immigrant community members apply for DACA. Laura will represent TCHNetwork on statewide coalitions seeking to advance racial and health equity in Colorado. She will be instrumental in educating and providing critical immigration services to the immigrant community of San Miguel County. Laura has firsthand experience with immigration situations. Her green card took 6 years to be granted due to a lack of communication with her lawyer. In such an important matter, she knows that having the training and the passion to help the community can be very beneficial. Aside from work, Laura enjoys hiking, kayaking, swimming, bonfires, and wine.
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Ariana Sites
Behavioral Health Services Coordinator
After serving as the Volunteer Coordinator VISTA for a year, Ariana continues her work at Tri-County Health Network as Behavioral Health Services Coordinator. Through this position, she will help our community members access critical mental health services and become resources to friends and family dealing with behavioral health challenges. 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 two years 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.
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Julia Millan
CTC Latinx Parent Advisor
Julia joins Tri-County Health Network as the Communities That Care Latinx Parent Advisor. Julia immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 2010 and has lived in the Telluride area ever since. She is a mother of four young children, and she has worked for the Telluride school district as a paraprofessional and a substitute Spanish teacher. She is currently taking classes to earn a license in Education Science. Julia is passionate about serving Telluride’s Latinx community, and in her new role, she will work to engage Latinx parents in initiatives to promote a healthy lifestyle for Telluride’s youth and advocate for their interests in the school system and the Communities That Care Coalition. Julia enjoys attending morning classes at Telluride CrossFit in her free time.
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Amber Kancilia
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.
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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 2020. 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.
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Lisa Thomason
High Fidelity Wraparound Facilitator
Lisa Thomason is the High-Fidelity Wraparound Facilitator for San Miguel and Ouray Counties. She has over 45 years working with children, youth, and families in various capacities. During Lisa’s time she has provided services and oversight for children, youth, and adults in our most vulnerable populations. She has also acted as the Facilitator for several organizations and conferences. Lisa has been considered an expert on Early Childhood Development and Intervention and continues to work with children with autism through her Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst. On a totally different note, Lisa has also provided clarification and guidance for clients through the Jungian and Qabalistic interpretation of the Tarot for almost 50 years. Her business is Camina Intuitive Consultants and can be found at https://www.cictarot.com/. She believes in the absolute importance of being connected to nature and how nature can guide you in sharing your gifts in service to others.
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Maria Valadez
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.
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Juanita Aguilera
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.
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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.
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Carol Schutter
Ouray County Enrollment Navigator
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.
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Kimberly Meraz
Enrollment Specialist
Kimberly joins Tri-County Health Network as an Enrollment Specialist based in Delta. In this role, she will enroll English and Spanish-speaking clients in insurance programs and assist with other emergency program applications. Kimberly was born in Mexico and was brought to the United States as a baby. She lives in Delta, where she has resided for almost 17 years. She is a graduate of Delta High School and the Technical College of the Rockies, where she received her CNA license and started her career for HomeHealth. While working as a CNA, Kimberly discovered her passion for helping others. She is an outgoing person and enjoys spending time with family and staying active, such as playing volleyball and running.
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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.
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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.
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Alison Johnson
Delta Outreach Coordinator
Alison, who goes by Ali, joins Tri-County Health Network as the Delta Outreach Coordinator. She has lived in Colorado all her life. She grew up on a ranch in Loma then raised her four boys with her husband in Glade Park, and she has lived in Delta for the past five years. In her free time, she likes to go enjoy the outdoors in her jeep, camp and spend time with her grandkids. She has over 10 years of experience in the medical field. She began her career in the hospital industry and went on to certify in Medical Terminology. She then used this knowledge in a variety of positions for the radiology department, laboratory, and mother-baby units. She also gained knowledge and experience in insurance and medical billing. In these roles, she saw that patients had a great need for guidance through their procedures, scheduling appointments, filling prescriptions, and preauthorizing insurance along the way, leading her to shift to care coordination and insurance guidance. She worked with and supervised caregivers in the field, caring for clients and connecting with and advocating for the community. She found it very gratifying to work closely with families to ensure better health and social outcomes. This journey brought her to TCHNetwork and the Outreach Coordinator position, which allows her to continue her service to the Delta community.
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Luke Stock
Community Specialist
As the Community Specialist AmeriCorps VISTA at Tri-County Health Network, Luke assists with outreach and engagement with community members and helps build the capacity and sustainability of the organization’s programming. Luke grew up in Decorah, Iowa, and attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He graduated in May of 2022 with a major in history and minors in Spanish, philosophy and religion, and biology.  Luke is passionate about applying his experience to the expansion of all facets of health to areas in which access to different health-related resources is limited. In his free time, Luke enjoys doing anything outdoors like hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or skiing. He also enjoys exercising, anything philosophy, and spending time with friends and family. 
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Interns

Alexa Calvo
Communities That Care Youth Intern
Alexa is the Communities that Care Intern. She is a sophomore at Telluride Highschool. In her free time, she likes to do archery and read poetry. In the future, she wants to study Forensic Criminology in Seattle, Washington.
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Mesa Barnes
Communities That Care Youth Intern
Mesa is an intern for Community That Care. She loves to spend time outdoors, mostly camping, swimming, rock climbing, and spending time with friends.
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