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Current Board Members

Michelle Kohler, Board President

Director of Dental Hygiene, Community College of Denver

"Student Health is essential to the success of the student in their education."

Dr. Kohler is responsible for the overall Dental Hygiene program at the Community College of Denver, including staffing, teaching, clinical practice management and community service.  Her goal is to promote oral health and serve those who need help the most.

Dr. Kohler's unique experience as an educator and her background in oral health provides valuable insight to increasing dental health services in the school setting.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Enjoy reading and spending time with my little girl by going to the park and doing crafts.

 

Stacey Moody, Vice President

Senior Consultant, John Snow, Inc

"I am passionate about working with communities and organizations that share a vision of all children and youth having access to comprehensive health care."

As an experienced Senior Consultant with JSI, Ms. Moody supports operations and sustainability of safety-net health services through research, training, technical assistance and community needs assessments

Ms. Moody has over 17 years of experience in health care policy and public health. She has a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver with a focus in non-profit, organizational and community development. Her career has focused on increasing access to care through school-based and federally qualified health centers. Over a decade of this time was spent leading statewide efforts to increase enrollment of children and youth in public health coverage. As Director of Engagement with the Colorado Asscociation of School-Based Health Care, she oversaw fund development, advocacy, event management, technical assistance, training supports and member communications to strengthen existing school-based health centers and support emerging ones.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Unwinding in the fresh air of the Rocky Mountains; spending time with my family; playing tennis and reading.

 

Natalie Portman-Marsh, Secretary

Owner, NPM Consulting, LLC

"My goal is to demystify school Medicaid and increase the utilization by Colorado school districts to help meet the behavioral and physical health care needs of our students.

Ms. Portman-Marsh provides strategic planning, systems change, emergent learning, operational assessment and consulting to organizations, governmental systems and foundations to improve efficiencies and services. She is also an adjunct professor at University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

Ms. Portman-Marsh’s background includes certification in Emergent Learning, an MSW from Columbia University, former President of the Board for National Association of Social Workers, former board member of Colorado Association of School Based Health Centers, and a Graduate of Denver Community Leadership Forum and Georgetown Leadership Academy: Disparities in Mental Health Care.

Much of Natalie’s work and volunteer experience has focused on implementation of best practices, engaging non-traditional voices in policy and practice change, sustainability planning and coaching leaders. She is interested in working with the Medicaid School Health Service Program to provide comprehensive school based services and leverage resources and opportunities to improve health services to all Colorado students.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Regular tennis player, always want to be on or near the water and love the woods.

 

Jessica Friedly. Treasurer

Audit Director, ACM LLP

“Student Health is crucial to learning and growing each day. Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.”

As the Audit Director of ACM, Ms. Friedly currently specializes in employee benefit plan audits for a variety of industries based in Colorado. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience including auditing and preparing pension plans, health and welfare plans, defined contribution plans, and tax returns.

Ms. Friedly has a BA in Accounting from the University of Denver. As a CPA she has a strong background in finance, having worked in accounting for 12 years with experience in auditing and accounting for public, private, and nonprofit companies.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Biking, tennis, and family time with her two young children

 

Bob Barrows

Special Education Coordinator, Mesa County Valley School District 51

“Student Health is vital in so many aspects that are both easy to see and hard to see, which is why health screening in our schools should be on the cutting edge.”

Mr. Barrows has served students and families in Colorado for the past 29 years.  He began his career as an Adaptive Physical Education/Health Teacher, served as an administrator in both Littleton and Englewood school districts and as a Special Education Director for 7 years in Jefferson County before serving 2 years as the Principal of the Fletcher Miller School for students with profound disabilities and health needs. Prior to his current position, he oversaw, supported and provided guidance for all aspects of Special Education and Nursing Services in the Academy School District 20.  Bob was also responsible for budget and professional learning to ensure that all students reach their potential in the areas of health, academics and behavior. He most recently has moved to supporting High School Special Education Services in District 51. 

Bob brings a unique combination of relevant experiences having overseen Medicaid departments in two different large school districts; and his long-standing passion for serving students with disabilities has given him a keen perspective of how Medicaid funded supports can greatly benefit students and families.   

Activities, hobbies and interests: Cooking, golfing, fitness, walking and Oklahoma college football.

 

Hithaishini Kodicherla 

Essentials for Childhood Coordinator, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment   

"Student Health is imperative if we want our children to lead the lives they dream of."

Ms. Kodicherla completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Denver, and her Masters of Public Health at Boston University. She is passionate about issues such as maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and mental health. 

As a coordinator at CDPHE, she participates in implementing and evaluating the Essentials for Childhood Framework to support local and state partners in child abuse and neglect prevention work. Ms. Kodicheria is passionate about tackling health inequities and disparities though an upstream approach; advocating for initiatives that work towards destigmatizing important health topics, such as reproductive and mental health, within communities of color.

Activities, hobbies and interests:  Reading books, dancing, and spending time with family.     

 

Randy McLaurin

Scrum Master/Senior Business Systems Analyst, Warner Pacific Insurance Services

"Student Health is essential in the development of students’ educational maturation; School Medicaid is a solution of achieving health parity to children in need."

Underscored by the disparities of COVID-19 infection in the African-American and LatinX communities, health advocacy and education - especially in the underserved communities, is increasingly more important than ever before. McLaurin is passionate about seeking methods to reduce the disparity of infection and death rates. 

Throughout Mr. McLaurin’s career, he has routinely worked as a liaison between business leadership, operational/ technical staff and client entities. Having relevant experience in software and business application development roles, he has a demonstrated record of devising and implementing innovative digital strategies designed to achieve and exceed plan goals of engaging with members of communities in need. Working with a diverse set of business partners and cross-functional teams, the bulk of his career has been primarily focused on business application development for mission-based financial services and healthcare organizations. As a Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner from Scrum Alliance, Mr. McLaurin has been highly successful with managing Agile mobile development teams and is effective in his ability to influence up, down and across organizational structures. Currently, he leads a software development team, charged with the responsibility of implementing healthcare solutions that are extended on the national and state healthcare-exchange platforms. His goal is to closely align his passion of leveraging innovative digital solutions with the Consortium’s mission of advocacy.  

McLaurin has obtained a Bachelor of Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver and participated in an Executive Masters of Business Administration at the University of Denver. He has also obtained the Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist designation from the College of Financial Planning. 

Activities, hobbies and interests: As a Colorado native, Randy enjoys skiing, hiking and white water rafting. He also supports Denver-area sport teams and is a member of classic-car collector clubs.

 

Rosa Melendez-Nguyen

Medicaid Supervisor, Denver Public Schools

"School Medicaid is a great resource to provide children with getting the healthcare that they need."

Ms. Melendez-Nguyen has over 17 years experience with the School Health Services (SHS) Medicaid Program including Outreach and Enrollment support and services. She is a Board Member of the Pupil Assistance Fund, supporting low income DPS families; a member of the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME); and a member of the SHS Stakeholder Forum, representing the Metro Denver Region. The SHS Stakeholder group reviews policies, guidelines and information relevant to the SHS Program. 

Rosa is a DPS alumni, graduating from North High School and attending Emily Griffith Technical College. She has worked for DPS for the past 17 years and currently serves as Supervisor for the Medicaid Department, managing their SHS and Outreach & Enrollment programs.  

Activities, hobbies and interests: I enjoy spending time with my family, getting out in nature, and photography.

 

Marcy Palmer

Director, Ute Pass BOCES

"I am passionate about combating discrimination, and assisting students with disabilities reach their fullest potential. My goal is to create a legacy of high quality services and practices in our school districts for underserved populations."

Ms. Palmer serves the three member districts of Ute Pass BOCES, Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek-Victor, and Woodland Park as their Special and Gifted Education Director.  Cooperating in the provision of  School Health Services through various therapists, administrative support, oversight of the Medicaid Coordinator, and various other educational projects that benefit the three districts. She supervises the BOCES' 15 employees, and collaborates with each district’s administrative teams in the supervision of special and gifted education programs and staff.

Marcy has a Bachelor's degree in Special Education and a Master’s of Education in Administration and Supervision. She taught special education at the elementary and high school levels for 13 years (6 in Texas and 7 here in Colorado), before becoming a special education administrator in 2004 for the Woodland Park School District.  For the past 13 years, she has been the Ute Pass BOCES Director as they have grown in  collaboration and cooperation.

Activities, hobbies and interests: I enjoy spending time with my two teenage daughters, traveling in and outside of the country, riding on our Goldwing motorcycle with my husband, and playing keyboard in our church worship band.

 

Julie Wilken

Director of Health Services, Jeffco Public Schools

"School Medicaid is a valuable and essential program increasing health services to students. My goal is to improve access and resist barriers to physical and mental health of all students."

Ms. Wilken currently provides administration of district-wide health services and intervention services for Jeffco Public Schools; managing 47 School nurses, managing and coordinating the Homebound Instruction Program, and assisting the coordination of the School Medicaid program.  Her position provides maintenance of the department budget, developing and implementing health programs district-wide and throughout Jefferson County, developing and implementing health policies, protocols, and procedures district-wide, direct staff development around district health aides, design and implement community collaboration projects related to school health, and assists all district leaders in problem solving issues related to the health needs of students. 

Ms. Wilken has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s in Healthcare Leadership and Management with an emphasis in Medical Information Technology from the University of Denver. A Registered Nurse for 20 years with experience in Intensive Care Units, day surgery, and surgical private practices prior to her last four years at Jeffco Public Schools. 

Activities, hobbies and interests: Denver Broncos, vacationing, ATVing, painting, cooking, watching romantic comedies, unique jewelry, and spending time with my three teenage children attending all of their sporting events. 

 

Mallory Cyr

Program Manager of Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) at Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

"I am passionate about improving opportunities for meaningful youth engagement and improving systems for young people of all abilities and their families.”

Ms. Cyr leads the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC), the Autism Community of Learners state grantees, in addition to supporting the needs of the Children & Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCN) workforce through the Public Health Emergency Preparedness project, the Leadership Institute for CYSHCN Directors, and expansion of the National Standards. Mallory serves on many advisory boards including the National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.

Ms. Cyr earned her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal & Child Health from Boston University and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington. Mallory was named the Boston University School of Public Health’s 2021 MCH Alumnae Award for Outstanding Service to Individuals and Families.

Mallory brings a demonstrated understanding of national policy initiatives for children and youth with and without disabilities through her experience as the Program Manager of the Got Transition? National Health Care Transition Center, working for the Colorado Title V program, as policy a policy specialist and contract manager for Colorado’s Medicaid program, and as the Project & Communications Coordinator for Family Voices National. She has provided technical assistance and delivered keynote presentations to state and national organizations across the country. In 2011, Mallory was invited to a special disability policy briefing at the White House and had the opportunity to meet President Obama!

Activities, hobbies and interests:  spending time with her husband, Owen, and dog Tinsley. In her “free time” you can find her binging Netflix, hitting happy hour in Downtown Denver, or working on the podcast she co-hosts: “With Mais & Mal”.

 

Esther Rivera

Director of Strategic Development & Planning, Mexican Cultural Center

"I am passionate about equity in education. My goal is to be of service by sharing my experiences and learning from others to collectively and positively impact student health."

Ms. Rivera has worked in public education and the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years, co-creating and implementing community engagement efforts; connecting students, families, and staff with resources through multi-generational, trauma informed, and equitable practices. She currently supports programs across the state through strategic planning and oversite of diverse funding streams including public and private grants, earned income, and donations. 

Esther has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Nonprofit Organization Administration and currently serves on the board of Vibe Tribe Adventures and as a member of the Denver Human Services LatinX Affinity Group. 

Activities, hobbies and interests: Coaching soccer, volunteering for various community organizations, and serving as a Board Member of Vibe Tribe Adventures

 

Board Information

The Board is comprised of representatives of school districts/BOCES that are participating in the Consortium, parents and community members. The Consortium is looking for community leaders with specific expertise in finance, marketing, and legal. Board members are expected to regularly attend the four quarterly board meetings and to serve on at least one committee. The Consortium's board members each serve a three-year term and are eligible for reappointment for one additional term.

Consortium Board Responsibilities

  1. Determine the Consortium's mission and purpose
  2. Provide proper financial oversight
  3. Ensure the Consortium has adequate resources
  4. Ensure legal and ethical integrity of the Consortium
  5. Ensure effective organization planning
  6. Recruit and orient new Consortium Board Members and assess board performance
  7. Enhance the Consortium's public standing
  8. Determine, monitor and strengthen the Consortium's programs
  9. Support the Executive Director and assess her performance

The Consortium is actively seeking new board members. For further information and inquiries regarding serving on the Consortium Board, please contact Kimberley Erickson, Executive Director. 

For candidates interested in serving on our board please review our Board Member Roles and Responsibilities and complete a Board Member Application.

 

Board Meeting Information

    Date     Time     Location
    August 27,2021     1:00 PM -3:30 PM

  789 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203/ ZOOM Meeting

    November 5, 2021     1:00 PM -3:30 PM

  789 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203/ ZOOM Meeting

   January 14, 2022     10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

  Board Retreat (TBD)

    February 25, 2022     1:00 PM -3:30 PM

  789 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203/ ZOOM Meeting

    May 27, 2022     1:00 PM -3:30 PM

  789 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203/ ZOOM Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Portal

Board member portal: https://theconsortium.boardeffect.com/