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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.


Gail Reeder, Vice President

Contract and Credentialing Specialist, TRU PACE

"I am passionate about Integrating health care into our education system. My goal is to improve the health of my community and maintain sound stewardship of public resources."

Ms. Reeder's focus is to ensure a robust and compliant specialty provider network for the Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly.  Inclusive care extends beyond the traditional boundaries of medicine, requiring relationships with a variety of professionals. I secure leads with area providers, develop sound contracts, negotiate fees and monitor state and federal regulations as they relate to provider services.  

Gail earned her Master of Public Health from Colorado School of Public Health and spent three years at the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing building the oral health provider network and developing innovative reimbursement policies in response to changing stakeholder needs and new legislation. Working through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, she provided local public health agencies with local data for their state-mandated Community Health Assessments. She has a bachelor degree in micro biology and have experience working in a research lab. Previous to my public health career, I was a para-educator working individually with students on individualized education programs supporting their math and science learning.

Activities, hobbies and interests: I love gardening, renovating, decorating, singing and dancing!  I find inspiration in reading, traveling and spending time with family.  


Claire Williamson, Past President


"Student Health is essential to student learning."

After receiving her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law, Ms. Williamson practiced law at The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People (now Disability Law Colorado) for many years.  She also worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. and served as the first Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau.

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Williamson represented individuals in the areas of long term care (Medicaid), assistive technology, special education, civil rights, and vocational rehabilitation.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Reading, book collecting and book art, yoga, hiking, travel, and spending time with family and friends.


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.


Stacey Moody

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.


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’s 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. 


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.


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.




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 complete the Board Member Application.


Board Meeting Information

    Date     Time     Location
    August 28, 2020     12:00 -3:00 pm  

   ZOOM Meeting

    November 16, 2020     12:00 -3:00 pm  

   ZOOM Meeting

   January 15, 2021     10:00 am- 3:00 pm  

   Board Retreat (TBD)


    February 26, 2021     12:00 -3:00 pm  

   789 Sherman Street

   Denver, CO 80203

    May 21, 2021     12:00 -3:00 pm


   789 Sherman Street

   Denver, CO 80203

















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