Author Archive

Umit Kaya

Co-founder & CEO
Kaia Corp
Term ends: 12-31-21

Umit has been delivering technology innovations for over 17 years. He holds BS in Engineering, MS in Computer Science; certified in PMP, CPHIMS, ITIL, Agile-Scrum Master; and completed Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care Program at Harvard University School of Public Health. After working for the University of Colorado Health Science Center as technology solution manager and Kaiser Permanente as a project manager he co-started his own technology consulting company, Kaia Corp. He has also co-founded the family business Happy Ladybug Early Learning Center and leading the employee ownership transition. Umit is a 2009 graduate of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership’s Advanced Leadership Training Program and served as a coach in the following year.

Micah L. Jones

Medicaid Health IT Project Coordinator
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
Term ends: 12-31-21

Micah serves Coloradans through his role as the Medicaid Health IT Coordinator with the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (Colorado Medicaid). In this role, Micah has oversight of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and Medicaid’s health IT projects. He also serves as Colorado Medicaid’s SME on electronic health records and electronic health information exchange. Micah also works on Colorado Medicaid’s programs for the criminal justice-involved and homeless populations. Prior to moving to Colorado, Micah worked in Washington, DC as a Family Literacy Specialist with CentroNia. In that role, Micah coordinated tutoring programs for children in the Washington, DC metro area.


University of Colorado Law School, Boulder CO

Juris Doctorate, 2013

Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA

Bachelor of Science, Sociology, 2006

Sarah E. Roberts

Clarity Matters Consulting LLC
Term ends: 12-31-20

Sarah Roberts retired in 2015 from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing where she held several leadership roles, culminating with the Office of Community Living Deputy Director position in 2015. Sarah is most proud of her person-centered approach and work with stakeholders on the Prescription Drug List, Accountable Care Collaborative, and governor- appointed Community Living Advisory Group.

Sarah is a 2014 graduate of the Advanced Leadership Training Program and volunteer coach and coach team lead for the ALTP and PCMAC programs. Her positive experience in the ALTP fueled her desire to coach and train others. She founded Clarity Matters Consulting LLC in 2016 combining her 15- plus years of state government leadership and management experience with her coaching, training, and facilitating skills to bring clarity to individuals and teams.

Sarah is a credentialed Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and serves on the ICF Colorado Chapter Board. She is a certified Executive Coach and professional trainer with the Center for Coaching Certification (CCC), and an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and Self-Leadership Global (SLG).

Sarah was raised in Michigan and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Michigan State University in 1984. She moved to Colorado in 1990. Sarah is happily married to a Colorado native and is the mother of two young adults, one old dog, and a whole school of fish. She later returned to school to earn her Master of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix while raising her two busy children and working full-time at HCPF.

Kathryn Roberts

Senior Associate
Longnecker and Associates, Inc.
Term ends: 12-31-20

Katie Roberts is currently a Senior Associate at Longenecker & Associates (L&A) – a small-woman owned consulting company based in Las Vegas, NV. She currently manages the company’s work on the environmental cleanup contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Prior to working at L&A, she was appointed by Governor Martinez as the Resource Protection Division Director for the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). In this role, she served as Chair of the Petroleum Storage Tank Committee for the State of NM and was the New Mexico representative to the Rocky Mountain Low Level Waste Board. Katie is an environmental scientist with 17 years of experience in environmental permitting, regulation, remediation and public outreach. She earned her BA in Environmental Geography from Colgate University in 2001 and a MS in Environmental Management from Duke University in 2011. In addition to the positions mentioned above, her experience includes nearly seven years working as an environmental scientist and supervisor at the NMED’s Hazardous Waste Bureau (HWB) and almost five years as a project manager and group leader at LANL. Katie and her husband, Tal-ee, and their dog, Diego, have lived in Santa Fe, NM for the past 15 years. They enjoy skiing, traveling, hiking and eating out in Santa Fe! Additionally, Katie was a former Division 1 soccer player, and still plays on a few teams near her home in Albuquerque.

Carlee Rosen

Program Manager
Term ends: 12-31-21

Carlee Rosen is an accomplished leader in community health with a proven talent in leading successful multi-sector collective impact initiatives. In her current position as Program Manager at HealthTeamWorks, she leads multiple teams that work on healthcare transformation projects throughout the state. Prior to joining HealthTeamWorks, Carlee served as the Director of Community Health Development at the North Colorado Health Alliance, where she provided strategic leadership for regional and statewide community health programs. Over the course of her career, Carlee has launched innovative data dashboard programs, lead the development and implementation of community health improvement plans, and established and managed a collaborative network of over 70 partner organizations. Carlee received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health, and her BA in Communication Studies from Clemson University.