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Connie Sorell

RIHEL – Program Coordinator

head shot of Connie SorellConnie Sorell is the Program Coordinator for the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL). After completing a successful corporate career, she has turned her attention to serving her community and pursuing a second calling in non-profit development. Some of her expertise includes fundraising, community outreach, and data management. A long time Colorado resident, she is an avid gardener and lover of books.
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Jen Stachelski, MPH

RIHEL – Senior Program Manager, Advanced Leadership Training Program and Primary Care Movers and Changers

jen stachelskiJen Stachelski, MPH, is the Program Manager for the Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP), and the Primary Care Movers and Changers program for the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL).

Jen earned her Masters of Public Health from the University of South Carolina (1992) in Health Promotion and Education. Jen worked closely with Judy Baxter at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center and the Colorado School of Public Health as the coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC) Workshop for 13 years, as well as providing administrative and management support for other programs and projects at the University.

In addition to the EBHC Workshop, Jen has coordinated teacher training institutes for an environmental education non-profit, been part of the project management team for a large quality improvement project, and most recently has branched out into managing Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs.

Outside of work, Jen volunteers with a Colorado-based breast cancer non-profit, and serves on the planning commission for her town.


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Joan Eden, ACC

Consultant, Trainer, Coach

Joan EdenJoan currently works as a professional coach devoted to clients primarily in government and non-profit work situations around leadership development. She is a Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She has been recognized by the Center for Coaching Certification as a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Master Coach. She has been a coach with the ALTP Coaching Program for 12 years? and a “Coach Team Leader” for six of those years. She is also certified to administer and debrief the EQi 2.0 Assessment.

Prior to becoming a professional coach, Joan worked as an independent consultant, trainer, and coach. Past projects include working with: 1) the Colorado Department of Health and Environment on creating and administering a ten year formal Mentoring Program with up to 130 participants annually ; 2) the American Public Health Laboratories on development of an internal coaching program and; 3) county, state and federal government employees through Executive Forum as a trainer of “Crucial Conversations,” “Crucial Accountability”, “Influencer”, “Change Anything” and “I love Feedback”.

Joan is an ALTP graduate and served on the RIHEL Governing Board for six years, which included two years on the Executive Committee.

She has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Columbia University.

In 2005 she received an Award for Excellence from the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL), and in 2006 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Public Health Association.


Curt Drennen, PsyD, RN

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Healthcare Operations and Response Branch Supervisor; HPP Program Manager, CO BH Disaster Coordinator

image of curt drennenDr. Curt Drennen is a psychologist working for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response as the Health and Safety program manager. Curt has led the Colorado behavioral health response to over 10 events of significance including natural disasters, public health crisis and major community violence. He now leads the Healthcare/Hospital Preparedness Program and the Ebola Preparedness Program. He has in excess of 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health and psychology with an emphasis in Disaster Management and Community Recovery, Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Servant Leadership, and Systems Conflict Management. Curt is also a graduate of the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program Class of 2006.


Armando Herald, CMC

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Drinking Water Local Assistance Unit Manager

Armando graduated from the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP) in 2010, and believes coaching to be one of the most valuable skills he has ever learned. He completed Certified Master Coach training with the Center for Coaching Certification in 2018 and is working towards his Associate Certified Coach credential with the International Coaching Federation. Armando graduated in 1997 from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. His experience includes environment, health and safety in oil and gas drilling, power transmission and distribution design, telecommunications, air quality, and drinking water. He manages the Safe Drinking Water Local Assistance Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and coaches privately with his coaching business Mondo Coaching Results. Armando is a very happy husband, father, grandfather and avid outdoorsman.


Franco Marini, MA, CNL

Daniels College of Business, University of Denver – Adjunct Professor

francomariniFranco Marini is president and creator of The NeuroTransology Institute which is dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations in enhancing their success. He is also Affiliated Executive Faculty at the Daniel’s College of Business at the University of Denver where he is involved with several educational experiential projects. He is the owner and director of Peak Empowerment, an organization committed to empowering individuals and organizations through exciting programs, activities and unique group challenges. He also created and operates Global Journeys Inc., a travel-based company providing personal and professional growth through specialized travel offerings.

One of Marini’s strongest attributes is his ability and knowledge of how to empower human development as it impacts the productivity and results of an organization. One of his primary focal points is working with the strengths and contributions of individuals and empowering each participant to effectively communicate and powerfully work with each other in ways that support highly productive and healthy organizations. Franco is a certified trainer of Insights Discovery, a communications and personality preference assessment. He is also Certified in NeuroLeadership, a certified Yoga instructor in the Sampoorna tradition, a ceremonialist, a wellness coach, a massage therapist, a drum-maker, and a consultant.

As director and president of Peak Empowerment for the past fifteen years, Marini has a distinguished record of providing quality training to thousands of individuals. Some of the clients he has worked with include: Phillips Petroleum, McREL, BP, Kaiser Permanente, Novartis, Intermountain Health, Colgate Palmolive, F.M.I., Daniels College of Business, the U.S. Air Force and Army, DeVry University, BNP Paribas, South Pole Expedition Team, Spectrum Health, Rocky Mountain Orthodontists, Castlewood Fire Department, Vital Yoga and others.


Cara Lynch

Associate Attorney
Baake Law
Term ends: 12-31-21

Cara is an associate attorney for Baake Law, where she supports natural resources and environmental law litigation, as well as researching and informing water specific policy. She helped create and launch the Environmental Public Health Network New Mexico. In 2018, she graduated from UNM School of Law with a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Previously she directed national programs for a non-profit that used collective impact to engage youth in poor and urban communities in identifying and designing solutions to environmental problems in their communities.

Cara has extensive international travel and work experiences, including teaching in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and studying abroad in Pretoria, South Africa. She is passionate about inspiring others, fostering inclusive democracy, and protecting our natural resources.