Joseph Badalpour

MBA, MSA
Accounting Supervisor, Jefferson County Public Health
Term ends: 12-31-23

Joe Badalpour is the Accounting Supervisor at Jefferson County Public Health and has been in this role since 2013. He finds that he best serves others from an administrative role while crafting a message and a strategy buried in the numbers. His passion and dedication extend through the programs he supports by ensuring that resources are supported, contracts are not overly burdensome, and regulatory compliance remain in sight.

Mr. Badalpour earned his Masters in Business Administration and his Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Denver. His studies included abroad courses in China, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. He graduated from the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program in 2019. He is a proud father of four very energetic young boys and husband to a very patient wife. He enjoys running marathons, fishing and catching any Chicago Cubs game.

Jim Beaudry

MBA
Principal, Focal Point Consulting LLC

Term ends: 12-31-23

Jim Beaudry has nearly 30 years of experience in health care and health services and policy research as a researcher, administrator, and business leader. Prior to establishing his consulting practice, he held multiple leadership roles in Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO) from 2009-2018, where he served as Director of Community Benefit & Relations and Senior Director of Business Operations and Strategy for KPCO Government, External Relations & Research. He also was Director of Research Administration at KPCO’s Institute for Health Research.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente, he held a variety of research, programmatic, and administrative positions at the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus over a period of 17 years. His work focused on improving the quality of care provided to individuals in long-term care settings, including contributing to the development of the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS), which, since 1999 has been used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to monitor and improve the quality of care delivered to home health care patients throughout the United States. Jim also served as the program manager for the CCTSI Community Engagement core and PACT Council as well as finance administrator for the overall CCTSI program. He has been a PACT Council member since 2013 and served as Chair from 2017-19.

Jim and his wife, Amber, grew up in San Diego and have lived in the Denver area since 1992. They have two children (one recent CU Boulder grad and another studying there). Jim loves hiking and bike riding and enjoys listening to his collection of music on vinyl, CDs, and cassettes on vintage stereo equipment that he restores.

Barbara V. O’Kane

Director for Environmental Health & Safety
Colorado School of Mines
Term ends: 12-31-18

Barb O’Kane has been an advocate for worker safety and health for more than 20 years. She is currently the Environmental Health and Safety Director for Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. She earned her Environmental Health, Masters of Science degree from Colorado State University. Throughout her career she has focused on educating workers about hazards in the workplace and helping employers effectively mitigate risk. Barb is a graduate of the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program as a 2011 Fellow and has been a Leadership Coach for the 2012, 2013, and 2016 ALTP classes. Barb is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional and Certified Laser Safety Officer. She is currently an executive board member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Rocky Mountain Section. Barb is married and has two teenage sons. Her cooking avocation is her contribution to the church. She takes every opportunity to get into the Colorado outdoors to enjoy biking, hiking, cross country skiing, and learning to golf.

Kelly McCracken

Public Health Consultant
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Term ends: 12-31-21

Kelly McCracken has worked as a dietitian, diabetes educator, and a public health practitioner for over 10 years. She started her career in the clinical setting working with families and children with type 1 diabetes at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Aurora, Colorado. From this experience, she gained an interest in prevention which took her to Boulder County Public Health where she managed the Longmont WIC clinic for seven years. This remarkable experience opened her world to systems change which led to her work as the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Unit Supervisor in the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In that role, Kelly worked with statewide partners to increase reimbursement for and access to evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs.

Kelly is a 2014 graduate of the Advanced Leadership Training Program, and she credits her RIHEL project with furthering her work to better coordinate communication between public health and Medicaid. This led to her current position as a Public Health Consultant with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors where she manages a project to establish Medicaid reimbursement for the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Carmen Rosa Martin

Kaiser Permanente
Term ends: 12-31-20

Carmen Martin received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Colorado State University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude in 1995. In 2000, she completed her master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in public policy and health care law from the University of Denver. Carmen worked in a variety of public health settings, including the Tri-County Health Department, before embarking her career at Kaiser Permanente. You likely know about Carmen’s work in public health as a champion for healthy food access for vulnerable populations.

Carmen leads the food insecurity work for the KP Colorado region, in addition to managing all the school district grants for KP.

Allison Majure

Director of Communications
New Mexico Environment Department
Term ends: 12-31-19

Allison wears many hats within the communications, professional writing and consulting arena. She is a strategic marketing and communications leader with over 10 years of experience developing rewarding relationships with media, business-to-business and business-to-consumer for private and public sector organizations.

Currently she holds the position of Communications Director at the New Mexico Environment Department where she conducts international, national, regional and local media relations, reputation management, and crisis response. She serves as the media spokeswoman working directly with the Cabinet Secretary and Governor’s leadership team.

Previously Majure worked for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities managing media relations, brand repositioning, digital content involving production of traditional print, radio and TV talk shows, interviews, event coverage & ads. She coordinated special events to enhance reputation for innovation and drive customer engagement through community forums and festivals.

As a founder of Just Write Consulting, Majure provided business consulting services including proposal preparations, product marketing services, strategic research, media relations, and professional writing. She also launched weekly investigative news reporting focusing on the local economic development and politics.

Majure earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and multiple certificates from FEMA Emergency Management Institute at Emmitsburg including NIMS Certification, Advanced Public Information Officer, and National Incident Management System.

L. Charolette (Charlie) Lippolis

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
LCL Wellness, LLC
Term ends: 12-31-19

Dr. Lippolis is board certified in both general and child & adolescent psychiatry and is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). She holds a master’s degree in public health, in addition to completing fellowship in public psychiatry through the APA. She previously served as the medical director of the Psychiatric Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Colorado and later as the medical director for Jefferson Hills, a mental health system providing inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, day treatment and long-term residential levels of care to children and adolescents. More recently, her system work involved virtual integrated health innovation. She worked with Colorado Medicaid programs to develop and pilot services in primary care clinics in which a child psychiatrist provided direct clinical care and pediatric case consultation via telemedicine to primary care providers and their patients in the medical home.

She currently practices as a child and adolescent psychiatrist seeing patients in person or via telemedicine in her private practice. She also works for Colorado’s Medicaid program as an expert consultant to help physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants throughout the state more appropriately prescribe psychotropic medications to children by providing specialized case consultation. Her interest in telehealth, consultation and integrated health programs come out of a larger mission to increase access to care and improve psychiatric treatment for kids and their families on a larger scale. She is a strong advocate for system change in foster care and has been an active volunteer with Camp To Belong, a non-profit organization that reunites siblings separated by foster care, since 1998.

Dr. Lippolis is a member of the Colorado Psychiatric Society’s Executive Council and legislative committee and is a regional representative to the National APA Assembly. She is a member of the Colorado State Psychotropic Medication Steering Committee for Colorado Youth in the Child Welfare System, as well as the Colorado State Task Force on the Collection and Security of Digital Images of Evidence of Child Abuse or Neglect. Most recently, Dr. Lippolis was appointed by the Governor, to the Colorado Medical Services Board, providing guidance for Medicaid Rule-making in Colorado. She is a RHEL alumni from the second Advanced Physician Leadership Program and is delighted to be able to serve RIHEL’s mission as a board member. She lives in Evergreen with her husband and two dogs and loves to trail run in the mountains in her spare time.

Leigh Caswell

Vice President of Community Health
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Term ends: 12-31-21

Leigh Caswell is the Vice President for Community Health with Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS). Leigh coordinates and directs initiatives, strategy, and operations that support the community health priorities of the largest non-profit health system in New Mexico. This work includes convening cross sector partnerships and leveraging grant and private funds for greater collective impact on barriers to health in communities across the state. The Food Farmacy, Accountable Health Communities, the Healthy Here Wellness Referral Center, Mobile Farmers’ Market, and FreshRX, are a few of the current initiatives Leigh has helped developed to support PHS to promote prevention, increase health equity, and to enhance the quality and effectiveness of clinical interventions.

Leigh and the community health program were awarded the Spirit of New Mexico Award; she was recognized as an Albuquerque Business First Woman of Influence and 40 under 40; she is also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader. Leigh has a B.S. in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of New Mexico.

Kamran Azad

Associate, Senior EHS Consultant
Golder Associates Inc.
Term ends: 12-31-18

Mr. Kamran Azad is a RIHEL alumni and an environmental, health and safety compliance specialist and practitioner with over 18 years of experience. Currently he is a practicing EHS consultant based in Fort Collins, Colorado and previously he worked in the chemical and manufacturing industries. His technical expertise includes enterprise wide risk assessments and auditing, process safety management, machine safeguarding and injury prevention through design, occupational hazard evaluations, accident investigations, and implementation of formal EHS management systems. He has consulting experience in the oil & gas, chemical manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, electronics, mining and government sectors. Kamran obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and a Certified Safety Professional. Kamran enjoys being active in the professional community. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and served as the first president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter. In 2015, he was the recipient of the chapter’s first Safety Professional of the Year award. He has also served on the executive board for Junior Achievement, Northern Colorado.

Tracy (Trais) Kliphius

Executive Director
New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee
Term ends: 12-31-18

Trais Kliphuis is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee. The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee ensures that natural resources and the services they provide that are injured or lost because of contamination are restored for the benefit of the environment and the enjoyment of the New Mexico residents and visitors now and in the future. She is also a trained mediator, facilitator and graduate of the New Mexico Public Servant Leadership Program.

Trais received her B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University. She has and over 15 years of experience in environmental regulation at the New Mexico Environment Department including being the Water Protection Division Director, managing an air permit program at the Air Quality Bureau and managing the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) RCRA permit program at the Hazardous Waste Bureau.

Trais enjoys working on her public speaking skills in her local Toastmaster club and using her real estate license to help friends find homes. She has a teenage son who is aspiring to be a surgeon. Together they enjoy making art, traveling, hiking and skiing.

Rebecca L. Almon

Rebecca L. AlmonAttorney
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC
Term ends: 12-31-18

Rebecca L. Almon is an environmental attorney in the Colorado law firm, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC.  A shareholder and director, Ms. Almon leads the firm’s Environmental Practice Group.  In her law practice, she represents both public and private entities across the country in all aspects of environmental regulation, including federal, state and local permitting; compliance; enforcement matters; water quality and wetlands protection; and environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions.

Ms. Almon advises clients with respect to remediation and mitigation pursuant to CERCLA, Brownfields development and state voluntary clean-up programs; compliance with the Colorado Department of Labor’s Oil and Public Safety regulations; as well as transportation, storage and disposal issues relating to RCRA.  She has represented clients in a variety of industries, including one of the largest paint manufacturers in North America, as well as one of the largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies in the U.S.  She regularly advises local businesses, governmental entities, banks, landowners and developers on environmental corporate compliance, due diligence and sustainability issues, providing guidance on various matters relating to corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions and indemnification agreements.  Further she negotiates application for and implementation of NEPA compliance documents on behalf of both client applicants and project opponents.  She has represented a governmental entity relating to its environmental and land use issues involving NEPA compliance with one of the state’s largest highway transportation projects; represented a client on NEPA issues surrounding one of Colorado’s largest transmission projects; and has represented several clients with NEPA compliance issues at proposed ski resort projects throughout Colorado.

Advisors to RIHEL

Special advisors to RIHEL as of April 2020:

Carmen Rose Martin

Carmen Rose Martin

Kaiser Permanente
Term ends: 12-31-20

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Sandy Stavnes

Sandy Stavnes

Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator – Office of Ecosystems Protection and Remediation
US Environmental Protection Agency Region 8
Term ends: 12-31-20

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RIHEL Board of Directors

Listed below are the members of the Board of Directors as of January 2020.
Please also see our advisors to RIHEL.

Joe Badalpour

Joe Badalpour

Accounting Supervisor
Jefferson County Public Health
Term ends: 12-31-22

Jim Beaudry

Jim Beaudry

Principal
Focal Point Consulting LLC
Term ends: 12-31-22

Christine Billings

Christine Billings

Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator
Jefferson County Public Health
Term ends: 12-31-20

Leigh Caswell

Leigh Caswell

Vice President for Community Health
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Term ends: 12-31-21

Bryan Clode, President

Bryan Clode, President

Senior Production Engineer
Ovintiv Service Inc.
Term ends: 12-31-20

Luke J Esch

Luke J Esch

Administrator – Department of Environmental Quality, Solid and Hazardous Waste Division

Term ends: 12-31-21

Lucille Johnson

Lucille Johnson

MA, PhD(h)
CEO, Affinity Consulting Services, LLC
Term ends: 12-31-22 (on leave from the Board until January 2022)

Micah L. Jones, Treasurer

Micah L. Jones, Treasurer

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

Umit Kaya

Umit Kaya

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

Cara Lynch

Cara Lynch

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

Kelly McCracken

Kelly McCracken

Public Health Consultant
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Term ends: 12-31-21

Kathryn Roberts, Secretary

Kathryn Roberts, Secretary

Director of Regulatory Assurance
Longenecker and Associates, Inc.
Term ends: 12-31-20

Sarah E. Roberts

Sarah E. Roberts

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

Carlee Rosen

Carlee Rosen

Senior Manager of Special Projects
DaVita Kidney Care
Term ends: 12-31-21

Larry Volmert

Larry Volmert

Retired Attorney
Term ends: 12-31-21

Sandy Stavnes

EPA Region 8 Liaison to RIHEL

sandystavnes-80x80Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator – Office of Ecosystems Protection and Remediation
US Environmental Protection Agency Region 8
Term ends: 12-31-20

Sandy Stavnes has 20 years of experience with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Region 8. She has worked in regulatory and enforcement programs throughout her EPA career, managing staff performing surface and ground water regulatory and enforcement activities for the past eight years.

She currently serves as Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator for the Office of Ecosystems Protection and Remediation, an office of approximately 150 employees performing emergency response, superfund remediation, NEPA and water regulatory activities. Prior to management Sandy spent 10 years with the EPA as team leader and technical staff working on petroleum remediation of underground storage tank releases with specific focus on Indian country issues.

Prior to her EPA experience, Sandy worked in the private sector as an exploration geophysicist with the oil industry for nearly a decade in Alaska, California and North Dakota. Sandy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Illinois and two Master’s Degrees: University of Kansas in Geophysics and University of Colorado in Environmental Science and Engineering.

Sandy was a 2008 graduate of the Advanced Leadership Training program with the Regional Institute of Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL). She currently chairs the EPA RIHEL network comprised of former and current EPA RIHEL fellows.

On a personal note Sandy enjoys the desert and mountains. She is an avid hiker, cross country skier and pet owners currently with 2 horses, 2 cats, 1 dog and 2 goats.

Larry Volmert

larryvolmert-80x80Retired Attorney
Term ends: 12-31-21

Larry Volmert is a retired attorney. He has served on the RIHEL Board for many years and is an alumnus of the first RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program class in 1999. He practiced Environmental Law with the firm of Holland & Hart in Denver for more than twenty-five years before retiring, representing clients in the energy, oil and gas, mining and other industries regarding air quality, climate change, water quality, and other environmental matters. His lawyer peers named Larry a Colorado Super Lawyer for many years, specializing in Environmental Law.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, he practiced law for twenty years in California and Alaska before coming to Colorado.

Larry has been active with various pro bono and community service projects in Colorado, including serving on the Board of the Colorado Lawyers Committee and its Medicaid and disability task forces; chairing the Manual High School Collaborative Decision Making Committee; serving on the Board of a non-profit company that provides jobs to person with disabilities; and doing pro bono work in immigration matters.

Larry enjoys visiting kids and grandkids in Alaska and Washington D.C., traveling when possible, spending time in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado, and reading an eclectic assortment of books.

Mary Uhl

maryuhl-80x80Air Quality Specialist
Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office
Term ends: 12-31-15

Mary Uhl is the Air Quality Specialist for the BLM New Mexico State Office. She works on air quality issues on BLM lands in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Prior to joining the BLM in 2012, Mary worked for the State of New Mexico’s Environment Department Air Quality Bureau for 20 years, and was the Air Quality Bureau Chief for six years.

Mary received her B.S. with a math major and M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Mary enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons skiing, bicycling, swimming, running, boating, and playing volleyball.

Laurie Schneider

laurieschneider-80x80Deputy Chief, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Term ends: 12-31-17


Laurie Stroud Schneider earned her MPH from the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor and her BA from the University of Colorado/Boulder. She was the Coordinator of the Region VIII Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center at the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Practice. The RM-PHTC is responsible collaboratively working with others across the six state region to develop innovative learning opportunities to build the capacity of the people working in public health agencies, community-based organizations, clinics, and tribal nations. She has extensive experience in public health workforce development and program planning at the local, state, and national levels.

Prior to joining the Center for Public Health Practice, Ms. Schneider worked at the Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education where she directed the Colorado K-12 Tobacco Prevention Initiative, the Alaska Tobacco Prevention and School Health Training and Technical Assistance Project, and the Utah Tobacco Control Training and Technical Assistance Project.

Her public health experience also includes work with Strategic Health Consultants, the AMC Cancer Research Center, the Detroit Health Department, and the U.S. Peace Corps. Laurie is a 2012 graduate of the Advanced Leadership Training Program.

Sheryl Roub

sherylroub-80x80Manager, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit
Wyoming Department of Health
Term ends: 12-31-20

Sheryl Roub is an Advanced Leadership Training Program alumna, class of 2008. Sheryl was born in the heart of Appalachia, in Spencer, West Virginia, and attended Eastern Kentucky University. Her work background includes a variety of private and government positions related to information technology, network security and emergency preparedness. Sheryl is the manager for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit, Wyoming Department of Health, and coordinated the strategic planning process for the program, which produced the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Five Year Strategic Plan 2011-2016.

After joining the Wyoming Department of Health, Sheryl’s ‘ah ha moment’ was the realization that information technology is a utility (much like electricity) to support the advancement of preparedness efforts, instead of IT as an elite stand-alone unit consuming valuable financial and personnel resources. Sheryl has a strong personal interest in breast cancer awareness in young women.

Mauricio Palacio

mauriciopalacio-80x80Health Equity Consultant
Term ends: 12-31-17

Mauricio Palacio served as the founding director of the Office of Health Disparities at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment from 2005-2015, and was with the Department for more than 20 years. He has a master’s degree in health education and a bachelor’s degree in health care management from Southern Illinois University.

His experience in minority health projects, task forces and initiatives throughout his public health career includes work in HIV/STD field investigations, HIV/STD education and training, AIDS-Ryan White Care Act administration and viral hepatitis prevention. Mauricio served as Colorado’s hepatitis C coordinator for four years prior to assuming his current position as director of the Office of Health Disparities.

His most recent work focuses on eliminating health disparities in Colorado by fostering systems change and capacity building through collaborations with agencies and sectors impacting the determinants of health. Mauricio is an alumnus of the Advanced Leadership Training Program, class of 2004.

Luke J Esch

lukeesch-80x80Administrator – Department of Environmental Quality, Solid and Hazardous Waste Division
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Term ends: 12-31-21

Luke Esch is the Administrator of the Industrial Siting Division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Prior to joining the Department of Environmental Quality, Luke was a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Luke has a B.S. in Agricultural Business from Colorado State University and a J.D. from the University of Wyoming.

Luke currently resides in Cheyenne with his wife and son. Luke’s interests include skiing, hiking, fly fishing, agriculture, western history, and Denver Broncos Football.