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

Senior Community Health Specialist
Arts Integrated Resources
Term ends: 12-31-18

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 recently transitioned to the Arts Integrated Resources department as a Senior Community Health Specialist. This position is the first of its kind among all the Kaiser Permanente regions. Her hope is to establish a foundation in integrating the arts with public health and generate further interest in exploring that intersection. As a Senior Community Health Specialist, Carmen is involved in grounding the Arts Integrated Resources programs with strong evidence-based content and methodologies. Carmen continues to play a role in Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit philanthropic investments team.

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

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

Leigh Caswell is the Director of the Center for Community Health at Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS). In this position, Leigh supports the PHS community health priorities of healthy eating, active living, and prevention of unhealthy substance use; this includes partnering with community to develop community health needs assessments and implementation plans for eight hospitals. Previously, Leigh managed the UNM Health Sciences Center Vision 2020 – “partnering with communities to improve health and health equity” and was the Coordinator of the Bernalillo County Community Health Council where she supported community-based health assessment and planning. Leigh is adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico EMS Academy where she has helped to build and teach their Community Paramedic curriculum.

Leigh has a B.S. in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of New Mexico (UNM). She has served on several community Boards including Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, is the Chair of the Bernalillo County Community Health Council, is past President of the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council, and past President and current Policy Co-Chair of the New Mexico Public Health Association.

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 July 2018:

Carmen Rose Martin

Carmen Rose Martin

Senior Community Health Specialist
Arts Integrated Resources
Term ends: 12-31-19

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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: 12-31-19

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RIHEL Board of Directors

Listed below are the members of the Board of Directors as of July 2018.
Please also see our advisors to RIHEL.

Christine Billings, President

Christine Billings, President

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

Leigh Caswell

Leigh Caswell

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

Bryan Clode

Bryan Clode

Manager, Environmental Information
Encana Service Company Ltd.
Term ends: 12-31-20

Luke J Esch

Luke J Esch

Administrator – Department of Environmental Quality, Industrial Siting Division
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Term ends: 12-31-21

Micah L. Jones

Micah L. Jones

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

Policy Advisor
Friends of EPA
Term ends: 12-31-21

Allison Majure

Allison Majure

Director of Communications
Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos
Term ends: 12-31-19

Kelly McCracken, Treasurer

Kelly McCracken, Treasurer

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

Kathryn Roberts, Secretary

Kathryn Roberts, Secretary

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

Sarah E. Roberts

Sarah E. Roberts

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

Carlee Rosen

Carlee Rosen

Systems Transformation Program Manager
HealthTeamWorks
Term ends: 12-31-21

Sheryl Roub

Sheryl Roub

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

Larry Volmert

Larry Volmert

Attorney
Holland & Hart (retired)
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: 12-31-15

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-80x80Attorney
Holland & Hart
Term ends: 12-31-21

Larry Volmert practices Environmental Law with the firm of Holland & Hart, 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 have named him as a Colorado Super Lawyer in the Environmental Law specialty.

Larry is an alumnus of the first Advanced Leadership Training Program class of the Regional Institute of Health and Environmental Leadership in 1999. Since receiving his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, he has practiced law for more than 35 years in the states of California, Alaska and Colorado.

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

Larry aspires to spend more time on his bicycle, hiking in our beautiful mountains, and visiting his two granddaughters who live in Alaska.

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, Industrial Siting 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.

Bryan Clode

bryanclode-80x80Manager, Environmental Information
Encana Service Company Ltd.
Term ends: 12-31-20

Bryan Clode is the manager of Environmental Information for Encana Services Company Ltd.’s US EHS and Regulatory Compliance team. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, and use of information management strategies designed to enhance multi-media compliance strategies.

Mr. Clode earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State University in 1996. He received his Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering, focusing to atmospheric sciences in 1997, also from Washington State University.

Mr. Clode is a 2011 graduate of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership’s Advanced Leadership Training Program and has served as a coach and coaching team lead since graduating from the program.

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.

Education

University of Colorado Law School, Boulder CO

Juris Doctorate, 2013

Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA

Bachelor of Science, Sociology, 2006

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