RIHEL News – December 2015

In this issue:


Leaders Wanted! Applications Open January 2016 for the Advanced Leadership Training Program

apponlineDo you know someone who is ready for their next professional or leadership development opportunity? RIHEL will begin accepting applications on January 4, 2016 for the Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP) Class of 2017 . This is a year long advanced training program for health and environment professionals working in the Rocky Mountain region. Applications are due April 30th. Program details and application guidance are available online, or contact Mia Elizardi at 303-871-2097.


‘Tis the Season to Join the RIHEL 100!

rihel100smallWhen 100 friends of RIHEL contribute at least $100, it gives a significant boost to what RIHEL can provide and accomplish. As the following comments from current participants in the Advanced Leadership Training Program illustrate, your support helps RIHEL deliver leadership development programming that is valued and makes a difference:

  • “I am so grateful for this opportunity. All the instructors are fabulous – intelligent, informed, well-spoken, humorous – well done!”
  • “I am just honored to be here. This is life-changing!”

Please consider making a contribution before December 31st, and join the RIHEL 100 for 2015!See details.


Save the date for lIFE 2016!

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April 22, 2016 ~ 8:00am – 4:00pm
Lowry Conference Center ~ Denver, CO

RIHEL, along with the Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA) and the Colorado Society for Public Health Education (COSOPHE), is co-hosting the annual Leadership is for Everyone (LIFE) event on April 22, 2016. Session topics include adult resilience, professionalism, and more. Additional details to be posted online soon, and registration will open in January 2016. We hope that you will be able to join us for this very popular one day leadership development and networking opportunity. See programs, materials and photos from past LIFE events.


Meet Our Newest Staff Member!

mia_elizardiThis December we welcome our newest RIHEL Staff Member, Mia Elizardi. Mia will be managing the Advanced Leadership Training Program, and like all of our staff, supporting a little bit of everything else we do at RIHEL. Mia moved to Colorado in 2004 to earn a Masters in Higher Education Administration, Diversity and Adult Learning and Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver (DU). She was an administrator at DU in the Center for Multicultural Excellence, and her work centered around social justice initiatives, community building and educational excellence. After departing DU, she served as an Organizational Development consultant focusing on leadership development and training. Before moving back to Denver in 2013, she worked as a Career Coach at Tulane University. Most recently, Mia worked for the New Teacher Project doing Assessment and Evaluation and operations work towards closing the achievement gap and providing excellent education to all of America’s children. Mia’s partner, Brian, is also a leadership and educational advocate. Together, they are parents to 4 year old, Sofie; 2 year old, Henry; and 8 year old Golden Retriever, Zoe. She loves to cook (although it’s a lot of Mac’n Cheese these days), garden, read, run and organize! Please be sure to say hello and join us in welcoming Mia to RIHEL!

Where’s Jo?

In October, Jo Burns let us know that she would be moving on from RIHEL. We were sad to see her go, and wish her all the best in her next endeavors!


Celebrating 2015!

Congratulations to our two most recent graduating RIHEL Classes!


wanted: volunteers for rihel facebook page

fblogoWe are looking for a few RIHEL alumni or current fellows who would be interested in assisting us with the administration of our Facebook page. This role requires minimal time, and primarily consists of making periodic posts to the RIHEL Facebook page that are relevant to our constituents and the mission of RIHEL. If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions, please contact Mia Elizardi at 303-871-2097.



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