Jania Arnoldi, Board President

President and CEO, Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.

Jania recently joined Valley-Wide Health Systems, which is a community health center providing services in the San Luis Valley, Arkansas Valley, and Canon City. She began her work with community health centers in Arizona in 1999, as a Chief Financial Officer. Her first position at a community health center was at a small rural center with one service site and a budget of less than $1 million. That same health center now has 14 sites and a budget of over $60 million. Jania was very active in Arizona with the Primary Care Association, the State Medicaid Program, and Arizona Connected Care (ACO). She also did a lot of work in Arizona to negotiate and implement value-based reimbursement for the community health centers she was working with. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and will soon be graduating with her Doctorate Degree in Healthcare Administration. Jania enjoys spending time with her six children (Aaron, Brandon, Tyler, Austin, Emily, and Ethan) and she loves being outdoors especially if it is to camp, fish, or hike.

Simon Smith, Board Vice President

President and Chief Executive Officer, Clinica Family Health Services

Simon joined Clinica’s staff in 2011 as a project manager and, in less than three years, was named as president and CEO of the organization. Before coming to Clinica, Simon worked for Abt Associates, Inc., a research and consulting firm that assists companies and governmental agencies in implementing health, social and environmental programs. Simon spent his first three years with Abt in Kazakhstan helping restructure the country’s public health system. He spent another five years at Abt’s Bethesda, MD, office managing government-funded international activities to improve care in areas such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and community health. Prior to becoming Clinica’s president and CEO, Simon served as the clinic director of Clinica’s Boulder facility, the People’s Medical Clinic. In that capacity, he managed 64 staff that provided care to almost 9,500 annually. As Clinica’s CEO, Simon wants to work closely with other social service agencies and officials within Clinica’s service area to improve the health care safety net for low-income and uninsured individuals.

Mark Sandvik, Board Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer, Northwest Colorado Health

Mark received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy from Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO) in 1989. In 1995, he received dual degrees from the University of Colorado, Graduate School of Business (Denver, CO): Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration. His experience the past twenty years has included operational management and financial and clinical consulting work with integrated health systems throughout the mountain west. The past ten years he has spent as CFO of the Northwest Colorado Health during which time the organization has experienced significant growth through program expansion and innovation to serve its vast market area.

Kay Ramachandran, MA, Board Secretary

Chief Executive Officer, Marillac Health

Kay holds a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Poona, India. Since assuming the top leadership role in January, 2013, Kay has transformed MarillacHealth into a flourishing, progressive and sustainable community health center. Under her direction MarillacHealth has successfully implemented two Electronic Health Records and Medicaid service expansion under the Affordable Care Act.  Kay possesses over twenty years of experience in senior management positions in health care, both in the for-profit and non-profit industry in Canada and the United States. With fourteen years of Executive Director/CEO experience, one of her noteworthy roles was from 2004-2007 as CEO of the People’s Clinic (a FQHC) in Boulder, Colorado, where she led the organization from severe financial losses to a stable bottom line in just twenty-four months. Kay was appointed to the Commission of Denver Mayor’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness; she has also served on many non-profit Boards. Kay’s mastery in working with boards, senior leaders, community partners and elected officials has enabled her to develop and implement annual plans, budgets, capital projects and clinic re-designs. Kay’s primary language is English. Born and raised in India, she speaks Tamil and Hindi and possesses a rich understanding of cultural issues and economic disparities.

Alex Conrad, Board Member

Chief Financial Officer, Axis Health System

Alex is the Chief Financial Officer for Axis Health System in Durango, CO. He has spent over a decade of his career in the healthcare industry with a specific emphasis on operational and financial leadership. Serving in different capacities over the years has allowed him to gain experience in new practice start-ups, physician practice management, integration of behavioral health within the primary care setting, mergers and acquisitions, medical coding and billing, insurance credentialing, business analysis, process improvement and more. This experience has been expanded in many different healthcare settings across the country. These settings include private for-profit organizations, non-profit hospital based systems and Federally Qualified Health Centers. These settings offered services that included primary care, internal medicine, pediatrics, urgent care, neurology, neuro-psychology, behavioral health within a primary care setting, Substance use and addiction treatment & therapy, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy (340B), and dentistry. He currently maintains an active Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) license.

Donald Moore, Board Member

Chief Executive Officer, Pueblo Community Health Center

Donald is the CEO (2009 – present) of Pueblo Community Health Center, which is the health primary care home for over 28,000 patients who have access to primary medical, dental and mental health services in the Pueblo area. He previously was the Chief Operations Officer (1999-2009) and oversaw administrative and clinical support services at the Center, special population and outreach programs. Donald was also a senior leader for service and facility expansions, compliance and outcome improvement efforts. He obtained his Master of Healthcare Administration from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 1992. After completing his post-graduate residency at the Geisinger Health System in 1993 he worked for the Daughters of Charity National Health System, now Ascension Health (St. Louis), in Arkansas as a Health Systems Planner and then in San Antonio, Texas as Executive Director of the Daughters’ health and social service centers.

John Santistevan, Board Member

President and Chief Executive Officer, Salud Family Health Centers

John Santistevan is the Deputy President/CEO of Salud Family Health Centers and held the position of Chief Financial Officer for the previous seventeen years. John has held the office of President and Treasurer for the community health centers primary care association, Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN).   John served as the co-chair for the CCHN and Community Behavioral Health Collaboration committee for four years. John has served as the chaired the Finance Committee of the Colorado Community Managed Care Network for ten years and currently held the office of Treasurer.  John has served on the following committees for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC):  Finance, Marketing and AmeriCorps Steering committee, and the subcommittee on Health Care Finance.   In 2013, John was elected serve on the NACHC board of directors. In 2010, Mr. Santistevan was awarded the Jeffery T. Latman Leadership in Healthcare Finance by the NACHC.

Debra Scott, Board Member

Director of Compliance and Projects, Sunrise Community Health

Debra was raised as a military “brat”, and then married a service man, giving her the opportunity to live in many places in the states and overseas. Once her husband retired, they moved to Colorado where she finished her finance degree and started working in the finance department at the local hospital in Greeley.  Debra joined Sunrise Community Health in 2005 as the Chief Financial Officer. Since then Debra has worn many hats, including Chief Operations Officer and Director of Compliance and Projects. Currently, Debra has come full circle in her career at Sunrise and serves as the Chief Financial Officer. During her time at Sunrise Debra has been a leader in many significant areas including: being a project leader for new buildings and renovations (all coming in under budget), managing and mentoring staff through the adoption of Sunrise’s patient-centered medical home recognition, and formalizing Sunrise’s risk management and compliance programs. She has also been key person in the expansion of services in both Weld and southern Larimer Counties.

Ben Wiederholt, Board Member

President and Chief Executive Officer, STRIDE Community Health Center

Ben started at STRIDE Community Health Center in 2017 and is responsible for leading the organization to fulfill our mission and deliver on our promises to our consumers and the community. With twelve years of executive healthcare experience, he has witnessed numerous examples of effective and ineffective approaches to health care delivery. His approach to optimal health outcomes is through ensuring the consumer is at the center of every decision an organization makes and maximizing their activation and engagement. Ben fosters innovation and actively seeks new solutions in care delivery that honors the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of consumers by leveraging local assets and community partnerships. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In his previous roles, Ben served as the Vice President of Mission Integration in the Kentucky and Colorado markets and as the Director of Ambulatory Operations at Centura Health. Ben is a graduate of Edgewood College in Madison, WI with a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in Philosophy.  He also earned a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Ben’s joy is found through his wife, Jess, and their seven children: Joz, Lillian, Samuel, Luke, Abiti, Joseph, and Abe.  In addition to spending time with his family, he is a sports enthusiast, both as an observer and practitioner.

Dave Myers, Medicare Beneficiary Board Member

Mr. Myers currently serves as the representative Medicare Beneficiary on the CHPA Board.  He received his BA in journalism from Kent State University in Ohio and began his career first in Peace Corps in Guatemala where he was introduced to public health and then as a journalist in Mexico City.  From there he attended the CSU masters program for nutrition and joined the Plan de Salud del Valle organization to work with migrant farm workers and the rural poor.  In 1993 he became CEO for the Metro Community Provider Network (currently known as STRIDE) a position he held until his retirement in 2017.  He currently works as an intern for CORHIO (Colorado Regional Health Information Organization).