MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Santistevan, Board President
President and Chief Executive Office, 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.
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.
Donald Moore, Board Secretary
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.
Simon Smith, Board Member
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.
Simon Hambidge, MD, Phd., Board Member
CEO, Denver Community Health Services (DCHS) and Chief Ambulatory Officer, Denver Health
Dr. Hambidge is Chief Ambulatory Officer at Denver Health and Executive Director of Denver Community Health Services (DCHS). A pediatrician by training, Dr. Hambidge was previously the Director of General Pediatrics for Community Health Services for 8 years. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University School of Medicine, and has practiced at Denver Health since 1997. As DCHS Director, Dr. Hambidge oversees a network of 9 community health centers and 17 school based clinics, which provide health care to over 150,000 patients, approximately one-fourth of the population of Denver. Denver Health’s patients include over half of the Medicaid patients in the city. Dr. Hambidge still provides limited clinical care in the Webb Center for Primary Care’s Kids Care clinic and the Pediatric Minor Fracture clinic. He has published numerous articles on topics such as vaccine safety and pediatric obesity. Dr. Hambidge serves on the Board of Directors of the Denver Health Medical Plan, the Colorado Community Health Network, the Community Health Association of Mountain and Plains States, the Northeast Denver Initiative, and Reach Out and Read Colorado.
Kevin Maddox, Board Member
Chief Financial Officer, Sunrise Community Health
Kevin Maddox, Chief Financial Officer at Sunrise Community Health since 2006, has demonstrated his extensive knowledge of budget preparation and forecasting for over 20 years in a community health center environment from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, to Colorado. In addition to being a leader throughout his career, Kevin has provided executive-level financial guidance in the form of developing and updating financial policies and procedures based on a high degree of understanding of federal and state grant reporting requirements, financial reporting, performing analysis to determine staffing needs for the organization, and managing the finance department through solid management and supervisory skills. Kevin has successfully prepared Medicare and Medicaid cost reports for various health facilities, ensuring grant funds are expended according to federal and state guidelines. He also participates as finance lead on the Sunrise Executive Finance Committee, and finance expert and consultant on the Sunrise Board of Directors. Kevin received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA, and his M.B.A. from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana.
Ben Wiederholt, Board Member
President and Chief Executive Officer, Metro Community Provider Network
Ben started at MCPN 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.
Art Fernandez, Board Member
Chief Operating Officer, Mountain Family Health Center
Art Fernandez serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Mountain Family Health Centers. Art joined Mountain Family in July 2007, after more than 20 years of health care management experience. Art’s years in the medical industry have afforded him the opportunity to hone his skills in health care operations, leadership, systems/process administration, utilization management, and business development. Prior to joining Mountain Family, he worked for several medical and dental for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in Southern California. Before embarking into a career in health care, Art’s experience included holding various management level positions in banking operations with Bank of America. Art received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the California State University, Los Angeles. When not working, Art enjoys biking, hiking, traveling (road trips), gardening, and spending time with his wife Annette, two children Sean and Monica, and our three dogs Casey Jane, Cash, and Snowball.
Lois LaCroix, Medicare Beneficiary Board Member
Lois LaCroix is our Medicare Beneficiary Board Member. She brings a wealth of patient perspective, as she has been a past and current patient of a local FQHC. She supplements this valuable perspective with over 12 years on the Board of Directors at Clinica Family Health. She currently serves on Clinica’s board as the Vice Chair; and is on the Nominating and Compensation committees. Lois holds a B.S. of Education from the University of Colorado. She is semi-retired; but remains active in local business. She has owned a local manufacturing company, and a booking service for local Bed and Breakfasts that predated AirBnb and VRBO. She has also worked with causes such as: the US Civil Rights Commission, the American Red Cross, and on training programs for convicted felons.