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Board of directors 2017-12-19T21:33:29+00:00

Our board

Jeanne Nicholson, RN, MS
Board President

Former state Senator Jeanne Nicholson has promoted access to affordable, high-quality health care throughout her career. Following a 40-plus-year career as a public health nurse in rural and urban Colorado, she served eight years as a Gilpin Country commissioner and then four years as a state senator. She also serves as the vice chair on the board of the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care.

Jeff Stoll, MPH
Board Vice President

Jeff Stoll is the founder and owner of Jeff Stoll Public Health & Environment Consulting, LLC in Westminster, Colorado. He has 30 years of experience in administration, management, planning, policy development, public and governmental relations and supervising and coaching professional staff.

Stephanie Parnell, CPA
Board Treasurer

Stephanie Parnell is a certified public accountant and a shareholder in Hanson&Co.’s accounting services practice. She has over a decade of experience advising growing small to mid-sized closely held businesses on accounting related issues.

Melvin Bush, CIC
Board Vice Treasurer

Melvin Bush is a certified insurance counselor and president of Insurance Design & Placement, Inc., which is headquartered in Denver. The firm focuses on assisting hospitality clients with claims and loss control.

Thomas M. Vernon, MD
Board Secretary

Dr. Thomas Vernon is a retired public health physician, formerly the Colorado state epidemiologist and subsequently Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health. He has a deep and longstanding commitment to public health in Colorado and to its citizens’ well-being. Throughout his career, he has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations focused on public health, including as chairman of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice and as chairman of the boards of the National Center for Healthy Housing and the American Social Health Association.

Lucille C. Campbell, MA, PhD
Board Member

Dr. Lucille C. Campbell is the CEO of Affinity Consulting Services, LLC, and has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of community engagement, project and event management, community-based participatory research, health-related training and curriculum development. She holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Service from the Denver Institute of Urban Studies and a Masters in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Regis University. As a recipient of the RIHEL Excellence in Leadership Award, Lucille is dedicated to empowering the community to live well by advocating for physical and mental health, and overall well-being.

Mary V. Davis, DrPH, MSPH
Board Member

Dr. Mary Davis is principal and owner of Project Y Evaluation Services, LLC which focuses on public health evaluation and applied research consulting, training, and technical assistance services. She has extensive experience leading applied research and evaluation projects in a variety of settings, teaching evaluation methods, and providing capacity building assistance to organizations, such as coalitions, public health departments, foundations, and human service agencies. In her 25 year career, she has worked in a range of settings, including a public health institute at the University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Global Public Health as well as a national member association and a for-profit consulting firm. Dr. Davis’ areas of expertise include preparedness, health department accreditation, quality improvement, and partnerships.

Thomas S. Dunlop, MPH, REHS
Board Member

Thomas Dunlop is president of Dunlop Environmental Consulting, Inc. His career in environmental public health began in 1970 working for local environmental health departments in Colorado, and currently continues in that role. Serving on the Trailhead Board since 1994, he has served as the past president and is currently serving as a board member at large.  He has a Master’s in Public Health with a Public Health Practice concentration and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Through his position on the Board, he looks to solidify the linkage between the environmental and public health disciplines.

Tom Gonzales, MPH, REHS
Board Member

Tom Gonzales began his career working for Larimer County Department of Health and Environment as an Environmental Health Specialist.  He later worked for Clark County Public Health (Washington) as an Environmental Health Program Manager and with El Paso County Public Health as Environmental Health Division Director. He currently serves as Deputy Director for El Paso County Public Health overseeing Emergency Preparedness and Response, Environmental Health, and the Laboratory. Tom is a former President of the Colorado Environmental Health Association (2002-03) and served on the National Environmental Health Association Board of Directors as Region 3 Vice President from 2004-2007. Tom currently serves the Colorado Director’s of Environmental Health Designee to the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials.

Kathy Kennedy, DRPH, MA
Board Member

Dr. Kathy Kennedy has served as the director of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL) since its inception in 1998. Her work focuses on public health workforce development through the professional opportunities offered at RIHEL and through formal education at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is a Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado – Colorado School of Public Health where she directs the master of public health program in maternal and child health and the certificate programs in global public health and maternal and child health.

Georgina Lucas, MSW
Board Member

Georgina Lucas has been a leader in collaborative health systems change within nonprofit, academic, corporate, and public sectors for over 35 years. In 2014, before relocating to Colorado, she served as Deputy Director for the Yale School of Medicine’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program where she built and managed a training program for physicians in community-partnered health research. Before coming to Yale, she was the founding director of the Center for Innovative Practice at Smith College School for Social Work where she developed community/graduate school partnerships for training and research.  She also has taught health policy and management courses at the University of Connecticut. Prior to her academic career, she held leadership roles in two corporations focused on health issues and was the staff director of a Governor’s commission on financing long term care.

Lawrence Volmert, JD
Board Member

Larry Volmert is an attorney, recently retired after more than four decades of practicing law. His practice focused on representing and advising clients in various industries regarding environmental regulatory issues and requirements. He concentrated on air quality and climate change, but also helped clients in matters involving water quality, hazardous waste and the National Environmental Policy Act. He also serves on the Board of the Regional Institute of Health and Environmental Leadership, an organization that works closely with Trailhead.

John Muth, MD, MPH, FACPM
Emeritus

John Muth received his B.S. degree from St. Bonaventure University. He trained in medicine at New York Medical College and went on to become a specialist in Ob-Gyn. He subsequently served in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service with various assignments stationing him in Ohio, Louisiana, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska, where he treated First Nations peoples and native Alaskans and Hawaiians, built and managed clinics, and ran hospitals. After retiring from federal service, he moved to Colorado Springs as Director of the El Paso County Health Department for almost 20 years. He was one of the original Board members of Trailhead (when it was CFPHE), serving as treasurer for almost 20 years. Now retired, he remains a lifetime member of CPHA and an emeritus board member of his local medical society. He continues his medical activities as a volunteer in Mexico, Guatemala and Africa and as a mentor for budding students of public health.