//Board of directors
Board of directors 2017-07-21T19:37:10+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

Now a consultant, Dr. Thomas Vernon is a retired physician and public health director with 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 board chairman of the National Center for Health Housing and The American Social Health Association.

Thomas S. Dunlop, MPH, REHS
Board Member

Thomas Dunlop is president of Dunlop Environmental Consulting, Inc., located in Snowmass, Colorado. He has over 40 years of experience in environmental public health and is certified as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

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 since that time has been focused on public health workforce development either through the professional opportunities offered through RIHEL or through formal education at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is Associate 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 in global public health.

Liane Heggy, PhD, JD, LLM
Board Member

Liane Heggy is an attorney with the MDH Law Group in Denver. Her practice includes corporate transactions in many forms, structuring and restructuring company ownership, equity incentives and other compensation arrangements, private securities offerings, and in many cases, serving as a general legal advisor for growing companies.

Lawrence Volmert, JD
Board Member

Lawrence Vomert is an attorney with Holland & Hart LLP, which has offices across the Mountain West and in Washington, D.C. He has four decades of experience helping clients in various industries address their environmental regulatory and litigation needs. His practice focuses on air quality and climate change, but he also represents clients regarding water quality, hazardous waste, and NEPA.

Georgina Lucas, MSW
Board Member

Georgina Lucas has been committed to stakeholder-partnered health systems change in the 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.

John Muth, MD, MPH, FACPM

John Muth, born in April 1934 and raised in rural New York State’s Catskill mountains, 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, various assignments stationing him in Ohio, Louisiana, Arizona , Hawaii and Alaska where he treated native  Indians, 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 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 on Mexico, Guatemala and Africa.