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Our team

Sara Miller
Executive Director

Sara joined the organization in 2008, bringing over 25 years of experience in nonprofit, governmental and private sectors. She oversees all aspects of the organization, including administration, finance and programmatic work. She has led efforts throughout her career to further the enhancement, planning, and implementation of public health-related programmatic and surveillance activities and strategies for Colorado. Learn more about Sara

Ilima Kane
Community Engagement Director

Ilima works with our community engagement programs, including the University of Colorado’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Pipeline to Proposal Awards effort, and more. She brings over 15 years of experience in public health and research coupled with an amazing enthusiasm for growing public health research practices. Learn more about Ilima

Benjamin Robb
Program Coordinator

Ben provides support and technical assistance in PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposals Awards program and EvidenceNOW Southwest’s Regional Health Connector program. Prior to joining Trailhead Institute, Ben worked with various nonprofits in Denver as a grant writer and development associate. Learn more about Ben

Courtney Fultineer
Program Manager

Courtney manages and provides technical assistance to awardees from PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal program. She also manages awardees from the University of Colorado’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s community engagement pilot grants program. Prior to joining Trailhead Institute, Courtney worked as a project coordinator for a health communication and research company where she managed federally funded research projects examining various health behaviors. Learn more about Courtney

David Hughes
Finance Director

David’s primary focus is to lead all daily finance operations for Trailhead Institute, including accounts payable, auditing, accounts receivable, all financial reporting, forecasting and budgeting. He also oversees compliance of federal, state, and foundation grants, including adherence to OMB Circular A-122 Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations and OMB Uniform Guidance Auditing Standards. Learn more about David

Nancy Jennings
Program Manager

Nancy manages and provides technical assistance to awardees from PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal program. She also manages the Community Research Liaison program from the University of Colorado’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s community engagement program. Nancy began her professional career as a certified nurse assistant working with geriatric, telemetry and trauma patient populations. Learn more about Nancy

Nikki Cimino
Office Coordinator

Nikki comes to us from a successful, dog walking business where she served in a general manager capacity, interfacing with clients and walkers and helping things run smoothly. Prior to her work with the company, she worked for the Colorado School of Public Health in the dean’s office, learning all she could about various research projects and the issues facing the public health community in Colorado. Learn more about Nikki

Laura Don
Regional Health Coordinator

As a regional health coordinator for the eastern metro area of Denver, Laura works with various organizations to improve the coordination of local services to advance health and address the social determinants of health in her region. Prior to joining Trailhead Institute, she worked for eight years as a clinical social worker at various organizations in Boston, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and Harvard University. Learn more about Laura

Teri Spector
Program Manager

Teri’s work centers on supporting our community partners working on EvidenceNow Southwest project. Her expertise includes program development, public awareness and community outreach, case management, training, and education and development of health education and promotional materials. She has more than 20 years of experience in public health and nonprofit health organizations in cancer prevention and early detection programs. Learn more about Teri

Justine Sunshine
Program Manager

In addition to managing and providing technical assistance to awardees of the PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Program, Justine helps build programs geared to advance proposal development, grant writing, and scientific communication. She brings extensive experience in conducting clinical research, managing interdisciplinary academic research programs, and increasing research capacity at resource-limited institutions. Learn more about Justine

Melanie Smith
Program Coordinator

Melanie brings a diverse skill set of problem solving and communication across various mediums to her role as program assistant for the PCORI Pipeline to Proposal and EvidenceNOW Southwest projects. Prior to joining Trailhead Institute team, she worked as a contractor with our organization, assisting with financial and programmatic tasks for the foundation. Melanie has a Master’s degree in Digital Media from the University of Denver. Learn more about Melanie

Sarah Lampe
Program Director

Sarah works with our community engagement pilot grants programs, including the University of Colorado’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and our new partnership with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Pipeline to Proposal Awards effort. Prior to joining Trailhead Institute, Sarah served as a project manager with the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO). Learn more about Sarah

William Ryszkowski
Staff Accountant

William processes financials across all of the programs and projects with which Trailhead Institute partners. He also is part of the staff administrative team, which is responsible for creating and maintaining procedures between the financial and programmatic staff within the foundation. William has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University of Denver and anticipates the completion of his Master’s degree in Professional Accountancy from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Learn more about William

Kevin Werner
Program Coordinator

Kevin assists awardees with the PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Awards partnership. Prior to joining Trailhead Institute, he worked as a claims specialist with the Social Security Administration in Denver where he helped the public navigate the process of applying for retirement, disability, and survivor insurance claims. Kevin is a native of South Dakota and earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and Spanish Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Learn more about Kevin

If you’re interested in joining our staff, visit our Careers page for a list of current job openings.