Karen Morgan - Chair

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Karen is a marketing and management consultant with more than 30 years experience in marketing and communications, strategic business planning, sales, product development, and human resources as an executive in both the credit union and health care industries. She also serves as a board member for The Success Foundation, secretary of the board for Fort Collins Foothills Rotary, and serves as a consumer advocate member of the steering committee for the Mental Health Substance Use Alliance of Larimer County. Karen is passionate about changing the dialogue and educating communities about the importance of a comprehensive, and integrated approach to providing behavioral health treatment. She is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.A. in Speech and Theatre Arts with concentrations in public relations and broadcasting. Karen has served on the SummitStone board since 2016.

Tim Brown - Vice Chair

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Tim is currently an Assistant Chief at the Loveland Police Department overseeing the Operations Division which is responsible for most of the uniformed patrol work in Loveland. Tim previously served on the SummitStone Board of Directors from 2012-2017 and has returned for a second round of service to SummitStone Health Partners and the greater Larimer County Community. Tim has been in Law Enforcement service for over 35 years and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University’s School for Police Staff and Command, and the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business Public Safety Leadership Program. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Albuquerque and a Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.

Nancy Tellez - Secretary

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Nancy, a 45-year resident of Fort Collins, taught in Poudre School District at the junior high level for 31 years, then at CSU in the teacher licensing program for the next four years. At that time she became a member of the Poudre School District Board of Education, on which she served for 10 years until November 2015. Nancy has also volunteered in other ways for the benefit of her community, including eight years of service on the board of the Homelessness Prevention Initiative and serving on committees and in the bell choir at her church. She is currently a member of the Human Relations Commission of the City of Fort Collins, and a member of the board of the Fort Collins Montessori School, a district charter school. She is proud to serve on the SummitStone Board, supporting the highly valuable work done by this organization. Nancy has served on the SummitStone board since 2016.

Chris Otto - Treasurer

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Chris is a partner in the audit service area of EKS&H. He has been involved in public accounting since 1990. He has extensive experience providing auditing, accounting and business advisory services to closely-held businesses and public companies in a variety of industries, including real estate, high-tech and software, manufacturing, distribution, construction and professional services. Chris also has extensive experience in forensic accounting and fraud prevention and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. Chris works closely with many non-profit organizations as well. He has worked out of the Fort Collins office since its 2005 inception and is a certified human capital coach.

Fred Garcia

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Fred W. Garcia has more than 38 years of experience in chemical dependency and mental health treatment and prevention. He has served as chief programs officer for the state alcohol and drug authorities in both Colorado and Washington state. Mr. Garcia was appointed by President Bill Clinton and approved by the U.S. Senate to serve as Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also served under Attorney General Janet Reno as a liaison between the drug treatment system and law enforcement. In 2006 Fred and wife Nancy initiated Garcia Consulting offering grant writing and consultation in systems development for addictions treatment, media literacy and cultural competency. Both he and Nancy are recently retired. He holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver and is a licensed independent clinical social worker. He joined the SummitStone Health Partners board of directors in 2013 and is a founding member of Larimer Latinos. He and Nancy live in Loveland, Colorado.

Joyce G. DeVaney

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Joyce is retired from a career in public health, beginning with home visiting and preventive services in the hills of Kentucky, pediatric nursing with the Indian Health Service, followed by rural public health in Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona, & New Mexico. After completing her Master’s in Public Health at the University of North Carolina, she assumed primarily administrative positions to have greater influence on policy and programs. Her last position was with the Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing public health and primary care projects in the six states of federal Region 8. She joined the SummitStone Board in August, 2015.

Janice Mierzwa

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Janice is the Vice President of Greeley Hospital for UCHealth for the past two years. Prior to that, she was the Senior Director of Emergency Services for the UCHealth Northern Region. In her prior position, she was responsible for four Emergency Departments, UCHealth EMS and Mountain Crest Behavioral Health Center. She has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing. She is a Board Member for SummitStone. Janice has proven accomplishments in cost reduction, hospital construction, process improvement, outcome management nursing education and community development resulting in an increase in market share and profitability.

Carolyn Reed

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A native of Wellington, Carolyn is a small business owner with deep roots in Larimer County. She has been the proprietor of local favorite Silver Mine Subs for more than a decade. Her diverse skills and experience have led her to serve on the boards for the Wyoming and Colorado restaurant associations, the Teamsters Local 17 and most recently, the Poudre School District board. She has also volunteered with Foster Parent organizations, the United States Air Force Family Services and Larimer County Court Appointed Special Advocates. Her interest in serving on the SummitStone Board stems from a strong desire to make a difference in the community, particularly in behavioral health, which has never garnered as much importance and necessity as now.

Caryn Sanchez

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Producer/Writer/Director Caryn Sanchez is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and Loyola Law School, and is the recipient of a Colorado Council on the Arts Media Fellowship. In 2006, she was one of eight women selected from across the country to receive a Directing Fellowship to participate in the 20th Cycle of the American Film Institute Conservatory’s Directing Workshop for Women. Closer to home, she has been a staff member of the Telluride Film Festival for 25 years and served as Technical Chair, Technical Producer, and a Speaker Coach for TEDxFrontRange from 2012 to 2015. Additionally, she developed an unproduced educational video series for the WICHE Mental Health Program, designed to help destigmatize the Mental Health system and intake process for the Latino Community.

Jeff Vanhook

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Jeffrey Vanhook is a Patrol Lieutenant with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. He has been employed with that agency since 1992. During his career he has held many different positions; Detention Deputy, Patrol Deputy, Narcotics Detective, General Criminal Investigations Detective, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Training Sergeant and Patrol Lieutenant. Jeff has been a Field Training Officer for the agency since 1998 and was the agency Field Training Program (FTP) Coordinator for 12 years. Jeff is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) trainer in the Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) program and is the program administrator. Jeff is part of Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Curriculum Committee and previously served on Colorado POST academy committee. Jeff is a Crisis Intervention Team  (C.I.T.) member and an Executive Board member of Colorado National Association of Field Training Officer (NAFTO).

Isaiah Chavez

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Isaiah Chavez is an Environmental Engineering student at Colorado State University. After graduation he hopes to work with Engineers Without Borders, where he is already a member through the CSU chapter. Isaiah’s desire to improve the world around him keeps him focused in academics as well as active in volunteer work. He is a member of CSU’s Rotaract Club, which is the young adult branch of Rotary International, a fellowship organization dedicated to developing leadership skills through service projects. Isaiah is motivated to serve on the SummitStone Board of Directors to bring his generation’s perspective to the table regarding mental health and addiction issues.