Tim Brown - Chair
Tim is currently working under contracts with area Law Enforcement to provide clinical supervision to Peer Support Teams and counseling services for employees and family members in area criminal justice agencies. He retired in March, 2020 as an Assistant Chief at the Loveland Police Department. 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 was in Law Enforcement service for more than 38 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.
Isaiah Chavez - Vice Chair
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.
Chris Otto - Treasurer
Chris is a partner in the audit service area of Plante Moran and the office managing partner of the Fort Collins Office. 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 volunteers with many non-profit organizations and he is a certified human capital coach.
Carol Rieser - Secretary
Carol recently retired from Cheyenne Regional Medical Center as the Administrator of Specialty Services. Her nursing career spanned from being at the bedside, to teaching undergraduate nursing students, to hospital administration. She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and from the University of Northern Colorado with a Master’s degree in Nursing, specializing in education, chronic illness, and transcultural nursing.
Her expertise includes managing multimillion-dollar budgets and in strategic planning. She also has experience and training LEAN methodology to eliminate waste and improve efficiency.
Carol currently serves as vice-chair on the board for K9s 4 Mobility, a non-profit organization that raises, trains, and matches dogs with people who are challenged with independence issues. She is also a member of Philo, a women’s non-profit philanthropic organization that raises money to assist with hunger insecurity, early childhood education, and needs within the Thompson Valley School district in Larimer County. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving on church council from 2016-2019, and leading the long-range planning committee from 2019-present.
Karen Morgan - Past Chair
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.
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.
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.
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).
Rich Cohan has over 22 years of healthcare ethics, compliance and privacy experience in senior leadership positions across three health systems. Most recently Rich served as Vice President for Compliance, Privacy and Information Security for one of the largest non-profit health systems in the US. Prior to finding his calling to ethics and compliance, Rich served as the chief financial executive in a community mental health center leading IT, HR and HIM in addition to revenue cycle and finance functions. Before moving into the healthcare space, Rich spent over 12 years in the telecommunications industry, focused on marketing and sales strategy.
Rich earned his MBA and BS degrees with a focus on marketing and economics, from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Over the years, Rich has served on many boards of directors including Transitional Resources, a behavioral healthcare organization in Seattle and as a member of the audit and compliance committee for Presence Health, a large health system headquartered in Chicago. Rich is married to Lesli, a retired critical care and peri-op nurse and manager.
Nick Christensen is Vice President of Real Estate for the Colorado State University Research Foundation where he leads portfolio management and delivery of services. Previously, Nick co-founded Chrisland Real Estate Companies, an affiliation of commercial brokerage, development and related investment entities, and prior to that was an executive with McWhinney. Nick also served in an appointed role as Executive Officer on the command staff of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. He was subsequently appointed by the Larimer County Commissioners to the Behavioral Health Policy Council and has served in leadership capacities on several non-profit boards.
Nick holds a Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He served as an adjunct professor teaching real estate law with CSU’s Everitt Real Estate Center.
Heather is the Chief Development Officer for the Food Bank for Larimer County, a position she’s held since 2005. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Heather served as the Executive/Development Director and National Trainer for the American Cancer Society. She has more than 24 years of nonprofit experience and specializes in financial and budgetary management, fundraising, event planning, community relations, strategic planning, and board development.
She has successfully raised funds for two multi-million capital campaigns and has served on local and national advisory boards and committees for fundraising strategies and other hunger related issues. She is actively involved in many different areas in Northern Colorado including serving on the steering committees for Leadership Fort Collins and 40 Under Forty and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins, Foothills since 2006.
Nate is an experienced fundraising and business development strategist with several multi-million-dollar successes spanning the start-up, natural resources, infrastructure, non-profit and higher education sectors. Nate brings to the board his experiences from over six years as a philanthropic development professional at a major public University and a decade of navigating the legal, financial and regulatory hurdles of water infrastructure permitting and development in the Western US.
Nate earned his BS from the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and has been a member of the Fort Collins Community for over 15 years. During that time, Nate has served as President of the Board for the Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek during their recent expansion; Vice President of the Board for Neighbor to Neighbor and Homelessness Prevention Initiative through their merger and establishment of a fundraising division; was a member of the Coloradoan’s Editorial Board; and advised on the successful mayoral campaigns for two regional municipalities.