Laurie Beckel, MA, LPC (Secretary)
Laurie has more than 30 years’ experience in early-childhood and family issues. Her recent concentration has been the development of High Fidelity Wraparound initiatives for such institutions as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (www.yfti.pa.org) and several projects in Colorado. Laurie worked for the nationally recognized consulting firm of Vroon VanDenBerg for seven years on contracts in eight states and two Canadian Provinces.
Her experience as a CU graduate from the Health Sciences Center (physicians’ assistant) with over 20 years in the Colorado mental health system as an early childhood therapist, program director, and service manager, has contributed to Laurie’s passion and commitment to affordable, quality, accessible health care for everyone.
Melvin Bush founded Insurance Design & Placement in St. Louis, Miss., in 1979 after attending St. Louis University’s Graduate Business School, where he also received is Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance. He relocated the firm to Denver, where IDS has grown to provide risk management for clients in a variety of industries including hospitality and tourism, agriculture, property management, technology and group health.
Mr. Bush is also a graduate of the African American Leadership Institute’s class of 1996 and the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Denver Class of 2006. He has contributed his time in service extensively, serving as President of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, on the board of the Women’s Bean Project, on the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and Environment, the Adams County Community Service Board, among many others.
Chris Crigler (Treasurer)
Chris Crigler is the president CAP Mangement. He has worked with many HOAs in Colorado and continues to help owners and communities any way he can.
As a business owner with a wonderful team of employees, Chris knows that universal health care would allow every Coloradan to enjoy top quality health care in a much simpler and affordable way for both individuals and for business owners. He is dedicated to the universal health care cause. He believes Colorado businesses and individuals will thrive once Colorado adopts this common sense approach to health care.
Jeanne “Gigi” Darricades, M.P.H., J.D.
As President/Chief Executive Officer of Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., Jeanne “Gigi” Darricades, M.P. H., J.D. ensures that more than 30,000 patients across southern Colorado, including the medically under-served, receive comprehensive community-based health care. Before taking the helm of Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. in 2011, she served as an attorney specializing in health care law, business law, nonprofit law, and conservation law from 1992 to 2011 in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Darricades also served as the Director of Medical Affairs, Director of Case-Mix, and Special Projects Coordinator for Intermountain Health Care, Inc.; and as a hospital administrator in New Mexico. Before earning her law degree from the University of Utah School of Law, she earned her Master of Public Health from University of California Berkeley. (She also completed her undergraduate work at Berkeley in political science.) Darricades serves on several boards and appointed positions, including: the Medicaid Provider Rate Advisory Committee (Appointed in 2015 for a four-year term); Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) as a Board member, Chairperson of Public Affairs Committee, and Chairperson of the Strategic Workforce Committee; on the Colorado Community Managed Care Network (Board Member 2011 to Present); and for San Luis Valley Federal Bank (Board Member 2011 to Present).
Dr. Robert Davis, MDiv, DMin
Dr. Robert Davis is a Family Life Specialist with 20+ years of experience as a Senior Pastor, Family Life Educator, and Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator. He has inspired congregations and organizations across America and around the world to better understand how to function as a healthy family using ethnic and cultural strengths. He holds a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling, and a Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family. His studies have led him to understand that churches, workplaces, and organizations operate as a “family” and that the strength of an organization depends on the healthy family functioning of its members/employees.
Prior to arriving in Denver, Dr. Davis was the Senior Pastor of the Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. He was deeply involved with community policing and social justice efforts. He also established the Berean Wellness and Community Support Center, which served as a Nurse Practitioner operated clinic providing medical treatment for underserved and uninsured individuals.
Since moving to Denver in 2016, Dr. Davis has continued his involvement in the community and social justice efforts. He has served on several community-based law enforcement committees of the Denver Safety Department focusing on police oversight, use of force policy reforms, data collection initiatives, and working with Denver’s District Attorney.
Dr. Davis is also involved with various community organizations and collaborates to improve communities in the areas of spiritual growth, social justice, and quality of life issues.
- He serves as Vice President At-large for the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance;
- Founded the Colorado chapter of Adventist for Social Justice;
- Serves on Together Colorado’s Statewide Faith Leaders Caucus, providing African American leadership and perspective to assist Together Colorado in pursuing social justice and racial reconciliation;
- Cofounder, with Imam Ali, the Park Hill Interfaith CommUNITY Fest, which unites Muslims, Jews, and Christian denominations for the purpose of strengthening the Park Hill community through holistic health, education, and economic empowerment; and
- Organized Denver Park Hill SDA Church to serve as a Safe Haven for the Denver Department of Public Safety GRID division. Activated two Safe Haven initiatives that provided spiritual and emotional support for Park Hill after two tragic gun violence episodes, and participated in multiple activations across the city.
Diane Dunn, BSW, MBA, PMP
Diane Dunn, a Health IT Consultant, started her career as a social worker in Boulder County. Her experience with the elderly, disabled, vulnerable adults, as well as abused and neglected children reinforced her desire to help those who are least able to help themselves. She served for 25 years with the State Department of Social Services, which later became the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), working on health care policy—particularly in the area of long term care—as well as in budget, data, and information systems. As a business analyst with an expertise in federal reporting, Dunn assured that the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) processed claims and reimbursements correctly. Her last years at HCPF saw her managing the technical side of the MMIS.
After leaving MMIS in 2010, she worked as a Health IT Consultant with projects in Arkansas, Illinois, and Missouri. Most recently, Dunn worked on the Health Insurance Marketplace design, development, and implementation for Connect for Health Colorado. She has an MBA and holds a professional certification in Project Management. Dunn is very excited to bring her experience to the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care board.
T. R. Reid, who recently completed a 3-year term as Chair of the CFUHC Board and remains a Board member, has become one of the nation’s best-known reporters through his coverage of global affairs for The Washington Post, his books and documentary films, and his lighthearted commentaries on National Public Radio. Reid majored in Classics at Princeton University, and served as a naval officer, a teacher, and in various other jobs. At the Washington Post, he covered Congress and four presidential campaigns. He served as the paper’s bureau chief in Tokyo and in London. Reid has written seven books in English and three in Japanese, including the bestselling The Healing of America: A Global Search for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.” He has written and hosted documentary films for National Geographic TV, for PBS, and for the A&E network.
Reid is also Board Chair of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and serves on the boards of the Japan-America Society of Colorado and the Health Research and Educational Trust. He has taught at Princeton University and the University of Michigan.
Reid was recently appointed by Gov. Jared Polis to the Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019 Task Force.
Jennifer Roberts earned her B.A. in Sociology from Regis University and has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has worked in a variety of positions, including transportation planning for seniors, working as a paraprofessional with preschoolers and special needs kids, nonprofit administration, and library outreach. In 2013 she was severely injured while riding her scooter to work. She was blessed with disability insurance and the equivalent of universal health care through the Affordable Care Act, and feels strongly that every American should share the same benefits when dealing with disability. She is currently a volunteer advocate at the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition where she focuses on legislative advocacy.
Jed S. Shapiro, MD (Vice Chair)
Jed Shapiro is a board certified psychiatrist who has worked at Boulder Mental Health Center for the past 36 years in many capacities. He also practiced at Boulder Developmental Disabilities, now known as Imagine!, for the past 6 years. In addition to maintaining a small private practice. Dr. Shapiro has been on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Family Resource Center (dba Access Counseling Center) from 1978 until 2009, serving as president twice. He recalls that he has been interested in public health since shadowing his father, a pediatrician, in the 1960’s as director of the Child Hygiene Division of the Newark, New Jersey, Public Health Department. A long-term proponent of improving access to health care, he spent 3 months in 1972 studying health care delivery issues at the National Institute of Public Health in Belgrade Yugoslavia on a PL480 grant. Health care activities include:
President and Board member, Family Resource Center
Board Treasurer, Balanced Choice Health Care, Inc.
William Semple, LCSW (Chair)
Bill Semple, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has treated clients for over 20 years in a nonprofit community mental health center, gaining a profound appreciation for the strengths of a systems approach to health care. Recently, he worked in private practice for 10 years and—because of his commitment to providing insurance-based health care—has experienced the fractured nature of the reimbursement systems with all their complexities, inadequacies, and gaps. As a provider, he is dedicated to creating an efficient, single, publicly accountable way to pay for health care, so that the focus can be providing quality care that is inclusive and affordable to all.
Semple’s experience as a social worker working in community health and private practice gave him a profound appreciation for the inherent gaps, inequities, and inefficiencies in how we pay for health care. He has seen first hand the many ways people can fall through the cracks. He believes people power can make it evident that we are all not only created equal, but can live together as equals.
“When my wife was living the last eight years of her life with breast cancer, by luck, my employer coverage had no deductibles,” Semple said. “We had a lot to deal with, but we were not bankrupted. I support universal health care and won’t fully rest till we have Improved Medicare for All.”
President, Cooperate Colorado
Board Member, Coalition for Colorado Universal Health Care
Former member, Citizens Review Board, Boulder Country Health and Human Services
Former Chair, Professional Advisory Board, Mental Health Center of Boulder County
Former Board Member, Community of Sudanese and American Women/Men
Steve Winters is a Denver native, a graduate of George Washington High School and the University of Colorado with a double major in International Relations and German. He has an MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is fluent in German with time spent in Europe working in part for the Johns Manville Corporation in global accounting. Prior to his manufacturing experience, he worked as a financial and budget analyst in the telecommunications industry.
He is a trained real estate professional and is currently involved in real estate investment. Until April 2016 he owned an Always Best Care Senior Services franchise that provided non-medical, in-home care to seniors. In this capacity and as an audit manager for CHAN Healthcare, a Crowe Horwath company where he delivered internal audit results to his client Catholic Health Initiatives, he gained insight into the issues of the health care industry and Medicaid.
Steve has been active in community and charitable endeavors, including working with Project Angel Heart, an organization delivering nutritious meals to those coping with life-threatening illnesses. Steve resides in Denver, travels extensively and is an active skier and enjoys tennis. He is the father of two adult children and is active in local politics with a special interest is in the political strategy of health care.
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