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The 2017 Aspen Institute Colorado Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellows

The Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellowship at the Aspen Institute invests in visionary Colorado leaders committed to making Colorado the best place to have a child and sustain a healthy, thriving family.

Collectively, they will advance solutions to transform the cultureand systems that serve childrenand families in Colorado. They will accelerate innovation and collaboration across communities and sectors. The Fellowship lifts up leaders that reflect the diversity and talent of Colorado.

These are the 20 Fellows of the 2017-18 cohort: 

Phyllis Albritton, Director, Office of Economic Security, Colorado Department of Human Services

Erin Brown, Executive Director, Office of Children’s Affairs, City and County of Denver

Matthew Dodson, Director, Archuleta County Department of Human Services

Verónica Figoli, President and CEO, Denver Public Schools Foundation

Tony Gherardini, Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Colorado Department of Human Services

Tista Ghosh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director, Public Health Programs, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Gretchen Hammer, Medicaid Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Nikki Hatch, Regional Administrator, Region 8, Administration of Children and Families

Bill Jaeger, Vice President, Early Childhood Initiatives, Colorado Children’s Campaign

Deidre Johnson, CEO and Executive Director, The Center for African-American Health

Liane Jollon, Executive Director, San Juan Basin Public Health

Mark Kling, Executive Director, Family Resource Center Association

Jeff Kuhr, Executive Director, Mesa County Health Department

Don Mares, Executive Director, Denver Department of Human Services

Michael Niyompong, Chief Operating Officer, Clayton Early Learning

Stephanie Seng, Director, Center for Marriage and Family Therapy and Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center, Colorado State University

Mary Anne Snyder, Director, Office of Early Childhood, Colorado Department of Human Services

Cheryl Ternes, Director, Arapahoe County Department of Human Services

Stephanie Villafuerte, Child Protection Ombudsman of Colorado

Scott Wasserman, President, The Bell Policy Center