Sara E. Miller, MPA
As the Executive Director of the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment, Sara has led efforts to enhance, plan, and implement public health and environmental health related programmatic and surveillance activities and strategies. Particular expertise is focused on identification of fiscal and administrative challenges and generating solutions for both community based organizations and large governmental organizations.
Sara has led the development of state chronic disease plans, working with multiple partner organizations, outlining goals, strategies, and activities increase and maintain momentum in activities and programs in the state. Ms. Miller spearheads training and capacity building, public and professional education, and development of community based prevention and control projects throughout Colorado.
Sara has over 20 years of experience in program development, implementation and grant writing in the public and non-profit sectors. She also owns a private consulting firm, the Otowi Group, to help private and non-profit organizations in the areas of program development, program evaluation, and grant writing. She is also faculty at the Colorado School of Public Health where she teaches Public Health Administration.
Ilima Kane, MA
Community Engagement Directorikane@cfphe.org
Ilima’s primary focus will be working with our community engagement pilot grants program with the University of Colorado’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and our new partnership with PCORI’s (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) Pipeline to Proposal Awards effort. Ilima is joining the CFPHE Community Engagement Program as the Director of Grants. She brings over 15 years of experience in public health and research coupled with an amazing enthusiasm for growing public health research practices.
A cornerstone of her work focuses on empowering community members, researchers and other stake holders to work together towards improving individual and community health outcomes. Ilima has a B.S. in Environmental Health from Colorado State University, and a M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies from the University of Colorado, Denver. She has been the Project Coordinator or Manager on numerous NIH and CDC-funded projects and has worked for two county health departments conducting public health education programs. In addition, Ilima has served as Instructional Design Consultant to the Colorado School of Public Health.
Sarah Lampe, MPH
Sarah Lampe has her Master’s in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health with an emphasis in Community and Behavioral Health and her undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology from Saint Louis University. Sarah’s professional career has been extended throughout several areas of public health from community development to infectious disease and global health. Prior to joining CFPHE, Sarah served as the Project Manager with the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO). In Sarah’s position at CALPHO she managed research projects related to Public Health Services and Systems Research. Additionally, she also did evaluation and other project management for the Public Health Alliance of Colorado.
Prior to work with CFPHE, Sarah worked with RIHEL as the Program Manager for the Advanced Leadership Training Program for the 2013-2014 class. Research and evaluation has always been at the core of what Sarah has done which includes research in community development, coalition development, medical education assessment and evaluation, school-based research, built environment, clinical trials, and laboratory science. Sarah has also spent several years living abroad, doing community-based work in developing countries through this she has become fluent in Spanish.
David Hughes, MBA
David’s primary focus is to lead all daily finance operations for CFPHE including accounts payable, auditing, accounts receivable, all financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting, Federal, State, and Foundation grant compliance oversite, including adherence to OMB Circular A-122 Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations and OMB Uniform Guidance Auditing Standards.
David holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Science degree in Financial Accounting. He has over 18 years of experience in the finance and accounting industry. He has worked as a Chief Financial Officer for an international nonprofit agency and, prior to that, worked in various accounting positions in the private sector.
Teri’s work centers on supporting our community partners working on EvidenceNow Southwest project. She brings more than 20 years of experience in public health and nonprofit health organizations in cancer prevention and early detection programs, specifically working with the medically underserved at both the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and University of Colorado Cancer Center. Her expertise includes program development, public awareness and community outreach, case management, training and education and development of health education and promotion materials.
Teri was publisher and co-editor of the Colorado Breast Cancer Resources Directory and Colorado Cancer Resources Directory for seven years. A publication of the Colorado Cancer Coalition, this statewide guide of support services for the newly diagnosed, was a valued resource both cancer survivors, health professionals and caregivers.
She most recently served as director of a patient safety awareness program where she was responsible for program and grant development, community engagement, media and communications.
Nancy Jennings, MPH
Nancy Jennings obtained her Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University School of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Education, and her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Sociology from The Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Nancy began her professional career as a Certified Nurse Assistant working with Geriatric, Telemetry and Trauma populations. During her tenure at Denver Health’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit, she gained a passion for the Public Health arena as she gained the knowledge that outcomes for many chronic and acute illnesses can be traced to lifestyle and behaviors that are preventable through Public Health practices and policies.
Prior to joining CFPHE, Nancy worked as an Intake Coordinator for the Child and Family Programs with Rocky Mountain Human Services coordinating referral and intake activities related to their Early Intervention and Family Support Services Programs. Other pertinent employment includes WIC Educator- Denver Health, Patient Navigator for the Colorado Healthy Heart Solutions Program with Denver Public Health, and Operations Coordinator for Home Visiting Programs with the Colorado Department of Human Services.Nancy enjoys learning about people, their diversity, and the impact they have on their communities. She joins CFPHE as Program Manager of Community Engagement Programs.
Courtney Fultineer, MPH
Courtney joins CFPHE as a Program Manager. She will be managing and providing technical assistance to awardees from PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal program. She will also be managing awardees from the University of Colorado’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s community engagement pilot grants program. Courtney obtained her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Community & Behavioral Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. Her undergraduate degree is in Environment Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Prior to joining CFPHE, Courtney worked as a Project Coordinator for a health communication and research company. She managed federally funded research projects examining various health behaviors, including diet, physical activity, tobacco use, and sun safety. Courtney brings experience in research, facilitation, and project management to her role at CFPHE.
Justine Sunshine, PhD
Justine joins CFPHE as a Program Manager with her main focus on the PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Program. Justine has her PhD in Global Health from the University of Washington and her BS in Biology and Anthropology from the University of Oregon. Justine’s doctoral and postdoctoral work focused on HIV immunology, with projects ranging from identifying immune correlates of control to vaccine development. She brings extensive experience in conducting clinical research, managing interdisciplinary academic research programs, and increasing research capacity at resource-limited institutions. As part of the CFPHE team, Justine will manage and provide technical assistance to PCORI awardees as well as help build programs geared to advance proposal development, grant writing, and scientific communication.
Kevin Werner assists awardees with the Pipeline to Proposal Awards partnership with PCORI. Kevin is a native of South Dakota and earned his B.A. degrees in Economics and Spanish Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. After college, he spent two rewarding years as an Economic Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica where his primary projects included developing water systems for villages and recreational equipment for youth on an underserved indigenous reservation. He joins CFPHE after working 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.
Benjamin Robb joins the CFPHE team to provide support and technical assistance in PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposals Awards program and EvidenceNOW Southwest’s Regional Health Connector program. Prior to joining CFPHE, Benjamin worked at Mile High United Way as a Grants Manager. Prior to MHUW, Benjamin worked with various nonprofits in Denver as a grant writer and development associate. With a passion for systems level change and commitment to the community and their health, Benjamin is excited about providing quality support to CFPHE’s programs. Benjamin obtained his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Community Organization and Planning Administration (COPA), and an undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Missouri.
While not working, Benjamin enjoys bouldering, biking, and hiking throughout Colorado.
Melanie Smith, MA
Melanie joins the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment as the Project Coordinator for the PCORI Pipeline to Proposal and EvidenceNOW Southwest. Melanie previously worked for CFPHE as a contractor, assisting with financial and programmatic tasks for the foundation, and is now back as an employee. Melanie has earned a Master’s degree in Digital Media from the University of Denver. Melanie brings a diverse skill set of problem solving and communication across various mediums.
William Ryszkowski joins the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment as a Staff Accountant. His role is to process financials across all of the programs and projects with which CFPHE is partnered. Along with his financial duties, William is a part of the Administrative team at CFPHE which is responsible for creating and maintaining procedures between the financial and programmatic staff within the foundation.
William holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University of Denver and anticipates the completion of his Master of Professional Accountancy from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is a native of Denver and enjoys giving back to a game he loves by coaching youth soccer.
Regional Health Connector for EvidenceNOW Southwestldon@cfphe.org
Laura Don joins the CFPHE team from the nonprofit and healthcare worlds. Before becoming a Denver transplant two years ago, she lived in Boston where she worked for eight years as a clinical social worker at various organizations including Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and Harvard University. She has an educational background in public health and social work with master’s degrees from Boston University in both disciplines. During her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her 17 month old son and her husband, yoga, hiking, biking, cooking and exploring Colorado.
Regional Institute For Health and Environmental Leadership
RIHEL staff are housed inkind and the University of Denver campus. More information on who they are and how to contact them can be found at www.rihel.org
Contractors and Vendors
CFPHE has over 30 contractors and vendors that implement much of the work of our foundation.