Our Team & Board 2017-11-07T18:19:17+00:00
Kathleen McInnis, RN, MS
Kathleen McInnis, RN, MSExecutive Director
Passionate about her community, she has used her skills in creative problem solving, strategic direction, program planning, and program implementation to make a difference. As executive director at Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center (SWCAHEC), McInnis initiated the convening, planning and implementation of 2 new programs: the new BSN program, a partnership between the local community college, UC College of Nursing, and SWCAHEC, which will allow local RN’s and nursing students to pursue baccalaureate education, and will impact care quality for years to come. Secondly, SWCAHEC is now the sponsoring organization for the first medical assistant apprenticeship program in SW Colorado. Clinical providers will now have the necessary support to provide on the job learning for medical assistants.
Mary Dengler-Frey, MLA
Mary Dengler-Frey, MLA Regional Health Connector
In the Regional Health Connector role, Mary focuses on building alliances between primary care, public health, and community organizations. She works with State Innovation Model-funded primary care practices, helping them reach their practice transformation goals around the social determinants of health. She also implements projects that have been developed to address three top health priorities in Region 9. Mary’s background in education and work with municipalities has translated to healthcare. Mary graduated from State University of New York with a BA, teaching certificate from Buffalo State College, and a Master of Landscape Architecture.
Karen Rider
Karen RiderEducation Liaison
Karen oversees the Rural Clinical Rotations, Housing, and Pipeline Programs for health professions and high school students. Karen coordinates and identifies service learning projects, for students from the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus, Regis University, Red Rocks Community College, Northern Arizona University and others. Additionally, she organizes the annual Health Careers Camp at Fort Lewis College for High School students and all related programs, such as the Health Career Exploration Program & AHEC Scholars Program. Karen is a 1985 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. She brings her knowledge, expertise, and years of experience in managing programs, coordinating events, and teaching community college students to her role. Karen is also a Certified Equine & Canine Massage Therapist as well as a professional singer.
Rusty Connor, DNP, RN, CNS
Rusty Connor, DNP, RN, CNSNursing Programs Manager
For 30 years, Rusty has been a psych nurse working in Community Mental Health as a psychotherapist and in policy development. She is also a Medical/Legal Paralegal, specializing in behavioral health legal issues and has a nursing doctorate from Regis University.
Rusty and her husband live on a small organic farm at 8,000’ and enjoy backpacking, skiing, and spending time with their kids and grandkids. russelyn.connor@swcahec.org
Kerri Cardin
Kerri CardinCommunications & Outreach
Kerri owns Cardin Communications, a marketing company where she works with client’s across the nation from San Francisco and Colorado to New York and Hawaii. In her role with SWCAHEC, Kerri writes articles and press releases; designs newsletters and ads; works as the special event photographer; and updates the website and social media. Contact pathways@swcahec.org
Nora Flucke, RN, MSN
Nora Flucke, RN, MSNProject Director, Care Coordination Central
Nora is a healthcare systems management consultant with Global Care Professionals LLC. Her professional experience spans clinical care as an ICU nurse, association management and policy advocacy, as well as curriculum development/evaluation of undergraduate and graduate level academic programs. Nora’s research focuses on care coordination metrics and performance outcomes of rural delivery systems. At SWCAHEC, Nora directs the Care Coordination Central (CCC) program, a resource network for care coordination professionals serving community members across the continuum of care. Learn more about CCC at carecoordination.swcahec.org

Lynn Borup 
Executive Director
Tri-County Health Network
San Miguel County, Telluride, CO 81435

Bruce Hankins
Dolores County Schools
Dolores County, CO

Kay Tarasewicz
Hinsdale County, Lake City, CO 81235

Kevin Griffith
Asst. Professor, Public Health
Fort Lewis College
Durango Co 81301

Lois MacKenzie, RN
San Juan County Public Health, retired
San Juan County, Silverton, CO

Flannery O’Neil, MPH, Treasurer
Deputy Director
San Juan Basin Health Department
La Plata County, Durango, CO 81301

Amanda Preston Araujo, CNP, MS, Board Chair
Southwest Women’s Health Assoc.
La Plata County, Durango, CO 81301

Ouray County– position open
Ouray, CO. 81427

Liz Sellers, MSN, MHA, Vice Chair
Montezuma County, Cortez, Co.

William Plauth, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Mercy Regional Medical Center
Durango, CO 81301

Beverly Sondag, LCSW
Mercy Regional Medical Center, retired
Archuleta County, Pagosa Springs, Co.

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