Our Team & Board 2018-09-21T09:49:01+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. kathleen.mcinnis@swcahec.org
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. mary.frey@swcahec.org
Ke Zhang
Ke ZhangEducation Liaison
Ke oversees the Rural Clinical Rotations, Medical Student Housing, and Pipeline Programs for health professions and high school students. Ke 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, UC Denver, and others. Additionally, he 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. ke.zhang@swcahec.org
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

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

Kristen Hartje
Health Educator
Hinsdale County Public Health
Hinsdale County, Lake City, CO

Kevin Griffith, MD, MPH
Assoc. Professor of Public Health
Fort Lewis College
Durango, CO

Lois MacKenzie, RN
San Juan County Public Health (ret)
San Juan County, Silverton, CO

Flannery O’Neil, MPH, Board Chair
Deputy Director
San Juan Basin Public Health
La Plata County, Durango, CO

Tanner Kingery, MPH, Treasurer
Health Educator
Ouray County Public Health
Ouray County, Ouray, CO

Liz Sellers, MSN, MHA, Vice Chair
Montezuma County, Cortez, CO

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

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