Kate Hartzell MA, MAT, MPH
Kate Hartzell MA, MAT, MPHExecutive Director
As Executive Director of SWCAHEC, Kate is committed to the development and support of health professionals who meet the unique health needs of Southwestern Colorado. Kate has an extensive wealth of knowledge in anthropology, education, and public health. Her career has focused across the public health spectrum including women’s reproductive health, maternal & child mortality, the creation of public health education programs, the creation & dissemination of public health information, and instructional strategies for diverse student populations. Kate, most recently taught courses in Public Health at Diné College, the tribal college of the Navajo Nation, and created the new Bachelor’s in Science degree program in Public Health.
Imo Succo, MSW
Imo Succo, MSWRegional Health Connector
Imo is a member of the Navajo Nation tribe, born and raised in New Mexico on the Navajo reservation. She relocated to Durango in 2015, after nine years working for the Navajo Nation Department of Law Enforcement.
Imo earned a degree in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College in 2017 and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Denver GSSW.
During her social work education, she interned with SEPT 4 the Children, Regional Crisis Response Team with Axis Health and mental health outpatient facility where she gained experience and insight into court ordered parent supervision, the regional crisis response team operations, case management, individual therapy and group therapy for a co-occurring disorder treatment program as well as administrative processes that contribute to all aspects of healthcare. imo.succo@swcahec.org.
Heather Sorensen, RN, MSN
Heather Sorensen, RN, MSNEducation Liaison
Heather has a background in community health, social service and public health nursing in both rural and urban settings. She completed her BSN from Metropolitan State University of Denver and her MSN from University of Colorado Denver. Heather is a Colorado native and you can find her hiking, skiing and generally loving the Colorado sunshine. In the Education Liaison role, she will coordinate the AHEC Scholars Program, housing for student clinical rotations, and pipeline programs for health professionals and high school students including the summer Health Careers Camp. heather.sorensen@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

Jennifer Lowell, PhD
Assoc. Professor of Public Health
Fort Lewis College
La Plata County, Durango, CO

Becky Joyce, RN
San Juan County Public Health
San Juan County, Silverton, CO

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

Meghan Higman RN, BSN
Education Director
Southwest Health System
Montezuma County, Cortez, CO

Susie Tipton, RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Education Officer
Mercy Regional Medical Center
La Plata County, Durango, CO

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