Kate Hartzell MA, MAT, MPH, Executive 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. Kate.hartzell@swcahec.org

Imo Succo, MSW, Programs Manager / RHC

Imo is a member of the Navajo Nation tribe, born and raised on the Navajo reservation. She currently resides in southwest Colorado. She is the Programs Manager for the Indigenous Peer Recovery Program. The program is based on the Wellbriety model and implemented by the Indigenous Peer Recovery Program.

Her role as an RHC is to assist healthcare agencies in accessing training programs, educational materials, and sharing grant information that fills the needs in gaps of services in southwestern Colorado. She actively networks within the community while creating linkages for healthcare and community resource programs to support capacity building and agency relationships.

With Imo’s Navajo cultural upbringing, and her experience as a former public safety dispatcher, she educates the community on the topic of Native American Cultural Awareness, Substance Use and healthcare access through her lens. Imo finds this important throughout her journey in life and career. For more information about Imo’s work, please contact: Imo.succo@swcahec.org

Chelsie Begoody, Community Programs Associate

Chelsie Begoody, Community Programs Associate, has recently joined the SWCAHEC team. Chelsie is from Burnside, AZ, a small community on the Navajo Nation and her clans are Sleepy Rock, Honeycomb Rock, Salt, and Edge Water. She is currently majoring in Public Health at Fort Lewis College with minors in Nutrition and Environmental Policy and plans on graduating in the fall. With her passion for nutrition, and her experience in metropolitan healthcare settings and rural communities, she is a great asset to our team. Chelsie.begoody@swcahec.org

Tilton Dennison, Healthcare Pipeline Associate

Tilton Dennison is a member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation. He hails from Chíí Deezáhí, located just 5 and 1/2 miles northeast of Aneth, Utah.

He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Diné College. Tilton works with TRIO Talent Search as an Academic Advisor and works with SWCAHEC as a Healthcare Pipeline Associate.

When Tilton is not working, he enjoys doing artwork (feather work/bead work), hiking, and traveling with his wife Caitlyn and his two beautiful girls. Tilton.dennison@swcahec.org

Cleary Wunder, DNP, FNP-BC

Healthcare Projects Specialist

Cleary Wunder, DNP, FNP-BC started her nursing career in the emergency department where she was a nurse for seven years. During that time, her passion for primary care began as she saw first-hand the social determinants of health and barriers with accessing quality healthcare. She obtained her Doctor of Nursing practice in family practice from the University of Utah. During her doctoral studies, she gained an interest in opioid use disorder and medication assisted treatment.
She was an integral part of the team at the University of Utah that started the state’s first emergency department suboxone treatment model, a program that has provided suboxone and addiction treatment to thousands of patients to date.

In her free time, she loves exercising outdoors with her husband and two young girls. Contact cleary.wunder@swcahec.org

Kerri Cardin, Communications and 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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

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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