Our Team & Board 2020-03-09T08:39:46-06:00
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.
Mary Dengler-Frey, MLA
Mary Dengler-Frey, MLA Behavioral Health Programs/Regional Health Connector
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
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

Stephanie Clements RN, MBA
Chief Nursing Officer
Vice President of Patient Care Services
Mercy Regional Medical Center
La Plata County, Durango, CO

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