Meet the CRHC Staff and Board of Directors
Supporting Rural Health in Colorado
Michelle Mills, Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO, Michelle brings substantial experience and working knowledge of rural health issues and has worked closely with rural communities and providers to make a positive impact on...View profile
Lori Arbuckle, Finance Manager
As the Director of Finance, Lori is responsible for all general accounting functions, ensuring the CRHC’s financial statements are timely and correctly stated, managing the external audit and the...View profile
Sara Leahy, Director of Business Development
Sara Leahy is the Director of Business Development at the Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC), Colorado’s State Office of Rural Health. She manages the Colorado Provider Recruitment program, Outreach...View profile
Amy Hardin, Outreach Coordinator
Amy works as the Outreach Coordinator, serving the needs of CRHC’s members and playing a vital role on the Outreach Team. She also supports the Executive Director and Office...View profile
Danette Swanson, Hospital & HIT Program Manager
As Hospital and Health Information Technology Program Manager, Danette is responsible for helping meet the HIT needs of hospitals in rural and underserved areas of Colorado. Danette has past...View profile
James Stephenson, HIT Data Analyst
James works as a Health Information Technology (HIT) Data Analyst implementing Business Intelligence solutions and providing IT support for rural hospitals and clinics. He helps them maintain regulatory compliance...View profile
Jenny Royce, HIT Data Analyst - Business Intelligence
Jenny serves as a Data Analyst in Health Information Technology (HIT) implementing Business Intelligence solutions and providing IT support for rural hospitals and clinics. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree...View profile
Katie Schweber, Quality Improvement Specialist
As a Quality Improvement Specialist, Katie works with Rural Health Clinics to help identify areas for improvement and provides support for team-based quality improvement practices to enhance clinic performance....View profile
Kelly Erb, Policy Analyst
Kelly serves as the Policy Analyst for CRHC. She is responsible for tracking and analyzing legislative policy, and engaging policymakers as an advocate for rural Coloradans. Kelly grew up in...View profile
Kinsey Sarian, Events and Fundraising Coordinator
As the Events and Fundraising Coordinator, Kinsey works with the Outreach Team to strategize marketing materials, plan, and execute all events put on by CRHC. Kinsey has a Bachelor...View profile
Marcy Cameron, Associate Director of Programs
As Associate Director of Programs, Marcy is responsible for helping meet the needs of hospitals in rural and underserved areas of Colorado. Marcy is a healthcare management professional who...View profile
Matt Enquist, Outreach Manager
Matt works with the Outreach Department assembling grant proposals and writing, editing, designing and otherwise assisting with many of the organization’s publications and videos. A native of Illinois, he...View profile
Natalie Vogan, Associate Director of Programs
As Associate Director of Programs, Natalie develops programs to support rural health clinics with quality improvement, compliance, strategic planning and growth. She is passionate about improving quality of care...View profile
Neeraja Sane, Accountant
Neeraja “Neha” Sane serves as an Accountant for CRHC. Her job responsibilities focus on record keeping of regular financial activities by processing vendor invoices, check & invoice requests, and...View profile
Rachel Williams, Program Coordinator
Rachel serves as the Programs Coordinator at CRHC and supports the Programs Department. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in...View profile
CRHC Board of Directors
Tammy, the Director of Rangely Family Medicine, has over 23 years of medical field experience. She started the quality improvement team and has implemented care coordination and behavioral health programs in the clinic. She moved to Colorado in 1996 with her husband and two children and owns/operates a steakhouse and campground. She is dedicated to the rural lifestyle and hopes to help ensure that it is preserved and sustainable.
Julie grew up on a ranch near Yampa, Colorado, except for 4 years of college, she has lived her entire life in rural and frontier counties. Her undergraduate degree was in Occupational Therapy from CSU with a masters degree in Health Services Administration from Regis University. She has worked in nearly all healthcare settings as an OT including long term care, hospitals, home health, hospice, schools, free standing clinics and most recently in public health. She currently is the director of Public Health for Rio Blanco County. Her passion has always been to advocate for rural communities with specific interest in clarifying the uniqueness of rural culture and helping policy decision makers to understand rural needs in the context of this culture. Her husband is a Physical Therapist Assistant and she has two boys who keep the winter months lively with their basketball schedules.
Peter Edis, MS, FACHE
Peter attended the State University of New York, New Paltz where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree; he received a Master’s of Science Degree from Dominican College, Blauvelt, New York. Peter has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) since 2010. In his current role as Vice President of Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, Salida, Colorado, Peter is a member of the hospital’s executive leadership team and is responsible for developing new business lines including recruiting medical providers, developing their employment contracts, and monitoring their ongoing performance. He has been married to wife Dona for 17 years and between them they have three adult children. Peter and Dona enjoy fly fishing, hunting, motorcycling, traveling, and spending time with their yellow lab, Harley.
Nancy King, MS, MNM, LPC grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska and has spent the past 20 years in Colorado, currently residing in rural Pueblo County. She is an Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, serving as Development Director for Southeast Health Group in La Junta. Nancy is a champion for people experiencing mental health and substance use disorders, and has raised millions of dollars to invest in the health and well-being of rural Colorado communities.
Doug Miller, Board Secretary and Treasurer
Mr. Douglas D Miller, MSN,FNP, is a Nurse Practitioner specialist in Rocky Ford, Colorado. He graduated in 1997, having over 22 years of diverse experience as a Nurse Practitioner.
Jason McCormick, Board Chair
Jason McCormick is past Vice President of Finance, CFO for Family Health West. Jason has over 19 years of experience working in rural and small hospitals under 50 beds across the country, including as a consultant to over 26 hospitals and healthcare organizations in 10 states. His extensive experience includes the areas of finance, management, policy development, program evaluation, public relations, strategic planning, and business development. Jason has an MBA with emphasis in Healthcare Management and a Bachelors Degree in Finance. He is a Certified Healthcare Executive of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Jason has an interest in working as a CEO of a rural hospital.
Alan-Michael Vargas, M.D.
Dr. Vargas is a Family Physician originally from New York, graduated from Mount Sinai Satellite Program at St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in NJ, and started practicing medicine in rural Rifle Colorado following residency at Grand River Health. He serves as a board member for CAFP and hopes to make changes in medicine throughout time that have positive effects on our State. He enjoys the Colorado lifestyle, scenery, skiing, and the fact that he can practice rural medicine.