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
Marcy Cameron, Associate Director of Programs
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 has over...View profile
Sara Leahy, Director of Member Services
Sara Leahy is the Director of Member Services at the Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC), Colorado’s State Office of Rural Health. She manages the Colorado Provider Recruitment program, Outreach...View profile
Suzie Rick, Director of HR
Suzie comes to CRHC with an architectural background focused on rural healthcare settings. She provided project design, technical production, and construction administration on numerous skilled care and assisted living...View profile
Emery Shekiro, Population Health Epidemiologist
As a CRHC Data Analyst, Emery Shekiro’s work includes quantitative and qualitative analysis to track trends and identify burden across Colorado’s rural counties. Prior to joining CRHC, Emery developed...View profile
Emilee Vuksta, MHA
Emilee Vuksta, MHA Workforce Projects Manager
Emilee serves as the Workforce Projects Manager for CRHC. Prior to joining CRHC, Emilee spent several years working in skilled nursing and long-term care communities as a social worker....View profile
James Stephenson, Associate Director of Health Information
James works as the Associate Director of Health Information implementing Business Intelligence solutions and providing IT support for rural hospitals and clinics. He helps them maintain regulatory compliance and...View profile
Kelly Erb, Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy
Kelly serves as the Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy for CRHC. She is responsible for tracking and analyzing legislative policy, and engaging policymakers as an advocate for rural...View profile
Kourtney Richards, RN, BSN – Quality Operations Specialist As Quality Operation Specialist, Kourtney supports RHC clinics and hospitals by providing direct assistance to program, clinic, and hospital staff. She...View profile
Matt Enquist, Associate Director for Outreach
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
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, Rural Health Clinic Specialist
Rachel serves as the Hospital Programs Specialist at CRHC and supports RHCs across the state. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Exercise Science with a...View profile
Emergency Services and Workforce Programs Specialist
Stephanie serves as the Emergency Services and Workforce Programs Specialist and is responsible for administering CRHC’s services and programs related to emergency medicine and preparedness – including the Colorado...View profile
CRHC Board of Directors
Doug Miller, CRHC Board Chair
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.
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.
Tammy Dunker – CRHC PLC Chair
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.
Kay L. Whitley
Kay Whitley is currently employed as the Chief Executive Officer at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and Veterans Community Living Center in Walsenburg. Prior to joining Spanish Peaks, Kay spent 16 years at Parkview Medical Center, with her last 6 years as the VP of Clinical Operations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a master’s degree in Business and her Nursing Home administrator’s license.
Jennifer Riley, MHA
Jennifer Riley, MHA, is the Interim CEO at Memorial Regional Health in Craig, Colorado. For the past decade she has worked in the organization guiding marketing and communications, new service line development, physician recruiting and most recently helping transition the organization’s medical practices into a new medical office building. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Health Administration degree from Ohio University. She is married and has one daughter.
John Leavitt is the CEO at The Colorado Network. The Colorado Network (TCN) is a collaborative effort between close to half of Colorado’s rural hospitals and their associated physicians to address challenges with payer contracting, payer relations and provider relations. The Colorado Network exists to assist hospitals, physicians and patients in rural Colorado meet challenges in order to maintain a healthcare system in small towns that meets the needs of all concerned.