Meet the CRHC Staff and Board of Directors

Supporting Rural Health in Colorado

Leadership Team

CRHC Staff

CRHC Board of Directors

Tammy Dunker

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 Drake

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

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.