Meet the CRHC Staff and Board of Directors

Supporting Rural Health in Colorado

Leadership Team

CRHC Staff

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

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.