Improving student health together
Board of Directors

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Current Board Members

 

Claire Williamson, Board President

Attorney

"Student Health is essential to student learning."

After receiving her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law, Ms. Williamson practiced law at The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People (now Disability Law Colorado) for many years.  She also worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. and served as the first Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau.

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Williamson represented individuals in the areas of long term care (Medicaid), assistive technology, special education, civil rights, and vocational rehabilitation.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Reading, book collecting and book art, yoga, hiking, travel, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Tom O'Keefe, Board Treasurer

Director of Operations Student Services, Denver Public Schools

"Student Health is critical to the academic welfare of all students."

Mr. O'Keefe analyzes and identifies operational needs for the Division of Student Services, including preparing and managing one of the largest budgets within Denver Public School. With over 25 years of experience in business and accounting in corporate, public and education sectors, Mr. O'Keefe has the financial background to serve as the Board's treasurer.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Skiing, tennis, travel, reading...anything outdoors.

 

Theresa M Anderson, Board Secretary

Principal/Owner, TM Anderson Consulting, LLC

"Student health is relevant to their learning. We must be healthy in our mind, body and spirit as that is a prerequisite to enjoy the day."

Ms. Anderson brings insight, strategy and measurable results to her consulting practice. Her focus is on helping school districts and education partners maximize efficiencies, leverage resources and manage expenses for the betterment of the education experience which gives a strong foundation, insures safe and efficient transportation services.

With over 20 years of experience in serving the education community, through Cherry Creek and Jefferson County Schools, Ms. Anderson understands the challenges school districts face every day.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Family (5 children + 2 daughter in-laws and a new granddaughter), attending concerts and rodeos.

 

 

Bob Barrows

Executive Director for Special Education, Academy School District 20

“Student Health is vital in so many aspects that are both easy to see and hard to see, which is why health screening in our schools should be on the cutting edge.”

Mr. Barrows oversees, supports and provides guidance for all aspects of Special Education and Nursing Services in the Academy School District 20.  Bob is also responsible for budget and professional learning to ensure that all students reach their potential in the areas of health, academics and behavior. 

Mr. Barrows has served students and families in Colorado for the past 29 years.  He began his career as an Adaptive Physical Education/Health Teacher, served as an administrator in both Littleton and Englewood school districts and as a Special Education Director for 7 years in Jefferson County before serving 2 years as the Principal of the Fletcher Miller School for students with profound disabilities and health needs.

Bob brings a unique combination of relevant experiences having overseen Medicaid departments in two different large school districts; and his long-standing passion for serving students with disabilities has given him a keen perspective of how Medicaid funded supports can greatly benefit students and families.   

Activities, hobbies and interests: Cooking, golfing, fitness, walking and Oklahoma college football.

 

Michelle Kohler

Director of Dental Hygiene, Community College of Denver

"Student Health is essential to the success of the student in their education."

Dr. Kohler is responsible for the overall Dental Hygiene program at the Community College of Denver, including staffing, teaching, clinical practice management and community service.  Her goal is to promote oral health and serve those who need help the most.

Dr. Kohler's unique experience as an educator and her background in oral health provides valuable insight to increasing dental health services in the school setting.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Enjoy reading and spending time with my little girl by going to the park and doing crafts.

 

Natalie Portman-Marsh

Owner, NPM Consulting, LLC

"My goal is to demystify school Medicaid and increase the utilization by Colorado school districts to help meet the behavioral and physical health care needs of our students.

Ms. Portman-Marsh provides strategic planning, systems change, emergent learning, operational assessment and consulting to organizations, governmental systems and foundations to improve efficiencies and services. She is also an adjunct professor at University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

Ms. Portman-Marsh’s background includes certification in Emergent Learning, an MSW from Columbia University, former President of the Board for National Association of Social Workers, former board member of Colorado Association of School Based Health Centers, and a Graduate of Denver Community Leadership Forum and Georgetown Leadership Academy: Disparities in Mental Health Care.

Much of Natalie’s work and volunteer experience has focused on implementation of best practices, engaging non-traditional voices in policy and practice change, sustainability planning and coaching leaders. She is interested in working with the Medicaid School Health Service Program to provide comprehensive school based services and leverage resources and opportunities to improve health services to all Colorado students.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Regular tennis player, always want to be on or near the water and love the woods.

 

Norma Portnoy

Executive Director, Kids First Health Care

"My goal is to carry out responsibilities that can help advance the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement and health of students."

Ms. Portnoy sets the overall direction and priorities for Kids First Health Care, which is committed to improving the health and well-being of infants, children, and youth through providing primary and preventative health services in partnership with schools and other community organizations.

Ms. Portnoy has 21 years of experience working on behalf of children with special needs and disabilities.  Through her work, she has knowledge of the Medicaid School Health Services Program from a practitioner point of view as leader of an organization that receives school Medicaid funding

Activities, hobbies and interests: Nature, dogs, crafts, gardening, movies, volunteering through Rotary.

 

Jeff Thormodsgaard

Principal, Precision Policy Group

"School Medicaid is an essential way to ensure access to health care to the children of this great state, which should be a top priority to state law makers."

Mr. Thormodsgaard currently works as a Contract Lobbyist, Campaign Consultant and Political Consultant.  He has an extensive background in Medicaid policy and Education Policy.  Other areas Mr. Thormodsgaard specializes in are Health Care Policy representing Physicians, Dentists, Mental Health Professional's, Child Welfare, School Based Health Centers, and Consumer Health Advocates.

Mr. Thormodsgaard has worked in politics for 12 years.  He finds he is most passionate about things that help disadvantaged and underserved populations in Colorado.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Yoga, running, hiking and spending as much time outside as one can with my Dog Ajax.  When I am not at a charity event I am probably at a political function ergo the necessity of outdoor activities that provide balance to life.

 

Stacey Moody

Director of Engagement, Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care

"I am passionate about working with communities and organizations that share a vision of all children and youth having access to comprehensive health care."

Ms. Moody provides fund development, advocacy, event management, technical assistance, training supports and member communications to strengthen existing school-based health centers and support emerging ones.

Stacey has over 16 years of experience in health care policy and public health. She has her Masters in Social from the University of Denver with a focus on non-profit, organizational and community development. Her career has focused on increasing access to care through school-based and federally qualified health centers. Over a decade of this time was spent leading statewide efforts to increase enrollment of children and youth in public health coverage. Stacey also spent four years as a senior consultant at John Snow, Inc. Research and Training supporting operations and sustainability of safety-net services through training and technical assistance and community needs assessments.

Activities, hobbies and interests: Unwinding in the fresh air of the Rocky Mountains; spending time with my family; playing tennis and reading.

 

 

Board Information

The Board is comprised of representatives of school districts/BOCES that are participating in the Consortium, parents and community members. The Consortium is looking for community leaders with specific expertise in finance, marketing, and legal. Board members are expected to regularly attend the four quarterly board meetings and to serve on at least one committee. The Consortium's board members each serve a three-year term and are eligible for reappointment for one additional term.

Consortium Board Responsibilities

  1. Determine the Consortium's mission and purpose
  2. Provide proper financial oversight
  3. Ensure the Consortium has adequate resources
  4. Ensure legal and ethical integrity of the Consortium
  5. Ensure effective organization planning
  6. Recruit and orient new Consortium Board Members and assess board performance
  7. Enhance the Consortium's public standing
  8. Determine, monitor and strengthen the Consortium's programs
  9. Support the Executive Director and assess her performance

The Consortium is actively seeking new board members. For further information and inquiries regarding serving on the Consortium Board, please contact Kimberley Erickson, Executive Director. 

For candidates interested in serving on our board, please complete the Board Member Application.

 

Board Meeting Information

    Date     Time     Location
   August 25, 2017     12:30 -3:30 pm  

    789 Sherman St., 1st Floor Conference Room

    Denver, CO 80203

    November 10., 2017     12:30 -3:30 pm  

   789 Sherman St, 1st Floor Conference Room

    Denver, CO 80203

   January 5, 2018     11:00 am- 4:00 pm  

   Board & Staff Retreat (TBD)

  

    February 23, 2018     12:30 -3:30 pm  

   789 Sherman St, 1st Floor Conference Room

   Denver, CO 80203

    May 18, 2017      12:30 -3:30 pm

   

   789 Sherman St, 1st Floor Conference Room

   Denver, CO 80203

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Portal

Board member portal: https://www.gotomyboards.com