Latest Colorado Boards and Commissions appointments announced

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Published Saturday, November 19, 2022

Air Quality Control Commission

The Commission develops and maintains a comprehensive program for the prevention and control of air pollution in Colorado. The major goal of this program is to meet national ambient air quality standards.

for a term expiring January 31, 2023:

  • Bill Gonzalez of Denver, Colorado, to serve as a representative of technical and scientific experience, occasioned by the resignation of Sergio Guerra of Lakewood, Colorado, appointed.

Board of Mortgage Loan Originators

The Board of Mortgage Loan Originators will be responsible for licensing mortgage loan originators and registering mortgage companies.  The Board also has the authority to promulgate rules, enforce the license law, investigate complaints and impose discipline against its licensees.

for a term expiring August 10, 2026:

  • Shirley Thielen of Louisville, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the public at large, appointed.

Cold Case Oversight Task Force

The purpose of the Task Force is to create a database that will house information related to each homicide investigation that is open in a Colorado jurisdiction dating back to 1970 and that are at least three years old.

for terms expiring October 1, 2025:

  • Sarah Chaikin of Edgewater, Colorado, to serve as a representative of a statewide victim's advocacy organization, reappointed;
  • Maricela Dennis of Monument, Colorado, to serve as a representative of a statewide victim's advocacy organization, appointed.

Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council

The Council advances recommendations that strengthen healthy food access for all Coloradans through Colorado agriculture and local food systems and economies. It is the state conduit for hearing, reviewing and advancing critical food systems issues in which state government does or could play a role.

for terms expiring October 31, 2025:

  • Al Goodman of Aurora, Colorado, to serve as a representative of food wholesalers or food retailers, appointed;
  • Nicholas Marquez of Aurora, Colorado, to serve as a representative with expertise in federal food nutrition programs, appointed;
  • Effie Rorke of Colorado Springs, Colorado, to serve as a representative of a statewide anti-hunger organization, reappointed;
  • Michele Meyer of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to serve as a representative of a food distributor or food hub, reappointed.

Colorado Health Service Corps Advisory Council

The Colorado Health Service Corps Advisory Council acts as the state advisory body of the Colorado Health Service Corps and reviews applications received from health care professionals to participate in the program, subject to available appropriations. The Colorado Health Service Corps is a state, federal, and private partnership that seeks to improve access to health care professionals by repaying the educational loans of providers who agree to practice in areas with a health professional shortage. The program emphasizes long-term retention of health professionals in underserved communities and seeks to increase health equity for all Coloradans.

for a term expiring November 20, 2024:

  • Breeah Kinsella of Denver, Colorado, to serve as a licensed or certified addiction counselor who has experience in rural health, safety net clinics, or health equity, occasioned by the resignation of Bradley Sjostrom of Golden, Colorado, appointed;

for terms expiring November 20, 2025:

  • Marcy Cameron of Aurora, Colorado to serve as a representative of a nonprofit statewide membership organization that provides programs and services to enhance healthcare in rural Colorado, appointed;
  • Jessica Sanchez of Denver, Colorado, to serve as a representative of a membership organization representing federally qualified health centers in Colorado, appointed;
  • Pradeep Dhar, MD, of Superior, Colorado, to serve as a physician who has experience in rural health, safety net clinics, or health equity, reappointed;
  • James Edward Hagins of Montrose, Colorado, to serve as a mental health provider who has experience in rural health, safety net clinics, or health equity, reappointed;
  • Kelly Phillips-Henry of Aurora, Colorado, to serve as a representative of a membership organization representing community behavioral health center providers, reappointed;
  • Vernice Bautista of La Junta, Colorado, to serve as a citizen representative who has knowledge in rural health, safety net clinics, or health equity, reappointed.

Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners

The Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners is a corporate body, a political subdivision of the state. The Board directs and supervises the Colorado State Fair and Industrial Exposition.  The Fair is held annually at Pueblo for the display of livestock and agricultural, horticultural, industrial, mining, recreational, educational and scientific products of the State of Colorado.

for terms expiring November 1, 2023:

  • Darius Allen of Alamosa, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the Third Agricultural District, agriculture, and as a Republican, appointed;
  • Deb Suniga of Greeley, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the Second Agricultural District, and as a Democrat, appointed;

for terms expiring November 1, 2024:

  • Gail Klapper of Lakewood, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the First Agriculture District, agriculture, and as a Democrat, appointed;
  • Bill Hybl of Colorado Springs, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the Third Agricultural District and as a Republican, appointed;

for terms expiring November 1, 2025:

  • Michael J. Schliep of Brighton, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the First Agricultural District, and as an Unaffiliated, reappointed;
  • Michael Angelo Cafasso of Pueblo, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the County Fair, and as a Democrat, reappointed;
  • Jeffrey Mandarich of Colorado Springs, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the state at large, and as an Unaffiliated, reappointed;

for terms expiring November 1, 2026:

  • Erin Michalski of Breckenridge, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the Fourth Agricultural District, agriculture, and as an Unaffiliated, reappointed;
  • Nicole Weathers of Yuma, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the Second Agricultural District, agriculture, and as a Republican, reappointed;
  • Michele Rene Brown of Pueblo West, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the County Fair, and as an Unaffiliated, reappointed.

Community Access Enterprise

The Community Access Enterprise supports the widespread adoption of electric motor vehicles, equitably invests in transportation infrastructure, and incentivizes the acquisition and use of electric motor vehicles and electric alternatives to motor vehicles.

for a term expiring September 28, 2024:

  • Ryan Hurst of Denver, Colorado, to serve as a representative with interests of the automobile industry, including manufacturers and dealers, the electric vehicle charging and fueling business, or owners of motor vehicle fleets, occasioned by the resignation of Sarah Meirose of Kansas City, Missouri, reappointed.

for a term expiring September 28, 2025:

  • Laura Getts of Pueblo, Colorado to serve as a representative of the public, appointed.

Correctional Industries Advisory Committee

The Correctional Industries Advisory Committee advises the directors of the program on the manufacture, distribution and private-sector impact of products produced by Correctional Industries.

for a term expiring September 18, 2023:

  • Daniel Mondragon of Colorado Springs, Colorado, to serve as a representative of organized labor, occasioned by the resignation of David Lee Bradley of Colorado Springs, Colorado, appointed;

for a term expiring September 18, 2025:

  • Jason Lee Wardrip of Aurora, Colorado, to serve as a representative of organized labor, reappointed.

Council on Creative Industries

The Council works to stimulate and encourage the development of the arts and humanities throughout the state.  The Council also looks at public interest in the arts and ways to increase public participation.

for a term expiring July 1, 2023:

  • Kate Siegel Shimko of Lafayette, Colorado, occasioned by the resignation of Timothy Schultz of Denver, Colorado, appointed.

Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council

The Commission advises CDPHE regarding the appropriate scope of practice for emergency medical technicians, including waivers to the scope of practice, and for criteria for physicians to serve as EMS medical directors.

for terms expiring October 17, 2026:

  • Angela Wright, MD, of Aurora Colorado, to serve as a physician actively serving as emergency medical service medical director and practicing in rural or frontier counties, appointed;
  • Zachery Thomas Alvey of Woodland Park, Colorado, to serve as an emergency medical technician certified at a basic life support level who is actively involved in the provision of emergency medical services, appointed;
  • Maria J. Mandt, MD, FAAP, FACEP, of Littleton, Colorado, to serve as a physician actively serving as emergency medical service medical director and practicing in urban counties, reappointed;
  • William Dunn of Avon, Colorado to serve as an emergency medical technician certified at an advanced life support level who is actively involved in the provision of emergency medical services, reappointed.

Environmental Justice Action Task Force

The task force is a temporary advisory board that must develop a whole-of-government environmental justice plan with recommendations to the legislature, Governor, and CDPHE Executive Director.

for a term expiring November 30, 2022:

  • Tara Trujillo of Denver, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the Department of Public Health and Environment with expertise in health equity, occasioned by the resignation of Sheila Davis of Louisville, Colorado, appointed.

Judicial Nominating Commissions

There is a judicial district nominating commission for each of Colorado's 22 judicial districts that selects nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. Each district nominating commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission.

Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission

for a term expiring December 31, 2027:

  • Beverly Maestas of Pueblo, Colorado, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat, occasioned by the resignation of Keri Williams of Pueblo West, appointed.

Justice Assistance Grant Board

The Board advises the Division of Criminal Justice on issues related to federal block grant monies designated to improve the criminal justice system and reduce drug abuse and violent crimes.

for terms expiring July 31, 2025:

  • Douglas Erler of Greeley, Colorado, appointed;
  • Samuel Stewart of Parachute, Colorado, appointed;
  • Merideth McGrath of Denver, Colorado, appointed;
  • Conrad Huygen of Aurora, Colorado, appointed;
  • Kristi Martinez of Pueblo, Colorado, appointed;
  • Benjamin Nichols of Denver, Colorado, appointed;
  • Jonathan McMillan of Aurora, Colorado, appointed;
  • Sheryl Berry of Lakewood, Colorado, reappointed;
  • Matthew Friesen of Granby, Colorado, reappointed;
  • William Sightler III of Grand Junction, Colorado, reappointed.

State Board of Equalization

The State Board of Equalization reviews the valuations of real and personal property and, upon a majority vote, raises, lowers and otherwise changes such valuations so that the state's tax burden is equally and fairly distributed.

for a term expiring at the pleasure of the Governor:

  • Bernard Buescher of Grand Junction, Colorado, to serve as the Governor's designee, occasioned by the resignation of Richard Garcia of Denver, Colorado, appointed.

Sickle-Cell Anemia Advisory Board

The Sickle-Cell Anemia Board uses the existing staff and facilities of the University of Colorado School of Medicine to establish programs and conduct research for the care and treatment of persons suffering from sickle-cell anemia.  The Board shall be composed of eleven members representing hospitals, voluntary agencies interested in sickle-cell anemia, medical specialists in sickle-cell anemia patient care, and the general public.

for terms expiring January 31, 2026:

  • Emily Dulcan of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, to serve as a representative of the public, appointed;
  • Katie Brydon of Northglenn, Colorado, to serve as a medical specialist, appointed.

State Capitol Building Advisory Committee

The State Capitol Building Advisory Committee reviews, advises and makes recommendations to the capitol development committee with respect to plans to restore, redecorate and reconstruct space within the public and ceremonial areas of the state capitol.

for a term expiring July 1, 2024:

  • Maria Garcia Berry of Denver, Colorado, appointed.

Veterans Community Living Centers Board

The functions of the Board of Commissioners are to advise the Division of State and Veterans Nursing Homes, the state nursing home located in Trinidad, and the veterans nursing homes located in Florence, Rifle, Aurora, and Monte Vista, Colorado; provide continuity, predictability, and stability in the operation of the state and veterans nursing homes; and provide guidance to future administrators at the state and veterans nursing homes based on the collective institutional memory of the Board of Commissioners.

for a term expiring July 1, 2026:

  • Charity Linenberger of Denver, Colorado to serve as a member with expertise in nursing home operations, who is a nursing home administrator at the time of appointment and who is experienced in the financial operations of a nursing home, appointed.

Western State University Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees for Western Colorado University makes policy for the school and oversees its operation.

for a term expiring December 31, 2023:

  • Millie Hamner of Dillon, Colorado, occasioned by the resignation of Pamela Shaddock of Greeley, Colorado, appointed.

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