As CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers, Ross Brooks is chief curator and leader of Mountain Family’s values, vision, and mission, which includes overseeing the strategic plan, workforce, operations, and more. He is driven by the simple principle that access to affordable health care is a human right, not a privilege. Ross joined Mountain Family in July 2012, after serving as Chief Operating Officer at Colorado Community Health Network and previously the Health Care Advisory Board Company in Washington DC. He earned his Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in International Business and Economics at Washington University. Ross also serves on various local, state and national boards and committees, including the National Association of Community Health Centers, Colorado Community Health Network, Colorado Community Managed Care Network West Mountain Regional Health Alliance, Valley Health Alliance and Mountain Valley Developmental Services. He enjoys hiking, eating a good meal and spending time with his wife Lindsey, and their two children.
As Chief Financial Officer, Annette Franta is responsible for the fiscal management of Mountain Family Health Centers, including Patient Accounts, Outreach and Enrollment, Finance, and Facilities Departments. Annette joined the Executive Team at Mountain Family Health Centers in 2005. Previously, she was the Finance Director at Mind Springs Health, and she consulted with a national firm coordinating fiscal management for local governments in the West. Annette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. Annette is an active member of the community, especially with the Elks Lodge in Glenwood Springs. She enjoys golfing, boating and water sports, and spending time with her grandkids.
Art joined Mountain Family in July 2007, after more than sixteen years of health care management, honing his skills in operations, leadership, administration, utilization management, and business development. Prior to joining Mountain Family, Art worked for several Southern California medical and dental organizations, as well as in banking operations management with Bank of America. Art received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the California State University, Los Angeles. When not working Art enjoys biking, hiking, gardening, and road trips with his wife and two children.
Dr. Schreiner brings three decades of experience in private practice and institutional settings, including extensive experience with adolescents and the U.S. military, counseling servicemen and their families around the world. Previously he was also a school counselor and football and baseball coach. Dr. Schreiner holds a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. A native Coloradan from Boulder, he chose life on the Western Slope for its slower pace and outdoor opportunities. Dr. Schreiner and his wife enjoy skiing, golf, scuba and travel.
Before joining Mountain Family in 2000, Jenny served several years in the United States Peace Corps at clinics in Yemen, then at a mission in Guatemala, and then at a Free Standing Birth Center in the Bronx, New York City, where she developed her midwife birthing skills. She holds a Certified Nurse Midwife degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester. Jenny contributes time at Mountain Valley Developmental Center, and she enjoys exploring Colorado’s natural wonders with her husband and two daughters.
As Executive Assistant, Danyelle works closely with CEO Ross Brooks, to manage his schedule and assist other members of the Mountain Family Executive Team. Originally from Fort Morgan, Danyelle received her Bachelor of Science in Community Journalism in 2003. She joined Mountain Family in 2011 and has helped improve internal systems as well as organize an Advocacy Task Force. Danyelle represents Mountain Family on the Garfield County Human Services Commission. Danyelle likes to play volleyball, ride her bike and hike with her dog.
With Mountain Family since 2013, Scott is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and in the Society for Human Resources Managers (SHRM-CP). He also brings extensive experience in management and sales, as well as years in the hospitality industry. A Michigan native, Scott received his degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University. Off the job, Scott enjoys time with his wife and two daughters, and the abundance of activities the mountains offer.
Dr. Heckert joined Mountain Family in 2014 after completing her residency. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in Delaware. As an osteopathic physician, she is trained in manipulation to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and internal conditions–a discipline that fit with her long interest in exercise science and nutrition. After hours, Dr. Heckert enjoys skiing, running, rock climbing, and learning Spanish.
Dr. Glass’s interest in dentistry for underserved areas began when he saw the value that a nonprofit clinic brought to remote populations in his home state of Virginia. Ever since, he has been passionate about dentistry and community service. Dr. Glass and his wife came west after he completed dental school at Virginia Commonwealth University. Along with their dog Oso, they enjoy being in the mountains, climbing, skiing, and biking.
Our Rifle Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Percy enjoys the broad spectrum of challenges that family medicine offers, although he has particular interests in pediatrics and preventative medicine. Although he grew up in Cortez, Colorado and completed his medical residency in Salt Lake City, it was a rotation at Mountain Family that opened his eyes to the attractions of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Valleys, and he’s been here ever since. He received his MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, after earning a Bachelor of Science in biology, with honors, from Stanford University. He speaks moderate Spanish and is working on getting better. When not at work, you can find him with his wife (a pediatrician herself) and three kids, exploring the outdoors on foot, bike or skis, or traveling the world.
Garry Schalla joined Mountain Family in 2016, after pursuing his passion for creating healthy, vibrant communities with a range of organizations including the Inland NW Land Conservancy and Okanogan Land Trust in Washington, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust in Wisconsin, and the Colorado-based dZi Foundation. Garry brings extensive experience with fundraising and strategic planning. Previous to his development career, Garry ran a high-end retail jewelry business in Southeastern Wisconsin and Southwest Colorado for 25 years.
Jolene is passionate about exploring innovative ways to improve integrated care — both connecting each discipline within Mountain Family and reaching out to find community partners. Like many employees, Jolene joined Mountain Family to serve vulnerable populations. She has come to appreciate the Mountain Family focus on providing value-based care to each patient. A team builder by nature, she cares deeply about providing her coworkers opportunities for education, professional exploration and growth. As appropriate for someone so devoted to nurturing community, in her spare time between hiking and camping outings, you’ll find her caring for communities of her own: her beehives. She is both a beekeeper and bee advocate, campaigning for the care and protection of these vital pollinators.
Joined board in 2014
Occupation: Executive Director, Valley Settlement
Jon Fox-Rubin joined the Mountain Family Health Centers Board of Directors in 2014, and was appointed Chair in 2017. He is a Mountain Family patient and a resident of Pitkin County. Jon is the executive director of Valley Settlement. Previously, he served as executive director of the Manaus Fund, and he co-founded and led two advanced technology companies: Fiberforge Corporation and Hyper-car, Inc., both spin-offs of Rocky Mountain Institute. Jon also serves on the board of Energetics Education and he served as a town councilor for Basalt, where he spearheaded a resolution welcoming immigrants to the community and co-founded “Misión: Comunidad” a non-profit newspaper dedicated to building bridges between the Anglo and Latino communities. Jon holds an interdisciplinary PhD and a Master of Science Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology along with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with honors from the University of Colorado. He lives in Pitkin County with his wife Julie and their son.
Joined board in 2013
Occupation: Education Superintendent RE-1
Rob Stein joined the Mountain Family board in 2013. He is a Mountain Family patient and is a resident of Garfield County. Rob is superintendent of the Roaring Fork School District, and has worked on the front lines of education reform for over 30 years, as a teacher, administrator, university professor and educational consultant. Previously, Rob led a high-profile turnaround of Manual High School, served as head of school at Graland Country Day School and was executive director at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning. He has taught courses in educational leadership and school reform at University of Colorado, Denver University, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rob earned his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at Middlebury College, his Master of Arts at Stanford University and his Doctor of Education at Harvard University. When he is not working, Rob enjoys running, skiing, cycling, reading and service activities.
Joined board in 2016
Occupation: General Counsel, Colorado Mountain College
Richard Gonzalez joined the Mountain Family board in 2016, and he is a Mountain Family patient. Richard is general counsel for Colorado Mountain College. Previously, he was a Denver attorney with a practice specializing in public finance, nonprofit/government matters and business/real estate transactions. Richard also served as general counsel for Stapleton Development Corporation and the University of Denver, and held partner status with the several Denver law firms. Dedicated to community service, he has worked on the governing boards of numerous community organizations, which currently include Valley Settlement. Richard holds a law degree from Stanford Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He lives in Garfield County with his wife Lisa.
Joined board in 2013
Occupation: Controller, Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Monica is honored to serve on the Mountain Family board and uphold the organization’s mission. She joined the board in December 2013 and was appointed treasurer in 2014. Monica is the controller at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. She previously was an advocate for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault with Advocate Safehouse Project. Monica is proud to call the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley her home for over 25 years, and is equally as proud of her dual citizenship, being born and raised in Mexico. Monica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix. She lives in Garfield County, and her pride and joy are her two amazing daughters. When she is not at work or volunteering, Monica enjoys playing golf and softball, the Broncos, and traveling to Mexico to see her family.
Joined board in 2014
Occupation: Enrichment Leader, Vail Valley
Karyn ReNae Anderson joined the Mountain Family board in 2014 and she is a Mountain Family patient. Karen is an Enrichment Leader at Youth Power 365, an arm of the Vail Valley Foundation. She holds leadership positions in the local, state and national chapters of the National Federation for the Blind, and serves on the boards of Rocky Mountain Health Plan’s Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, the Eagle Valley Youth Coalition, the Special Education Advisory Council and the Department of Human Services Quality Improvement Initiative. In her spare time, Karyn enjoys making and selling jewelry and spending time with her family in Eagle County.
Joined board in 2017
Occupation: Program Director of Roaring Fork School Centers
Haidith Ramirez joined the Mountain Family board in 2017. She is program director of the Roaring Fork School Health Centers. Haidith is a Mountain Family patient and is committed to access to integrated health care for the underserved, particularly for Latino families and children. Haidith lives with her family in Eagle County.
Joined board in 2017
Occupation: Nurse Home Visitor, Family Visitor Program
Trish Kramer joined the Mountain Family board in 2017. She lives in Garfield County and is a Mountain Family patient. She is passionate about women, youth and children’s access to affordable health in the region. Trish is currently a nurse home visitor for the Nurse Family Partnership at Family Visitor Programs. Previously, she was the practice administrator of Women’s Health Associates, the assistant administrator and chief operating officer for nursing and clinical services at Valley View Hospital. Trish earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Health Administration degrees at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In her free time, Trish and her husband enjoy Tenth Mountain Hut trips and camping with dear friends.
Joined board in 2018
Occupation: Health Promotion Coordinator, Eagle County Public Health
Faviola Alderete joined the Mountain Family board in 2018. She handles public outreach and engagement as health promotion coordinator with Eagle County Public Health, where she has worked for over five years. In years past, Faviola worked at the Eagle Care Clinic in Edwards, which is now part of Mountain Family. Previously she served on the board for the Early Head Start Policy Council, 2010-2013. She lives in Gypsum and is a strong advocate for health care, with a focus on immigrant populations.
Joined board in 2017
Occupation: Vice President, Entravison Communications
Samuel Bernal joined the Mountain Family board in 2017. He is currently a vice president for Entravision Communications Corporation. Samuel loves storytelling, and that is why he became a journalist. He also serves on the boards of English in Action, the Law Enforcement Immigration Council and Club Rotario. In 2017 he received an award from the Colorado Broadcasters Association for his news shows and community event sponsorships, and received a Humanitarian Service Award from Garfield County for his work with the Anglo and Latino communities. Samuel earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism at the Carlos Septien Journalism school in Mexico City, located in the country of his birth. He is a Mountain Family patient, lives in Garfield County, and loves spending time with his wife, two kids, and pets. They like to read, write, draw and create.
Joined board in 2008
Occupation: Clinical Psychology
Jerry Evans, PhD, a long-time director on the Mountain Family board, is now an ex-officio member. He is a Mountain Family patient and lives in Eagle County. Jerry is the Director of Research and Evaluation for Community Health Initiatives. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology at the University of Portland.
Joined board in 2017
Namrata Bhoomi Shrestha joined the Mountain Family board in 2017, and is now an ex-officio member. She is a Mountain Family patient who lives in Garfield County. Namrata is currently the Regional Health Connector for the West Mountain Regional Health Alliance. She grew up in Nepal, where her family worked with the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Namrata earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wichita State in Kansas in 2011, and returned to Nepal to work in health education programs before relocating to the Roaring Fork Valley. She is passionate about health care and social change, and is glad to share her immigrant perspective with the board. In her spare time, Namrata enjoys exploring the west with her husband Ben.
Joined board in 2018
Occupation: Deputy County Manager, Eagle County
Before working with Eagle County, Mike Nugent was Vice President of Operations for Metro Community Provider Network, a large Federally Qualified Health Center system serving the Denver metro area. Mike spent several years in state government, including as Chief Performance Officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Director of Transportation Safety at the Colorado Department of Transportation. He also served as Chief of Denver Emergency Medical Services and Medical Branch Director for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Mike is a graduate of Regis University, M.S. Management and Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He served as a Fellow for the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (now known as America’s Essential Hospitals) and as a Senior Advisor to Governor John Hickenlooper’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting.
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