President & CEO
Arlene Miles is President & CEO of the Colorado Health Care Association. She has held the position since 1983. In addition to her position as President & CEO, she is a licensed nursing home administrator and has worked in long term care since 1972. She is a registered lobbyist in the State of Colorado and has a background in accounting with an emphasis on Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement. She is a past president of the American Society of Health Care Association Executives and served on the American Health Care Association Executive Committee. In addition, she has served on numerous legislative and governor appointed committees. email@example.com
Bonita Jones joined the CoHCA staff in January, 1990. Prior to her position as VP of Operations, Bonita served as Office Manager and support staff to the Director of Program Administration. In her position, Bonita is responsible for planning CoHCA’s ongoing educational programs, the CoHCA annual convention, and supervises the Administrative Services Department and assisted living. She came to CoHCA from Briarwood Health Care and has worked in long term care since 1980. Bonita graduated from Denver Technical College and Emily Griffith where she obtained an associate’s degree in Business Communication.
of LTC Services
Ann Kokish brings more than 23 years of diversified experience in long term care to CHCA/CCAL. A successful Nursing Home Administrator she has managed a 198-bed facility, including a 44-bed secured unit and 50-bed sub-acute unit. She has supervised and supported approximately 300 staff members with 15 department heads. She brings to CHCA/CCAL an extensive knowledge of Federal and State Regulations, Medicare and insurance regulations.
Director of Finance
Josh Fant is responsible for all accounting functions and local IT support for CoHCA. He came to CoHCA after 5 years as senior accountant for Myers & Stauffer, LC. At Myers & Stauffer, Josh audited Medicaid cost reports and assisted in the review of other accountant’s work. He obtained his Bachelors of Accountancy from New Mexico State University. He is currently completing the professional MBA program at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Director of Clinical
& Quality Services
Paula Mattison, R.N.
Paula Mattison is the Director of Clinical and Quality Services at CoHCA. In this position, she is responsible for monitoring state and federal regulations that affect nursing services and informing the membership. She is also responsible for developing educational programs for nurses and CNAs. She staffs the Nurse Executive Council, the Social Services Conference Group and the Quality Initiatives & Standards Committee. She is a registered nurse and holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from Metropolitan State College in Denver. Prior to joining CoHCA in February, 1994, she spent five years in long term care management, specializing in staff education. She was a staff development coordinator, a regional training coordinator and primary instructor for the CNA program, involving 10 facilities and teaching over 75 classes. She has worked in the nursing field since 1975. firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President of
Public Relations &
David brings over thirty years of creative communications management, leadership development, emergency preparedness, government training and public speaking experience to the Association, including seven years as Director of Communications for the Florida Health Care Association. He served as President of the Society of Long Term Care Communicators from 1994-96. As a certified PREPARE Specialist he is also responsible for emergency management and disaster preparedness. His experience includes developing training and instructing on Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threat AWareness, Clinical Implications of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Hostage Negotians, Incident Command and more. He revised the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Emergency Operations Plan Toolkits for long term care facilities in 2012. He is also responsible for developing and implementing innovative information solutions encompassing media management, cyber-communications and publications management. He has an M.A. and B.A. degree in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida. email@example.com
Natalie monitors all regulatory affairs for CoHCA ensuring that the goals and mission of the Association are represented in state government. She develops comments on proposed regulations that affect the long term care community, as well as assists in the management of the Health Department Disaster Preparedness Grant. Natalie earned her BA in Communications from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She continued her education at Mississippi College School of Law and graduated with her JD in 2011. While in law school, Natalie worked under Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann in the Elections Division. There, she monitored statewide elections, legislative activities and relevant law that impacted voting throughout the state. Natalie also interned with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health where she oversaw Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity appeals, inter-agency employment termination disputes and legislative activities. firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna combines her art layout skills and 15 years experience as an Administrative Assistant to support the mission of CoHCA. In 2004, she graduated from Utah Career College in Graphic Design. Prior to her employment with CoHCA, Donna worked for Qwest/US West for 11 years. Donna is responsible for the graphic design and web support including educational, Spring Conference and Fall Convention brochures and the CoHCA Resource Directory. email@example.com
Nichole Ybarra brings over 10 years experience in the customer and guest services field. Her bright personality and professionalism is a great addition to the CoHCA team. Nichole’s positive energy and organizational abilities have also been dedicated to the long term care community, having worked in the business office of Alpine Living Center, where she assisted families and residents with the Medicare application process. It will usually be Nichole’s cheerful voice that greets you when you call CoHCA.
John T. Kunkle
John serves as contract lobbyist for the Association.He has worked with the legislature and state government for the past ten years. As a contract lobbyist, he works directly with the President/CEO of CoHCA to communicate the Association’s position on various bills and regulations that affect long term care. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren joins CHCA/CCAL to assist in administering the grant-funded Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. Lauren is from Chicago, Illinois. She has a Dual Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Colorado. She also holds various health certifications including Qmap, CNA and Med Tech Licensing. She is married and has one daughter, Charlotte who will be 2 in August. She comes from primarily a medical background however has spent 6 years working with grants and community outreach through Colorado’s United Way.
Jalene is a health coverage guide for CHCA/CCAL through the grant-funded Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. She is a Denver native and obtained her bachelor’s in Political Science with a minor in history from the University of Colorado. Jalene recently received her paralegal certificate and has three wonderful children who keep her quite busy. She has extensive knowledge of government health insurance programs and commercial insurance and has worked for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing for over five years in the client services division and as a financial counselor at National Jewish Health before joining CHCA/CCAL.