Caring People, Touching Lives

 

ASSOCIATION STAFF
Colorado Health Care Association & Center for Assisted Living

 


 

   President & CEO
      
Doug Farmer

 

Doug Farmer is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living (CHCA/CCAL), effective July 25, 2014. Farmer joins the CHCA/CCAL team with a wealth of health care and policy experience. Farmer led the Sunflower Foundation Advocacy Fellowship Program, which provides intensive leadership training for non-profit leaders from around the state of Kansas. He also worked on a range of policy issues for the foundation including the Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act, promotion of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion.

 

Prior experience also included, working in Kansas government in various capacities, beginning in 1996 as an analyst in the Governor's Budget Office. In 2008, he became director of the State Employee Health Benefit Plan, which was then jointly overseen by the Health Care Commission and the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA). He also served as KHPA's deputy director. Before taking the job at KHPA, Doug was deputy secretary at the Kansas Department on Aging and later at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.




 

    Vice President
     of Operations

      Bonita Jones

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.

bjones@cohca.org

 

 

 


 

  Associate Director

    of LTC Services

       Ann Kokish

 

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

 

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. mattison@cohca.org

 


 

  Vice President of
  Public Relations &
  Emergency Management

      David Skipper

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 Negotiations, 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 and updated in 2014.  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. dskipper@cohca.org

 

 



 

       Director of
   Graphic Design   

   Donna Hepworth

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. dhepworth@cohca.org

 

 

 

 



 

        Executive
 Administrative Assistant

       Nichole Ybarra

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.

nybarra@cohca.org

 

 

 

 


 

 

  Contract Lobbyist     

     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. jkunkle@cohca.org

 

 

 

 

 

 



         

         Health
  Coverage Guide

    Lauren Waszak

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.

 

 


 

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