President & CEO – Doug Farmer

Doug Farmer is President and CEO of the Colorado Health Care Association (CHCA).  The Association represents the nursing home and assisted living professions through education and advocacy.  Prior to his time at CHCA, Doug served in numerous roles in Kansas state government.  He began his career as an analyst in the Governor’s budget office and moved on to serve as Assistant Secretary on Aging; Deputy Secretary of Health and Environment, Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of Kansas, and Deputy Director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority.  After leaving state government, Doug served as the Vice President for Policy with the Sunflower Foundation where he worked on public policy matters related to health care, and trained nonprofit executives in public policy advocacy.  Doug earned a Master of Public Administration from James Madison University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Davis.

Contact Doug: 303-478-2024
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Vice President of Operations – Bonita Jones

Bonita Jones

Bonita Jones joined the CHCA 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 CHCA’s ongoing educational programs, the CHCA annual convention, and supervises the Administrative Services Department and assisted living. She came to CHCA 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.

Contact Bonita: 303-513-0865
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Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs – Erin Thomas

Erin is Registered Nurse and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, with recent experience in COVID positive buildings, expertise in dementia care and behavioral health, and extensive knowledge of Subacute, Long Term Care and ALF settings. She possesses fifteen years of clinical and operational practice, with roles spanning from Director of Nursing to Chief Clinical Officer for sixteen facilities in three states, ultimately concluding her time in the field as a Regional Director of Operations. Erin hopes to support CHCA members in this everchanging climate by providing insight into the policy and practices we are called upon to uphold and extend herself as a resource in any way she can.

Contact Erin Thomas: 720-935-5490
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Josh Fant

Director of Finance – Josh Fant

Josh Fant is responsible for all accounting functions and local IT support for CHCA. He came to CHCA after five 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 and his MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.
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Executive Administrative Assistant -Katie O’Dell

Katie came to CHCA in August of 2017 and is responsible for many of the technical workings at CHCA including maintain its website and producing the membership directory every year as well as acting as Accounts Receivable for the organization. She is a native of Eastern Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University in 2016, where she obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Political Science with a minor in Hellenistic history. Before joining CHCA Katie worked in email marketing as well as several positions during her time at CSU.

Contact Katie: 303-746-8834
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Executive Administrative Assistant – Colleen Olsen

Colleen Olsen is an Executive Administrative Assistant for Colorado Health Care Association. Prior to joining the CHCA/CCAL team, Colleen resided in Laughlin, Nevada,  where she had worked in the Hospitality, Gaming and Marketing Industry since 2007.

Contact Colleen: 702-420-5259
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Contract Lobbyist – John T. Kunkle

John serves as contract lobbyist for the Association. He has worked with the legislature and state government for more than 20 years. As a contract lobbyist, he works directly with the

President/CEO of CHCA to communicate the Association’s position on various bills and regulations that affect long-term care. Email John



Arlene MilesExecutive Consultant for Government Affairs – Arlene Miles

Arlene Miles serves as one of two contract lobbyists for the Association. She served as President & CEO for 30 years and continues to provide CHCA/ CCAL governmental policy guidance, public policy development and legislative representation.