The Colorado Health Care Association & Center for Assisted Living is a great resource for our members because of the professionals we represent. Committees meet on topical issues relevant to the discipline, but are open to all members and have a call-in option for those members outside of the Denver Metro area. The committees serve the greater good by sharing information, best practices and survey trends, developing educational opportunities, and finding new answers to tough questions in Colorado long term care.

Joining a committee will guarantee that you receive emails; however, it does not imply a commitment. Call-in options are available for all committee meetings. To learn about joining any of our committees, please contact Katie O’Dell:


Activities Professionals Council

The role of the activities professional has evolved over the past few years into one of the most instrumental roles in health care communities today. This committee strives to keep members abreast of changing professional standards as well as provide support for quality programs and innovations in long term care communities.

Chair: Amy Goeglein, Western Hill Health Care

Meets @ CHCA – Third Tuesday – Quarterly – 2:30pm-4:00pm – January, April, July, October


Council of Associate Members

The Council of Associate Members is dedicated to supporting the Colorado Health Care Association in their efforts to help meet the needs of long term care residents. Our purpose is to work with the CHCA Board, provider members, and other stakeholders in a collaborative manner to deliver quality of care to the disabled and frail elderly in our community.

Chair: Courtney Petek, Pharmcare USA

Meets @ CHCA- Third Thursday- Monthly- 8:30am-9:30am


Colorado Center for Assisted Living Council

This council works to monitor proposed legislation and regulations for assisted living facilities and assists in developing educational sessions geared toward assisted living providers.

Chair: Kevin Putman, Wellage Senior Living

Meets @ Varying Facilities- Second Wednesday – Bi-Monthly – 2:30pm-4:00pm-January, March, May, July, September, November


District Meetings

Each regional district holds meetings for networking and education on topics both general and specific to the region. Meeting dates, locations and times vary, contact Katie O’Dell: for more information.

District I Chairman: Amy Goeglein, Western Hills Care Center 

District II Chairman: John Stewart, Kenton Manor

District III Chairman: Chrissy Swanson, Colonial Columns Nursing Center

District IV Chairman: Melissa Latham, Larchwood Inns

District V Chairman: Ron Cook, Rock Canyon Respiratory & Rehabilitation Center

District VI Chairman: Carol Glover, C&G Healthcare, Inc.


Governmental Policy Council

This council works to monitor all proposed legislation (State & Federal) affecting long term care, organizes lobbying efforts as needed, and monitors any proposed changes in Medicaid Reimbursement.

Chair: Jay Moskowitz, VIVAGE Senior Living

Meets @ CHCA – Third Thursday-Monthly (Dependent & in conjunction with CHCA Board of Directors’ schedule) – 10:00am-12:00pm


Human Resources Professionals Council

The goals of this council include collaboration on human resources best practices as well as the professional development of its’ members. Topics vary and may include: recruiting, workforce development, employment policies, employee relations, total rewards, employment laws, regulatory compliance and risk management.

Chair: Erin Lawless, Colavria Hospitality

Meets @ St. Paul Heath Care Center-Third Tuesday – Monthly- 10:00am-11:30am


Medicaid Pending Oversite Committee

The goal of this committee is to create a forum for providers to voice their concerns and struggles with Medicaid determination and reimbursement. The committee aggregates the struggles and resulting questions from across the state to bring to the attention of the state government in order to work towards an agreeable solution.  The committee also allows for Medicaid providers from different entities across the membership to share ideas, tips and advice from past experiences in each county.

Chair: Jennifer Manchego-Pena, VIVAGE Senior Living

Meets @ CHCA-Third Tuesday-Monthly – 1:00pm-2:30pm 


Nurse Executive Council

Long-term care nurse professionals network with and educate nurses on current clinical management and survey standards, while keeping abreast of pertinent regulatory and legislative issues. They recommend ongoing educational opportunities for nursing professionals from staff development coordinators and certified nurse aides to nurse executives.

Chair: Janielle Finch, St. Paul Care Center

Meets @ CHCA-Second Thursday- Monthly-8:30am-10:00am


Nutrition Professionals Council

This council works to empower food and nutrition professionals in Colorado through education, information and networking, and to ensure high quality food and nutrition and culinary programs to long term care residents. They design an annual 4-day Food and Nutrition Training Course.

Chair: Amy Chiaro, Julia Temple Healthcare Center

Meets @ CHCA- Second Thursday- Bi-Monthly-2:00pm-3:30pm-January, March, May, July, September, November


Quality Initiatives and Leadership Council

This council has adopted the AHCA Quality Initiative Goals for Colorado. Through education, support, and guidance, QIL is focused on improving quality in Colorado nursing homes and assisted living communities. The council has chosen some focus areas: staff stability, quality awards, and unintended health care outcomes, to name a few, that will drive committee work over the next couple of years and further the overarching goal of supporting the great work that goes on every day in our Colorado communities.

Chair: Beth Williams, Life Care Centers of America

Meets @ CHCA-Second Tuesday- Bi-Monthly-3:00pm-3:00pm-February, April, June, August, October, December


Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee

This committee addresses the Requirements of Participation around emergency preparedness to help facilities become proactive in this growing area of focus. Knowledgeable speakers are invited to present about areas of concern and members share both challenges and best practices.

Chair: Bruce Schmidt, Life Care Centers of America

Meets @ CHCA-First Wednesday – Bi-Monthly – 11:00am-12:30pm- January, March, May, July, September, November


Social Service Professionals Council

This council works to empower Social Service staff in Colorado through education, information, and networking.  Their primary goal is to provide high quality psychosocial support to long-term care residents and their families. They design and present CHCA’s annual Social Work Certification course for those new to long term care. Meeting topics include working effectively with regulations and survey readiness as well as sharing programming that promotes dignity, respect, and culture change initiatives.

Chair: Kelly Swanson, North Star Rehabilitation and Community

Meets @ Varying Facilities or CHCA-Second Tuesday-Bi Monthly- 8:30am-10:00am- January, March, May, July, September, November