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.

To learn about joining any of our committees, please contact Kaeyla Taylor:

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

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: Dave Paison

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

Colorado Center for Assisted Living

This committee works to monitor proposed legislation and regulations for assisted living facilities and assists the Education & Conference Planning Council in developing educational sessions geared toward assisted living providers.

Chair: Susan Reimer

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

Education & Conference Planning Council

The CHCA/CCAL Education & Conference Planning Council is highly reflective of our dedication to providing high quality education for our members and their employees. This council focuses its efforts on creating and attracting new and innovative education programs for our slate of offerings during the year in Denver, for our digital classroom which provides access to our rural members around the state, and for our Spring Conference and Fall Convention.

Chair: Sarah Schumann

Meets @CHCA – Second Tuesday – Monthly – 11:00am-12:30pm 

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

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

Human Resource Professional 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

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

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

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

Nutritional Professionals Council

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

Chair: Amy Chairo

Meets @ CHCA- Second Thursday- Bi-Monthly-10:30am-12:00pm-February, April, June, August, October, December

Quality Initiatives and Leadership Council

The Quality Initiatives and Leadership Council (QIL) 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 council 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

Meets @ CHCA-Second Tuesday- Bi-Monthly- 1:30pm-3:00pm-January, March, May, July, November

Safety & Emergency Management Committee

Recently formed to address the Requirements of Participation around emergency preparedness, this committee invites knowledgeable speakers to present about areas of concern and shares best practices in this growing area of focus.

Chair: Bruce Schmidt

Meets @ CHCA-First Wednesday – Bi-Monthly – 11:00am-12:30pm- February, April, June, August, October, December

Social Service Professionals Council

This council works to empower Social Services staff in Colorado through education, information, and networking.  Their primary goal is to provide high quality psycho-social 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: Tara Acklam

Meets @ Varying Facilities-First Tuesday-Bi Monthly- 8:30am-9:30am- January, March, May, July, November