CHA Legislative Council


Jeffrey Thompson
Vice President of Government and Corporate Relations
University of Colorado Health


Elicia Bunch
Chief Executive Officer
Centennial Peaks Hospital

Heidi Baskfield
Director of Public Affairs
Children's Hospital Colorado

Nancy Engle
Government Affairs Advocate
Memorial Hospital

Patricia Givens
Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Children's Hospital Colorado - Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders (CONL) Representative

Lauren Green-Caldwell
Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
National Jewish Health

Pam Nicholson
Senior Vice President of Strategic Integration
Centura Health

Stephen Schaefer
Chief Executive Officer
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs

Sara Smith
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development

Debbie Welle-Powell
Vice President of Payer Strategy and Legislative Affairs
Exempla Healthcare

Jacqueline Zheleznyak
Manager of Government Relations
Denver Health

CHA Staff

Katherine Mulready
Vice President, Legislative Policy and Chief Strategy Officer
Colorado Hospital Association

Tanya Kelly-Bowry
CHA Contract Lobbyist
TKB Consulting

Susan Rudy
Director of Advocacy Services
Colorado Hospital Association

Janet Stephens
External Legislative Affairs Specialist
Colorado Hospital Association

Kim Storm
Administrative Assistant
Colorado Hospital Association

Steven Summer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Colorado Hospital Association

In cooperation with CHA staff, the CHA Legislative Council helps to review pending legislation and determine its direct impact on CHA member hospitals. This advisory committee is composed of hospital executives ranging in type from Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) to government and public relations directors from both urban and rural facilities. Their keen insight into the daily operations of Colorado’s hospitals is an invaluable tool in evaluating proposed legislation and its overall affect on the community, health care consumers and health care providers.