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Leadership

Our experienced leaders work hard to ensure our members get the best quality health care possible.

Marshall Thomas, MD, President and CEO

Marshall Thomas, M.D., president and chief executive officer, is responsible for advancing the Colorado Access corporate mission and provides executive oversight for all programs.

Dr. Thomas has been with Colorado Access for two decades, with increasing levels of executive responsibility culminating in his appointment as president and chief executive officer in 2006. Throughout his career, Dr. Thomas has worked to develop systems of care that are inclusive, responsive and create synergies between patients and providers. He is a recognized national expert on improving patient health outcomes by integrating medical and behavioral health care. Under his leadership, Colorado Access has created strong business practices, expanded its client base and reoriented internal practices to support clients and providers and strengthen the safety net. In addition to his position at Colorado Access, Dr. Thomas is a professor of psychiatry and family medicine, holds the Marisco Chair for Excellence, and is the executive director of the Helen & Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

He is a practicing psychiatrist and has been involved in the system of care development in Colorado since 1980. Dr. Thomas earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Philip J Reed, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

Philip Reed, chief financial officer, provides financial oversight for Colorado Access.

Philip (Phil) is accountable for ensuring enterprise fiduciary accountability under Division of Insurance, state and federal requirements. His oversight responsibilities include accounting, budget, and payroll. He maintains an exceptional understanding of the responsibilities of providing services under state-contracted programs while balancing expertise in the variability of new ventures. Phil has served as the chief financial officer since 2005.

At Colorado Access, Phil provides an exceptional understanding of the responsibilities of Colorado state agencies and its contractors in providing services under state programs. Before joining Colorado Access, Phil served as the controller for the State of Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing where he also managed the procurement office and human resources. Phil earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Colorado State University.

April Abrahamson, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Health Plan Operations

April Abrahamson, chief operating officer and vice president of health plan operations, oversees all health plan operations and workplace culture at Colorado Access.

April’s health plan experience includes leadership of human resources, facilities, legal, process architecture, business intelligence, claims and appeals services, provider and member services, pharmacy, utilization management, information technology, and system configuration and performance, including eight years with PacifiCare and Great-West Healthcare. She joined Colorado Access in 2004. Before becoming the COO, April served as the executive director, Medicaid at Colorado Access, overseeing the three Regional Care Collaborative Organization (RCCO) contracts awarded by the State of Colorado.

April has spent more than two decades working in the health care industry, which includes a wide range of experiences such as providing personal care assistance in a client’s home, supporting physicians in private offices and hospitals, and managed care. She’s gained perspective and compassion for an individual’s needs as well as broad insight into system-wide opportunities for improving Colorado’s health care system. April received a Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master of Science degree in health services administration from Regis University.

Alexis Giese, MD, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Systems and Clinical Operations and Chief Medical Officer

Alexis Giese, M.D., SVP Healthcare Systems and Chief Medical Officer, provides executive oversight of enterprise-wide health strategy, clinical operations, long-term services and supports, population health, care coordination and quality management. She has served at Colorado Access since 2008.

Dr. Giese has nearly 30 years of experience in innovative service delivery leadership and as a practicing psychiatrist. Her experience includes 10 years as psychiatry consultant to the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Behavioral Health, community psychiatry program consultation, and health services research. Dr. Giese earned her Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She completed the psychiatry residency program at Georgetown University.

Dr. Giese is also a professor in the departments of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and serves as the director of community programs at the Helen & Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Gretchen Flanders McGinnis, MSPH, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Systems and Accountable Care

Gretchen Flanders McGinnis, MSPH, senior vice president of healthcare systems and accountable care, oversees the contract teams for the Regional Collaborative Care Organization (RCCO) and Regional Accountable Entity (RAE) contracts, the CHP+ programs (HMO and SMCN), and the medical assistance sites as well as the provider engagement and contracting teams. She also leads the compliance department and manages legislative and external relations activities at Colorado Access.

Gretchen joined Colorado Access in 2000. Since that time, she has played an integral part in the growth of Colorado Access. She has more than 20 years of health care experience, and brings a unique understanding of health care systems and public policy. Before joining Colorado Access, she worked on health care policy issues at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Gretchen received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Vassar College and earned a Master of Science degree in public health from the University of Colorado.

Jean Barker, Vice President, Strategic Services and Communication

Jean Barker, vice president of strategic services and communication, provides executive oversight of corporate strategy, learning and development, and marketing and communications at Colorado Access.

Jean has extensive experience in the health care industry, She has extensive knowledge in health plan product development, marketing, strategic planning, sales, and financial planning.

Jean holds a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance and strategic planning from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she is also an influential member of our community, having been part of the board of directors for South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Women’s Chamber.

Bethany Himes, Vice President of Program Services

Bethany Himes joined Colorado Access in 1998 and is currently the vice president of program services. In this role, Bethany oversees the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program offered by Colorado Access, CHP+ State Managed Care Network, medical assistance contracts, provider engagement and contracting departments. Prior to this, Bethany served as the executive director of CHP+ plans and held various roles in the coordinated clinical services department.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in human services and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Phoenix.

Elizabeth Strammiello, Chief Compliance Officer

Elizabeth is the chief compliance officer currently overseeing enterprise compliance and privacy activities at Colorado Access. Before joining Colorado Access in 2015, she worked at Mental Health Partners where she was chief compliance and privacy officer. While there, she led enterprise compliance and privacy infrastructure development and management for the nonprofit health services company. Prior to that role, she was a HIPAA privacy consultant with the State of Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) and spent five years as a compliance and privacy director with DaVita. Elizabeth has worked in the health care industry since 1996 and has led enterprise compliance and privacy teams since 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College-Hartford and her master’s degree in healthcare administration from Colorado State University. Elizabeth is also certified in healthcare compliance.

Ann Edelman, MA, JD, Vice President of Legal Services

Ann Edelman, MA, J.D., vice president of legal services, provides a full range of legal counsel and services to Colorado Access.

Ann joined Colorado Access in July 2012. She is accountable for corporate governance, maintaining and establishing all levels of legal compliance, servicing the legal needs of all departments, corporate contracting, procurement, as well as practicing preventive law.

Ann received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado, and focused her law practice on health care, insurance, and employment law in both litigation and transactional matters. She has written and lectured on health care, insurance and employment law topics and represented Colorado Hospital Association, pro bono, on legislative matters. In 1996, she represented the Health Insurance Association of America, as amicus curiae, before the United States Supreme Court in a health insurance benefits case. Additionally, she defended and won a case that made important law in Colorado regarding reimbursement to hospitals. She operated her solo law practice for 12 years, representing the major health care providers in the Denver metro area in business and insurance coverage matters. In addition to her law degree, Ann holds a Master of Arts degree in writing and is certified in health care privacy compliance by the Compliance Certification Board.

Rob Bremer, PhD, Vice President, Integrated Care

Rob Bremer, Ph.D. has been with Colorado Access since 1999. Dr. Bremer is responsible for the company’s strategic behavioral health and primary care provider partnerships. Prior to his current role as vice president of integrated care, he led the expansion of Access Behavioral Care into Northeastern Colorado. Dr. Bremer has also served as the behavioral health quality manager and the deputy director of Access Behavioral Care. He was previously an assistant professor at the University of Colorado and has worked as a clinician at the Mental Health Center of Denver. Dr. Bremer also currently serves on the Mile High Health Alliance’s executive committee as their co-chair. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Bremer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Ohio State University, a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Colorado Christian University and a Ph.D. in clinical science from the University of Colorado Denver. He completed his postdoctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh.