Cody Belzley has dedicated her career to promoting public health and advancing access to quality health care services in Colorado, especially for low-income and underserved populations. In 2015, Cody founded Common Ground Consulting, offering public policy and organizational strategy services primarily to nonprofit organizations working on health and early childhood issues. From 2009 to 2015, Cody was vice president of health initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the state’s leading nonpartisan, nonprofit child advocacy organization. In that role, she established and advanced the organization’s child health agenda, and served on the organization’s leadership team. Before joining the Children’s Campaign, Cody served as senior health policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Initiatives for Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter Jr. from 2007 to 2009. She has played leadership roles in many state and local ballot measures and legislative initiatives to fund Colorado health care and early learning programs, specifically the 2004 statewide tobacco tax measure, the 2006 Denver preschool tax measure, and the 2009 hospital provider fee legislation. Cody has volunteered at Mile High Early Learning, Rose Community Foundation, Colorado Access, and Mental Health America of Colorado. Cody is a graduate of The Colorado College and completed the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Leadership Institute for State-based Advocates. She was honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Colorado Chapter with the Child Health and Welfare Award in 2014.
Robin D. Wittenstein, Ed.D., FACHE joined Denver Health in 2017. She has more than 35 years of experience in the health care industry, serving communities through a variety of leadership roles in various settings, including an academic medical center and safety net hospital.
Before leading Denver Health, Wittenstein was chief population health officer (CPHO) at Penn State Health, where she oversaw the health care system’s network of clinics and academic affiliate hospitals across central Pennsylvania. She was Penn State Health’s chief operating officer (COO) for five years prior to the CPHO appointment. Before that, Wittenstein was the president and CEO of University Hospital and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J.
She held various roles within the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS), including vice president for continuing care, vice president and COO of the NSLIJHS Research Institute and COO of Staten Island University Hospital. Wittenstein also spent five years working with Tenet South Florida Health Systems.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration from Penn State, her MBA in health administration from the University of Miami and a doctorate of education from George Washington University. Wittenstein has served on numerous hospital alliances, health care, and research foundation coalition boards, and chairs a biomedical research interest committee in New York.
Carl Clark, MD, is the president & CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver. Dr. Clark inspires a culture of innovation and well-being by delivering strengths-based, person-centered, culturally-proficient services as well as employing trauma-informed, evidence-based practices. Under his leadership, the Mental Health Center of Denver has recently been named a finalist for a 2018 World Changing Idea Award from Fast Company Magazine, and recently won the 2018 Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management Award from National Council for Behavioral Health. The Mental Health Center of Denver is proud to be a Denver Post Top Work Place for six years running.
Ben L. Bynum, MD, MBA, MPH is the portfolio director for program related investments at the Colorado Health Foundation. Dr. Bynum develops the Colorado Health Foundation’s impact investing strategy and manages the Foundation’s $30 million impact investment portfolio, including its nonprofit and for-profit program-related investments. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Bynum helped launch a $100 million nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) to help support health care services and good jobs in communities of need.
Dr. Bynum is a member of the national School-Based Health Alliance’s board of directors. Dr. Bynum is a former adjunct professor and a published author in the Journal of Health Care Finance analyzing the intersection of school-based health centers and Medicaid alternative payment models. Since making Denver his home, Dr. Bynum has delivered several graduate level lectures at the University of Colorado focusing on the Foundation’s partnership with the National Institute of Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA).
Dr. Bynum received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and completed a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health at Columbia University in the City of New York as a W.E.B. Du Bois Scholar.
Jane Schumaker is the senior associate dean for administration and finance at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and executive director of University Physicians, Inc. (UPI), the physician practice organization of the medical school. She joined the University of Colorado and UPI in March 2011 and is responsible for the business infrastructure that supports the teaching and research missions of the School of Medicine as well as the practice of medicine. University of Colorado physicians provide primary and specialty care to patients on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver Health, National Jewish, the VA Hospital and at sites throughout Colorado and the region.
Jane’s career in medical school, faculty practice, and hospital administration includes leadership roles in several academic medical centers across the country. Most recently she served as associate dean for administration of the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. She’s also held positions at the University of Florida, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Alabama and the University of Nebraska. She has held leadership positions in a number of professional associations related to academic medicine.
Jane is a native of Nebraska and holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from the University of Nebraska.
Simon Smith is the president and chief executive officer of Clinica.
Simon joined Clinica’s staff in 2011 as a project manager and, in less than three years, was named as president and CEO of the organization. Before coming to Clinica, Simon worked for Abt Associates, Inc., a research and consulting firm that assists companies and governmental agencies in implementing health, social and environmental programs. Simon spent his first three years with Abt in Kazakhstan helping restructure the country’s public health system. He spent another five years at Abt’s Bethesda, Md., office managing government-funded international activities to improve care in areas such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and community health. Before becoming Clinica’s president and CEO, Simon served as the clinic director of Clinica’s Boulder facility, the People’s Medical Clinic. In that capacity, he managed 64 staff members who provided care to almost 9,500 people annually. As Clinica’s CEO, Simon wants to work closely with other social service agencies and officials within Clinica’s service area to improve the health care safety net for low-income and uninsured individuals.
Simon received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.
Kathleen McCreary is vice president of payer relations & network development at the University of Colorado Health System. She was previously with one of the system’s founding members, the University of Colorado Hospital Authority, starting in 2006. Before moving to Colorado in 2001, Kathleen was the executive director of a 650-member independent physicians association (IPA) in San Francisco, Calif.
Kathleen serves as the chair of the national managed care & business development council of Vizient (formerly the University HealthSystem Consortium), is a trustee with the University of Colorado Health & Welfare Trust and is part of the executive leadership team for the Go Red For Women campaign of the American Heart Association.
Kathleen holds a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in healthcare administration from the University of San Francisco and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Jeffrey L. Harrington serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Before that, he served as the vice president of finance at Children’s Hospital Colorado from 2005 to 2013. He previously served as corporate director of finance for the Atlantic Health System in Florham Park, N.J. from 1999 to 2005. From 1996 to 1999, he was partner and site chief financial officer for CurranCare, LLC, a start-up healthcare consulting company in Chicago, Ill. Prior to that, from 1990 to 1996, Harrington held various finance and administrative positions at ScrippsHealth, culminating in the director of finance and operations for Scripps Memorial Hospital in Chula Vista, Calif. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Colorado and a Master of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from San Diego State University.
Mitzi Moran is the president and chief executive officer of Sunrise Community Health. She has 30 years of health care experience and has been president/CEO at Sunrise Community Health since 2006. Mitzi completed the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also completed the Regional Institute of Health and Environmental Leadership program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center & University of Denver. In addition, she completed the Monfort Institute’s Sustainable Transformation Program at the University of Northern Colorado. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in English as a second language from the University of Northern Colorado.
Mitzi was awarded the 2014 Community Health Advocate Award from the Community Health Network; Colorado Community Health Network’s 2012 Exceptional Leadership in Workforce Development Award; the Colorado Health Association Mountain Plains States Region VIII 2008 Exceptional Administrative Leadership Award; and the NACHC 2009 Health Professional Training Award.