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Gov. Hickenlooper announces Board and Commission appointments

DENVER — Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced appointments to various Boards and Commissions. The appointments were made to the Automobile Theft Prevention Board; the Charter School Institute Board; the Coal Mine Board of Examiners; the Colorado Access to Justice Commission; Board of Commissioners of State and Veterans Nursing Homes; the Board of Registered Psychotherapists; the Physical Therapy Board; the Scenic and Historic Byways Commission; the State Board of Addiction Counselors Examiners; the State Conservation Board; and the State Board of Social Work Examiners.

 

The Automobile Theft Prevention Board solicits and review applications for grants that assist in improving and supporting automobile theft prevention programs or programs for the enforcement or prosecution of automobile theft crimes through statewide planning and coordination. The members appointed for terms effective Feb. 1, 2012, and for terms expiring Feb. 1, 2018:
 

• Tonia K. Rumer of Elizabeth, to serve as a representative of an insurance company authorized to issue motor vehicle insurance policies.
• Chief Kevin L. Paletta of Littleton, to serve as a representative of law enforcement.
• Carole R. Walker of Highlands Ranch, to serve as a representative of insurance companies.

 

The mission of the Charter School Institute Board is to foster high-quality public school choices offered through institute charter schools, including schools for the at-risk students. The appointment must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate. The member appointed for a term expiring July 1, 2012:
 

• Elizabeth Dina Aybar of Denver, to serve as a charter school board member or founder of a charter school, and as a Democrat.

 

The Coal Mine Board of Examiners prepares and conducts examinations for all applicants to positions in coal mines that require certification under federal law. The Board issues certificates of competency to those who qualify. The Board also provides assistance in developing curricula for coal miner training programs. The appointment must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate. The member appointed for a term expiring July 1, 2013:
 

• Geral Justin Fedinec of Craig, to serve as a coal mine owner, operator, manager, or other mine official actively engaged in surface mining industry.

 

The mission of the Colorado Access to Justice Commission is to develop, coordinate and implement policy initiatives to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for persons who encounter barriers in gaining access to Colorado’s civil justice system. The member appointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2013:
 

• Melissa Hart of Denver, to serve as the Governor’s appointee.

 

The Board of Commissioners of State and Veterans Nursing Homes advises the Division of State and Veterans Nursing Homes, the state nursing home located in Trinidad, and the veterans nursing homes located in Homelake, Florence, Rifle, Aurora and Walsenburg. The appointments must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate. The members appointed for terms expiring July 1, 2015:
 

• Lewis H. Entz of Hooper, to serve as veterans and as a Republican.
• Justin A. Martinez of Highlands Ranch, to serve as a member with expertise in nursing home operations, who is a nursing home administrator at the time of appointment, who is experienced in the financial operations of nursing home and as an Unaffiliated voter.
• Shelley K. Hitt of Centennial, the state long-term care ombudsman.
• James C. Bobick of Aurora, a veteran and the designee of the State Board of Veterans Affairs.

 

The Board of Registered Psychotherapists licenses and hears complaints about marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists and social workers. The members appointed are:
 

• Jessie Lynn Wood of Englewood, a professional member with a term expiring July 1, 2012.
• Laurie V. H. Knight of Parker, a professional member with a term expiring July 1, 2014.
• Douglas Michael Tisdale Sr. of Cherry Hills Village, a public member with a term expiring July 1, 2015.

 

The Physical Therapy Board is responsible the regulations of the practice of physical therapy in Colorado. It also grants licenses to qualified applicants, adopts all reasonable and necessary rules for the administration and enforcement of regulations and supervises unlicensed persons by physical therapists, taking into account the education and training of the unlicensed individuals and the physical therapy of animals.

 

The members appointed for terms effective Jan. 1, 2012, and expiring Jan. 1, 2014, are:
 

• Cindy Charlton of Englewood, to serve as a member of the public.
• Britt Matthew Smith of Grand Junction, to serve as a physical therapist.

 

The members appointed for terms effective Jan. 1, 2012, and expiring Jan. 1, 2015, are:
 

• Carolyn B. Armstrong of Nederland, to serve as a physical therapist.
• Steven Richard DiPaola of Lakewood, to serve as a physical therapist.

 

The members appointed for terms effective Jan. 1, 2012, and expiring Jan. 1, 2016, are:
 

• Ann Elizabeth Dinsmore of Fort Collins, to serve as a physical therapist.
• Tamara Sue Struessel of Denver, to serve as a physical therapist.
• Marion Nichols Wells of Conifer, to serve as a member of the public.

 

The Scenic and Historic Byways Commission works with state agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, local byways organizations, public and private resources, to assist in the development of byways management plans, including interpretation, promotion and protection of distinctive byways characteristics. They also help coordinate the budgeting process and allocation of federal, state and private funds for the purpose of byway improvement. The members appointed for terms expiring Jan.1, 2013:
 

• James P. Doyle of Berthoud, to serve as a representative of the National Park Service.
• Hon. Roger Ben Wilson of Glenwood Springs, to serve as a representative of the Colorado General Assembly.

 

The members appointed for terms expiring Jan. 1, 2014:
 

• Stephanie Foote of Denver, to serve as a representative from the Colorado Tourism Office.
• Leslie W. Gruen of Colorado Springs, to serve as a representative from the Colorado Transportation Commission.
• Robert John Mutaw of Boulder, to serve as a representative from the Colorado Historical Society.

 

The State Board of Addiction Counselors Examiners is responsible for regulating addiction counselors. The members appointed for terms expiring Dec. 31, 2013, are:
 

• Ora Dee Watson of Denver, to serve as a certified addiction counselor.
• Levon Hupfer-Detor of Littleton, to serve as a licensed addiction counselor.
• Kelly Clements Hopfer of Highlands Ranch, to serve as a member of the public.

 

The members appointed for terms expiring Dec. 31, 2015, are:
 

• Scott A. DeMuro of Denver, to serve as a licensed addiction counselor.
• Evguenia Lubenova Guentcheva of Canon City, to serve as a licensed addiction counselor.
• Susan Marie Stamm of Denver, to serve as a public member.
• Melissa Fox of Denver, to serve as a public member.

 

The State Conservation Board coordinates programs, training and organization for the eight state conservation districts and federal agencies; allocation of state funds; and serves as a co-sponsor of watershed and flood prevention projects. The member appointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2014:
 

• Margaret E. Lenz of Wray.

 

The State Board of Social Work Examiners licenses social workers in Colorado and conducts hearings concerning complaints against licensed social workers. The members appointed are:
 

• Anne Lauren Polyzou of Denver, to serve as a member of the public, for a term expiring June 30, 2013.
• Sherry A. Caloia of Glenwood Springs, to serve as a member of the public, for a term expiring June 30, 2014.

 

For more information on Boards and Commissions, visit www.colorado.gov/governor or e-mail boards@state.co.us.

 

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