Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

​DENVER — Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Board of Human Services and Tony Grampsas Youth Services Board.

The State Board of Human Services adopts policies, rules and regulations for the administration of the Department of Human Services and adjusts the minimum award for old age pensions for changes in the cost of living. The Board also adopts rules and regulations concerning foster care and adoption procedures, mental health programs, alcohol and drug abuse programs and developmental disabilities programs.

For a term expiring March 1, 2019:

Honorable Thomas Crawford Davidson of Dillon, to serve as a family member of a person with a disability and changing his previous designation as county commissioner, appointed;
for terms expiring March 1, 2021:

Bernard A. Buescher of Grand Junction, to serve as a member of the public, appointed;
Jeffrey Gordon Kuhr of Grand Junction, a member of the public, reappointed;
Dennis Edward Swain of Northglenn, to serve as a member of the public, reappointed;
Chris J. Watney of Denver, to serve as a member of the public, appointed.  

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints judge in 17th Judicial District

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Roberto Ramirez as district court judge for the 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties). He will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Craig Welling’s appointment to the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Ramirez currently serves as a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Arvada. In this capacity, he represents Arvada in a broad variety of civil litigation matters, including civil rights, governmental immunity, environmental, personal injury and contract cases. Ramirez also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Space Command and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver School of Law. Prior to his current employment, he served as Chief Senior Prosecutor and Appellate Counsel and Government Appellate Counsel for the Air Force Reserves.

Ramirez earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law.

His appointment is effective January 16, 2017.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Business Experiential Learning (BEL) Commission.

The Business Experiential Learning Commission develops, evaluates and implements a systemic solution for integrated work-based education and training to meet the needs of Colorado’s economy. The Commission focuses on three main areas: engaging business involvement in educating and training students and workers in partnership with the State’s K-16 education system, workforce system and related civic agencies; creating a digital badging system to provide the opportunity for students, interns, apprentices and workers to document skills they have obtained in the workplace, and to share that information with the K-16 system to support curriculum development; and leveraging existing resources to create a portal of information to connect students, job-seekers, schools, employers and civic agencies with experiential learning, training opportunities and careers.

Many state offices closed on Monday

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 — In observance of President’s Day, many state offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20.

State driver’s license offices, the department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Service offices and administrative offices for executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Monday.

All of Colorado’s state parks will be open and staffed, but administrative offices and visitor centers will be closed. State troopers will be patrolling the highways and Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be working as necessary.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit, eHealth Commission, State Board of Health, Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care and Advisory Committee to the Property Tax Administrator.

The Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit advises and consults with the assistant attorney general concerning the Attorney General’s powers under the consumer credit code.

For a term expiring September 30, 2019:

Richard Robert Jones of Centennial, to serve as a member of the public, appointed.
The eHealth Commission supports the implementation of the state's Health IT strategy and interoperability objectives by setting goals for Health IT programs and creating a process for developing common policies and technical solutions.

For a term expiring February 1, 2019:

Michele J. Lueck of Englewood, to serve as a member with expertise in healthcare policy, appointed.
The State Board of Health advises the executive director of the department on all matters relating to public health and determines policies for the department to follow in administering and enforcing the public health laws of the state.

For a term expiring March 1, 2019:

Raymond O. Estacio, MD of Denver, a resident of the First Congressional District, a Democrat, and changing his designation from an at-large member, appointed;
for terms expiring March 1, 2021:

Michael Anthony Cappello of Brush, a resident of the Fourth Congressional District and as a Republican, reappointed;
Lew Gaiter, III of Livermore, a resident of the Second Congressional District and a Republican, to serve an an at-large member and county commissioner, appointed;
Patricia Jane Hammond, RN of Eagle, a resident of the Third Congressional District and as a Democrat, appointed;
Shawn M. Turk of Centennial, a resident of the Sixth Congressional District and as a Democrat, appointed;
Matthew VanAuken of Colorado Springs, a resident of the Fifth Congressional District and as an Unaffiliated, reappointed.
The Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care (NPATCH) promotes public safety and improves health care in Colorado by supporting collaboration and communication between the practices of nursing and medicine.

For terms expiring September 11, 2019:

Brian Charles Harrington, MD, MPH, FAAFP of Steamboat Springs, recommended by and representing a statewide physicians’ organization, appointed;
Christine Renee Ochoa, RN of Pueblo, recommended by and representing a statewide professional nursing association, appointed.
The Advisory Committee to the Property Tax Administrator reviews and approves or disapproves manuals, appraisal procedures, and instructions prepared and published by the property tax administrator.

For a term expiring September 1, 2018:

Keith Alan Erffmeyer of Aurora, to serve as an assessor from a county with a population over 75,000 and as a Republican, and occasioned by the resignation of Corbin Sakdol of Littleton, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Communications Office appointments

DENVER — Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 — Governor John Hickenlooper announced today two appointments to the Governor’s Communications Office. Marie Logsden has been appointed Director of Strategic Communications and Jacque Montgomery has been appointed Press Secretary.

Logsden spent the past 13 years with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. She recently served as Senior Vice President of Communications, Learning and Diversity, where she provided leadership to the nonprofit health care provider. Logsden will be responsible for leading the State’s communication strategy and connecting the work the administration does with the people of Colorado.

“We are thrilled to have Marie join our staff,” Governor Hickenlooper said. “For years Marie has worked at the intersection of policy and communications, and her strategic approach and deep expertise are the perfect combination to lead the communications effort.”

Joining the communications team as Press Secretary is Jacque Montgomery. A former broadcast news journalist, Jacque has held media relations roles at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and at the University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus. She most recently served as Executive Communications Consultant at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Jacque will be the main media contact for the Office of the Governor.

“Jacque is a highly respected, talented leader who brings a wealth of experience to our team,” Governor Hickenlooper said.

Holly Shrewsbury, Director of Communications to Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and Deputy Director of Communications to the Governor who has served as the interim Director of Communications during the transition, announced that she will leave for private practice on March 15, 2017.  

“Holly has been an invaluable asset to this team and we wish her continued success in her future professional endeavors,” Governor Hickenlooper said.

Both Marie and Jacque will join the Hickenlooper staff on February 22, 2017.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Kim Hunter Reed as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education

DENVER — Wednesday, Feb. 1,  2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Kim Hunter Reed, PhD., has been appointed executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education (DHE), effective Feb. 15, 2017.

“Kim’s knowledge of best practices in higher education and her extensive experience in innovative ways to make college more accessible - as well as her focus on student success - will benefit all Coloradans,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “We are thrilled that such a dynamic national education leader will join our team and lead our post-secondary education efforts, and we know that her expertise will help ensure our ability to make a difference in the lives of our students and families.”

Reed, a former Louisiana higher education official, most recently served in President Obama’s administration as deputy under secretary at the U.S. Department of Education leading post-secondary diversity and inclusion work, supporting strong student and outcomes focused policies and aggressive national outreach efforts. She also led the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Prior to serving in the administration, Reed was a principal at HCM Strategists LLC, a public policy and advocacy consulting firm in Washington, D.C., focused on advancing effective solutions in health and education.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the eHealth Commission and State Board of Nursing.

The eHealth Commission supports the implementation of the state's Health IT strategy and interoperability objectives by setting goals for Health IT programs and creating a process for developing common policies and technical solutions.

For a term expiring February 1, 2019:

Tania E. Zeigler of Denver, to serve as a member with expertise in digital health, and occasioned by the resignation of Mary Anne Leach of Castle Rock, appointed;
For terms expiring February 1, 2020:

Ann Elizabeth Boyer, MD, MPH&TM of Denver, to serve as a consumer engaged in health care, appointed;
William Adam Brown of Denver, to serve as a representative of health insurance providers, appointed;
Jonathan Gottsegen of Denver, to serve as the designee of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, appointed;
Christopher Stewart Wells of Denver, to serve as the designee of the Department of Public Health and Environment, reappointed;
Herbert K. Wilson, Jr. of Westminster, to serve as the designee of the Department of Human Services, reappointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Discovery Project Steering Committee and Sickle-Cell Anemia Advisory Committee.

The Discovery Project Steering Committee was created to develop, enhance and maintain a statewide discovery sharing system to create more predictable state costs associated with criminal discovery.

For a term expiring July 1, 2017:

Brittny Beth Lewton, JD of Sterling, to serve as a district attorney from a rural judicial district, and occasioned by the resignation of Thom Kirk LeDoux of Canon City, appointed.

The Sickle-Cell Anemia Advisory Committee uses the existing staff and facilities of the University of Colorado School of Medicine to establish programs and conduct research for the care and treatment of persons suffering from sickle-cell anemia. The Board is composed of eleven members representing hospitals, voluntary agencies interested in sickle-cell anemia, medical specialists in sickle-cell anemia patient care, and the general public.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s refugee executive order

DENVER — Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on President Trump's refugee executive order:

“The vast majority of refugees admitted to the United States are families, mainly comprised of women and children, and all refugees are admitted only after they make it through the world's toughest vetting program. Many of the refugees helped US forces, often in violent and chaotic circumstances, risking their lives in the process.

We can and should continue to work with the federal government and Homeland Security to ensure that the verification system used to screen refugees is as stringent as possible. But we can do that while we honor our values as Americans. Religious tests and blanket bans diminish those values and injure our international reputation. The executive order serves as a powerful recruiting tool for our enemies and needlessly antagonizes our allies around the world. We believe that Americans will be less safe, at home and abroad, if the executive order is fully implemented. We urge the President to rescind the executive order.”

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