Executive Leadership Team

The Senior Executive Team is made up of Department leaders who are in charge of carrying out our mission and vision.

 

Kim Bimestefer

Kim Bimestefer
Executive Director

Kim Bimestefer was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as Executive Director for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing in January 2018.  She was reappointed by Governor Jared Polis in December 2018 and confirmed by the Colorado Senate in January 2019. Executive Director Bimestefer has been a senior healthcare executive for more than 25 years in not-for-profit, publicly-traded and sole-proprietorship organizations. She has been the local Board Chair, President & General Manager for Cigna Mountain States, responsible for strategy, customer satisfaction, care management, provider contracting, growth and profit & loss.

 

Tom Massey

Tom Massey
Deputy Executive Director / Policy, Communications & Administration Office Director

Tom Massey is the Deputy Executive Director and Policy Communications & Administration Office Director. He is responsible for the management of government relations, internal and external communications, legal division, human resources, workforce development and facility operations. Prior to coming to the Department, Massey served as a state legislator representing Colorado House District 60 for eight years. He was a member of the Health and Environment Committee and chaired the House Education Committee. He sponsored several pieces of health care legislation, some of which included prescription drug monitoring, home health care, health information technology and electronic prescriptions in Health First Colorado. 

 

John Bartholomew

John Bartholomew
Chief Financial Officer

John Bartholomew is the Finance Office Director and oversees all financial operations of the Department. Prior to his role as Chief Financial Officer, Bartholomew served as an economist, a statistical analyst, the director of the Rates and Analysis Division and the Budget Director for the Department. Bartholomew has played an instrumental role in finding departmental budget savings and assisting the Governor’s budget office in submitting balanced budgets.

 
 
 

Ralph Choate

Ralph Choate
Chief Operating Officer and Medicaid Operations Office Director

The Medicaid Operations Office oversees a variety of contracts and functions that impact customer service. This Office includes the Eligibility Division which houses the Eligibility Policy Section, Eligibility Contracts & Site Relations Section, and Eligibility Monitoring & Quality Section and CBMS Staff Development Center Training Section; the Chief Client Officer, Client Services Division which houses the Customer Contact Center, and Client Services Operations Section. Ralph comes to us with more than 20 years of leadership experience, including president, chief operating officer and senior vice president positions across multiple industries. He has a master’s degree in Gerontology and extensive experience leading large teams across business development, operations, quality assurance, customer service and information technology environments.

 

Emily Eelman

Emily Eelman
Chief of Staff

Emily Eelman Joined the Department as Chief of Staff in 2019. Among other duties, Eelman is responsible for the creation and execution of a detailed strategic plan to ensure the Department meets the goals of the Administration, tracking goals and initiatives identified in the Department Performance Plan and internal Department targets. Prior to joining the Department, Eelman served as Deputy Secretary in Rhode Island’s Office of Health and Human Services. Prior to that she worked in Washington D.C. for over a decade including serving as a Senior Policy Analyst and Senate Liaison for the White House Office of Management and Budget. 

 

Tracy Johnson

Tracy Johnson
Medicaid Director

Tracy Johnson, Ph.D. serves as the Department’s Medicaid Director. She oversees the Department’s Health Programs Office, which administers public health insurance programs for Coloradans including Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+).  Johnson has 20+ years of experience in health policy, data analytics, population health, program development and evaluation. Prior to coming to the Department, Johnson worked for Denver Health and Hospital Authority where she served as Director of Health Care Reform Initiatives. She led Denver Health’s implementation of federal health care reform, specifically in the areas of delivery system and payment reform.  Previously, she was president of Health Policy Solutions, a health policy consulting firm, and staffed Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Reform.  

 

Tom Leahey
Pharmacy Office Director

Tom Leahey is the Director of the Pharmacy Office and oversees all policy and operations for outpatient pharmacy and physician-administered drug benefits. Leahey joined the Department in 2005 and has worked in auditing, program administration, program integrity and several leadership positions within the Pharmacy Office. He has played a key role in developing and implementing initiatives to control prescription drug expenditures while promoting good health outcomes for Health First Colorado members.

 

Anne Saumur

Anne Saumur
Cost Control & Quality Improvement Office Director

The Cost Control & Quality Improvement Office was created following unanimous approval of SB18-266 in May of 2018. This law focuses on controlling Medicaid costs; the Office leads a collaborative effort across multiple stakeholders to drive insights and solutions that address the rising cost of health care across the state and within the Medicaid program, with a particular emphasis on reducing prices and addressing system inefficiencies to better meet the needs of Coloradans. Anne has an extensive business and data analysis background and has worked with Medicaid and CHP+ programs in Colorado and five other states. She has a master’s degree in Nursing and years of hands-on experience developing and implementing care coordination, clinical audit processes and tools. Most recently, she served as associate director of Business Analysis for UnitedHealth Group. In this role, she drove new program development and deployment, and ensured organizational readiness and quality outcomes.

 

Bonnie Silva

Bonnie Silva
Office of Community Living Director

Bonnie Silva is the Director of the Office of Community Living and serves the role of guiding policy, strategy and system redesign. The Office of Community Living administers long-term services and supports benefits for people with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes long-term services and supports for people living in their home and community to services provided by nursing facilities. Prior to her current role, Silva was the long-term services and supports Division Director at the Department and has extensive experience in program administration, policy development, quality oversight and community engagement. 

 

Parrish Steinbrecher

Parrish Steinbrecher
Health Information Office Director

Parrish Steinbrecher leads the Health Information Office where he manages and directs the statewide MMIS/Claims System and Health Information Technology projects. He also leads the creation of strategic plans, programmatic goals and objectives, allocation of business analysts and fiscal resources. Steinbrecher joined the Department in 2011 as a Division Director for Claims Systems and Operations where he has managed multiple programs and IT projects.

 
 
 

Chris Underwood

Chris Underwood
Deputy Chief of Staff

Chris Underwood serves as the as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.  Mr. Underwood joined the Department in 2000 as a statistical analyst.  During his time with the Department, Mr. Underwood has held the leadership positions over various areas, including developing strategies for systems development and operations for client eligibility, health care claims processing, and health information technology on behalf of the Department.  Previously he had oversight of the various safety net programs, and projects to maximize federal Medicaid revenue.