Meet the Team
Aubrey Boggs has been named the new Ombudsman for Behavioral Health Access to Care. Ms. Boggs will serve as a neutral party to help consumers and providers navigate and resolve issues related to consumer access to care for mental health and substance use disorders. The Ombudsman Office also identifies, tracks and reports on concerns and potential violations of federal and state mental health parity laws, as well as on any actions taken by the office to assist consumers and providers.
As a mental health advocate and peer, Aubrey understands how essential access to quality behavioral health care is. Her work as an advocate for mental health has been rooted in her own lived experience, and in the experiences of her community. From contributing to task forces and committees, testifying on legislation, facilitating community meetings, advocacy, wellness training sessions, and working one on one friends and neighbors, Aubrey has worked tirelessly for her community.
Aubrey found her love of advocacy while volunteering with One Colorado - a group dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. That grew into a career after working with the Colorado Mental Wellness Network as their Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator. Aubrey’s passion is helping people find wellness and recovery, and destigmatizing behavioral health conditions.
Aubrey lives with her husband, Drew, cattle dog and two cats in Aurora. She loves life in this beautiful state, and can’t imagine trading the morning drive view of mountains for any other scenery. She enjoys hikes with her dog, visits to the mountains for skiing and nature, baking bread from scratch, spending time with her many plants, and learning as much as possible about anything and everything.
Rebecca Swanson joined BhoCO as Deputy Ombudsman in 2019. She brings fifteen years of public policy and research experience to guide the establishment and operations of the Ombudsman office. Prior to this she was Director of Strategic Initiatives at Mental Health Colorado, where she crafted legislation to strengthen mental health coverage laws and helped create BhoCO via Colorado HB18-1357. She also worked in communities across the state to assess and fund community mental health solutions through local initiatives.
Rebecca’s past work includes five years as Research Director for the University of Denver’s Strategic Issues Program, whose primary mission was to encourage informed public discussion on topics that are important to residents of Colorado and the nation.
Rebecca also served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Colorado Governor’s Office. One of her primary areas of focus was local affairs, as well as the intersection between local, state and federal policies. She represented the governor on the Western Governors Association Staff Council, and chaired or served on several gubernatorial boards and task forces.
Rebecca obtained a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Denver, where she worked as graduate research assistant for former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm. Additionally, after studying Neuroscience at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, she spent more than a decade educating both children and adults. This work included five years in the Minnesota public K-12 school system, and many years planning and leading national and international-based wilderness and service learning trips. This is where her passion for advocacy and public service began, and has continued throughout her career and personal life.