State Hospital announces new CEO, CNO

DENVER (March 6, 2018) — The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) today announced the hiring of a new chief executive officer and a chief nursing officer for the state-run mental health hospital. 

Jill Marshall will serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Ronda Katzenmeyer will serve as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).

“I am pleased to appoint these seasoned professionals to serve in key leadership positions at the hospital,” said Dr. Robert Werthwein, director of the Office of Behavioral Health for the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). CMHIP, the state’s forensic mental health hospital, is housed under CDHS.

As CEO, Marshall will lead CMHIP by overseeing staff, operations and resources while ensuring that the 449-bed hospital provides high-quality psychiatric treatment and services for adults, adolescents and geriatric patients. Marshall brings extensive experience in public health to CMHIP, with service in state governments in New Mexico and Texas. She comes to CMHIP from the New Mexico Department of Health, where she served as the CEO and Executive Director for the state-run Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Behavioral Services Center, Developmental Disability Waiver Program and Specialty Dental Clinic. As CEO, Marshall was responsible for the oversight, direction and financial accountability for all medical, psychological, social and direct services, program operations and staff.

“At CMHIP, we’re committed to providing the best possible patient care by continuously finding new ways to improve the way we deliver services, interact with patients and build a workplace culture that promotes a high quality experience. With Jill Marshall, we’ve found a leader who shares our goals,” Werthwein said. “Jill comes to us with more than a decade of experience in behavioral health, public administration and human services. We’re excited to have her join our team and help lead CMHIP into a new era. We’ve been grateful to have Teresa Bernal serve as our Interim CEO, and Teresa will continue to support CMHIP during the onboarding and transition process.”

A graduate of Concordia University Nebraska with a Masters of Public Health Policy and Administration, Marshall completed her undergraduate course work in Music Therapy at West Texas A&M University. Marshall is expected to begin her new role on March 26. Bernal has been acting CEO since Dec. 1, 2017.

“I’m excited to bring my experience to this already strong leadership team,” Marshall said. “The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo provides crucial behavioral health supports and services to Colorado’s forensic population and I’m honored to help care for some of the Coloradans who may need our help the most.”

Before being named CMHIP CEO, Marshall rose through the ranks in state government, serving in the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services before joining the New Mexico Department of Health in 2011 as Services Coordination Manager, then Deputy Director and finally CEO for the same state agency.

Katzenmeyer, the new chief nursing officer, has worked at CMHIP since July 2014, following a 12-year career with the Colorado Department of Corrections. During her time at Corrections, she held positions as Quality Program Administrator and Health Services Administrator. Her roles at CMHIP have included Lead Nurse for almost two years and then Program Chief Nurse from April 2016 to present.

“Ronda’s dedication to CMHIP, our patients and our nursing and direct care staff has been unmatched,” said Bernal, Interim CEO at CMHIP. “We’re so pleased to have found a strong, capable leader in Ronda and look forward to her continued work in creating a cohesive, healthy culture for our nursing team.”

Katzenmeyer earned her Bachelor’s of Nursing Science from Grand Canyon University in Arizona and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Nursing Leadership at Grand Canyon. With her hiring as CNO, previous CNO Cara Dasher has transitioned to the Clinical Education Director position at CMHIP, which is intended to increase the hospital’s clinical workforce by bringing in new people and helping current staff advance in their careers. She is bringing forth innovative ways to build a career pipeline for new and existing staff.



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