Management Team and Organization

Senior management team

Senior executive team

Above: CDHS Executive Director Michelle Barnes, center, and Deputy Executive Directors Jeremy Hill, Perry May, Ron Vestman and Anne-Marie Braga.

Michelle BarnesMichelle Barnes is the executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Appointed by Gov. Jared Polis in 2019, Barnes is responsible for providing leadership to all aspects of CDHS. She has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations in different sectors. In 2008, she founded Interim Leadership Solutions to lead organizations in transition by serving as the interim CEO, including Food Bank of the Rockies, Senior Housing Options and the Tourette Association of America. Other roles were in youth development, domestic violence, environmental sustainability, getting youth active in the outdoors, and early childhood education.

Anne-Marie BragaAnne-Marie Braga is the deputy executive director of community partnerships. Braga came to CDHS in 2019 with 25 years of experience in the health and human services field. She is responsible for operational oversight of the external entities and agencies with whom the department contracts and partners. Braga provides supervision for the Office of Children, Youth and Families; Office of Economic Security; Office of Early Childhood; Aging and Adult Services; Office of Behavioral Health Community Programs; County Services; and Client Services/Controlled Correspondence.

Jeremy HillJeremy Hill is the deputy executive director of Administrative Solutions. Administrative Solutions is responsible for the management of the administrative functions of CDHS and comprises Human Resources, Facilities Management, Performance and Strategic Outcomes, Business Technology, Emergency Management, Legal and Communications. Hill joined CDHS in 2014 as the director of the Contracts and Procurement Unit. Previously, he represented CDHS as an assistant attorney general.

Perry MayPerry May is the deputy executive director of health facilities. Joining CDHS in 2019, May provides supervision to the chief medical officer; the Office of Community Access and Independence; the Office of Children, Youth and Families; and the Office of Behavioral Health. This supervision includes oversight of the 10 facilities within the Division of Youth Services, the three Regional Centers, the two Mental Health Institutes, and the three Veterans Community Living Centers. May was previously the executive director of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health-Colorado.

Ron Vestman

Ron Vestman is the chief financial officer. Vestman is responsible for CDHS's $2.2 billion budget and oversees the Division of Budget and Policy and the Division of Financial Services. Before joining CDHS in 2019, he served 30 years in the military, retiring as an Air Force colonel. In addition to his military career, he has experience in nonprofit, federal, and state sectors, including serving as the CFO and head of logistics for the California Military Department.

Dr. Robert Werthwein is the director of the Office of Behavioral Health. Werthwein directs the operations and administrative oversight of the public behavioral health system, including programs consisting of mental health and substance use community programs, as well as operation of the Colorado Mental Health Institutes at Fort Logan and Pueblo. Werthwein, who joined CDHS in 2013, also leads in providing policy, performance management, fiscal and administrative tools, and oversight to a large group of mental health facilities, treatment centers and clinics statewide.

Katie McLoughlinKatie McLoughlin is the chief legal director. McLoughlin is responsible for overseeing the legal functioning of the department and partnering with the Attorney General's Office on legal strategy. She oversees disputes between employees and the State Personnel Board, CDHS's HIPAA compliance program, and the Office of Appeals. She also advises on legislation. McLoughlin was previously Gov. John Hickenlooper's deputy legal counsel from 2015-18.

Mary Anne SnyderMary Anne Snyder is the director of the Office of Early Childhood. Since 2012, Snyder has overseen the administration of child-care licensing and subsidy programs, quality initiatives, early intervention, child maltreatment prevention, home visitation, mental health programs, and Head Start. The Office of Early Childhood provides service for families of young children, striving to improve kindergarten readiness, increase early literacy, prevent child abuse and neglect, and treat early‐identified developmental needs.

Yolanda WebbYolanda Webb is the director of the Office of Community Access and Independence. Webb takes the lead in providing policy, performance management, fiscal and administrative tools, and instruction to 64 county social services departments, five state veterans' homes, and three Regional Centers. Joining CDHS in 2019, she has more than 25 years of experience working with adults with disabilities, the adult and aging population, and services to veterans and their caregivers.

Minna Castillo Cohen is the director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families. Since 2017, Castillo Cohen has directed the operations of programs and facilities that improve the safety, independence and well-being of Colorado's children, youth and families. She oversees Child Welfare, Youth Services and the Domestic Violence Program — as well as the Colorado Juvenile Parole Board, the Colorado Sexual Health Initiative (CoSHI) and the Medical Oversight Unit. She has served for 20 years in the nonprofit sector, with all of her work focused on serving children, youth and families.  

Ki'i PowellKi'i Powell,  Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Economic Security. Powell directs the operations of programs that provide income, nutritional and support services to those in need, including Child Support Services; Colorado Works (Colorado’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program), Food and Nutrition Services (including Colorado’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and Refugee Services. Powell has worked with CDHS since 2010. Her previous roles were as research and evaluation manager and Performance Management director in the Division of Child Welfare, where she built and managed the CDHS performance management approach known as C-Stat. 

Renee MarquardtRenee Marquardt, M.D., is the chief medical officer. Marquardt serves as the internal consultant to CDHS regarding medical and psychiatric oversight and planning. She has more than 20 years of medical experience, including extensive work with child welfare, developmentally disabled and juvenile justice populations. She also has a background in child development and neuroscience research and clinical program development and oversight. Marquardt is board certified in child adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry.

Mark TechmeyerMark Techmeyer is the director of communications. Techmeyer is responsible for CDHS's overall communications strategy, media relations, issues and crisis management, and all external and internal communications. He joined CDHS in 2018 after 12 years as the public information officer and director of public affairs for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Techmeyer has extensive experience in crisis communications as well as brand protection and promotion.

Organizational Chart

CDHS org chart