Ronne Hines appointed as Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations

DENVER (Aug, 8, 2016) — Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) Executive Director Joe Neguse announced that he has appointed Ronne Hines as the Director of its largest regulatory division, the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO). DPO provides consumer protection through its regulation of more than 400,000 licensees within more than 50 professions, occupations and entities in the state of Colorado. 

Ronne_Hines_web.jpgSince 2010, Hines has served in a variety of senior-level positions in DPO, most recently as its Deputy Director for Healthcare, with the responsibility for approximately 250,000 healthcare professionals in the state in more than 25 different regulatory boards and programs. 
 
"Ronne has been a visionary partner in DPO’s efforts to protect consumers, and has served as a powerful voice in the healthcare community for protecting the public and breaking down silos among professions” said Neguse. 
 
"I am committed to working with the Division's licensing boards and the consumer community to ensure Colorado's regulations are fair and do not stand in the way of innovation or access to care," stated Hines.
 
During her tenure as Deputy Director for Healthcare, Hines worked on a number of initiatives to expand access to healthcare across Colorado. Last year, she spearheaded efforts to reduce requirements for Advanced Practice Nurses to obtain prescriptive authority, a bipartisan bill that was passed unanimously to help shore up healthcare deserts in the state. Hines also led efforts to craft one of the most progressive telehealth policies in the nation, garnering national recognition as a forward-looking approach to expand access to healthcare and promote innovation while protecting consumers. Hines improved license portability for mental health workers applying from out of state, an effort lauded by the Denver Business Journal and the State Innovation Model. 
 
Prior to her role as Deputy Director for Healthcare, Hines was a program director charged with the day-to-day operations and enforcement for six mental health regulatory boards. She is an attorney by trade and has worked in public administration for her last eight years at DORA. "Hines is active on several leadership and policy committees including the State Innovation Model working groups, the Colorado Consortium to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse, the Council on Licensure, Enforcement & Regulation (CLEAR), where she is a frequent speaker on regulatory enforcement and innovation on both national and international platforms. “She is an effective leader who is truly committed to our mission, and I am delighted to appoint her to head DORA’s largest licensing division,” Neguse said.
 
Prior to joining DORA, Hines was an attorney at Tisdale & Associates in Denver, and Harbour Smith Harris & Merritt P.C. in Longview, Texas, among other firms. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver, her Juris Doctorate from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. 
 
Hines, who began her new role on Aug. 1, replaces Lauren Larson, who served as DPO’s Director since August 2012 and is leaving to join the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer as Deputy Director for Operations. "During her tenure, Lauren was instrumental in improving the overall operations and efficiency of DPO — a division that regulates one in seven workers in the state,” stated Neguse. “Among her many accomplishments, she was successful at assisting in securing passage of several instrumental, bipartisan Department agenda bills, including a bill fighting prescription drug abuse and a bill eliminating certain legal barriers for law enforcement to help in efforts to eliminate human trafficking in massage therapy. I couldn’t be more pleased for Lauren and this exciting opportunity to serve as Deputy Director for Operations for our state."

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About DORA
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