Medical Services Board Member Biographies
Christy Blakely works as a consultant and is retired from being the executive director for Family Voices. She contributed to NICHQ’s Parent Partnership model through several Learning Collaboratives; worked at JFK Partners on Project Participate; and worked as a Parent Advocate at the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
Ms. Blakely’s has a Master’s of Science in Special Education from Purdue University. Ms. Blakely is the parent of a young adult with significant disabilities and has teamed with insurance companies, doctors, schools, advocates, therapists, hospital staff, and state agencies to improve policies and practices on behalf of children with disabilities. She shares her knowledge and expertise both statewide and nationally. Ms. Blakely defines herself as positive, a strategic thinker, a lifelong learner, a relationship builder and a change agent.
Dr. Cecile Fraley is a board certified pediatrician and CEO of Pediatric Partners of the Southwest in Durango. She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her residency at Primary Children’s Hospital, University of Utah. Dr. Fraley also provides medical services to adolescents as the Medical Director of the Robert E. Denier Youth Detention Center. Dr. Fraley enjoys all ages and aspects of primary care and brings a holistic approach to pediatric and young adult care.
Dr. Fraley is interested in regional health care. She has served on the Durango Network, Community Care Team, and Centura Mercy Regional Medical Center Boards. Dr. Fraley also serves on the Western Slope Provider Advisory Committee for the alignment of Rocky Mountain Health Plan (RMHP) and United Healthcare (UHC) as well as an American Academy of Pediatrics Colorado Board member. Dr. Fraley and her husband are delighted to live in Durango and ski, bike, and backpack, occasionally with their high-school-aged twins.
Patricia Givens is currently the Chief Nursing Officer at Centura Health, Parker Adventist Hospital. Before taking this position, Ms. Givens was Vice President of Patient Care Services/Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Children's Hospital in Denver, CO. She has also served as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse, nursing educator and nursing leader in Children’s Hospital settings in the US and Canada over the past 30 years.
Givens' undergraduate degree is in Nursing from the University of Calgary. She holds a Master's Degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Health Administration from Medical University of South Carolina. She has presented and published on topics related to child and maternal health, nursing leadership and nursing education.
She is currently the President for the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders, serves on the Court Appointed Special Advocates Board (Arapahoe/Douglas/Elbert/Lincoln Counties) and Child Fatality Review Board. Givens’ community and volunteer work over the years has included work with child and sexual abuse programs at the program and board levels.
Simon Hambidge, MD, PhD, is Chief Ambulatory Officer at Denver Health and the Chief Executive Officer of Denver Community Health Services (DCHS). A pediatrician by training, Dr. Hambidge was previously the Director of General Pediatrics for Community Health Services for 8 years. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University School of Medicine, and has practiced at Denver Health since 1997.
As DCHS CEO, Dr. Hambidge oversees a network of 9 community health centers and 17 school based clinics, which provide health care to over 150,000 patients, approximately one-fourth of the population of Denver. Denver Health’s patients include over half of the Medicaid patients in the city.
Dr. Hambidge still provides limited clinical care in the Webb Center for Primary Care’s Kids Care clinic. He has published numerous articles on topics such as vaccine safety and pediatric obesity. Dr. Hambidge serves on the Board of Directors of the Denver Health Medical Plan, the Colorado Community Health Network, the Community Health Association of Mountain and Plains States, and Reach Out and Read Colorado.
Bregitta Hughes is the former Vice President of the Rocky Mountain Brain Injury Services, Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (RMHCS) in Colorado Springs. Rocky Mountain Brain Injury Services provides both residential and day services for persons living with brain injury, which includes four residential group homes and the Neuropathways Center. Ms. Hughes was instrumental in the opening of all the residential facilities at RMHCS including “The Lodge” which was created in response to a statewide shortage of care facilities for brain injured adults on Medicaid. Her tenure with RMHCS ended in 2014 with 19 plus years of service. Currently Bregitta is the owner of Bregitta’s Place LLC. She provides housing in the greater El Paso County for individuals and families with low income.
Ms. Hughes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Colorado State University. She is a certified Brain Injury Specialist and is very knowledgeable about Single Entry Point operations, direct services and rules and regulations governing the administration of long term care programs.
Jessica Kuhns lives in Loveland, Colorado and actively volunteers in her community, church and children’s schools. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Ministry from Colorado Christian University in 2002 and a Master’s degree in Education from Colorado State University in 2006.
In 2006-2007, she and her husband served in the Peace Corps in the country of Jordan. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and earned her Gold Award in 1998. She was a member of the Child Health Plan Plus program when she gave birth to her second son in 2010 and the family has been cycling between individual pay health plans, Medicaid, and CHP+ over the last several years.
Currently, Jessica is also serving on the Person-Centered Advisory Council for HCPF. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, gardening, walking, kayaking and cooking.
Dr. Lippolis is board certified in general and child & adolescent psychiatry. She holds a master’s degree in public health, and completed a fellowship in public psychiatry through the APA. She has served as the medical director of the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Children’s Hospital Colorado and later for Jefferson Hills. She has worked with Colorado Medicaid programs to develop and pilot services in primary care clinics in which a child psychiatrist provided direct clinical care and pediatric case consultation via telemedicine to primary care providers and their patients in the medical home. She currently has a private practice seeing pediatric psychiatry patients in person or via telemedicine. She also works for Colorado’s Medicaid program as an expert consultant to help providers throughout the state more appropriately prescribe psychotropic medications to children. She is also working with Colorado ECHO to provide training to PCPs throughout Colorado on Pediatric Psychiatry.
She has been a strong advocate for system change in foster for over 20 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Adoption Exchange. She is a member of the Colorado State Psychotropic Medication Steering Committee for Colorado Youth in the Child Welfare System, as well as the Colorado State Task Force on the Collection and Security of Digital Images of Evidence of Child Abuse or Neglect. She also serves on the board of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RHEL). Dr. Lippolis is a member of the Colorado Psychiatric Society’s Executive Council and legislative committee and is a regional representative to the National APA Assembly. She lives in Evergreen with her husband and two dogs and loves to mountain bike in her spare time.
Dr. An Nguyen is a graduate of Rhodes College, where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, Saint Louis University, where she received a Master’s in Public Health focusing in community health, and the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry. She has spent the entirety of her clinical dental career in community health centers, serving as a staff dentist in rural Arkansas and, later, as the Chief Dental Officer at Sunrise Community Health in Northern Colorado. For the past six years, she has served as the Vice-President of Dental Services at Clinica Family Health Services in Boulder and Adams Counties, Colorado, where she has seen the program grow from a small, two provider practice to a robust, more integral part of the health center. She completed Johnson & Johnson’s Healthcare Executive Program at UCLA in 2012, currently serves as a Board Member for National Network for Oral Health, and was appointed by the governor to the State of Colorado’s Medical Services Board and the Caring for Colorado Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Nguyen also serves as a preceptor for the University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine’s Advanced Clinical and Training Program. She has particular interests in dental quality, integrated health care, and population-based heath improvement.
Amanda (Mandy) Moorer was raised on a family farm 25 miles northeast of Sterling, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and continued her education at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Moorer began her nursing career in 2003 at the University of Colorado Hospital in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. During her tenure there, Moorer advanced from an entry level Nurse Intern to a Level III Charge Nurse. After nearly a ten-year career in critical care, Moorer transitioned into the role of the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program coordinator where she has served in this capacity for over two years. She has nationally presented and published her nursing projects. Moorer currently resides in Westminster, Colorado, is married to her college sweetheart and they have two children, Marshall (3) and Malia (1).
Mr. Potts moved to Colorado in April of 1984 for business opportunities and settled in Chaffee County in 1986. He has been involved in several business ventures over the years.
His public service started in 1989 when he was appointed to a seat on the Salida Planning & Zoning Commission, serving as Chairman from 1993 to 1997. In 1998, Potts was appointed to the Poncha Springs Planning & Zoning Commission and filled a vacated Town Board seat in 1999. After relocating to unincorporated Chaffee County, in 2003, he was appointed to the Chaffee County Planning & Zoning Commission in 2009 and elected to the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners in 2010. He is currently serving his second and final term.
Potts is also privileged to serve all the people of Colorado as a board member of the Child Welfare Allocation Committee, a member of the IV-E Waiver Oversite Committee and a member of the Child Fatality Review Team. He believes children are the foundation to our country.
Potts enjoys all the wonderful activities that the great outdoors of Colorado has to offer.
Donna is a fifth generation Northeastern Coloradoan who began her nursing career as a Nursing Assistant then LPN before earning dual Bachelor Degrees in Nursing, as well as Food, Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Gerontology at the University of Northern Colorado. She is completing a Master’s Degree at the University of Colorado to become a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Adults and Geriatrics. She has over two decades of administrative experience in frontier and rural Colorado working under the rules and regulations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Donna has been the Administrator of Hospice of the Plains since 1998 and served ten years on the Colorado Hospice Organization now known as Hospice and Palliative Care of the Rocky Mountains. For that organization, she was a member of the Standards Committee, Co-Chair and later Chair of the Public Policy Committee on which she remains. She is also a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Rural Task Force.