SIM Advisory Board Members
Reggie Bicha was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services in 2011.
Reggie is a social worker, administrator, educator and national leader. He has extensive experience working on child welfare, education, employment and health issues at the county, state and national levels. Before moving to Colorado, Reggie served as the Inaugural Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.
Reggie currently serves on the Governing Board of the American Public Human Services Association. In 2012, he was selected for the Ascend Fellowship, sponsored by the prestigious Aspen Institute, to focus on approaches to move children and parents beyond poverty.
In January 2014, Reggie was recognized for his leadership and dedication with the Casey Family Programs “Excellence for Children Award.”
Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
Kim Bimestefer was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as Executive Director for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing on January 8, 2018. As Executive Director, Ms. Bimestefer oversees the operations and strategic direction of the Department which administers the Colorado Medicaid (Health First Colorado) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) programs.
Director Bimestefer has been a senior healthcare executive for more than 25 years. As the local Board Chair, President & General Manager for Cigna Mountain States, Ms. Bimestefer was accountable for corporate strategy, customer satisfaction, medical costs and trends, employee relations, branding, membership growth and earnings. In this role, she revitalized a struggling culture post acquisition and pioneered new partnerships with high-performing healthcare delivery systems and physician groups, creating responsive offerings in the CO, UT, WY and NM markets.
Director Bimestefer serves on the Board of Connect for Health Colorado, the American Heart Association, is Chair of CEOs Against Cancer for the American Cancer Society, is on the Advisory Board for A Precious Child, and Chaired the 2017 CPRD Arts-in-Education gala fundraiser. She has received numerous industry awards for leadership in business and industry: Forbes Women Leaders Issue, one of seven western region leaders recognized for exemplary business leadership, June 2016; Colorado’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Business, Colorado Women’s Chamber, 2016; Outstanding Women in Business/Healthcare, Denver Business Journal, 2015; Women of Distinction, Girl Scouts of America, 2015.
Ms. Bimestefer earned her bachelor’s degree from Towson State University and her MBA from Loyola College of Maryland. She is also a graduate of the Wright Management Group and Darden School of Business, Executive Leadership Programs.
Arthur Davidson, Director of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology, Denver Health
Dr. Arthur Davidson, a family physician, is Director of Public Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Preparedness at Denver Public Health, Denver Health. He seeks to build integrated informatics applications that support both clinical care and public health initiatives. He was principal investigator of Colorado’s 5-year AHRQ-funded State and Regional Demonstration Project which resulted in development of the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO). He served as a founding member of a Federal Advisory Committee: the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, and continues working on the Advance Health Models Workgroup. He currently serves as board chair of the Colorado Health Institute and co-chairs the Interim Executive Committee for an ASTHO-hosted, Public Health Community Platform. He serves as a member of the HIT Workgroup for the State Innovation Model Award to Colorado. He is an associate professor in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of Colorado Denver.
Tista Ghosh, Interim Cheif Medical Officer, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Glenn Madrid, Physician, Primary Care Partners, Inc.
Glenn Madrid is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician with 25 years of full-spectrum experience in the field of primary care, including obstetrics and inpatient care. Dr. Madrid holds a M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has previously served as the President of the Family Medicine Section at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Dr. Madrid’s current practice, Primary Care Partners, located in Grand Junction, participates in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, and has served as a model for integrating behavioral healthcare into the primary care setting. Due to his experience with practice transformation, Dr. Madrid has delivered presentations across the country and was invited to the White House in 2015 for the launch of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. Dr. Madrid currently serves as President of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians and as the Medical Director for Home Care of Grand Valley.
Lilly Marks, Vice President, Health Affairs, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Lilly Marks serves as Vice President for Health Affairs for the University of Colorado and Anschutz Medical Campus, which includes the university’s Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, College of Nursing and Graduate School and the University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Prior to her health campus leadership role, Ms. Marks spent two decades as both Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the School of Medicine and as Executive Director of University Physicians, Inc., the 501(c)(3) faculty practice plan.
Ms. Marks has served as Chair, Board of Directors of the University of Colorado Hospital and is currently a board member of the Board of Directors of the UCHealth System, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the Advisory Board for Clinical Research of the National Institutes of Health, the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and the Rose Community Foundation. She is also a member of the AAMC Advisory Panel on Research and is a trustee of the University of Colorado Foundation.
The Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award was awarded to Ms. Marks in August 2012. She has been recognized by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 2014 as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado. The April 2014 5280 Magazine recognized Ms. Marks as one of 50 Most Powerful People in Denver.
Ms. Marks is a frequent national speaker regarding medical school economics, health care and clinical practice management and leadership issues in academic medicine.
Barbara Martin, Director, Colorado State Innovation Model and TCPi
Barbara is a nurse practitioner with over 15 years of clinical and leadership experience in health care delivery, care coordination, and working across complex systems of care. She received her master’s degree in Public Health in 2013 to focus on population-based policy and systems change work to enhance and improve systems of care delivery.
Barbara has been engaged with the Colorado SIM initiative since 2013. She initially served on the core SIM team during the grant planning process, and more recently, led state public health efforts to implement population health strategies in support of the SIM initiative during her tenure as Director of the Health Systems Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Ms. Martin joined the Colorado SIM Office in 2015, as the Director of the Transforming Clinical Practices initiative (TCPi), to lead state-wide efforts to build a program that will support clinicians and practices to ensure a successful transition into new care delivery and payment models that will achieve our goal of making Colorado the healthiest state while providing crucial support to our vital health care workforce. In March, 2016, Barbara stepped in as the interim SIM office director and formally became the director later that year,
Glenn Most, Executive Director - West Pines Behavioral Health, SCL Health
Glenn Most, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and Executive Director for West Pines Behavioral Health at Lutheran Medical Center, part of the SCL Health system. SCL Health is a non-profit organization that operates eight hospitals and numerous healthcare services in Colorado, Kansas and Montana.
In his leadership role at West Pines, Dr. Most has overseen the inpatient and outpatient expansion of psychiatric and substance use disorder treatment, most recently with the addition of a twenty bed geropsychiatric program. Prior to West Pines, Dr. Most worked at a number of facilities in the Denver metro area, including the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, the Denver Veteran’s Administration, and the Aurora Mental Health Center.
Before moving to Colorado from New York in 1994, he worked as a recreational therapist for geriatric patients at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Most has been a strong advocate for those who cope with behavioral health issues. He has served on the Metro Denver Crisis Triage project, serves on the Jefferson County Adult Protection Community Advisory Board, and is currently a part of the Jefferson County Aging Well Project. He also serves on the Community First Foundation’s Lutheran Legacy Fund Advisory Board and is on the Behavioral Health Council for the Colorado Hospital Association.
Dr. Most holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and a Master’s degree in Psychology from New York University.
Carol Pace, Volunteer Advocate for AARP and CCHI
Carol is retired and a volunteer consumer advocate, primarily interested in health care issues. In that capacity she serves on:
AARP Advocacy Committee – following, testifying on health care legislation for their target population of age 50 and older;
AARP Tax Aide program – doing tax prep for low income and seniors, with major interest in the reconciliation of the new health care premium subsidies and how the IRS is working with and enforcing that program;
League of Women Voters Advocacy Committee – following and advocating health care legislation; League of Women Voters advocacy and positions have involved broad outreach throughout Colorado, including rural communities. Carol also has family members in rural southwest Colorado and keeps in touch with healthcare issues in that area; and
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Boomers Leading Change in Healthcare (BLCiH) and several other healthcare advocacy groups;
Carol's career includes two decades with the University of Colorado, as a medical department administrator— with Surgical subspecialties, Emergency Department, Obsetrics and Gynecology and Preventive Medicine. She has worked with public and private hospitals in two states, for federal, state and private health care organizations. She has also worked with the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Carol was the operations director for a metro area Residential Treatment Center for Emotionally Disturbed Children for 5 years, and an Economist for the Federal Government. Carol's undergraduate degree is in Economics, she has a masters in Health Administration, from the University of California, and is a lifetime Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE).
Jeannie Ritter, Mental Health Ambassador, Mental Health Center of Denver
Jeannie Ritter joined the Mental Health Center of Denver in 2012 to serve as Mental Health Ambassador. She began her advocacy work around mental health and wellness while serving as the First Lady of Colorado (2007–2011). She continues to work to advance integrated care efforts, increase mental health literacy, expand support and ensure access for mental health services across the community.
Jeannie served as the co-chair of the legislative task force (House Bill 2013-1296) to make recommendations for updating Colorado’s civil commitment laws. Her 10-year experience as a teacher in Denver Public Schools reinforced her conviction of supporting all families with behavioral health concerns. Jeannie remains active in the community serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Depression Center, CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation), the Rose Community Foundation Health Committee, the Colorado Coalition for Parity, the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund and Rocky Mountain PBS Board.
She and her husband Bill have four young adult children.
Marguerite Salazar, Colorado Insurance Commissioner, Department of Regulatory Affairs
Marguerite Salazar was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper as Colorado Insurance Commissioner effective August 19, 2013. Her role is key in assisting consumers and other stakeholders with insurance needs, including homeowners affected by Colorado wildfires and subsequent flooding. As the chief executive of the Division of Insurance, Salazar will work with the insurance industry to bring an inclusive, open, firm and fair-minded regulatory approach to all lines of insurance under her supervision.
Previously, President Barack Obama appointed Salazar as regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Region VIII. As regional director, she played a vital role in the department's effort to effectively implement the federal Affordable Care Act.
Prior to this appointment Salazar served more than 20 years as president/CEO of Valley-Wide Health Systems, a large, rural community health center covering 22 counties in southern Colorado and serving more than 40,000 patients through 26 primary health care clinics.
Salazar is a fellow in the National Hispana Leadership Institute, as well as a Livingston fellow in the Bonfil Stanton Foundation. She was a trustee for the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors for Colorado State University. She served as chair for the Colorado Humanities and also served on the board of trustees for the Nature Conservancy and the National Center for Farmworker Health. Salazar holds a master's degree in counseling psychology.