Meet the Team

Mary Anne Leach, Director of the Office of eHealth Innovation

Mary Anne Leach was recently appointed Director, Office of eHealth Innovation, Governor’s office, for the State of Colorado.  Prior to this appointment, Mary Anne served for nine (9) years as Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  During her tenure as CIO, Ms. Leach developed and led health information technology strategies and innovations which have helped the organization improve quality and safety, support research, foster growth and geographic reach, integrate care teams and communications, improve operational performance, enable population health management, engage patients and families in their care, and enable the exchange of health information across communities and states.  Since joining Children’s in 2007, Mary Anne has helped Children’s harvest strategic, clinical, business and research value from technology enablers and investments, and helped Children’s achieve Most Improved (2011) and Most Wired (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) recognitions from Hospitals and Health Networks.  

Prior to joining Children’s Hospital Colorado, Mary Anne was Vice President, Clinical Applications, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), where she delivered and supported clinical systems for 73 hospitals.  Mary Anne also led her own health IT consulting organization for seven years (M.A. Leach & Company), focusing on electronic health record (EHR) implementations.  Mary Anne was the Director, Clinical Systems and Systems Integration, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago), Executive Director, Superior Consultant Company, Inc., and Director of Implementations, at IHC Affiliated Services, (a prior division of Intermountain Health Care).

Mary Anne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah, and holds the credential of Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).  In 2011, Ms. Leach was named CIO of the Year by Denver Business Journal in the non-profit category, and has appeared several times on the list of “100 Hospital and Health Systems CIOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review. 

Carrie Yasemin Paykoc, State Health IT Coordinator

Carrie Paykoc is Colorado’s Health Information Technology Coordinator appointed to the Office of eHealth Innovation, Governor’s office, for the State of Colorado. Prior to this assignment, Carrie worked at The Breakaway Group, A Xerox Company in a variety of project management, research, change management, and instructional design roles to help healthcare organizations implement and adopt Health IT systems. Carrie is passionate about leveraging technology to improve health outcomes, while reducing costs and inefficiencies.  During her time with The Breakaway Group, she helped numerous healthcare organizations of varying size and complexity, significantly reduce time and costs associated with implementing and adopting electronic health records (EHR). Carrie has over 15 years of healthcare experience in both not-for-profit and private organizations and in clinical and administrative roles. This includes working as the Executive Director at Global Health Connections, a local 501C-3, and at Donor Alliance, a local organ and tissue donation procurement organizations- coordinating and facilitating aseptic surgical recovery of cadaveric tissue.

Carrie holds an MBA-Health Administration, Masters in Managing Organizations with an emphasis in sustainability, and Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Emily Giebel, Governor's Office Intern

Emily Giebel, started her work with the Office of eHealth Innovation last fall as a Governor’s Executive Intern. In January, Emily transitioned to OeHI’s Communication’s Assistant. She is currently a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she studies Health Care Management.