UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Highlands Ranch Hospital, and Broomfield Hospital

University of Colorado Hospital is a financially and legally independent entity overseen by an 11-member Board of Directors. Our current board members are a distinguished blend of academic, business and medical leaders.

Board of Directors: University of Colorado Hospital Authority

Don Elliman

Chancellor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Chancellor of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus since 2012, Don Elliman boasts a successful track record in business and a high-quality reputation in higher education.

A longtime executive in publishing, Elliman worked at Time Warner for 32 years, retiring as an executive vice president of Time Inc. Other positions he held include publisher of People magazine and president of Sports Illustrated.

After Time Warner, Elliman served for four years as CEO of Ascent Sports and then Kroenke Sports Enterprises, overseeing all activities of the Pepsi Center, the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche.

He then served four years in Colorado state government, the first two as executive director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the final two as chief operating officer for Colorado.

More recently, Elliman was executive director of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Don Elliman became interim chancellor for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus in April 2012 and chancellor in February 2013. He assumed responsibility exclusively for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in September 2014.

Elliman has served as chair of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Board of Directors and co-chair of the campaign to raise funds for the new hospital. He continues on that board as well as the boards of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine, UCHealth, University of Colorado Hospital, Colorado Prevention Center, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, National Mental Health Innovation Center, and the Higher Learning Commission.

Richard L. Monfort

Mr. Monfort is the Owner, Chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club. He represents Congressional District 4 on the board.

Background – In 1987 Mr. Monfort became President of Monfort of Colorado, a family-owned cattle business. In 1991 the company merged with ConAgra Red Meats Inc. and he served as President and Chief Executive Officer until he retired in 1994. He owns the Hyatt Grand Champions Hotel in Palm Springs, California, the Hilltop Steak House in Boston and interests in various commercial real estate ventures in Denver and Greeley. He helped to launch the Montera Cattle Co. in 1996 and in 1997 opened the first Brett Favre Steak House in Milwaukee and has since opened a second location in Green Bay. Mr. Monfort is the Chairman of the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees, and he serves on the Boards of Colorado Economic Development, the Venture Capital Authority and the Denver Zoo. He is very active in philanthropy and has spearheaded a program that gives money to families of the Colorado National Guard and military reservists from Colorado stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in business management. He resides in Greeley with his family.

Philip R. Lane

Mr. Lane is the Managing Partner of Culebra Properties, a real estate concern in Colorado Springs.

Background – Mr. Lane started his career as an account sales manager with Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers in Chicago. He worked for GB for 6 years, in the interim earning a Masters in Management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He and wife Anita Kraus then moved to Colorado Springs as she began her Internal Medicine practice and Phil joined his family business, Lane Affiliated Companies. Along with his father and brother, Phil was responsible for General Management of the Pepsi-Cola franchise, which included operations in six western states. The Lanes sold their business to Pepsi Bottling Group in 2008.

Phil is the current Board President for the Colorado Golf Association and has been the Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee since 2010. He has been on the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Field Office of The Nature Conservancy since 2009. Other board commitments include the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and the United States Olympic Museum.

Phil married Anita in 1991. They have three daughters: Casey, a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Sydney, a senior at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs; and Marni, a 7th grader at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High. Phil is an avid supporter of Northwestern University athletics. His hobbies include reading, golf, squash, and skiing.

Mark R. Kennedy

Mr. Kennedy is currently the President of the University of Colorado. He oversees a university system with four campuses (Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus), some 67,000 students, 35,000 employees and a $4.8 billion annual budget.

Background – Before assuming the presidency of CU, Kennedy distinguished himself in successful roles in business, government and higher education.

Kennedy came to CU from the University of North Dakota, where he served as president from July 2016-June 2019. During his time at UND, Kennedy led the adoption and implementation of a strategic plan that positioned the university for success in a fast-changing higher education environment.

He previously directed the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University and before that, he taught at prestigious universities in the United States and abroad.

Kennedy represented Minnesota for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also played leadership roles at Pillsbury and the company that is today known as Macy’s.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and a master’s in business administration with distinction from the University of Michigan. Kennedy and his wife, Debbie have four adult children and six grandchildren.

John Reilly, MD

John Reilly, MD, is the Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He holds the Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair and joined the University in April 2015.

Background – Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Dr. Reilly was at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine beginning in 2008. In 2011, he was appointed the Jack D. Myers Professor and Chair for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Reilly’s education and training include an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Dartmouth and his medical degree from Harvard, with postgraduate work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Reilly has overseen the grants administration enterprise for the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, providing a broad view of academic research there and enabling him to further shape his ideas for the elements of success in research. His personal research activities are focused on various pulmonary diseases, including emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.

In addition to his participation in multidisciplinary research, Dr. Reilly has extensive experience in creating and working in multidisciplinary clinical programs. He participated in the founding of the Lung Transplant program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1992, and since then he has worked in a comprehensive lung cancer program, a multidisciplinary critical care service running a surgical intensive care unit and two lung volume reduction surgery programs. In his role as department chair at the University of Pittsburgh, he reorganized the liver and renal transplant areas to a more integrated model where they can function as a unified team.

Faculty development and mentorship are important components of his leadership. Dr. Reilly has a long and consistent track record of both research and clinical mentorship of faculty and trainees. He strives to identify talented individuals, providing them with the strategic vision and the autonomy to carry out their work and then continuing to work with them to solve problems and remove barriers identified in the course of business. Dr. Reilly is keenly aware of the challenges facing academic medicine today, from the rapidly changing clinical landscape to funding pressures for research and education dollars. He comments on the contributions that the nation’s academic medical centers make in our society with regard to patient care, teaching and research and that the “role of leadership is in providing the infrastructure that keeps these three missions together and allows people to do what they do best.”

Colleen Conry, MD

Dr. Conry was elected the President of the Medical Staff for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2019 and is an at-large member of the Board. The bylaws of the University of Colorado Hospital require that the President of the Medical Staff be a member of the Board of Directors.

Background – Dr. Conry is a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine and is Sr. Vice Chair for the department. She completed her residency training at the University of Colorado and joined the Department of Family Medicine in 1987. Her educational leadership roles included Residency Director for three different residency programs, Director of Graduate Medical Education, consultant for the American Academy of Physicians Family Medicine Residency Assistance Program, member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine and faculty for the National Institute for Program Director Development. She currently serves in multiple leadership positions in a large University-based medical system with responsibility for quality, practice transformation and operations. She is President of the Medical Staff of the University of Colorado. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Ray Baker

Ray Baker is a partner at Gold Crown Management Company, a real estate management firm established in 1977 in Greenwood Village.

Background – Mr. Baker serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District and the Metropolitan Football Stadium District; University of Colorado Hospital; University of Colorado Health; University of Colorado Real Estate Foundation; Lakewood High School Foundation; and the Caruso Foundation. He also serves on several bank and corporate boards and is a director for the Judi’s House Endowment and a member of the N.E. Corridor Task Force for National Western. Mr. Baker has been a member of the Blue Ribbon Transportation Panel serving under Governors Romer and Ritter; has served on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the CCHE Capital Development Committee; Colorado Economic Development Commission; and Denver Zoological Foundation. He has been a director for Central Parking Corporation, and is a past president for the Colorado Apartment Association and the Apartment Association-Metro Denver.

Ronald W. Williams

Ronald W. Williams is self-employed and the chairman of the National Western Association.

Background – Mr. Williams was with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Denver before joining Samuel Gary Oil Producer (later Gary-Williams Energy Corporation) as Chief Financial Officer in 1977. He became partner and assumed responsibility as President and CEO in 1981.

Mr. Williams is a lifetime member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospital Colorado and a member of the board of the hospital’s foundation. He is a member of the Colorado Forum and is active in state and local civic affairs.

Mr. Williams received his B.A. in business administration in 1967 from Kearney State College, Kearney, Nebraska and his M.A. in management in 1969 from the University of Nebraska.

He is married to Cille and they have a daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren.

Steve Meyer

Steve is CEO of Shaw Construction, one of the leading construction companies in the Rocky Mountain region, with offices in Denver, Grand Junction and Jackson, Wyoming.

Background – A third-generation Colorado native, Steve Meyer was born and raised in Greeley where he still has strong family roots. He attended the United States Naval Academy before transferring to Stanford University where he received a BS in Civil Engineering in 1975. After graduation he worked for several large construction companies, both domestically and overseas, before returning to Colorado in 1978 to join a home building firm with operations in Western Colorado. That year he married Anne Bechtel, his high school sweetheart, and they moved to Grand Junction the following year.

Steve joined Shaw Construction (then only a Denver-based company) as a project manager in 1983 and established its Western Slope Division in Grand Junction. He worked his way up through the company and became President and majority owner in 1995. The company has grown to be a regional leader and is ranked in the top 400 nationally. Shaw Construction is proud to have received four Eagle Awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors for the best projects in the nation. In January of 2013 Steve assumed the position of CEO.

Steve is active in the community, having served on a variety of committees and boards. He is currently a Director of Colorado National Bank and a member of the Colorado Forum. Past involvement includes having been a Trustee for Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction, a Board member of Rocky Mountain PBS, the Grand Junction Visitors and Convention Bureau, the AIA Colorado West Chapter, Chairman of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the School District 51 Foundation.

Steve is an active private pilot holding a multi-engine instrument rating. Other interests include being an avid biker and mountain climber. He and his wife Anne have three children; Sam a Business graduate from Lehigh University with a Masters Degree from Northwestern now working with Shaw Construction, Caroline a Veterinarian student at the University of Sydney and Will a senior mechanical engineering student at The University of San Diego.

April Jones

Ms. Jones is the Managing CEO of Jones Law Firm, PC.

Background – April Jones is recognized in the legal field and in the Denver business community as a committed and dedicated family law litigator. Her commitment to her clients and passion for the law has drawn the attention of the Denver Post, CORE Media and the Denver Weekly News. Ms. Jones is a legal columnist in Shine Magazine and has written family law articles for Divorce Magazine. She teaches classes on mediation and child and family investigation and is a sought after speaker and lecturer. She is an active member of the legal and non-legal community. She was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to a six-year term as Nomination Commissioner for the nomination of Justices to the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals. She was also appointed by both Colorado Governor Bill Owens and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Board where she served a second term as Vice Chair. She is a board member of the Kempe Foundation for the prevention treatment of child abuse and neglect. Ms. Jones is the current Vice President, and former President, of the Sam Cary Bar Association. She is a board member of the Center for Out of Court Divorce and a member of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. She is a former board member of Colorado Legal Services, an entity that includes the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation and Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Ms. Jones has volunteered as a family law legal expert on Channel 9 News’ Lawline 9. She is also a founding board member of the American Transplant Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating donor awareness and increased organ donations in Colorado and nationwide.

Board of Directors Office
Barbara Carveth, Secretary to the Board of Directors
Sara Clausen, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors
12401 E. 17th Ave. Mail Stop F415
Aurora, CO 80045-0510
720-848-7818
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Senior Leadership: University of Colorado Hospital

Our hospital is led day-to-day by a talented and seasoned group of professionals drawn not only from our own ranks, but from other leading hospitals.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Gessner

Chief Operating Officer
Tom Gronow

Associate General Counsel
Tara Cleare

Vice President, Finance and CFO
Barbara Carveth

Vice President, Finance
Daniel Schonlau

Vice President, Human Resources
Ben Wankel

Chief Nursing Executive, UCHealth and Chief Nursing Officer, University of Colorado Hospital
Kathy Howell, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC

Vice President of Operations
Cathleen Ehrenfeucht, RN, MS

Vice President of Nursing and Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Jennifer Zwink, RN, MS, OCN

Vice President of Advanced Practice and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory Nursing
Jennifer Rodgers

Vice President, Ambulatory Services
Mike Romano

Vice President, Perioperative Services
Kaye Reiter

Chief Medical Officer
Jean Kutner, MD

Chief Quality Officer
Jeffrey Glasheen, MD

Medical Staff President
Colleen Conry, MD

Medical Board President-Elect
Julie Scott, MD

Senior Leadership: Highlands Ranch Hospital

President
Diane Cookson

Chief Medical Officer
Tom Purcell, MD

Chief Nursing Officer
Jennette Bergstrom

Vice President, Operations
Roxanne Hansen

Senior Leadership: Broomfield Hospital

President
Lonnie Cramer

Chief Medical Officer
Kelly Bookman, MD

Public notices

The University of Colorado Hospital Authority posts notices of the meetings that are open to the public on this website and in the main floor lobby corridor of the Leprino Building, 12401 East 17th Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80045, at least 24 hours before such a board meeting.

Unless otherwise stated in the public notice, board meetings shall be held in the 10th Floor Board Conference Room, the Leprino Building, 12401 East 17th Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80045.

Notices of Public Board Meetings

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