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
A long-time executive in publishing, Don Elliman boasts a successful track record in business and a high-quality reputation in higher education.
Background – Elliman worked at Time Warner for 32 years, retiring as an executive vice president of Time Inc. Other positions he has held include publisher of People Magazine and president of Sports Illustrated.
Most 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. He served for two years as chief operating officer for Colorado, assisting the governor in the management of all state agencies, and as chair of the Colorado Recovery Accountability Board, with responsibilities for oversight of spending in Colorado.
Previously, Elliman was director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, overseeing a wide range of economic development activities, including domestic and international business development, small business programs, the Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado Economic Development Commission. He was president of Ascent Sports and of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, with oversight of business activities, including The Pepsi Center, The Denver Nuggets and The Colorado Avalanche.
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 also serves on the boards of Middlebury College, The Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority and The Gates Family Foundation.
Don Elliman became interim chancellor for both campuses on April 2, 2012. He was named chancellor by University of Colorado President Bruce Benson on Feb. 20, 2013. He assumed sole responsibility for CU Anschutz on Sept. 23, 2014.
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.
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.
Mr. Benson is currently the President of the University of Colorado, and Executive in Residence and Professional Attendance at the Business School at University of Colorado Denver. He is an at-large member of the board.
Background – Before he was named CU President in 2008, Mr. Benson was active in a variety of educational, civic, political and business activities. In 1965, he founded Benson Mineral Group, an oil and gas exploration and production company. The company also has been involved in geothermal power, real estate development and management, banking, mortgage servicing, cable television, restuarants, manufacturing and trucking, among other areas. Mr. Benson has sat on the boards of several companies, including United States Exploration, Inc. (chair), American Land Lease Corp. and Asset Investors Corp. He served as chairman of the Metropolitan State College Board of Trustees and was chairman of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. In 1999 Mr. Benson was awarded CU’s University Medal, and the university’s Ira C. Rothgerber Award in 2003. He has served in many political roles, both locally and nationally. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
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.”
Dr. Cumbler was elected the President of the Medical Staff for a two-year term beginning January 15, 2015 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 – Ethan Cumbler is an Internal Medicine and Pediatric trained Hospitalist at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). He is a pioneer in the study and practice of inter-professional team-based hospital quality improvement. He created the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Service at UCH and is the Medical Director for UCH’s Medicine unit. This unit serves as a crucible for testing QI methods for reducing iatrogenic events such as falls or hospital acquired infections using teams of professionals across disciplines. He spearheaded a series of initiatives reducing treatment time for stroke patients recognized by the American Stroke Association. His QI programs for in-hospital stroke and hospital care for the elderly service serve as national models. Dr. Cumbler heads the National Stroke Association’s In-hospital Stroke QI initiative and speaks nationally on how to improve systems of hospital care for stroke patients. He also serves as faculty for the UCLA Leadership and Management in Geriatrics course and his invited lectures on improving care for the hospitalized elderly have been presented at the National American College of Physicians and Society of Hospital Medicine conferences. Within UCH, he chairs the Geriatric Hospital Leadership Committee and has served in many capacities for the Hospital Medicine Group over the years, including work on patient safety and medical error. His educational approach to teaching patient safety is published by the Association of American Medical Colleges and has been utilized by academic medical centers around the world. Ethan has been a recipient of awards at UCH for excellence in leadership, humanism, education, and quality improvement. He received the annual 2012 National Society of Hospital Medicine Award for Team-Based Quality Improvement for his work over 6 years improving response to in-hospital stroke. Dr. Cumbler seeks to bring a collaborative approach to system change such that physicians are partners with other disciplines, and the hospital, to create a culture which fosters continuous quality improvement.
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 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.
Dr. Biester currently serves on the Rose Community Foundation education committee, the Gates Family Foundation Board, the Gates Center advisory board and Clayton Early Learning board.
Background – Dr. Biester was President and CEO of The Children’s Hospital from July 1998 to January 2007. She joined Children’s in 1979 as Senior Vice President and Director of Nursing, went on to serve as Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and then as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer prior to becoming CEO. During her tenure as CEO, she led the planning and building of the Children’s Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Dr. Biester holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa, a Master’s degree in pediatric nursing from the University of Wisconsin, and a Doctorate from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. Dr. Biester has held board positions on a number of community and national organizations. including the Children’s Miracle Network and the Child Health Corporation of America, and served as Chair of the Board of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). In addition, she served on the boards of Urban Peak, Downtown Denver Partnership, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Health Advisory Committee of the Denver Foundation.
In 2009 she held the position of interim director for the Center for Improving Value in Health Care in the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance. From April 2010 until December 2012, she served as interim director for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center.
She has been the recipient of a number of awards including including the Denver Business Journal’s Healthcare Executive of the Year, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa and The University Medal from the University of Colorado.
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.
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
Allen Staver, Secretary to the Board of Directors
Carolyn Mitrovich, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors
12401 E. 17th Ave. Mail Stop F415
Aurora, CO 80045-0510
Senior Leadership: University of Colorado Hospital Authority
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
Chief Operating Officer
Associate General Counsel
Vice President, Finance and CFO
Vice President, Human Resources
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, Ambulatory Services
Chief Medical Officer
Jean Kutner, MD
Chief Quality Officer
Jeffrey Glasheen, MD
Medical Staff President
Ethan Cumbler, MD
Medical Board President-Elect
Colleen Conry, MD