Board of Directors

Board Members

Officers

Chair/Past President: Monica Morris, DO, Denver
Dr. Morris is a Colorado and Westminster native, and has served on the CAFP board for over six years, beginning as a resident member. She served on the board’s residency committee, and currently serves on the education committee. Dr. Morris practices at Kaiser Permanente in Westminster.

President: Zach Wachtl, MD, Denver
Dr. Wachtl received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed his residency at Rose Family Medicine. He is passionate about quality care for all and working as a partner with his patients to achieve the best outcome. Dr. Wachtl currently practices at Clinica Family Health, an FQHC serving Adams, Broomfield and Boulder counties. He enjoys caring for his largely Spanish speaking and underserved patient population..

President-elect: John Cawley, MD, Ft. Collins
Dr. Cawley is originally from rural northeaster North Dakota, but asks that you don’t hold that against him. He completed his residency in Ft. Collins and now practices there at Associates in Family Medicine. He is passionate about helping fellow physician navigate the current changes in primary care, and serves on the CAFP board’s education committee.

Vice President: Gina Carr, MD, MPH, Buena Vista
Dr. Carr, MD, MPH is a Colorado native and graduate from the University of Colorado for both undergraduate and medical school, now practicing in Buena Vista, CO. In an office as a solo primary care provider, she has developed relationships with Chaffee County public health department and visiting specialists in order to increase services available to the community at large. Dr. Carr is passionate about community and preventive health so is excited to be involved with CAFP in order to advocate for system change to make health care better for all patients. She also has an interest in international medicine and has taken mission trips to Africa, which highlight the multitude of resources we have here in the US. She plans to continue to volunteer for this type of work throughout her career as it helps focus her efforts here at home to make sure we, as family physicians, are leaders in the efficient utilization these resources.

Secretary/Treasurer: Craig Anthony, MD, Denver
Dr. Anthony is a new physician, having graduated from St. Anthony’s Family Medicine Residency in June, 2015. He currently practices at St. Anthony North Family Medicine in Westminster. Dr. Anthony’s clinical interests include pediatrics and adolescent health, preventative medicine, and patient education. In his spare time he enjoys skiing and snowboarding, camping, sailing and golf.

Member-at-Large: Alan-Michael Vargas, MD, Rifle
Dr. Vargas completed residency as Chief Resident at Icahn Mount Sinai in 2013, and since moving to Colorado has practiced in the Rural Western Slope with Grand River Health (a Critical Access Hospital). At Grand River Health Dr. Vargas has served on their Medical Executive Committee for 2 years and currently serves as the Vice Chief
of Staff. He previously served as the International Medical Graduate delegate for CAFP to the AAFP’s National Conference of Constituency Leaders. Dr. Vargas is excited to represent the interests of the rural western slope on the Board of Directors.

External Relations/Awards Committee Chair: Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD, Denver
Dr. Osbourne-Roberts grew up in many places across the country, as his father was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. In doing so he developed an appreciation for the ability to care for many different types of people. He has served on the CAFP board for over 6 years, including on the education committee. Dr. Osbourne-Roberts currently practices at Salud Family Medicine in Commerce City, Colorado where he serves primarily uninsured and Spanish-speaking patients.

Term Expiring 2019

Corey Lyon, DO, Denver
Dr. Lyon is a faculty family physician with the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program and serves as the associate program director for the residency. In addition, he is the medical director of the AF Williams Family Medicine Center. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Dr. Lyon trained and served as a family physician in the Navy for 7 years, then worked as a faculty family physician in a community residency program in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Lyon has particular interest in areas including advocacy, evidence based medicine and education.

Virginia Richey, DO, Wheat Ridge
Dr. Richey completed her residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver in 2009. She served on the CAFP Board in 2015 and attended the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders as the CAFP LGBT delegate. Dr. Richey is also a member of the Vaccine Advisory Committee for Colorado. She is passionate about primary care advocacy and raising awareness and promoting physician health and well-being. Dr. Richey currently practices at SCL Physicians Family Practice Specialists in Wheat Ridge.

TJ Staff, MD, MPH, Denver
Dr. Staff attended Georgetown University for undergraduate and medical school and completed residency at the West Suburban Family Medicine Residency Program in Chicago. He continued his training with a fellowship in Maternal & Child Health for two years, which included a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Staff remained at PCC Community Wellness Center, the FQHC associated with his residency program, until 2012. He moved to Denver in October of 2012 for the position of the Associate Director of the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program, Denver Health Track. Dr. Staff works at Denver Health’s Lowry Family Health Center and continues to teach Family Medicine residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Karin Susskind, MD, Boulder
Dr. Susskind is a​ ​partner​ ​in ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​last​ ​physician-owned​ ​multispecialty​ ​practice​ ​in​ ​Colorado,​ and is​ ​keenly​ ​aware​ ​of​ ​the​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​issues​ ​that​ ​challenge​ ​the​ ​field of family medicine:​ ​insurance concerns,​ ​hospital​ ​gerrymandering,​ ​and​ ​filling​ ​the​ ​workforce.​ ​She served as​ ​Chair​ ​of the​ ​Family​ ​Medicine​ ​Department​ ​at​ ​her​ ​community​ ​hospital,​ ​working​ ​on​ ​the credentialing​ ​committee,​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​patient​ ​centered​ ​medical​ ​home​ ​and​ ​participating​ ​in our​ ​medical​ ​center​ ​board​ ​meetings​. This experience ​cemented​ ​her​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of “having​ ​a​ ​seat​ ​at​ ​the​ ​table.” Prior to having an MD, Dr. Susskind​ ​worked​ ​as​ ​a​ ​ranch​ ​hand​ ​in​ ​Greeley​ ​and​ ​later​ ​became an​ ​active​ ​AMSA​ ​member.​ ​There​ ​she​ ​had​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​work​ ​in​ ​Appalachia​ ​and​ ​then represent​ ​rural​ ​health​ ​concerns​ ​as​ ​Liaison​ ​for​ ​Rural​ ​Health.

Term Expiring 2020

Melissa Devalon, MD, Monument
Dr. Devalon completed her residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver and has practiced most of the last 24 years in Monument, for a large physician-owned multi-specialty group. She has held several leadership positions within the group, including on the board of directors, as chair of the FP department, and as chair of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee. Her passion is to promote family medicine across all of Colorado, to benefit all Coloradans.

Stephanie Gold, MD, Denver
Dr. Gold practices at Denver Health and is a faculty member with the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency. She also works at the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center and with the CU Practice Innovation Team on projects related to payment reform and integrating behavioral health with primary care. She completed her residency at University of Colorado (Denver Health track), where she was a Chief Resident, and subsequently did a fellowship in health policy at the Farley Center.

Shannon Jantz, MD, Denver

Alan-Michael Vargas, MD, Rifle
Dr. Vargas completed residency as Chief Resident at Icahn Mount Sinai in 2013, and since moving to Colorado has practiced in the Rural Western Slope with Grand River Health (a Critical Access Hospital). At Grand River Health Dr. Vargas has served on their Medical Executive Committee for 2 years and currently serves as the Vice Chief
of Staff. He previously served as the International Medical Graduate delegate for CAFP to the AAFP’s National Conference of Constituency Leaders. Dr. Vargas is excited to represent the interests of the rural western slope on the Board of Directors.

Term Expiring 2021

Rachel Carpenter, MD, Denver
Dr. Carpenter is a core faculty member at Saint Joseph Family Medicine Residency where she provides full-spectrum care to urban underserved patients within an academic setting. In medical school Dr. Carpenter was involved in chapter leadership for the Texas and American Medical Associations. In medical school and residency, she was active in primary care-related leadership and volunteer activities. On a local level, Dr. Carpenter has positioned herself in hospital committee positions where family medicine has been historically underrepresented, in hopes of advocating for both resident education and the very vulnerable population cared for.

Cleveland Piggott, MD, Denver
Dr. Piggot previously served on the CAFP Board as a resident member, and became the first ever chair of the CAFP Resident and Student Taskforce and on the education committee. Dr. Piggott has held multiple local and national positions in the medical community. Additionally, he has a solid foundation in health policy after receiving his MPH, and has a track record of advocating for patients and family physicians since medical student. Dr. Piggott is currently doing research on the relationship between physician and staff burnout and practice transformation in Colorado.

Roxi Radi, MD, Denver
Dr. Radi recently completed her training through the University of Colorado’s Family Medicine Residency as a Denver Health provider. She continues to provide primary care through Denver Health’s Lowry Family Medicine FQHC, and is very passionate about the patients and community she serves. Dr. Radi is also a Public Health Faculty Fellow, and continues to provide full-spectrum care through Denver Health while pursuing her MPH in Health Systems, Policy and Management. Dr. Radi has volunteered in the healthcare systems of China, Chile and Kenya and is passionate about using her skills and experiences to improve the health of all Americans, especially the undeserved in Colorado. As a Suboxone provider in a primary care setting, she is committed to finding ways to promote and fund these services as the front line of the opioid epidemic.

Abbie Urish, MD, Rangely
Dr. Urish received her medical degree at Michigan State University after teaching for a couple of years in Colorado Springs after growing up in Wyoming. She returned to the state following residency in Michigan and is currently Chief of Staff of a small rural critical care hospital. Dr. Urish came to the CAFP Board to better represent rural hospitals and clinics at the state level. As part of her current position, she has become increasingly concerned with sources of revenue in the rural health models of sustainability and wants to become more involved in policies to promote access to health for those of us outside the major urban centers.

Delegates

Brian Bacak, MD, Highlands Ranch – term expires 2019 (2nd term, two congresses, 2018 & 2019)
Dr. Bacak has served the CAFP as a Board Member, Alternate Delegate, Delegate, and is a Past President and Chair of the Academy. He’s a veteran of the US Army serving in Georgia, Germany, and oversees as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dr. Bacak is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, completed his residency at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning, GA. He’s worked as a Clinic Commander for the Army, taught in military and civilian Family Medicine Residencies, and was the Program Director for the Rose Family Medicine Residency in Denver from 2006-2014. He’s currently the Associate Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado. He serves as a CAFP Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, and is on the AAFP’s Commission on Education.

Glenn Madrid, MD, Grand Junction – term expires 2019 (1st term, two congresses, 2018 & 2019)
Dr. Madrid opened his private practice, Primary Care Partners, P.C., in Grand Junction in 1989. What began as a four person family medicine office now includes over 30 providers, is the largest primary care group on the western slope, and is known for a model that delivers some of the highest quality healthcare at the lowest costs in the country. Dr. Madrid practices the full spectrum of family medicine including obstetrics, and has an active inpatient and nursing home service.

Alternate Delegates

Monica Morris, DO, Denver – term expires 2019 (1st term, two congresses, 2018 & 2019)
Dr. Morris is a Colorado and Westminster native, and has served on the CAFP board for over six years, beginning as a resident member. She served on the board’s residency committee, and currently serves on the education committee. Dr. Morris practices at Kaiser Permanente in Westminster.

Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD, Denver – term expires 2019 (2nd term, two congresses, 2018 & 2019)
Dr. Osbourne-Roberts grew up in many places across the country, as his father was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. In doing so he developed an appreciation for the ability to care for many different types of people. He has served on the CAFP board for over 6 years, including on the education committee. Dr. Osbourne-Roberts currently practices at Salud Family Medicine in Commerce City, Colorado where he serves primarily uninsured and Spanish-speaking patients.

Resident Representatives

Andrew Clithero, MD, 2019, North Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Greeley
Dr. Clithero is a resident at North Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley, CO. During medical school and now residency, Dr. Clithero noticed the role social issues play in illness. That led him to be more interested in larger-picture issues like structural health disparities and health policy. He hopes that his participation on the CAFP Board will allow him to learn more about, and begin to work on, these issues.

Emily Garban, MD, 2021, Ft. Collins Family Medicine Residency, Ft. Collins
Emily is a native of Nevada, and first moved to Colorado to receive her undergraduate degree at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. While a medical student at the University of Colorado, she held numerous leadership positions, including Class of 2018 Family Medicine Interest Group Co-President, CAFP Liaison, and AAFP Membership Ambassador at UCSOM. Prior to serving as a resident board member Emily served on the board as a student member.

Kyle Leggott, MD, 2019, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver
Dr. Leggott is a resident at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program in Denver. He was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and traveled to Boston for undergraduate education, where he played collegiate football. As a resident, he has strong interests in academia, health policy, preventable diseases, and institutional leadership, and is eager to bring a resident voice to these issues on the CAFP Board.

Lisa Matelich, MD, 2019, St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency, Grand Junction
Dr. Matelich is a native of Washington state, and completed her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Washington. While in medical school she had the opportunity to work with homeless populations, and that experience sparked her interest in organized medicine, and advocating for the needs of underserved patients and the physicians who work with them. Dr. Matelich is also passionate about practicing full spectrum family medicine in rural settings.

Julie McKenzie, DO, 2018, St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency, Westminster
Dr. McKenzie is a Colorado native, growing up in Summit County. She attended CU Boulder for her undergraduate education and stayed in Colorado for medical school, attending Rocky Vista University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Julie is currently a resident at St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency in Westminster. Julie is passionate about leadership, and is excited to represent her fellow residents on the CAFP Board.

Lindsey Pearson, MD, 2019, St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency, Westminster
Dr. Pearson has a strong interest in public health, which started while she volunteered at a free clinic in Tecate, Mexico before entering medical school. During medical school she began work on her MPH, which she is in the process of completing. Her additional interests include rural and underserved communities, especially American Indian and Alaska Native populations, as well as women’s health. She has previously participated on the CAFP Legislative Committee, and is excited to expand her involvement with the CAFP.

Lindsey Romero, MD, 2021, Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Pueble
Lindsey was born in Durango and attended Colorado State University-Pueblo for her undergraduate education, and the University of Colorado for medical schools. She also served as a student member of the CAFP board. She is passionate about family medicine and hopes to act as a liaison to Southern Colorado for the broader primary care community.

David Stuart, MD, 2019, St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency, Grand Junction
Dr. Stuart was born and raised at the foot of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, CO. He studied chemical and biochemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, and after spend a couple of years as an engineer and rock climber he refocused on his dream of becoming a physician and moved to Omaha, NE for medical school at Creighton University. Dr. Stuart is excited to be back home in Colorado, along with his wife Dr. Anna Jones, also a resident at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction. Dr. Stuart is passionate about representing a rural community at the state level, and has interests in quality improvement through education, community involvement, and advocacy for socially disadvantaged populations.

Jessica Zha, MD, 2019, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver
Dr. Zha attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. She was drawn to family medicine because of an interest in advocating for underserved and marginalized communities, but was discouraged to find a lack of support for family medicine, and related issues, at the University of Pennsylvania. In her forth year of medical school Dr. Zha led a group of students to advocate for more recognition and incorporation of primary care, public health, and the social determinants of health in the school curriculum and school mission. Working on that project helped Dr. Zha develop a passion for advocacy and leadership, skills she is excited to continue to use on the CAFP Board.

Student Representatives

Bijan Ghaffari, CU, 2019
Bijan is a third year medical student at the University of Colorado and a member of the National Health Service Corps scholarship program. He decided on family medicine early on for its unique devotion to patient and family centered care, as well as the opportunities to focus on community health and advocacy. In Bijan’s first two years of medical school he was on the leadership team for the Family Medicine Interest Group and focused on bringing leaders from all aspects of the field to come inspire students and expand their view of the role of a family doctor. In his third year, Bijan has witnessed the value of a strong patient-physician relationship and established medical home. He has a strong interest in the impact of mental illness on physical health, and is curious to explore the avenues to address this from an individual level to a policy level. He is also interested in the impact of preventative medicine and primary care on the lives of other underserved populations, and how this strategy can be used to improve outcomes and lower overall healthcare costs.

Leah Kellog, CU, 2019
Leah served as a co-president for the medical student component society for CMS during her MS1 and MS2 years at CU, and has served in leadership rolls with the Family Medicine Interest Group at CU, including as the Medical Student Ambassador for CU to the AAFP as well as a liaison to Colorado family medicine residency programs. She attended the Medical Student Advocacy and Region Conference (MARC) through the AMA in Washington D.C. in 2016.

Mallory Kruger, RVU, 2019

Danielle Lattes, CU, 2020
Danielle Lattes is a third year medical student at Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine and in the Rural and Wilderness Honors track. She grew up in Grand Junction, CO and completed a B.S. and M.S. in biomedical sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She was the 2017-2018 president of the RVUCOM family medicine chapter. During her presidency her organization earned “RVUCOM Summit Club of the Year” and “ACOFP President’s Award” at the 2018 national conference. These awards demonstrate her team’s dedication to the family medicine profession. During that conference, she was the student delegate for Colorado, which transformed her understanding of family medicine advocacy. Her nexts goals are to be involved with the CAFP, with the hopes of becoming a (rural) family medicine physician in Colorado and continue her dedication to the organization.

Filiberto Morales, CU, 2020
Filiberto is a medical student at the the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is part of the leadership committee for the CU Family Medicine Interest Group, and is part of the Urban Underserved Track. His interests and passions include social determinants of health, getting students interested in family medicine, and the broad spectrum of care in family medicine.

Sara Schuster, CU, 2019
Sara is a third-year medical student at the University of Colorado, and is passionate about Colorado and primary care. She is a Colorado native, and as a member of the Rural Training Track Sara’s training has taken her to clinics in multiple areas of our state and allowed her to see how varied sizes and locations impact their communities, and how state and federal policies influence their practice. Sara has previously been a part of the CAFP Legislative Committee and is looking forward to being further engaged with policy and the other issues the CAFP works on.

Katie Teixeira, RVU, 2019

Board Nominations

Nominations for the CAFP Board of Directors are now closed. Nominations will open again in Fall, 2018.

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