Raquel J. Alexander
Chief Executive Officer
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Raquel is Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. She assumed this position in November, 1987 after extensive experience in the medical field.

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Denver and a Master’s degree in counseling from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is also a credentialed Certified Association Executive.

Her professional affiliations include membership with the Colorado Society of Association Executives, where she served as president.

Alexander resides in Aurora with her two Goldendoodles, Max and Zoey. Her personal interests include Quan Yin meditation, yoga, biking, and walking.








Ryan Biehle
Deputy CEO for Policy and External Affairs
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Ryan is Deputy CEO for Policy and External Affairs at the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. He joined CAFP in July 2015.

Ryan holds a Dual Master of Public Health and Public Administration through the University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz. He received his B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Prior to joining CAFP, Ryan worked as the Policy and Legislative Associate for a Colorado consumer advocacy organization to advance equitable access to health care. In previous roles, he served in U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Washington, D.C. office where he worked in constituent correspondence and communications on issues including health care and education.

Ryan grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado and enjoys road cycling, skiing and golf. He currently lives in Denver with his wife Stephanie, who is a resident in the Saint Joseph Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.


Lynlee Espeseth
Director of Communications, Marketing & Membership
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Lynlee is Director of Communications, Marketing and Membership at the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. She joined the staff in February, 2015.

Lynlee holds degrees in Public Relations and Apparel Design from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. She previously worked as a copy writer and marketing strategist in the Denver office of a Midwest-based marketing and technology agency.

Lynlee grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota and now lives in Denver with her husband. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, yoga, cooking and spending time outdoors with her goldendoodle Sloan.


Erin Watwood
Director of Education, Events & Meetings
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Erin M. Watwood is the Director of Education, Events, and Meetings at the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. She joined the CAFP staff in April 2013.

Watwood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications, minoring in Meetings and Special Events, from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

She previously worked for Consensus Medical Communications, a Medical Education company, as a Medical Education Meeting Planner. Her strengths revolve around her customer service skills and working with people who are passionate about a cause.

Watwood currently resides in Parker with her husband, Brad, stepdaughter, Kendal, toddler son, Brooks, and new baby girl, Presley. Erin is a native of Oklahoma, but was raised in Colorado. When Erin isn’t cheering at her stepdaughter’s volleyball games, she is attending concerts, teaching wedding planning at Metro State University, spending time with her growing family, and catching up on sleep.