Board of Directors

Officers

Chair/Past President: John Cawley, MD, FAAFP, Denver
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.

President: Gina Carr, MD, MPH, Grand Junction
Dr. Carr, MD, MPH is a Colorado native and graduate from the University of Colorado for both undergraduate and medical school, now practicing in Lake City, CO. As medical director of Lake City Area Medical Center, a Rural Health Clinic, she also acts as medical director of Hinsdale County EMS and Silver Thread Public Health District. 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 and bring the joy of practice back into the office. She enjoys bringing a rural perspective to the work that CAFP is doing to lead this change!

President-Elect: 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.

Vice President: 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.

Secretary/Treasurer: 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.

Member-at-Large: Cleveland Piggott, MD, MPH, 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.

External Relations/Awards Committee Chair: 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.

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.

Term Expiring 2022

Jen Feng, MD, Denver
Dr. Feng completed her residency at the University of Colorado, Denver Health track, and currently works at Clinica Family Health.  As someone who has trained in and currently works at a Federally Qualified Health Center, she is interested in working to promote the interests of vulnerable populations and the workforce that serves them. She also serves as the Primary Care representative on the Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Chronic Pulmonary Disease Grants Program Review Committee, an experience that has provided awareness of different environmental, policy, and clinical efforts that are being implemented throughout the state of Colorado to improve population chronic health outcomes. It has also provided perspective on the unique challenges that face the rural populations of Colorado.

Kyle Leggott, MD, Aurora
Dr. Leggott served as chief resident at the University of Colorado, and has strong interests in full spectrum family medicine, academia, health policy and advocacy, and health systems improvement. He is currently pursuing a one-year junior faculty development fellowship with a concentration in health politics within the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Leggott previously served as a resident member of the CAFP Board of Directors. During that time he was involved in numerous CAFP committees and events. He is an active member of the CAFP Legislative Committee, addressing the needs of patients and physicians through advocacy, education, and legislation in our state government. He has participated in the Doc of the Day program, providing medical care and testimony at the state capital. Dr. Leggott has also represented Colorado’s family medicine residents as the state delegate at the AAFP National Conference where he sponsored and passed multiple resolutions.

Lindsey Pearson, MD, Boulder 
Dr. Pearson first got involved with the CAFP during her intern year of residency at Rose Family Medicine. This was motivated by the fact that she was feeling quite burned out, and wanted to be involved in something outside of residency. Dr. Pearson initially joined the Legislative Committee and then later in the year was able to become a Resident Board Member. After the closure of the Rose Residency Program Dr. Pearson moved to St. Anthony North, where she completed her residency training.

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 2023

Kathleen Cowie, MD, Frisco
Dr. Cowie is Chief Medical Officer at the Summit Care Community Clinic, where she has practiced since 2012. She started out practicing full spectrum family medicine in Commerce City, CO and learned trial by fire. Her diverse experience, both overseas and in clinic, helped her to develop a love for the chaotic, rich, unpredictable life in a community health center. During her time at Summit, the Care Clinic expanded rapidly and earned the designation as a FQHC — part of a long motivation she has had to serve the underserved. More recently, as CMO Dr. Cowie has had the opportunity to participate in numerous quality improvement projects within our clinic and through the Colorado Community Health Network. She has been able to speak with medical students at the Colorado Medical Society about what life is like in a community health center. And, she has been invited to work with other physician leaders in the community as part of the hospital medical executive committee and the physician leadership council. Dr. Cowie is deeply committed to improving family medicine and eager to contribute to advancing family medicine.

Vivian Jiang, MD, Denver
Dr. Jiang is a clinical family physician at the CU Depot Hill Clinic, doing full-spectrum outpatient family medicine. She was involved with family medicine early in her career, including the time she spoke for a resolution at the New York State AFP Congress of Delegates. She served as the resident representative to the New York State AFP Education Commission, resident representative to the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS), resident representative to the AAFP Commission on Medical Education (COE), and resident delegate to the AAFP COD. After residency, she spent a year as the Family Medicine for America’s Health (FMAHealth) primary care and health policy research fellow, splitting her time between the AAFP Robert Graham Center and Virginia Commonwealth University and learning to use both qualitative and quantitative methods to answer a variety of primary care and health policy research questions. As a community advocate at heart, this fellowship taught her how to utilize family medicine research to identify policies or issues that can produce measurable improvements in health. Dr. Jiang is passionate about social justice and eager to use clinical medicine to help underserved communities while advocating policy that will reduce health disparties.

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.

Michael Walery, MD, Craig
Dr. Walery practices full-spectrum family medicine as a hospitalist in Craig, Colorado. Inspired to go into medicine after his experiences as a combat engineer in Iraq, Dr. Walery has a strong drive to protect the weak and improve the lives of his fellow citizens. He sees policy as a key to helping the underserved and to improve health outcomes, and believes strongly in systematically addressing the many challenges facing family medicine today — from administrative burden and physician burnout, to improving physician-patient relationships, to universal access to affordable and equitable healthcare, plus preventing chronic disease and improving access to mental health clinicians and long term psychiatric care. He considers himself fortunate and wants to use his abilities to improve the quality of life across the whole community.

Delegates

Brian Bacak, MD, Highlands Ranch – term expires 2019 (3rd term, two congresses, 2020 & 2021)
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 overseas 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 a past Chair of the AAFP’s Commission on Education.

Glenn Madrid, MD, Grand Junction – term expires 2019 (2nd term, two congresses, 2020 & 2021)
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

Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD, Denver – term expires 2019 (3rd term, two congresses, 2020 & 2021)
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.

Zach Wachtl, MD, Denver – term expires 2020 (1st term, two congresses, 2019 & 2020)
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.

Resident Representatives

Emily Aquila, DO, 2021, St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency, Denver
Dr. Aquila was born and raised in Ohio, went to medical school in South Carolina, and then had the privilege of matching in Colorado at St. Anthony North for residency. One of her biggest passions is being able to help the underserved in Denver and Colorado. Part of her interest in advocacy stems from serving as Doctor of the Day in Colorado, seeing testimony and the process of legislation, and how that affects family medicine. She is excited to be more involved in the family medicine community and to help advocate for the profession.

Sydney Davis, MD, Family Medicine Resident, PGY-2, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency

Sean Buck, MD, 2021, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver Health, Greenwood Village
Dr. Buck chose to go into medicine, and specifically family medicine, because he is seeking a platform for community-based social change that comes from interventions focused all along the healthcare pathway. Dr. Buck is a first-year resident at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency on the Denver Health Track. While in medical school, he served as Class President, which allowed him to collaborate with administrators and promote student concerns.

Katie Doster, DO, 2022, North Colorado Family Medicine, Greeley
Dr. Doster served on the CAFP Board for 2.5 years as a student member. During that time she attended AAFP’s National Conference, where she was able to pass a resolution. As a resident Dr. Doster hopes to engage with students and encourage them to consider the specialty of family medicine.

Danielle Eves, MD, PGY-2, SFMR

Kale Flory, DO, 2021, Ft. Collins Family Medicine Residency, Ft. Collins, Ft. Collins
Kale Flory, DO is a resident at the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Flory is a motivated physician who is passionate about reshaping family medicine for the better. He is very interested in having a voice in the legislative realm of family medicine, and is determined to correct the shortcomings in our current healthcare system to better serve our patients and to better support family physicians. Dr. Flory has already demonstrated an interest in improving the practice of family medicine during his first year of residency, and is currently working on a project to implement voter registration into the patient visit. He is an energetic, intelligent, and driven resident physician.

Jordan Harbaugh-Williams, MD, MPH, 2022, North Colorado Family Medicine, Sunrise Track

Allison Johnson, MD, 2021, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver Health, Denver
Dr. Johnson is a first-year resident on the Denver Health track of the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency. Born and raised in Boulder, she has deep roots in Colorado and is thrilled to be back home for residency. After first moving away for college and a postgraduate year of teaching at Stanford, Dr. Johnson spent four years in Philadelphia for medical school at Penn. She spent most of her fourth year of medical school working on a QI project for a prenatal care program at an FQHC. Through serving on the CAFP Board Dr. Johnson hopes to learn tools in advocacy and policymaking through which systems-level changes can be made.

Leah Kellogg, MD, 2022, St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency, Denver
Dr. Kellogg is a Colorado native from Boulder. She completed all of her education in Colorado, with an undergraduate degree from Colorado College and a medical degree from the University of Colorado. As a medical student, she first became involved in advocacy work as a co-president for the medical student component society of the Colorado Medical Society. Leah became a representative of the CAFP as a 4th year medical student. As a resident physician at the St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency, she remains committed to advocacy and health equity and is excited to continue to work with the CAFP.

Katharine Kelly, MD, 2021, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver Health, Denver
Dr. Kelly is a first-year resident at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, in the Denver Health track. She originally hails from Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in May 2018. During her time in medical school she was a member of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s legislative council, worked on a longitudinal population health project at the Center for Urban Population Health in Milwaukee, WI, and was a student leader in medical student governance and Medical Students for Choice. Her clinical interests within family medicine include women’s health and reproductive healthcare, refugee health, pediatrics, procedures, and health equity. Prior to medical school she worked in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of State on a variety of policy issues, including international health and human rights issues, among others.

Eric GR Kim, MD, PhD 2021, University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine

Michael D. Renecle, DO, PGY-2, North Colorado Family Medicine

Student Representatives

Sam Altman, CU, 2022

Mattie Brand, RVU, 2022
Mattie is in her second year at Rocky Vista University (RVU), and pursuing a career in Rural Family Medicine. Additionally, she is the current president of RVU’s FMIG, and in the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track at RVU. As someone who is passionate about public health and medically underserved communities, she hopes to have the opportunity to work with family medicine physicians, residents, and fellow students to come up with solutions to these issues while working to improve health outcomes for all Colorado residents.

Ross Tanick, Denver, RVU, 2022
Ross first became interested in family medicine as a counselor for at-risk youth where he worked closely with a great family doc. That family doctor inspired Ross to get more involved in the medical side of things, so he became an EMT.  As an emergency responder, Ross realized that while he really enjoyed many aspects of providing patient care, he desired to maintain a continuity of care with patients. He chose to pursue a career as an osteopathic physician to have a more personal connection over a long period of time with patients.