Ryan is the CEO and Executive Vice President at the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. He joined the CAFP staff in July 2015 and assumed this position in October 2020.
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. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executives.
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 daughter, Laila, and partner Stephanie, who is a family physician practicing in Aurora.
Joshua Foust, MA
Director of Communications, Marketing & Membership
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Joshua is Director of Communications, Marketing and Membership at the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. He joined the CAFP staff in December 2019.
Joshua got his B.A. in International Relations at the University of Colorado, Boulder and his M.A. in Communications at Johns Hopkins University, where he specialized in public and media relations. He is currently a PhD student studying strategic communication back at the University of Colorado, Boulder — a school he loves deeply.
With 15 years of experience working in policy and communications, Joshua previously in non-profit communications in Washington, DC at a civil society organization focused on the former Soviet Union. Prior to that, he worked for the Department of Defense with a focus on political issues in central and south Asia, and as a think tank fellow and journalist covering national security issues in Central and South Asia.
Joshua grew up in the Washington, DC area and now lives in Denver with his husband Emmanuel and two very lazy dogs. In his spare time he enjoys reading science fiction novels, writing short stories, plus hiking, gravel cycling, and cooking elaborate meals.
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.
Erin 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, attention to detail, and her 20 plus years of experience planning meetings.
Erin resides in Parker with her husband Brad, stepdaughter Kendal (17), son Brooks (4), and daughter Presley (2). 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, listening to podcasts, spending time with her growing family, and catching up on sleep.
Director of Policy & Government Relations
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Erica Pike joined the CAFP team as Director of Policy and Government Relations in 2020.
Erica studied Dance Movement Therapy at Drexel University, which got her interested in the systems and policies impacting her clients. She completed a Masters in Applied Nutrition at Northeastern University to better understand food access and food policy, and their impacts on community health.
As an advocate and organizer with more than eight years of experience, she learned that those closest to the impacts of health disparities are often not at the table when changes to process and policy are being discussed. She has managed multiple coalitions, public health programs, and successful campaigns to advance equity in health.
Erica lives in Denver and enjoys working in her garden and tending numerous houseplants, helping out at her family’s small business, Wax Trax Records, and traveling (when it’s not a pandemic).