Raquel J. Alexander, MA, CAE
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, MPA, MPH
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 the CAFP staff 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 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.
Previously, he worked 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 journalist covering national security issues.
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 biking, 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.
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, attention to detail, and her 20 plus years of experience planning meetings.
Watwood 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.