WHO WE ARE
Brittney works with the team and board to set the vision for the organization so that we can turn the vision into reality, ensuring community and client needs are met. She also strengthens collaboration with partners in the community working to improve the health and well-being across our 5 counties.
“I am thrilled to return to the safety net space and excited to support our team and communities in addressing thorny challenges with curiosity, fun, and design thinking.”
Brittney’s diverse background spans both clinical and operations, leadership, human centered design, issue advocacy, and grassroots organizing. She is guided by a strong sense of social justice, loves to raft rivers with her husband and three kids, read good books, and eat chocolate.
Shelly supports the internal operations of the organization and helps create and oversee the budget and expenses. She also works with leadership to support staff development and agency culture. “Living in Steamboat for over 20 years and raising my family here, our community is very important to us,” she says. “I now get the opportunity to help give back to the community we love!” Shelly has over 15 years’ experience in business management and customer relations. She enjoys hiking with her family, snowboarding, camping and traveling.”
Laurel supports the executive director, operations director and other staff as needed. “Having struggled with health care connections in the past, I felt The Health Partnership provides a valued and much-needed service,” she says. Laurel attended Northern Arizona University and has over 30 years of office management experience. When she’s not working, she spends time with her husband and connecting with her four children and one granddaughter, serves in her church, and writes, paints, and plays the piano.”
Charity Craig, Moffat County
Care Coordinator Supervisor
I grew up in Hayden and have spent my adult life in Moffat County. I am passionate about helping our community. I have a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and have worked with the community in previous roles. In my spare time I love being outdoors and enjoying time with my family.
Marissa Jaime, Routt County
Marissa works with members to develop their care plans, provide education and connect them to resources. She credits her previous work with Department of Human Services for preparing her to help people from all walks of life be self-sufficient, elevate their social standings, and lead them to live better and healthier lives. Marissa graduated from St. Paul College in Manila, Philippines, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration. In her spare time, she loves gardening and home decorating.
Maryanna Younger, Moffat County
Maryanna works with our care team to offer an outstanding experience for clients as they go through care coordination services and are connected with local and statewide resources. “I grew up in Moffat County, using our community resources, and am now committed to helping others utilize these resources to better their lives,” she says. Maryanna brings a decade of care coordination experience. In her spare time, you will find her taking her old dog Lucy for car rides on dirt roads, watching cooking shows and experimenting in the kitchen with her family.
Ryan Rowley, Rio Blanco County
Ryan works with clients in Moffat County to help them find resources to meet their needs and goals for a healthier lifestyle. He moved to Craig in 2006 and has volunteered with different organizations. Ryan deeply cares about the community. He enjoys watching football in his spare time, from high school to NFL.
Kevin Kohlbrenner, Moffat County
I work with clients in Moffat County to identify barriers to care, develop a comprehensive goal-oriented care plan, and connect them to appropriate resources.
I am passionate about helping underserved communities because I grew up in an underserved community in Philadelphia. I am a year from having my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I have two years of experience working as a child welfare and adult protection caseworker for MCDHS. I have also worked in Substance Use Disorder Treatment. Outside of work, I am a full-time college student, a new dad to a beautiful baby girl named Pepper, and if there is any time left over, I like to spend time with my wife, play the drums, and make art.
Jeanette Causey, Routt County
Jeanette works with clients in Routt County to assist in developing their care plans and to help provide the necessary wrap around services that promote their health and well-being. Jeanette holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and she enjoys spending time with her family, as well as, seeking adventure in the outdoors and traveling. Jeanette is excited to be a part of The Health Partnership and is looking forward to meeting the needs and goals of her clients.
Family Support Facilitator
I work with families, that include youth facing behavioral or mental health challenges, involved in multiple supportive systems in Routt, Moffat, and Rio Blanco County. I joined The Health Partnership because their values and mission statement really resonate with my lifestyle. I am so excited to start a career where my life experience with youth with behavioral and mental health struggles can be applied in a meaningful and productive way. Outside of work, when I’m not hanging out with my 4 sons, I’m reading anything from international classics to trending fantasy novels.
Family Support Partner
I work directly with families in Routt County and surrounding areas to ensure they are set up for success and feel empowered, no matter their circumstances.
I am certified in Trauma Based Relational Intervention and have many years of lived experience pertaining directly to my role as FSP. I can usually be found jamming out with my two teenage sons, cracking jokes, and making memories.
Community Impact Manager
I advocate, on behalf of Northwest Colorado, for equitable access to healthcare and recovery support services. I help to create, and deliver, trainings and events centered around the missions of the Health Partnership. I have a passion for working within systems that are ineffective, or even broken, to ensure that clients involved with those systems are always treated with fairness, empathy, and kindness. I feel that working at the Health Partnership is a great way to give back to my community and work to help improve our local healthcare and recovery support systems.
I am a licensed social worker in Colorado. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with a minor in political science from Texas Tech University. In 2019, I graduated with a Master of Science in Social Work with a focus in public policy of contemporary social issues from Columbia University. Prior to my role with the Health Partnership, I was a probation officer and Recovery Court Coordinator for the 14th Judicial District. In that role, I worked with local treatment providers, community stakeholders, law enforcement, and the courts to provide support for justice-involved clients struggling with severe substance use and /or mental health disorders.
Outside of work, you will find me reading, doing yoga, spending time with my dogs (Chewbacca and Ginny Weasley), or listening to the Bobby Bones Show.
Christopher Ray, Routt County
Peer Recovery Specialist
Chris works with clients in Northwest Colorado through peer support and assists them in finding resources and a new way of life. He says “The Health Partnership represents the community driven caring that I strive to be a part of. I want to do my part to help heal and build our communities.” He has lived experience in recovery and as a social services client. He is currently working on relevant certifications and continuing education. He feels grateful for his new life and opportunities. When he is out of the office he spends his time camping, biking, hiking, skiing, and enjoying the offerings of our outdoor playground. He also appreciate the arts, theater, music, dining, and any chance he can to expand his knowledge of the world we inhabit.
Nele Cashmere, Moffat County
Peer Recovery Specialist
As a Peer Recovery Specialist in Moffat County, I provide peer support to anyone that may need assistance with substance use disorders and guide them to relevant resources within our community and beyond that may work for them in their recovery. With my own lived experience with alcoholism, I can provide empathy and encouragement to those who may need it. I am planning and hosting clean and sober events in Craig and look forward to providing a space where people in recovery or those looking for support around substance use feel supported and encouraged. By bringing likeminded individuals together I hope to bring about change to our community that so desperately needs help with substance use and help break the stigma of addiction here in Craig by moving the needle one event, one conversation, one connection at a time. My most treasured accomplishments are my 3.5 years of sobriety and spirituality, becoming a mother to my two beautiful sons, marrying my husband and my most recent is acquiring this position with The Health Partnership and being of service to my community. Prior to these roles, I spent almost 20 years in the service industry which I love. I have learned skills from those years that I believe have shaped me into being the caring, giving, hard-working and driven person that I am today. I have taken some college credits and look forward to finding a path in education that serves me best in this role today. I am currently working on my Peer Recovery Specialist training and certifications and continuing my education in this field. In my spare time you can find me spending time with my family hiking, camping, fishing, 4x4ing, dirt-biking, skiing, practicing yoga, home projects, gardening and traveling.
Health Coverage Supervisor
Kimberly educates clients in Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt county on available health insurance options and guides them through the enrollment process with ease. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings as a Registered Dietitian and understands the frustration that comes with insurance. Kim is passionate about connecting clients with health insurance as well as essential overall health and treatment of disease needs. Outside of the office she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, camping and spending as much time as she can with friends and family.
Health Coverage Guide
Health Coverage Guide
Jeni assists clients with identifying health insurance options and enrollment as well as helps them apply for financial support. She has lived and worked in Northwest Colorado for 30 years and understands the barriers to acquiring health coverage in our area. She is committed to helping individuals and families find viable options for their particular circumstance. Her collected life experience has led her to being in the service of others. In her free time, she says “I will never turn down an opportunity for adventure!”
HEALTH COVERAGE GUIDE
My name is Patricia Maradiegue de Wagner. I am an Assistance Network Outreach Specialist. Originally, l am from the North Coast of Peru (surfing place). I grew up in a medical family. My father was a doctor, and my mother was a nurse. I have three younger brothers (none of us were interested in medical careers).
I work with Omnisalud clients by helping them to qualify for health insurance when they previously did not qualify for any health insurance. It is a joy for me to see the happy faces when the clients are approved by Onmisalud.
Living in Moffat County for almost 23 years made me to have a special connection with my community and with my job career too. I teach English Second Language (ESL) and organize community meetings between the Hispanic community, and service providers, and the local government. I am a people person and I like public speaking. I am grateful my work experience gives me this connection with individuals.
I love to spend time with my family in Peru (video calls) and visiting my only daughter and her family in Grand Junction, my in-laws and the rest of the family in Denver. I Spend time with my husband and our three doggies here in Craig. I enjoy taking care of my plants, I love the beach, traveling and getting involved with new cultures and languages.
Regional Health Connector
I work to support clinical and behavioral health providers in the community, in an effort to help individuals and families have access to the healthcare they need to thrive.
As a mom of 6 kids, I understand how important good healthcare can be, especially with so many individual needs. I have also seen how living in rural areas like ours can make this extra difficult. I hope my work with the Health Partnership helps ensure those resources aren’t so hard to find.
I have both a BSW and MSW in social work and have spent my professional career helping individuals of all walks of life, find resources they need to succeed in life.
Outside of work, I love hanging out with my husband and kids, working with the youth at church, listening to music and eating chocolate.
Our Board Members
- Steve Muntean, President, Muntean Leadership Group — Board President, Executive Committee Member
- Soniya Fidler, President, Yampa Valley Medical Center — Vice President, Executive Committee Member
- Kyle Miller, Vice President / Chief Clinical Officer, Memorial Regional Health — Secretary, Executive Committee Member
Jeremy Behling, Local Small Business Owner — Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member
Tom Gangel, Regional Director, Mind Springs Health — Board Member, Governance Committee Member
Kelly Kissling, Executive Director, Routt County Human Services — Board Member, Governance Committee Member
Jen Fanning, Executive Director, Grand County Rural Health Network — Board Member, Finance Committee Member
Arin Daigneau, Prevention Services Director, Northwest Colorado Health — Board Member, Finance Committee Member