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Nugent is in her second year as Chair of the Avista Hospital Foundation Board,
where she enjoys helping the Foundation achieve its goals of healthcare
excellence and improving the lives of people in
our community. Karla is a founding partner and Chief Business
Development Officer at Weifield Group Contracting, a leading electrical
contracting company with 300 employees serving
clients in Colorado and Wyoming, since 2002.
her role at Weifield, Karla is responsible for the company’s Business
Development, Marketing, Sales, and Preconstruction departments and passionately
advocates for a better construction workforce and industry. She ensures profitability and growth via business
strategy, strategic alliances, public relations, and marketing
efforts. Prior to starting Weifield, Karla spearheaded the growth efforts
of three leading organizations in the training/seminar, wholesale beauty, and
data center/managed hosting industries – serving as departmental head and Chief
Operations Officer within these companies. In a similar fashion, her own
company, Weifield, thrives under her leadership winning Denver Post Top
Workplaces 5 years running.
has a B.A. in Psychology from Colorado State University and lives in Lafayette, Colorado,
with her husband, Jack, and her two children, Jackson and Elli. In her free
time, she enjoys spending time with her family, organizing philanthropic and
faith-based activities, and traveling.
Mr. Anderson is the senior Executive Leadership Coach and Founder of the Leadership Science Institute, LLC and is Certified Master Coach (CMC). He is a senior executive with equal blend of technical, business, managerial and public sector skills developed during experience with several "Fortune 500" companies and local municipalities.
He has extensive experience in helping his clients to start, expand and grow their businesses through coaching and training. In addition, he helps them to train and develop their professional staffs. He possesses the unique ability to help his clients attract, retain, develop and motivate outstanding management and professional leaders.
Mr. Anderson was an Adjunct Professor in Business and Management at Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado where he taught marketing, sales, introduction to business and business communication courses.
He was a publicly elected official. He held the positions of City Council Member and County Commissioner for the City and County of Broomfield in the State of Colorado.
He is the author of the books, "Unwrapping the CIO: Demystifying the Chief Information Officer Position" (iUniverse Publishing: September, 2006), "Powerful People Are Powerful IT Professionals: Your Daily Guide to Becoming a Powerful Information Systems Person" (iUniverse Publishing: January, 2007), "I Am Unemployed … Now What Do I Do?: An Organized Approach to Becoming Employed" (iUniverse Publishing: June, 2011) and "I Am Unemployed Christian… Now What Do I Do?: An Organized Approach to Becoming Employed Christian" (Westbow Press: March, 2013).
He lives in Westminster, Colorado.
Dennis Barts joined Avista as Chief Executive Officer in
July of 2013 after serving as CEO of Valley Hospital and Deaconess Medical
Center, part of the Rockwood Health System in Spokane, Wash. While there,
Dennis led his colleagues in achieving Joint Commission recognition as a Center
of Excellence in Total Joint Surgery and was awarded "Top Hospital"
recognition from the Joint Commission for surgical and pneumonia care. Dennis
has also served as CEO at hospitals in Ponca City, Okla.; Jourdanton, Texas;
and Fallbrook, Calif.
Dennis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education
from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.; his Master in Exercise
Physiology degree from Iowa State University and his Master of Business
Administration degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is a
Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dennis and his wife Becky have one son and a granddaughter.
Christopher D. Carey as President of the Rocky Mountain
Adventist Healthcare Foundation leads fundraising for the Adventist Hospitals
of Centura Health.
Prior to Centura Health, Chris served as vice president for
advancement and strategic planning for Southern Adventist University in
Collegedale, Tennessee where he launched a $75 million campaign surpassing past
accomplishments by 500%. He also
pioneered work in Ghana to grow the first accredited private university in the
country, Valley View University. Chris
has served in various foundation roles at several nonprofits with fundraising
leadership experience in Europe, Asia, South America and across the States.
Chris holds a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management and
Leadership, and dual bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Public
Relations from Andrews University. Since
1998, Chris has held the distinction of being a Certified Fundraising Executive
In his free time, Chris enjoys running, volunteering,
exploring big ideas, cross-cultural exchange, outdoor activities, planting
anything that grows, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Ehrhardt is Vice President and Relationship Manager for the Metro Commercial
Banking team at Vectra Bank Colorado.
Ehrhardt brings more than 23 years of experience in business
banking and commercial lending to her clients, with 14 of those years at Vectra
Bank. While her expertise is with businesses with annual sales revenues between
$10MM to $50MM, she seeks to build strong relationships with new or existing
customers through commercial banking sales and service activities. She manages
a large loan and treasury management portfolio and focuses on complex
depository and treasury management clients. Ehrhardt is a proactive banker with
a proven track record of providing outstanding customer service.
commitments extend well beyond the bank through her dedication to the
community. She is an advisory board member and committee member at A Precious
Child non-profit, and serves on the board of the Westminster Legacy Foundation.
received her Bachelor in Business Management degree from the University of
Phoenix, a graduate of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class
2015-2016, and a Certified Credit Professional. She is also affiliated with Naturally
Boulder Trade Organization, CASA of Adams & Broomfield County and Adams
County Economic Development (ACED).
is a Colorado native, born and raised in Arvada. With her husband and two
children, she enjoys traveling and cooking.
Laura Hicks joined Avista as the
Director of Imaging in 2011 after nine years at Porter Adventist Hospital. Laura has held positions as the
Service Line Director for Oncology at Porter and Kettering
Medical Center, the Service Line Director for Ophthalmology at Porter, and
Imaging Director at other facilities. Laura is passionate about
program design and development, having established numerous successful service
lines and new programs. Of special interest to her is
Avista’s further expansion of its excellent services to women and its desire to
become a destination center for women’s health.
Laura has a Masters in Health
Care Administration (MHA) from Loma Linda University and a BS in Biology from
Pacific Union College. Laura is also a board member of the Brighton Adventist Academy and the Avista Foundation. She is married and enjoys spending her free time traveling, scuba diving and getting away to the mountains.
Chuck is President and CEO of Grey Mountain Charter
Financing where he directs the firm’s goal of solving the financing problem for
charter schools in their need for facilities. Grey Mountain has provided
over $2B in financing for charter schools across the country. Chuck has
also served as Chief Financial Officer of various companies over the last 25
years as well as Market President of Sunflower Bank and gets excited about
providing leadership in both human capital as well as the financial well-being
of a company. Chuck believes that the most important investment a company
can make is in people that care.
Chuck is a graduate of TCU and his personal interests
include family, faith, golf, and TCU football. Chuck has spent extensive
time in the healthcare world as a patient and is excited to contribute to the
Avista Foundation Board.
Shannon Knobel grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey and Carmel, Indiana. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Upon graduation, Shannon joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where her clients included large multinational manufacturing companies. Professional opportunities brought Shannon and her husband, Jeff, to Colorado, where she ultimately launched as successful consulting practice specializing in financial reporting and accounting software design.
An expatriate assignment for Jeff sent them to Germany. Shannon quickly adapted to her new home through her involvement in the American Women's Club, the inspiration for MOD Moms, LLC which she founded upon returning to Colorado. MOD Moms has been an educational resource for moms, providing social and philanthropic opportunities to the families by partnering with community businesses. MOD Moms support of “Crayons to Calculators” introduced Shannon to Impact for Education where she has served as the Chair of the Live and Silent Auction for Razzle Dazzle for many years.
Shannon, Jeff and their two sons, Nick and Mike, live in Superior. The Knobel Family is extremely involved in our community, especially school activities and sporting events, particularly competitive swimming and soccer.
Kuehn, Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Treanor|H+L, a design firm
providing services in architecture, planning, interior design, historic
preservation, civil engineering and landscape architecture. The firm currently
employs over 150 professionals and support staff in 8 offices located in
Denver, Colorado Springs, Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City, St. Louis, Dallas and
Scott has over 34 years of experience in all phases of
the business of architecture and is a leader in the industry and his community.
His leadership style embraces collaboration and communication and strives to
make a meaningful difference for both his firm and the firm’s clients. Scott is
passionate about design and how design will ultimately meet the goals set forth
thru insightful client collaboration. He has been involved in many significant
projects including the recently completed Saint Joseph’s Hospital for SCL
Health. His project experience includes work in healthcare, education and
advanced industry markets, Scott is an active member of the American Institute
of Architects and is past Chair of the AIA Practice Management Advisory Group and
AIA/AGC Joint Committee.
Scott has been a Denver resident since 1982, arriving looking
for sunshine and snow after graduating from Kansas State University in Manhattan,
Scott raised two boys that also reside and work in the Denver area. In his free
time he now enjoys golf, mountain and road biking, traveling, concerts and
Kate joined CoBiz Insurance in 2009 as an employee benefits advisor. Prior to joining CoBiz, Kate spent 15 years with 2 prominent national insurance carriers specializing in employer sponsored health and welfare plans. She was responsible for the overall new business sales,
retention and profitability of the Denver regional sales office which included a multi-state territory and oversight of 5 sales executives. In 2009, she was presented with an opportunity to join CoBiz Insurance and represent employers in the strategic planning of their health and welfare strategies.
In her role at CoBiz, Kate is responsible for new business development and retention of the clients she serves. In this position, she evaluates, coordinates and makes recommendations to shape strategy and direction for employee benefit programs. She is passionate about ensuring that her client’s
energy and commitment to the implementation and development of a unique corporate health strategy results in a sound return on their investment. Her multi-year approach is centered around each organization and its unique culture, environment and business objectives.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. She and her husband Mike have 2 children, Ben and Sydney. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, watching UT football, reading and spending time in the
Dr. Robinson currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at Avista, where he has practiced anesthesiology since 2003. He received his MD and MPH degrees from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1993, and completed his anesthesiology residency at UT Houston in 1997. He received his MBA from The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2015.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Robinson has served as a flight surgeon for both NASA's Johnson Space Center and the Texas Air National Guard. He has educated medical students and residents as clinical faculty at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Bradenton. He has participated actively in research, and is published in the fields of physics, aviation medicine, and pain medicine. Dr. Robinson has also owned and operated multiple small businesses involving aviation, finance, and real estate.
Nicole Milo (Salter), Chief Development Officer at Avista Adventist
Hospital, attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned her
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Nicole became passionate about
philanthropy at an early age as a dedicated volunteer throughout high school
and college. Her philanthropic spirit was evident in roles as Development
Director for Holy Family High School in Broomfield, Colorado, and as the Vice
President of Development for A Precious Child, a Broomfield based non-profit.
Nicole is a very firm believer in stewardship and the
philosophy of time, talent, and treasure as equally important ways to give
back. Nicole works very closely with the Avista Foundation Board of Directors
to create lasting partnerships with our donors for the benefit of Avista
Adventist Hospital. She is very passionate about expanding the impact of Avista
Adventist Hospital and helping to facilitate its desire to become a Destination
Center for Women’s Health in Northern Colorado.
Nicole married this summer and has three
teenage children. She is a Board Member of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce,
an active Junior Achievement volunteer, and PTO President of her children’s
school. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, watching
her children play sports, and hiking outdoors with her husband.
Mark has been in the financial services industry for more
than 25 years at firms including Morgan Stanley and UBS, joining Merrill Lynch
in 2014. He prides himself on thoroughly understanding the priorities of
high-net worth individuals and families, providing them with disciplined,
goals-based planning and outcome oriented recommendations and strategies with
great attention to detail.
Mark works closely with clients to help identify their prominent goals and
needs including asset allocation, education funding, retirement income
planning, tax minimization strategies and estate planning services, then
dedicates himself to crafting unique financial strategies to aid clients in the
pursuit of desired outcomes while building, managing and preserving their wealth
for multiple generations. In addition to the investment insights of Merrill
Lynch, Mark can provide access to banking, credit and lending from Bank of
Mark holds the Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM (AWMA®)
designation from the College for Financial Planning. He is a graduate of
Rutgers University with a B.A. in Art History. Mark currently serves on the
board of the Boulder Jewish Community Center. Mark and his family live in
Boulder where they enjoy an outdoor lifestyle - skiing, hiking, biking and
trail running with their dogs.
Aaron Wiebelhaus grew up in
northwestern Iowa and went to college at University of Northern Iowa. Upon
graduating, he and his wife moved to Dallas, Texas to start their careers. Aaron was soon was transferred to Colorado and fell in love with the lifestyle and climate.
Because of family reasons, they moved back to Des Moines, Iowa in
2001. During that time, Aaron went back to graduate school at the University
of Iowa and received an MBA. His new job in Des Moines eventually
led to a career with Turner Construction. We were eventually
transferred to Kansas City, Missouri and five years ago back to Denver. His current position with Turner Construction is running the Denver office as the business manager.
the way during those past 15 years, Aaron and his wife were blessed with three boys. Their
ages are 12, 10, and 6 years old. The children consume nearly all of their free time, but the family tries to spend every possible opportunity in the
mountains camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing.
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Avista Hospital FoundationNicole Milo (Salter)Chief Development OfficerPhone: 303-673-1011
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