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Dan Zarecky, President: Dan is the Chief Executive Officer at Peak View Behavioral Health. Dan has 24 years of experience in the residential treatment, corrections and behavioral health fields and has managed behavioral health facilities and served on numerous nonprofit and government boards. Dan holds a criminal justice degree from Gannon University and completed graduate counseling coursework at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania.
Mary Ellen Benson, Secretary: Mary Ellen is the Vice President of Healthcare Innovation for AspenPointe. She has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 20 years in roles ranging from physical therapist to hospital CEO. Her passion for behavioral health and serving individuals with mental illness and their families drives her to find positive health outcomes resulting in wellness for all in our community.
Collyn Florendo, Treasurer: Collyn is the President of Bank of Colorado, a position he has held since December 2012. He has worked for Pinnacle Bancorp, the holding company of Bank of Colorado, since 1981. Collyn has a BS in Business Administration from Augustana College. He served as Board Chairman of the Crete (Nebraska) Area Medical Center from 1999-2012 and is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Downtown YMCA.
Kathy Brandt: Kathy Brandt holds a BA in English, MA in Education, and taught writing at the University of Colorado. She is the author with her son, Max Maddox, of the award-winning memoir, Walks on the Margins, in which they narrate their battle with mental illness after Max was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1999. She is a vocal advocate for those with mental illness and their families.
Gail-DeckerWeb Gail Decker: Gail is the vice president of market partnerships and network development at Centura Health-Penrose St. Francis Health Care System. She brings 30-plus years’ experience to her work establishing seamless transitions of care for patients in local acute care and emergency departments. She also helps community resource agencies improve outcomes for released patients. Gail holds an MS in healthcare administration from Troy State University.
Chris Garvin: Chris has worked for the El Paso County Department of Human Services in various leadership positions for more than 20 years and is currently the Department’s Deputy Director. He has served on numerous boards including the Regional Advisory Council to the Area Agency on Aging and Suicide Prevention Partnership. Chris holds a BSW from the University of Missouri.
John Hammond John Hammond: John is a deputy sheriff with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Currently assigned to Patrol, John also serves on the office’s Crisis Negotiations Unit. He has completed Crisis Intervention Training and an FBI Hostage Negotiations Course, and is a Mental Health First Aid instructor. John has a BA in sociology and an MA in forensic psychology.
Billie Ratliff: Billie is the manager of behavioral health at Memorial Hospital UCH. A licensed clinical social worker, Billie has worked in the behavioral health realm for 37 years. In 2010, Billie helped restructure Memorial’s model for delivery of best-practice care to behavioral health patients in an acute medical setting. She is active on numerous committees related to helping people with behavioral health disorders.
Tyra Sandoval: Tyra’s lived in Colorado Springs since 1986. She’s the mother of four and a licensed real estate broker with RE/Max Properties, Inc. Prior to her real estate career, she was a fundraiser with Pikes Peak Hospice and The Alzheimer’s Association. Tyra’s been involved with many local non-profits, including New Born Hope, CS Fine Art Center, Early Childhood Connections, Children’s Literacy Center, Habitat for Humanity, District 12 PTO Board, and Junior League.
Gloria Turnipseed:Gloria is a therapist specializing in trauma informed care at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. She has worked in the fields of human services, education and behavioral health for more than 18 years, and has served as a board member for Colorado Springs School District 11’s Space, Technology, and Arts (STAR) Academy. Among her graduate degrees is a PsyD in clinical psychology.
Jill-Whitley-photo Jill Whitley: Jill is a partner with Gould, Whitley & Marshall, and has practiced law in Colorado Springs since 1985. She has a BSW from the University of Kansas and earned her JD from Washington University in St. Louis. She is former Program Chair and Section Chair of the El Paso County Bar Association Probate Section and a former Ecumenical Social Ministries board member.

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