Colorado Healthcare Communicators (CHC) board members are volunteers who work within or provide services to Colorado’s healthcare communications community. Executive board positions are nominated and voted on annually by the membership.

In addition to our board, CHC has opportunities to volunteer throughout the year on committees such as our Gold Leaf Award committee.

If you are interested in helping support our healthcare community by joining the CHC Board of Directors or a committee, please email us at

2018 Board of Directors

Past President
Cari Frank, CIVHC | Center for Improving Value in Health Care

Cari joined CHC’s board in 2014 as Vice President with nearly 20 years of experience in the health care industry in Colorado. She is currently the Director of Communications and Marketing for Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC). In her role with CIVHC, Cari works with her team and leadership to develop and implement strategic communication, marketing and outreach efforts to heighten awareness and fulfill CIVHC’s mission to support advancing the Triple Aim. Previous to her work with CIVHC, Cari led communications, policy and advocacy, and new program development efforts as Director of Communications and Development at the Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC). Prior to her tenure at CRHC, Cari worked for seven years with the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (now Telligen), where she helped hospitals and other health care providers to improve patient safety and save lives. While on CFMC’s communication team, Cari provided graphic design services and developed social marketing campaigns promoting preventive care and provider quality improvement. Ms. Frank is passionate about improving health and health care. She holds a pre-med bachelor of arts degree in Biology from Colorado College, and has an MBA in Marketing.


Vice President – Open


Valerie Gildea, Centura Health Physician Group


Jim Gance, Imagination Arts


Marketing Co-Chair
Maureen Maycheco, Reach Out and Reed Colorado


Marketing Co-Chair
Margo Christenson, Centura Health Physician Group

Margo Christenson is passionate about using strategy, imagination and storytelling to enhance communications. She currently serves as the Internal Communications Specialist at Centura Health Physician Group. In her role, Margo is responsible for overseeing the medical group’s internal communications strategy. Previously, Margo worked at MyLifeLine Cancer Foundation as the Marketing & Outreach Manager, where she managed social media and email marketing efforts and coordinated the organization’s annual fundraising events. Margo earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Minnesota State University, Moorhead with Summa Cum Laude honors.


Membership Co-Chair
Samantha Friedman, GCI Health

As an Account Director at GCI Health, a healthcare public relations agency, Samantha focuses on media relations and building national awareness via innovative campaigns for an array of pharmaceutical companies and brands. Samantha has always had a passion for communications and connecting with others, especially as it concerns health and well-being, which she plans to bring to her role on the CHC board. Samantha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Health Studies from Miami University.


Membership Co-Chair
Katie Bayne, Center for Health Progress

Katie joined CHCs board in December 2016 as the Membership Co-Chair. Katie has long had a passion in communication around social justice issues, and has been applying her skills in this area to help effect real change in the health care sector as the Development & Communications Specialist at the Center for Health Progress (formerly Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved). She earned her bachelor’s in communication studies and French from Niagara University and a master’s in international and intercultural communication from the University of Denver. She believes in using effective, culturally sensitive communication to help educate, engage, and connect with her fellow Coloradans on important health care issues.


Programs Co-Chair
Julia Mulhern, Sky Ridge Medical Center

I’ve spent the past six years working in Marketing and Advertising in the healthcare industry in Denver, including working for Centura Health, SCL Health and now Sky Ridge Medical Center. I’m experienced in the development, management and implementation of traditional and non-traditional marketing, advertising and digital campaigns. Skilled at client service management with an unparalleled approach to organization and detail. Accomplished in managing time, budget and output for both creative and process directives, building key client relationships and developing business growth strategies. My favorite part about marketing is developing the strategy and implementing creative solutions to make a campaign real


Programs Co-Chair
Erin Hackett, The Kenney Group


Gold Leaf Co-Chair
Barb Howell, Evolution Communications Agency

Barb has more than 20 years of experience in broadcast media, integrated marketing, sales, and project management. She is skilled in developing and implementing work plans, and effectively managing complex project budgets ranging from $5,000 to over $1M. Barb is proficient at monitoring workflow and contract deliverables while juggling multiple projects in various stages of completion. She is exceptionally organized and able to successfully guide campaigns from start to finish. In her role as Senior Account Director at Evolution Communications Agency, Barb is responsible for all English and Spanish media buying, researching target audiences and developing evidence-based media recommendations. Barb negotiates and manages broadcast, digital, social, out-of-home and print media buys, and prepares ongoing client reports and post-buy analyses.


Gold Leaf Co-Chair
Cara Welch, Colorado Hospital Association

Cara joined the CHC board in 2017 as the Gold Leaf Co-Chair. She has worked as the Director of Communications at the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) for the past two years, managing member communications, media relations, web marketing and event coordination. Prior to joining CHA, Cara worked as the Marketing Manager at Rose Medical Center in Denver for nearly seven years. In that role, she oversaw marketing, internal and external communications, community relations, crisis communications and event management for the hospital. Cara also worked at Schenkein Public Relations for about five years, managing PR for clients in a broad variety of industries. Cara has an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication from the University of Wyoming.


Business Development Co-Chair
Jordan Peel

An enthusiastic and forward-thinking marketing professional, Jordan has more than 13 years of experience in healthcare communications. She is currently the Media Relations Director for Evolution Communications Agency and the owner of Cultiv8 Communications. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Communications from Suffolk University, Jordan began her career in public relations at a healthcare marketing firm in Boston where she worked with healthcare IT innovators, such as athenahealth and McKesson. In recent years, Jordan has taken a significant interest in online media strategies and works with brands to explore and identify ways to effectively integrate social media into business strategies and marketing campaigns. In her spare time, Jordan gives back to the community by providing pro bono public relations to Denver area nonprofits, such as Firefly Autism and Garden, Inc.


Business Development Co-Chair
Trish Joyce