Board of Directors
Ann Elizabeth Block
Ann Elizabeth Block retired in 2009 from her position as senior vice president, people for Frontier Airlines. She currently heads AEB Consulting where she helps organizations with human resources and communication needs to develop and implement workforce solutions that integrate with business strategies and initiatives in industries such as utilities, engineering, and health care to name a few. She has served on the boards of the Women’s Leadership Foundation, Denver Health Foundation, and Cancer Support Community of Colorado, and Girls Inc., among many others. She is also the founder of the Colorado Business Group on Health. Ms. Block has won numerous awards, including the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award and the Executive of the Year Award from the National Management Association.
Kelly J. Brough
Kelly J. Brough is the president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The chamber represents approximately 3,000 businesses and their 300,000 employees in Colorado. Prior to joining the chamber, Ms. Brough served as a chief of staff for Mayor John Hickenlooper and the City and County of Denver where she oversaw a general fund of $857 million. She also served as deputy chief of staff and director of the Denver Office of Accountability and Reform for the city. In that role, she implemented the city's new 3-1-1 customer service system and created an organizational culture that embraced performance management and continuous improvement.
Rich Call, DDS, MS
Rich Call graduated from Washington University, School of Dental Medicine in 1975 and practiced General Dentistry in Thornton, Colorado for 40 years as the managing partner in a group practice. Concerned with access to care issues, in 1977 he completed a Master’s Degree from the CU School of Medicine in Health Administration, and then served on the full-time faculty of the School of Dentistry for 23 years. He was instrumental in the development of programs to improve access to care, including the Advanced Clinical Training and Service Program and the Area Health Education Center Program. He continues as a Clinical Professor, is a Life Member of the ADA, CDA, MDDS, and a Fellow in the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In 2011, he and his wife retired to serve for two years as full-time volunteers in Central America, directing a dental program for his church’s humanitarian effort. He is the recipient of a host of teaching and distinguished service awards, and remains active in local and humanitarian dental projects.
Bruce N. Calonge, MD, MPH
Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, is the president and CEO of The Colorado Trust, a private grant making foundation dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of all Coloradans. Prior to that, he was the Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He has an MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public and Community Medicine. He is an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Colorado and associate professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Calonge is a member of several other national boards and panels including the Community Preventive Services Task Force of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the National Academy of Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division (NAM) and the NAM’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity.
James L. Cousin II, CPA, MBA
James L. Cousin II, CPA, MBA, is an experienced executive with a broad background in managing finance, operations, and business units, across various industries including nonprofit and health care. Currently, James holds the position of Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Strategy at the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, where he manages nine directors in various departments, has overseen the financial success of consecutive profits 14 of the last 15 years, and has managed two mergers and acquisitions, amongst various other duties and successes. Prior, James held the Director of Finance position at Colorado Access where he managed accounting, medical claims, and facilities. James has also held other high-level finance and accounting roles in companies such as Ketema, Inc. Occidental Petroleum, and Deloitte & Touche. James holds a master's degree in business administration with the University of Colorado and a bachelor of science in accounting and finance from California State University. James has been an active participant in the community through volunteering as a board member in organizations such as Vectra Bank, True Light Baptist Church, My Rounding LLC, and Warren Village.
Helen Drexler is president and CEO of Delta Dental of Colorado. With more than 30 years of progressive management experience, Ms. Drexler is deeply versed in all aspects of the health insurance industry. She supported operations, strategic planning, organizational development, and marketing during two national acquisitions and led a national system migration during Y2K. In addition, she has a vast experience in provider contracting, having led the development of several managed care networks in the early 1990s. In 2012-16, she managed a national account service team that saw record growth and retention under her leadership. Ms. Drexler is a community leader who believes businesses see the greatest success when they help to strengthen the communities they serve. She served as chair of the board of directors of Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado and recently served on the Women's Leadership Council for United Way of Greater Atlanta. Ms. Drexler was also a member of the Atlanta Heart Walk Cabinet for the American Heart Association.
Kim Kretsch, DDS
Dr. Kretsch obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa with a certificate in dental hygiene in 1985. She continued her education, obtaining a DDS degree from the University of Colorado in 1996 and a certificate in pediatric dentistry from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in 1998. She was a managing partner in private pediatric dental practice from 1999-2014. She went on to complete a Master’s in Business Administration from Regis University in 2015. She has focused her business education and clinical experiences on dental practice management. In 2016, she became a founding partner in Colorado Dentistry for Children in Brush, Colorado. Additionally she is a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and a past president of the Boulder Broomfield County Dental Society. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and well as a diplomate of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Mary Noonan spent 35 years as an executive in the insurance industry before joining an executive recruiting firm focused on insurance positions. She is a graduate of the University of Portland with a BA in English and received an MBA from the University of Chicago. Ms. Noonan currently serves on the board of trustees at Delta Dental of Colorado, the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, and the Center for Women's Health Research at the Anschutz Medical Campus. She is also a member of the Colorado Women's Forum and a supporter of The Women's Foundation of Colorado.
Hassan Salem is president of U.S. Bank in Colorado, and regional president of commercial banking for Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. A career-long veteran of U.S. Bank, Mr. Salem leads the bank's cross-functional Denver market leadership committee and chairs the local advisory board of business and community leaders from the Denver metro area. An active member of the business community, Mr. Salem served on the executive committee for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, where he was previously board chair. He also serves on the board of National Jewish Health, Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts, and the Colorado Bankers Association. He is a graduate of the 2004 Leadership Denver program for influential business leaders and served as co-chair of the Transition committee for the Department of Regulatory Agencies under Governor John Hickenlooper.
Ann Somers, DDS, is a periodontist in Denver and is co-owner of Poulos and Somers. She received her DDS from University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1993 and her MS degree in periodontics from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in 1998. She is the recipient of numerous awards and been published in various journals. Dr. Somers also participates in volunteer work at the Howard Dental Center, an oral health care facility centered on individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Tamanna Tiwari, MPH, MDS, BDS
Dr. Tamanna Tiwari is a dentist and an assistant professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health and Associate Director, Center for Oral Disease Prevention and Population Health Research at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado. She obtained a master degree in public health in global health leadership from New York University. Dr. Tiwari is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute to conduct research to reduce oral health inequalities in children in Colorado. She received the Colgate Award for Research Excellence in 2018. She is a member of American (International) Association for Dental Research and American Public Health Association and is an elected officer at both the organizations. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications and has presented her research at several national and international conferences.
Leo Tokar is the executive vice president and partner with Lockton Companies, an insurance consulting and brokerage firm. He oversees consulting teams for key accounts and manages employee benefits strategy for public and private organizations across a variety of industries. Lockton is the largest insurance consultancy in the Rocky Mountain region and 9th largest risk management firm in the world. Prior to joining Lockton, he was with Kaiser Permanente for eleven years and lead the insurance functions for the organization. Mr. Tokar holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas, an MBA and a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Colorado. He is currently on the boards of several organizations throughout the Denver metro area in addition to Delta Dental of Colorado including Centura’s Porter Adventist Hospital, Judi’s House, Colorado Health Institute, and American Cancer Society.
Andrea Young is an experienced emerging to enterprise technology executive with broad range of experience in product development, digital transformation, business intelligence, cyber security, and operations across advanced industries. Accomplished in delivering innovative solutions to complex business challenges while effectively collaborating with diverse stakeholders to design and implement market-leading business and technology strategies to maximize shareholder value. Currently, Andrea is the Senior Vice President of Technology with Denver-based Aimco Apartment Homes. Prior, Andrea was President and CEO of the Colorado Technology Association, where she led all strategic operations geared toward advancing the technology industry across the state. Andrea has also held high-level CIO and CTO roles with companies such as BI, Incorporated, and Janus Capital Group, and has repeatedly been on the forefront of innovation within the technology sector. Andrea holds a master’s degree in business administration with the University of Denver as well as bachelor of science in business and information systems. A Colorado native, Andrea has been active in several non-profit, community-based and industry-affairs organizations to advance Colorado’s competitiveness locally, as well as nationally and internationally, including introducing computer science education standards with the Colorado Department of Education for the first time in 2018 and launching the first Colorado Smart Cities Symposium and Open Lab.