Meet the Board

Susan Donahue

Susan Donahue

Board Chair

Susan Donahue has over thirty years of experience in health care administration and management.  The majority of her experience has been in primary care in both group and hospital based practices.  She is currently the Executive Director for Apex Emergency Group and ATD Resources.  She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degree in Healthcare Administration at Regis University.

Kelly O’Brien

Kelly O’Brien

Board Secretary

Kelly O’Brien graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Arcadia University in 2010. She was vice president of her class and spent time working at an HIV clinic in Uganda. Her first job was in the Emergency Department for Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Jersey. It was there that she developed her passion for acute, emergency care. However, after a year..

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and half, the mountains started calling. In 2012 she accepted a position in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and was promoted to Lead Advanced Practice Provider (APP) in 2015. She has also been able to volunteer in Haiti with the University of Colorado Emergency Medicine Caribbean Initiative. Apart from medicine, her passions include anything that involves a passport, a camera, and the sound of the ocean. She is excited to be joining Women With a Cause as her mother was a single parent and she couldn’t have had a better role model. 

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Dr Cheryl Lovell

Dr Cheryl Lovell

Board Chair

Dr. Lovell is currently the Special Advisor to the Chancellor of the Colorado State University System. As Special Advisor, she provides leadership to the CSU System [which includes three universities: CSU at Fort Collins, CSU at Pueblo, and CSU Global Campus (a completely online university)] to maximize and explore future system wide collaborations. She is focused on a variety of complex issues and..

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opportunities related to academic programs, enrollment, faculty development, and operational efficiencies. Dr. Lovell is examining the viability of new or enhanced articulation and transfer agreements between the institutions in the System and the community colleges and other institutions outside the System. The larger goal of Dr. Lovell’s work is to increase System productivity gained through collaborations and efficiencies while creating structures to monitor and report on programmatic, academic, and financial successes of these institutions and ultimately of the System as a whole.  

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Todd Welter

Todd Welter

Board Chair

Todd is the Founder and President of R.T. Welter & Associates, Inc., which provides medical coding and documentation audits, coding and reimbursement training and on-going assistance; managed care contracting and managed care management; provider credentialing (payer and hospital) physician employment..

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and partnership contract development, payer mapping; national seminars; regulatory compliance auditing, practice and billing assessment, new practice start-up. They also serve as a Medicare-OIG Independent Review Organization (IRO).Todd and his team have assisted in the creation of hundreds of medical practices from the ground up serving clients throughout the country. They enjoy the confidence of healthcare systems, lending institutions and medical manufacturing/supply organizations. 

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Deanna Lyn-Piwowarczyk

Deanna Lyn-Piwowarczyk

Board Chair

Deanna has spent most of the past 25 years working as a sales and marketing professional in software/technology. Currently, she holds the position of Regional Sales Director for Invoca, a leading inbound call-marketing automation solution, headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA. Deanna moved from Santa Barbara to Golden, CO in 2004 and that move changed her life in more ways than one. She realized she had a calling, and a passion to make a difference. She started volunteering for..

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 Odyssey Health Care Hospice as well as joined the board of directors for Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR). Deanna served on CHR’s board for 6 ½ years. She chaired CHR’s Mane Event annual fundraiser 3 years in a row and was able to raise the standard by tripling public awareness and fundraising efforts for the organization. Deanna was also privileged to join a local group on a mission trip to Ethiopia, where she had the opportunity to teach computer skills to high school students at an orphanage. She supports many organizations that pull at her heartstrings, including: animal welfare, children, education and poverty alleviation. Deanna is happily married with two beautiful stepdaughters, three rescue dogs, two horses and her beloved chickens. 

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Karen Wiley

Karen Wiley

Board Treasurer

Karen is married to her best friend of twenty-five years, together raising three daughters to be successfully independent. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is self-employed as an independent bookkeeper.

Emeritus

Monica Kosanovich

Monica Kosanovich

Emeritus

Monica Kosanovich is currently a PhD candidate studying Higher Education Leadership at Clemson University. She has spent her career at the University of Denver advocating for students to change their life through hard work & training. She is a Bonfils Community Ambassador and has served on the Board of Director for Gustafson Gallery Historic Costume Collection. As an auction co-chair for..

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the Tastes of the Nation and Women With a Cause Foundation, Monica has raised funds for many non-profit organizations around Denver. Monica has a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Denver and an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University. Her free time is lovingly filled by her twins & husband John and all their wonderful adventures. 

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Joni van Oortmarssen-Herbst

Joni van Oortmarssen-Herbst

Emeritus

Retired, Director of Marketing-Imaging Services, Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Currently residing in Brighton, England, Joni has a BS in Health Sciences from University of Michigan and attended USC for the IAEC Program for Radiopharmacy. Joni worked clinically in Nuclear Medicine CNMT. She developed a training program for CNMT’s with a local community college and held state and national offices for.. 

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Society of Nuclear Medicine. She’s served on National Board of NMTCB to credential Nuclear Medicine Technologists. She has written numerous papers and presented to national organizations.
At Cedars-Sinai, she was responsible for all patient education of imaging procedures, developed customer service program for hospital employees, PR and community programs, continuing education for referring physicians and Breast Cancer Awareness programs. 

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Reginald Washington M.D. FAAP, FAHA, FACC

Reginald Washington M.D. FAAP, FAHA, FACC

Emeritus

Reginald Washington MD, FAAP, FACC, FAHA is the Chief Medical Officer of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver.
Dr. Washington has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals on childhood obesity, pediatric cardiology and related topics and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Pediatrics and..

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the Editorial Board of Congenital Heart Disease. He received the Physician of the Year award from the National American Heart Association (AHA), Gold Heart Award from the AHA, Cardiologist of the Year from HCA Corp., the Alumni Achievement Award from Colorado State University, the Civis Princeps Award from Regis University, the Shaffer Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Samaritan Institute’s National Samaritan Award. He was voted one of the best Pediatric Cardiologist in Denver by 5280 magazine for 11 years, Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Pediatrician (Pediatric Cardiology) by the Consumer Research Council, and the Denver Business Journal’s Champions in Health Care. He was a finalist for Surgeon General of the United States in 2006. 

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Susan D. Kiely

Susan D. Kiely

Founder

Through my childhood my mother was single and together we moved 13 times in my grade school years. It is because of this life experience that I have sought educational opportunities to equip me to serve the marginalized. My journey to service started in 1965 at a Head Start program in Bristol, Pennsylvania. It has been my joy to encourage others to become “Who God created them to be”.
Early in our marriage (1970) my husband, Leo, and I decided that I would be the one to stoke the home fires while he traveled up the corporate ladder. Through these 47 years I have been given the opportunity to be a full time volunteer. I have worked in government-run senior housing, homeless shelters, and food banks. I have orchestrated fundraisers for low-income housing, school districts and 501c3 organizations.
In 2005 I took my first trip to the impoverished country of India. It was on this trip that I realized that I had the skill set to help the less fortunate. Armed with life experiences and a love of all of God’s people, I developed a plan to provide programs that would enable single mothers to learn skills that would make them employable.