Our Amazing Team

CAHEC is comprised of a small, but mighty team of professionals who are passionate about our mission. Together and in collaboration with our various partners, we help build a pipeline of future healthcare leaders, provide educational opportunities to clinicians and healthcare educators, and connect citizens and practitioners to health resources to promote better health outcomes for all.


Melissa Jensen, Executive Director

Melissa Jensen is a native of Northern Colorado who has dedicated her career to nonprofit marketing and management. She earned her Business/Marketing degree at the University of Northern Colorado and started her nonprofit career as the marketing coordinator for President Reagan's National Commission Against Drunk Driving. Her marketing management career continued with the Union Colony Civic Center and College Credit Union. She landed her first executive director position at the High Plains Library District Foundation where she implemented several new fundraising initiatives and secured a federal grant to install library substations in the rural towns of Weld County where library services were limited. Most recently she was the Executive Director of the Community Grief Center where she quadrupled the organization's assets in just 2 1/2 years before taking a hiatus from her career to take care of her husband who had ALS. 

Melissa follows Ben Franklin's philosophy that "A right heart exceeds all".

You may contact Melissa at melissa@cahec.org.

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Erika Greenberg MSN, RN, Health Educator, Regional Health Connector

Erika has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and earned both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Northern Colorado. Erika has worked directly with patients in various settings including trauma/cardiac ICU, bone marrow transplant, and outpatient surgery. She has always had a passion for education and spent many years working as a nurse educator teaching nursing students to become extraordinary professional nurses. Erika is now using her nursing experience to promote health education in our rural communities to both current health focused students and professionals. Erika can be reached at egreenberg@cahec.org.

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Shannon Borders, Regional Health Coordinator

Shannon Borders’ professional experience includes over twenty years of public relations, communications, and community outreach in the recruitment, agriculture, and energy sectors. Over the past year, she returned to the family farm and ranch in eastern Colorado to help her parents as her father recovered from cancer. This experience led her to CAHEC where she will leverage her professional talents to connect rural Coloradoans in Elbert, Lincoln, Cheyenne and Kit Carson Counties with the health care they need. You can reach Shannon at sborders@cahec.org

or (719) 760-2631.

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Samantha Vernon, Administrative Staff

Samantha graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Health from Arizona State University in 2018. She is currently working on a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on community health education at the University of Northern Colorado. She has worked in a variety of roles within Medicare, special education, and assisted living where she continued to develop a passion for health education. She is excited to work with CAHEC serving and learning more about the rural communities in Northeastern Colorado. Samantha can be contacted at samantha@cahec.org.


Marc Ringel, MD, Medical Advisor


Dr. Marc Ringel M.D. graduated from University of Illinois before starting as a rural family physician in Yuma, Colorado. He was on the faculty of the North Colorado Family Medicine Family Practice Residency Training Program (NCFM) in Greeley and the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, where he was associate director of the Rural Track and High Plains Research Network.  He has served as the medical director at Hospice of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Weld County Colorado Department of Health and Environment, and North Colorado Medical Center for Continuing Medical Education. Marc is the author of  three books: Accessing Medical Information from a Desert Island with Telephone Service in 1993; Telemedicine and the Reinvention of Healthcare in 1999; and Digital Healing: People, Information and Healthcare in 2018. He served on the board of CAHEC for many years and continues contribute as a consultant.