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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

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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


Kori Walsh BA, Regional Health Connector

Kori earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences with a minor in child development. After graduation, she worked in a community mental health Center as a case manager in rural Colorado. In her previous position, she was able to work with many different individuals facing a variety of situations, allowing her the opportunity to develop many skills that she values professionally. Kori has always had a passion for helping others, and is dedicated to helping individuals in her community thrive. She believes that working together in any situation will almost always prove triumphant. Kori is excited to have this opportunity to learn and grow, and to be apart of an agency dedicated to educating everyone about healthcare, and working to improve rural healthcare so our communities are able to live long and healthy lives. Kori can be reached at


Samantha Vernon, Programs Assistant

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 developed her passion for health education. She is excited to be on the CAHEC team serving the rural communities of Northeastern Colorado. Samantha can be reached at


Jeremy Kilpatrick, Community Liaison


Jeremy is a disabled Navy Veteran from Northeastern Colorado, highly devoted to veterans and the community. With Klover Kare Inc, Jeremy assists veterans and first responders’ transition and integrate into their community in new and unique ways. Jeremy also works as the CVSO for Phillips County, providing veterans with all the federal, state, and local benefits and services. Jeremy Volunteers as Vice President and Training Coordinator for NECO VSAP (Northeastern Colorado Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention) and Secretary for the Colorado County Veteran Service Officers Association. He also volunteers in the local Lions, and the Haxtun United Methodist Church as a liturgist, sound board, and youth minister. Jeremy can be reached at

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