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Matt has a passion for bold new ideas to take on mental health challenges. In fact, that passion was a driving force behind the creation of the National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC). As our lead executive, he reports both to the Chancellor of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the NMHIC Board of Directors.
Before taking on leadership of the NMHIC startup, Matt served as Deputy Director of the University of Colorado Depression Center and managed program expansion for the Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based maternal-child nurse home visiting program.
Matt earned his BA from Marquette University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. He is past Board Chair for the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado and has served on the boards of the Rocky Mountain Research and Prevention Institute and the Colorado chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He recently was appointed to the State of Colorado Commission on Suicide Prevention.
While Matt’s work and vision for a mentally healthy world is serious, he is wickedly funny. Exactly what you might expect from a guy who performed stand-up comedy for 10 years.
Peggy is a passionate advocate for children’s health and early intervention for behavioral health conditions. She most recently served as Chief Operations Officer of the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council. Prior to that, Peggy’s various leadership roles in Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based prenatal and early childhood nurse home visitation program, helped fuel its nationwide expansion. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and human development from Purdue University, with an emphasis on community organization and change.
If Peggy had just one more hour in the day she would spend it 100 miles from anywhere, staring up at the night sky, dreamily watching for shooting stars and listening to the song of crickets and pond frogs.
Lauren brings a wide range of experience to her role as “chief storyteller.” Before joining the Center, she led the North America marketing and communications team for Arcadis, a top-ranked international design and engineering consultant firm. She has served in marketing and communications leadership roles in global Fortune 100 companies, including Ford Motor Company and Alcoa, as well as entrepreneurial firms and nonprofits. Her experience spans the healthcare, aerospace and defense, automotive, financial and consultancy sectors.
Lauren attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. In her early career as a broadcast journalist, she worked in local media markets in California, Florida, New England and the mid-South.
Sarah graduated from Charleston Southern University where she majored in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. After graduating, she worked with military members and their families, where she developed her passion for raising behavioral health awareness and reducing mental health stigma. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
As a child, Sarah discovered a signature trait–wit. As the youngest of four girls, making people laugh got her noticed. We see you, Sarah.
Debbie Boeldt, PhD, is a licensed clinician with a deep background in research, which has fueled her passion for strength-based approaches to reducing family stress and enhancing well-being. She has worked with both children and parents.
She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013, and completed my internship in child and couples therapy through the University of California San Diego / Veterans Administration program. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Scripps Translational Science Institute in genomics and digital medicine.
In 2016, Debbie the Clinical Research for Evidence-Based Services and Training lab at the University of Colorado Boulder to focus on web-based interventions, digital health, and mindfulness research. It was in that work that Debbie first collaborated with our Center, and in December 2017 she joined the NMHIC staff.
Walter Greenleaf is a leading authority in virtual and augmented reality and is recognized internationally as one of the founders of the field. He is a behavioral neuroscientist and a medical product developer who has been on the cutting edge of VR/AR applications in healthcare for more than 30 years.
Walter joined NMHIC as the Director of Technology Strategy in April 2017, bringing his considerable knowledge to the Center’s approach to digital initiatives. He continues to work as a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Virtual Human Interaction Lab.
He has developed several clinical product streams, founded medical companies, and served as a scientific advisor and reviewer for the U.S. Public Health Service, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NASA and the U.S. Department of Education.
Walter holds a PhD in Neuro and Bio-behavioral Sciences from Stanford University.
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As the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Jim is the chief philanthropic strategist for the Anschutz Medical Campus. He also serves as the Senior Advisor to the National Mental Health Innovation Center, leading our fundraising work.
Prior to joining CU in 2014, Jim worked at Mayo Clinic for three decades, where he was a Principal Gift Officer and then Vice Chair of Mayo’s Leadership Gift Program and Chief Philanthropic Strategist. He was responsible for strategic engagements with high-level benefactors. He helped lead two-billion dollar plus campaigns and retired as the most prolific fundraiser in Mayo Clinic history.
Jim is a member of the faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) where he teaches master’s classes in Philanthropy. He lectures frequently on the topics of values-based and transformation philanthropy. An Ohioan by birth, Jim holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University.
With a career like his, you’d expect a full rolodex and you would be right. His is the stuff of legends.
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Sam officially joined the National Mental Health Innovation Center in the summer of 2017, although he has been a close colleague since the Center’s inception.
In 2014, Sam became a member of the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine with appointments at the Department of Family Medicine, the Johnson Depression Center, and the Institute for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente.
His work focuses on novel delivery methods of evidence-based psychological treatments, population- and art-based approaches to mental health treatment and prevention, perinatal depression, and developing and evaluating models of integrated behavioral health and primary care.
Sam grew up on a horse farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York and graduated from Cornell University in 2005 with a B.A. in psychology. After a two-year research assistantship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, he joined Dr. Sona Dimidjian’s lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
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Anna has worked domestically and internationally with youth and adults struggling with mental illness, HIV, intimate partner violence and poverty. She has been a program coordinator in Latin America, enhancing youth global education in Nicaragua and improving HIV treatment for youth in the Dominican Republic.
Anna graduated with a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where she studied psychology, Spanish and Arabic. She also holds a dual Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan.
Anna admits that ever since childhood, one word has defined her: Tenacious. Always has been, and likely always will be.
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Rhonda draws on personal experience in her focus on mental health support for people in team-based work in extreme environments. She was a firefighter/paramedic for 17 years in Aurora, CO. She served for five years as the department’s Health and Safety Officer, working to implement culture change that would prioritize overall wellness and destigmatize mental health support. It was in that role that she co-founded the state-wide ResponderStrong project and eventually joined NMHIC.
Previously, Rhonda was a technician supporting various international projects aboard oceanographic research vessels. She then transitioned to the U.S. Antarctic Program as a crew member aboard icebreakers.
Rhonda has degrees in nursing and physics, with advanced studies in physical oceanography and clinical mental health counseling.
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Mimi is a clinical psychologist who traces her way to the Center via a winding career path in correctional institutions, behavioral health systems improvement and a mental health technology start-up.
She most recently served as Vice President of Campus Partnerships at Grit Digital Health, creating a mental health fitness center for college students from concept to product. She also served for more than 10 years as the Director of Mental Health at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Mimi is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. She completed her pre- and post-doctoral training at the University of Colorado Denver.
She joined NMHIC because of her frustration with our current mental healthcare system, her steadfast belief that we can find better ways to help people, and a sense of urgency that tells her it’s now or never.
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Patrick handles administration, fiscal oversight and management, and the day-to-day business operations for NMHIC. He graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Patrick has significant experience working in Grants, Finance, Human Resources and Payroll Administration for the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. No matter where you go with Patrick on the CU medical campus, people know him.
So why did he choose to come to NMHIC? Easy, he says. It was the opportunity to be involved in creating an organization from the ground up that would benefit the lives of others.
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Erika is NMHIC’s resident expert in evaluation. For 10 years, Erika has worked on applied research and evaluation projects in the areas of educational equity, college access, teacher effectiveness, service-learning, philanthropy education and youth employment.
She worked on research and evaluation projects at The Evaluation Center at University of Colorado Denver and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Erika directed an after-school program for elementary-aged children, helped first generation students navigate the transition from high school to college, and tutored ESL students. She holds degrees from Brandeis University (Ph.D. in Social Policy), Boston University (M.A. in Social Work) and Vassar College (B.A. in American Culture).
You’ll see Erika’s kindness in the office, but her devilish side is on powerful display on the tennis court.
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Amanda earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Denver, where she founded a student mental health advocacy organization and helped the university secure the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant. Amanda is a founding member of the University of Denver’s Mental Health Task Force. She is passionate about stigma reduction, suicide prevention and mental health education.
She admits to being the definition of a perfectionist as a five-year old– even demanding her aunt remake her Play-Doh yellow dog as a white one because that’s how it properly looked on the box! These days, she’s a lot more flexible, adaptable and chill. But her colleagues would still argue that she comes close to perfection.
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Rick joined NMHIC as the senior creative advisor in 2017, consulting on how to elevate and open and urgent national conversation on mental health.
In 2016, Rick finished 20 years with DreamWorks Animation, most recently as Chief Creative of franchise development and the global franchise director of the hit movie “Trolls.” Among the other properties he worked on are “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”
He has been awarded two Kids Choice Awards, two Annie Awards, and Toy of the Year. All testament to Rick’s incredible ability to connect on a deep level with kids and the adults who love them.
Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado, Boulder. NMHIC partner on Alma and MMB projects.
Frank Verloin deGruy III, MD, MSFM, Senior Advisor
Woodward-Chisholm Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Board of Directors
Don Elliman (Chair)
Chancellor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Susan M. Churchill
Managing Director, Rockwood Capital
Executive Director, The Anschutz Foundation
President and Chief Operating Officer, The Anschutz Corporation
Entrepreneur and Community Leader
John Reilly, Jr., MD
Dean, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Mental Health Ambassador for the Mental Health Center of Denver and First Lady of Colorado, 2007-11
Matt Vogl (ex officio)
Executive Director, National Mental Health Innovation Center