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Jill Hunsaker Ryan

Executive Director

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, MPH, is a public health professional with 25 years of experience in the field. Director Ryan has been a local public health agency director, the vice president of the Colorado Board of Health, and previous Director of the Department’s Office of Health Disparities.  Most recently, she was a two-term Eagle County commissioner, where she focused her efforts on affordable health care, affordable housing, environmental protection, climate action, emergency preparedness and increasing mental health resources. At the same time, she served as president of the Colorado Communities for Climate Action. Director Ryan lives in Eagle County with her husband and young son. She enjoys the outdoors, playing piano and listening to live music. 

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Michael Nugent

Deputy Executive Director

Mike Nugent serves as the Deputy Executive Director at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Prior to this position, he served as deputy county manager for Eagle County Government, responsible for leading the county's strategic initiatives and policy implementation. His previous work experience included serving as vice president of operations for Metro Community Provider Network, a large federally qualified health system serving the Denver metro area, chief performance officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and director of transportation safety at the Colorado Department of Transportation. Prior to joining state government in 2008, Nugent was the chief of Denver Emergency Medical Services and served as the medical branch director for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Mike is a graduate of Regis University, M.S., management and Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He has served as a fellow for the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and as a senior advisor to Gov. John Hickenlooper's Office of State Planning and Budgeting in the areas of Lean deployment and innovation.

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Dr. Eric France

Chief Medical Officer

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Scott Bookman

Director, Division of Disease Control and Public Health Response
Incident Commander: COVID-19 

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Carrie Cortiglio

Director, Prevention Services Division

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Garry Kaufman

Director, Air Pollution Control Division

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Randy Kuykendall

Director, Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division

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Jeff Lawrence

Director, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability

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Jennifer Opila

Director, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division
Interim Director, Water Quality Control Division

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Joi Simpson

Director, Office of Human Resources

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Chris Wells

Director, Center for Health and Environmental Data