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Meet the team
Diana Flores (she/hers)
Diana is a first-generation Guatemalan American. She grew up in Colorado and loves all there is to do and see here. Diana enjoys hiking, traveling, and being in nature.
She holds a bachelor's degree in Public Health from the University of Colorado Denver. During her time at UCD, she participated in community service trips to the Navajo Nation and Guatemala. Diana earned her Master's degree in Public Health Administration from Fort Hays State University. She is passionate about health equity, social justice, and community empowerment.
Previously she worked in clinical research on a variety of clinical, public health, and mHealth studies.
Tonya Johnson (she/hers)
Tonya is a Nationally Certified Medical Interpreter with more than 20 years of experience. She has experience interpreting a diverse range of events from board meetings to city government, community meetings, and medical appointments.
Tonya received her undergraduate degree from The University of Colorado. She lived in Mexico City where she attended university and worked as an interpreter and consultant for several Mexican companies and non-profit agencies.
After leaving Mexico, she was a field consultant and interpreter for the University of Miami Field Epidemiology Survey Team and the Panamanian Ministry of Health working on health programs, rural medical treatment, scientific studies, and clinical trials in the San Blas Islands.
Most recently, Tonya has interpreted a wide variety of community events for the Boulder Valley School District, the City of Boulder, the City of Louisville, and the City of Lafayette.
Tonya loves to travel and enjoys cycling and hiking along the Front Range.
Joel Minor (he/him)
Environmental Justice Program Manager
Joel joined CDPHE in June 2021. He most recently served in the Natural Resources and Environment Section of the Attorney General’s Office, where he represented the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission staff in the agency’s rulemakings to implement Senate Bill 19-181. Prior to the AG’s Office, Joel was a senior associate attorney at Earthjustice, where he represented north Denver community organizations in environmental justice matters and conservation and tribal community groups in litigation over federal oil and gas regulations and leasing decisions.
Before joining Earthjustice, Joel clerked for the Hon. Carlos F. Lucero of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Joel earned his J.D. and M.S. in environmental science with a concentration in atmospheric science at Stanford, and a B.A. in Environmental Policy at Colorado College.
Joel is a 6th generation Coloradan who spends his spare time reading and writing fantasy and sci-fi, running, and playing board games.
Lubna Ahmed (she/hers)
Environmental Justice Boards Manager
Lubna Ahmed is passionate about working at the community level to build capacity and advance the sustainable well-being of under-resourced and disproportionately impacted populations. Lubna was born and raised in Ohio and holds a BA in Psychology from Miami University and a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University.
After working at a variety of environmental conservation nonprofits in DC, Lubna served as an Environmental Educator with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua and returned to the states to work as the Director of Environmental Health at WE ACT for Environmental Justice in Harlem, NY. She most recently joined CDPHE’s Environmental Justice Unit after working as the Director of Water Program at Groundwork Denver.
Lubna loves all things food including cooking, baking, and of course eating. She enjoys hiking, dancing, drawing, gardening, watching and reading sci-fi, and playing the ukulele.
Rosario Russi (she/hers)
Translation & Interpretation Specialist
Rosario studied law, linguistics, literature, and French translation and interpretation in her native country of Uruguay. She emigrated to the US as a young adult, where she has worked as a Spanish translator and interpreter for the past 30+ years
Throughout her career, Rosario has specialized in Education/Special Education, Health, and Marketing, and freelanced for many years, providing services in all stages of the translation process for publishing houses like Pearson/Scott Foresman, McDougal Littell, and Houghton Mifflin, a wide variety of agencies, and several Colorado organizations. Rosario served as an in-house translator and interpreter for Jeffco Public Schools, Denver Public Schools and, most recently, for Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has translated a variety of materials, including some weather-related apps and a series of award-winning educational materials about the climate for UCAR.
Rosario thoroughly enjoys being a language conduit and is very passionate about advocating for language equity and empowering second language learner communities. She loves traveling and learning how other people live, as much across the globe as across town. Hiking, yoga, indoor cycling are some of her favorite practices, as well as reading or watching good survival stories. Rosario is also a Certified Massage Therapist and Aerobics Instructor.
Morgan Cameron (she/hers)
Morgan Cameron joined the Environmental Justice Unit in March 2022, with a passion for utilizing her organizational skills to help CDPHE further support disproportionately impacted communities. She previously worked as a Program Manager for the West Colfax Community Association in Lakewood, working to foster and sustain an engaged community and the economic vitality of the West Colfax corridor. Prior to the nonprofit world, she worked for the National Park Service supporting the Geographic Information Systems Council (GISC) and National Geospatial Program in their resource development efforts.
Morgan earned her Masters of Applied Geography and Geospatial Science from the University of Colorado, Denver, following a Bachelors of Earth Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA. Morgan grew up in southern California, but has enjoyed living in Denver for 5 years. She loves K-pop, gardening, the fiber arts, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with her friends.
Gabriella Boehm (she/hers)
Gabriella (Gabi) Boehm is a Cleveland, Ohio native who holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Master's in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, from Kent State University. While in school she had the opportunity to participate in multiple immersion trips to Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador, where she learned about local public health efforts and challenges. Gabi's passion stems from her desire to reduce health inequities and improve quality of life.
In her previous roles, Gabi worked as an Account Manager for Be Well Solutions, a COVID-19 contact tracer for Franklin County Public Health, and as an Adjunct Professor for Kent State's College of Public Health where she assisted MPH students with their Applied Practice Experience projects. Gabi loves food (cooking + eating), walks/hikes with her dog, live music, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Rebecca Vigil (she/hers)
Community Engagement Specialist
Rebecca has been at the forefront of Environmental Justice issues in Colorado's Disproportionately Impacted Communities for over ten years with extensive policy, advocacy, communication, and creative leadership background. Rebecca holds a BS in Communications with honors, and her degree specializes in integrated communications.
Rebecca is a 4th generation Coloradan whose family's historical heritage has been traced back 18 generations to the region. She will support the Environmental Justice Program by employing best practices to effectively engage with disproportionately impacted communities across Colorado.
In her new role, she will serve as a liaison to DI Communities, building trust and increasing meaningful engagement by improving the two-way flow of information, increasing responsiveness to community questions and concerns, and advancing environmental justice.
In addition to her extensive environmental background, she is also a professional artist. She has completed three internationally renowned residencies focused on fostering visionary thinking in the arts and sciences to promote innovation and creative solutions through a spectrum of interactions between the arts and sciences and positive change in the environment and the world. Her work has been featured and published at local, national, and international levels.
Rani Kumar (she/hers)
Research & Policy Analyst
Rani has spent her career combining her passion for environmental justice with the illustrative power of spatial data analytics. Prior to joining CDPHE, she worked as a GIS analyst with the Environmental Integrity Project working on air and water quality research related to oil and gas development.
She holds a Master of Environmental Management as well as certificates in geospatial analysis and community-based environmental management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Before her graduate studies, she worked as an elementary school science and Spanish teacher, including serving as an Environmental Educator at Peace Corps Nicaragua.
She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish from the University of San Diego. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Rani loves biking, hiking, and traveling, having spent four years living in Central and South America.
Sambridhi Pandey (she/hers)
Sambridhi moved from Nepal to pursue her Master of Science in Marketing at the University of Colorado Denver in 2018 where she specialized in branding. Sambridhi spent more than 4 years working in marketing and communication roles for several organizations.
In her last role, she worked as a Digital Content Coordinator for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. During her time at NREL, her projects involved working for the Department of Energy, specifically for the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. Additionally, she also contributed to Energy Justice-related communication projects at the lab.
Sambridhi loves hiking, traveling, adventures in the wilderness, and learning new languages.
Elizabeth Scherer (She/hers)
Supplemental Environmental Projects Coordinator
Elizabeth Scherer has now joined the Environmental Justice Program as the Supplemental Environmental Projects Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She has served in this role for 1.5 years and worked at the department for over 10 years. In her previous roles, she served as the Air and Water Manager at the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment as well as Denver's Planning Section Chief for the COVID-19 response.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Geography and Anthropology. She completed the Regional Institute of Health and Environmental Leadership's Advanced Leadership Training Program in 2016. She currently volunteers as a leadership coach for the program and is training to become an Associate Certified Coach.
Elizabeth is passionate about physical and emotional wellness. She is also an avid road biker, yogi, bibliophile, meditator, actress, traveler, and martial artist (Taijutsu).
Maria Chavez (She/hers)
Mobile Home Water Quality Communications Specialist
Maria is a Colorado native raised in the Cole neighborhood where she experienced first-hand environmental justice issues such as pollution, lack of access to safe drinking water, and exposure to harmful chemicals. Maria earned a Master of Science degree in Legal Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
During her time in college, Maria volunteered at many nonprofits, including a law firm that represents workers in litigation.
Maria has spent over seven years working in the communications field in various roles. In her last role, she worked as a Communications Specialist for the Colorado Department of Early Childhood. In her role as the Mobile Home Water Quality Communications Specialist at CDPHE, she will lead communications efforts to help the Environmental Justice Program address water quality issues in mobile home parks, as directed in a 2023 law.
During her free time, Maria enjoys exploring Colorado with her husband, twin boys, and her dog, Zoey.