Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation

Enhancing the quality of life for pediatric patients and their families in the Rocky Mountain region. We are committed to improving the overall health of children by offering services rooted in four areas: Patient & Family Assistance, Mothers' Milk Bank, Stink Bug Project and Best Start Program.

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Rebecca Heinrich, Director of Operations
Start Date: 2015

Rebecca joined RMCHF in July 2015 and oversees the MMB laboratory, ensuring quality control and continuous improvement. She has over a decade of high-complexity laboratory experience in the field of donor eligibility testing, and an extensive background in regulatory adherence, including such agencies as the FDA, CAP, CLIA, and ISO, and has served as an on-site inspector for ASHI. Before joining RMCHF, she held positions at Bonfils Blood Center and LABS, Inc., where she implemented new testing platforms and supervised personnel.

Luanne Williams, CFRE, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2011

Luanne joined the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation in May of 2011 with over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising and program development. The first half of her non-profit career was spent in executive management positions with business organizations including Chambers of Commerce in Portland, Oregon, Lakewood, Denver and Arvada, Colorado. She has a strong background in healthcare charitable foundations, serving as vice president at the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and executive director of Colorado Neurological Institute in Englewood. Luanne was awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 2001 by the Association of Fund Raising Professionals International and is the 2014 President of the AFP-Colorado Chapter. Luanne is married to R. Marc Williams, an attorney in private practice and the Mayor of Arvada. Luanne is a proud mom to children Serena, Josh, Morgan and Micki and grandmother to Austin, Brayden and Dylan.

Wanda Lewnard, Director of Finance & Human Resources
Start Date: 1985

Wanda Lewnard, IBCLC is the Director of Finance. She first became involved with MMB when she was providing volunteer support for women interested in breastfeeding. She has played an integral part in growing MMB from its infancy into a thriving organization. Wanda has the primary day-to-day responsibility of planning, implementing, managing and controlling the financial-related activities of the organization. She works diligently to ensure programmatic success through cost analysis support and monitoring daily business activity with budget and planning processes and strategy. Before joining MMB, she worked as a certified public accountant for one of the four largest accounting firms and is in the process of receiving her Master of Business Administration degree.

Melannie Grimme, Director of Development
Start Date: 2018

With more than 15 years' experience in nonprofit fundraising, Melannie's favorite part of the job is working with people who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. she is excited to work with RMCHF because of the incredible impact the organization makes in the lives of kids and families.

Christine Patoff, Director of Communications & PR
Start Date: 2017

Christine Patoff oversees community relations, strategic communications and social media activities for RMCHF. For more than 17 years in Colorado, Christine has worked with thousands of enthusiastic people and organizations devoted to improving the health and wellness of Colorado families. Originally from Ohio, she came to Denver after several years in New Mexico and can't say enough about the totally terrific recreational and cultural opportunities our community offers. When she's not touting the good works of RMCHF, she's likely skiing, traveling, biking or gardening.

Laraine Lockhart Borman, IBCLC, Director of Outreach
Start Date: 1985

Laraine Lockhart Borman, IBCLC is the Director of Outreach. She started as a volunteer in 1984, soon after MMB opened. Laraine has grown MMB from its infancy into a thriving organization. Laraine is co-organizer of the Lactation Journal Club, the only one of its kind in the U.S. with a 25 year history of educating health professionals on breastfeeding and lactation. Her job duties have spanned through all areas of MMB, from lactation consultant to manager to director.

Lee Shaughnessy, Director of Programs
Start Date: 2013

She is responsible for coordinating non-medical support services to pediatric patients and their families. Lee has spent 30 years working in Denver metropolitan nonprofits, including domestic violence prevention with Alternatives to Families Violence and Brandon Center, 10 years in patient education with the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, and eight years in the field of stroke education with the National Stroke Association and Colorado Neurological Institute. In between those stretches, she was part of a National Library of Medicine grant to develop a health and medicine website for the Denver Public Library and promoted organ, eye and tissue donation among Colorado and Wyoming residents for Donor Awareness Council.


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