Adela Flores-Brennan, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2014
Adela comes to CCHI from Connect for Health Colorado where she was director of community-based assistance programs, and managed two statewide networks of organizations to provide outreach, education and assistance with application and enrollment. Adela brings nearly 15 years of experience in law and public policy in Colorado, the past seven years in health care policy. Adela graduated from the University of Denver with a BA and MA in International Studies and from the University of Colorado with her JD. As CCHI's executive director, she is responsible for advancing public policy, guiding strategic and operational planning, and providing leadership and management support.
Outside of work, Adela enjoys running. She is also an avid gardener, although she admittedly ends up killing most of what she plants.
Adam Fox, Deputy Director
Start Date: 2011
Adam joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) in July 2011, where he started as CCHI's Membership Coordinator. As the Director of Strategic Engagement, Adam oversees all communications, media and engagement strategies to ensure CCHI's policy and education goals are achieved. Adam enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives and taking opportunities to amplify the strength of CCHI's membership coalition.
Adam has worked with a variety of non-profit and volunteer organizations both in the U.S. and abroad to help youth, rural communities and facilitate processes among diverse stakeholders. Before coming to CCHI, Adam worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs to promote access to public health programs and implement health education programs with youth.
Adam earned his M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2009 and his B.A. in International Studies, Anthropology, and Spanish from Pacific University in 2007. Adam grew up in Wyoming, and was happy to return to the Rockies and call Colorado home after completing his graduate studies.
Cynthia Wadle, Director of Finance and Operations
Cynthia joined CCHI in January 2015 as the Director of Finance and Operations. She has worked in accounting and the non-profit sector in Colorado for the past 14 years, most recently as the Director of Operations for Anchor Center for Blind Children where she managed accounting, human resources and information technology. She also collaborated with Denver School of Nursing to launch a respite program, where Anchor Center parents could leave children with student nurses for four hours the first Friday night of each month. The program allows student nurses an education opportunity to work with individuals who have vision impairments and gives parents a much needed night out! Cynthia is a Certified Public Accountant, Professional of Human Resources and recently completed the Non-Profit Leadership Institute Program through Mountain States Employers Council financed through Rose Community Foundation and The Daniels Fund.
Stephanie Arenales , Consumer Assistance Program Manager
Start Date: 2018
Stephanie joined CCHI in May 2018 and brings 12 years of experience in health care coverage and access issues to her position as the manager of CCHI's Consumer Assistance Program. While at the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services Stephanie managed Boulder County's Connect for Health Colorado Assistance Site and the Healthy Communities and Healthy Kids Programs. Prior to that she was the Outreach Coordinator and Policy Analyst for Covering Kids and Families, a project of the Colorado Community Health Network, and for many years served on the Boards of Clinica Family Health and Dental Aid. Stephanie has a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Miriam Ordonez-Rodriguez, Campaign Manager
Start Date: 2020
Miriam is from La Mina, Guanajuato, Mexico and graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a B.A. in Philosophy, with both a Minor in Legal Studies and a Minor in English Writing. During her time in school she participated in numerous activities concentrating on creating awareness around housing and food insecurity for students and Colorado residents, while helping distribute food and fundraise for these causes. Miriam brings to CCHI three years of experience working and running organizing programs with nonpartisan nonprofit organizations around reproductive justice. Through her role as Field Manager Miriam is dedicated to uniting consumers around Colorado for health care access through story collection, calls to action, and connecting community leaders to leadership opportunities. Her interests outside of work range from photography to plants, with a strong passion for learning and writing poetry.
Isabel Cruz, Policy Manager
Start Date: 2020
Isabel is a passionate advocate dedicated to amplifying the voices of consumers and marginalized communities to promote equity and wellness in Colorado. Originally hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Isabel earned her BA in Sociology from Yale University with a certificate from the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. With over 6 years of experience in nonprofits across New York, New Haven, and Denver, she has dedicated her career to building power and nurturing leadership across diverse stakeholders to advance social change. In her role as Policy Manager at CCHI, Isabel is committed to bringing people together to advocate for policy solutions that ensure all Coloradans can access affordable and affirming healthcare. In her free time, you can find her exploring on her bike, taking her dog Mariposa on hikes and walks, and playing Ultimate Frisbee!
Mateo Parsons, Communications Manager
Start Date: 2020
Mateo is originally from Grand Junction, CO and graduated in 2019 from Colorado College with a B.A. in Political Science focused in the study of Comparative Politics. During his time at Colorado College, Mateo led the Native American Student Union in advocating for equitable treatment of Indigenous students as well as policies that affirmatively protect their rights on campus. He is Apache, Yaqui, and Tarahumara and now serves on the Board of Directors for Four Winds American Indian Council in Denver.
Before coming to CCHI, Mateo worked at the Bell Policy Center as a Public Interest Policy Fellow, where he assisted in coalition building, policy research, and advocacy. In his role as Communications Manager, Mateo is committed to advancing the consumer voice and ensuring that all stakeholders and impacted communities can meaningfully engage with CCHl's work. In his free time, you can find Mateo volunteering in the Denver Metro Indigenous community and enjoying all that Colorado's backcountry has to offer.
Emerald Green, Consumer Assistance Program Fellow
Start Date: 2020
Emerald is from Memphis, Tennessee, and is a recent Colorado College graduate with B.A. degrees in Organismal Biology and Ecology and Classics. During her time in school, she skated recreationally with the Tiger Speedskating Team and was involved in choreography and dance through Dance Workshop. She is a certified EMT and assisted in therapy and care for varsity athletes in the college's athletics department. Emerald's journey with nonprofit organizations began when working with Colorado Springs Food Rescue to coordinate the community outreach and engagement concert Rhythm n' Beets. This experience drives her commitment to advancing health equity. In her free time, Emerald enjoys digital design and fashion photography, working out at home, and reading about investment and trading.