Polis makes several health-related appointments

Governor Jared Polis released a slew of new boards and commissions appointments for Colorado on Wednesday, including new appointees to the Broadband Deployment Board, the Governor’s Emergency Epidemic Response Committee, the State Board of Human Services, the State Housing Board and the State Interagency Coordinating Council.


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Polis appointed Kaitlyn Frances O’Hara to the Broadband Deployment Board, for a term expiring on August 1, 2022. This board handles broadband service administration in unserved areas of the state by allocating grants from the Broadband Fund. Frances will be a representative of a broadband satellite provider, and is replacing Lisa R. Scalpone following her resignation.

Polis appointed John Munroe Douglas, Jr., MD, to the Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee, for a term expiring on May 1, 2024. This committee amends the state disaster plan and advises the governor in the instance of an emergency epidemic. Douglas will serve as a public health agency director.

Polis appointed Jennifer Kim MacDonnell and Mary Elizabeth Melton to the State Board of Human Services, with both terms set to expire on March 1, 2023. They will both serve as county commissioners. This board creates policies and regulations for the administration of the Department of Human Services. It also makes rules concerning foster care and adoption procedures, mental health programs, alcohol and drug abuse programs and developmental disabilities programs. These appointments follow the resignations of Julie Ann Holligan Westendorff and Thomas Crawford Davidson, respectively.

Polis appointed Samuel Gerard Betters and Jarrett Ryan Moses to serve as Democrats and residents of the Second and Fifth Congressional Districts, respectively, on the State Housing Board. He also appointed Candace Marie Payne to serve as a Republican and resident of the Fourth Congressional District on the board. This board establishes construction and maintenance standards for various forms of housing and develops standards and building codes for local government. All three of their terms will expire on Jan. 31, 2025.

Polis appointed Maria Elena Chisolm to be a service provider of early intervention services on the State Interagency Coordinating Council, for a term expiring June 30, 2021. This council advises the Colorado Department of Human Services on implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.

He also appointed Alison Hargarten to represent the Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood following the resignation of Connie Fixsen, as well as Mathew Mortier to represent the Division of Insurance following the resignation of Dayle Axman. Both of their terms will expire at the pleasure of the governor.