President and CEO
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Ben started at MCPN in 2017 and is responsible for leading the organization to fulfill our mission and deliver on our promises to our consumers and the community. With twelve years of executive healthcare experience, he has witnessed numerous examples of effective and ineffective approaches to health care delivery. His approach to optimal health outcomes is through ensuring the consumer is at the center of every decision an organization makes and maximizing their activation and engagement. Ben fosters innovation and actively seeks new solutions in care delivery that honors the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of consumers by leveraging local assets and community partnerships. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In his previous roles, Ben served as the Vice President of Mission Integration in the Kentucky and Colorado markets and as the Director of Ambulatory Operations at Centura Health. Ben is a graduate of Edgewood College in Madison, WI with a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in Philosophy. He also earned a Masters Degree in Theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Ben’s joy is found through his wife, Jess, and their seven children: Joz, Lillian, Samuel, Luke, Abiti, Joseph, and Abe. In addition to spending time with his family, he is a sports enthusiast, both as an observer and practitioner.
Vice President of Commuity Services
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Pamela Craig, Vice President of Community Services, has been with MCPN since 1993. She is responsible for care coordination and patient navigation, as well as health education programs related to MCPN’s Patient Enabling and Homeless Services. Pamela has over 35 years of experience developing and implementing community-based human services and programs with over 20 years of experience working with community service related programs and development. She established the Aurora Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project, directed the HRSA-funded Healthy Start Project (for 17 years) and multiple maternal child health and special population programs. Pamela has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Colorado.
Vice President of Fund Development
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John Reid is the Vice President of Fund Development and has been with MCPN since 2004. He provides oversight on all grants, reporting and fund-raising opportunities. John has more than 20 years of fund-raising and development experience with non-profit organizations. He has an extensive background with youth organizations and community-based projects. John earned his B.A., Economics, from the University of California, and has begun coursework for an M.A., Public Affairs, from the University of Colorado.
Vice President of Finance
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Bob Cunningham has been with MCPN since 2010 and has been the Vice President of Finance since 2012. He provides fiscal oversight of MCPN and has over 30 years of experience in diverse financial management areas in various industries and public accounting. Bob has proven versatility in diverse financial management areas and a passion for Process Improvement that he’s utilized in various industries. He has expertise in Forecasting, Analysis, Planning, Budgeting, Treasury Management, Public Accounting and Operational Accounting. Bob has a M.B.A. from the University of Denver.
Vice President of Clinical Affairs
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Dr. Christine McLemore, DO, has been with MCPN since 2012 and was promoted to the VP of Clinical Affairs in 2016. She is a Board Certified Family Physician with extensive experience working in a primary care setting. Dr. McLemore has committed her education/training and career to community health centers and service to the underserved. She holds a deep personal belief that ALL people have the right to high-quality, affordable health care and is pledged to forming/creating health systems that meet the needs of patients while at the same time providing a sustainable working environment for health care professionals. Dr. McLemore earned her D.O. from Western University of Health Sciences and serves on numerous Committees/Partnerships.
Vice President of Operations
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Michael Nugent, Vice President of Operations since September, 2014, is responsible for developing clinical quality standards and quality improvement initiatives. He has experience in public service delivery, first as a paramedic, then as an EMS Chief, as well as an executive leader at the state level. Michael is a seasoned public health executive with over 15 years of experience guiding organizations and their people during times of crisis, turnaround management and cultural transformation. He possesses a deep understanding of the myriad of challenges and opportunities facing today’s public health leaders and their organizations. Michael is a recognized expert in applying ‘fresh thinking’ to longstanding problems and areas of conflict; employing team-based problem-solving; building sustainable frameworks for improved department performance; and enhancing employee satisfaction. He is a graduate of Regis University, M.S., Management, and the Kennedy School of Government, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative from Harvard University and is a Black Belt, Lean/Six Sigma. Michael has served as a Fellow for the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and as a Senior Advisor to (Colorado) Governor Hickenlooper’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting in the areas of Lean deployment and innovation.