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Mesa County Health Department is governed by a five member volunteer board, the Board of Health. The Mesa County Board of County Commissioners is responsible for appointing these board members who serve a five year term. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of a local board of health, please read Senate Bill 08-194.

 

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  • Errol Snider, H.R.M.
  • Connie Mack, M.A.
  • Gretchen Gore, M.N.M.
  • Paul Simmons, M.D.
  • Will Hays, M.S.S.W.
  • Errol Snider, H.R.M.

    Errol Snider, H.R.M.

    Errol Snider and wife, Michele, own EMS, a company that provides consultation, training, advocacy, and survey preparedness for hospitals, assisted living facilities, and licensed child care providers. Errol retired in June 2012, after 22 years of service as Hospital Administrator and Vice President of Hospital Services for Family Health West, Fruita, CO. Errol earned Bachelor of Arts and a B.A. Degree in Theology from Intermountain Bible College in 1972 and studied for a Masters in Human Resource Management from the University of Utah.

    Errol’s community and professional service include:
    • St. Thomas Moore Hospital, Canon City, CO, Assistant Administrator (1989 – 1990)
    • City of Canon City, CO City Manager (1986 – 1989)
    • City of Fruita, CO City Manager (1981 – 1986)
    • CBW Builders, Grand Junction, CO, Customer Representative (1979 – 1981)
    • Mesa County, CO County Commissioner (1976 – 1979)
    • Intermountain Bible College, V.P. Student Affairs (1972 – 1979)
    • Pandemic Influenza Planning Advisory Committee (2006 – Present)
    • Support Services Financial Advisors, Inc. Board Chair (2006 – 2012)
    • Great American Community Credit Union Board Chair (2006 – 2010)
    • Bellco Credit Union Advisory Board Chairman (2008 – 2011)
    • Colorado Health and Hospital Association Legislative Council (2005 – 2012)
    • Colorado Health and Hospital Association Rural Health Council (2003 – 2012)
    • Junior College Baseball Committee (1997 – Present)
    • Pueblo Community College Advisory Board (1987 – 1990)
    • Chairman, Fremont County United Way Campaign (1989)
    • Mesa County Economic Development Council (1984 – 1986)
    • Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education (1975 – 1977)
    • Walker Field Airport Authority Board Member (1977 – 1979)
    • Colorado Fire and Police Pension Board (1977 – 1979)
    • Mesa County Board of Health, Board Member (1977 – 1979 and 2010 – Present)

    Errol and Michele live in Grand Junction, Colorado. Together they have 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and 2 more on the way, which keep them very active in the community.
  • Connie Mack, M.A.

    Connie Mack, M.A.

    Connie Mack has 20 years of experience working in the health care industry. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Community Hospital. In 1991, she earned a B.S. in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Murray State University, Kentucky. In 1993, Connie received an M.A. in Health Promotion, with an emphasis in Corporate and Community Health, from the University of Georgia. 

    Connie’s professional and community service affiliations and honors include:
    • Community Hospital, Director of Professional Relations and Vice President Business Development (July 2004 to present)
    • Merck & Company, Inc, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (August 1999 – December 2003)
    • Rocky Mountain Health Management Corporation, Wellness Coordinator (March 1996 – August 1999)
    • St. Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center, Wellness Center Coordinator (December 1993 – March 1996)
    • Community Health Provider Organization Board Member (2006 – present)
    • American Cancer Society Board Member (1996 – 1999); Vice President  (1998 -1999); Relay For Life Chair (1999); Volunteer of the Year Award  (1999)
    • American Heart Association Board Member, (1996 – 1999); Program Education Committee Chair (1997 – 1999); Heartwalk Chair; Torch of Hope Award Winner

      When not at work, Connie takes advantage of Colorado’s abundant recreational opportunities. She enjoys road biking, hiking, golfing, riding ATVs, and spending time in the mountains with her husband, Darin, and two young boys, Peyton and Tyler.
  • Gretchen Gore, M.N.M.

    Gretchen Gore, M.N.M.

    Gretchen Gore currently serves as Director of Mission Integration for St. Mary's Medical Center, where she has been employed for more than 20 years. In her current role, she oversees the three senior programs that St. Mary's sponsors: Gray Gourmet, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companions. She is co-chair of the St. Mary's Ethics Committee. In 1991, she received her B.S. in Microbiology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She earned her Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver in 2012.

    Gretchen’s affiliations and honors include:
    • Hilltop Community Resources, Inc., board member (2014-present)
    • 2015 President’s Award recipient – St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation
    • Nu Lambda Mu Honor Society for Nonprofit Management Professionals Member (2012)

    Gretchen and her husband, Warren, reside in Glade Park, Colorado. They have two adult children: Madeline, a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame; and Marshall, studying System Engineering at the University of Arizona on a Navy ROTC scholarship. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, helping on the family cattle ranch, horseback riding, snowmobiling, skiing, knitting, and travel.
  • Paul Simmons, M.D.

    Paul Simmons, M.D.

    Dr. Simmons grew up in Broomfield, Colorado. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History at Baylor University. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado in 1999 and completed a family medicine residency in 2002 at North Colorado Family Medicine Residency in Greeley, where he was named Resident Teacher of the Year. He practiced the full scope of rural medicine (including endoscopy, obstetrics and sleep medicine) for 2 years in western Wisconsin, then worked for four years in Haxtun, Colorado. While in Haxtun, he taught medical and pharmacy students, wrote a weekly article for the local paper, participated in clinical research with the High Plains Research Network, and served as Chief of Staff.

    The Colorado Rural Health Center awarded Dr. Simmons the 2009 Rural Health Excellence Award for his contributions in Haxtun. He moved to Grand Junction in 2010 to train family medicine residents at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

    While with St. Mary’s, he has been voted 2010 Teacher of the Year, co-authored several peer-reviewed publications, and spoken at several national professional conferences. Along with serving Mesa County on the Board, he also joined the Mesa County Search & Rescue Ground Team in early 2015. He, his partner Courtney, and their three dogs regularly enjoy Grand Junction’s outdoor beauty.
  • Will Hays, M.S.S.W.

    Will Hays, M.S.S.W.

    Will Hays has 25 years of experience working in the mental health and human services related fields. Currently, he serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Hilltop Community Resources, Inc. He has been with Hilltop for more than 15 years and he and his wife, Shawn, have lived in the Grand Valley for 19 years.

    Will received a B.A in Philosophy and Religion and Social Science from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Forida in 1989, and a MSSW from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1999. During his time at the UW-Madison, Will focused on Child Welfare and Social Policy and worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Research on Poverty, studying the outcomes of Welfare Reform.

    Will’s professional and community service affiliations and honors include:
    • Named Senior Vice President of Operations for Hilltop, a 650 employee human services organization, in 2012 Appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council in 2012
    • Current Chair of the Board for the Grand Junction Business Incubator
    • Vice Chair of the Board for the Riverview Technology Center
    • Current Board member and past Chair for Mesa County Partners
    • Current member and past Chair of the Family and Adolescent Partnership
    • Founding member and past Chair of the Division of Youth Corrections Provider Council
    • Past member of the Mesa County Valley School District 51 Budget Advisory
    • Committee and current member of the Habitually Disruptive Youth Advisory Committee

    Will and his wife choose to live in the Grand Valley for the sense of collaboration and partnership among its residents and for the surrounding recreational activities.

MESA COUNTY
HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Grand Junction Office: 510 29 1/2 Road,
Grand Junction, Colorado 81504
*Fruita Office: 249 N. Plum St. Fruita, Colorado 81521
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20,000, Department 5033, Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001


Main Phone Number (970) 248-6900
Emergency Response Line (970) 254-4120
Email - healthinfo@mesacounty.us


Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. - Noon

*Fruita location: Limited hours & services, call (970)248-6906 for an appointment.