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Mesa County Board of Public Health

Mesa County Public Health is governed by a five member volunteer board, the Board of Public 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.

Will Hays, MSSW

Will Hays has over 30 years of experience working in the mental health and human services related fields. Currently, he serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Hilltop Community Resources, Inc. He has been with Hilltop for more than 20 years and he and his wife, Shawn, have lived in the Grand Valley for 25 years.

Will received a B.A in Philosophy and Religion and Social Science from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida 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 COO for Hilltop, a 550-employee human services organization, in 2014
  • Appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council in 2012 and named Chair in 2013
  • Past Chair of the Board for the Grand Junction Business Incubator
  • Past Chair of the Board for the Riverview Technology Center
  • Past Chair for Mesa County Partners
  • 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

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 opportunities.

Errol Snider, MHRM

Errol Snider and wife, Michele, own EMS a company that provides consultation, training, and advocacy for healthcare and educational organizations. Errol earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelors of Theology degree in 1972. He studied for a Masters in Human Resource Management from the University of Utah. Errol retired in June 2012 after 23 years of service as Hospital Administrator and Vice President of Hospital Services for Family Health West, Fruita, CO. In 2017 Errol became a Certified Patient Experience Professional and began his second career at Family Health West as the Director of Patient-Resident Experience and Chaplain.

Errol’s community and professional service include:

  • Thomas Moore Hospital, Cañon City, CO, Assistant Administrator (1989-1990)
  • City of Cañon City, CO, City Manager (1986-1989)
  • City of Fruita, CO City Manager (1981-1986)
  • Mesa County, CO County Commissioner (1976-1979)
  • Rocky Mountain Health Foundation, board member (2017-present)
  • Junior College Baseball Committee (1999 – present)
  • Mesa County Board of Public Health (1977-1979 and 2010-present)
  • Elder and corporate board member for Canyonview Vineyard Church (2017-present)
  • Support Services Financial Advisors, Inc. Board chair (2006-2012)
  • Great American Community Credit Union Board Chair (2006-2010)
  • Pueblo Community College Advisory Board member (1987- 1990)
  • Chair Fremont County Federal Prison Acquisition Fund Drive (1978)
  • 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)
  • Colorado Fire and Police Pension Board member(1977-1979)
  • Walker Field Airport Authority Board member (1977-1979)

Errol & Michele have seven children, twenty-three grandchildren, and one great-grandson which keep them very involved in the community.

Derek Wagner

Derek Wagner has 20 years of experience working in public policy related fields.  Currently, he serves as Vice President of External Relations for Colorado Mesa University.  Derek has served in this position for more than 12 years and he and his wife, Adrianne, have lived in Grand Junction for over 20 years.

Derek received a B.A. in Political Science from then-Mesa State College in 2001.  After spending six years leading the western Colorado offices of United States Senator Wayne Allard, he spent two years engaged in stakeholder relations work for ConocoPhillips.

Derek’s professional and community service affiliations include:

  • Current Board Member Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission (past Chair)
  • Current Board Member Grand Junction Regional Air Service Alliance
  • Past Member of the Board for the Grand Junction Business Incubator
  • Past Member of the Board for the Riverview Technology Center

As Colorado natives, Derek and his wife have chosen to make Grand Junction home due to their love of the outdoors and the wealth of connections our community provides them and their children.

Gretchen Gore, MNM

Gretchen Gore currently serves as Vice President of Mission Integration for St. Mary’s Medical Center, where she has been employed for more than 28 years. In her current role, she has oversight of the St. Mary’s Ethics Committee, Spiritual Care, Volunteers, Senior Programs and Community Benefit. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from Colorado State University. She earned her Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Gretchen’s affiliations and honors include:

  • Mesa County Board of Public Health (2012-present)
  • Former Hilltop Community Resources, Inc., board member (2014-2020)
  • 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 graduate of the University of Notre Dame currently working as a senior brand strategist for Ogilvy in Denver, Colorado; and Marshall, a graduate of the University of Arizona, currently a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the US Navy stationed in Jacksonville, Florida as a Naval Aviator on the P8-Poseidon aircraft. She celebrated Marshall’s wedding in 2021 to his fiancé Victoria – an aerospace engineer and mom to Gretchen’s granddog, a golden retriever named Franklin.

Deborah Monaghan, MD, MSPH

Deborah Monaghan is a family physician with a master’s in public health from the University of London. She has 17 years of experience in primary care, preventive medicine, clinical education, and in systems level policy and strategic public health roles.
Currently, as the medical director for the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Deborah focuses on physical and mental/behavioral health needs of children, youth and families throughout the state. She previously worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) including time spent as a liaison supporting local public health departments. She loves working on the local level and the opportunity to collaborate to find balanced solutions.

Deborah’s professional and community service affiliations include:

  • Partners for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) Advisory Council, Colorado (2021-present)
  • The Child and Youth Mental Health Services Standards Advisory Board, Colorado (2021-present)
  • Child Fatality Review Team Steering Committee, Colorado (2020-present)
  • Child Abuse and Response Evaluation (CARE) Network Advisory Board, Colorado (2020-present)
  • Metro Denver Partnership for Health, state/CDPHE representative (2018-2020)
  • Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, state representative (2018-2020)
  • Colorado Public Health Association (2015-present)

Deborah originally moved to Mesa County in 2006 and completed part of her medical residency training through St. Mary’s Hospital. She and her husband, Andy, enjoy living in downtown Grand Junction and running, hiking and backpacking on the Western Slope. She also enjoys eating as many local peaches as she can each summer!