Summit County Community Care Clinic 

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Helen Q. Royal, MA, LPC

Chief Executive Officer

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Team Member Since 2006

Helen joined the Care Clinic in 2006 as a Grant Coordinator and she implemented the Integrated Care program. She subsequently served as the Behavioral Health Director, Quality Assurance Director and Chief Operating Officer before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Helen has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of California and a master’s degree in Agency Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. She has lived in Summit County since 1988.

Dr. Kathleen Cowie, MD

Chief Medical Officer

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Additional Languages: Spanish

Dr. Kathleen Cowie is a family physician with a special interest in women and children’s health.  She is fluent in Spanish and has a passion for providing compassionate medical care at home and abroad, having volunteered on outreach trips in Honduras, Peru, Bolivia, and Guatemala. Dr. Cowie graduated from Loyola Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 2006 but fell in love with the Colorado Rockies while completing her family medicine residency at St. Anthony Central/North Hospitals in Denver. Prior to joining the Care Clinic in 2012, she provided full-spectrum family medicine including obstetrics and newborn care at Salud Family Health Centers in Commerce City and Platte Valley Hospital in Brighton.  Dr. Cowie became Chief Medical Officer in 2017. In her free time, she loves doing all things outdoors and spending time with her family.

Erin Major

Chief Dental Officer

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Team Member Since 2007

Erin joined the Care Clinic as the Dental Coordinator when the Care Clinic first implemented dental services in 2007.  She subsequently spent 10 years as the School Based Health Director before returning to the Dental Department as the Chief Dental Officer in 2018.  In her 35+ years in Summit County, Erin has served in various leadership positions including on the boards of Summit School District, Early Childhood Options, and the Colorado Association of School Based Health Centers.  Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Iowa.  She loves all that Summit County has to offer for recreation and spends her weekends skiing at Arapahoe Basin.

Eleanor Bruin, LCSW

Chief Behavioral Health Officer

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Team Member Since 2020

Eleanor Bruin joined the SCCC in 2020 after working as an Integrated Behavioral Health Provider with High Country Healthcare in Frisco, CO. Eleanor has worked as a behavioral health provider in an integrated medical setting for more than 10 years with previous work experience at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center and Swedish Hospital. She has held previous leadership positions with the Association of Oncology Social Workers and has supported facilitation of national conferences. Eleanor graduated with her masters in Social Work from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Eleanor is a Colorado native and when she is not at the SCCC she is busy spending time with her husband and her three young children enjoying the outdoors.

Cassandra Anton

Chief Quality and Risk Officer
Compliance Officer

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Team Member Since 2015

Cassandra Anton has been with the Care Clinic since 2015 with experience as a quality professional in multiple industries. Cassandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is a Colorado native who loves hiking, camping, skiing, and exploring the Colorado backcountry.

Susan Bridges Robertson, MPH

Chief Strategy Officer

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Team Member Since 2016

Susan was first involved with the Care Clinic as a volunteer interpreter in the 1990s and rejoined the clinic as a staff member in 2016.

Susan earned her Master of Public Health Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has dedicated her career to non-profit management and development, working with multiple organizations in Summit County and statewide to support health promotion programs. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Central African Republic), has a close connection to Senegal, and dreams of her next trip to Africa. 

Misty Shell

Chief Operating Officer

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Team Member Since 2020

Misty joined the Care Clinic in 2020 after prior work managing dermatology clinics across Western Colorado. She also has experience in home health and hospice care with a collective 20 years experience in healthcare. Misty holds a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Health Services/ Healthcare Management from Missouri State University and has been licensed in Practical Nursing since February 2000. She is passionate about serving the Colorado mountain communities and creating avenues for patients to access healthcare. In her free time, Misty loves spending time with her husband, 3 human children and 3 fur babies. She enjoys all that living in Colorado has to offer and won’t turn down a chance to travel.

Directors and Managers

Megan Jackson

Director of Dental Hygiene

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Team Member Since 2015

Megan joined the Care Clinic in 2015 as a Dental Hygienist and she helped to implement the SMILES and COMDI programs in the School Based Health Centers. Megan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado and an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Pueblo Community College. She is a Colorado native.

Liz Campbell

Development Director

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Team Member Since 2020

Liz joined the Care Clinic in 2020. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Liz pursued her career in nonprofit management and has worked in programming and development for arts, cultural, and educational organizations in Winter Park, Boulder and Vail, Colorado. A third generation native of Colorado, she has lived more than half her life on the Western Slope and spends her free time exploring the surrounding mountains on skis, bikes and in a great pair of hiking boots.

Karen Augustyn

School Based Health Center Director

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Karen Augustyn joined the Care Clinic in a joint position with Summit School District as their Health Paraprofessional in 2020. Prior to working at the Care Clinic, she worked at UCHealth as Manager of Operations for Dermatology, Infectious Disease, and Hospitalist services lines. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Physiology from University of Iowa. In her free time, Karen loves to bike, snowboard, and hike.

Karen Meza

Director of Clinical Operations

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Karen started her career in 2012 as a Medical Assistant. Her experience working directly with patients gave her a deep understanding of what works and what doesn't work on the clinical floor and how leadership interaction affects all patient-facing staff members and patient outcomes. Karen's role as Clinical Manager has given her the opportunity to support all clinical staff members and to give the best quality of care to patients. 

Karen's motto is that to take care of people, we need to take care of ourselves, and the way she does this is by exploring the beautiful outdoors in her free time.  

Amanda Kochevar

Director of Patient Support Services

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Team Member since 2019

Amanda joined the Care Clinic in 2019 as a Dental Patient Access Representative. Before becoming the Dental Clinic Manager in 2021, she had worked as the School Based Health Dental Coordinator and Dental Schedule and Referral Coordinator. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainability Studies from Colorado Mountain College. She is a fifth generation Colorado native and when not at the clinic she is busy spending time with family, caring for her chickens, gardening, fishing, camping, foraging, and baking.

Cheli Ngyuen

Dental Assistant Manager

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Team Member Since 2007

Araceli joined the Care Clinic in 2007 as a Dental Assistant. With almost twenty years in the dentistry field, her passion for taking care of patients has been her main focus. She enjoys taking care of people of all ages and loves seeing patients walking out with a smile on their face after a great dental experience. As the Lead Dental Assistant, she takes great pride in training the staff to be great dental assistants. Before Araceli’s career in the dentistry field she was a professional pastry chef making high end desserts and wedding cakes. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family going on hikes with her dog, camping, cooking, and watching movies.

Sarah Dayton

Grants Manager

Alyssa Ring

Human Resources Director

Lilly Herman

Integrated Care Manager

Board of Directors

Wilson Blake

Board President

CEO, Blake Solutions, Inc.

Dana Cottrell

Board Vice President

Real Estate Broker, Summit Resort Group

Braden McMillan

Board Treasurer

Senior Vice President, First Bank

Judi LaPoint

Board Secretary

Retired Executive Director, Summit Chamber of Commerce


Jim Beckmann

Board Member

Retired Healthcare CEO

Deb Crook, RN

Board Member

Retired Director, Summit County Department of Public Health


David Nicoli, Esq.

Board Member

President of the Nicoli Consulting Group, LLC

Rick O'Brien, MD

Board Member

Retired Clinical Researcher & Physician, Centers for Disease Control


Don Parsons, MD

Board Member

Retired Surgeon


Tony Pestello

Board Member

Owner, iFurnish

Jazmin Pimentel

Board Member

Housekeeping Manager at Grand Colorado on Peak 8

Dustin Stokes

Board Member

General Manager, Vail Resorts

Norm Stoller, DMD

Board Member

Retired Dentist, Professor Emeritus, CU

Julie Thebeau, LCSW

Board Member

Social Worker

Amy Wineland

Board Member

Director, Summit County Government Public Department of Health 

Nic Zador

Board Member

Food Service Professional

Maryjo Zweig

Board Member

Founder, Owner at Zweig Law


John Warner, DMD

Advisory Board Member

Retired Dentist

Pat Kopystianskyj

Advisory Board Member

Retired Director of Nursing


Karina Zuniga

Advisory Board Member

Family Support Coordinator, Family and Intercultural Resource Center


Graeme Bilenduke

Advisory Board Member

Director of Development, Copper Mountain


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