Community Advisory Board


Because we value participatory research, we engage in a collaborative process involving community, state, and national partners to inform decisions on the overall direction and scope of the Center, as well as on the project level.

Representing the community of the San Luis Valley, the Community Advisory Board (CAB) partners in leadership with the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center by identifying community needs and concerns; providing input on research design and implementation; providing input on communication and dissemination activities; recommending project specific team members; and acting as a liaison with our partner community. 

  • Don Hanna, Director, PALS Children’s Program, CDC PRC Community Committee Member, Current Chair, Member since 2019 
  • Courtney Arthur, Rio Grande County Victim's Advocate, Member since 2020
  • Helen Lester, Retired, previously Chief Nursing Officer, SLV Regional Medical Center, Member since 2002 
  • Lisa Lucero, San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center, Member since 2019 
  • Antonio Sandoval, Retired Teacher/Administrator, Member since 2008 
  • Helen Sigmond, Alamosa County Commissioner, Member since 2016 
  • Sherri Valdez, Executive Director, Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley, Member since 2019

National and State Advisory Board


  • Catherine Ayoub, Harvard Medical School 
  • Ross Brownson, Washington University in St. Louis 
  • John Douglas, Tri County Health Department 
  • Hiram Fitzgerald, Michigan State University  
  • Geneva Hallett, Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion
  • Todd Jorgensen, Office of Early Childhood, Colorado Department of Human Services
  • David Olds, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) 
  • Elaine Scallan Walter, Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center
  • Michael Seid, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 

University of Colorado academic partners