Gretchen J. Russo, RN, BSN, JD
Gretchen J. Russo has spent over 19 years working in the child welfare and juvenile justice field. Currently, she serves as the Judicial and Legislative Administrator for the Office of Children, Youth and Families at the Colorado Department of Human Services and is an appointed member of the Juvenile Parole Board. Prior to her current position, she was the Permanency Manager for Division of Child Welfare and the Colorado Department of Human Services for just over two years where she oversaw a number of programs including Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Care, Recruitment and Retention, Residential Care and Permanency programs. Gretchen spent over 7 years as a liaison between the Denver Juvenile Court and the Denver Department of Human Services, where she facilitated communication and collaboration between the systems, by helping to develop new policies and procedures. As the liaison, Gretchen works closely with judicial officers, department administrators, juvenile justice stakeholders and the community to identify strategies to improve the outcomes for Denver’s children and families. Gretchen graduated from Gonzaga Law School, in Spokane, Washington in 2004; prior to attending law school, she worked as a nurse case manager for foster children in Utah. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and Psychology from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
Dr. Theresa Chase, MA, ND, RN
Dr. Theresa Chase, MA, ND, RN has been involved in the health and wellness field for over 30 years as a physical education professional, exercise physiologist, registered nurse/clinical nurse specialist, psychotherapist. In August 2014 assuming a Faculty position as Assistant Professor, BSN Nursing-Mental Health at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction Colorado.
As the Coordinator of Patient and Family Education at Craig Hospital, Englewood 1996-2014, Dr Chase’s primary responsibility had been program oversight and development of patient education materials, curriculum development and class facilitation. She has published widely and presented across the US and Canada in the field of health promotion and rehabilitation as well as consulted on research projects for women with disabilities at the University of Kansas. In 2006, Terry was the Research-PI on the first NIH funded study at Craig Hospital, “Effects of Massage on Pain in People with Spinal Cord Injury” and has been involved in as research advisor and group facilitator in several research projects including SCI Model Systems grant titled “Enhancing Self-Efficacy – The Re-Inventing Yourself after Spinal Cord Injury”. In addition to Dr. Chase’s responsibility as the Patient & Family Education Program Coordinator at Craig Hospital, she had been instrumental in the development of the Caring Educator Fellowship Program, coordinated the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program and for 2010 through 2014 facilitated the innovative “Working with Horses Educational Experience” for patients at Craig Hospital. Dr. Chase is a self-motivated, highly educated individual who has lived fully with spinal cord injury for 27 years active in all things outdoors, including kayaking, cross-country skiing, handcycling and whenever possible, riding horses.
Indira Gujral, M.S., Ph. D.
Indira Gujral, M.S., Ph.D. is the Communicable Disease and Emergency Management Division Manager for Boulder County Public Health. Trained as an Epidemiologist, Indira has extensive experience in the fields of communicable disease, maternal and child health, injury control and prevention, and chronic disease.
Indira completed her graduate degree at Colorado State University where she served as a research assistant at the Colorado Injury Control Research Center, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Indira’s master’s research focused on identifying sex differences in response to traumatic brain injury and her doctoral research focused on assessing the association between the Abbreviated Injury Severity Scale and long-term outcomes from traumatic brain injury. Indira worked in the fields of trauma and infectious disease while employed with the Poudre Valley Health System, 2008 winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Between 2009 and 2014, Indira served as a Senior Epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and supported programs in injury control and prevention, maternal and child health, and chronic disease. In addition to being a busy professional, Indira is married and a mom to a daughter aged 7 and a son aged 2. Indira serves on the Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board and is an advocate for brain injury research and ensuring ongoing support among survivors.
Sena Harjo is an enrolled member of the Seminole, Choctaw and Creek nations of Oklahoma. She was born and raised in Denver Colorado, where she currently resides. A graduate of Denver Public Schools, Harjo knows the value of resiliency in education systems. She has had to create a support system in her own world to be successful in the local American Indian community she is committed to. Doing this has connected the dots between overlapping agencies in the Denver Metro areas and it has energized Harjo to keep pushing forward.
Harjo is currently earning her PhD from the University of Colorado Denver where she is focusing on Educational research and philosophy and human development. She earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver in Educational Leadership and Policy. Preceding her Master’s Degree, Harjo earned a Bachelor’s of Arts with an emphasis in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University; as well as an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Harjo works at Clayton Early Learning as a Child Family Educator. She has a unique opportunity to work cross collaboration with Mile High Montessori providing family services to a caseload of Early Head Start infant and toddler families at their Edna Oliver and Westwood sites. She works with the classroom teachers and staff, as well as working with the parents to extend the learning from the classroom to the home. Early childhood education is critical to positive child outcomes whether it happens at a licensed early childhood center or at a family-friend-and-neighbor care setting. Harjo works diligently to make sure that the parents of their young children know that they are their child’s first and most important teacher.
Overall, Harjo is committed to the urban population. Being raised and working in the city gives her a special lens into the community. She is able to connect to children and families in a manner that comforts navigating the systems. Harjo is passionate about connecting traditionally marginalized communities to educational systems and learning environments.
Catie Johnston-Brooks, PhD, ABPP-CN
Catie Johnston-Brooks, PhD, ABPP-CN is a clinical neuropsychologist who earned her doctorate from CU Boulder in 1999 and her ABPP board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2010. Dr. Johnston-Brooks has been the lead neuropsychologist at the Denver VAMC since 1999 and the training director for their APA accredited doctoral internship training program in psychology since 2009.
Her clinical practice includes neuropsychological evaluation and treatment of movement disorders, dementia, as well as a range of other conditions that negatively impact cognition and emotion. While her practice at the Denver VAMC does not typically involve individuals with TBI, she remains active in this field by her participation with the Colorado Brain Injury Program board and as one of the organizers of the annual University of Denver Brain Injury conference. She is the super-proud mother of two awesome kids and for fun she likes any kind of outdoor physical activity.
Danny Mistry, MD, ATC
Dr. Mistry earned his medical Degree from the University of Madras, India and completed his Residency in Medicine from the University of Virginia. He also earned a Master in Science Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a Certified Athletic Trainer.
He lives and works in Grand Junction after having worked at the University of Virginia, where he had served as the Primary Care Team Physician, Co-Medical Director for the Department of Athletics, and Associate Professor for the University (between 2002 and 2011).
He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and specializes in Primary Care Sports Medicine. He has a passion and commitment for ‘Concussion Management’ and serves as the Chair of the Concussion Task Force in Grand Junction. He has been instrumental in the development of the ‘Concussion Management Protocol’ for School District 51. He is also the Chair of the Concussion Task Force for USA Swimming.
Currently, he is a Team Physician for USA Swimming, is the Primary Care Team Physician for the Grand Junction Rockies, and a Volunteer Team Physician for the Department of Athletics, Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. He has traveled to numerous national and international competitions both with USA Swimming and USA Soccer, covered sidelines for numerous National Championship Teams at the University of Virginia, and has successfully completed a “physician internship” with the United States Olympic Committee.
He is published in various scientific journals and has been a guest speaker at numerous sports medicine conferences nationwide. His areas of interest include preventive and therapeutic primary care sports medicine, pre-participation cardiovascular screening for athletes, and community educational programs to enhance health and wellness.
He is an avid chef, enjoys spending time with his family traveling the world, and exploring Colorado.
Helen Morgan, Chief Deputy District Attorney / TBI Board Chairperson
In 1986 Helen Morgan graduated cum laude from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. in political science and Spanish. She subsequently received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota and clerked for the Honorable John J. Sommerville in Hennepin County before moving to Colorado in 1993.
She joined the Denver District Attorney’s Office in 1994 as a deputy district attorney. As a deputy district attorney Ms. Morgan worked in the county, juvenile, drug and gang divisions until she was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney in 2001. As a Chief Deputy District Attorney she supervised a district court courtroom until she was assigned to head a state-wide prosecution of a white supremacist prison gang in 2004. In 2006 Ms. Morgan became the Chief of the District Attorney’s Drug Unit. In this capacity she worked with the court and other agencies to establish Denver’s reorganized drug court which opened on March 1, 2007. Ms. Morgan continued to supervise the deputies and staff in the District Attorney’s Drug Unit until January 2010 when she once again became Chief of a district court courtroom.
Ms. Morgan has a particular interest in problem solving courts and building bridges between the criminal justice system and other systems to best serve victims and offenders in their treatment needs. It is this interest that caused her to join the TBI Trust Fund Board. She has been a board member since 2013 and is currently the Chair-elect.
Jennie Munthali, MPH
Jennie Munthali represents the CO Dept of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on the TBI Trust Fund Board. She holds an MPH and currently oversees programs for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs in the Children, Youth and Families Branch at CDPHE.
In addition to her professional work, Jennie also brings to the board her experience as a family member. She has a adult brother with a traumatic brain injury. Jennie is the mother of two boys one in high school and one is elementary school. Her passion is to work to improve systems of care and support for vulnerable children and youth in Colorado.
Patrick Schniederjan, MA, NCSP, LMFT
Patrick is a state licensed and nationally certified school psychologist as well as a Colorado licensed marriage and family therapist who resides in Grand Junction. He earned his MA in school psychology from the University of North Texas. Recently retired from full-time practice, Mr. Schniederjan continues to serve the Mesa County Valley School District as head of the Brain Injury Resource Team and as a district representative on the Concussion Task Force in Grand Junction.
He has wide ranging experience in the educational support of students with traumatic brain injury and their families. He serves on the TBI Educational Advisory Group to the Colorado Department of Education and has made presentations on traumatic brain injury related topics at recent Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado regional conferences. He is an avid bicyclist and hiker and enjoys travel in Europe.
Wendy Turman, MPA
Wendy Turman is the Director of Finance at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). In this role, she is responsible for the financial management and operations of ASPPH as well as the financial reporting and oversight of over $6 million in federal grants and fellowships through the Center for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
From 2009 to 2014, Wendy served as the CFO of the Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF), a private foundation that funds programs and research for the treatment of brain trauma and tumors. In this role, she managed the Foundations operations, financial management and grant and programmatic funding.
Wendy graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in 1999. She spent 10 years as a strategic and financial advisor and to state and local governments and non-profit organizations. She served as the Treasurer of the Financial and Technical Assistance Center in Philadelphia and was a regular guest speaker at the University of Pennsylvania on Urban Economic Development.
She currently serves as a Board member on the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury, and on the investigation group of the Invisible Brain Injury Project, a pilot research study testing NIR light treatment on Traumatic Brain Injury. She lives in Denver with her husband, Tim and their 2 year old daughter, Madison.
Melissa J Winthers, J.D., B.A.
Melissa Winthers practices in the area of personal injury and has obtained a number of multi-million dollar awards for her clients. Her knowledge and understanding of her clients’ injuries and the medicine is a key factor in obtaining these awards. Melissa was designated a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have distinguished themselves through peer recognition and professional achievement, and she has been named a “Super Lawyer” in 2015.
She has received the Martindale Hubbell peer reviewed rating of AV pre-eminent, the highest rating given. Melissa is a Colorado native who graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado College in 1995.Melissa serves as the President of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Chanda Plan Foundation. She participates in the Pikes Peak Challenge, BIAC’s annual fundraiser, with her daughter Ella. When she is not working, Melissa enjoys camping in the national parks with her husband Peter, daughter Ella and dog Irwin. Melissa authors a column for the Colorado Chiropractic Association regarding medical-legal issues, and she has spoken at numerous medical and legal seminars about brain injuries and traumatic neck and back injuries and their long-term consequences. She has lectured to medical providers and health care associations regarding proving injuries in the courtroom and appropriate record keeping. As a young lawyer, Melissa set up trial skills seminars for new lawyers through the Colorado Trial Lawyers’ Association. She is licensed to practice before the Colorado Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bill Wosilius, Vice President and General Manager
Bill Wosilius has nearly 20 years of senior leadership experience in the IT services, information security, data center, and healthcare industries. Bill currently is the Vice President and General Manager at Optiv Security, the largest pure-play information security services firm in the US. Bill leads a $60M line of business delivering technology consulting solutions to Fortune 500 clients.
Prior to joining Optiv, Bill was Senior Vice President/CIO at CoreSite where he led all technology infrastructure, business applications, and service delivery functions for a $250M publicly-traded company. Prior to CoreSite, he was Vice President of Operations at Critigen, where he was responsible for a global managed IT services line of business. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations for HealthGrades and General Manager for SunGard Availability Services/Inflow. In these roles, he led large operational service delivery organizations through organic growth and M&A integration. Prior to entering the corporate world, Bill served in as a commissioned officer in the United States Air force, leading several F-15 maintenance units, and was involved in the development program of the F-22.
Mr. Wosilius received his B.S. in Management from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and his M.S. in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, OH.