Staff Bios

Ana Etler

Ana Etler
Office Manager
aetler@gcruralhealth.org
970-725-3477

Ana brings a local face to our office as a fourth-generation resident of the area. She has grown up surrounded by the family and community that Grand County brings. Throughout her lifetime, Ana has worked for the community in customer service and tourism. She has been a committee member since 2018 before being elected to their board in 2023 for the Winter Park Horseman’s Association and High-Country Stampede Rodeo. She joined our team as a care coordinator in June 2022 before transitioning to Office Manager in February 2023, allowing her to help achieve her goals in supporting the local community.

She is excited to work for an organization that actively promotes development and support for the neighbors she grew up with. Ana feels that her local experience gives her a deeper connection to the work done by the Grand County Rural Health Network.

Ana’s coworkers note her resourcefulness and problem-solving skills, sometimes thinking outside the box and seemingly having answers in her “back pocket.” You can find Ana in the saddle alongside her husband and three dogs in her free time. They regularly take horseback rides throughout the national park to experience the Rockies’ beautiful scenery. She prioritizes de-stressing activities away from work to ensure wellness in her personal life and feels that her horses provide that for herself and her family.

Jen Fanning

Jen Fanning, MS
Executive Director
jfanning@gcruralhealth.org
970-725-3477

Jen Fanning, hired by the Network in July 2007 as the Community Health Program Coordinator, assumed the Executive Director’s role in 2008. Her training and experience as a Community Health and AIDS Prevention agent in West Africa during her Peace Corps service gives Jen a worldview that is important each day in her work. Additional experience and training include health and racial equity, social determinants of health, inclusion, case management, marketing, environmental health, and teaching developmentally delayed children.  

Jen earned a bachelor’s in arts from Hamilton College, with a concentration in Psychology, and a Master of Science from the University of Denver in Healthcare Management, with a concentration in Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations. Jen volunteered for the National Sports Center for the Disabled for seven years and the American Cancer Society for three years. She was a 2009 fellow of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership Advanced Leadership Training Program, a 2011 fellow in the Community Resource Center’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management Training Program, and a 2013 fellow of El Pomar’s Emerging Leaders Development Program.  

Jen has served as co-chair of the Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days (NWCO RPD) planning committee in 2012-2013 and co-chair of the marketing committee in 2016-2017.  In 2019, she was appointed to Governor Polis’s Behavioral Health Task Force to evaluate and set the roadmap to improve the current behavioral health system in the state. She is also a trained Second Circle facilitator to build trusting relations and work toward real meaningful change. She is very passionate about standing for others and empowering others to stand for themselves.

In her free time, Jen loves spending time with her family and dogs enjoying skiing, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, camping and the hot springs. She recently decided that she will greet her family like she greets her dogs, showing joy and love at every opportunity. Jen’s teammates appreciate her leadership, authenticity, transparency, and endless supply of drive for the community.

Pamela Flor-Stout
Promotora and Health Coverage Guide
pfstout@gcruralhealth.org
970-725-3477

Tri-lingual, Pam is fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese which makes her an important asset to the Network that she joined in September 2021. An immigrant from Paraguay, she has been in the county for 15 years, working with the lodging and tourism industry throughout that time. She graduated from Colorado Mountain College with an Associate Degree in Resort Management in 2012.  

Pam has lived through the joys and obstacles that being an immigrant might carry. She began traveling at the age of 17, living in New Zealand as an exchange student for one year.  Half of her life has been spent in the southern hemisphere with the other half in the northern hemisphere. Very grateful to be part of this Grand Community, she loves residing in this side of the world, which she calls “our little piece of Heaven”.  

She is motivated to help our organization reduce stigma and other social determinants for health equity, to provide peer support, and to learn what the needs and issues are surrounding Grand and Jackson County residents—especially the Hispanic and Latin X population.

Pam’s coworkers recognize her eagerness to participate in discussion, offer unique insights, take initiative in projects, and, since Spanish is her first language, find her invaluable as an interpreter and health liaison.  She loves being outdoors, especially snowboarding or skiing with her family, cooking dinners with different flavors, and challenging her 5-year-old to enjoy different outdoor activities.

Christine Smith
Strategic Development Director
cwsmith@gcruralhealth.org
970-725-3477

Christine joined the Network in February 2015 as a Program Coordinator, being drawn to healthcare and client advocacy after experiencing support from the Network through her own health crisis 2 years prior. She became Operations Manager in June 2017 and was promoted to her current position in February 2021. Christine received her Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Michigan with an emphasis in marketing. She brings a variety of both volunteer and professional experience in client services, promotions, event and project management, most recently as Group Services Manager at Winter Park Resort.  

In her current role, Christine works on special projects that align with our strategic plan to help grow and strengthen the health and wellbeing of our local community. She also oversees donor relations, marketing and fundraising, as well as the Network’s ACHES & PAINS healthcare voucher program. Her coworkers say they value her ability to express herself eloquently on behalf of the Network and its values. 

In her free time, Christine enjoys skiing fresh powder in the winter and trying to master stand-up paddle boarding on rivers in the summer. She and her husband are enjoying many new travel adventures together as recent empty nesters.

Lauren Stokes

Lauren Stokes, MA, LPC, C-SPT
Direct Services Program Director
lstokes@gcruralhealth.org
970-725-3477

Lauren joined the Rural Health Network team in February 2023 as the Direct Services Program Director, seeing it as a meaningful opportunity to re-align her career with her passion for leadership, client and community services, healthcare, mental health, equity, and systemic change at the local and regional level.

Lauren grew up in the Denver area and learned to ski at Silver Creek and Winter Park Resort, starting her journey toward calling Grand County home. Frequently serving as a grounded and compassionate listener with friends and family, Lauren obtained a Bachelor of Science in psychology, sociology, and cultural geography at the University of Denver while living part-time in Grand County to continue her competitive snowboard career.

Lauren went back to school in 2010 to complete a master’s degree in counseling psychology through the University of Colorado Denver, a program emphasizing equity and multicultural competency across the curricula. During graduate school, Lauren lived in the county full-time, working at Winter Park Resort as the Snowboard Program Manager. Lauren went on to work as a Licensed Professional providing individual, couple, and play therapy as well as group facilitation.

In 2017 she scaled back her practice and re-joined the team at the Winter Park Resort’s Competition Center as the Business Manager, leading significant transformations in guest services, program administration, finance, sponsorship, fundraising, merchandising, branding, digital marketing, and communications.

Over the years she participated in a variety of local committees and work groups, such as the Grand Beginnings Early Childhood Council, Communities that Care, and has ongoing involvement in the Behavioral Health Strategic Planning Committee and the Grand Foundation’s H.O.P.E. (Healing Opportunities through Prevention Efforts) Fund Advisory Committee.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending her time with her husband and her stepson during his visits home from college. Much of her free time is spent tending their four-legged family members: three horses and a dog.

Jennifer Tibbetts
Community Engagement Specialist
jtibbetts@gcruralhealth.org
970-725-3477

Jennifer grew up in Arvada, CO and attended college in Lancaster, England and at the University of Colorado-Boulder where she obtained her BA in 1991. Prior to moving to Grand County, Jennifer owned a manufacturers’ representative sales agency in the power utility industry for 17 years in Denver, incorporating her many years of sales and marketing experience in various tech industries. She and her husband and two sons moved full-time to Grand County in 2018, and in 2019 she started coordinating client services at the Mountain Family Center, a non-profit resource organization based in Grand County.

She joined the Network in 2022 as Community Engagement Specialist and is excited to engage with even more of her neighbors in Grand County. In this role Jennifer works to connect, educate, motivate and mobilize the local community to address specific, community-identified issues. She calls upon her combined communications experience in both the corporate world and the non-profit sector in her work to foster and build consensus amongst diverse groups.

Outside of work, Jennifer is busy with two teenagers and loves spending time with her family, attempting yoga, and hiking or cross-country skiing depending on the season.

Amanda Uehlein, MA
Associate Director
auehlein@gcruralhealth.org
970-725-3477

With a focus on equity and social justice, Amanda has enjoyed learning from a breadth of work experience as a direct care provider for adults with developmental disabilities, a teacher’s aide in a school for children on the Autism spectrum, a meditation instructor, an emergency/crisis clinician, and an outpatient therapist for adults in community mental health. Originally from upstate New York, Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattanville College. She moved to Colorado to pursue graduate school and completed a Master of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology at Naropa University. Amanda has many years’ experience in group facilitation and is a trained Second Circle facilitator to build trusting relationships across racial and cultural differences and work toward real, meaningful change. 

After relocating to Grand County, Amanda joined the Rural Health Network as a Care Coordinator in July 2018, became Program Manager in February 2019, and was promoted to Associate Director in January 2021. Amanda manages and oversees several programs for the Network. She deeply enjoys providing reflective supervision to staff in their work with clients and community members and is a passionate advocate for the health and wellbeing of her community. 

Amanda loves to go exploring with her husband and two cattle dogs. She believes in the power of art to drive change and support healing. Amanda’s teammates appreciate her support for others, her intentional use of language, and her innovative thinking.

Amy Warner
Health Coverage Guide (seasonal)
awarner@gcruralhealth.org
970-725-3477

Amy is coming out of her retirement to be a Health Coverage Guide during the Colorado Open Enrollment period. She said, “retirement has its perks, but work connects me to the community and gives me an opportunity to contribute.”

In her career at The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, she worked to describe occupational exposures and injuries to Colorado workers, investigate cases of reportable disease, and prevent the spread of diseases. Amy is eager to join the Grand County Rural Health Network, and to learn more about the people and organizations that are striving to meet the needs of Grand and Jackson counties.

The Warner family has owned property and spent their summers in the Grand Lake area for the past three generations. Amy and her husband are the first to make it their permanent home. They are currently working with their extended family to restore their land from the impacts of the East Troublesome Fire. To that end, they’ve planted grass and more than 500 trees and willows. They also spent weeks on thistle mitigation, a project that will surely continue.

Amy has a B.A. from The Colorado College in history and political science and a Masters in Public Health from Emory University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania West Africa and a WHO/CDC STOP Project volunteer in Cameroon. She was a 2000 fellow of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership. She also served as Board Chair for Liver Health Connection and worked closely with the Executive Director on its merger with Vivent Health.

Stevie Kitterman
Recovery Coordinator
skitterman@gcruralhealth.org
970-725-3477

Stevie joins the Grand County Rural Health Network team as our first Recovery Coordinator. Her role is new to our organization and is designed to help serve the recovery community in various capacities including certified peer support, advocacy, and helping to identify and reduce barriers to both acute and long-term recovery.

Stevie holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative HealthCare with a minor in Wellness Coaching from Metro State University in Denver. During her time in college, she studied a wide variety of complementary and alternative therapeutic practices which further ignited her passion for people, nature, and the healing arts. She continued her studies for a semester in Mexico, living in a tent in the Baja where she also received a 200-hour yoga teacher certification and a yoga Nidra (Sanskrit word for sleep) meditation facilitator certificate.

Stevie is devoted to the recovery community as she has been volunteering within it for over 15 years. She is willing to offer her expertise and her years of experience, strength, and hope with anyone who may be working through something, especially substance use struggles. During her time as a Salvation Army volunteer, she facilitated workshops, supported educational and entertainment outings for women in the facility, and helped support various spiritual activities with them. In addition, she has participated in outreach to offer recovery opportunities in both correctional facilities and rehabilitation centers. Stevie continues to have a servant heart for this community and looks for opportunities to be of service whenever possible.

Born and raised in Edgewater, CO, Stevie has lived in many different places across the U.S. as well as in Mexico and Spain and is able to speak conversational Spanish. She has always been a mountain lover and a nature enthusiast. A natural people person, she loves to build community and network, making connections and bringing people together.

In her free time, you might catch her camping, fishing, somewhere on the river white water rafting, soaking in the hot springs, or exploring nature with her son. A lover of plants and
plant medicine, she is frequently working with herbs, going out foraging, and creating tinctures and teas to facilitate wellness for her own family or her friends and neighbors. She often shows her compassion and nurturing side through sharing home cooked meals and homemade herbal medicine. Stevie is grateful to be in Grand County and working with all the recovery community.

Selena Handler, MSW
Care Coordinator
shandler@gcruralhealth.org
970-725-3477

Selena joined the Grand County Rural Health Network in May 2023 as a Care Coordinator, excited to be part of an organization that makes waves and moves mountains toward positive healthcare policy and improved accessibility in Grand County and beyond. Selena has worked with survivors of intimate partner violence and their families for 7 years in both Wisconsin and New York City. Anti-racism and anti-oppression are practices at the core of her direct service work and have informed her advocacy against oppressive systems. Alongside her clients, Selena pushed for changes to benefits cliffs and housing policies that negatively impacted the community she worked within in New York City.

Before receiving a Master of Social Work from Columbia University, Selena worked as a Human Services Assistant at a Detoxification facility in Wisconsin while working at the only domestic violence shelter in the county. There Selena witnessed the link between trauma, violence, and substance use, and became passionate about applying a trauma-informed framework to her advocacy at all levels. After taking a course on Animal Human Health at the University of Denver, Selena decided to move to the mountains of Colorado to have better access to nature and animals that strengthen her whole-body health. She hopes to incorporate the connection between animal and human health into her work in Grand County.

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