Click for our latest updates on COVID-19

Main Content

Leadership

Executive Team

  • Jandel Allen-Davis, MD President and CEO


    Jandel Allen-Davis, MD is the President and CEO of Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital that exclusively specializes in the neuro-rehabilitation and research of patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.

    Dr. Allen-Davis was the vice-president of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado from 2009-2018. In that role she led the organization’s government relations and regulatory affairs, community relations and community benefit investment, clinical research activities, stakeholder engagement, communications, and advertising and marketing functions.

    Dr. Allen-Davis is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and was in active practice for 25 years. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Allen-Davis completed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

    Dr. Allen-Davis is an active participant in the community and currently serves on the boards of Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, National Jewish Health and Mile High United Way. She is married to a Dartmouth College graduate, Anthony Davis (‘82) and they have two children, one of whom graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009. She enjoys gardening, hiking and is a fiber artist whose work has been displayed in several galleries over the years.

  • Thomas E. Balazy, MD Medical Director

    Thomas E. Balazy, MD, has been at Craig since 1987 and for 17 years Dr. Balazy was Craig's Medical Director at the Multitrauma unit at Swedish Medical Center.

    Dr. Balazy received his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and completed a fellowship in spinal cord and brain injury at Craig. He is also an assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In 2006, Dr. Balazy received the Jerome Gersten Clinical Teaching Award from the Dept. of PM&R at the UCHSC School of Medicine.

    Most recently, Dr. Balazy created the TRAC (Teenage Rehab at Craig) Program to provide a comprehensive patient and family rehabilitation plan of care for this age group.

    Dr. Balazy is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. He is also the author of a widely read publication on chronic pain in spinal cord injury.

  • Stacy Abel Vice President of People and Culture

    Stacy Abel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Vice President of People and Culture. Stacy joined the Craig leadership team in 2009 and has over 20 years of experience in Healthcare Human Resources. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefits administration all of which enable Craig Hospital to recruit and retain a high performing and motivated workforce. Stacy holds a BS in Business Administration/Human Resources with a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University in Alabama. She is certified through the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR), through SHRM as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and holds a certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt. She is active with the Colorado Human Resource Association, the Colorado Healthcare Association for Human Resource Management, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

  • Serena Bruzgo Craig Foundation President

    Craig Hospital Foundation

    Prior to joining the Craig Foundation, Bruzgo was Vice President of Development and Marketing at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Bruzgo was founder and principal of Community Investment Advisors, a national corporate social responsibility and nonprofit consulting firm and previously held progressive leadership roles at the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association. During her tenure at Mines, she expanded global alumni engagement programs, grew the organization’s endowment and membership revenue, served on the President's Cabinet, and cofounded the Colorado School of Mines Leadership Summit. She also led successful capital and endowment campaigns, major gift solicitations, and marketing and digital engagement efforts for the United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates and Avila University.

    Bruzgo is in the 2021 Leadership Denver class, was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Morgridge Accelerator Fellowship Program, and serves on the board of Impact100 Metro Denver. She is a graduate of Hannibal LaGrange University in Missouri. Her personal interests include exploring the world with her family as scuba divers, Colorado adventurers, and community scientists.

  • Dan Frank Chief Financial Officer

    Dan Frank serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Dan earned his undergraduate degree in Business with a specialization in Accounting from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He also has a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Colorado in Denver. Dan has 30 years of financial experience in the health care industry. Prior to joining Craig Hospital in 2019, Dan was the CFO at Longmont United Hospital, and also served previously as the Director of Accounting and Reimbursement for Exempla Healthcare. Dan is responsible for Admissions, the Business Office, Health Information Management, Information Technology, and Materials Management. He is active in his community and has served on a variety of non-profit and community Boards.

  • Dana Polonsky Vice President of Clinical Services

    Dana Polonsky, PT, is the Vice President of Clinical Services. She received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky, 1981. Dana joined Craig in 1984 as a physical therapist, was the Director of PT between 1997- 2005, and in 2005 was promoted to VP of Clinical Services. She is responsible for clinical and management of the departments of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, psychology, therapeutic recreation, clinical care management, guest services, risk management, security, safety, engineering and volunteer services.

  • Diane Reinhard Vice President of Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer

    Diane Reinhard, DNP, MBA, MSCIS, RN, CRRN, NE-BC, is Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. She received her BSN from the University of Denver in 1985, MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2001, and M.S. in Computer Information Systems from University of Phoenix in 2001. Diane received her Doctorate in Nursing - Executive Leadership from the American Sentinel University in 2013. Diane holds professional certification in Healthcare Finance and is Board certified in Rehabilitation Nursing and Executive Nursing. Diane has been in the field since 1982, and has been at Craig Hospital since 1990. She manages utilization of human, fiscal, and material resources allocated to nursing, food services, pharmacy, nursing education, patient/family education, infection control, Nurse Advice Line and quality departments. She continues to be active in local and national professional Boards of Directors.

Senior Team

  • Heather Both Director of Outpatient Services

    Outpatient Services

    Heather Both, MA, CCC-SLP, is the Director of Outpatient Services. Heather has been with Craig Hospital since 2010. She received a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University in 2006 and an M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2009. Heather was the primary Speech-Language Pathologist at a high school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado from 2009-2010 before taking the opportunity to join the Craig Hospital team. Heather has worked in Inpatient and Outpatient Speech-Language Pathology as well as Outpatient Management at Craig. She served as the 2018 Brain Injury Summit Conference Sponsorship Chair and has led numerous projects and initiatives at Craig including outpatient funding processes and reports, scheduling processes, and growth and quality initiatives.

  • Ann Callahan Director of Human Resources

  • Tom Carr Director of Therapeutic Recreation

    Therapeutic Recreation

    Tom Carr is the Director of Therapeutic Recreation and joined Craig in 2012. Previous to Craig, Tom was the director of athletics and the director of the U.S. Paralympic New England regional program at Northeast Passage, a privately funded program of the University of New Hampshire offering recreational opportunities to individuals with disabilities. His experience also includes his work as coordinator of adaptive skiing at Mount Snow Resort, therapeutic recreation instructor at the University of New Hampshire, and member of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness for the State of New Hampshire.

  • ​Susan Charlifue Director of Research Portfolio

    Research

    Susan (Susie) Charlifue, PhD, FISCoS, FASIA, FACRM, started her career at Craig Hospital in 1976, and completed her doctorate in Health and Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Denver in 2004. She is Co-Principal Investigator SCI Model System at Craig Hospital in addition to coordinating several SCI research clinical trials. She is the Principal Investigator for both NIDRR and Department of Defense SCI grants.

  • Anne Crocker Inpatient Associate Chief Nursing Officer


    Anne Crocker, MHA, BSN, BA, RN, CRRN, is Inpatient Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Craig Hospital.

    Anne joined the Craig family in 2012 and was promoted to Clinical Nurse Coordinator in 2014. Anne has been actively involved in many interdisciplinary committees including Fall, EOC, MUSC and SCI. Anne assumed supervisory responsibilities for Craig's new lab department in February 2020 and is the liaison with SMC for Craig's radiology departments.

    As the Inpatient Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Anne focuses on the administrative and clinical direction of the inpatient nursing department, as well as lab/phlebotomy and radiology services.

  • Dale Diasparra Director of Food Services

  • Darlene Dumont Director of Respiratory Therapy

    Respiratory Therapy

    Darlene Dumont, RRT, BSHA, is Director of Respiratory Therapy at Craig Hospital.

    In her time at Craig, Darlene has progressed her career from bedside therapist, to supervisor, to Respiratory Department Manager and then to Director.

    Darlene's responsibilities are the oversight of the respiratory therapy staff and department services provided, as well as facilitating the BLS and ACLS programs at Craig.

  • Kim Frey Director of Speech-Language Pathology

    Speech and Language Therapy

    Kim Frey, PhD, CCC-SLP, CBIS, is the Director of Speech-Language Pathology and joined Craig in 2013. She received her B.S. in Communication from the University of Tulsa in 1993, her M.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995, and a dual PhD in Cognitive Science and Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013. For 14 years, she worked in inpatient neurologic rehabilitation and also researched cognitive impairment due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, and viral illness. Subsequently, she became an Instructor in the Neurobehavioral Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In this program, she served as Director of the Constraint Induced Aphasia Therapy clinic and was also the study coordinator for a double-blind, placebo controlled pharmacologic and cognitive rehabilitation trial for persons with traumatic brain injury. She has presented nationally and internationally and published on several topics including neurobehavioral disorders following stroke, traumatic brain injury, and West Nile virus and also a water protocol for persons with dysphagia related to stroke.

  • Amy M. Goldstein Director of Pharmacy Services

    Pharmacy

    Amy M. Goldstein, RPh, BS.Pharm., MS, is the Directory of Pharmacy Services. Amy received her BS in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1988 and M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy Administration in 1992. Amy completed two ASHP Residencies, Pharmacy Practice in 1991 and Advanced Hospital Pharmacy Administration in 1992. In 2011, Amy received an Executive Leadership in Health Care Informatics Certificate from the University of Colorado – Denver. She has been a pharmacist since 1989 and has been the Pharmacy Director since 2002. She also is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Regis University and the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. In 2014 she was named Outstanding Preceptor of the year by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. She is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, monitoring and evaluating of the medication use process at Craig Hospital. Amy is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and Colorado Pharmacist Association.

  • John Hall Director of Facilities and Environmental Services

  • Kent Hamstra Director of Clinical Care Management

    Clinical Care Management

    Kent Hamstra MA, received his training and degree in Psychology from Hastings College in 1985 and Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Iowa in 1986. He has been a member of the Craig Hospital inpatient TBI clinical team since 1987. Kent has been involved with multiple projects involving TBI. He is a member of the Craig Hospital TBI Supervisors Group.

  • Mary Hewitt Director of Health Information Management

    Mary Hewitt, RHIA, is the Director of Health Information Management and Craig's Privacy Officer. Mary received a B.S. from Illinois State University in 1978. She has worked in the field since that time and has been a director at Craig since 2000. Mary is responsible for the planning, organizing and directing the function, services and operations provided by the Health Information Management Department in the maintenance and use of the medical record. She is also responsible for protecting patient's privacy rights and their individually identifiable health information as required by the HIPAA Standards for Privacy. Mary is a member of several professional organizations including the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA); Colorado Health Information Management Association (CHIMA); National Association Medical Staff Services; and Colorado Association Medical Staff Services.

  • Jacque Howard Controller

    Jacque Howard, MBA, is the Controller. Jacque joined the management team at Craig in July 2007. Her entire career in accounting and finance career has been in the healthcare industry. Jacque graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. degree in Accounting and obtained her M.B.A. degree from the University of Colorado at Denver with an emphasis in Finance. She held previous positions as Controller at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver and Hacienda Health Care in Phoenix, AZ. Jacque also worked as a Director of Budgeting and Cost Accounting at HealthOne and Director of Reimbursement at Exempla Healthcare. At Craig she is responsible for managing the accounting, budgeting, accounts payable, payroll and patient accounting functions.

  • Toby Huston, Ph.D. Rehabilitation Psychologist, Director of Psychology

    Toby Huston, Ph.D. is the Director of Psychology. He joined Craig Hospital in 2002 and spent 13 years as a team Rehabilitation Psychologist in the spinal cord injury program before assuming his current leadership position in 2015. He earned his B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in 1997. Toby has worked in the field of Rehabilitation Psychology for 20 years and was an Assistant Professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado prior to coming to Craig Hospital. He has been involved in numerous research projects in the field of rehabilitation and has presented and published on topics of Rehabilitation Psychology, spinal cord injury, and quality of life. Toby is actively involved in a number of professional organizations including Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, where he has served as the president of the Psychology, Social Work, and Counselor section and is a member of the organization’s governance board of directors. He maintains a clinical presence at Craig in addition to his leadership role.

  • Kim Koerner Director of Infection Prevention

  • Shannon Lowe Senior Director of Philanthropy and Operations

    Craig Hospital Foundation

    Shannon Lowe brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience to her position since joining Craig Hospital Foundation in 2017. Prior to serving Craig Hospital, Shannon held leadership positions at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Children’s Law Center, Denver Children’s Home, and TRU Community Care (formerly HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Iowa State University.

    303-789-8651

  • Jake Manley Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications

    303-789-8250

  • Dave C. Mellick Director of Research Operations

    Research

    Dave C. Mellick, PhD, has graduate training in Health Psychology and relevant experience in the area of database design and management, and data analysis, including the creation of data-driven risk models and web-based applications. Mr. Mellick has been with Craig Research since 1995. Mr. Mellick is the Director of the Quality Support and Technology Cores for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center located at Craig Hospital.

  • Kyle L. Mickalowski Director of Quality Management

    Kyle L. Mickalowski, MPH, is the Director of Quality Management. Kyle received his B.A. from the Augustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2008 and a Master’s of Public Health in epidemiology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2010. He has been a part of the Craig Hospital family since 2013 joined the leadership team in 2016. Kyle coordinates and manages hospital-wide performance improvement and patient safety programs; maintains readiness for surveys from regulatory agencies; coordinates Medical Staff Executive Committee and hospital functions; implements Medical Staff credentialing and peer review.

  • Julie Negron Director of Safety and Emergency Management

  • Chuck Parsons Director of Strategy

    Chuck received degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MBA in Health Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to joining Craig in 2020, he worked in a variety of strategy and management consulting roles with Kaiser Permanente of Colorado. His experience includes delivery system strategy, capital planning, marketing and sales strategy, and mergers and acquisitions.

  • Tim Saunders Corporate Compliance Officer

  • ​Ellen Severe Director of Occupational Therapy

    Occupational Therapy

    Ellen Severe, OTR, is the Director of Occupational Therapy. Ellen received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 1986. She began working at Craig Hospital in 1990 on the Brain Injury team. She transferred to the Spinal Cord Injury team in 1992 and became a member of the Technology group. In 1994 she became assistant Supervisor for the SCI OT team. Since then Ellen has worked on both the TBI and SCI floors as well as in the Outpatient Clinic and pool programs. Currently she is co-leader of the Spasticity Clinic. Ellen was Supervisor for the SCI OT team from 2005 to 2007.

  • Craig Hospital Director of Admissions Alex Sharp

    Alexandra Sharp Director of Admissions


    Alexandra Sharp, RN, BSN, CNRN, is the Director of Admissions. Previously she was a clinical nurse liaison and evaluated patients throughout the United States for admission to Craig. Prior to becoming a liaison, Alex was a nurse on the spinal cord injury floor at Craig Hospital. She has also worked with patients with other chronic neurological conditions and is a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse.

  • Rachael Sherman Director of Patient and Family Housing

  • ​Jill Stelley Virden Director of Volunteer Services and Gift Shop

    Jill Stelley Virden, MS, CTRS, is the Director of Volunteer Services and Craig Hospital Gift Shop. Jill has a BS from St. Cloud State in St Cloud, MN, and a MS from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Jill worked in the Therapeutic Recreation Department since 1990 and as the Volunteer and Gift Shop Coordinator since 2008 until her promotion to Director in 2021. While in the TR department Jill worked in all areas of the program including the SCI team, TBI team, Horticultural Therapy and conducted a research project related to recreation and patient outcomes. Jill also developed the TBI outpatient program for the TR department. Jill now recruits, trains and places volunteers for Craig Hospital, and is in charge of all aspects of the Gift Shop. Jill is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and a member of Colorado Healthcare Directors of Volunteer Services (CHDVS).

  • Candy Tefertiller Executive Director of Research and Evaluation

    Research

    Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, is the Executive Director of Research and Evaluation and former Director of Physical Therapy. Candy received a B.S in Biology from Mount Olive College in 1997 and a Master's in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2000. Candy has been working in the field of neurological rehabilitation since 2000 and received an assistive technology practitioner (ATP) certification in 2005 and became a certified neurological clinical specialist (NCS) in 2007. Candy then received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain Health Care University in 2008. She has been involved in numerous research projects and has focused much of her career on interventions and program development promoting recovery after neurologic injury or disease. Candy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neurologic Section.

  • Mary Vidmar Oupatient Associate Chief Nursing Officer

    mvidmar@craighospital.org

  • ​Chris Watkins Director of Information Systems

    Chris Watkins, BS, PMP, is Director of Information Systems. Chris attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. He has nearly forty years of IT management experience, including twenty-four years of healthcare IT management between Presbyterian/St. Luke's, Centura Health and Craig Hospital. He is responsible for Information Technology and an active member of the Mile Hi chapter of the Project Management Institute.

  • Laura Wehrli Director of Physical Therapy

    Physical Therapy

    Laura Wehrli, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP, is Director of Physical Therapy at Craig Hospital.

    Laura graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and Temple University with a Master, and subsequently Doctorate, of Physical Therapy. She began her career in spinal cord injury rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY in 2000 until joining the Craig Hospital staff in 2004. She became the Assistant PT Supervisor in 2005 and SCI Floor Supervisor in 2008. She achieved her Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) certification in 2007 and became a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) in 2016.

    Laura is a professional educator as well as an associated faculty member for the University of Colorado PT program. She has served in various leadership roles within the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) and is a member of the APTA.

  • Mark Weickum Director of Materials Management