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Friday, May 2, 2008
Ritter appoints to Caring for Colorado board
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. has appointed three new members to the Caring for Colorado Foundation Board of Directors, Randy Lee Evetts of Pueblo, Dr. Gilad Gordon of Boulder and Adele Phelan of Denver. Caring for Colorado is a statewide, health grantmaking foundation created in 1999 from the proceeds of the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado to Anthem Insurance.
Anthem, a for-profit company, purchased BCBS, which had non-profit status. This sale yielded proceeds of $155 million. As mandated byColoradostate law, the profit from the sale was dedicated to benefit the health of the people ofColorado. Caring for Colorado Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(4), tax-exempt foundation, was endowed to fulfill this responsibility.
The new appointees replace four outgoing boardmembers completing their terms on the board including Meyer M. Saltzman, and Patti Shwayder, both of Denver; Bessie M. Konishi of Alamosa and James B. Wanebo of Durango.
Among those new to the board,Randy Evettsis theexecutive director of theSoutheasternColoradoAreaHealthEducationCenterinPueblo. He is president ofThe Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) which is an independent, non-profit, membership-based organization that serves as the State Office of Rural Health forColorado. He also serves as chair ofPuebloSchool District60's Health Advisory Community. Evetts holds a Bachelor of Science degree fromColoradoStateUniversityand a Masters in Public Administration from theUniversityofNew MexicoinAlbuquerque.
Dr. Gilad S. Gordonis president ofORRA Group, a consulting company for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry which focuses on providing guidance for the clinical development of new chemical entities. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.Dr. Gordonhas 19 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields with a primary focus on oncology, hepatology, and inflammation.HereceivedhisAB fromHarvardCollege, his MD fromHarvardMedicalSchool, and his MBA from theUniversityofWashington.
Adele Phelanis currently chair of the Board of Trustees of Metropolitan State College of Denver, and is retired president ofLorettoHeightsCollege. Additionally, she is President Emeritus and Consultant to the Clayton Foundation. She was a project consultant on the founding of the Caring forColoradofoundation nearly a decade ago.She has been a teacher and administrator at the secondary and college levels. She serves on numerous boards including the Qualistar Early Learning Colorado, FACES, theColoradoNonprofitDevelopmentCenter, Bright Beginnings, Hospice of Metro Denver and Invest in Kids. She holds a B.A. fromWebsterCollege, an M.A. fromSt. LouisUniversityand an M.A. from theUniversityofMinnesota.