by Pam Zubeck
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Board of Trustees for the Colorado Springs Health Foundation has nominated Cari Davis as Executive Director for the Foundation, subject to approval by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and City Council confirmation Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.
Davis, who was unanimously selected by the Board from a nationwide pool of qualified candidates, has extensive experience in the healthcare industry and serving the diverse needs of our community. Cari recently served as Hospital Management Senior Associate for Yale University-Global Health Leadership Institute where she taught hospital leadership and management skills to healthcare professionals in Rwanda. Cari served as Director of Communications and Marketing for Memorial Health System managing all communications and marketing efforts for the $600M/year hospital system. Prior to that position, Cari was the Executive Director of T.E.S.S.A. in Colorado Springs providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Cari holds a double Masters Degree in Business Administration and Public Health from Yale University.
“Cari is a proven leader in the health care and human service sectors with particular expertise in nonprofit organization leadership and management which will help the Foundation navigate a large variety of effective and innovative approaches to generate the greatest impact in Colorado Springs and surrounding communities,” said Lynette Crow-Iverson, Board Trustee and Chair of the search committee.
As the first Executive Director, Cari will focus on many areas during her initial months, including creating the organization’s website, establishing grant making processes and working closely with community partners to assess the community’s health needs.
The Colorado Springs Health Foundation is a non-profit public foundation committed to finding and filling voids in the Colorado Springs area where health and wellness services are not as easily accessible as they should be. The foundation was established by the City of Colorado Springs for the purposes of receiving, holding, and managing all funds received from the City’s lease of the operations of Memorial Health System to the University of Colorado Health, as well as for holding the responsibility of creating grants and distributing funds for the purpose of addressing health issues in the City and Memorial Health System service area. Fully realizing the potential to positively impact the health and wellness of Colorado Springs and surrounding communities, the Colorado Springs Health Foundation has set its standards high in becoming dedicated to the mission of making “El Paso and Teller the healthiest counties in Colorado”.
Cari’s first day of employment will be early March 2015.