Ivan J. Miller, Ph.D. — President

Ivan Miller, Ph.D., PresidentIvan Miller is a psychologist in private practice who has worked in health care reform since 1994. He has worked in the public mental health system, been an entrepreneur leading a group of 70 psychotherapists, been a leader in patient advocacy, served as a leader in advocacy for health care professionals, and is an employer. Believing that single payer was the foundation for curing the health care system, he and his colleagues thought that traditional single payer still needed improvement and flexibility. Collaborating with consumers and professionals, he developed a hybrid model of health care reform, called Balanced Choice, that inserts some market forces in a single payer system, and in 2006, published a book, Balanced Choice: A Common Sense Cure for the U.S. Health Care Systems, a proposal designed to serve consumers, benefit providers, and relieve employers. Present and past activities include:

Public mental health services for 18 years, including administration of hospital services
Private Practice, Psychology, 27 years
President of the Boulder Psychotherapists’ Guild for 17 years
Treasurer, Boulder Independent Business Alliance
Board Member, American Psychological Association, Division of Independent Practice
Co-chair, American Psychological Association, Interdivisional (39/42) Task Force on Managed Care and Health Care Reform, 10 years
Executive Director, National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers
Chair of the Patient Advocacy Coalition, 10 years
Treasurer, Health Care for All Colorado and Health Care for All Colorado Foundation
Volunteer Health Care Policy Advisor for Senator Irene Aguilar

William Semple, LCSW — Vice President

Picture of William Semple, Board of Directors, Colorado Foundation for Universal HealthBill Semple, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has treated clients for over 20 years in a non-profit community mental health center, gaining a profound appreciation for the strengths of a systems approach to health care. For the past seven years he has been in private practice, and because of his commitment to providing insurance-based health care, he experiences the fractured nature of the reimbursement systems with all their complexities, inadequacies, and gaps. As a provider he has become dedicated to being a part of creating an efficient, single, publicly accountable approach to how we pay for care, so the focus can be on quality of care which is inclusive and affordable to all. Health care activities include:

Board Member, Coalition for Colorado Universal Health Care
Board Member, Health Care for All Colorado
Citizens Review Board, Boulder Country Health and Human Services
Balanced Choice Health Care, Executive Committee
Chair, Professional Advisory Board, Mental Health Center of Boulder County
Former Board Member, Community of Sudanese and American Women/Men

Jed S. Shapiro, MD — Treasurer

Jed S. Shapiro, M.D.Jed Shapiro is a board certified psychiatrist who has worked at Boulder Mental Health Center for the past 36 years in many capacities. He also practiced at Boulder Developmental Disabilities, now known as Imagine!, for the past 6 years. In addition to maintaining a small private practice. Dr. Shapiro has been on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Family Resource Center (dba Access Counseling Center) from 1978 until 2009, serving as president twice. He recalls that he has been interested in public health since shadowing his father, a pediatrician, in the 1960′s as director of the Child Hygiene Division of the Newark, New Jersey, Public Health Department. A long-term proponent of improving access to health care, he spent 3 months in 1972 studying health care delivery issues at the National Institute of Public Health in Belgrade Yugoslavia on a PL480 grant. Health care activities include:
President and Board member, Family Resource Center
Board Treasurer, Balanced Choice Health Care, Inc.

Thomas W. Bost, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Bost, Board of Directors Colorado Foundation for Universal Health CareTom Bost, M.D. has certifications from the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Currently in private practice in Denver, he has held faculty positions at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and contributed to numerous publications in medical journals. The father of a severely disabled daughter, Tom has first-hand experience with the associated challenges and rewards. Health care activities include:

Chair, Medical Records Committee, St. Anthony Central Hospital
Institutional Review Board
Board Member, Health Care for All Colorado Foundation
Facilitator, Parents Encouraging Parents-Colorado Department of Education
Chairman of the Board, Denver Early Childhood Connections
President, Part H Denver County Special Needs Children

Sara Wright Director of Programs and Communications

Sara Wright, Director of Programs and Communication

Sara Wright is a writer and journalist who wrote her first story on health care—an investigative report on Boulder’s nursing homes—at age 17. In addition to writing and editing for newspapers and websites in Colorado and in South Carolina, she has worked in the healthcare field in marketing for a group purchasing organization; in insurance billing for a physician; and in patient care as a certified massage therapist. Her roles as small business entrepreneur (The Wright Word, Ltd.), mother, and Type I diabetic all give her first-hand understanding of the need for quality, affordable health care available to all.


  1. Mary Ann McAndrews, LPC says:

    I am happy to see that there are several mental health providers on the Board; however, there are a couple of designations missing which I strongly believe should be included. There is an LCSW mental health provider, but no LPC or LMFT, and we account for more licensed, practicing mental health providers in Colorado than LCSWs, Ph.Ds or Psy.D, based on my estimate, which I arrived at by eyeballing the Access Behavioral Care provider pages. This may be only a rough estimate, but it does indicate that a couple of types of providers were overlooked when the Board was formed. I think this is an excellent idea (Colorado’s own version of the Affordable Care Act), but I think it should be more representative in the mental health area. Thank you for your consideration of this, and hope to hear more about your Foundation.

  2. Sirs:

    According to your colleague, Dr. Jill Stein, M.D., three quarters of the national, annual health care bill $2.25 TRILLION could be eliminated if full implementation of real preventive medicine, starting with Industrial Hygiene.

    What do you propose with real preventive medicine?


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