T. R. Reid has become one of the nation’s best-known reporters through his coverage of global affairs for The Washington Post, his books and documentary films, and his lighthearted commentaries on National Public Radio. Reid majored in Classics at Princeton University, and served as a naval officer, a teacher, and in various other jobs. At the Washington Post, he covered Congress and four presidential campaigns. He served as the paper’s bureau chief in Tokyo and in London. Reid has written seven books in English and three in Japanese, including the bestselling “The Healing of America: A Global Search for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.” He has written and hosted documentary films for National Geographic TV, for PBS, and for the A&E network. His latest film, “U.S. Health Care: The Good News,” premiered on the PBS network in February 2012. Reid is a member of the board of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the Japan-America Society of Colorado, and the Health Research and Educational Trust. He has taught at Princeton University and the University of Michigan.
Retired state Sen. Jeanne Nicholson brings to the board her expertise as a Masters-prepared public health nurse in rural and urban Colorado from 1965 to 2002. She has promoted access to affordable, high-quality health care throughout her prestigious career.
“I’m delighted to join the board to assure access to high-quality affordable health care for everyone in Colorado,” she said.
Subsequent to her nursing career, Sen. Nicholson served eight years as a Gilpin County Commissioner and four years as a state senator. She has also been the president of the Colorado County Nurses Association, board member of the Colorado Public Health Association, and a member of the Gilpin County Board of Health, among many other positions in public life.
Jed S. Shapiro, MD — Secretary
Jed Shapiro, MD 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 six 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 has been interested in public health since shadowing his father, a pediatrician, in the 1960′s when his father served 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, Dr. Shapiro spent three months in 1972 studying health care delivery issues at the National Institute of Public Health in Belgrade Yugoslavia. Health care activities include:
President and Board member, Family Resource Center
Board Treasurer, Balanced Choice Health Care, Inc.
William Semple, LCSW — Treasurer
Bill 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
Thomas W. Bost, MD
Tom Bost, MD 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