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.
Former state Sen. Jeanne Nicholson, RN, MS 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.
Subsequent to her nursing career, Sen. Nicholson served eight years as a Gilpin County commissioner and four years as a state senator. She served on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. She has also served as President of the Colorado County Nurses Association, President of the Colorado Public Health Association, Chair of the Gilpin County Board of Health, and on the board of directors for Colorado Counties, Inc., among many other positions in public life. She has taught at both the University of Colorado School of Nursing and Regis School of Nursing.
Jed S. Shapiro, MD — Secretary
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.
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, M.D.
Tom 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
Mark K. Matthews, MD, FACP
Mark K. Matthews, MD, FACP is a practicing internist for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group and an advocate nationally and regionally for a health care system that is patient-centered and primary care-based. As a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, he’s serves as Chair of the Health and Public Policy committee and represented the Colorado chapter of the ACP on the Colorado Medical Society’s Physician Congress for Health Reform. He is a longtime supporter of universal health care.
After graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine and a residency at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Dr. Matthews served two years as a Commissioned Officer for the United States Public Health Service. His civic contributions have benefited Cub Scouts of America and the Healing the Children Association. He is the Colorado ACP’s Laureate Award recipient for 2015, an award formerly called the Distinguished Internist Award. Dr. Matthews lives in Littleton with his wife of 37 years, Ellyn. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.