Strong Leadership for a Healthy Organization

Simon Smith, President & Chief Executive Officer

Masters of Healthcare Administration, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

Simon joined Clinica’s staff in 2011 as a project manager and, in less than three years, was named as president and CEO of the organization. Before coming to Clinica, Simon worked for Abt Associates, Inc., a research and consulting firm that assists companies and governmental agencies in implementing health, social and environmental programs. Simon spent his first three years with Abt in Kazakhstan helping restructure the country’s public health system. He spent another five years at Abt’s Bethesda, MD, office managing government-funded international activities to improve care in areas such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and community health. Prior to becoming Clinica’s president and CEO, Simon served as the clinic director of Clinica’s Boulder facility, the People’s Medical Clinic. In that capacity, he managed 64 staff who provided care to almost 9,500 annually. As Clinica’s CEO, Simon wants to work closely with other social service agencies and officials within Clinica’s service area to improve the health care safety net for low-income and uninsured individuals.


Karen Funk, M.D., M.P.P, Vice President of Clinical Services

Doctor of Medicine, University of Illinois (Champaign, IL)
Masters of Public Policy, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Karen has been a family physician at Clinica’s Lafayette Clinic since 2004 and took on the role of Assistant Medical Director in 2012. Dr. Funk graduated with distinction from Swarthmore College where she spent a year at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She went on to the University of Chicago where she graduated with honors with a Masters degree in Public Policy. Following graduate school, Dr. Funk served as the Quality Improvement Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Greater Chicago. Somewhere along the way, someone convinced Karen that she would be a great physician and in 2001 she received her M.D. from the University of Illinois. Like Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Funk was a Albert Schweitzer Fellow. This involved working with a Community Health Center in Chicago providing group based education to teens on obesity prevention, healthy sexuality and pregnancy prevention. With family ties in Colorado and a growing family, Karen completed her residency in Family Medicine at Rose Medical Center.


Justin Wheeler, M.D., Vice President of Clinical Services

Doctor of Medicine, Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)/Brown University (Providence, RI)

After growing up in rural Montana, Justin attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Prior to medical school, Justin worked on a tuberculosis project as a Fulbright Scholar in India and followed that experience as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow working with gay, lesbian, transgender, questioning and intersex youth in New England while completing his medical degree at a combined program of Dartmouth College and Brown University. Justin completed his residency in family medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University and, afterward, turned his interests and energy to community health centers when he accepted a position at Valley-Wide Health Services in Colorado’s San Luis Valley in 2008. While there, he supervised Valley-Wide’s Rural Family Medicine Resident Rotation, championed the implementation of an electronic health record and attended the nationally recognized George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Community Health Center Management program. In 2013, Justin joined Clinica’s staff as one of our two vice presidents of clinical services. He plans to continue his efforts to improve electronic patient information systems as well as working with our pharmacy services, hospital partners and accountable care collaborators. Dr. Wheeler also enjoys clinical practice and finds providing obstetrical care particularly rewarding. “One of the most satisfying aspects of family medicine is caring for patients from the first day of their life and throughout all of life’s stages.”


Ken Stewart, Interim Chief Financial Officer


Judy Troyer, Vice President of Operations

Bachelor of Arts, Kent State University (Kent, OH)

Judy spent the early part of her career as a medical assistant and in home health care administration before returning to school to earn her undergraduate. She began working at Clinica in 1999 and ever since, she has played a key role in developing and supervising Clinica’s innovative care delivery model. After managing the Lafayette clinic for four years, she oversaw the Peoples Clinic and subsequently, the Pecos Clinic. Her vast knowledge of Clinica’s systems and her strong commitment to the underserved segment of the community make her an ideal fit to direct Clinica’s operating functions.


Patricia (Patsy) Byers, Vice President of Human Resources

Masters of Organizational Management, University of Phoenix (Denver, CO)

Patsy joined Clinica’s staff in 2002. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the business world to her position. For the past 15 years, her career has been focused exclusively on human resources. She is certified in organizational development by the Mountain States Employers Council and as a Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute. Patsy has also completed the co-active coaching curriculum at the Coaches Training Institute. The training programs and infrastructure that Patsy is bringing to Clinica’s Human Resources department is helping make Clinica one of the best employers in our service area.


An Nguyen, DDS, MPH, Vice President of Dental Services

Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Tennessee (Memphis, TN); Masters of Public Health, Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO)

An has spent the entirety of her clinical career caring for the underserved and was the Chief Dental Officer of another Colorado community health center before joining Clinica in 2010. In addition to providing patient care, she has helped to expand the Clinica’s dental program to two locations and triple the size of the dental staff. She is committed to increasing access to comprehensive, high quality dental services through continued expansion of Clinica’s dental capacity and a strong emphasis on collaboration and routine program evaluation.


Janet J. Rasmussen, Vice President Integrated Services

Masters of Social Work, University of Denver (Denver, CO)

A native of Minnesota, Janet worked as the assistant director of the Colorado Community Health Network (Colorado’s Primary Care Association), where she was responsible for grant writing, healthcare policy, and primary care provider recruitment. Beginning in 1994, Janet served as assistant director for Clinica Family Health and was responsible for day-to-day administrative operations of the organization. After a sabbatical, Janet returned to Clinica as a grant writer and public policy advocate. In 2011, she became director of accountable care and behavioral health. Since becoming vice president of integrated services, she has continued to deepen and refine Clinica’s advanced care model.