Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States
600 Grant Street, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80203
Please click on the names below or scroll down to learn more about individual CHAMPS staff members.
Julie Hulstein, Executive Director
Jen Anderson, Clinical Programs Director
Andrea Martin, Workforce Development & Member Services Director
Rachel Steinberg, Programs & Communications Coordinator
Valerie Steinmetz, Programs/Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator
Julie Hulstein, MNM
303-861-5165 ext. 226
Direct Line: 303-867-9582
Julie began her work with CHAMPS in April 1995. Her primary responsibilities are to oversee the implementation of CHAMPS’ strategic plan and to work with the CHAMPS Executive Committee and Board of Directors to lead the organization in achieving its mission. Julie’s major accomplishments during her tenure with CHAMPS include increased visibility and effectiveness of the Association, increased membership in the Association, increased non-federal and federal revenue of the Association, and increased collaborative partnerships. Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, CO where she received the Karen Patterson Award for Community/Organizational Change and graduated with Honors. Prior to working for CHAMPS, Julie worked for the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art/Smithsonian Institution and US Representative Patricia Schroeder. In her free time, Julie enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends, family, and rescued dogs.
Jen Anderson, MPH
Clinical Programs Director
303-861-5165 ext. 236
Direct Line: 303-867-9583
Jennifer’s role at CHAMPS is to support the Region VIII Community Health Centers with their continuous quality improvement efforts and work towards best practice by offering clinical educational programming. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, TX and a Master of Public Health Degree in Community Health Sciences with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Joining CHAMPS in 2015, Jen brings ten years’ experience in non-profit management, including leading the development of a startup organization, Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. Jen is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and loves to continuously study the amazing properties of human milk. In her free time, Jen enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and their very energetic dog, Hannah.
Workforce Development & Member Services Director
303-861-5165 ext. 285
Direct Line: 303-867-9581
Andrea’s focus at CHAMPS is giving Region VIII health centers the tools they need to attract and retain a talented and dedicated workforce as well as serving the additional needs of CHAMPS members. Andrea joined the group in October 2004. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art, Music, and Museum Studies from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and previously has used her skills at non- and for-profit cultural organizations throughout Denver. When not at CHAMPS, Andrea loves to backpack, climb, garden, paint, play the violin, and especially to enjoy the company of her husband Dusty, daughters Sophie and Asha, and cat Petzl.
Programs & Communications Coordinator
303-861-5165 ext. 225
Direct Line: 303-867-9584
Rachel joined CHAMPS in January 2017, and is responsible for coordinating and implementing CHAMPS’s communications, trainings, and various workforce, operations, and clinical programs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and English from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, with an emphasis in museum studies and Native American cultures. Prior to her time at CHAMPS, Rachel worked in many different fields, including as an educator at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, a baker at Spruce Confections, and an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Indian Health Service clinics on the Wind River Indian Reservation. In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, hiking, doing yoga, practicing her Spanish, testing out new recipes, and traveling to faraway places.
Programs/Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator
303-861-5165 ext. 123
Direct Line: 303-867-9544
Valerie is the CHAMPS Programs/Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator; she joined the CHAMPS team in November 2016. As the P/O&E Coordinator and special populations contact, Valerie is responsible for working collaboratively with Region VIII State Primary Care Associations (SPCAs) to provide trainings and support to Region VIII Community Health Centers. After earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Health Promotion and a minor in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa, Valerie worked for non-profits in the Denver Metropolitan Area providing healthcare services and education to minority populations. Recently, Valerie wrapped up her time as a Community Health Agent with Peace Corps in Zambia, where she worked with rural and vulnerable populations. Valerie also enjoys exploring the great outdoors, unscrambling Jumbles, and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.