Date: Monday, November 27, 2017
For Immediate Release
Nov. 27, 2017
Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition Announces 2018 Board Members
Aurora, Colo. — The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) announced today the addition of two members to its Board of Directors. The newly-elected members are Michele Ames and Gladys Brown Jones Turnbough. CCIC also announced the re-election of Edwin Asturias, MD, who continues to serve as president of the Board of Directors.
“We are delighted to welcome our newest board members and we’re grateful for Dr. Asturias’ commitment to providing high-level expertise to CCIC. Thanks to our strong leadership and each of our board members’ experience, diverse backgrounds, and passion for protecting children and families from vaccine-preventable disease, CCIC is poised to have a successful 2018,” said CCIC Executive Director Stephanie Wasserman.
The CCIC Board of Directors makes decisions related to organization-wide policies, oversees the organization’s operations, and authorizes rule making. The members were elected by CCIC Members through an online election. Their terms will begin January 2018 and last through November 2020.
Michele Ames, principal at Michele Ames Consulting, specializes in issues management, political and public policy communications and media relations efforts for government, commercial and non-profit entities. She has worked extensively with corporate, civic, elected and non-profit leaders in proactively positioning their organizations and issues and managing challenging circumstances. Ms. Ames received her undergraduate degree in English and political science from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and a Master’s in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
Gladys Brown Jones Turnbough is a cervical cancer survivor and health advocate from Aurora, Colo. Ms. Brown Jones Turnbough is the founder and project director of Arts & Wellness, an organization that focuses on providing pap screenings to women who are un- or under-insured and educating on the importance of HPV vaccination. Additionally, Ms. Brown Jones Turnbough is a member of Colorado Black Women for Political Action, secretary of the Kwanzaa Committee of Denver, coordinator of Zio Senior Center Kwanzaa Luncheon, and a member of the Colorado Cancer Coalition HPV Task Force and the Colorado Breast and Cervical Cancer Advisory Board.
Ms. Brown Jones Turnbough received her Associate’s Degree as a diagnostic radiologic technologist from the Community College of Denver and specialized in mammography. She is also a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in pre-law studies. She holds a Master’s Degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management.
Edwin Asturias, MD, is a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the sections of general pediatrics and infectious diseases, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, director for Latin America at the Center for Global Health - Colorado School of Public Health, and assistant professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Asturias graduated as a medical doctor from the San Carlos University in Guatemala in 1989 and was board certified in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 1995. Trained in pediatric infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he has been working in the area of vaccine research and policy in Guatemala and the Latin region since 1998. Through epidemiological studies and inquiry into efficacy and safety issues of vaccines against poliomyelitis, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcus and E. coli, the Center for Health Studies under Dr. Asturias’ direction has provided answers to important implementation questions, especially for resource poor countries in Central and Latin America.
Dr. Asturias has served on the Guatemalan National Committee for Immunization Practices, the Poliovirus Contention Commission and advisory groups for the World Health Organization, including the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety. He is the technical coordinator of the Immunization Group of the Mesoamerican Health Initiative, and a member of the Committee of Vaccines of the Latin American Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
The full slate of board members for 2018 is listed below.
Edwin Asturias, MD, President
Gladys Brown Jones Turnbough
Robert Brayden, MD, Past President
Kraig Burleson, Treasurer
Amanda Dempsey, MD, MPH
Bill Jaeger, MPH
Daniel Lyons, PhD
Gretchen McGinnis, MSPH
Martin Pirnat, MD, Secretary
Jamie Reesman, Vice President
Lori Anne Reinwald
Joni Reynolds, RNC, MSN
About the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition:
The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) is a statewide, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Its mission is to strategically mobilize diverse partners and families to advance children’s health through immunizations. CCIC does not accept funding from vaccine manufacturers or distributors. To learn more, visit www.childrensimmunization.org and connect with CCIC on Facebook and Twitter.