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Program Coordinator Council Member Bios


Board Members

Adam Finney (Chair)
I am currently the Chair Elect for the PCC and the Coordinator for the Child Neurology Residency and Pediatric Epilepsy fellowship programs.  I was born and raised in Colorado.  I earned my B.S. from Colorado State University and my MA from Texas A&M University.  I have been with the University for just over a year.  I thoroughly enjoy working the residents and interacting with my fellow coordinators.  I have been happily married for seven years and have a beautiful four year daughter.  When I am not on campus I can typically be found spending time with my family or on the soccer fields as a referee.  

Danaa Kennedy (Chair Elect) - Bio coming soon

Kristine Smith (Treasurer)
I am serving my second term as treasurer for the PCC. I graduated from CSU with a BS in Technical Journalism and worked in the broadcast news business for 14 years before I came to work at Children’s. I have been on campus for nearly 16 years in various capacities. Currently I am the program and education coordinator for Neonatology where I have been for 9 years.  I have a husband and a horse and right now 3 broken bones!

Brianne Johnson (Secretary)
Brianne is a native of Colorado and has been with the Division of Medical Oncology since March of 2015. Brianne received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Master’s degree in Business administration at Colorado State University.  She worked as a program coordinator at the Children’s Museum of Denver for five years and also volunteered at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  As a native of Colorado Brianne is one of the few who has never been skiing but otherwise loves to take advantage of all the other fun outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.  She can be reached at Brianne.n2.johnson@ucdenver.edu and 303-724-9238. 


New Coordinator Welcome/Orientation Committee

Michael Benge
Michael is a transplant from Chicago, IL and works as the Program Coordinator for the General Surgery Residency for the Department of Surgery since June 16, 2014. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and his Master’s degree in Masters of Health Administration from Walden University. He got his start in medical education at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, IL. He started as a GME Administrative Assistant. From there, he moved to General Surgery Residency Program where he became the Program Coordinator. As a transplant to Colorado, he is learning to ski and taking advantage of the all the summer activities that he enjoys in the front range and high country. He can be reached at Michael.Benge@UCDenver.edu​ or 303-724-2680.

Michele R. Bialkowski
I have worked as a fellowship program coordinator for the past 17 years here at Children’s Hospital Colorado,  I have had 3 programs, Pediatric Pulmonary, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and now currently Pediatric Emergency Medicine. I tried twice to leave the world of academics and of GME- and within months came right back to it.   Crazy as it is at times, I love it.  Working with the fellows and residents is great fun and I find it inspiring to be surrounded by those who are continually striving to improve themselves, their programs, their specialty and the constant desire to keep learning. I am a founding member of the PCC, and at one time was even Chair.  I am very excited to be back in the midst of it all.    

Adam Finney (Chair)

Irma Salas
I have been working for Children’s Hospital Colorado for 5 years. I am the Education Program Coordinator for the department of Pathology. I have two fellowship programs, Hematopathology and Pediatric Pathology. I’ve been helping the directors for these programs since 2012 and officially became their coordinator, January of 2016. I also help coordinate 12 residents during the academic year, along with a few medical students. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in my early 20’s, which was wonderful as I did not like the cold and the temperature was pleasing in the 100’s. I then moved to Colorado, 19 years ago and quickly adapted to the weather (now I don’t like the heat as much). I worked at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center as a transcriptionist for the department of pathology which soon merged with UniPath until 2002.  My faith is Christianity and I am a member the Denver Church of Christ. I am a proud mother of 4 (3 girls and 1 boy) and blessed grandmother of 5 (3 girls and 2 boys). I enjoy salsa and country dancing, but I especially enjoy dancing during musical movies with my youngest daughter and grandkids in my living room. My youngest, which is 13 keeps me busy with her activities on weekends. I have enjoyed gardening for the last 3 years, growing my own tomatoes, squash, carrots and different peppers (especially jalapeños).  My contact information is irma.salas@childrenscolorado.org or 720-777-3959.​

Kristine Smith

Jennifer Weber - Bio coming soon


Professional Development Committee

Sheilah Jimenez - Bio coming soon

Brianne Johnson - Bio coming soon

Danaa Kennedy

Pamela Sullivan (Pam)
Pam is the GME Program Administrator for the Rose Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program. Pam joined the Rose Residency in October 1997, migrating from the Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network (the original CU DFM-affiliated practice based research network) where she served more than 150 family medicine physicians as the Network Communications Coordinator, providing services in Public Communications, Research Design and Writing and Information Systems/database management.  Pam has additional training in leadership development and nouthetic counseling, and in 2010, she achieved certification by the National Board of Certification of Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education (C-TAGME) – notable since fewer than ten percent of the nation’s family medicine programs are managed by C-TAGME certified administrators.  She has more than 40 years’ experience in the design and administration of educational programs and energetically supports the development of leaders in health care and medical education.  Pam is one of the founding members of the CU Program Coordinator Council, and served as PCC Chair in 2015.  She is married to her best friend, Benson, has two grown sons, Brett and Keith, and treasures her grandson Valyn (whose delivery she participated in!).  Pam enjoys Biblical studies, is a creative gardener and crafts-person, a die-hard "Trekker" and enthusiastic Broncos fan.


Social Committee

Linsey Kasper (Chair)
I am an (almost) native of Colorado and grew up in Greenwood Village and eventually attended the University of Colorado in Boulder for my undergraduate degree. Following graduation, I worked in banking and mortgage lending, real estate, retail and eventually landed in hospital medical records at Sky Ridge while I was working toward my MBA.  I took a position as an administrative assistant in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery here at the university in April 2013.  I am grateful I was given the opportunity to move into the Program Coordinator role in May of 2015. With my first cycle under my belt, I thought it was time to expand my network of colleagues and think the PCC is the perfect place to do that! In addition to our 6 residents, I also support our Division chair and another professor and run our medical student program. I live in Highlands Ranch with my husband and 4 kids. Lara is 10, the twins Dana and Nessa are 6 and my “baby” Vance is 4. We keep busy with the kids’ activities and sports, spending time at the pool, visiting the parks and hiking, and sometimes just lounging at home to relax. I enjoy strength training and hiking. I love current events and entertainment news. My kindle is full of mystery and detective stories. If I could travel anywhere (and didn’t have a budget) I’d love to visit the Maldives. Pretty much anywhere tropical is perfect for me. The ocean is my happy place.

Amber Tucker
I am the current Chair of the Program Coordinator Council and Residency Coordinator for the General Preventive Medicine, Occupational Medicine and new Rural Training Track in Family Medicine Residency. I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. I earned my Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. From there, I worked at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for almost 5 years. My GME journey started in their Family Medicine and Community Health GME office. I then moved to the Internal Medicine Residency before moving to Colorado. I still miss my time with the IM Chief Residents, showing me cat videos during their office hours, but CU gave me an opportunity I just could not refuse. I recently moved from my original position at CU in the Neurology Residency to my current position in Family Medicine. In total, I have over 8 years of experience in GME. What I’ve learned is that no two programs are the same. Even with my experience, I find that I’m always learning something new which is what makes this field so interesting albeit challenging. When I’m off the clock, I enjoy yoga, Zumba, and looking for the next DIY project I can do around my house. 


Other Members

Mary Jane Siegfried - Bio coming soon

Emily Mitchell - Bio coming soon