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Program Coordinator Council Member Bios


Executive Committee

Danaa Kennedy (Chair) 
A Colorado native, Danaa graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications (emphasis in Broadcast Journalism), and minored in Theater. She has 20+ years' work experience in various professional business arenas from corporate to non-profit, is a former small-business owner and has worked in Higher Education since 2003. 

Danaa joined the Med-Peds Residency Training Program at its start, in 2014. She serves on the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association Program Administrator Planning Committee (MPPDA), the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Program Administrator Planning Committee (APDIM), and is C-TAGME certified.

Her dream is to retire early and spend the rest of her life writing, traveling the world, eating exotic foods, learning new cultures and speaking different languages!

Emily Mitchell (Chair Elect)
I am currently the coordinator for the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program and have been in my current department a little over a year. I’ve worked on the Anschutz campus for almost four years. My bachelors is in psychology and my masters is in human services and mental health administration. I moved to Colorado 6 years ago and am never leaving this beautiful state. When I’m not at work you can find me snowboarding or hiking somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. 

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 11 years.  I have a husband and a horse and a dog.

Kristin Turnbull (Secretary) 

Kristin is currently the Education Program Coordinator for both the Pediatric Endocrinology and Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Fellowship programs.  She has been working on the Anschutz campus for almost three years. Kristin received her Bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice from King’s College and her Masters’ degree in International Relations with a dual concentration in National Security and Global Affairs from Troy University. When she not at work you can find her running or skiing somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. ​


New Coordinator Welcome/Orientation Committee

Adam Finney (Chair)

I am the outgoing Chair for the PCC and the Coordinator for the Child Neurology Residency and Pediatric Epilepsy fellowship programs.  I currently head up the New Coordinator Committee and the facilitate the Coordinator Mentor program.  If you would like to be a mentee or mentor please reach out to me.  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 since 2015.  I thoroughly enjoy working the residents and interacting with my fellow coordinators.  I have been happily married for nine years and have a beautiful six year daughter and one year son.  When I am not on campus I can typically be found spending time with my family, usually in the mountains.    


Michael Benge
Michael is a transplant from Chicago, IL and works as the Program Coordinator for the Pediatric Surgery fellowships since July 15, 2017. He started with the University of Colorado on June 16, 2014 as the General Surgery Residency Program Coordinator for the Department of Surgery. 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@childrenscolorado.org, Michael.Benge@UCDenver.edu​ or 720-777-4531

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.    

Kristine Smith

Jennifer Weber - Bio coming soon


Professional Development Committee

Danaa Kennedy (Chair)

Brianne Johnson
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. 

Emily Mitchell

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.

Kristin Turnbull

Social Committee

Irma Salas- Chair
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.​

Cheryl Loudd

I am the coordinator for the Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care fellowship program. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and moved here in March 2017 for this job and Colorado has quickly become my 2nd home! I have worked in academic medicine since 2005, 8 years as an anesthesiology residency coordinator and 4 years as a clinical placement coordinator for nurse practitioner students, both within the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. I received my BS in Food Science & Nutrition from Texas A&M University and my MHA from Capella University. I love traveling, live music, theatre, running, and cycling. I’m also a foodie, with Mexican food being a particular weakness of mine.​ 


Mary Teel
I am a new member to PCC and am serving on the social committee. I have worked on the Anschutz medical campus for six years now and am looking forward to helping plan events for PCs. I hope to promote networking, information sharing and most important, fun! 
Department of Radiology, 303-724-9245

Amber Tucker

I was the Chair of the Program Coordinator Council back in 2016. I am the current 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 10 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

Aris Molock

Aris Molock is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelors of Arts in Ethnic Studies and a Masters in Social Science. Before becoming the Education Program Coordinator for the pediatric section of genetics and genomics, Aris Molock’s previous position at the University of Colorado was in the Department of Otolaryngology as a Program Assistant for five years. A firm believer in continuing education, Aris Molock is pursuing his Doctorate in Education Administration at the University of Denver. In his spare time, Aris Molock is an avid cycling enthusiast and sportsman.​