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Board of Directors

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Caleb Dettmann, MSN, RN, CWCN, NE-BC

Following graduation in 2009 from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Caleb moved to Colorado and accepted a New Graduate RN position in the NICU at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO).  In 2013 following the completion of his Masters of Science in Nursing from Regis University, Caleb accepted the position of Clinical Policy Compliance Specialist at CHCO. Enjoying two years of partnering with Practice Specialists and leaders across the organization to continue aligning and standardizing clinical practice, Caleb moved to Ambulatory Care Services as a Clinical Manager leading over 15 clinical practices.  In 2018, Caleb transitioned to his current role as Director of Ambulatory Specialty Care focusing on the care coordination needs of patient care delivery, as well as specialization of various nursing practices.

Secretary for Legislative Affairs

Elaina Thompson, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN

Elaina is the Nurse Manager for the Diabetes and Anticoagulation programs at University of Colorado Hospital.  She has 33 years of healthcare and leadership experience.  Elaina’s background has included emergency medicine both Adult and pediatrics, critical care and most recently population program management for both Diabetes and Anticoagulation. 

Elaina earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from D’Youville College in 1987 and her Masters in Business Administration – Healthcare Management from Regis University in 2009.

Elaina received the University of Colorado Hospital 2019 Magnet Nurse of the Year for transformational leadership and have been nominated for the Nightingale award for my accomplishments in inpatient diabetes care.  She has also facilitated the Joint Commission Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Certification at University Hospital and the participation in the Society of Hospital Medicine Glycemic Benchmark program. 

Her ambition for CONL is to support the current mission and platform for nursing leadership, bringing her passion for nursing and her creativity and openness to the ever changing climate of Nursing in Colorado.


Dianna Young, MSN, RN, CPAN

Dianna is the Acute Care Director at St. Francis Hospital within Centura Health.  She has over 25 years of healthcare and leadership experience.  Dianna’s background has included emergency medicine both adult and pediatrics, critical care, transport, perioperative services, and most recently, acute care.

Dianna earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1993 and her Masters in Nursing Administration in 1997.

Dianna moved to Colorado Springs in 2011 with her family.  Dianna demonstrates a servant-style leadership, and is passionate about exceptional delivery of quality outcomes for both staff and patients. She is on a mission to care for our caregivers. In her free time, Dianna enjoys spending time with her two sons: hiking and playing chess.

President Elect

Meghan Burke, MSN, RN, CPN

Meghan Burke is the Director of Patient Care Services for Surgical Specialties, Rehabilitation and the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse Team at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Meghan has fifteen years of nursing and leadership experience, including time as a process improvement coach. Meghan holds a Masters of Science in Nursing from Loyola University New Orleans in Healthcare Systems Management. Meghan is passionate about the voice of the nurse in daily patient care and patient advocacy to legislative decision making. Meghan is also strongly passionate about reducing workplace violence towards nurses. 

Meghan is a Colorado native and lives in Southeast Aurora with her husband, three kids and two dogs. They especially enjoy summer mountain activities and all love to dirt bike, fish, and camp.

Director, Metro District

Julie Nunley, RN, BSN, MBA​

Julie Nunley is the President of Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, an affiliate of Care Synergy in Arvada, Colorado. After 20 plus years of executive hospital leadership, she transitioned to hospice, home health, palliative, and wellness leadership in September 2021.

Julie was formerly the chief nursing officer of UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, Colorado and UCHealth Greeley Hospital, Greeley, Colorado. Her journey to executive leadership includes roles such as director of a joint venture surgery center and co-developing and directing a three-hospital laser surgery program that included physician training. She has served as a chief nursing officer for sixteen plus years and chief executive officer for five years in not-for-profit and for-profit health care organizations in six states.

Julie has led organizations which have achieved industry-recognized awards related to quality, value, safety and patient experience. She is passionate about influencing nurses and the health care team to understand the importance of their work in positively impacting people’s health in the ever-changing health care environment.

Julie is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders (CONL).  She has served on the CONL board for 2 years. She enjoys being active in the community and has served in various officer roles.

Julie is a native of New Mexico and also calls northern Colorado home. Her parents were born and raised in Fort Collins.

Director, Northwest District

Danette Mac Millan, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNML

Danette is the nursing director at St. Mary’s Hospital for the Critical Care units, Cardiac unit, Telemetry Monitoring unit, Med/Surg 4, and Respiratory Therapy. She has been in healthcare since 2001 when she started as a certified nursing assistant. She became a nurse manager in 2012 in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

Danette is a graduate of the 2015 Nurse Manager Fellowship from AONL. Leadership gives her the opportunity to advocate for our community, patients, and profession.

Director, Northeast District

Patience Samples, MS, RN

Pat is embarking on her third year at Estes Park Health as the CNO, which she began just as the pandemic kicked in. Pat has 33 years of experience as a nurse with more than 25 years of experience in nursing leadership and has been an executive leader for more than 8 years. She received her Master of Science: Leadership in Health Care Systems from Regis University.  Pat has served in several leadership roles, including 10+ years in executive roles.  Pat brings extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry including systems thinking and integration, operations and strategic planning.  She has a natural propensity to see the big picture while discerning the value of each component. Pat is an experienced, influential executive nursing leader; a courageous and bold leader who shows up wholeheartedly, autonomously, and honestly expressing her values through action that is fueled by faith, courage, knowledge, skill, and compassion.  She is a value-based influential leader who imparts her energy, wisdom, and passion to each patient, individual, colleague, peer, and employee she encounters; awakening and influencing them, passionately conveying the art and science of leadership. Pat creates an inclusive environment, strengthens operations and achieves results. 

Pat’s passion for her work, and compassion in her work, are obvious to all who work with her. She is passionate about the profession of nursing and is actively engaged in different opportunities to continue to grow the profession in the state of CO and nationally. 

Director, Southeast District

Martha Grubaugh, PhD, RN, NE-BC

Martha Grubaugh previously lived and worked in El Paso County, and now resides in Parker, Colorado.  Martha recently left executive nursing operations to focus on leveraging her PhD to make a larger impact on Nursing and Leadership.  She is now working for Versant and is the Executive Director of the Versant Center for the Advancement of Nursing. A company committed to “fundamentally transform heathcare outcomes by developing the workforces’ ability to provide safe, efficient, competency-based care”.  Martha has spent almost two decades leading the nursing profession in a variety of managerial and executive positions.  Her leadership focus has centered on cultivating supportive practice environments at all levels of the healthcare system, including leadership.  Martha earned her PhD in Nursing and Healthcare Systems from the University of Colorado in 2019 with a research focus on the practice environments of nurse managers and the relationship to nurse manager outcomes.  Martha earned her Masters degree in Nursing and Patient Care Services from the University of Michigan and her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania,  She is a current member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Association for Leadership Science in Nursing.  Lastly, Martha serves as the President of Newborn Hope, a Colorado non-profit, committed to “giving Colorado premature babies a healthier start”.

Director, Southwest District

Callie Anne Bittner, MS, RN, Coach-CTI

Since graduating from the Denver School of Nursing in 2007, Callie Anne served her patients from the bedside for nearly ten years before graduating from Regis University with her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Education in 2016.

After five years of consulting as a subject matter expert, Callie Anne joined The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence full-time as a Project Director in 2018. In her position, she is the co-lead of the Colorado Action Coalition, leader of the Nursing Leadership Connection (NLC), Nurses on Boards Coalition. Additionally, she is the Project Director for the UnitedHealth Foundation grant which provides support to Colorado’s rural advance practice nurse practitioners to become certified in mental health. Callie Anne is an experienced leadership development coach, affiliate faculty and clinical scholar for Regis University, and published author.

Callie Anne resides in Pagosa Springs with her husband where she enjoys snow sports, fishing, and traveling. 

Director at Large

Sara Kollman, DNP, RN, NE-BC

Sara Kollman is the regional Chief Nursing Officer/ Nurse Executive for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado.  Dr. Kollman has nearly 30 years of clinical and leadership experience, with the first 23 years serving in various roles at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.  In 2016, she transitioned to a Director of Critical Care & Nursing Education/ Professional Development for Adventist Health in California.  During this time, she served on the Healthy Work Environment Committee of the Association of California Nurse Leaders. After completion of her DNP in 2019, she moved to Colorado and started her CNO/NE role.  Dr. Kollman has served on the American Nurses Credentialing Center Standard Setting Panel and recently participated in the IHI’s Patient Safety Executive Development Program.  Her career passions include the professional development of new nurses and emerging leaders, patient safety initiatives and creating healthy work environments. 

Personally, she is the mother of 2 young adults and has 3 “granimals”.  She and her husband recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, and they love exploring Colorado and traveling whenever the opportunity allows.

Director at Large

Tonie Moore, MSOL, BSN, RN

Tonie Moore is the Director of Nursing in the Division of Ambulatory Specialty Care at Denver Health Hospital. She has over 23 years of leadership and management experience in health care administration and patient care. Tonie is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to twelve specialty services within Denver Health’s Ambulatory Specialty Care Division. 

Tonie began her nursing career as an LPN caring for patients in the Long Term Care. In 2004, she decided to further her knowledge and expertise in nursing by enrolling in Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program. Tonie received her BSN Degree in 2006, then continued on to complete her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership, with honors, and a Leadership and Management Certification from Regis University in 2016. In addition, prior to rejoining Denver Health, she was nominated for the 2014 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, and has received a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. She is also a member of American Organization of Nurse Executives.  

Tonie is a native of Denver Colorado, she is married and has 3 beautiful daughters. When not working, Tonie enjoys career coaching, traveling, participating in charity events, and spending time with family, and friends.

Director at Large

Anthony Watkins, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Anthony Watkins, Clinical Manager of the North Campus Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Colorado, has over 13 years of healthcare and leadership experience. Throughout his career in both the Pediatric Emergency Department and the Pediatric ICU, he has shown he is a dedicated, compassionate, and knowledgeable nurse leader. As a leader, Anthony is passionate about investing in the future of the nursing profession through increased community involvement and education.

Anthony’s strengths lie in people management, operations, problem solving and in both written & verbal communication. He is skilled at assessing situations and critically thinking in a fast-paced and stressful environment. Anthony obtained his Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems from the University of Colorado in May 2021.

Director at Large, Appointed

Typhanie Beasley, DNP, CBN, FNP-C

Typhanie began her career as a Medical Assistant working alongside Providers, RNs, and other care team members.  Typhanie enjoyed this early stage in her career exploring the different career paths of those around her.  Ultimately, Typhanie decided to compete her BSN through Denver School of Nursing.  Following graduation, Typhanie worked at Porter Hospital in Med Surg Unit and OR.  Expanding her experience, Typhanie joined the NICU team and Presbyterian/St. Luke’s.  Noting her professional abilities, Typhanie was encouraged to return to Porter supporting the Outpatient Surgical Program.  At Porter, Typhanie completed her DNP, through Walden, joining the Provider Practice as a NP supporting the Facial Trauma and ENT programs at Porter, and other regional facilities.  Looking to establish long-term relationships with patients as they worked towards their life changing goals, Typhanie now supports the UCHealth Bariatric Program.

When not supporting patients, Typhanie loves spending time with her family.  Typhanie and her husband Alan have two boys: Jai’lyn 18 and Ayi’den 14.  

Typhanie joined CONL to further the leadership she provides in her direct care role.  Being a direct care leader, Typhanie gets excited about bringing EBP and research to practice influencing care delivery in the support of her patients.  Through CONL, Typhanie is looking forward to developing connections with other members to bring new leadership lessons to the delivery of direct patient care. 

Director at Large, Appointed

Laura Hall, MS, APRN, FNP, NEA-BC

Laura Hall is the Director of Women and Children’s Services for Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.  Laura has been a nurse with UCHealth for 24 years. Throughout her tenure, she has cared for Oncology and Labor and Delivery patients and has held various nursing leadership positions. Laura is a Certified Nurse Executive and Nurse Director Fellow with the American Organization of Nurse Leaders.


Laura is passionate about the care of Women and Children.  She and her team successfully opened a 32 bed, private room, level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and have developed a robust bereavement support program for families.  Laura has a positive impact on her team members and enjoys mentoring and supporting staff at all levels to practice at the top of their scope and to consistently provide the highest quality patient care.


Laura resides in Loveland with her husband Tory, and has three children:  Trevor (22), Riley (20) and Caleb (18).  She loves to garden, hike and snowshoe and can usually be found on the sideline of her son’s soccer field on the weekends.