Board and Staff

 Health Care for All Colorado Board of Directors and Staff


 Vince_Markovchick.jpg Vince Markovchick, M.D.

  Golden, Colorado

  President HCAC Foundation

  Dr. Vincent Markovchick has more than 40 years of experience in Emergency Medicine, holding numerous positions including Director of Emergency Medical Services, Director of Medical Education, Medical Director of the Paramedic     Division, Denver Fire Department, Associate Program Director of Denver Affiliated Residency in Emergency         Medicine, and staff physician at Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus, Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Colorado’s School of Medicine where he also served as Associate Dean for Health Affairs. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1970. He has received multiple awards and recognitions including the Lifetime Achievement Award from Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine, Heroes of Emergency Medicine from American College of Emergency Physicians, the Legacy Award from the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the 2002 Best Doctors in America List. He was newly elected Vice President to the HCAC foundation’s Board of Directors in 2013. 


Thomas_Gottlieb.jpgThomas Gottlieb, M.D.

Arvada, Colorado

Vice President/Treasurer of HCAC Foundation and Board member of HCAC

Dr. Tom Gottlieb has 48 years of experience in health care and was trained as a biochemist at the University of Colorado Boulder and as a physician at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) in Denver. He worked in the Public Health Service (Indian Health Service), University of Colorado Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Denver Neighborhood Health Center (medical director), and private practice (Internal Medicine) in West Denver. His experiences include directorship of the Lutheran Medical Center Joint Venture (an Accountable Care Organization), a founder and medical director of a primary care group, New West Physicians, and founder and president of Denver Oncology Consortium. He practiced evidence-based practice principles with an emphasis on patient values and patient-centered decision-making. He is now retired and is devoting his time to introduce and implement universal health care financed by a public single-payer system. He has served as a board member for Health Care for All Colorado Foundation since November 2011 and was newly elected president in 2013. (no )


090415_Shelley_Cohen.jpg  Rochelle Dworet, M.D. (Shelley Cohen)

  Denver, Colorado

  Board member and past president of Health Care for All Colorado

  Shelley Dworet Cohen has been a staunch advocate and champion for a single-payer health care system both in     Colorado and nationally. A Pediatrician with almost 40 years of experience in Colorado, both in the private and public sector, Dr. Dworet has worked with Health Care for All Colorado since 2007, as President for 2 years, and with the Foundation Board since 2014.

Shelley has been recognized as a Diplomat by the American Board of Pediatrics, as a Fellow by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and received the John D. Benjamin Award from the Denver Psychoanalytic Society for her attunement to mental health needs and quality treatment of children (1999).

Prior to attending the University of Chicago in 1968, Dr. Dworet had the unique opportunity to serve as an exchange student with the American Field Service in France. Multiple visits to her medical colleagues and friends provided first-hand experience of the benefits and efficiency of a single-payer health care system and sealed her commitment to single-payer. She continues to pursue Pediatrics by volunteering with medical students at the Warren Village Clinic and working locums at Academy Park Pediatrics



  Elinor Christiansen, M.D.

  Aurora, Colorado

  Board member and past president HCAC Foundation, Board member HCAC, and co-founder           HCAC

Dr. Christiansen is the past President of the American Medical Women’s Association. In 1955 she earned her MD from Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (now known as MCP-HU). Her diverse medical career has involved a private practice in general practice in Ohio, maternal and child health in the inner city clinics of Denver, CO and School Health for Denver Public Schools, college health at Colorado Women’s College for 2 years followed by 18 years at University of Denver Student Health Service where she was a staff physician and also medical director the last 9 years. She was also part of the clinical faculty in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Medical Director and staff physician at Columbine Family Health Center.



  Sue Cornelius

  Denver, Colorado

  Secretary and Board member HCAC Foundation

  My name is Sue Cornelius. I was born in the UK, and have had the opportunity to work within the   National Health Service there for 15 years, as a physical therapist, prior to a move to the US with my husband's job in 2000. I was introduced to HCAC in 2009 and got involved with the Denver chapter. I joined the board in 2010, with a special interest in encouraging younger people to become members of the organization. I feel passionate that the only truly fair healthcare system in Colorado would be a single-payer model. I have seen how well it can work in the UK's NHS. I am currently living in Trinidad and Tobago, but remain committed to the grassroots work being done by HCAC in Colorado.  


Donna_Smith.jpgDonna Smith

Denver, Colorado

Board member HCAC Foundation and executive director HCAC and HCAC Foundation

Donna Smith is perhaps best known for her appearance in Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary, “SiCKO,” in which Moore told her story of struggle within the broken U.S. healthcare system. She has been honored by the Associated Press Managing Editors with 15 regional awards from 2004-2006 and recognized by the Inland Press Association's with top honors in 2006 for community-based journalism. Donna has so far spoken in 43 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada about single-payer, Medicare for all for life healthcare reform and about the dysfunctional U.S. health care system. In July 2007, she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives House Judiciary Committee at the request of Chairman John Conyers, Jr., about medical debt and bankruptcy. In 2009, she was named the national “Woman of Action” by the National Organization for Women (NOW). For five years, Donna lived near Washington, D.C., and worked as a national single-payer health care advocate and community organizer for National Nurses United/California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. She has been the executive director of the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation since January 2013. Donna and her husband Larry now live in Denver, and they have six children and 15 grandchildren. Donna is a three time cancer survivor.

She also appeared on the “Bill Moyers Journal” on PBS in May 2009:

Writing numerous blog and Op/Ed pieces – author of her own blog: and featured blogger on; and Common Author of more than 300 essays on health reform, September 2007 – present


Katie Bakes, MD 

Dr. Katie Bakes is an emergency physician at Denver Health and a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. Her work as an emergency physician in Colorado’s primary safety net institution fostered her concerns and efforts in the areas of violence intervention and prevention, children’s needs, diversity and social justice. 

Dr. Bakes attended Harvard Medical School and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Harbor UCLA, where she was chief resident and the first Harbor fellow in Emergency Medicine Ultrasound. In 2001, Dr. Bakes joined the faculty at Denver Health. From 2001-2005, she was the Director of Medical Student and Intern Education for Emergency Medicine. Because of her interest in violence against women, she became the designated sexual assault physician advisor, helping start the institution’s first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program and serving on the Colorado Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Advisory Board and Interagency Council for Colorado. 

From 2005-2007, recognizing the need for enhanced pediatric services for Denver’s most vulnerable children, Dr. Bakes completed a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Colorado (CHOC) with the intent to open Denver Health’s first-ever dedicated pediatric emergency department. In 2018, with an interdisciplinary team, Dr. Bakes opened The Denver Emergency Center for Children (DECC), for which she served as Medical Director for five years. 

Seeing the plights of Denver’s youth and violence in the community, Dr. Bakes turned her efforts toward the prevention and intervention of violence, social justice, and youth mentoring. In 2010, in partnership with the Gang Rescue and Support Project, Dr. Bakes founded At-Risk Intervention and Mentoring (AIM), the Rocky Mountain Region’s first and only hospital-based violence intervention program (HVIP). Dr. Bakes has garnered over $3 million in funding for AIM programmatic development and sustainability. AIM is a Founder’s Circle program of The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (The HAVI), and Dr. Bakes serves as an Advisory Board Member. 

For more information on any of our Board Members, please contact Donna Smith.