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The American Academy of Pediatrics – Colorado Chapter is governed by volunteer officers, a board of directors, advisors and is supported by a part-time executive director and lobbying team.

Executive Committee

Meghan Treitz, MD, FAAP
Dr. Treitz is a general pediatrician in the Child Health Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  She has served as the secretary/treasurer and a board member at large for the American Academy of Pediatrics – Colorado Chapter and has been active nationally as the Colorado representative to the AAP Section on Young Physicians.  She is passionate about medical education and early childhood literacy.

Edward “Ted” Maynard, MD, FAAP
Dr. Maynard has practiced pediatrics in Colorado Springs since 1991.  He earned his MD degree at Harvard Medical School, and did his pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Maynard has been a leader at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, and helps with provider relations for Children’s Hospital Colorado.  He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the CU School of Medicine.

Secretary and Treasurer
Cassana “Cassie” Littler, MD, FAAP
Dr. Littler is a general pediatrician at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates, a division of Primary Care Partners in Grand Junction, CO. Dr. Littler received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Colorado and completed her pediatric residency in Iowa. She moved to Grand Junction, CO in 2010 and currently is a Board Member at Large of Primary Care Partners, Inc. and serves on the Executive Committee of the pediatric division. Dr. Littler served as the AAP CATCH Grant facilitator for the Colorado Chapter since 2011. She is a member of the Council on Community Pediatrics as well as the Section on Obesity and the Section on Early Career Physicians. Dr. Littler serves on the Western Slope Pediatric Collaborative and has an active role in advocacy for children on the Western Slope.

Immediate Past President
Steve Perry, MD, FAAP (In Memory)
Dr. Perry was on the board of the AAP-Colorado Chapter for over six years.  He became interested in the AAP after he was active in immunization advocacy and other child health issues.  Dr. Perry grew up in Texas and went to college in Dallas, medical school in Lubbock and El Paso, then finished his pediatric residency in Houston at Baylor College of Medicine.  He moved to Colorado in the mid 1990’s and has practiced at Cherry Creek Pediatrics ever since.  Dr. Perry passed away January 2019.


Deborah Archer, MD, FAAP
Dr. Archer is a former NHSC scholar who has dedicated her career to working with minority and under-served populations. A recipient of an Echoing Green Fellowship Dr. Archer founded the Community Health Advocacy Program, which provides an unique community campus partnership at her Alma Mater, Brown University Alpert School Of Medicine in Providence RI. Dr. Archer completed her internship at Howard University Hospital and residency at Inova Fairfax in Virginia. She has been a Fort Collins resident since 2005 and has worked as community health pediatrician. Dr. Archer is currently with Sunrise Adelante Family Clinic in Greeley. Her passions are in education and pediatric advocacy. She is a member of the inaugural 2018 Colorado Community Health Network Health Care Advocate program and serves on the CO-AAP Legislative Committee. She and her husband Shane, a Denver native, have three children who are avid ice hockey and lacrosse players and the joy of their lives.

Cecile Fraley, MD, FAAP
Dr. Cecile Fraley is a board certified pediatrician, and is the CEO of Pediatric Partners of the Southwest, Durango, CO.  She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University.  She completed her residency at Primary Children’s Hospital, University of Utah.  Dr. Fraley also provides medical services to adolescents as the Medical Director of the Robert E. Denier Youth Detention Center.  Dr. Fraley enjoys all ages and aspects of primary care and brings a holistic approach to pediatric and young adult care.  Dr. Fraley is interested in regional health care.  She has served on the Durango Network IPA, Community Care Team,  and Mercy Regional Medical Center Boards.  In 2017, Dr. Fraley was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing’s Medical Services Board. Dr. Fraley also serves on the Western Slope Provider Advisory Committee for the alignment of Rocky Mountain Health Plan (RMHP) and United Healthcare (UHC) as well as the Western Slope Pediatric Collaborative.  Dr. Fraley and her husband are delighted to live in Durango and ski, bike, and backpack, occasionally with their high-school-aged twins.

David M. Keller, MD, FAAP
Dr. Keller is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Strategy and Transformation in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO), where he practices general pediatrics through the Child Health Clinic in Aurora.  He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Health Impact on Lives Subcommittee of the Program Improvement Advisory Committee of the Colorado Accountable Care Collaborative; Co-Chair of the Health Information Technology Workgroup for the implementation of the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) Award; and a member of the Physician Advisory Board of Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), Colorado’s all-payer claims database. On a national level, he serves on the Standing Committee on Pediatric Measures of the National Quality Forum and is the outgoing Chair of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO).  He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Council on Community Pediatrics and the Colorado Chapter of the AAP, where he serves on the Legislative and Policy Committee.  Prior to moving to Colorado, Dr. Keller spent 22 years on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, where he practiced primary care pediatrics, initiated novel community-based programs with a variety of collaborators and served as an Associate Medical Director for Medicaid in Massachusetts. He was the AAP District CATCH facilitator for District 1 from 2003 to 2009.  He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services from 2009-10 and served as President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) from 2013-4.

Sophia Meharena, MD, FAAP
Sophia Meharena, DO is a Primary Care Pediatrician and Medical Director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics where she oversees their pediatric medical services and various integrated programs. Prior to medical school Dr. Meharena worked in health care revenue cycle re-engineering. She then went to medical school at Western University in California, and completed her Pediatric Residency training at the University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is passionate about healthcare access and believes every child should have access to a medical home and high quality healthcare services, regardless of their insurance or socio-economic status. Most importantly, she is the proud mother of 3 lovely children who keep her busy and smiling every day!

Sara Tisdale, MD, FAAP
Dr. Tisdale earned her MD at Creighton University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the UNMC/Creighton Pediatric Residency Program in Omaha. She works as a primary care pediatrician at ABC Pediatrics. She has also been active in hospital leadership, and has advocated for increased access to services in southern Colorado.

Janine Young, MD, FAAP
Dr. Young is a general pediatrician at Denver Health and Hospitals and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of General Pediatrics. She was an undergraduate at Columbia University, received her medical training at Harvard Medical School, and pediatric residency training at the Boston Combined Program and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Her career focus is health care for new immigrants and refugees and has presented talks nationally regarding the development of standard of care medical screening guidelines for these populations. She is the lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics Immigrant and Refugee Toolkit screening guidelines and has consulted for the Office of Refugee Resettlement on medical screening of unaccompanied children. She has directed the Yale University Pediatric Refugee Clinic and the Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic at Yale’s Saint Raphael Campus. Currently, she serves as the Health Advisor for the State of Colorado Refugee Services Program and is the Medical Director of the Denver Health Refugee Clinic . She is also a grantee working with the Minnesota Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to develop a Refugee Centers of Excellence.


Steve Federico, MD, FAAP
Dr. Federico is a practicing pediatrician as well as Director of General Pediatrics and School and Community Programs at Denver Health, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arizona, then completed his training in Pediatrics and a Primary Care Research Fellowship at the University of Colorado, as well as a Physician Advocacy Fellowship.  His advocacy work has focused on eliminating barriers to health coverage by improving enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Dr. Federico is a past President of the AAP Colorado.

Martha Middlemist, MD, FAAP
Dr. Middlemist is a community pediatrician at Pediatrics 5280, where she is a partner.  She graduated from the University of Denver, attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and completed her pediatric training at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Dr. Middlemist has served the AAP Colorado as Treasurer, Vice President, and President.  Dr. Middlemist also now serves the American Academy of Pediatrics as the Chair for District VIII.

Kathryn “Kathi” Wells, MD, FAAP
Dr. Kathryn Wells is a Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the CU School of Medicine. She is currently the Medical Director of the Denver Health Clinic at the Family Crisis Center and is an attending physician at Denver Health and with the Kempe Child Protection Team at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Wells also does clinical research at the Kempe Center and serves as an Outreach Liaison with ECHO Colorado. Dr. Wells is originally from Montana where she went to college at Carroll College in Helena, MT. She then earned her medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE where she also completed a pediatric residency at Creighton/University of NE combined program. She practiced general pediatrics for 5 years in Caldwell, ID before coming to Colorado in 2001.

Staff & Lobby Team

Executive Director
Ellen Brilliant
Ellen has worked for over 20 years in Colorado’s nonprofit and advocacy communities. In 2006, she founded her own consulting firm, Apex Strategies. Ellen joined AAP Colorado as Executive Director in June 2016.

Lobby Team
Aponte & Busam Public Affairs Consultants

Ruth Aponté, Founding Partner & Political Consultant
Ruth Aponté has been lobbyist in Colorado for over 20 years, and is a founding partner of Aponté & Busam. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Denver. Ms. Aponté has gained the trust and respect of legislators from both sides of the aisle, and consistently secures bipartisan support for client legislation.

Committees & Task Forces

  • Legislative Policy
  • Education
  • Membership and Recruitment
  • Breastfeeding
  • Food Security
  • Gun Safety
  • Immigrant Health
  • Immunization
  • Substance Exposed Newborns

For more information or to get involved, email Ellen Brilliant


Membership opportunities are available to pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. American Academy of Pediatrics – Colorado Chapter (AAP-CO) provides an array of benefits and services to keep you up-to-date and informed and is the only organization that supports you through all four phases of maintenance of certification. As a member, you can be a voice for children and pediatrics.

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