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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.
Steve Perry, MD, FAAP
Dr. Perry has been 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.
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.
Secretary and Treasurer
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.
Immediate Past President
Joe Craig, MD, FAAP
William “Bill” Campbell, MD, FAAP
Dr. Campbell is the clinical medical director for Developmental Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado; he also coordinates the behavior and development rotation for the pediatrics residency. Prior to coming to Children’s, Dr. Campbell served in the U.S. Air Force as a general pediatrician and developmental-behavioral pediatrician. Dr. Campbell serves as physician advisor for Early Intervention Colorado, and for Colorado’s Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Initiative.
Karen Leamer, MD, FAAP
Dr. Leamer has practiced pediatrics in the Denver area since completing her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 1989. She has served continuously on the Board of the Colorado Chapter AAP since 1993, and is a past Chapter President. She has also served on various committees at Children’s Hospital, including her current positions as Chair of the Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee, President of the Medical Staff and member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Leamer currently practices at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, a private non-profit serving metro area children.
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 for Mountain View Medical Group in Colorado Springs as a Pediatric Hospitalist. She has been active in hospital leadership, and had advocated for increased access to services in southern Colorado.
Advisors – Legislative Policy Co-Chairs
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, and is currently leads the Legislative and Policy Committee. Dr. Middlemist also now serves the American Academy of Pediatrics as Vice 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
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.
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.
Sara Odendahl, Political Consultant
Sara Odendahl has over fifteen years of strategic communications experience, and is skilled in public relations, media affairs and strategy development for public, private and non-profit organizations. Her areas of public policy expertise include health care, early childhood education, public health and immunization policy, in addition to the state budget process. Ms. Odendahl holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.
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.