Leadership & Staff

MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

The QHN Leadership Team is dedicated to QHN’s mission and values providing visionary leadership and direction, always with a good measure of levity, to the entire QHN staff.
Marc Lassaux

Marc Lassaux

Interim Executive Director and CEO
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Marc Lassaux

Marc Lassaux is the Interim CEO and Executive Director for Quality Health Network. In this role, Marc is leading QHN into a new era of health data exchange as we seek even more ways to use technology to connect people for better health.

In his previous role at QHN as Chief Technology Officer, Marc worked on planning for technology infrastructure and architecture, enabling innovation, and understanding the health information technology solutions that create business value. He helped QHN utilize advanced technology to facilitate community-based data sharing and community resource networks, enable innovative risk stratification/predictive modeling tools and support new payment models. 

Marc previously served on the Colorado eHealth Commission with an appointment by Governor Hickenlooper. Marc was also the Technical Director for The Colorado Beacon Consortium and has served in chairing roles for an Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Community of Practice, as well as a Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) workgroup.

Marc and his wife Nikki moved to Grand Junction in 2005 to raise their two now teenage boys. They love to hike and explore and especially enjoy flying through the canyons of the Colorado Plateau.

Jackie Sievers

Chief Operating Officer and Director of CRN
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Jackie Sievers

Jackie has 20+ years’ prior business experience in human services operations, Quality Assurance & Quality Implementation and Informatics with a background in privacy, security, and HIPAA. Jackie brings subject matter expertise as a previous end-user of systems and understands network partner’s workflows.  She now oversees the implementation of Quality Health Network’s Social Health Information Exchange, CRN, and support the operations and strategies of QHN.

Rich Warner

Rich Warner

Chief Project Officer and Chief Information Security Officer
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Rich Warner

Rich Warner joined the QHN team in 2013; his responsibilities include designing and implementing a coordinated project process and educating the QHN staff on project management methodology, process, procedure and documentation. As part of the QHN leadership team Rich brings valued project management methodology, guidance and organization to the significant and innovative initiatives QHN undertakes.

Rich has more than 30 years of IT experience; 20 years have focused on health IT. Prior to joining QHN, Rich was the Information Technology Project Manager at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado. In this leadership role he had direct responsibly to manage all Information Technology (IT) projects and provide project lead guidance including project planning, scope definition, defining project deliverables and milestones, cost/risk analysis with mitigation strategies, and scheduling.

Before assuming the role of Information Technology Project Manager, he worked as a Programmer/Analyst for 15 years successfully completing a series of progressively complex IT implementation and integration projects. These projects included the integration of the nursing documentation, Cardiac Cath Lab and GE MUSE EKG into the hospital’s Meditech HIS system and support for API time and attendance software and hardware and the Infinium human resources and payroll system.

Rich completed his undergraduate work at Colorado Mesa University and has a Master of Applied Science (MAS) from the University of Denver in Technology Management, with a concentration in Project Management.

Emma Cooper

Director of Data & Quality Programs
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Emma Cooper

Emma Cooper is the Director of Data and Quality Programs. Emma joined the QHN team in 2018 to develop and implement the eCQM reporting solution. As the Director of Data and Quality Programs, Emma leads QHN’s efforts to develop the vision and strategy for a highly interconnected data and quality organization. As a Registered Nurse with over 26 years of experience in a varied clinical background and over 15 years of leadership and management experience with a focus on healthcare quality, Emma brings a unique clinical subject matter expertise to QHN.

Emma received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Colorado Mesa University and is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ.)

Sherri Corey

Director of Community Relations
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Sherri Corey

Sherri Corey is the Director of Community Relations at Quality Health Network (QHN).  Sherri joined QHN in March of 2009, and she has over 20 years of progressive experience in the healthcare industry and practice management. Her current role primarily focuses on supporting relationships with prospective and current QHN participants to leverage the utilization of QHN systems to improve care coordination and patient outcomes. She also leads the QHN and CRN OCmmunity Advisor Teams.

During her tenure at QHN, Sherri worked as an advisor with the Office of the National Coordinators (ONC) on a variety of projects and was part of the Regional Extension Center (REC) project, which served to support and assist practices with Meaningful Use.  She has also worked as an advisor with the Office of Behavioral Health on projects around Health Information Exchange.   

Sherri currently serves on many community clinical advisory committee workgroups and vice-chairs the board at West Mountain Regional Health Alliance.

Rick Curtsinger

Director of External Affairs
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Rick Curtsinger

Rick Curtsinger leads external affairs, including government relations and communications, for QHN. He works with federal and state leaders to promote QHN’s story.

Previously, Rick led corporate communications and public affairs for an energy company based in the Rocky Mountain region. Before coming to Colorado, he served as Communications Director for multiple members of Congress, all of whom represented rural districts and states. 

Rick earned a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado – Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Louisville. Rick serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Denver where he is also a member of the Early Childhood Education Committee. Rick and his wife, Leah, along with their two young boys and eleven-year-old pup, live in Denver, CO.

Brian Hollingsworth

Controller
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Brian Hollingsworth

Brian is a CPA and is the Controller at Quality Health Network (QHN). Prior to joining QHN in October 2021, Brian worked for over 11 years in the Grand Valley as a financial statement auditor for two different public accounting firms, working with a wide variety of clients and industries with a focus on non-profit and governmental accounting.

Brian was born and raised in Grand Junction, attended high school in Durango, CO, and went to the University of Colorado in Boulder where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and his Masters of Accountancy degree.

Brian enjoys an active lifestyle and usually spends his free time on the golf course.

Julie Susemihl

Director of HR, Administrative Assistant, and Facilities Manager
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Julie Susemihl

Julie Susemihl joined the QHN team in 2011 as Executive Assistant to CEO, Dick Thompson.  Her many and varied responsibilities, in addition to organizing tasks, meetings, travel, and appointments for the CEO, include HR responsibilities, new employee onboarding, and retirement plan administrator; facilities manager; liaison for QHN’s Board of Directors; and coordinator of staff fun activities and QHN volunteer events, among other assignments.

Julie has more than 25 years of experience as an executive assistant in industries including financial, construction, and now healthcare.  Prior to joining QHN, Julie was assistant to the owner and COO of the largest concrete construction company in Western Colorado and was a licensed insurance and general securities assistant with a financial planning firm.

Julie graduated with a BS degree from Montana State University in Bozeman.

About The People

The Team at Quality Health Network (QHN) is dedicated to healthcare quality improvement and the secure exchange of electronic health information to ensure critical health information is available to authorized caregivers—when and where it’s needed.

Our Values

Our Mission

To facilitate the availability of information to optimize the health of our communities, improve economic efficiencies of patient care, and bring value to our stakeholders.

Fun Facts

  • QHN securely exchanges health information among 14 hospitals, more than 1,300 medical providers and over 390 other healthcare organizations in western Colorado.
  • QHN helps medical providers improve the quality of care and lower healthcare expenses, while keeping your information secure.
  • QHN was cited by the National eHealth Collaborative in 2011 as one of the nation’s 12 most successful health information exchanges.
  • QHN serves as a national model for health information exchange and was one of 17 “Beacon Communities” designated by the federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) projects.