Contact your area representative:

Northeast Representative
Conner Gerken, connerg@nchd.org
Northeast Colorado Health Department

My name is Conner Gerken.  I was born and raised in Fort Morgan, Colorado.  I graduated from Fort Morgan High School in May of 2012.  I attended Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado and received my bachelor’s degree in biology in December of 2016. While attend school I worked numerous jobs in the healthcare field.  I worked at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush as a CNA, Home Care of the Grand Valley in Grand Junction as a CNA, and at Community Hospital in Grand Junction as a surgical aide.  After graduating from CMU I worked as a service member for AmeriCorps doing after school science programs for children from low income households.  In June of 2017 I was hired as an Environmental Health Specialist at Northeastern Colorado Health Department and have now been there for almost 2 years.  I have served as the northeast representative for the CEHA board as an interim until I was voted in at the AEC in 2018.

Southeast Representative

Monica Dupler, monica.dupler@pueblocounty.us


Metropolitan Representative

LaKia Thomas, lthomas@co.jefferson.co.us 

Jefferson County Public Health


LaKia Thomas is an Environmental Health Specialist who works with Jefferson County Public Health doing regulatory inspections restaurants, childcare centers and recreational pools. Her public health career began over 15 years ago, which includes over 4 years working in Environmental Health.  LaKia believes the biggest threat to public health is when people fail to understand the power they have to ignite change, change within themselves and in their communities.

LaKia holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tuskegee University and a Masters of Public Health from Argosy University. LaKia is a native of Denver, Colorado where she resides with her two beautiful daughters and a Chihuahua named Lily. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated as well as other civic organizations


West Slope Representative
Natalie Tsevdos, natalie.tsevdos@cityofaspen.com

City of Aspen - Environmental Health and Sustainability

I am a Senior Environmental Health Specialist with the City of Aspen. My primary role is to manage and develop policies for the Consumer Protection Program, which includes restaurant and child care inspections, plan reviews, and food-borne illness investigations. I was raised in Ohio and graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the Ohio State University in 2011. I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2012 where I earned my Master of Public Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. As a CEHA Board member, I aim to be a voice for the Western Slope and represent our unique needs and concerns. I enjoy living in Glenwood Springs with easy access to hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, some of my favorite weekend activities!

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