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Bernard Birnbaum, MD

Dr. Bernard “Bernie” Birnbaum, originally from Chapel Hill, N.C., graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He then worked for four years in Chinle, Arizona with the Indian Health Service in a remote area of the Navajo reservation. In addition to practicing full-spectrum family medicine, he worked in a school based adolescent health clinic and served as the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine. His special interests include adolescent health and pregnancy, community medicine, public health/primary care integration, quality improvement processes and the care of the underserved. He moved to Fort Collins in 2006 to join the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency and has been the Associate Director since 2014.   He was publicly elected to the board of the Health District of Northern Larimer County from 2008-2016 and he currently serves as the President of the Board of Health for the Health Department of Larimer County.   Bernie is the proud father of two amazing children.

Christy Bush

Christy Bush began a 20+ year career in public health after graduating from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. This led her to pursue a master's degree in health policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a career path that includes roles as an analyst and planner for government and community-based organizations. After several years away, Christy returned to Fort Collins with her family, where she led LCDHE’s community health assessment and health improvement planning effort from 2011-2017. Christy currently works as an independent consultant providing expertise and technical support for organizational and community planning efforts for government, non-profit, and small businesses. She is skilled in team building, cultivating leadership, strategy development, and project management and has a personal commitment to integrity, authenticity, humility, and lifelong learning. She is also an engaged community volunteer, mother to two teenage boys, and is married to a family medicine physician. Christy is in the process of making a career change; she will be returning to CSU in Fall of 2022 to study fiber arts. However, she considers herself a lifelong champion for public health and is honored to have the opportunity to serve her community and continue to use her public health skillset in a meaningful way.

Brian DelGrosso

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Janna West Kowalski, MS, ACC

Board of Health Vice President

Janna brings more than 25 years of experience leading, training, coaching, and facilitating in government, health, non-profit and education sectors.  She currently serves as a faculty member and Coach with the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL) and the Blue Mesa Transformational Coaching Program.  Additionally, Janna is an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited coach and works with individuals to achieve their personal and professional development goals. 

Previously, Janna was an Action Learning Coach with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Janna provided strategic guidance to community leaders working to improve health and advance equity in counties across the country. She trained and coached communities, as well as facilitated virtual peer learning opportunities and communities of practice.  Janna delivered numerous presentations and skill building sessions both in person and virtually to national, state and community audiences on topics such as population health, equity, and collaborative leadership.

Prior to joining County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Janna was the Coordinator of Training and Professional Development in the Center for Public Health Practice and an Instructor for the Graduate Program at the Colorado School of Public Health. In addition to teaching, she was responsible for workforce development. This role included providing training, coaching, technical assistance, and consultation to public health professionals across six states.  

Janna spent nine years working in local public health prior to joining the Colorado School of Public Health. She managed a team that coordinated chronic disease and tobacco prevention and control initiatives. Janna is passionate about local public health and currently serves on the Larimer County Board of Health.

Janna received a Master of Science from Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Colorado State University. 

Anthony (Tony) J. Van Goor, MD, MMM, CPE, FACP

Board of Health President

Anthony J. Van Goor is the newest member of the Larimer County Board of Health, having been appointed in January, 2021. He presently also serves as Vice President, City of Loveland Senior Advisory Board and as community liaison to the Larimer County Office on Aging.

He is a physician (MD) with nearly 40 years of experience, and he maintains his professional currency as a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine.  He holds a Master’s degree in Medical Management from Tulane University, he is a Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission on Medical Management, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  Dr. Van Goor is also a decorated military veteran and group commander, having served in the United States Air Force for over 23 years on active duty and for 5 years in reserve, retiring honorably as a senior Colonel in 2006.  His duties included supervision of base-wide public health services and medical disaster response. He is a recipient of the military Legion of Merit and five Meritorious Service Medals.  After his departure from the Air Force, he practiced for 12 years in civilian life as an internist, as medical director for pharmaceutical services for a national payor, and as a regional and a senior medical director for industry before his retirement in 2018.

A professional commercial and public radio announcer and program director for ten years before his entry to medical school, Dr. Van Goor enjoys vocal performance, and he has a long history of service as a liturgical cantor for numerous parishes and of choral performance with two opera companies.  He and his wife are proud parents of two children.

Tom Gonzales, MPH, REHS

Larimer County Public Health Director and Board of Health Secretary

Serves as Public Health Director for Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE). Gonzales holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and a Master in Public Health from the University of Northern Colorado.  Prior to joining LCDHE, he was Deputy Public Health Director at El Paso County Public Health overseeing Emergency Preparedness and Response, Environmental Health, and the Laboratory.  Previously, Gonzales was Program Manager of Environmental Health at Clark County Public Health (WA) addressing on-site wastewater management, water recreation and drinking water.  He led the environmental health response and recovery activities after four wildfires and two flood events in El Paso County. Gonzales' national and local involvement includes a term as regional vice president for the National Environmental Health Association where he pioneered the sustainability committee, charged with proposing the role of sustainability in environmental health. Gonzales also served on the executive committee for the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials and was president of the Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA). Gonzales currently serves as the Chair for the Larimer Regional Opioid Council and serves on the board for the Trailhead Institute. In 2013, Gonzales was awarded the Milton M. Miller Award, CEHA’s highest honor for an environmental health professional. In 2018, Gonzales was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission. In 2022, Gonzales was awarded the Delta Omega Honorary Member for meritorious distinction by the Colorado School of Public Health. Tom and his wife are blessed with two children. Together, they enjoy the Colorado outdoors, including hiking, fishing, and hunting.