Administrative Staff

  • Dr. Tim Byers, Director of Center for Public Health Practice
    (303) 724-1283
    (720) 256-4054
    Dr. Byers earned his MD degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine and his MPH at the University of Michigan. He is Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health. He was formerly Chief of the Chronic Disease Prevention Branch of the Nutrition Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dr. Byers is an expert in cancer prevention research. He has worked in various settings in clinical medicine, public health, and academic medicine. He has a particular interest in epidemiologic studies of the role of early detection, diet, and nutrition in the prevention of cancer, and in the application of disease prevention in community settings. His current research includes epidemiologic and clinical studies of nutrients as protective factors in prostate, colon, breast, and lung cancer, studies of cancer treatment decision-making by patients and physicians, studies of cancer genetics, and studies to promote the early detection of cancers of the breast and colorectum.

Program Staff

  • Cerise Hunt, Community Project Development Coordinator
    (303) 724-5459
    (303) 526-8973
    Ms. Hunt earned her Master in Social Work from the University of Denver. She is currently a community outreach coordinator for Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Practice. She is also an instructor at Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Health Professions Program in which she teaches Health Disparities in the U.S. Ms. Hunt serves as an Executive Committee Founding Member of the Academy for Health Equity. Ms. Hunt’s areas of interest include: racial and ethnic health disparities, cultural competency, community partnerships and workforce diversity.
  • Janna West Kowalski, Educational Outreach Coordinator
    (970) 491-4329
    (303) 562-4784
    Ms. West Kowalski received a Master of Science from Oregon State University’s Department of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Colorado State University. Ms. West Kowalski has over fifteen years of experience as a health educator in a variety of settings. She spent many of those years working in local public health coordinating policy and system change interventions in chronic disease and tobacco prevention and control. She is currently an Outreach Education Coordinator for the Center and is housed on the Colorado State University campus. Ms. West Kowalski is responsible for providing professional education opportunities for Colorado’s public health workforce.
  • Laurie Schneider, Colorado Public Health Training Center Coordinator
    (303) 724-5892
    (303) 621-5568

    Ms. Schneider earned her MPH from the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor and her BA from the University of Colorado/Boulder. Ms. Schneider is the Coordinator of the Colorado Public Health Training Center within the Center for Public Health Practice. She has extensive experience in public health workforce development and program planning at the local, state, and national levels. Prior to joining the Center for Public Health Practice, Ms. Schneider worked at the Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education where she directed the Colorado K-12 Tobacco Prevention Initiative, the Alaska Tobacco Prevention and School Health Training and Technical Assistance Project, and the Utah Tobacco Control Training and Technical Assistance Project. Her public health experience also includes work with Strategic Health Consultants, the AMC Cancer Research Center, the Detroit Health Department, and the U.S. Peace Corps.

  • Mariana Ledezma-Amorosi, Community Project Development Coordinator
    (303) 724-5635
    (720) 275-0471
    Ms. Ledezma-Amorosi is a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. After moving to Colorado in 1999; she started her career in community development committed to serving the underserved and under-represented through a grassroots community development process. She worked for City of Aurora doing outreach to the Hispanic community to teach recently arrived immigrants about codes and regulations; she served as a liaison between the Hispanic community and the Aurora Police Department and spearheaded some of the neighborhood revitalization efforts in the Original Aurora area. Ms. Ledezma-Amorosi also spent 4 years working for Adams County Community Development where she managed 2 large grants that funded programs in human services, affordable housing, community and economic development and neighborhood revitalization activities. She has provided oversight to over 21 non-profit organizations and 5 municipalities. Ms. Ledezma-Amorosi also worked directly with residents to increase their capacity in the areas of advocacy, constituency and community building and leadership development. Prior to joining CPHP, Mariana worked at the Stapleton Foundation as the Director of Neighborhood Connections, where she worked with Community Based Organizations to provide capacity building and technical assistance.
  • Sally Casey, Workforce Development Specialist
    (303) 724-5458
    Sally has a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Northern Colorado and over 20 years of experience in the field of public health. She is a Workforce Development Specialist at the Colorado School of Public Health and an Affiliate Faculty member at Metropolitan State College of Denver. For over 10 years Sally managed Get R!EAL, Colorado’s Youth Movement Against the Tobacco industry, and her career has focused on prevention with an emphasis on health education, advocacy and policy. Sally has worked in public health at the local, state and federal levels, and has held positions in the non-profit and international sectors as well.
  • Tzongyih (Peter) Lin, eLearning and Instructional Design Specialist
    (303) 562-5670

    Mr.Lin received his Master in Education Technology from the University of Northern Colorado and has over 10 years of experience in the field of education and e-learning. Prior to joining the Colorado School of Public Health, he worked at Colorado Community College Online, where he led instructional design and online course development projects. He also taught educational technology and instructional design courses at college level for five years before joining CCCOnline. Mr. Lin has delivered a variety of training sessions and presentations about best practices for technology use in education. He currently serves as the e-Learning and Instructional Design Specialist for the Center for Public Health Practice, where he leads several e-learning initiatives for the Center.