Inspiration Awards

The Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of our school-based health care constituents. The 2012 winners were selected from numerous nominations by a committee of the CASBHC Board of Directors. The 2012 winners were announced on May 3, 2012 at the annual CASBHC conference.

Lifetime Achievement

Shannon Wells, LPN, Clinic Coordinator of Southwest Open School in Cortez

“I think one of Shannon’s greatest gifts is her ability to create a synergy among partners—funders, providers, other community organizations, and our students. Slowly, consistently, persistently, doggedly, Shannon keeps finding ways to grow the SBHC from a tiny glimpse of possibility to something very real.”—Phyllis Hill, Southwest Open School


Shannon Wells

Outstanding  Administrator

Amy Hobbs, B.S.W., High Plains Community Health Center

“Amy is the founding mother and an ongoing inspiration to our school-based health center at Lamar High School.” –Jay Brooke, Executive Director, High Plains Community Health Center


Amy Hobbs

Outstanding  Medical Provider

Colleen Ihnken, FNP, Summit High School in Frisco

“Colleen is adored by her patients. Her calm, respectful, and confident manner makes it easy for students to trust and confide in her.” --Erin Major, Program Administrator, Summit Youth Services Center

Pictured at left: Erin Major, Summit Community Care Clinic. At right: Colleen Ihnken.
Outstanding Educator

Kari Kuka, M.S., Supervisor of Health Education Program, Denver Health

“Kari’s enthusiasm about health education is contagious. By her very presence, people are comforted and easily engaged.”—Ellen Marshall, Partner and Coordinator, Good Works Group & Colorado Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy

Pictured at left: Ellen Marshall, Good Works Group & Colorado Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy. At right: Kari Kuka.

School-Based Health Center Champion

Maureen Daly, MD, MPH

“Edith Wharton stated, “There are two ways of spreading light--to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” We are so very fortunate to work with someone who does both, Dr. Maureen Daly, who we believe is a truly outstanding champion for school-based health care.”—Sarah Nickels and Jo English, School-Based Health Care, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Pictured left to right: Jo English, CDPHE; Ms. Daly's mother; Neil Daly, brother; Shannon Wells, Southwest Open School; Maureen Daly, Sarah Nickels, CDPHE; Laureen Murray, Cripple Creek Victor Mountain Health Center; Phyllis Hill, Southwest Open School; Haideth Ramirez, Roaring Fork School Health Centers.


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