Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Chapter! We proudly serve Colorado, Wyoming and Utah - funding research, raising awareness, and providing education and support to IBD patients. 
There are many ways to get involved with our chapter! Learn about our programs, including Take Steps and Team Challenge, in the Events tab.


President Richard Geswell discusses CCFA's mission.

The mission of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

We are proud to announce that for the fourth year in a row, CCFA has achieved the coveted 4- star rating for sound fiscal management, commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator -- America's premier charity evaluator. Charity Navigator highlights the fine work of efficient, ethical and open charities with the goal of providing donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.

Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that CCFA adheres to good governance and other best practices and that we consistently execute our mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 8% of the charities rated have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations which indicates that we outperform most other charities in America.


The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation currently funds ten research grants. Visit this page to learn more about them:


Crohn's and Colitis Center at UCH

And also University of Colorado's Mucosal Inflammation Program.

Staff Contacts

Rocky Mountain Chapter, CCFA
1805 South Bellaire Street, Suite 285
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: (303) 639-9163
Toll Free: (866) RMT-CCFA (866-768-2232)
FAX: (303) 568 0424
E-mail: rockymountain@ccfa.org

Jeremy Stern
Executive Director

Heidi Dudley
Team Challenge Manager, Denver

Jenny Roope
Take Steps Walk Coordinator

Abbey Van Essen
Development Coordinator

Emily Curtis
Regional Education and Support Manager

Board of Trustees

Keith Dillion, President, Ad Focus
Kenneth Blake, MD, SurgOne
Jim Campbell, Century Link
April Clydesdale, Epsilon
Evan Corazzari
Robert Fein, Wow Events-Latitude Sports
Geoffrey Fey
Alan Frosh, Frosh Philanthropy Partners
David Hauptman, Broadcast Professional
Mary Sue Hawk, Retired
Katharine Jensen, Treece, Alfrey, Musat, P.C.
Molly Kufeldt, Centennial Bank
Maxine Miller, Retired
Jim Moore, James Moore & Associates, PC
Nelson Mozia, MD, Retired 
Peggy "Bean" Nance, Retired
Matthew Nichols, MD, South Denver Gastroenterology
Lauren Polak, Brand Connections
Dan Rich, MidFirst Bank
John Sabel, MD, University of Colorado Health
Donald Safer, DDS, Retired
Mark Saxelby, SEKO Logistics
Dan Skodol, The Rainmaker Group
John Strassner, KDVR/KWGN Television
Emily Tolve, Newberry Bros.
Cynthia Wax, Entrees Finest

Chapter Medical Advisory Committee

Alexis Davis, FNP-C (University of Colorado)
Amethyst Kurbegov, MD, MPH (Children's Hospital Colorado)
Anthony Madrid, MD (Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology)
Bob Nieder, MD (Retired Anesthesiologist)
Brenda Westhoff (Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology)
Britt Drake, MD (Kaiser Permanente)
Daniel A. Langer, MD (Centers for Gastroenterology, P.C.)
Daus Mahnke, MD (Gastroenterology of the Rockies)
David Longcope, MD (Rose Medical Center)
Edward deZoeten, MD, PhD  (Children's Hospital Colorado)
Ed Hoffenberg, MD (Children's Hospital Colorado) 
Fernando Carreira, MD (South Denver Gastroenterology, P.C.)
John F. Riopelle, MD (Kaiser Permanente)
John Sabel, MD, Chairman (University of Colorado)
Jon Vogel, MD (University of Colorado)
Joseph Cassara, MD (Kaiser Permanente)
Katie Bauer (Nourished Health Center)
Kenneth Blake, MD (SurgOne, P.C.)
Kyle Kusek, MD (Rocky Mountain Pediatric Gastroenterology)
Leslie Stark, MD (Kaiser Permanente)
Mary Austin, FNP BC (Kaiser Permanente)
Matt Nichols, MD (South Denver Gastroenterology, P.C.)
Melanie Weitzenfeld, PhD (Colorado Health Psychology)
Nelson Mozia, MD (Northwest Surgical Associates)
Nuzhat Iqbal, MD (Longmont Clinic)
Robert Hill Harris, MD MPH (Denver Health Medical Center)
Santosh Nandi, MD (SurgOne, P.C.)
Sarah Funk (University of Colorado Hospital)
Sean Colgan, PhD (University of Colorado)
Stephen Freeman, MD (University of Colorado)
Theodore Stathos, MD (Rocky Mountain Pediatric Gastroenterology)