Board of Health

James Terbush, M.D., M.P.H., Board of Health President

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Term: Aug. 1, 2018-Aug. 1, 2023
Represents: Active or retired medical professional

Captain Terbush USN, served as Command Surgeon to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) from 2006-2009. In this role, he served as the Medical Advisor to the Commander and was responsible for the integration of Department of Defense medical assets internally and with other agencies in support of military response to civilian disasters combating terrorism and protecting Americans. From 2009-2011, Dr. Terbush served as the Fleet Surgeon for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command. He was deployed forward to Port au Prince in response to the devastating earthquake disaster in Haiti, integrating DOD medical capabilities into the overall International response.Dr. Terbush’s final assignment before retiring from military service in 2014, was with the Science and Technology Directorate at NORAD and USNORTHCOM where he served as the lead for medical innovations. 

In more than 30 years of Government service Dr. Terbush was the physician to U.S. personnel in more than 80 countries. He is published in scientific journals on; Influenza and Air Travel, Mass Fatalities Management and Public Health Consequences of a Cyber Attack. He is also an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Forum on Disaster and Public health and is the Past President of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine. Dr. Terbush received his M.D. from the University of Colorado and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Doris Ralston, M.P.A., C.H.E.S, Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation Executive Director & CEO, Board of Health Vice President

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Term: Aug. 1, 2022-Aug. 1, 2027
Represents: Business, banking or financial professional

Doris Ralston is executive director of the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation. She holds a master’s of public administration degree from UCCS and a bachelor’s degree in community health education from East Carolina University. Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Ralston to the Commission on Family Medicine, representing Congressional District 5, where she is serving her second term.

With Ralston at the helm, the Osteopathic Foundation was named the outstanding grant-making organization for 2012 by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s Partners in Philanthropy.

She was also awarded the John H. Drabing Award for “extraordinary dedication and support” in 2010 and the National Award for Excellence in Financial Development, awarded by the Congress of Lung Association staff at its national meeting. Ms. Ralston continues to volunteer for the American Heart Association.

Cami Bremer, El Paso County Commissioner

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Term: Jan. 10, 2019-Jan. 10, 2023 (aligns with Commissioner term)
Represents: El Paso County Board of County Commissioners

Cami Bremer was appointed to the Board of Health in 2019. Commissioner Bremer brings broad experience in government and media relations as well as healthcare and non-profit management to her role as a Board member. She has served as regional director for the American Heart Association, provider & community relations manager for Penrose Cancer Center, director of governmental affairs for the Chamber of Commerce, and communications specialist for the City of Colorado Springs. Commissioner Bremer attended the University of Georgia where she earned her Bachelors of Journalism in Public Relations. After moving to Colorado in 2002, she continued her education with an MBA from UCCS.

Longinos Gonzalez, El Paso County Commissioner

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Term: Jan. 10, 2021-Jan. 10, 2025 (aligns with Commissioner term)
Represents: El Paso County Board of County Commissioners

Longinos Gonzalez Jr. was appointed to the Board of Health in 2016. A retired military officer, Commissioner Gonzalez served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer and retired as a Lt Colonel in 2012. In addition to a political science degree from the Academy, he has a masters degree in science education and was a teacher with Harrison School District 2 prior to his election. Commissioner Gonzalez is the county representative on the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control, Board of Health, and Housing Authority. He also serves on numerous other boards and committees- including the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, Community Development Advisory Board, and City/County Drainage Board.

Dave Donelson, Colorado Springs City Councilor

Dave Donelson

Term: July 1, 2021-July 1, 2023 (Colorado Springs City Council reappoints representative every two years)
Represents: Colorado Springs City Council

Dave Donelson was appointed to the Board of Health in 2021. He is the Colorado Springs City Council member for District 1.  Mr. Donelson is a retired U.S. Army Officer and physician assistant with more than 20 years’ experience in medicine — as a U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) Medical Sergeant, paramedic, and then as a physician assistant. He was responsible for the health and medical readiness of all soldiers in his unit.  He is an Iraq War veteran with three one-year deployments to Iraq.  

After retiring from the Army in 2010 he served the citizens of Colorado Springs as a physician assistant at Peterson SFB Flight Medicine, a small urgent care, and finally as the center director for a men’s health clinic. He has a bachelor's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine, and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of New Mexico.

Richard Vu, M.D.

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Term: April 28, 2021-April 28, 2026
Represents: Active or retired physician 

Dr. Richard Vu was appointed to the Board of Health in 2021. Dr. Vu is a board-certified internist, practicing at Matthews-Vu Medical Group. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Vu has been serving patients in Colorado Springs since 2004.

Ted Collas

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Term: April 28, 2021-April 28, 2026
Represents: At large

Ted Collas was appointed to the Board of Health in 2021.Collas is a retired Fire Chief from Colorado Springs, where he served his community for over 36 years. Ted was an Emergency Medical Technician for over 25 years, 17 of those as a paramedic.  As the chief of the department, he managed the largest emergency medical services agency in El Paso County. He also had oversight responsibility of the Community and Public Health Division of the department, that gave a voice to, and provided service to, those often overlooked by society.

Ted believes in service and providing for the health, safety, and welfare of citizens and visitors to the Pikes Peak region. He believes that every person in the community should be treated with dignity and have equitable access to health care.  Ted has earned a master’s degree in leadership and has served on several non-profit boards. His greatest joy comes from spending time with his family.

Ron Stephens

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Term: April 19, 2022 -April 19, 2024
Represents: Elected Official from a municipality other than Colorado Springs

Ron Stephens was appointed to the Board of Health in 2022. He is currently serving his first term as a member of the Board of Trustees for the town of Monument where he has lived for over 22 years. Ron holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science and has been working over 30 years as a software consulting specializing in cloud-based computing technology for business enterprise software systems

Jack Briggs

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Term: May 17, 2022 - May 17, 2027

Represents: Nonprofit, public, or private or public education sector

Jack Briggs is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Springs Rescue Mission, southern Colorado’s largest homeless shelter and addiction recovery program. Prior to the Springs Rescue Mission, Jack was Vice President for Global Resiliency and Security at New York University (NYU). He was responsible for organizing, integrating, and executing the University’s Emergency Management and Continuity Programs and security for NYU’s 15 campuses in 11 countries. While at NYU, Jack earned his Doctorate in Education Leadership and Innovation as well. Before NYU, Jack served in the United States Air Force for over 30 years in a variety of senior leadership roles retiring as a Major General.
During Jack’s extensive military carrier, he last served as the Director of Operations for Headquarters U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was responsible for the defense of North America, along with support to all federal agencies and state governments during civil operations including natural and man-made disasters.
Jack entered the Air Force as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has extensive experience in Europe, including his selection as the first Olmsted Scholar to Hungary, NATO staff positions, and executive officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe/Commander, U.S. European Command (EUCOM). He also served as Commander of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan at the height of the 2010-2011 combat operations surge. Jack flew 225 combat sorties in operations Desert Storm, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor and the Wright Brothers Award winner for Outstanding Leadership at Air War College.

Victoria Bennett, staff liaison

Administrative Manager
El Paso County Public Health
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 2044
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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