Board of Health

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

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.

Kari Kilroy

Kari Kilroy is the Office Supervisor/Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors at UCHealth Memorial, with nearly 20 years of nonprofit and public sector experience. She was appointed to the Board of Health in 2012, and elected Board of Health President from 2014-2018. Kari has served other community organizations, including the El Paso County Citizen Budget Oversight Committee and the City of Manitou Springs Parking Authority Board. She is the current Chair of the Communications Committee for the Association of Healthcare Administrative Professionals, which publishes an award-winning newsletter. Kari has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from UCCS and a Master’s degree in Health Communication from Emerson College/Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She is also a graduate of the UCCS College of Business “Leadership Development for Emerging Healthcare Leaders” Program.

Cami Bremer, El Paso County Commissioner

Cami Bremer was appointed to the Board of Health in 2019. Ms. 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. Ms. 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 in Marketing from UCCS.

Ted Collas

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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.

Richard Vu, M.D.

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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.

Sam Gieck

Sam Gieck was appointed to the Board of Health in 2018. He is a retired fireman who spent 26 years working for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. He also spent five years with Thompson’s Investigations as a field investigator for welfare fraud, and 13 years with Widefield School District 3. He is currently serving as a City Councilman for the City of Fountain Ward 3. He has been a City Council member for the past four years, and is currently on a second four-year term.

Longinos Gonzalez, El Paso County Commissioner

Longinos Gonzalez Jr. was appointed to the Board of Health in 2016. A retired military officer, Mr. 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, Longinos has a masters degree in science education and was a teacher with Harrison School District 2 prior to his election. Longinos 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.

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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Doris Ralston works as 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.

Yolanda Avila, Colorado Springs City Councilmember

Yolanda Avila was appointed to the Board of Health in 2019. Ms. Avila’s family has lived in Colorado Springs since 1958. Ms. Avila graduated from Colorado College in 1985 with a BA in International Political Economy. In 1990 Ms. Avila began work as a criminal defense investigator in Orange County, CA. She also worked as a field supervisor and mentor to local university students. In 1998, Ms. Avila was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that has a prognosis of blindness. When Ms. Avila retired in 2011, she returned to Colorado Springs to be near her now 96-year-old mother.

Ms. Avila is passionate about infrastructure, and has championed several causes in District 4 by improving transit accessibility, fixing bus routes and frequency. Ms. Avila is a resident leader of the Southeast RISE Coalition, which receives and disseminates information and sponsors activities for projects in Southeast. As part of these efforts, there have been façade improvements in two Southeast shopping centers and a $1M grant from the Colorado Health Foundation for the Southeast hub. She also served as the Black/Latino Leadership Coalition President.