Michaelle Smith joined the RMHF team in the fall of 2018. She is a well-respected philanthropic, mission-driven leader in Grand Junction. She has earned trust and respect for playing a significant role in creating not only innovative programs, but also effective philanthropic endeavors to support Mesa County. Michaelle has been a leading force at Hilltop for the past 21 years, most recently as Senior Director of Learning. Michaelle’s stellar reputation is based not only on her integrity and strong leadership, but also her dedication to community engagement and creating collaborative efforts to address community problems. Michaelle has worked in the Mesa County nonprofit sector for 33 years, including Mesa County United Way and Partners. She recently completed her terms as Chair of the Colorado Nonprofit Association and is a founding member of the Women’s Giving Club.
Stephanie has enjoyed a robust career of over two decades at Rocky Mountain Health Plans with an emphasis in Wellness, Finance and Care Management. She has been with our Foundation since March 2017 sharing her compassion and organizational skills. She assists our Program Officer with the grant making process and primarily works with our non-profit partners in Mesa County and the Northwest Region. She assists the Executive Director in coordinating Board and Committee meetings, manages the Emergency Support Fund, and oversees the accounting records of the Foundation.
During her two-decade career with Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Lisa ran the corporate giving program and then successfully started up Rocky Mountain Health Foundation. With more than 40 years as a registered nurse, her efforts influencing patient care and population management are many. Upon retirement, she assumed the role of overseeing the statewide legacy grant, Baby & Me Tobacco Free.
The newest member of the RMHF team, Julie Hinkson joined the organization in June 2020. Her background is in both grant making and grant seeking: she spent 22 years with United Way of Mesa County as their Director of Community Impact and then their Executive Director. She values innovation, collaboration, and authentic relationships and has always been impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of people to care for one another. Julie also serves on the Local Advisory Council for Rocky Mountain PBS and on Mesa County’s Community Services Block Grant Tri-Partite Advisory Committee.