Peter Carino, M.Ed.
Independent Leadership Consultant
Peter Carino, M.Ed, Psychology, Harvard University, is Chairperson for Ascending to Health Respite Care. He is a contributor to a contemporary model for mental health and behavioral health research and clinical program development, endorsed by the APA, widely used today throughout Colorado and the U.S. He recently served as Chairperson for Nursing and Therapy Services of Colorado, a $35M home health organization in Colorado Springs, serving children with developmental disabilities. His career includes working on medical treatment informatics and predictive studies for hospitalized populations (Harvard Medical School), Consulting to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health on community placement of residential patients, reorganizing the University of Massachusetts President’s Office business operations, and serving as an associate member of the American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section. He is married, has two daughters and lives in Colorado Springs.
Jennifer Hutchinson, RN, BSN, CCM
Nurse Case Manager
Memorial / CU Health System
Jennifer has been a registered nurse for over 23 years and has spent the majority of her career at UCHealth Memorial Hospital. She has a varied background in adult acute care nursing with the last 6 years being focused on case management in the emergency department. In this position, she quickly realized the need for community collaboration in an effort to better serve patient’s needs. Jennifer now acts as the Community Nurse Case Manager at UCHealth Memorial and partners with community agencies such as Ascending to Health Respite Clinic, the CSFD CARES program, Peak Vista, Aspen Pointe, and many others.
Jennifer is a precept for BSN students in the UCCS community nursing class and she has recently returned to the academic world in pursuit of her Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMNP) degree.
Robin Johnson, MD
UCHealth – Memorial Hospital
Dr. Robin E. Johnson has 23 years of medical practice and health care advocacy in the Pikes Peak Region. She is an emergency medicine physician, working for UC Health-Memorial Hospital part time, serves as a Deputy Medical Director for the Colorado Springs Fire Department Community and Public Health Division and represents El Paso County Public Health as Medical Officer of Clinical and Community Health Partnerships. She has also served safety net clinics in our community including a position as Chief Medical Officer for Mission Medical Center. Johnson is active in pursuing health-care advocacy projects as a board member of several local community agencies.
Christine Matheny, MBA
Christine was motivated to join the Ascending to Health Board after working for several Colorado-based nonprofits serving vulnerable populations. She felt called to serve ATH’s mission and to advocate for its clients in their efforts to achieve stability and self-sufficiency. Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of Massachusetts, College of Public and Community Service, and a Master of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. She has worked as a technical writer for more than 20 years. Christine balances a love of data-driven results with a sincere desire to help organizations succeed. In her role as the Grants and Contracts Manager for Community Health Partnership, she serves both the organization and the community by securing and administering needed funding.
Christine was raised in Massachusetts and lived in several states before settling in Colorado in 2007. She is married and has two sons.
Gregory Morris PA-C
Founder & CEO
Ascending To Health
Greg Morris has over 20 years of experience in Homeless Healthcare. He founded Ascending to Health Respite Care in 2012 while working as Program Director for Peak Vista’s’ Homeless Health Clinic. Mr. Morris has been active in assessing needs and gaps in service for the homeless population in the Pikes Peak region and has worked to addressed needs by establishing El Paso County’s only Medical Street Outreach Program, and Rural Mobile Health Van.
Mr. Morris currently serves on the Board for the National Health Care for the Homeless. He has experience reviewing grant proposals for HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration). Morris was recognized as National Humanitarian PA of the Year in 2002.
Chief Health Officer
Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
Venita Pine, Chief Health Officer for Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, offers 15 years experience working in federally qualified health centers, with a particular interest in people experiencing homelessness. Venita has served on the Board of Directors for Ascending to Health Respite Care for 5 years, two years in the role of Secretary. Previously with Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Venita supported operations, with a focus on grant writing and federal compliance. Venita resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her partner and dog.
Restore Your Life in Christ
Walter is the Chair of the ATHRC Advisory Board for consumers. After spending years on the street and struggling with addiction, Walter connected with our founder Greg Morris and later went through a program called Down to Earth Ministries. He now runs a program called Restore Your Life in Christ where he leads groups for drug and alcohol and domestic violence recovery. He has a passion for street outreach and service to the homeless.
El Paso County Public Health
Kelley Vivian joined ATHRC’s board in August 2015. She was drawn to ATHRC’s mission because of her passion for assuring that all people have access to quality care and safe housing. Kelley is the Development and Strategic Initiatives Officer for the El Paso County Public Health and has nearly 20 years of non-profit and governmental development experience for a variety of local, state, and national environmental, social justice, and community health organizations. Raised in Colorado Springs, Kelley returned a decade ago to raise her family here.