Vincent Atchity has served as the Executive Director of The Equitas Project since 2015. Vincent’s public health and health equity work has included care management, cost control, outcomes improvement, workforce development, data integration, partnership network development and support, project design, communications, advocacy, education, and fundraising. Vincent has served on the Colorado Governor’s Mental Health Holds Task Force, the Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposia Steering Committee, and the Governor’s Strategic Planning Task Force to Increase Behavioral Health Access, which authored Steps to Health and Justice: Colorado’s 15-year Plan to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes and Reduce Reliance upon the Justice System. He currently serves on the Colorado Public Defender Commission, the Denver District Attorney Advisory Council on Mental Health, the Colorado School of Public Health Behavioral Health Initiative Advisory Board, as well as on the board of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Vincent has held positions with the North Colorado Health Alliance, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Fordham University, and the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. He earned his PhD and MA degrees at the University of Southern California, and his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University.
Gwendolyn West brings over a decade of experience in marketing, communications, development, and event planning in both non-profit and for-profit sectors, to her role as Project Coordinator for The Equitas Project. An emerging public health leader with a track record of aligning communications and strategy on behalf of philanthropic and policy-oriented organizations, Gwendolyn has served the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) in several capacities, including the Professional Development (conference planning), Membership, Communications, and Health Equity subcommittees since 2014. Gwendolyn also served on the CPHA Board of Directors, as Communications Director, from 2016-2017. Ms. West was honored with the organization’s Emerging Leader in Public Health award in 2017. Gwendolyn earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Katie Lunde provides fund development and fundraising support for The Equitas Project. Katie has more than 9 years in nonprofit and organizational development experience. Prior to working with The Equitas Project, she completed year-long graduate practicums at both YouthRoots and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. Before residing in Denver, Katie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Swaziland, Africa as a Youth Development Facilitator. Katie earned her BA/BS in Psychology/Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University and her MS in Social Work with a focus on Organizational Leadership from the University of Denver.