Board of Directors Spotlight: Jennifer Armstrong
Throughout the year we will be highlighting members of our Board of Directors. This month, we are highlighting incoming Board President Jennifer Armstrong.
“I’m excited to work with Jen as our incoming Board President. Her ability to connect our varied partners and programs together will benefit CCAHEC as we work to grow our community partnerships and educational programming. Her sense of adventure and passion for nerdiness makes her the perfect fit for our team!” – CCAHEC Executive Director Lin Browning.
Jennifer was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself, her career, and her role on the Board of Directors. Enjoy!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where you’re from, where you live, family info (kids, pets, etc.).
I’m originally from the small coastal southern California town of Ventura, but also consider myself I NorCal gal. I lived in San Francisco for 11 years while I was in graduate and medical school, residency, and fellowship at UCSF and Cal Berkeley. I’ve been in Colorado since 2008. I have a wonderful, nerdy family and we enjoy many adventures together.
Can you tell us about where you work, how long you’ve been working there, what your position is, and a little bit about what you do?
I started as faculty at the University of Colorado Anschutz/Children’s Hospital Colorado almost 11 years ago. I’m an Associate Professor of Neurology (Section of Neurology), Neurology, and OB/GYN (Basic Reproductive Science). That’s just a fancy way of saying that I am a Child Neurologist who also does pregnancy research. My clinical and research expertise is in fetal and newborn stroke, preterm birth, and the relationship of the placental on brain development. I most recently joined the faculty at CPC Clinical Research, an academic research organization on campus, as a clinician-scientist for large clinical trials. I’m also committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and am involved in numerous committees and mentorship activities both at CU and nationally.
If you could plan a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
There are so many places to visit, I don’t think I can pick only one. Good food is a must!
What is one item you can not live without?
My family. And black Chapstick.
What is your favorite hobby?
I love to cook, which is a form of relaxation and escape for me. Similarly, I am hooked on jigsaw puzzles. Also, as I mentioned my family is super nerdy – we have our own Dungeons and Dragons campaign, and look forward to Cosplay together at Comic Con.
Why did you join the CCAHEC BOD?
I am the daughter of a first generation Mexican-American. I have been very fortunate in my opportunities, and especially thankful for the unconditional support of my parents and family. I pay it forward, not just working on the individual level but on a larger scale. Particularly, CCAHEC’s mission and actions resonate with me, including the exposure and encouragement towards a gamut of health careers, not only medicine.
How long have you been a member of the CCAHEC BOD?
This will be my second year.
What is the professional accomplishment you are most proud of?
Juggling work and home, while feeling fairly successful at both. There is no such thing as work-life balance!
What has been your largest professional challenge?
See question above!
What is your proudest accomplishment as part of the CCAHEC BOD?
I am proud of our AmeriCorps and other health program graduates. It is a privilege to be a part of this journey through the BOD.
What has been the largest challenge you’ve encountered while serving on the CCAHEC BOD?
Fundraising! We all feel uncomfortable asking people for money, even as devoted as we are to the mission and vision of CCAHEC.
Based on what you’ve learned while serving on the CCAHEC BOD, what advice would you give to new, future directors?
Don’t be intimidated. I am constantly humbled by the collective energy and commitment of everyone at CCAHEC, not just the BOD.
What are your top three goals for CCAHEC in the coming year?
- Expanding our service for LGBTQ healthcare and student advocacy
- Attending more community engagement activities
- Continued fiscal responsibility