“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve UCHealth Northern Colorado Foundation for the past 10 years,” Siemers said. “The northern Colorado community has been exceptionally generous as we have worked together to fill gaps and accelerate advances in health care.
“From building the cancer center, to rolling out a new fleet of bloodmobiles for UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center, from equipping our providers with leading-edge technology, to providing financial assistance for cancer patients in need, our supporters have continuously helped us move from good to great in all that we do.”
Siemers plans to assume the role of associate vice chancellor for development and alumni relations at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Kevin Unger, president and CEO of UCHealth Northern Region, said Siemers’ leadership will leave a lasting impact.
“Erica joined our organization in 2012, just as Poudre Valley Health System and University of Colorado Hospital were coming together to create what would become UCHealth,” Unger said. “Erica led the foundation to raise more than $35 million in support for UCHealth programs and projects here in northern Colorado, including several of the largest gifts in the foundation’s history.”
Under Siemers’ leadership, the foundation completed the campaign to build the UCHealth Cancer Center – Harmony Campus in 2014; expanded Garth Englund Blood Center’s fleet of blood buses in 2016; established and launched Longs Peak Hospital Foundation in 2017; and reorganized the previous PVH and MCR Foundation as UCHealth Northern Colorado Foundation to incorporate philanthropy for UCHealth Greeley Hospital.
“We thank Erica for a decade of dedication and wish her all the best,” Unger said. “She will be missed. The University of Tennessee is gaining an exceptional leader.”
Development Manager Annette Geiselman, who has worked at the foundation for seven years, will serve as interim director. Geiselman has a deep development background in our community and is well equipped to lead the foundation while Unger and the foundation’s board of directors conduct the recruitment effort for Siemers’ successor.