Due to the evolving public health threat of coronavirus (COVID-19), CAA Health staff will be working remotely and business will be conducted virtually. Staff email addresses are available below or you can call (303) 355-3423.

Deidre Johnson
CEO and Executive Director

Deidre Johnson is the CEO and Executive Director of The Center for African American Health. Johnson is an ASCEND Aspen Institute Colorado Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellow (2017-2018), a Transformative Leadership for Change Fellow (2017-2018) and a 2018 Livingston Fellow. A results-oriented executive, Johnson has an extensive background in strategic planning, grant making, grants management, fund raising, program development, project management, strategic learning and systems evaluation. She has been recognized among peers as an exceptionally creative, innovative, collaborative, adaptive leader who consistently achieves professional and organizational goals. Prior to joining The Center in December 2015, Johnson was a Program Officer for The Colorado Trust, Vice President of Development and Marketing for Qualistar Early Learning, worked as a senior consultant with JVA Consulting, and held various leadership positions in development and communications with the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, and the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation.

A Denver native, Johnson graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Princeton University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Johnson currently serves on the following boards and steering committees: St. Mary’s Academy, Mile High Health Alliance, the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund, the Cavity Free at Three Advisory Board, the Colorado Health Access Fund State Advisory Board, Center for Health Equity at Denver Health Steering Committee, the CDPHE Office of Health Disparities Health Equity Profile Advisory Committee, Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Coalition and the Early Childhood Policy Agenda Advisory Board. She is a member of the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation Leadership Denver Class of 2007 and co-Chair of the Denver Princeton Prize in Race Relations for the Rocky Mountain Princeton Club. Johnson’s is trained in facilitative leadership and is a certified Colorado Family Leadership Training Institute Facilitator. She is the mother of two teenage sons, Noah and Jordan.

Paula Brown

Paula Brown
Chief Operating Officer

Paula M. Brown, a talented professional in authentic leadership and meaningful personal development work, studied Communications at the University of Wyoming. As a highly accomplished facilitator, Paula is exceptionally skilled and experienced in helping individuals and teams manage change processes. With this background, Paula brings many diverse professional and personal experiences to The Center.

For the past 17 years, she has transformed the lives of youth, women and men from around the world in her workshops, coaching circles, and life skills coaching programs. Paula’s knowledge of personal growth, professional development, youth development, self-empowerment, and life transformation has been informed by her experience serving clients in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors as a consultant, coach, facilitator, and trainer.

Prior to this role, Paula served as a certified personal and professional skills development coach, with GJD Coaching & Consulting, LLC. There she designed and delivered programs in team building, diversity, conflict resolution, building emotional intelligence and leadership success, performance management, emotional health and well-being, and youth leadership. She maintains multiple certifications including being a Real Colors Certified Facilitator.

Paula has a deep commitment to creating new models and pathways for impactful leadership and building a community and culture where health equity and healthy individuals thrive at unprecedented levels. This commitment is reflected in her affiliation with many organizations including the Professional Women Network and the Black Life Coaches Network.

Meleaha Glapion
Director of Policy & Advocacy

Meleaha Glapion is the Director of Policy and Advocacy of The Center for African American Health. A social justice minded leader, who advocates and concisely translates complex topics into layman’s terms, it was in admiration of the 1st black United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, that Glapion began her undergraduate experience at one of the 1st HBCUs— Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Thereafter, Glapion graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver (“CU-Denver”) with distinction as a Political Science major and 1st cohort to have studied abroad in Africa; earned credits towards a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law; a Master of Public Administration in the accelerated program at CU-Denver, and as a pianist, quickly learned stenography at Prince Institute Rocky Mountains. Proudly, Glapion served as Alpha Kappa Chapter’s President and 1st Leadership Fellow for lifelong membership in the 1st historic black Greek letter sorority— Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; reigned as 1st Ms. Black and Gold Pageant Queen for Delta Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., President of BIG VII BSA Black Men on Campus, and a Chancellor Scholars and Leadership Fellow. Glapion’s thesis was on The Robert T. Stafford Act and the Anti-Discrimination Act Therein for Victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Never willing to represent the wrongdoer or wrongdoing in a legal Latin terminology unknown to the layman” — Glapion’s mission and passionate pursuit as a Person Representing Others and (§) Self Equality (PRO SE, LLC.) — is backed by professional awards from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with over a decade of complex Title VII civil motions and pleadings filed in administrative, district, and federal jurisdictional boundaries of Colorado. Blessed with extensive world travels and cherished childhood in NOLA, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey — Glapion’s JUSTICE is raising her 3-year-old beloved son, MARSHALL, where she was born — Denver, Colorado.

Eric Moore
Policy and Research Manager

Eric Moore is the Policy and Research Manager of the Center for African American Health. He is responsible for monitoring, tracking, and analyzing key Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) policy issues aligned with CAA Health’s annual policy agenda. As well, he manages the BeHeard Mile High community health panel, a 1,200 member longitudinal panel devoted to amplifying community voice to understand and inform policy solutions and social justice issues.

Eric attended the University of Colorado Denver for his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and completed his Master’s of Science in Public Health at Southern New Hampshire University with a concentration in program planning and evaluation. His areas of expertise include program planning, evaluation and learning, and quantitative data analysis with an emphasis on health and racial equity. “If you want to understand any problem in America, you need to focus on who profits from that problem, not who suffers from the problem.” – Dr. Amos N. Wilson


Yolanda Gotier
Director of Programs Team

Yolanda Gotier, the new Senior Living Health & Wellness Navigator, is delighted to bring her desire to see everyone live their best life to the Center for African American Health.

Yolanda has worked in the nonprofit industry for over twenty years, always with the goal of assisting others in reaching for and achieving their goals. Whether her work has been helping women, children, and families fleeing violence and abuse or creating services that promote equity among marginalized and underserved communities, Yolanda believes that services must be provided with dignity and respect.

Yolanda currently serves as a board member for both the Stout Street Foundation and the Adams 14 Education Foundation Leadership Commerce City. Yolanda is a member and current president of the Commerce City Rotary and a trainer with the District 5450 Rotary Leadership Institute. Yolanda has previously served as a peer reviewer with the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, a consultant and board member for the National Women of Color Network, and a member of the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA).

Stacia Denhart

Stacia Denhart
Development Associate

Coming soon!

Stacia Denhart

Johnn Young
Community Resource Navigator

Johnn Young has come to The Center for African American Health by way of Denver Housing Authority, where he performed duties as a Health Care Management Coordinator. His role was to provide resources, education, and wellness planning to residents. Johnn started with the housing authority in 2013, after working with Denver Public Health as a Health Education Specialist in the Health Promotion Department. Through his work at DPH, Johnn was instrumental in the efforts that led to smoke-free policies throughout Colorado.

Johnn has experience working with nonprofits focused on HIV and Aids, smoke-free living, mental health, housing, and overall well-being.

Johnn received a certificate of completion from the University of Colorado for Patient Navigation, Mental Health First AID, and motivational interviewing. He is also a Red Cross First Aid Certified trainer.

Johnn considers himself a pass-through agent for information and resources.

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Benita Geer
Executive Administrative Assistant

Benita has provided over 25 years of administrative support to C-Level executives in state government as well as the private sector.  Her experience includes the State of Colorado, Office of the Attorney General, State of Alaska, Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, State of Alaska, Division of Family & Youth Services and New Hope Christian Academy, Clermont, FL.

Benita is also a Certified Paralegal. She completed her internship at Metro Volunteer Lawyers, specializing in Family Law.  Her interests included Colorado Black Women in Politics (CBWP) and Colorado & Florida Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children in state custody. Hobbies include event planning, gardening, spending time with her adult children and family dog.

“The worst form of injustice is pretend justice.”  – Plato

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TeAsia Battle-Miller
Lead Family Resource Navigator

TeAsia attended Point Loma Nazarene University where she completed her Master of Science in Integrative Wellness.  During her time in the program she applied evidence-based coaching strategies and behavior change techniques to facilitate meaningful lifestyle changes as well as evaluate the influence of biopsychosocial factors on health, healing, and well-being. Prior to attending PLNU, TeAsia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Colorado Mesa University.

TeAsia is a Certified Nutrition Coach and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has volunteered locally with Girls on the Run of Rockies for the past two years developing and enhancing girls social, psychosocial, and physical competencies to navigate life experiences. Additionally, she is pending certification from the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching to become a board-certified integrative health coach.