Deidre Johnson, MBA
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, a Transformative Leadership for Change Fellow, a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellow, and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Denver, University College Nonprofit Leadership Program.

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.

Johnson currently serves on the following boards and steering committees: Colorado School of Public Health Advisory Board, Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force, Transition Advisory Group (TAG) for the new Colorado Department of Early Childhood, the Mayor’s Office of Social Equity and Innovation’s Denver Racial Equity Council, Mile High Health Alliance, Yale Philanthropy Conference Advisory Board, Ascend at the Aspen Institute 2Gen Prenatal – 3 Learning and Action Community (2Gen P3 LAC) and Colorado State Senator James Coleman’s Health Care Policy Cabinet.

She is a member of the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation Leadership Denver Class of 2007.  Johnson’s is trained in facilitative leadership and is a certified Colorado Family Leadership Training Institute Facilitator. A Denver native, Johnson graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Paula Brown

Paula Brown
Chief Operating Officer

Mrs. Brown is a talented professional in authentic leadership and meaningful personal development work. As a highly accomplished facilitator, Paula is exceptionally skilled and experienced in helping individuals and teams manage change processes. In her previous role as the founder and owner of GJD Coaching & Consulting, LLC., Paula served as a certified personal and professional skills development coach. 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.

Paula joined the Center in February of 2017 as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and in July of 2021 her role expanded to Chief Operating Officer. Her extensive portfolio includes human resources, facilities and property management, development and implementation of strategic plans, vendor relations, and driving improved performance by optimizing value through scale and efficiency. Mrs. Brown is dedicated to supporting staff, the CEO, her vision, and initiatives across the organization.

Eric Moore
Director of Advocacy

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


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Lydia Vanderburg
Director of Finance

As CAAH’s finance director, Lydia brings over 20 years of experience performing financial accounting activities for small not for profit entities. She provides internal control for all financial transactions, oversees procurement, manages budgets, and prepares financial statements. Her duties include, preparing payroll, managing accounts receivable and payables, and performing account reconciliations.

Prior to joining CAAH, she was self-employed for 8 years where she provided a wide arrange of financial support services, such as, consulting on accounting systems, conducting one-on-one and group training, assisting with financial planning, and budgeting, and practicing as an outsourced accountant for small nonprofit entities in Colorado.

Lydia earned her master’s in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Metro State University of Denver.

She enjoys using her human relations skills to break down the technical aspects of accounting to create a common understanding with others who appreciate the importance of accounting but feel foreign to the topic.

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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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Simone Washington
Behavioral Health Navigator

Simone is the Behavioral Health Navigator for The Center for African American Health. Simone earned a bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Since graduating, Simone has worked as an advocate in the court system and as a patient care assistant in mental health hospitals. Simone has a passion for mental health and wants to work on dissolving the stigma around mental health in the African American community.

Alan Harmon
Community Resource Navigator

Alan Harmon is a Community Resource Navigator for the Center for African American Health, where he is the lead facilitator of the Parenting Education Programs. As a Strengthening Families Program Coach and the 24/7 Dad Program facilitator, Alan utilizes his positive energy and sense of humor to create and nurture all-inclusive relationships with individuals and families he serves. His believes a strengths-based approach will guide an individual’s or families’ ability to thrive and succeed today and into the future.

Before joining CAA Health, Alan spent twenty-five years working in the medical field as a Radiology Technologist throughout various hospitals in the Philadelphia and Denver area and as Dental Lab Technician in Denver. His passion for food, lead him to starting both a catering and personal chef business, which he operated for eight years. Alan, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has dedicated himself to empowering youth, adults and family through youth sports and innovative programming.

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Rebekah Munson
Special Project Coordinator

Rebekah earned bachelors’ degrees in both History and Anthropology as well as a master’s degree in History specializing in the history of medicine and disease as well as biological anthropology – especially medical anthropology, archaeology, and osteology/paleopathology. She combined these disciplines to research not only what diseases were endemic in the past but also how people interacted with those diseases both locally as well as on a pandemic scale. In addition to her education, Rebekah has worked in customer service and hospitality for over a decade.

Since graduating in May of 2020, Rebekah has shifted focus from the past to the present so that she can apply her work experience, knowledge, research skills, and social science background to the modern population in a meaningful way.