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Nancy VanDeMark joined Mental Health Colorado in 2018. She has worked in the mental health and substance use field for more than 30 years, most recently as the Director of the Office of Behavioral Health in the Colorado Department of Human Services. Prior to her work in state government, she worked as a consultant, an executive-level administrator of substance use treatment organization, and a research director. She taught applied program evaluation at the graduate level for ten years and has been the project director or principal investigator on 8 federal services demonstration grants related to improving substance use and mental health services.

Nancy has a Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado at Denver and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. Her work has focused on improving mental health and substance use services for individuals with the most complicated needs. This has included parenting women with substance use disorders and trauma histories, homeless people with substance use disorders, and individuals experiencing substance use and mental health-related crises.

She has lived in Colorado for more than 40 years and enjoys outdoor activities including racing sailboats on reservoirs across Colorado.