CBHC Staff

Doyle Forrestal

Doyle Forrestal

Phone: 720-573-9367
Email: dforrestal@cbhc.org

Doyle Forrestal is the Chief Executive Officer of CBHC. Before rejoining the organization in 2015, she served as the Executive Officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Region VIII, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs. In that capacity, she helped implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act with state and tribal governments across Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.


Prior to working with HHS, she was the Director of Public Policy with CBHC and worked with the Colorado Legislature for nearly a decade. She has over 18 years of experience guiding, developing, and implementing legislative strategy and policy at the federal, state, and local levels. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Denver.


Frank Cornelia, MS, LPC

Deputy Director & Chief Strategy Officer
Phone: 720-573-9371
Email: fcornelia@cbhc.org

Frank Cornelia, MS, LPC is the Deputy Director & Chief Strategy Officer for CBHC. Before joining the organization in 2012, he was a direct care professional with years of experience providing services to diverse client populations. In his role with CBHC, he reports directly to the CEO and is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with a variety of community and government stakeholders.


He also helps set the strategic vision for the organization. Frank provides leadership to CBHC’s advocacy team and leads the development of CBHC’s yearly policy platform. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in health and human development from Montana State University. He and his wife Jenny live in Denver with their two children, Madeline and Max, and their dog, Gopher.

Edie Sonn, MPP

Senior Director of External Affairs
Phone: 720-573-9368
Email: esonn@cbhc.org

Working alongside deputy director Frank Cornelia, Edie is responsible for deepening CBHC’s relationships at both the local and state levels. In addition to representing the organization with key stakeholder groups and at the Colorado General Assembly, she will be assisting members with their own outreach and engagement strategies.


Edie is deeply familiar with CMHCs and their issues. She served as a board member of WellPower (formerly Mental Health Center of Denver) for much of the last 20 years, and was actively involved in the development of Colorado’s integrated care SIM plan through her professional work at the Center for Improving Value in Health Care.

Sonn holds a master's degree in public policy from Duke University and is a bachelor of arts graduate and a Boettcher Scholar from Colorado College. She was named a 2018-2019 Governor's Fellow by Governor John Hickenlooper. In 2017, she was named the “Outstanding Woman in Business: Communications/Media” by the Denver Business Journal. A Denver native, Sonn is a die-hard Avalanche and Rockies fan, and begins every baseball season convinced that this is the year the Rockies will finally have reliable pitching.

Edie comes to CBHC after 8 years as the Vice President of Public Affairs at Pinnacol Assurance, overseeing government relations, corporate social responsibility, community engagement and communications for Colorado’s state-chartered workers’ compensation carrier. Previously, she served as the vice president of strategic initiatives for the Center for Improving Value in Health Care; and as a public affairs and public relations consultant, developing legislative, communications and community outreach strategies for a wide range of insurance, healthcare and nonprofit clients.


Natalie Strom

Chief Administrative Officer
Phone: 720-573-9366
Email: nstrom@cbhc.org

Natalie Strom serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for CBHC. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the CBHC team in 2017, Natalie worked in a number of fields, including journalism, communications, education, and management roles. She won numerous awards during her time as an editor and journalist, and her love for the arts inspired her to start her own nonprofit for local artists while living in Florida.


In her current role, she serves as the executive assistant to the CEO, runs office management, develops strategic plans within CBHC and across the membership, works closely with HR, financing, accounting, and marketing, coordinates the CBHC annual conference and other special events, and is the direct liaison to the membership’s leadership teams. Natalie is also a certified Adult Mental Health First Aid instructor and a certified teen Mental Health First Aid instructor.


Barbara Becker, PhD

Director, Mental Health First Aid Colorado
Email: bbecker@cbhc.org

Barbara Becker, Ph.D., is a licensed professional counselor and serves as the Director of Mental Health First Aid Colorado (MHFACO), where she oversees the expansion of mental health literacy through the broad, statewide dissemination of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). She is responsible for developing community relationships and ensuring that MHFA is available across the state with a health equity lens.


Barbara is also an appointed member of the Commission on Suicide Prevention, where she represents licensed mental health providers in Colorado. She was a founding member of the Colorado Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, where she served as President for two years. In 2015, Barbara was a recipient of the Sandy Martin Grassroots Award given by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

CBHC Board Officers

Colorado Behavioral Health Council (CBHC) is a non-profit entity consisting of 22 member organizations. Our members guide our principles and our advocacy. The CBHC Board of Directors is elected on an annual basis.


Michael Allen

SummitStone Health Partners


Kiara Kuenzler

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Past President

Bill Henricks

AllHealth Network


Dixie Casford

Mental Health Partners


Harry Budisidharta

Asian Pacific Development Center

National Council Representative

Carl Clark


Ex-Officio Member

Jason Chippeaux

Health Solutions

Ex-Officio Member

Victoria Romero

San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group

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