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New managers hired for Garfield County Airport, Healthy Beginnings

The Garfield County Airport and the pre-natal health program Healthy Beginnings have new managers.

The Garfield County Commissioners announced the appointments this week.

Brad Hagen replaces Ken Maenpa as the airport manager. Maenpa resigned in January.



Hagen is from Rapid City, S.D., where he was the executive director of the Rapid City Regional Airport, said county administrator Ed Green.

Previously, he was the director of aviation at the Fort Dodge, Iowa, airport. He served in the Air Force from 1984 to 1991, and managed the Castle Air Force Base southeast of Modesto, Calif., Green said.



Hagen has a masters of business administration, a masters of science in aeronautics and a bachelor of science degree in aviation business administration.

“One thing we particularly like is he’s been through a $27 million capital improvement program at the Rapid City airport,” Green said.

Garfield County Airport is also slated for expansion. Plans call for improvements to the taxiways and safety zones and extension of the runways. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to cover 90 percent of the $23 million price tag.

Work will commence on the runway, taxiway and safety zones in 2004 and be phased in over two years.

Hagen was selected from a group of over 20 applicants, Green said.

“He is a pretty good match,” he said.

Green said Hagen is moving to the valley and should be on the job next week.

Also coming on board is Wanda Berryman, who will be the new director of Healthy Beginnings, replacing Lisa Pavlisick.

Pavlisick was appointed assistant director of the county Department of Social Services, serving alongside assistant director Lynn Renick.

Berryman actually is returning to the job. She directed Healthy Beginnings from 1997 to 1998, Green said.

Berryman, who lives in Glenwood Springs, has worked in the Family Birthplace at Valley View Hospital since 1998.

From 1991 until 1997 she was a county public health nurse, serving as a case manager from 1991 to 1993 and an immunization planner from 1994 to 1995, Green said.

“She’s been with the county for quite a while,” he said. “The county commissioners were very pleased with her performance.”

Berryman has taught clinical nursing classes at Colorado Mountain College, he added.

She was nominated for the prestigious Nightingale Award for nursing excellence this year.

Healthy Beginnings, a county-funded clinic that operates with in-kind contributions from Valley View Hospital, provides health care for pregnant women who cannot afford insurance, Green said.

The program follows expectant mothers through their pregnancy and covers the cost of delivery.

Berryman will take over in mid-April, Green said.


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