John has served in the aging services field for more than 30 years, including 16 years as Golden West’s executive director. A native of Boulder County, John is involved with the Colorado Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (former executive director, president, board member and mentor) and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). In 2002, John was awarded the Pacesetter Award by the Boulder Daily Camera for his leadership in aging services in Boulder County. Despite a busy schedule, John takes time to help nurture future leaders through mentoring, and in 2005, he was awarded the Dr. Herbert Shore Outstanding Mentor Award by AAHSA. He says mentoring is one of his most rewarding activities.
Associate Director of Housing
Christine started working at Golden West in March 2008. As associate director of housing, Christine oversees independent living and resident services. Prior to joining the Golden West team, Christine spent 10 years working with a hospital management company that focused on rural hospitals and their surrounding communities. During that time she completed a master’s degree in gerontology from Naropa University in Boulder. Part of that program included an internship – which she completed here at Golden West – and she had been looking for an opportunity to come back ever since. Christine grew up in New Jersey and moved to Colorado in 1994 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Villanova University. Christine believes in the mission of Golden West and is glad to be a part of this community.
Director of Community Relations
Heidi was in charge of business development and marketing for Vincent, Romeo & Rodriquez, LLC. Prior to that she served as the long-term care ombudsman for the Boulder County Department of Aging Services, ombudsman for the California Department of Aging, and senior marketing underwriter for the Employers Reinsurance Corporation in San Francisco. She holds a Master of Arts in clinical gerontology, a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in English.
Marketing and Leasing Coordinator
Kyle moved to Colorado from his home state of Oklahoma immediately after graduating from the University of Oklahoma, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in communications. He started his career with Golden West in December of 2008. Kyle is passionate about his work at Golden West and values the relationships he has with both staff and residents. He is a member of Leadership Next, a Colorado Association of Homes and Services for the Aging group that is focused on creating tomorrow’s aging services leaders, where he serves on the planning committee. Kyle is very excited about the future of aging services and the phenomenal individuals that the industry serves. When Kyle isn’t coaching football at the local high school after work, he enjoys running, boating, skiing, and spending time with family, friends and his 3-year-old Golden Retriever, Banjo.
Ron moved to Boulder in 1990 to race bicycles after receiving a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sport from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After hanging up his bike, Ron pursued his other passion – music. He met his future wife at a bluegrass festival on the Western Slope, which led to him driving the free shuttle at Snowmass Village. While driving in Snowmass, Ron learned the importance of patience, friendliness, respect and safety, which translates well with the residents at Flatirons Terrace. Ron is happy to be at Golden West and enjoys interacting with all the wonderful staff and residents.