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About  |  Staff Bios

 

Joanne Vande Walle: Executive Director
Education: BS Accounting & Business, CPR, First Aid, QMAP
Experience: Elderhaus since 1999, Brookdale, Boulder County Enterprises, Volunteer work with Special Olympics, and long term facilities.
Each and every one of us contributes to life in some unique way. Each of us has to be accountable to our part, and we all need some assistance once in a while to reach our potential. That’s why I’m passionate about Elderhaus and its mission — every day gives us an opportunity to help others reach their potential, build self-confidence, and earn acceptance in their community. Elderhaus structures its activities to reach all potentials, as diverse as they may be. The loving, compassionate and professional staff we have at Elderhaus makes me very proud to be a part of this agency for the past nine years and to help build and advocate for the adult day services that we provide to the community.

Reesa Hanck:  Assistant Director/Compliance Officer
Education: Certified Nurse Assistant (C.N.A.) 18 yrs: Qualified Medication Administration Personnel (QMAP)-Med. Manager,  CPR, First Aid
Experience: Elderhaus since 2006: C.N.A. long-term care facility 3 yrs: C.N.A. home health care 3 yrs:  C.N.A. Hospice 6 yrs.
I received my nurse assistant training at a long-term care facility in Brush, Colorado.  I moved to Ft Collins in 1997 and worked for a home health agency and then for Hospice.  I first learned of Elderhaus when I was caring for a client who attended the day program.  After leaving Hospice, I applied for a program director position with Elderhaus.  I have learned so much since my first day with Elderhaus and continue to learn every day I am here.  Each participant adds a little bit of seasoning to the pot of diversity.  I look forward to each day and the smiles of everyone as they greet you certainly can turn a frown upside down.  I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to learn about history and changes the senior population has witnessed.  The stories that need to be remembered and the people that lived them are right here at Elderhaus.

Rosemary Luna: MCCR Site Coordinator
Education:  Masters in Gerontology, BA in Sociology/Psychology minor, CPR, First Aid, QMAP
Experience:  Elderhaus since 2001; volunteered at Nursing Homes beginning in 1998
Being a part of Elderhaus is not just my career; it is my mission. After volunteering at Elderhaus for nearly two years, and joining as a staff member in 2003, I still feel humbled and rewarded by the smiles, gratitude and compassion I receive from our clients every day. I am able to experience first-hand the life-changing difference Elderhaus makes in the lives of so many people, and how everyone here contributes through their caring service.

Angel Jones:  Site Coordinator - Elderhaus/Eagle's Club
Education:  CNA, CPR, First Aid, QMAP
Experience:  Elderhaus since 2012

Sally Walczyk:  Accounting Development
Education:  Masters in Accounting, BS Gerontology, CNA, CMT, QMAP, CPR, First Aid
Experience:  Elderhaus since 2005; Nursing Home, Home Health and Private Care CNA for 13 years
After moving to Alaska in 1998 to care for my mother who had suffered a stroke, I found that caring for her was extremely rewarding. Returning to Colorado, I took classes and earned my CNA and then my Gerontology degree from University of Northern Colorado in 2005. Soon after graduating, I put my experience and training to work at Elderhaus, where I love to share in the triumphs and challenges those we serve experience on a daily basis.

Missey Toomey:  Grant Writer
Education:  MS in Information Technology, BA in Social Work
Experience:  Elderhaus since 2012, 30 years in the IT industry
I found Elderhaus during my quest to find assistance in caring for a loved one.  It stole my heart and offered me an opportunity for an encore career.

Nora Housel: Dietary Manager
Education: AAS Radiologic Technology, CNA, QMAP, First Aid, CPR
Experience:  Elderhaus since 2008; 26 years in long term care involving supervising housekeeping, laundry and food service, CNA, restorative aid working with OT, PT and speech therapy; Home care for 2 years
My life mission is to serve the elderly, and I very much enjoy spending time with Elderhaus clients and listening to their histories. My goal is to do everything I can to improve their quality of life. I’m always working to enhance my training for client care, from my training as an X-ray technologist to my next goal of taking a CPR class.

Jordan Pinigis : Activity Director
Education: 2014 graduate from Colorado State University with degrees in Psychology and double major in Human Development and Family Studies. 
Experience:Jordan started at Elderhaus, as an intern through a program at CSU and became hired as a Program Director in 2014. She is a CNA, QMAP, and DD QMAP.

Sandie Cogswell:  Volunteer Coordinator
Education:  CPR, First Aid
Experience:  Elderhaus since 2011; Secretarial/Business; Voluteered in Tutoring (2007-2010), Cub Scouts (1992-1998), relief office volunteer at the Mead Town Hall
I am honored to be the Volunteer Coordinator for Elderhaus/Mindset.  I am continually inspired by our staff, our participants and our wonderful volunteers!

Mary Kelley: Fleet Manager, Billing Assistant, Foothills Gateway Inc. Liason
Education: Vocational College for Veterinary Assistant, QMAP, CPR, First Aid
Experience:  Elderhaus since 2009; Automotive Mechanics
My Name is Mary and I'm pleased to be here. I started volunteering at Elderhaus and was offered a position in transport, which has since evolved into being Fleet Manager.  I have always worked in the automotive field until falling in love with the participants at Elderhaus and Mindset.  I now think if Elderhaus and Mindset as one big family, one which I am happy to be a part of.

Jenn Jacobus: Office Assistant, Community Health-Blood Pressure Clinics
Education: BA in Human Development(Degree in Process), QMAP, CPR, First Aid
Experience:  Elderhaus since 2008; Elderhaus volunteer for 1 year
When I started out as an Elderhaus volunteer during my practicum through Colorado State University, I instantly fell in love with the organization and its mission. Now I work with groups of Elderhaus clients in programs that foster independence and community responsibility through volunteer work and life-skills training. Being a part of the Elderhaus team has been an extremely rewarding experience for me, and through this experience I have learned what I would like to specialize in within my education; it has helped me to find my niche.  I am proud to be a part of Elderhaus and what this organization stands for.

Julie  Silver-Seidele:  Occupational Therapist
Education:  Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University
Experience:  Elderhaus since 2010

Barbara Hope:  LPN, Veterans Program
Education:  RN
Experience:  Elderhaus since 2011

Brady Collins: C.N.A., Program Director

Lindsey Katz: C.N.A., Program Director

Tamra King: Program Director

Jessica Mossman: Program Director

Traci Cole-Moench: Program Director

 Emily DeBoer: QMAP, Program Director

 Krissey Reed: CNA, QMAP, Program Director 

 April Channel: Dietary Assistant