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Nouf  AlDakeel

Nouf AlDakeel

Fort Collins

Nouf is new to Colorado and new to the US, a recent transplant from Saudi Arabia. She loves caring for others, especially those who are needing help. She has four fabulous and loves to care for them as well as her clients. In her free time, Nouf likes drawing with charcoal, gardening, crafting, cooking, and baking. This sweet and generous caregiver adores cats but is afraid of dogs!

Rhianna Ausmus

Rhianna Ausmus

Fort Collins

Rhianna is a sweet, wonderful caregiver who is from Loveland. She has always felt like she was a caretaker at heart and has always felt the need to care for others who can't take care of themselves. For example, Rhianna once found a baby bird and helped it find its way back to its nest. In her free time, Rhianna loves to spend time with her two-year-old son, Demarea, and paint with watercolors, often using her favorite color, which is pink.

Ruby Beattie

Ruby Beattie

Fort Collins

Originally from Michigan, Ruby started caregiving when her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. When her family found him eating soup out of his shoe, they knew he needed more permanent care and moved him in with them. Ruby has always loved helping others and she truly feels as though she has found her place at Senior Helpers. In this position, Ruby is able to do something she loves while furthering her knowledge of how to care for elders. In her free time, Ruby also enjoys drawing and watching her favorite TV shows, like Shameless.

Lori Bloom

Lori Bloom

Fort Collins

Lori Bloom has worked in assisted living facilities and is enjoying the transition to in-home senior care. Originally from South Dakota, she enjoys camping, hunting, and fishing. Lori has a daughter and a son plus four grandkids and another one on the way. She's been in Colorado for 12 years now and loves it here.

Stormy Botkin

Stormy Botkin

Greeley

Originally from Southern Texas, Stormy moved to Colorado five years ago. She has previously worked in both dental assisting and patient care, which drew her to senior care. Being in senior care, she feels, gives her the opportunity to make differences in other’s lives, create wonderful friendships, and gain valuable experiences. Stormy is currently in the pre-nursing program at UNC, and hopes to continue to care for others in the future. In her free time, Stormy enjoys photography, hiking, and painting.

Tyler Burton

Tyler Burton

Fort Collins

Tyler, otherwise known as Ty, was born and raised in Rhode Island. Ty has her Bachelor's degree in biology and is currently getting her Master's in forensic science. Her online schoolwork from National University doesn't get in the way of her job, though. Ty has worked in the home care industry for four years now, and she loves connecting with her clients. She also works with adults with disabilities, helping with career placement. In her free time, Ty enjoys hiking, camping, and taking care of her nine-year-old paraplegic German Shephard, Maggie. This bubbly 27-year-old caregiver is passionate about science and helping others!

Faith Butler

Faith Butler

Eaton

Faith was born and raised in Salida, Colorado, and enjoyed the small farm town, Eaton, throughout high school. She then got her Associate's degree in Zoology at Oklahoma State University and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in animal science in Wyoming. Faith decided to be a caregiver to expand on her joy of helping others and making connections with her lovely clients. When she isn't working or studying, Faith enjoys hunting, fishing, riding her horses, and spending time with my family.

Susan Carlton

Susan Carlton

Johnstown

Susan, otherwise known as Kitti, is a semi-retired RN after a long career is various settings. She loved nursing from the day she started school until the day she retired, which is one of the reasons why she continues as a caregiver. In her free time, Kitti enjoys hiking, reading, and needlecrafts, such as needlepoint. She also adores animals, especially her four cats and one dog. She truly enjoys her clients and loves working as a senior helper.

Leslie Chase

Leslie Chase

Fort Collins

Leslie is a wonderful caregiver, and really shows her expertise as a Master of Social Work. She loves working for Senior Helpers. Leslie feels that she has the privilege of working with, connecting, and helping her wonderful clients. In addition to senior care, Leslie is an actress. She also directed Children’s Theatre for many years and had her own business called “Imagination That!” an Improvisational Theatre program designed for at-risk youth.

Jacci Connally

Jacci Connally

Kersey

Jacci is a friendly and compassionate caregiver who values her clients and her crazy seven-year-old boy. She and her son, Tru, love living in Colorado because they love being outdoors. When she's not working, Jacci enjoys hiking, drawing, painting, and camping. She even tries her hand at photography when she can fit it into her busy schedule. If you love pizza, so does Jacci and I'm sure she'd love to try out any new pizza restaurants with you!

Rimaz Dui

Rimaz Dui

Fort Collins

Rimaz has been a caregiver since 2016 and loves being able to help others. Originally from Sudan, Rimaz loves to travel and see the world. When she isn't working or travelling, you can find Rimaz shopping or spending time with her family

Rianna Erickson

Rianna Erickson

Loveland

Rianna has a passion for helping older adults age gracefully in the comfort of their own homes. That's why she loves working for Senior Helpers. A student as well, Rianna is part of a cycling club and a student leadership team. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, learning guitar, reading, and listening to music.

Kimberly Fernandez

Kimberly Fernandez

Greeley

Kimberly is a Greeley native, born and raised. Though she is young, she is mature beyond her years since caregiving is and has been in the family. Not only does she love caregiving, but she is also open to learning more about people and about senior care. When she's not working, Kimberly loves listening to all types of music, going to concerts, and traveling with her family.

Maria Flores

Maria Flores

Greeley

Maria and her sisters naturally became caregivers when their mother was diagnosed with cancer. During that experience, Maria decided that caring for people, especially the elderly, was her calling. She went to school, becoming an MA and phlebotomist, then worked at a clinic serving only the elderly. Two years after moving to Colorado, Maria saw an ad for a caregiving job so she thought she would give it a try. She has now been with Senior Helpers for over 11 years! Maria loves working for Senior Helpers almost as much as she loves helping her residents. After looking at their photos, hearing their stories, and helping them every day, the clients become more and more like family. Maria also loves bringing her kids in to work to help out the people who need it most. They enjoy helping with bingo and tasks like getting water or bringing someone's cane to them. It makes Maria proud that her kids have the same passion as her to help others.

Elise Golyer

Elise Golyer

Fort Collins

Elise learned about the importance of caregiving at a young age when her grandma developed Alzheimer's. Elise then spent most of her school days at her house, taking care of her and helping her meet her needs. Because of this, she always makes it clear to her clients that she is their helper, but that they always have their own voice. She also values a variety in meals while trying to make her clients' days brighter. Elise is currently studying social work to help as many people as she can.

John Gooley

John Gooley

Greeley

John, originally from Long Island, New York, has lived in Colorado for ten years now. John has always looked out for others and now that he’s been a father for five years, he is confident in his abilities to help people on a professional level. As a caregiver, John loves meeting new people and building friendships with his clients. When he’s not working, John enjoys riding his bike, bird watching, hiking, fishing, boating, camping, different sports, video games, movies, computer programming, and, most of all, spending time with his family. He is very passionate about making memories with his four-year-old daughter, Juliette, and making music by playing piano and guitar. When he can, he loves to spend time with his daughter and their adopted cat, Angus. More than anything, John likes to take time to appreciate the incredible world around us.

Anabel Haro

Anabel Haro

Greeley

Anabel moved to Colorado 20 years ago from Zacatecas, Mexico. After she helped her grandmother for several years, she decided to start a career in senior care and began caregiving professionally. Since she began with senior care, she’s loved being able to help others and seeing their happiness when they receive help. Anabel is a family-oriented mom with a son and two daughters at home. Additionally, she has two pregnant goats, a small calf, and some chickens on the way. When she’s not at work, Anabel enjoys spending time with her family and taking care of her babies.

Geneva Hein

Geneva Hein

Fort Collins

Geneva is a young and enthusiastic caregiver. She was originally a housekeeper at Parkwood and grew to adore the residents. She realized that she wanted to be more than a housekeeper and became a caregiver. In her spare time, Geneva is a musician.

Diana Hernandez

Diana Hernandez

Greeley

Diana was born and raised in Texas, the oldest of 8 siblings. When her family moved to Loveland, Colorado, and her mother got a job in a nursing home, Diana began to visit the nursing home and see the impact that her mom was making. She learned quickly about the compassion in the work. After high school, Diana started working in nursing homes as well and worked until she had her first kid. After all five of her children were in school, Diana joined the workforce again as a one-on-one caregiver. As a single mother, it wasn’t always easy to work but Diana did it for her kids and for the clients she saw. Additionally, Diana has been able to learn so much from her clients about compassion, patience, strength, and caring. In her free time, Diana enjoys spending time with her family.

Yadira Herrera

Yadira Herrera

Evans

Yadira has been in the healthcare industry for over seven years and has recently started as a personal caregiver with Senior Helpers. She chooses to be a Senior Helper because she loves helping people and interacting with others. When she's not at work, Yadira is creating memories by exploring new places with her husband and four children or cooking Mexican food for the whole family at home.

Leslie Hoaglin

Leslie Hoaglin

Loveland

Leslie was born and raised in Colorado and loves her home state. She got into caregiving after her grandparents passed away and truly enjoys helping older folks. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her dog and her six-year-old son.

Treana Horner

Treana Horner

Briggsdale

Treana lived in Oregon and Alaska before settling in Colorado six years ago. Treana has loved taking care of others, ever since she was a kid, so it was a natural progression into caregiving when she was 28 years old. She loves being a caregiver because she can help others and make them smile. As a single mom, Treana raised three daughters. She now has seven grandchildren as well. Additionally, she has three brothers and a sister. Treana’s own mother has dementia, which is one of the reasons she loves helping other families going through the process. If that doesn’t make her busy enough, Treana also has three pigs and a baby lamb at home. When she’s not helping her loved ones and clients, Treana enjoys gardening and horseback riding.

Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones

Greeley

Sadie is currently in nursing school but has always been interested in caring for others. Since middle school, she has had varying positions in adult care from long-term care facilities to home health care. She has really found her calling with in-home senior care, though, because she can connect with people on a higher level. So far, Sadie has gotten to work with some incredible people and has found that working with Senior Helpers is great experience for her career in nursing.

Abigail Karns

Abigail Karns

Evans

Originally from Wisconsin, Abigail is a caring Senior Helper and a loving mother of two. She has a fun six-year-old and an adorable newborn. Abigail went to school for psychology but found her passion in photography, which she does on her free time. She also loves live music and spending time with her kids when she isn't working.

Maria Kierns

Maria Kierns

Fort Collins

Maria is a fun and loving caregiver at Senior Helpers. She grew up in Loveland and is now located in Fort Collins. Currently going to school for Mass Communications with a minor in Business, Maria is looking forward to starting her professional career in the business world. Growing up, Maria participated in equestrian sports and loved spending time with horses. In her free time, Maria enjoys comedy shows and live music.

Rachel Kirk

Rachel Kirk

Fort Collins

Rachel, or Rae, is one of our wonderful caregivers with a beautifully kind heart. She spends her time helping the residents at Parkwood Estates, where every client is won over by her personality. Rae loves history and was studying history in school until she started working with Senior Helpers, and changed her career path to social care with an emphasis on working with seniors. A Fort Collins native, Rae spends her free time with her dogs, Stewie and Harley. In her free time, Rae likes to paint, collect socks, and eat steak tacos.

Kelley Larkin

Kelley Larkin

Loveland

Kelley loves caring for others who need help, which is why she initially became a CNA. She loves how rewarding being a caregiver is, even when certain clients don't think they need help. She just loves to talk with and listen to her clients, learning new things every day. When she's not working, she is a mom of three boys and two girls, whose ages range from six years old to 30 years old. In her free time, she enjoys thrift shopping and grocery shopping.

Abigail Lee

Abigail Lee

Fort Collins

Abigail grew up as a military brat and loves giving back. She originally wanted to go to med school but has recently changed her degree to biology. However, the change hasn't stopped her from caring for her clients. She wants to care for the people who need help, no matter what.

Tom Merrow

Tom Merrow

Loveland

Tom is an experienced caregiver with 15 years of CNA work under his belt. He is originally from Michigan and enjoys it when he gets to go back to visit his family there. In his free time, Tom likes to build things, such as small scale train layouts and Christmas decorations. Tom also loves to rescue cats and has six cats at home.

Maribel Meza

Maribel Meza

Eaton

Maribel is originally from Roswell, New Mexico, but moved to Colorado 24 years ago. Maribel started caregiving while going to school for her Master’s degree. She loves absolutely everything about being a caregiver, from the conversations with clients to helping them with daily tasks. Maribel is passionate about spending time with her family, which includes her two children and her dog.

Katt Mitchell

Katt Mitchell

Fort Collins

Katt is an amazing 23-year-old caregiver. Married to her high school sweetheart, she finds happiness in her home life with her two fur babies, Jayda and Atlas. Katt enjoys working with older adults because she loves to help people and make them smile. Any time she can make someone's day a little better is a good day for Katt. She is happy to work at Senior Helpers because she loves having a job where she can help people and make the best of the time they have left. In her free time, Katt enjoys travelling and going on outdoor adventures

Virginia Murphy

Virginia Murphy

Fort Collins

Virginia, or Gin, is a Colorado-born, 61-year-old world traveler. She taught elementary school for many years in Utah, Germany, Italy, Guam, California, and Arizona. She loved teaching and learning about different cultures through children. She then transitioned into a behavioral health case manager for 8 years. After that, Gin began caregiving with a focus on dementia patients and has been loving her job for the past four years. As a military wife, and with her general love for travel, Gin lived overseas for 15 years and visited 8 continents.

Christina Ornelas

Christina Ornelas

Greeley

Christina, or Tina, is an amazing caregiver who was born and raised in Greeley. She loves to help people whether she's caregiving for seniors or babysitting. Tina is currently going to school to be a medical assistant. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and playing basketball.

Jose Palafox

Jose Palafox

Evans

Jose has ample experience caring for seniors, not just with Senior Helpers but also from helping his own grandparents. He got into the senior care profession because he loves working with his clients and hearing their stories. He truly enjoys the feeling of helping others and understanding their situations. In his free time, Jose likes to play sports and he enjoys driving with no particular destination in mind.

Kate Pierson

Kate Pierson

Fort Collins

Kate loves being a caregiver because she can help those who need it most. She stands for the Senior Helpers mission to provide the best quality of senior care to our community. Kate loves to bake and cook so much that she went to the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts to learn more. And, as Kate always says, no baking session can be the same without some singing and dancing. In her free time, she enjoys nature walks, spending time with family, hanging around beautiful Fort Collins, and writing about her experiences.

Megan Pierson

Megan Pierson

Fort Collins

Megan is a loving, caring team member. She has been with Senior Helpers for four years and the work has helped her grow as a person and a caregiver. She and her husband, Chadd, have three cats who they adore. Megan loves helping people, but when she isn't working she enjoys reading, swimming, walking, and going to amusement parks!

Teresa Pinkstaff

Teresa Pinkstaff

Evans

Teresa feels like she hit the lottery with her amazing family, including her mom, dad, and sisters. Her beloved dad is how she got into caregiving in the first place. Taking care of him paved the way to her career in caregiving for others. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Teresa has a great love for horses, the Rodeo, country music, and folk music.

Marsha Powers

Marsha Powers

Evans

Marsha has worked in education and caregiving for a combined 35 years. At first, she taught special education in Kansas until she moved to Colorado in 1988. After her two children began elementary school in 1995, she starting teaching preschool and worked in the elementary special programs which she continues to this day. In the summers, for six years, she worked for a day program with adults with special needs. Though the company closed its doors in 2018, Marsha remains friends with many of her clients. She loves spending time with her successful children and granddaughter. Marsha's son is a sheriff's deputy in Kansas and her daughter is a history professor. Marsha's beautiful granddaughter, Avelyn, is 21 months old and getting bigger by the day!

Alainna Recore

Alainna Recore

Fort Collins

This California girl moved to beautiful Colorado 13 years ago. She is currently in school, getting her Bachelor's degree in nursing. She plans to specialize in oncology so she can continue taking care of people. Alainna has always had a heart for taking care of others and has been in this industry for many years now. It's very rewarding to Alainna that she can give care and comfort to those in need, and she hopes that the one-on-one interactions with her clients will shape her future to become an amazing nurse. Alainna and her husband love spending time with their two girls, Madisyn, who is 5, and Lauryn, who is 3.

Rosa Rios

Rosa Rios

Wellington

Our 2020 Caregiver of the Year, Rosa, is always ready to help when needed. Rosa was a kindergarten teacher for five years until she started caregiving for her mom, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of that experience, Rosa went to nursing school and graduated with honors, studying several semesters of English in addition to nursing. Until 2019, Rosa worked in social services in a hospital and for the health secretary of Mexico in the Department of Universal Vaccinations. Since moving to the US, Rosa has been one of our amazing caregivers! In her free time, Rosa is a crafter, taking courses in carpentry, tailoring, painting, and more.

Amanda Rodriguez

Amanda Rodriguez

Loveland

Amanda is a caring helper who adores working with older adults because they melt her heart and make her smile. After taking care of both of her grandparents who had dementia, she knew she wanted to help other older adults. Amanda currently works in a memory care unit as well as an in-home caregiver. From a small town in Texas, Amanda loves making connections with her community. She has three brothers and three sisters and is the baby of the family. Also, Amanda has a beautiful fiance named Tameka and two dogs named Raider, a schnauzer, and Tequila, a Great Dane. In her free time, Amanda enjoys drawing, painting, and anything crafty.

Christina

Christina "Kitti" Rodriguez

Greeley

When her mother was diagnosed with cancer, Kitti and her sisters followed their instincts, naturally becoming their mother's caregivers. Ever since then, Kitti has loved taking care of others. First, she worked in home health for about 10 years. After that, she enjoyed an adult day care center where she scheduled doctor's appointments and crafted with her clients. She recently joined Senior Helpers, where she enjoys her job and the clients she sees. Kitti has found through her work that everyone is unique in their own way. She loves working with people to help with their daily tasks. Kitti also understands the importance of patience, love, and compassion in this line of work.

Jessica Ryan

Jessica Ryan

Windsor

Jessica has worked in healthcare for over 25 years with experience in hospitals, facilities, and medical offices. She enjoys working with her clients and hearing their stories. Jessica has two kids and two grandkids, who she adores. In her free time, she likes to read and do crossword puzzles.

Claudia Serrano

Claudia Serrano

Fort Collins

Claudia was born and raised in Colorado but also spent 12 years in Mexico. While in Mexico, Claudia worked at a tourist hotel and restaurant. Since that first experience in hospitality, she has worked at the front desk, in housekeeping, and laundry services. Claudia joined Senior Helpers because she feels that serving and helping others is her purpose in life. In her free time, Claudia enjoys arts and crafts (such as carving avocado pits), gardening, and herbalism.

Deidra Smith

Deidra Smith

LaSalle

A bubbly and well-traveled personality, Deidra loves connecting with her clients. She was born in Kansas but moved to Fort Collins at two years old. For many years, Deidra drove professionally all across the United States, for a company that built natural gas pipelines. One of her favorite places was West Virginia since it was so beautiful. Now, Deidra is loving La Salle so she can be close to her family - four sons, eight granddaughters, and one grandson.

Yvette Stewart

Yvette Stewart

Greeley

Yvette is a hard worker and a quick learner, which is why she fits in perfectly at Senior Helpers. She can turn any situation into something positive, and our clients love that attitude. Yvette was born in Utah and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She loves being active, including skateboarding, playing basketball, and taking long walks. Yvette also enjoys watching the NFL and NBA. Her other hobbies include playing old video games, fixing cars, and cooking for her wonderful five children.

Shelby Stutts

Shelby Stutts

Loveland

Originally from Grand Junction, Shelby comes from a big family with six siblings. Shelby began caregiving when she started taking care of her grandmother when she was sick. Her love for helping others has made her continue caregiving. She's a creative soul who enjoys coloring her hair, shopping, and staying social with other people. Shelby also enjoys going for walks, spending time with her family, and doing artwork.

Melissa Tamez

Melissa Tamez

Greeley

Born and raised in Eaton, Colorado, Melissa enjoys being around her family and friends. Melissa has been married for six years, and has a seven-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son. She loves caregiving because she’s a naturally caring person, enjoys helping in any way, and brining joy into others’ lives. When she isn’t working, you can find Melissa reading, swimming, or enjoying the outdoors.

Mary Jane Tovar

Mary Jane Tovar

Greeley

Mary Jane is a Colorado native, born and raised in Greeley. This passionate 33-year-old loves working for Senior Helpers, not just because she’s a workaholic, but also because she loves caring for others. Mary Jane is a colorful individual, and specifically enjoys purple, pink, and green. Her favorite hobbies, when she has some free time, of course, are coloring, arts and crafts, and fishing.

Dorothy Whitaker

Dorothy Whitaker

Fort Collins

Dorothy, or Dotti, is a retired nurse and amazing caregiver. Other than her nursing and caregiving expertise, Dotti is also a professional singer. She has been a singer for many years, and even writes songs in her free time.

Jerilyn White

Jerilyn White

Greeley

Jerilyn is an amazing caregiver who loves to spend time with older adults while holding a high respect for her elders. Other than senior care, Jerilyn also has experience caring for mentally disabled individuals. Originally from Black Hawk, Jerilyn travelled to Grand Junction and Iowa. Then, she moved back to Greeley to help her dad battle pancreatic cancer but he ended up passing just a few days after she settled in Colorado. At home, Jerilyn gives so much of her undivided attention to her three-year-old girl. But, when she gets a minute to herself, she enjoys puzzles, board games, working on her vehicles, playing with her dogs, crafting, cooking, and more.

Sophia Zappolo

Sophia Zappolo

Fort Collins

Sophia is a caring individuals who loves working with older adults in our community because she wants to make a difference in their lives. She feels the rewarding aspect of leaving an impact. Something that seems small to us might mean more to others, and Sophia loves that she can help people whenever possible. Sophia is currently a CSU student who likes to learn new languages, though she already speaks English and Spanish, and practice photography. She also enjoys hiking, playing soccer, reading, and hanging out with her roommates.