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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.

Andrea Akin

Andrea Akin

Loveland

Andrea has vast experience with senior populations and with just helping others. She began her career as a CNA in home health and assisted living. Then, she transitioned to activity coordination for older adults who struggled with dementia. At 54 years young, Andrea graduated Cum Laude from CSU with a Bachelor's in Social Work and spent the next six years working with the homeless population in Larimer County. Now, Andrea is delighted to work with seniors once again while also developing her photography side gig. Andrea and her husband, who is a retired singer/songwriter, have three amazing children and are hoping for grandchildren in the future! They will also gladly share more about their two four-legged kiddos, as well. Andrea loves nature photography, bread baking, reading, and growing organic vegetables.

Zoey Altman

Zoey Altman

Fort Collins

Zoey is a lover of all creatures, both two-legged and four-legged. She lived and worked on a farm for about six years and later worked with canines for three years. Additionally, she has great customer service experience by being in the restaurant industry for about five years. She is very motivated and focused, with great dedication to working with seniors. Her joy for her work comes from listening to old stories and helping others. As the only girl with five brothers, Zoey learned at a young age to help others and show compassion.

Indica Ashton

Indica Ashton

Wellington

Indica loves helping anyone who needs it. With nine years of childcare experience, she is a very patient and kind individual. This experience will also help her future goals, as she is currently getting her early childhood education degree. She loves to give back to her community by connecting with people and learning something new every day. In her free time, Indica enjoys riding horses or riding the slopes on her snowboard. She also enjoys spending time with her Rottweiler, Doc, who is a big, loving, baby.

Pansy Bothe

Pansy Bothe

Fort Collins

Pansy is a very loving caregiver who enjoys working with older adults. She wants to become a CNA and loves that working with seniors in their homes gives her real-life experience for that path. Pansy loves exploring the outdoors and her favorite color is pink.

Emma Doty

Emma Doty

Greeley

Emma is a caring soul who joined Senior Helpers to care for others. Originally from Minnesota, she has always had jobs that required her to take care of others, whether those people have been children or elders. Emma is in school, majoring in childhood education with the hopes of becoming a teacher. She has also been passionate about music and can play three instruments. Emma's favorite part about Senior Helpers is that she gets to know her clients through deep conversation.

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.

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.

Kari Hickey

Kari Hickey

Laporte

Kari is a Cheyenne, Wyoming, native, and an alumna of the University of Wyoming. Kari has a big heart and truly loves helping others, especially when she can help people remain in their homes as long as they can. She started caregiving as a hospice volunteer but had a background in the medical and dental fields. Now that she works for Senior Helpers, Kari is able to help people every day. Outside of work, she likes to walk and hike, especially with a dog, like her Italian Greyhound who was her walking companion for 16 years. Walking and hiking brings Kari peace after a long day of caregiving.

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.

Daniel Kang

Daniel Kang

Fort Collins

Daniel is an student at Johns Hopkins University studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. As an aspiring physician, he finds himself the happiest when helping others. This passion has led him to volunteer at local hospitals, mentor and tutor for children of all ages with organizations such as Thread Inc. and Tutorial Project, and even travel to Bangkok, Thailand, to teach severely underprivileged children English through the Human Development Foundation. Working as a caregiver with Senior Helpers has been wonderful step for Daniel in his career. Through working with his awesome and friendly clients,

Daniel has been able to learn so much while also having a great time.

Amy Karshbaum

Amy Karshbaum

Bellvue

Amy is a selfless and dedicated caregiver, originally from rural Wisconsin. She had an early start to caregiving for a large family of nieces and nephews. She formerly enjoyed part time employment in senior dietary care as well as child care. Continuing with nutrition and human development course work helped her obtain a position as a professional nanny and meal planner for family back in 1990. Amy has lived in Colorado for most of her life, and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences/GIS. Amy has gained a myriad of skills, knowledge, and experience working with different clients and “wearing many hats.” Her mother inspired her career choices to help others with nutrition and development, and has also inspired her senior care work as she recently developed dementia. Amy resides in a rural community in Larimer County with her two dogs, and her son attends Colorado School of Mines. She enjoys play time & the great outdoors with her dogs, early morning hikes, winter solitude, boating, river camping, ‘roughin’ it’ and deep relaxation in her spare time. Amy respects the value of work ethic, patience, kindness, courage, grace, and gratitude.

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

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.

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!

Laura Rencher

Laura Rencher

Fort Collins

Laura is a junior at Colorado State University, studying to be an Occupational Therapist. She is passionate about helping others from all demographics, particularly those with special needs. Before her college days, she was active in the senior community from providing annual necessities and conversation for senior veterans at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center to directing a published book that honors senior citizens in the community, called Liberty Legacies Volume II. She excels at companionship care, but is always willing to go the extra mile for clients depending on their specific needs. Currently, Laura is an active volunteer for groups that specialize in fostering relationships between student volunteers and Fort Collins community members with disabilities. She is also the Assistant Manager of Outreach and Marketing for Rams Kidz Village, a program that helps facilitate and oversee recreational activities for children of parenting students on campus. In these roles, Laura helps facilitate weekly activities with a consistently positive and welcoming attitude and ensures the various needs of her clients are met. She is also a Ram Handler for the university, so you may see her running alongside the CSU mascot at football games!

Christina "Kitti" Rodriguez

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.

Ty'niece Stewart

Ty'niece Stewart

Greeley

Caregiving often calls on us to lean into love what we didn’t know was possible. Ty'niece embodies this spirit. She has been a caregiver for over six years now and didn't realize that she could love a job so much. It truly takes a different kind of person to work in this special field of work, and Ty'niece is one of them. She has an abundance of experience in this field from housekeeping tasks to helping with personal care. She really enjoys the fact that you are always learning new things, whether it's about your clients or about the job!

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.

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.