Our Team

To stay current with trends in senior living, Golden West staff and board actively support and learn from the key associations of aging services, such as the Colorado Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and the LeadingAge, and the local Boulder Valley community.

John Torres

Executive Director

John TorresJohn 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.

Donna Ruske

Associate Director of Administration

Donna RuskeDonna began her career with Golden West in 1993. She has remained with Golden West because she is proud to be part of a mission-driven nonprofit organization that provides such a needed service to the community. During her tenure Donna has held several positions, but since 1998, her passion and primary responsibility has been with human resources. Today, Donna also manages the assisted living and independent living department staff, who provide the direct services to the residents of Golden West. Donna has a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

Tracy Swen

Associate Director of Finance and Operations

Tracy SwenA graduate of the accounting program at the University of Colorado, Denver, Tracy started as an accounting manager at Golden West in 1997. She made a career move to work in the information technology industry for about six years, and returned to Golden West as associate director of finance in 2006. She has stayed involved with Golden West throughout much of her career, serving on the board of the Golden West Foundation and holding positions as president and treasurer. Tracy believes that her work has a direct impact on the lives of the people around her, which she finds very rewarding.

Heidi Marchi

Director of Community Relations

Heidi MarchiHeidi 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.

Jill Moore

Director of Resident Programs

Jill MooreOriginally from Kansas, Jill moved to Colorado in 1977. After living in Wyoming for 15 years, Jill moved back to Colorado. Jill has nearly 20 years of experience in senior recreation, having worked for other senior living communities and several senior recreation centers in the past. Jill has degrees in human rehabilitative service and recreation administration with an emphasis in gerontology. Outside of work, Jill enjoys reading, puzzles, bike riding and playing in the mountains.

Margie Freedman

Resident Services Coordinator

Margie FreedmanMargie came to Golden West in September 2008. As resident services coordinator, she supports residents and their families with everything from local service referrals to state and federal funding resources. Margie earned her bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Syracuse University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Colorado. In 1975, Margie moved from New York to Colorado. She has worked in the nonprofit community for the past 20 years. As an active member of her professional community, she serves on the Advisory Committee for Project Hope, volunteered at Community Table, a volunteer effort to provide nutritious meals to those needing assistance in the community, and served on several nonprofit boards and advisory committees. Margie finds her work with seniors at Golden West some of the most rewarding work to date. She enjoys hiking with her family, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing, as well as reading and playing Mahjong.

Martina Kuhar

Assisted Living Resident Care Manager

Martina KuharMartina attended nursing school in her home country of Croatia. She moved to the United States in 1996 and began her career as a caregiver at the Christian Living Campus in Denver in 1997. She has been with Golden West for two years now. She loves working with older age groups because of the heightened amount of wisdom and knowledge they are able to offer her. She believes the residents are great teachers and she enjoys interacting with them. As Resident Care Manager of Golden West, Martina serves as a liaison between the doctors, pharmacies, residents and the residents’ families. Martina also teaches medication administration classes and is involved in the alternative healing field.

Danny Mardick

Maintenance Manager

DannyDanny started with Golden West in 2003 and has been the maintenance manager since 2005. He has plenty of experience in this field, having been in the building maintenance and construction trade for 22 years. Danny is a Colorado native and has lived in Boulder for most of his life. He enjoys what he does because he likes working with seniors and appreciates a job that involves helping other people.

Join our Team

Working with and supporting older adults is a rewarding career. If you would like to learn more about Golden West’s career opportunities in food service, health care, operations, marketing and more, please visit our Careers section.

Volunteer Opportunities

One of Golden West’s strengths comes from community volunteers who serve on our boards, help organize programs or share time with our seniors. If you have time and would be interested in being a volunteer, please contact Golden West at 303-939-0883 to learn more about available opportunities or visit our Volunteer section.