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Our People

From our residents to our visitors, staff and management, the people in our building contribute to a unique energy and atmosphere we all enjoy. Golden West is warm, inviting, altruistic and vibrant, full of spirited folks from all different walks of life who are passionate about creating and contributing to community.

The Golden West staff and Board are involved in key aging services organizations like LeadingAge Colorado, and are also active in organizations throughout the Boulder Valley community. We stay ahead of trends and issues in senior housing and aging services because we are committed to serving Boulder’s senior population.

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Our Team

John Torres
John TorresChief Executive Officer and President
John has served in the aging services field for more than 40 years, including 25 years as Golden West’s executive director. A native of Boulder County, John is involved with LeadingAge Colorado (former executive director, president, board member and mentor) and LeadingAge, a national organization composed of nonprofit senior living organizations. 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 LeadingAge. Mentoring is one of his most rewarding activities.
John McCarthy
John McCarthyChief Financial Officer

Originally from Michigan, John received his master’s degree in corporate accounting and finance from Michigan State University. He began his financial career with Omni Hotels as assistant controller, overseeing general accounting functions and reporting. His career developed rapidly, leading him to become a director of finance with Interstate Hotels and Resorts. After 15 years of managing the financial processes of for-profit entities, his focus turned to mission-driven work, drawing him to the world of nonprofits and to Golden West. His goal is to further the mission of Golden West through solid financial strategy and support. In his spare time, he enjoys food, wine, travel and art.

Donna Ruske
Donna RuskeChief Administrative Officer

Donna 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 have been with human resources. Today, Donna’s responsibilities also include risk management and compliance. Donna has a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

Stephanie Schuler
Stephanie SchulerDirector of the Mezzanine – Assisted Living

Stephanie comes from a family of healthcare professionals. She began her career in the healthcare field as a C.N.A., working in home care and memory care assisted living. Once she earned her degree, a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration, she made the move to management, working first as a resident services coordinator and then as a director of memory care at assisted living communities. Drawn to nonprofits and missing the day-to-day interactions with residents, she’s found her place at Golden West.

Brent Chapman
Brent ChapmanAssistant Facilities Manager

A New York native, Brent was always drawn to Colorado because of the mountains, the weather and the people. He started working at Golden West in 2001 as a painter and was eventually promoted to the maintenance technician lead before moving into his current role. He’s proud to work for an organization that provides affordable housing to seniors and considers himself lucky to call Boulder home. In his free time, Brent can be found exploring the mountains and hunting for rare gems with his two children.

Danny Mardick
Danny MardickFacilities Manager

Danny 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.

Jill Moore
Jill MooreDirector of Resident Programs

Originally 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.

Nicole Pilger
Nicole PilgerLeasing Coordinator

Having held numerous positions at senior care communities throughout the state, Nicole never tires of working with seniors. “Each has lived such an interesting life,” she said. “They’re like little history books walking around.” She loves finding a personal connection with every resident and learning what they have to teach her. Nicole has a personal connection to the industry having helped her mother move into assisted living, transition from California to Colorado and eventually move into long-term care. When she’s not at Golden West, she can be found enjoying Colorado’s beauty with her husband.

Angela Youngs
Angela YoungsMezzanine Resident Care Manager

Angela started her career as a CNA in 1996, working in skilled nursing facilities and geriatric care centers before returning to school in 2009 for her LPN degree. She eventually left skilled nursing to work with developmentally-disabled adults in home settings but returned two years later because she missed helping and working with seniors. Angela joined the Golden West team in 2016 and, when she’s not tending to residents’ healthcare needs, can often be found admiring the gorgeous views of the Flatirons from the community’s penthouse.

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