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Come play our Aging CLUE Game with us Wednesday, Oct. 3rd and meet our cast of characters!

Mrs. Meadow-Brook, Kristi Helzer is our Gardener:  She gave birth to Northern Colorado Women in Business in January of 2009. She likes GROWING things and has hosted an informative Workshop every month – since and is proud to have more than doubled monthly participation over the last 10 years. Her passion is helping others. She loves being a cheerleader for Northern Colorado and the people living and working here.  Business Match-Making and Marketing are as natural as inhaling and exhaling for this community-minded woman who has never met a stranger. She mothers and adopts people daily and can hardly wait to be a Grammy! She’s been married to Richard for 41 years, is the mother of two sons. Ben, her first born, and Annie (Kristi’s almost daughter) will bless the family with a baby boy in December.  That little guy will attempt to keep up with his nearly 7-year-old sister Briana. Rich & Krisit’s youngest blue-eyed, teddy bear son Joey is an Angel – keeping an eye on all of them from Heaven. Kristi’s full-time job is as the Community Outreach & Education Coordinator for the West Greeley Conservation District.

            Northern Colorado Women in Business evolved out of a clamoring of women who wanted a support system, so we “grew” one. This body of incredible women share, coach, encourage, support and build friendships that go beyond professional relationships right into a sisterhood. We truly are unique. We build careers, raise families, volunteer for area nonprofit organizations, care for children and parents all while learning from each other and growing as human beings. We push one another to do the work and reach for the stars! We are building careers that are impacting others through our success. We even help our members re-invent themselves when LIFE calls for a change! Members volunteer for monthly tasks, refer new members, donate speaker gifts and door prizes, and host meetings. We average 5-7 new members at each first Wednesday NetWORKing/Breakfast/WORKshop.  This incredible steady growth in participation, and sharing management duties – helps keep participation affordable for business women in any stage of their career. When you attend, you become a member. You can enhance your membership by posting your profile ($100 for life) on our Web Site 970-506-1882 / Kr****@Kr**********.com./        


 Mrs. White is the housekeeper who manages all assets – Pamela Groeger is a Colorado Native, who was raised in Greeley. Ms. Groeger worked in Public Accounting, was the Controller of a local start-up for 14 years and she has also co-owned businesses with her husband. In 2004, Ms. Groeger served as State Representative HD 50, Greeley, CO.  Since 2005, Ms. Groeger has educated Middle American’s on sound financial principles and strategies that can save families their futures and impact generations to come. After caring for her father-in-law in her home for over 11 years, the need to understand Medicare was apparent.  After educating herself, she now teaches people how to navigate the Medicare maze.  Pamela lives in Greeley with her husband, Tony, 2 dogs and an independent-minded cat. She has two Korean sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law and two grandsons (22 months & a 5-year-old) who she says,  “must be the cutest children in the world.” A fun fact: Her husband, Tony, was born in Greeley and his grandparents homesteaded where Kenny’s Steakhouse now sits.

            At Five Rings Financial, our specialty is turning aspirations into achievements. Founded in 2004 by Mike Wilk, Five Rings Financial is a company whose mission and message is now helping to improve the financial direction of families all across America.  Preparing for your financial future is one of the most important steps you can take in life. Our goal is to help each client implement safe retirement strategies with income that cannot be outlived, minimize taxation now and in the future, protect lifestyle and family during illness or incapacity and create generational wealth. You can reach Pamela at 970-686-7197 / pg******@fi****************.com /


Ms. Peach, Janet Bedingfield, will manipulate a situation with her sweet, innocent southern charm. Janet began the latest chapter of her career as the Assistant Executive Director of Senior Resource Services (SRS) in September, 2015, becoming the Executive Director almost exactly one year later. Janet’s career has been spent as a primary classroom teacher, a State Farm Supervisor, a Congressional campaign Volunteer Coordinator, and a small business owner before making the move to the non-profit sector. Her life-long passion for volunteerism has spanned everything from schools to church leadership, then to the American Cancer Society events and on to the Greeley Independence Stampede Committee. She is the proud mother of two sons and an adoring grandma.

            Senior Resource Services (SRS) was founded by Gerontologist DeeAnn Groves in 2007, the concept born out of a desire to meet the needs of older adults in Weld County.  SRS’s transportation program, 60+ Ride, offers Weld County’s aging population transportation free of charge, regardless of income.  Providing this needed service directly addresses the number one reason for their loss of independence during the aging process. Transportation is provided largely by caring volunteer drivers whose generous willingness to take clients to and from local appointments offers older residents throughout Weld County the opportunity to maintain their physical, emotional, and mental health while continuing to live independently.  SRS, 800 8th Ave., Greeley 80631 / 970-352-9348 / JB**********@SR*****.com /


Former archaeologist -Professor Plum aka Maureen Walker, is a self-made billionaire, Maureen was born a Philly girl and at the age of 4, her dad heard “go west young man” and settled the family in Lander, Wyoming where she grew up. As a single mother of two, she moved to Greeley, returning to college at age 31; she graduated from UNC at 35 with a degree in Management and Recreation Therapy. She had her first job as an executive director at age 39; and later went on to Regional Director in senior living.  She began working with Aging Adults directly out of high school. Maureen has worked in Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities throughout northern Colorado.  There-in lies an obvious passion for her to continue today when launching her own senior living placement service, Assisted Living Locators Serving NOCO.  She adores four very special little people (the Grands) in her life, and thinks they are amazing!  She volunteers for several non-profit organizations, and has a passion for local, regional, and international missions.

            Assisted Living Locators offers a complimentary, no-cost service for seniors and their families providing expert advice on short and long-term care options, including in-homecare, independent living, assisted living, memory care and senior apartments.  She offers a complete assessment of a senior’s needs and recommends a plan that covers their individual needs with a continuum of care. Maureen’s goal is to assist families in choosing appropriate care options for themselves and their loved ones, to save time, decrease stress and provide ‘peace of mind.” She looks at a wide range of options that just can’t be matched by online or national firms. She is local and hands on!  For more information about Assisted Living Locators no cost community service for seniors and their families contact her at 970-660-8898 / mw*****@as*******************.com /


Mrs. Peacock, Irish Martin-Danhoff,’s character came from a wealthy family of politicians; she loves the spotlight! Irish has been involved in the Senior population since she was in middle school. Her first experience was as the primary caregiver for her grandmother. She helped her not only by caring for her – but also helped her navigate the health care world. Irish attended UNC and studied Psychology and Gerontology. She has spent her time in the health care field holding a number of positions from Activities Director, Admissions Director, Regional Director, Marketing Director, and Hospital Liaison. Irish is now Regional Director of Operations and is running a successful home care agency called FirstLight Home Care. Irish is the mom of 5 wonderful children – three sons and two daughters, two of them are her “bonus” children from husband, Shane. She loves spending time with family and doing anything she can to support her kids and her community.

FirstLight Home Care is a leading home care company, providing compassionate in-home care, respite care and homemaking services to any adult in need. Whether it is illness, injury, surgery, dementia, or just challenges that come with everyday life; our caregiver takes on the tasks that can seem overwhelming. They do cooking, laundry, cleaning, running errands or assisting with most activities of daily living. But we do more than that. We understand that what you want/need most for you or your loved one is help, hope, comfort, companionship, and compassion. You want someone who genuinely cares and that is what they do. Because caring is our calling. We are grocery shoppers / problem solvers  / bathing helpers / organizers / hope tour guides / listeners / huggers / personal chefs / activity planners / conversationalists / hair stylists / errand runners / laundry folders / smile makers / confidants / good friends { caregivers } . FirstLight, 361 71st Ave., Greeley, CO 80634 / 970-515-5025 / ID******@fi****************.com /


The former Reverend Green, Michelle Shephard, is a fixer, but there are often strings attached Michelle attended the University of Northern Colorado earning a degree in Gerontology and Community Health. She has worked with the Area Agency on Aging for over 15 years in Long Term Care Programs and; most recently, with Older American Act Programs. During her time with the Area Agency on Aging, she has provided assistance to those 18 and older with a disability and seniors who require resources and services in the community. She is currently serving AAA as their Community Resources Coordinator.

The Weld County Area Agency on Aging (AAA), is located in the Department of Human Services. It receives funding from the Federal Older Americans Act and the Older Coloradoans Fund to provide services to Weld County residents who are 60 years and older. The Weld AAA also includes:  Options for Long-Term Care Single Entry Point, ADRC Program and Adult Protective Services for those ages 18 and older. The Weld County AAA is one of 16 AAA’s in the state of Colorado. AAA are community partners who strive to keep individuals in their homes and maintain independence for as long as possible through the services they support. An estimated 45,000 Weld adults are 60 years and over, they make up an important part of our communities. AAA, 315 N 11th Ave Bldg C, Greeley, CO 80631 / 970-400-6305 / ms******@we*****.com /


Ms. Scarlet, Sueann Swetzig, is an A-list actress who clawed her way to the top, but she hopes no one has a CLUE! Sueann has 30 years in the Community Relations service industry experience.  A Graduate of UNC with degrees in Management and Marketing and a minor in Psychology, she began her career as a division manager with Dayton-Hudson/Target division I, Grand Junction, Colorado.  She moved back to Greeley and started working in various positions at North Colorado Medical Center.  She was the Director of Information Technology for the Western Region, building hospitals, managing staff and computer implementations from California to Colorado.  When her position at Banner was eliminated, she had the opportunity to follow her passion for community and personal service, at The Bridge Assisted Living.  Her compassion for people, experience with event planning, and learning through the journey of aging and end of life with her mother;  gave her the ability to walk side-by-side with families’ transitioning loved ones to the next steps in their journey of life in an empathetic manner. She enjoys the theatre, time with family, friends, and her dog Stewart-who makes her happy.

The Bridge Assisted Living creates a community that allows family to remain family when the caring staff serves as the resident’s primary  care givers.  They have 62 rooms in 4 different sizes.  Their goal is to provide a community with gracious living, daily activities and outstanding care.  They can provide continuing services through home health and Life Care Center.  Setting them apart is their dedication to senior education and resources to age in place, it makes The Bridge their home. Sueann Swetzig, Community Relations Director 4750 25th St., Greeley, CO 80634 / 970-302-5212 / ss******@ce*******.com /


Col. Mustard, Megan Slusser, fills the role of former star athlete and military gal whose popularity is now questionable. Megan has grown up in the Senior Living service arena (following in her Mom’s footsteps). She started working as a caregiver in 1999. Over the last 20 years she has worked in nearly every position dealing with aging adults and they are her true passion. Megan’s current position is the Director of a terrific staff and all their residents at Meadowview Assisted Living of Greeley.  When she is not at work, she is enjoying her two wild children, sons Henry and Emmett, who don’t fall far from the apple tree! And, her delightful and patient husband, Brett, who lovingly deals with the entire family while managing to stay quite sane!

MeadowView of Greeley is designed for those who need assistance with life’s daily tasks, delivering only the care you need and desire. Their residents benefit from health care services delivered in a satisfying, comfortable environment that encourages individuality, independence and social interaction. Caring associates are there 24 hours a day to assist with the activities of daily living and you only pay for the services you choose. You’ll feel your world grow each day as you meet new neighbors and take advantage of opportunities to learn and grow. We focus on meeting all your needs or the needs of your loved one – physical, mental and spiritual. Find us at  5300 29th St., Greeley CO 80634 / 970-353-6800 / Me***********@le****************.com /

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