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A Deep Knowledge of the Broomfield Real Estate Community

ia Ness is a leading Colorado Realtor with Colorado Landmark, Realtors, focusing on residential realty in the Broomfield market. She has extensive experience marketing distinguished, luxury properties, as well as a discretion and professionalism that was honed during her career in the luxury hotel and hospitality industry. Ness’s love for the Broomfield area is reflected in her deep knowledge of the city, including its history, geography and current culture. “The City and County of Broomfield encompasses 33 square miles and began as a farming community with the Zang family,” she says. “Baseball fields have been named after these pillars and pioneers in our community. Broomfield is an innovative, master-planned community with a small town atmosphere.” Ness has been a resident of Broomfield for more than 24 years and continues to enjoy access to its many amenities that simply make life better: from parks and great schools to trails and aquatics and recreation centers. “Today,” she says, “Broomfield economic growth is through employers such as Ball Aerospace, Vail Resorts and Brocade Communications. This has brought a great desire to be a homeowner and involved in this amazing community. What I love about Broomfield the most is the wonderful, lifelong friends that I have made that are like family to me and, of course, the vibrant restaurant scene.” One of the primary things that differentiates Ness as a Realtor

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“What I love about Broomfield the most is the wonderful, lifelong friends that I have made that are like family to me and, of course, the vibrant restaurant scene.” is her devoted availability and detail-oriented focus for each and every transaction she works on. “I am very involved in every aspect of the transaction and have my client’s best interest at heart when vigorously negotiating on their behalf,” she says. “The meaning of “my team” is me and my clients working together on their number one asset.” Ness takes a leadership role and uses her authority in the real estate space to benefit her clients and meet their needs

quickly and effectively. She is the number one contact for her clients, but she isn’t the only person working to their benefit. Home buyers and owners who work with Ness have the advantage of her connection to Colorado Landmark, Realtors. The company is local and boutique, but with global, international connections through the affiliates Leading RE and Luxury Portfolio, so there is no limit to their resources for

meeting a client’s needs. “Colorado Landmark, Realtors is like being part of a closeknit family with over 45 years of experience,” says Ness. “We have fantastic marketing tools when listing your property while leveraging our connections and market knowledge.” Despite the scope of this expansive, powerful team, clients never get lost in the fray or find themselves talking to a stranger. “Although I do have a strong support staff at Colorado Landmark, Realtors that work behind the scenes, I am the interface with my clients,” Ness says. Ness says her job brings her great joy – especially the moment when she walks into a home with a buyer and sees their bright reaction as they realize, “This is the one.” Her skill and commitment is reflected in her many repeat clients and word-ofmouth referrals. “The greatest compliment and most rewarding part of my career is repeat clients and my clients support to refer me to their connections,” she says. “I am so thankful and grateful that they put their trust in me and lean on my market knowledge and strategies to achieve their real estate goals. It’s exciting to know that they are building equity and I am happy to help grow their portfolio in real estate.” For more information, call Ness at 720.273.7567, email or visit



Broomfield FISH

Embracing Hope “Broomfield FISH has made me feel not alone and has given me the courage to keep fighting to give my daughter an opportunity in life. FISH has been, and is, an essential part of my community in Broomfield. This organization provides hope and inspiration to those that just need a little help during certain stages in life.” – “Elizabeth”


oin Broomfield FISH on Thurs., Oct. 13th at the Lionsgate Event Center for their fall luncheon, Embracing Hope, to learn how you can give

the gift of a brighter future for families like Elizabeth’s. This signature event is the biggest FISH fundraiser of the year and is a time to celebrate all of the good that we have created together as neighbors helping neighbors, feeding families and fueling hope. Because of the generous support from the Broomfield community, FISH has been able to serve our most vulnerable residents for nearly 60 years. While best known as a food pantry, FISH also provides emergency rent, utilities, and transportation assistance, referrals to partner organizations, and strengths-based, one-on-one support to achieve whole-family

wellness. FISH’s impact goes beyond addressing hunger and housing instability – they help families thrive! As our community continues to recover from the pandemic, FISH is seeing the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on low-income families working to get back on their feet. In 2021, FISH served more than 12,000 unduplicated people, or 1 in 7 of our Broomfield neighbors, distributed 1.5 million pounds of food, and helped more than 2,000 residents with housing support. They are often the first point of contact for those seeking assistance, and once people visit, FISH’s team of advocates are able

to build trusting relationships and connect them to critical resources. Through Embracing Hope, we will honor and celebrate the ways we have come together as a community this past year. You can support the event by becoming a sponsor and registering to attend at

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Name derived from: Broomcom that was harvested in the area to make brooms. Population: 74,112 (as of 2020 Census) Year founded: 1877 Year incorporated: 1961 Elevation: 5,344 feet Miles of streets: 200 Miles of bike and walking trails: 290 Number of parks: 63 Median age: 37.8 Median property value: $413,500 Median household income: $86,416 Poverty rate: 5.57% Ethnicity makeup: White: 76.8%; Hispanic: 9.52%; Asian: 6.5%; Two or more races: 3.6%; Other race: 1.44%; Black: 1.14%; Other 1%

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George Di Ciero City and

County Building 1 DesCombes Drive, Broomfield, 80020 Post offices 280 W. First Ave., 303-4380035 8800 W. 116th Circle, 303466-9669 Recycling Broomfield Recycling Center, 225 Commerce St., 303-4386329 Utilities: Water/Sewer: City and County of Broomfield, 303438-6319 Gas/electric: Xcel Energy, 800-895-4999,; United Power (for north Broomfield), 303-6590551, Telephone installation: CenturyLink, 800-475-7526, Cable television: Xfinity, 888-936-4968,


Emergency: 911 Emergency/Urgent Care: Avista Adventist Hospital: 303-673-1000; 100 Health Park Drive, Louisville, CO 80027 Children’s Hospital North Campus: 720-478-5000; 469 CO 7, Broomfield, CO 80023 Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center: 303-6894000; 200 Exempla Circle, Lafayette, CO 80026 North Suburban Medical Center: 303-451-7800; 9191 Grant St., Thornton, CO 80229 St. Anthony North Health Campus: 720-627-0090; 14300 Orchard Parkway, Westminster, CO 80023 UCHealth Broomfield: 303464-4500; 11820 Destination Drive, Broomfield, CO 80021 Animal Control/Police: 303-438-6400 Fire: 303-452-9910 Matthew Jonas/ Staff Photogrpaher

Cover photo: Volunteer Keri Sabol sorts food into categories at Broomfield FISH Food Bank and Family Resource Center on April 22.


Animal Control: 303-438-6400 Assessor: 303-464-5819 Auditorium: 720-887-2371 Chamber of Commerce: 303-466-1775 Workforce Center: 303-464-5855 Building Department: 303-438-6370 Central Records: 303-464-5109 City and County Attorney’s Office: 303-438-6353 City and County Clerk and Recorder’s Office: 303-438-6332 City and County Manager’s Office: 303-438-6300 Code Compliance: 303-464-5551 Community Assistance Center: 303-438-6390 Community Center: 303-464-5500 Community Development Office: 303-438-6380 Courts: 303-464-5020 Creative Broomfield: 720-887-2344 Engineering Dept.: 303-438-6380 Finance Department: 303-438-6357 George Di Ciero City and County Building: 303-438-6370 Housing Authority: 720-682-4647 Human Resources: 303-438-6320 Human Services: 720-887-2200 Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library: 720-887-2300 North Metro Fire Rescue District: 303-452-9910 Open Space and Trails: 303-438-6334 Passports: 303-438-6390 Paul Derda Recreation Center: 303-460-6900 Planning: 303-438-6284 Police non-emergency: 303-438-6400 Public Health: 720-887-2220 Public Records: 303-438-6332 Public Works, Street, Utility and Park Maintenance: 303-438-6334 Recreation Services: 303-460-6900 Revenue, Treasurer: 303-464-5810 Sales tax: 303-464-5811 Senior Center: 303-464-5526 Utility Billing (water and sewer service): 303-438-6319

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A Community Well Fed: Thanking Food Pantry Volunteers

ow about a big shout out to North Denver Cares Food Pantry, a non-profit dedicated to feeding Broomfield families and seniors for the past 18 years. Demand for groceries has nearly doubled since last year, said Bryan Decker, founder of North Denver Cares Food Pantry. “We were in the neighborhood of feeding 450 families a week in 2021, and now in 2022, we’re providing meals for about 500 families per week because of the pandemic and the economy.” Decker does not take a salary, nor do his nearly 200 volunteers – for whom he is thankful. He hopes more volunteers sign up so he can run a full crew of 250.

Volunteer schedules are flexible, foods, meats and maybe some as in no set schedules – and it works sparkling water, it’s a dizzying better that way, Decker said. assortment of foods. “I don’t make schedules, I let “We pick up about 25 to 30 people come when they can. pallets of food each week. If we get If I run low on a lot of produce, it’s volunteers, I put the “It’s amazing how much heavy, about 17,000 word out and they food we give away out to 33,000 pounds of come in,” he said. food,” Decker said. “Some people work of this hole in the wall.” Then it’s up to two-hour shifts, volunteers to fill Bryan Decker, founder, North Denver Cares others work eight grocery carts and Food Pantry hours.” banana boxes for the By day’s end, recipients to choose somehow, all work is complete – from – which is pre-determined by despite the sheer volume of food family size. A full-sized grocery cart moving through the facility. From feeds eight to 12 people per week, cartons of milk, packs of cheese, while banana boxes feed seniors and boxes of peanut butter, cannedsingles. veggies and fruits, fresh and frozen Decker started this operation

with his wife, Marilyn, many years ago. She passed away four years ago, he said. Despite his loss, Decker continues his mission of keeping Broomfield residents fed. When asked why Decker carries out the tradition of giving back to the community, here’s what he said: “It’s very rewarding. I started it 18 years ago with my wife, I do this in her memory. It’s ingrained in my life because I want to serve people.”

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Family Hearing

Helping to Improve the Quality of Life Through Better Hearing Since 1963


ike most of us, business owners Jennifer La Borde, BA BC-HIS & Chelsea Walters, BS BC-HIS remember the first few months of the recent pandemic well. A lot felt off, but memorable to them both was the imposition of an unnatural silence. Missing from the office atmosphere was the commotion of cars parking in the shopping center, the chatter of patrons gathering in the lobby, and the laughter of team members sharing stories about their weekend. These sounds and more have been the characteristic buzz engulfing the Family Hearing offices since 1963. In the absence of the normal hustle and bustle, the hearing care partners would call each other, alone in their respective office locations. The string of sound that connected the two of them is evidence of what Family Hearing has known for nearly 6 decades — that the hearing sense is what links us, comforts us and keeps us moving. The responsibility of helping the Broomfield and surrounding community residents enhance their lives through better hearing is a charge that this team doesn’t take lightly. Always refining their craft, the clinical skill of Family Hearing providers is both methodical and innovative. Both new and existing guests of the clinic can expect comprehensive audiologic evaluations, tinnitus evaluations, personalized fitting of state-of-the-art technology, customized ear plugs and more. Dr. Georgianna Hearne appreciates that she works in “an environment that values 8 • MAY 22, 2022 •

Jennifer La Borde, BA, BC-HIS and Chelsea Walters, BS, BC-HIS. (Photo courtesy: Family Hearing).

patient-centered care and that one size does not fit all. Each solution is unique and tailored to the individual. The end result is optimal hearing and a partnership with a trusted hearing team. The experience we offer is unmatched.” That experience starts the moment you walk into the front door of any of their locations in Broomfield, Lafayette, or Boulder. The entire team is trained to do basic hearing technology repairs and troubleshooting so patrons’ needs are met swiftly. Lead Patient Care Coordinator Tyana Bruso, BA, says that the rewarding part of her work is “the ability to make a difference in clients’ lives while also building a genuine connection with them — hearing

about their adventures and taking book recommendations.” Ever evolving with the times, Family Hearing has surged with new energy in the last few years. They are proud to offer services in the office, online through telecare, and through house calls. Patients can even enjoy the convenience of texting their preferred office to coordinate their needs. Whether by the jingle of an email delivery, the ding of a text message, or the vibration of a phone call, Family Hearing stays connected with its people. Those invisible threads of sound connect the crew in the office to the community so that it can stay connected to the sounds that matter. It’s a network that Family Hearing is privileged

to participate in and nurture. When hearing loss occurs, a vital resource is lost, which affects how we think, how we feel, and how we relate to each other. That’s why Chelsea and Jennifer kept chatting when their offices quieted down; the music won’t stop on their watch! Should the melody fade for you or a loved one, remember that Family Hearing is and will continue to be here for you. Family Hearing, 300 Nickel St., Ste. 15, Broomfield, 303.857.5838; 3059 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.872.9757; 2270 Arapahoe Road, Ste. 126, Lafayette, 303.900.4060,

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Broomfield: A community focused on getting better A steadily growing community, Broomfield continues to provide a small-town experience By Sydney McDonald Staff Writer

Ask any resident and you’ll likely get the same answer — for a city that has seen exponential growth throughout the past few decades, Broomfield undoubtedly still has that small-town feel, that whether you moved here recently or have been here your entire life, you still cherish. A community that is focused on the betterment of all, from asking how your neighbor is doing and helping shovel their driveway in a snowstorm to building one of the largest nonprofits in the city right out of your garage, Broomfield is full of residents who care. Carina Martin, founder and CEO of A Precious Child, is one of those residents. After seeing an overwhelming need right in the area she was living for children living under the Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard, she started collecting donations from friends and neighbors right out of her garage. In her first year, Martin helped 51 children. That number grew to 48,000 in 2021 and 6,000 caregivers. “This started because I asked neighbors for help,” Martin said. “I received so much help from my neighbors in the beginning. A Precious Child wouldn’t exist or have the impact that it does today without the Broomfield community. It’s a community people want to be

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Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

Carina Martin, the founder and CEO of “A Precious Child,” is photographed at its headquarters on April 6. involved in, and that makes it what it is. “Broomfield is great about rallying around a common goal of service to others. I think it is a really special place. The reason there are so many strong nonprofits in this community is because the community supports us and believes in doing good and getting behind people who are struggling.” Martin named multiple examples of the community coming together in times of need, including when it put out a call for needed items

after the Marshall Fire. There was a mile-long line waiting to get to A Precious Child with donations. “What makes a good neighbor is being someone who shows kindness and respect for not only commonalities, but differences and embrace those differences,” Martin said. “That’s when we grow as a community. People here believe in doing good.”

Empowering tomorrow’s leaders

As a nonprofit focused on

helping children, Martin also spoke of the importance of focusing on empowering youth and building leaders within a community, and Broomfield does just that. Principal of Broomfield High School Ginger Ramsey is a big part of that aspect within the community. Ramsey has been principal at BHS for more than 21 years, and she said it’s because Broomfield is unique. “Broomfield is so special,” Ramsey said. “I have so many staff members who grew up here and chose to

return to teach here, which I think says a lot about the community. Not only is the school great, but we have so much support from the community, even from the city and county. I feel so lucky that I get to come to work everyday. “I couldn’t tell you why, but it still feels like a small town to me. People take the time to stop and listen to each other here, which is so important when we live in such a fast-paced environment today.” Also working with Broomfield’s future leaders is Kiera Ramazauskas, who has been a school resource officer for more than two years. While Ramazauskas’ main job is school safety, SROs wear many hats acting as a mentor and “informal counselor” sometimes, she said. “We get to build rapport with the kids, and it reminds me that we are someone’s hero,” Ramazauskas said. “I’m constantly reminded that someone looks up to me.” Although she doesn’t live here currently, working for the Broomfield Police Department as an SRO and spending lots of time in the city, she sees how tight-knit of a community Broomfield is. “Even though Broomfield has grown so much since I’ve been working here, it still has that little big-town feel,” Ramazauskas said. “You really feel the community anywhere you go. PeoSee BETTER on 35



Starbuds of Louisville

Customer Service, Community Connections Remain the Focus


egulars at Star Buds typically know what they are looking for when they visit the recreational cannabis shop in Louisville. They already speak the language of cannabis strains, forms and effects. For those who are new to cannabis, the first few times they walk into a dispensary like Star Buds can be an overwhelming experience with shelves and display cases full of various brands of flower strains, concentrates, edibles, topicals and vape and CBD products along with the tools needed to enjoy and use them. That’s where the longtime staff makes a huge difference. “Star Buds is known for having the most experienced staff who take the time to help customers find what they need,” says Bob Wahdan, manager at Star Buds in Louisville. Sixteen other Star Buds shops are open in Colorado including locations in Longmont and Niwot. “We’ve been around a long time and we get a lot of customers from the Broomfield area. We are grateful for their business and our ties to the Broomfield community,” Wahdan says. A personal approach to service has been essential during the time of the pandemic. “There has been a big uptick in business including a lot of new customers,” he says. The staff was able to help customers choose the right


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products, virtually or in person. “We strictly observe local regulations on masking and social distancing in our stores to keep everyone safe,” Wahdan says. As the company’s name suggests, Star Buds takes particular pride in its cannabis flower products. Among Star Buds’ most popular signature strains are Purple Voodoo, a sativa-dominant bud that regularly tests above 30% THC, and Northern Lights, a pure indica known for its sleepenhancing effects. Another house favorite is the sweet-tasting eyeopening sativa-dominant Sublime. “The bestsellers at all the shops are the flower strains from top shelf to bargain shake, then edibles and concentrates like wax and shatter,” Wahdan says. He also notes Star Buds’ effort to help those who use cannabis as a regular part of their cancer treatment afford it, through the Star Buds Cancer Relief Program. Star Buds Recreational Marijuana Dispensary, 1156 W. Dillon Road, #3, Louisville, 720.389.6313, louisville

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As Travel Makes a Comeback, Wee Travel Can Help Plan Your Next Vacation “I love what I do, and I am so thankful to be a part of Broomfield for so many years.”


he world is Nancy Wee’s office. As the owner of Wee Travel, she has more than four decades of travel experience that’s spun her around the globe, as she’s guided trips everywhere from the arctic terrain of Antarctica to the sun-dappled coastline of the Mediterranean. Wee’s Broomfield-based company can assist with booking any type of trip, but she does have a well-established, sought-after expertise in guided travel – which is particularly relevant now as people emerge from their COVID cocoons and are excited to once again jet set, but may need assistance navigating new rules and have a desire for seamless travel experiences. Some travel experts are even calling 2022 the year of “revenge travel” with more than 42 percent of those surveyed by The Vacationer, a travel site, saying they’ll be traveling more this summer than last. “My niche in the business – and it has been all along – is that I escort all of my groups,” Wee says. “I take couples in addition to single travelers. They feel comfortable knowing they are not traveling alone. I always want everyone to have a wonderful time.” And if she were to have a subniche it would be Alaska. She’s visited The Last Frontier 55 times, with a couple more trips on the

calendar this summer. Wee also recently received a tremendous honor from her favorite cruise line Holland America, which inducted her into the President’s Club. She’s sailed 3,000 days with the cruise line, which has 14 unique cruise destinations and more than 470 ports around the world. As a testament to her service, Wee has several repeat clients who have been traveling with her for the 40 years that she’s been in business. “They all feel taken care of on each trip,” she says. Group sizes can range from about 20 to nearly 100, and often include a mix of friends and family who already know one another as well as fellow vacationgoers who become friends. Guided group travel comes with a

number of perks, as Wee can not only draw upon her own travel experience (she’s been on 270 cruises and 100 or so tours) to make personal recommendations. But she can also secure unique experiences for groups including special meals, scenic cocktail parties and local experiences. Wee has a life-long interest in travel and exploring that inspired her to start her travel company. She recalls that when she was in school, every paper she wrote or speech she gave was about far-away destinations. Then, when her mom and dad started traveling in the mid-1960s, she loved hearing their stories they’d bring back home. Her 2023 roster of trips includes several highlights, including Alaskan cruising, a spring Tulip Time on the Jewels

of the Rhine cruise, a 34-day exploration of South America, a 14-day excursion in Australia and New Zealand plus more trips. (You can find available trips at ß´) After all these years working in the travel business, though, Wee still has a bucket list destination that’s beckoning her: The Galapagos islands (and anywhere else in the world a cruise ship sails, too, for that matter). And while she is on the road (and in the air and sailing the sea!) quite frequently, Broomfield remains home. “I love what I do, and I am so thankful to be a part of Broomfield for so many years,” she says. Wee Travel, 1380 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, 303.465.2118, • MAY 22, 2022 • 13

Bob Davis: Broomfield’s residential man about town One of Broomfield’s most well-known residents has dedicated more than 25 years of service By Sydney McDonald Staff Writer

Man About Town. That’s what the business card of longtime Broomfield resident Bob Davis used to read, and if you ask just about anyone who knows him that’s exactly who he is. Davis, 84, who has lived in the same house in Broomfield for 50 years, has not only seen the growth Broomfield has undergone, but has been a helping hand in a large majority of it. “When I came to Broomfield the population was about 7,500, and it’s now over 70,000,” Davis said. “That’s huge, and I’m not sure how but Broomfield has managed to keep that smalltown feel where people help people, neighbors help neighbors. The city is still hanging on to that hometown feel, and I think that is tremendous.” Davis has a lengthy resume when it comes to the work that he’s accomplished in the community. He originally lived in Broomfield and worked for the city and county of Denver. After leaving Denver, Davis decided that he should be involved in the community he had been living in all those years. After speaking with the current mayor at the time, Bill Berens, he decided to apply for membership on the Broomfield Capital Improvement Projects Advisory Committee. That’s where his 25 years of considerable work in Broomfield began. “It started with one thing and grew into a lot of other

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Former Broomfield Mayor Pro Tem Bette Erickson, who has known and worked with Davis for more than 20 years, said he is the most kind and community-oriented person she knows. “I love his calm demeanor and his commitment to public service,” Erickson said. One of his biggest accomplishments might be his part in the campaign to establish Broomfield as a city and county. “That was a tough camCliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer paign,” Davis said. “We went Bob Davis has been a pillar in the Broomfield community for more all over the state talking to than 25 years. He has helped and watched the development of people and informing them Broomfield from a small town to a city and county. on the vote. We went to places like CSU football games went to council,” Davis said. to speak with people. I would things,” Davis laughed. “All these opportunities just blos- “It’s been really gratifying to say ‘I know you don’t care see Broomfield grow like it somed, and, the more I got about this, but we need your has and seeing things that involved, the more I got vote.’ I was really in support have been in development involved.” of that change. It was a big Davis’ work in Broomfield for so long finally coming to moment for Broomfield.” also includes time spent as a fruition.” Davis has received some The list of development Broomfield Land Use Comof Broomfield’s highest honmissioner, a Broomfield elec- projects Davis has been a ors for community memtion judge, and membership part of, like most of his other bers, including a Heart of on multiple committees and work in Broomfield, is not Broomfield award in 2004 short. councils, including the and being named BroomDavis has been recognized field Days Parade Marshal in Broomfield Senior Resources Board, Broomfield Health as helping to accomplish 2018. and Human Services Adviso- multiple projects in Broom“Receiving the Heart of field, such as the 2005 ry Committee, Broomfield Broomfield award was a real Broomfield Comprehensive honor,” Davis said. “Being Workforce Board, Local Plan, Broomfield Commons, selected as parade marshal Coordinating Council for Broomfield Library, Broom- was extremely fun. I got to Transportation, Denver Regional Council of Govern- field Detention Center, ride in a convertible in the Broomfield Courthouse ments Advisory Committee parade. It was great. BroomComplex, Broomfield Civic on Aging, and the Colorado field Days is always so much Center Master Plan, InterMunicipal League Growth fun anyways.” Committee. locken Development, FlatDavis also was recently Davis divulged that he Iron Crossing Mall, The honored at a Broomfield City really enjoyed his time on Broadlands, Omni Interlock- Council meeting for his the Land Use Review Comen Hotel and Golf Resort, many years of service to mission. two Walmart, Arista, while Broomfield with a proclama“We got to see, work on also bringing Sun, Level 3 tion naming March 31 as and Ball corporations to and approve many developBob Davis Day in BroomBroomfield. ment projects before they field.

Broomfield City and County Manager Jennifer Hoffman reflected on a sweet encounter she had with Davis when she first began her current position. “When I got the city (and) county manager job, he sent me a note that included the message that it was about time I move to the community that had embraced me so many years before, and the community that I spent more time growing and loving than in my Denver home,” Hoffman said. “He said now I could truly give my heart, because ‘you’ve always used your head to make Broomfield better,’ to the place I call home. “He’s been such a constant in CCOB since my arrival. Kind, calm, generous with his time and positive affirmations. In my 20-plus years, I never saw him frazzled or upset. He has gracefully adapted to the many changes in CCOB, always willing to put the community and any specific effort or initiative first and himself always last.” Even after all these years, Davis is still committing time to some committees and volunteering at his church and within the community, and according to him, he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “I’ve grown with this city,” Davis said. “I’ve remodeled, I’ve redone my landscaping, just the same as this city, and it still feels like home. I’ve been here and been involved for so long. It just feels like where I should be. Broomfield is home for me.”



Holy Family High School

Educating the Whole Person: Spirit, Mind & Body


e invite you and your family to visit Holy Family High School and explore our campus to learn about our exceptional academic program and our extensive cocurricular opportunities. You will see first-hand how we provide a Catholic learning environment that stresses academic excellence, fosters mutual respect, demands responsibility, and encourages self-growth. From your first visit to campus, you sense how warm and welcoming Holy Family is. As you get to know the teachers and administration better, you will find they are genuine and passionate about your education. Most importantly, you will find you are surrounded by people who genuinely care about you. As a result, it is highly empowering, and students thrive because they feel at home and at ease. Founded in 1922, Holy Family is celebrating their 100th year as a Catholic high school in 2022. In those years the people in the building have changed, the building itself has changed, but Holy Family has been unwavering in its commitment

to educate the Whole Person: Spirit, Mind, and Body. With small class sizes, Holy Family has the ability to connect personally and intellectually with each student in an intimate and inspiring academic setting. As a college preparatory school, we offer a rigorous, hands-on learning environment taught in small, interactive classes, where students cultivate skills with individual feedback and guidance. Holy Family draws students from 35 communities along the front range. On a 52-acre campus that has been beautifully enhanced over the past decade, we offer a full athletics program; a performing and visual arts curriculum; and a rigorous academic program. Holy Family is a school grounded in its Catholic heritage that warmly

welcomes students of all faiths. Every day our students work with teachers who are inspiring individuals who are equally passionate about their subject matter as they are about sharing their knowledge in the classroom. Individually they are talented professionals dedicated to helping each student reach their full potential. Together, they are a force that gives our students an unparalleled high school experience. The Holy Family athletics program has a proud winning tradition dating back decades. Our teams compete consistently for conference and state titles and send athletes to college programs each year. However, athletics at Holy Family is about far more than winning, our athletes gain lessons in character, discipline, accountability, and teamwork. They push their personal boundaries and fuel the

spirit and community of Holy Family. At Holy Family, we also believe in the power of the arts to stimulate creative thinking, collaboration and expression, which is why the arts are part of our academic curriculum. Through robust arts opportunities, our students are inspired to take risks, discover new talents, and experience the thrill of creative self-expression. Whatever our students want to create, they find the support and inspiration to do it here. Our talented faculty, advanced curriculum, and supportive environment will enable you to blossom at Holy Family High School – spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. We invite you to learn more by scheduling a time to tour our campus, meet our students and faculty, and ask questions. We are confident that you will see all that sets Holy Family apart. Holy Family High School, 5195West 144th Ave., Broomfield, 80023, 303.410.1411 or visit

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Beyond the Brush Painters

Protecting Your Colorado Home and Increasing Its Curb Appeal


hen professional house painter Salvador Espinoza takes a quote to paint a derelict house, his passion comes alive. His painting crews replace weather-beaten boards, hang windows and recaulk before dousing the structure with primer and a new homey hue. “My favorite jobs are the ones that are the most beat up and trashed houses,” Espinoza said. “When I leave, there is satisfaction...for me there is nothing like a challenge.” Espinoza moved his family from Colorado Springs to Denver in 2006 to launch his own business, Beyond the Brush Painting. In Colorado Springs he had worked for another paint company, beginning as a painter and then working his way up to running a crew. “As time went by, my wife got pregnant and I wanted more,” he said. “I have always been a go-getter. So I moved from Colorado Springs to Denver… my dad taught me that your handshake is everything. I didn’t want to compete with the person who got me [into] the business.” All of the money he had saved to launch his own business went to mailers, hats and T-shirts, and since then, Espinoza has worked

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Before (Left) and After (Right). (Photos: Beyond the Brush Painters).

hard to build a reputation of quality, and doing the best that he knows how to do. There’s no flashy social media campaigns to his business; just mainly growth from word of mouth. Today Espinoza employs four crews, and he is involved to some degree in nearly every project his company completes. “I don’t sell a paint job; I sell myself,” he said. “Sometimes my guys are done… and I come and walk it before I will let the crew put away their stuff. One thing is what the customer says; the other is what the professional says. So I look at all of the problem places and we do it right.” One of the craziest jobs Espinoza ever took was an invitation from an elderly lady. When he drove up to the house, it was a magnificent large stucco home in a nice neighborhood. As he sipped coffee with her on her back porch, she expressed that she wanted the deck to be stained bright pink with blue spindles. There was no HOA in the neighborhood. “As you went to the back [of the house], it was an in-your-face deck,” he said. “She just loved it. Getting that color of stain was not easy. Sherwin Williams can only do so much. The front was totally

beautiful and normal.” After decades in the house painting business, Espinoza knows that no two houses are the same. Material compositions, shifting foundations, and weather factors all determine what is needed for each unique painting job. Espinoza pitches an individualized bid for each situation. Colorado poses particular challenges for house paint. Altitude and sunshine can greatly reduce the life of a coat of house paint, but other factors, such as color, also play into how long the paint will hold up. Espinoza sees most local house paint jobs hold up well for 8 to 12 years. In his experience, darker colors fade more quickly in the Colorado elements. A taupe colored house, for example, would have 3 to 4 more years of healthy paint life than a dark navy blue house. What’s the best value house color? “Grey is the color that over years I keep going to those homes and it looks in really good shape; at the 10-year mark, 12-year or 15-year mark,” he said. “Medium gray.” The worst color in Espinoza’s experience is white because it does not fade. This is a problem because damage to the housing materials can hide behind the white paint that seems to live beyond its

expiration date. But why is keeping house paint up to date that important? “The biggest thing with paint here in Colorado is the sheen,” Espinoza said. “It reflects the sun more, and freshly painted walls deflect the water more, protecting the wood. If you have paint, any board is going to be good. As soon as paint starts to come off, that’s when you see some of the swelling and cracks happening.” Swelling and damage can even happen to cement board siding, as Espinoza has found that cement board siding tends to hold heat more than most housing materials. His top product recommendation is stucco. “It still needs to be painted, but it does hold up the best with paint,” he said. “Stucco is more like a 15 or a 20 year [life span]. The thing with stucco is, whenever you put any type of paint on it, the stucco soaks it up. it will fade overtime, and with hail it disintegrates a little bit, and that’s why you keep painting … but it is the better product.” Beyond the Brush Painters, 303.435.4960,,

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A Precious Child


Empowering Kids to Succeed

or the past 13 years, A Precious Child, a local nonprofit located in Broomfield, has helped provide children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. In its initial year, the organization provided basic essentials to only 51 children. To date, A Precious Child has served 405,000 children throughout the Denver Metro area who were challenged by poverty, abuse, neglect or in crisis situations with resource navigation and casemanagement services. In addition, the organization distributes basic essentials including clothing, toiletries, school supplies, gifts for the holidays, educational opportunities and access to extracurricular activities that are often not available to children faced with their family’s economic hardship and other difficult life challenges. This year, A Precious Child will be hosting its 14th Annual Fill A Backpack Drive which will begin June 27 through Aug. 5. The organization works to collect new backpacks and school supplies for children in the community who are the most in need. Each backpack is filled with grade-appropriate school supplies and are distributed to children through A Precious Child’s Resource Center as well as through their agency partners which include schools, human services organizations, at-risk youth centers, homeless shelters and foster care organizations. The main objective of their Fill A Backpack Program is to give children a sense of normalcy. By providing children in need with brand new backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school 18 • MAY 22, 2022 •

“Seeing the impact that receiving a brandnew backpack filled with new supplies has on a child is remarkable.” supplies, A Precious Child ensures that thousands of Colorado kids have the chance to start the school year feeling confident, prepared and eager to learn. “We continue to see an increase in the need for our services,” explains Carina Martin, CEO and founder of A Precious Child. “We rely so much on our community to help make our goal of providing backpacks to over 20,000 children in need. It is amazing to see how our community rallies around preparing children for school. They understand that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.” Martin explains, “You can see the determination of our community from the hundreds of hours spent volunteering to fill the backpacks, the corporations challenging each other to bring in the most supplies and donations, and individuals making financial gifts and supply donations to ensure every child

returns to school with the tools to learn.” The Fill A Backpack program is vital to the public education system. With over 250,000 children living below the Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard within the Denver metro area alone, the cost of school supplies is a financial strain on the families served by A Precious Child. This struggle has only increased this year with the rising costs of essential goods due to inflation, making high-quality supplies out of reach for so many more families. Fill A Backpack offers relief to struggling families so they can focus on other costs such as housing, food and gas. Misti Martinez, the Programs Director at A Precious Child reflects, “Seeing the impact that receiving a brand-new backpack filled with new supplies has on a child is remarkable. They show such a sense of pride and relief in being able to take their very own supplies out of the packaging and label and organize them for the first day of school. Having these brand-new items provides children in need with confidence and helps improve mental health as they head into the school year.”

The Fill A Backpack Drive does more than supply children with the tools they need to maximize their academic potential; it helps bring individuals, corporations and community organizations together with the common purpose of helping Colorado children in need. Community members who would like to support the Fill A Backpack program have various options, including hosting a general supply drive, hosting a virtual supply drive, donating funds or volunteering their time. The community can also drop off new backpacks and school supplies at: A Precious Child located at 7051 West 118th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit for more details or contact the Programs Team at:



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SCHOOLS Contact information, grade Website: meridilevels, hours and start dates for area public and private Mascot: Mustangs schools Principal: Jason Gooding Hours: 8:05 a.m.-3 p.m. Grades: K-5 ADAMS 12 FIVE-STAR 2022-23 start date: Aug. SCHOOL DISTRICT 16 Boundary lines in Broomfield are: East of Sheridan Boulevard and north of 120th Avenue Schools with Broomfield students: Centennial Elementary, Coyote Ridge Elementary, Meridian Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Thunder Vista P-8, Westlake Middle and Legacy High schools Superintendent: Chris Gdowski Chief Communications Officer: Joe Ferdani Phone: 720-972-4000 Address: 1500 E. 128th Ave., Thornton, 80241-2602 Website:

Centennial Elementary

Address: 13200 Westlake Drive, Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 720-972-5280 Website: Mascot: Raptors Principal: Geneanne Payne Hours: 8:05 a.m.-3 p.m. Grades: K-5 2022-23 start date: Aug. 16

Coyote Ridge Elementary

Address: 13770 Broadlands Drive, Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 720-972-5780 Website: Mascot: Coyotes Principal: Michael Keppler Hours: 8:05 a.m.-3 p.m. Grades: K-5 2022-23 start date: Aug. 16

Meridian Elementary

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Mountain View Elementary

Address: 12401 Perry St., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 720-972-5520 Website: Mascot: Bighorns Principal: Peggy Heath Hours: 8:05 a.m.-3 p.m. Grades: K-5 2022-23 start date: Aug. 16

Thunder Vista P-8

Address: 3461 Preble Creek Parkway, Broomfield, 80023 Phone: 720-972-7300 Website: Mascot: Buffalo Principal: Teresa Benallo Hours: 8 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Grades: P-8 2022-23 start date: Aug. 16

Westlake Middle

Address: 2800 W. 135th Ave., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 720-972-5200 Website: Mascot: Wolverines Principal: Terrell Price Hours: 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Grades: 6-8 2022-23 start date: Aug. 16

Prospect Ridge Academy

Address: 2555 Preble Creek Parkway, Broomfield, 80023 Phone: 720-399-0300 (K-8); 720-723-2100 (high school) Website: Mascot: Miners Executive director: April Wilkin Hours: 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Grades: K-12

2022-23 start date: Aug. 18

Legacy High

Address: 2701 W. 136th Ave., Broomfield, 80023 Phone: 720-972-6700 Website: Mascot: Lightning Principal: Sara Marx Hours: 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Grades: 9-12 2022-23 start date: Aug. 17


Boundary lines in Broomfield are: West of Sheridan Boulevard and north of 120th Avenue Schools with Broomfield students: Birch Elementary, Emerald Elementary, Kohl Elementary, Broomfield Heights Middle, Aspen Creek K-8 and Broomfield High schools Superintendent: Rob Anderson Chief Communications Officer: Randy Barber Phone: 303-447-1010 Address: 6500 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 80303 Website:

Birch Elementary

Address: 1035 Birch St., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 720-561-8800 Website: Mascot: Bulldogs Principal: Tanya Santee Hours: 7:50 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Grades: P-5 2022-23 start date: Aug. 17

Emerald Elementary

Address: 275 Emerald St., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 720-561-8500 Website: Mascot: Dragons Principal: Samara Williams Hours: 7:50 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Grades: P-5 2022-23 start date: Aug. 17

Kohl Elementary

Address: 1000 W. 10th

Ave., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 720-561-8600 Website: Mascot: Colts Principal: Geoff Sandfort Hours: 7:50 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Grades: P-5 2022-23 start date: Aug. 17

Aspen Creek K-8

Address: 5550 Aspen Creek Drive, Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 720-561-8000 Website: Mascot: Coyotes Principal: Jennifer Bedford Hours: 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Grades: P-8 2022-23 start date: Aug. 17-18

Broomfield Heights Middle

Address: 1555 Daphne St., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 720-561-8400 Website: Mascot: Falcons Principal: Erin Hinkel Hours: 8:50 a.m.-3:50 p.m. Grades: 6-8 2022-23 start date: Aug. 17-18

Broomfield High

Address: 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 720-561-8100 Website: Mascot: Eagles Principal: Ginger Ramsey Hours: 8:35 a.m.-3:50 p.m. Grade: 9-12 2022-23 start date: Aug. 17-18


Boundary lines in Broomfield: South of 120th Avenue and west of Sheridan Boulevard Schools with Broomfield students: Ryan Elementary, Sheridan Green Elementary, Jefferson Academy Charter, Mandalay Middle and Standley Lake High schools Superintendent: Tracy Dorland Internal Communications: Kerry Barclay

Phone: 303-982-6500 Address: 1829 Denver West Drive, Golden, 80401 Website:

Ryan Elementary

Address: 5851 W. 115th Ave., Westminster, 80020 Phone: 303-982-3105 Website: Mascot: Hawks Principal: Kristi Shaner Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3:20 p.m. Grades: PK-5 2022-23 start dates: Aug. 16

Sheridan Green Elementary

Address: 10951 Harlan St., Westminster, 80020 Phone: 303-982-3182 Website: Mascot: Lil’ Gators Principal: Valerie Braginetz Hours: 8:10 a.m.-2:55 p.m. Grades: PK-5 2022-23 start date: Aug. 16

Jefferson Academy Charter

Address: Elementary, 9955 Yarrow St., Broomfield, 80021; Secondary, 11251 Reed Way, Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 303-438-1011 (elementary office); 720-8871992 (secondary office) Website: Mascot: Jaguars Principals: Deb O’Neill (elementary); Heather Grantham (secondary) Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (elementary); 7:30 a.m.-3:55 p.m. (secondary) Grades: K-12 2021-22 start date: Aug. 17

Mandalay Middle

Address: 9651 Pierce St., Westminster, 80021 Phone: 303-982-9802 Website: Mascot: Wolverines

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Doug Holden Law


Broomfield’s Lawyer for Generations

ative Doug Holden has spent a lifetime engaged in Broomfield. The sportsman, known for his prowess in football, basketball and baseball, graduated from Broomfield High School in 1965. He went on to marry his high school sweetheart, enlist in the Air Force and eventually settle back in Broomfield as the quintessential hometown lawyer. But Doug Holden doesn’t exactly fit the typical lawyer box. He’s focused on families. Holden works with clients of all ages, but seniors are his specialty. “I get up each morning looking forward to getting to know local families and using my skills to provide peace

of mind, comfort and confidence,” he says. Holden’s commitment to elder law came following the caretaking of his mother, Douglas S. who died in Holden, P.C. 2016. “This direct, daily experience helped me learn, know and understand the extensive legal area known as elder law,” he says. Holden started his career in business planning and formation, estate planning and litigation.

Later he held the title of Professor of Law at Concord Law School for 16 years while growing his practice in traditional estate planning and raising two boys. Today Holden is a trusted estate planner, preparing key legal documents including the Last Will & Testament, The Living Will, The Medical Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions and The General Durable Financial Power of Attorney. Within estate planning, he also works with the parents of special needs children, helping to protect recipients’ critical public benefits. Other services include guardianship/conservatorship

or helping clients decide which designation makes the most sense for the circumstances; Medicaid for “needs-based” long-term care; and probate to help Coloradans recover what is owed after a death in the family. Outside of law, Holden spends time with his wife, grown sons, church and volunteering, including Denver Metro Lawyers, Senior Day events and Denver’s Sturm College of Law – Student Wills Project. Holden says, “Though sometimes it’s a challenge, my secret is having learned to be content in all situations.” Doug Holden Law, Broomfield Office, 303.986.1994,

Douglas S. Holden, P.C. Attorney at Law Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Probate Avoidance Strategies, and Probate Elder/Senior Law Specialist – Medicaid Planning & Applications, Special Needs Planning, Long-Term Care Asset Preservation, Guardianships, and Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Over 30 years’ experience in working with individuals and families In the preparation of Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Probate, and Business Entities Member, Elder Law College®, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys® Elder Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association

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Rundus Funeral Home

A Family-Friendly Space for Gentle Goodbyes


hen it’s time to put a loved one to rest, there’s nothing that provides more peace than knowing you’re being taken care of by a family-owned funeral home with over two decades of service to the community. Founded and built nearly 25 years ago by Vince and Jenna Rundus, the idea was to make Rundus Funeral Home a true pillar in the community. “They wanted it to be a place where Broomfield families could come on their hardest day and know that they would receive the best care from the best people,” says General Manager Mike Dudley, a Broomfield native who grew up in the same neighborhood as Rundus. “We are a family-owned business that loves this community.” But the torch has been passed: A second family has taken the reins. Several years ago Vince Rundus decided it was time to retire. But it was important to him that the new owners had a shared value for the care,

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compassion and attentiveness that Rundus was known for. Dennis and Kim Bridges fit that profile. So while it is in new hands, Rundus remains family-owned and managed by a Broomfield native. Full-service funerals, family-style Besides a thoughtful family atmosphere, there are many things that set Rundus apart. First, it’s a full-service funeral home specializing in complete pre-planning, at-need services when a death has occurred, as well as memorialization. To each service, a team of exceptional service professionals bring the kind of kindheartedness to make a difficult transition time a little lighter. “Our team of directors, administrators and family services folks can guide you through the myriad of questions and concerns that arise when a loved one passes,” Dudley says. “And they do all of this with the utmost warmth, care and compassion.”

The funeral home is also freshly remodeled, so it feels comfortable and welcoming in what is always a great time of need. “We have a beautiful chapel and reception room, and we’re happy that we can accommodate families of all sizes,” says Dudley. The context of Broomfield brings it all together beautifully. “This is a fabulous community with a rich and vibrant history,” says Dudley. “I grew up here and am always happy to showcase our 42 photographs of historic Broomfield – everything from Shep the tollbooth dog, to the Crawfords and Broomfield’s first neighborhood and police officer – in our newly renovated building.” Rundus also owns and operates its own on-site crematory. “This is important because it means that when a loved one is brought into our care they never leave our care. They stay with us for the entire time,” says Dudley. “This provides such peace of mind to families, knowing that their loved one’s dignity and care is preserved with our licensed staff.

With the increasing popularity of cremation this is becoming more and more important.” During the pandemic, safety protocol is in place, but all funeral services are available. “We are absolutely 100 percent still open and serving families,” says Dudley. And for people that are not comfortable making arrangements in person yet, Rundus can also pre-arrange services over the phone and make at-need arrangements via Zoom and DocuSign. In fact, Rundus Funeral Home is proud to be the first to offer families the option to live stream their loved one’s funeral or memorial service. “We believe that everyone should be able to participate in a service – whether it’s in-person or via a live stream for folks that can’t come in,” says Dudley. “It’s our family serving your family.” For more information, visit

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Council members

Mayor Guyleen Castriotta Term expires: November 2025 Phone: 720-607-1527 Email: gcastriotta@broomfield Background: Castriotta was elected by Ward 5 in 2017. She decided to run for office because women and minorities are underrepresented in all levels of government. She says she’s always wanted to be an agent for positive change and doing what’s right. Education: BA, communications, University of New Orleans Previous community involvement: Prior to moving to Broomfield in 2013, Castriotta worked for the Downtown Women’s Center, a nonprofit in Los Angeles. The DWC is nationally recognized as a prototype for unique and effective programs serving homeless women and ending homelessness.

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Mayor Pro Tem Stan Jezierski

Ward 1 James Marsh-Holschen

Ward 2 William Lindstedt

Ward 2 Austin Ward

Term expires: November 2023 Phone: 720-272-2158 Email: sjezierski@broomfieldcity Background: Jezierski is an attorney and owner of the Business Management Law Group. He has served on Broomfield’s Local Licensing Authority and Zoning Board of Adjustment. He and his wife, Amy, have lived in Broomfield for more than 10 years. They have four children – Isabelle, Alexander, Nicholas and Reyna. Education: Undergraduate degree in psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo; law degree from University of Colorado School of Law. Previous community involvement: Jezierski has been involved with Healthy Learning Paths, Broomfield Soccer Club, Flatirons Professionals Network and the Willow Park Owners Association.

Term expires: November 2025 Phone: 720-507-9184 Email: jmarshholschen@broomfieldcity Background: MarshHolschen grew up in Spokane, Washington before attending law school in Washington, D.C., where he met his wife Alexis, who was born and raised in Broomfield. After graduation in 2013, they moved to Broomfield, purchasing Alexis’ childhood home in Brandywine, where they are raising his three older children and their two young children. They are proud to call Broomfield home and have their children attend the same schools as Alexis. Education: BAs in political science and economics, 2008, Eastern Washington University. JD, 2013, Georgetown University Law Center Previous community involvement: Volunteered with the Longmont Community Justice Partnership, working on restorative justice with juvenile offenders, Adams 12 Leadership Academy, Broomfield Health and Human Services Advisory Committee, and Broomfield Local Licensing Authority.

Term expires: November 2023 Phone: 720-635-7820 Email: wlindstedt@broomfield Background: Lindstedt was elected by the residents of Ward 2 in 2019. He grew up in Broomfield. In 2017, he purchased his first home not far from where he was raised. He lives with his significant other, Bria, and their retired racing greyhound, Pax, in the historic Original Broomfield neighborhood. Education: B.A. in political science, University of Colorado Denver. He is currently completing his master’s of public administration degree also from CUDenver. Previous community involvement: Lindstedt spent several years working as a staffer in the Colorado General Assembly, crafting public policy and helping Broomfield residents interface with their state government. Currently, he works as a public policy and public relations consultant. Lindstedt has been an active community volunteer in many local nonprofits, local civic groups and as a youth chess coach.

Term expires: November 2025 Phone: 303-817-0991 Email: award@broomfieldcity Background: Ward ran and was elected in 2021 for Broomfield City Council representing Ward 2. While originally from Wyoming, Austin has lived in Colorado for the past 10 years. Since 2016, he has been a fierce transportation advocate, specifically public transportation, bike infrastructure and walkable communities. Ward bikes about 20 miles to and from work Monday through Friday. Education: He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in economics with a business minor.



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indo VanGo has a name as memorable as the locals behind this longtime Broomfield window treatment business. Owner Andrew Redenbarger’s father, Ned, started the niche company 28 years ago. Andrew bought the business 9 years ago. Ned has since retired, however he still stops in on occasion and loves to hear about past customers returning for new shades with each move they make. “With Ned’s retirement, my older daughters have joined me in the showroom some Saturdays to help learn about the business and help out.” Andrew says. “It is fulfilling to see the family business growing.” While Windo VanGo’s business has doubled under Andrew’s watch, he says it’s because of the strong establishment his father created. “I just built on a tremendous foundation, and feel really fortunate right now to not be codependent on things, such as new construction. We have really strong business relationships that can help us endure financial

challenges in the world right now.” All in the family: They’ve got you covered “About 45 percent of business is local,” Andrew says. “That’s why our slogan ‘your hometown dealer’ rings true. We ask people where they hear about us and they say they just know us or we went to their neighbor’s house, things like that.” It’s a common sight to see Windo VanGo vans around town, the expert crew is ready with a friendly wave. “It’s a fun place to do business and it doesn’t really feel like work,” Andrew says. “Eighty percent of the time I’m talking to people about life.” More of the “life” conversations have been happening regularly. Windo VanGo has been helping victims of the Marshall Fire who have smoke damaged window coverings by offering a 40% off MSRP discount for replacement blinds. “We recognize that our community is working through a difficult time. Our desire to help is stronger than ever. Listening to the myriad of stories of what was

lost, how customers escaped and even the guilt of having a home to come back to.” Andrew and his team feel it’s the least they can do to help. “We find solutions to people’s problems” But besides being genuine, there are some other reasons that Windo VanGo is Broomfield’s hometown choice: “We find solutions to people’s problems,” Andrew says. “They tell us what they want to have done, we listen to their desires, and we find the best products for their homes.” The customer-centric approach is not always common in an industry driven by sales numbers. “We’re not the $150-an-hour designers, we don’t have certain quotas to sell, and all we do is window coverings.” And in a state with 300 days of sunshine, there’s a huge demand for covering windows and repairs – and endless ways to combine function and fashion in window décor. Windo VanGo exclusively sells Hunter Douglas coverings, with about

40 percent of its product made right at the American-made brand’s manufacturing plant in Broomfield. These days, Andrew says many Colorado customers are opting for “cellular” or honeycomb-style blinds, but Windo VanGo sells it all: sheers, shutters, rollers, roman shades, outdoor patio shades and more. “We sell anything and everything with which you can cover a window,” he says. “With how much sun and how little natural shading we have here, customers are mostly interested in light control and energy efficiency.” Windo VanGo is following the CDC guidelines for COVID-19 and as regulated by the City and County of Broomfield. The showroom is currently open for customers to view how the shades look in a window, try the lifting mechanisms, and take a look at various fabrics and colors. For more information about Windo VanGo window décor and services, visit, call 303.420.3788 to make an appointment to visit the showroom. • MAY 22, 2022 • 25

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North Metro Fire Rescue District

Serving and Protecting Our Community Since 1946


hree years ago during parent observation week in Broomfield, Julia Blechar was watching her daughter perform ballet. Then Julia’s heart stopped. Literally. Her husband lowered her to the floor and started CPR while he called 911. Now Julia never takes for granted that she is alive to watch her daughter dance. “The paramedics at North Metro Fire Rescue saved my life,” Julia said. “I would not be here today if it weren’t for their quick response time and immediate action. My husband gets credit too. His CPR kept me alive and kept oxygen to my brain until they arrived.” Julia is thankful. She said, “I want people to know how fortunate we are to live in a community where a 911 call is answered and responded to. That we have paramedics who can arrive within minutes is incredible. I’ve gone back and met the crew from North Metro Fire Rescue who were on that call. They come across as ordinary people just doing their job. I think they’re a lot more than that. They truly believe in helping people. Sure, I’ve always liked knowing they are around if we need them, but now I know I wouldn’t be around at all without them. I value their role in our community, and I hope others do as well. I’ll always struggle with how I can show my gratitude. A simple thank you doesn’t seem like enough. I’m learning it can be, though. Next time you see a first responder consider saying thank you. You never know when you might be on the receiving end of their heroic work.” North Metro Fire Rescue District has served to protect its citizens and their property since 1946 with a high level of care, 28 • MAY 22, 2022 •

Today, North Metro Fire responds to nearly 13,500 emergency calls annually and serves a population of approximately 123,000 people, including the City and County of Broomfield, the City of Northglenn and unincorporated areas of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson and Weld Counties.

compassion and professionalism. When the fire district was formed over 75 years ago, it consisted of 30 volunteer firefighters, one fire truck and covered a sparsely populated area of farmland. Now it consists of over 170 professional firefighters, administrative, training and fire prevention staff who operate out of seven fire stations, a training center complex and its headquarters. Different from city fire departments, North Metro Fire is a special district governed by an elected board of directors who help establish policies and approve the annual budget for the district. Today, North Metro Fire responds to nearly 13,500 emergency calls annually and serves a population of approximately 123,000 people, including the City and County of Broomfield, the City of Northglenn and unincorporated areas of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson and Weld Counties. The district covers over 60

Charlie Charbonneau

square miles of diverse landscape, including residential and commercial development as well. Charlie Charbonneau has worked for North Metro Fire since 2020 as a firefighter and EMT. He said, “I find a lot of gratification through the variety of things we are asked to do. Sometimes people just don’t know who else to call. It’s important to me to be able to find a solution to a problem regardless of what it may be. Our citizens depend on us to deliver high-quality service

all the time no matter what is needed. People often ask if we’re awake the whole time when we’re on shift. We work for 48 hours at a time. We work out together, train together, eat meals together and try to get sleep at night. It’s a home away from home for 48 hours at a time.” North Metro Fire is an allhazards agency equipped and committed to ensuring public safety through fire suppression, emergency medical services and patient transportation, hazardous materials response, technical rescue and wildland firefighting. In addition to responding to emergencies, the fire district proactively works with residents and businesses to build a safer community through education, outreach and prevention. Community programs include CPR training, ambulance membership program, smoke alarm distribution for lower income families, safety presentations, a Citizens Academy and numerous other services to help prevent fires and injuries within the District. Through extensive training, program development and interagency collaboration, North Metro Fire continues to be a strong fire service organization dedicated to providing a high quality of service and leadership within the northern region. Saving lives and solving problems is the kind of work that makes a person proud. Charlie said, “The North Metro firefighters LOVE their jobs and the citizens we serve. Our goal is incredible customer service 24 hours a day, no matter if it’s a lifethreatening situation or helping someone up off the ground.” North Metro Fire Rescue District 101 Spader Way, Broomfield, 303.452.9910,

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Council members

Ward 3 Jean Lim

Ward 3 Deven Shaff

Ward 4 Laurie Anderson

Ward 4 Bruce Leslie

Ward 5 Todd Cohen

Term expires: November 2023 Phone: 303-349-2745 Email: jlim@broomfieldcity Background: Lim and her husband, Charlie, have lived in Broomfield for eight years and have two adult sons. Education: B.S. in computer science and master’s of arts in theology, Xavier University; Certificate in teaching English as a foreign language. Previous community involvement: Prior to serving on Council, Lim testified for three years at City Council, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Colorado legislature to protect the health, safety and property rights of residents living near oil and gas developments. Currently, she serves on the following boards and commissions as a Council representative: Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (ACES), Board of Equalization, Employee Medical Care Expense Plan Board of Trustees, Workforce Center Broomfield Workforce Investment Board, and the Workforce Center Rural Workforce Consortium Board.

Term expires: November 2025 Phone: 970-344-8032 Email: dshaff@broomfieldcity Background: Shaff was elected by Ward 3 in 2017. He has his family have lived in Broomfield for 10 years. Shaff has worked in education, nonprofits and in university settings. He started a career as an opera singer and teaching artist with Central City Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Cherry Creek Chorale and Littleton Town Hall. He went on to manage The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder and helped rebuild the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is currently a substitute teacher working with Boulder Valley School District. Education: B.A., music and education minor from College of Idaho; master’s of music degree, Colorado State University Previous community involvement: Shaff is former chair/current member of Broomfield Cultural Council, member of Civic Center Focus Group, SCFD Reauthorization Task Force and Denver Public Schools Art Resource Council.

Term expires: November 2023 Phone: 920-378-9654 Email: landerson@broomfield Background: Anderson and her husband, Jason, have lived in Broomfield since 2015. They have five children – Miriam, Raymond, Rosemarie, Cassandra and Ryan. Their oldest, Miriam, is now in college, where she studies English and runs track and cross country. Raymond enjoys math, while Rosemarie and Cassandra perform with Live Love Dance in Broomfield. Ryan loves hiking and building projects. Education: Bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota Previous community involvement: She has spent several years working and volunteering with local community groups to help residents engage effectively with their local, state and federal government leaders on matters related to protecting the public health, safety and welfare of residents. She enjoys volunteering with nonprofit organizations, and helping students understand the important work of government.

Term expires: November 2025 Phone: 210-324-5750 Email: bleslie@broomfieldcity Background: Leslie is a Vietnam-era Navy veteran, who spent his career as a president/ chancellor of large, urban, complex political community college districts. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been married 52 years, have three children and eight grandchildren and live in Anthem Ranch. He was elected to represent Ward 4 in November 2021. He teaches doctoral students for Fielding Graduate University and Kansas State University and provides consulting services for the American Association for Community College Trustees in strategic planning, leadership and organizational development. Education: BA, Baldwin-Wallace University, history; MA, Sam Houston University, history; Ph.D.: The University of Texas at Austin, college leadership. Previous community involvement: His career as a public college leader made him accountable to elected officials at all levels of government.

Term expires: November 2025 Phone: 720-900-5452 Email: tcohen@broomfieldcity Background: Cohen is the associate vice president for marketing and communications at Regis University in Denver and Thornton. He previously was director of communications and outreach for Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO), a statewide agency devoted to land conservation and outdoor recreation, and director of marketing and communications for the University of Kansas. He began his career in Washington as a newspaper reporter and editor. Education: Cohen has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a bachelor of arts in political science and a bachelor of science in journalism, both from the University of Kansas. Previous community involvement: Board member and president of the Trails North HOA, 2016-2020; previously was twice elected to the Baldwin City (Kansas) City Council.

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Allison Cassieri, North Metro Realty

A Trusted Partner in the Real Estate Journey


typical real estate transaction lasts between 30 and 45 days, and Realtor Allison Cassieri sometimes wishes her daily contact with clients would last longer. “I really miss my clients when the transaction is closed, and I often find myself texting or sending them small gifts to stay in touch afterwards,” she says. This commitment and responsiveness to her work – not to mention the joy she brings to the process – is what sets Allison apart from other Realtors. “I wear my heart on my sleeve and I truly desire the best for my clients,” she says. Allison is an employing broker

Allison Cassieri

with North Metro Realty, a local, family-owned boutique brokerage that focuses on the northern suburbs of Denver. She has been

a Broomfield resident for 20 years and is mom to two Broomfield High School graduates. “I know the pulse of this great city and all the benefits of this fantastic community,” she says. “We wanted North Metro Realty to symbolize people, homes and community, as this is who we are. We all make up a great community and this is why Broomfield and the surrounding areas are such a desired place to live.” One of Allison’s specialties is her work as an accredited home stager. “I offer staging services to all of my sellers to help them prepare their home for the market,” she says. “All homes have special features about them, and all homes deserve

to show at their best, especially when up for sale.” The real estate market can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not familiar with the process. Allison welcomes the opportunity to support clients and tackle challenges as a team. “I find great pleasure in forming a trusted relationship with my clients by partnering together with the common goal of selling or buying a home,” she says. “Home is where the heart is and I’m honored every day to help others in their real estate journey.” For more information, visit, call Allison at 303.464.1125 or email



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ALL ARE WELCOME 825 Kohl Street, Broomfield 303-466-8355 Pastor: Michael Blackwood

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Broomfield Chamber


Supporting and Advocating for Local Businesses Since 1960

he Broomfield Chamber of Commerce opened its doors in late 1960, before Broomfield itself became an official city. The Chamber came about when a group of local business owners wanted to create an organization that would help stimulate business and economic growth in the community. For six decades-plus now, the Chamber has been doing just that; supporting and advocating for local businesses. The Broomfield Chamber is known for its active event calendar that provides opportunities 49 weeks of the calendar year for multiple networking and education opportunities, business referrals, connections, leadership development opportunities and more. Just as importantly, the Broomfield Chamber serves as a voice for local business and the community. Whether it’s transportation, housing or “Our partnership with this Chamber has been one of the single best business decisions we have ever made. We have made connections that have grown our business in countless ways. Collaborative partners, vendors, and customers for our business. We have found so much value year in and year out through our partnership with The Broomfield Chamber of Commerce.” – Jeri Morgan, CEO & Managing Partner, Code Blue Computing

“I am a Broomfield native and a supporter of our Chamber. Gogo Business Aviation joined the Chamber to increase our visibility in, and to give back to, our community. Through Chamber membership, we also gain a voice in local government decisions.” – Mike Begler, Senior Vice President, Gogo Business Aviation Broomfield Chamber members Renatta Anderson and John Waters enjoy a conversation at a recent Chamber Business After Hours event. (Photo courtesy: Broomfield Chamber). employment, all these topics – and more – have the potential to impact local business. The Chamber helps businesses stay informed and gives them a voice in front of local, regional and state leaders. The Chamber is also a founding member of the Northwest Chamber Alliance, a group of eight area Chambers focused on enriching the economic climate of the entire region. The Broomfield Chamber is

widely considered a valuable partner for businesses of all sizes, from small, independent vendors to large, multi-national companies with offices in Broomfield. The Chamber works every day to help all businesses find value, make connections, increase their reach, and make Broomfield an incredible place to work and live. The Broomfield Chamber also offers specialized opportunities for business outreach and education. These include businessto-consumer and business-to-

business Leads Groups, a Young Professionals program (BCYP), and an ongoing Education Series, which focuses on topics of importance to members. For more information, contact the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce, 105 Edgeview Drive, Suite 410 in Broomfield. You can also call 303.466.1775 or visit

The Broomfield Chamber is known for its active event calendar that provides opportunities 49 weeks of the calendar year including multiple networking opportunities. (Photo courtesy: Broomfield Chamber). • MAY 22, 2022 • 33


FROM PAGE 20 Principal: John Schalk Hours: 8:20 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Grades: 6-8 2022-23 start date: Aug. 16

Standley Lake High

Address: 9300 W. 104th Ave., Westminster, 80021 Phone: 303-982-3311 Website: Mascot: Gators Principal: Todd Rago Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:20 p.m. Grades: 9-12 2022-23 start date: Aug. 16

PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS Beautiful Savior Lutheran School

Address: 6995 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 303-469-2049 Website: Mascot: Stars Administrator: Sonya

Acker Hours: 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Grades: K-6 2022-23 start date: TBA

Holy Family High

Address: 5195 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 303-410-1411 Website: Mascot: Tigers Principal: Matthew Hauptly Hours: 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Grades: 9-12 2022-23 start date: Aug. 17

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School

Address: 900 Midway Blvd., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 303-466-4177 Website: Mascot: Knights Principal: Holly Peterson Hours: 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Grades: PK-8

Questar Academy

Address: 1008 Depot Hill Road, Unit 110, Broomfield, 80020

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Phone: 303-469-6500 Website: N/A Principal/Director: N/A Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Grades: 6-12

PRESCHOOLS Apple Tree Christian

Address: 545 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 303-466-1719 Website: Director: Sara Godwin Hours: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Bal Swan Children’s Center

Address: 1145 E. 13th Ave., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 303-466-6308 Website: Mascot: Swans Executive Director: Debbie Kunz Grades: Ages 3 through kindergarten.

Cross of Christ Preschool and Kindergarten

Address: 12099 Lowell

Blvd., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 303-469-1574 Website: Director: Amy Goodmanson Hours: 9-11:40 a.m. (preschool); 8:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. (kindergarten) Ages: Pre-K

The Children’s Center Preschool

Address: 14076 McKay Park Circle, Broomfield, 80023 Phone: 303-438-9788 Website: Director: Lisa Heilman Hours: 8:30-11:15 a.m. (morning classes); 12:15-3 p.m. (afternoon) Ages: 3-5

United Church of Broomfield Preschool: Kohl Street Kids Address: 825 Kohl St., Broomfield, 80020 Phone: 303-466-8355 Website:

Ages: 2 ½ to 5


Address: 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, 80031 Phone: 303-404-5000 Website: President: Dr. Colleen Simpson Hours: Classes are offered seven days a week throughout the day, evening and online. 2022-23 start date (fall semester): Aug. 22

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

Address: 10851 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, 80021 Phone: 303-747-4081 Website: Denver Campus president: Nicholas Brown Hours: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 4-11 p.m.

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Director Elizabeth Arneson


FROM PAGE 10 ple are sociable and involved in the community, just really engaged.” Broomfield has an overwhelming amount of community involvement through volunteering at local nonprofits, organizations at the police department, and through events and opportunities across the city.

Getting involved

Jen Gornstein has lived in Broomfield for about four years, and after growing up volunteering in her community she knew she wanted to get involved somehow. She is currently volunteering through a home services program with the Broomfield Library, where she brings books out to seniors in Broomfield at assisted living facilities. “Broomfield has so many volunteer opportunities, they make it so easy to volunteer and find something that fits into my schedule,” Gornstein said. “The program I’m in matched me to seniors in the area to allow them access to more books than they would normally have in the assisted living facilities. Book lovers tend to be openminded, and it’s so great to be able to connect over stories and build bridges with people who may have different experiences and values as you.” Gornstein shared how adaptable the volunteer program was during the pandemic. They worked very hard to redesign the program to allow it to keep going by visiting seniors throughout Broomfield with contactless delivery. “It was great to be able to expand what we did during the pandemic,” Gornstein said. “Although a big percentage of this program is just spending time with the seniors, it was great to still be able to provide this service and continue volunteer-

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Broomfield High School Principal Ginger Ramsey addresses the senior class during BHS’ graduation at Christian Recht Field in Boulder in May 2021.

neighbor is kind of like the idea of ‘leave no trace’ when you go into the woods,” Gornstein said. “It’s about leaving your community a little better than how you found it.” Gornstein is about to begin a new chapter in her career that will allow her to continue her love of service. She will be joining a company that teaches nonprofits how to use and accept crypto currency and NFTs for fundraising.

Kiera Ramazauskas serves as a school resource officer at Legacy High School.

Providing a sense of normalcy

Two volunteers for the BPD Victim Services ing.” strong community. In a Department, Elizabeth Gornstein, who spoke world where technology and Upton and Sue Hardgrove, about her experience buying COVID has allowed us to have seen some of the most her first home in Broomfield live where we want versus unimaginable moments in and being welcomed by the where our job is, it’s driving someone’s life. As victim previous owners and neighthis experience of more peo- advocates, Hardgrove and bors, said she is sure that ple moving away from the Upton are called out at any she wants to stay in Broomtown they grew up in. We hour of the day to help bring field. are now able to build our some sense of normalcy to a “We are slowly outgrowing family within our community victim on scene of a crime or our house and will be buying even if we aren’t related.” serious situation, such as a another soon, and we want Gornstein said she hopes house fire. They both h ave to stay in Broomfield for to continue investing in worked on larger events, like sure,” Gornstein said. Broomfield and building her the 2021 Table Mesa King “We’ve formed such great family here. Soopers shooting in Boulder. relationships, and it’s such a “I think being a good

“Service has always been very important to me,” said Upton, who has been a victim advocate for about four years. “We help victims not only of crime, but any circumstances like fires, death of family members. We work really closely with most of the Broomfield nonprofit organizations to provide any resources the victims need.” Hardgrove has been a victim advocate for more than 15 years and has lived in Broomfield for a large majority of her life. According to the women, Broomfield’s Victim Services Department has an incredible number of volunteers compared to other departments in the state and country. “Broomfield has a great volunteer program for victim services,” Hardgrove said. “We have about 18 volunteers, along with the three paid advocates, which is more than most other volunteer departments have. Working with Broomfield officers and staff is great because you can really tell they care about the community and the people in it.” Though this type of volunteer work can be extremely difficult and be left without closure in most situations, the advocates said it is extremely humbling and rewarding work, especially in a community like Broomfield. “This community is always so willing to help one another, it really helps keep me going in this,” Upton said. “Being selfless and being there for others in their times of need is what makes a good neighbor. Having other people feel like they can call on you because things happen when you least expect it.”

Helping one’s neighbors

Neighbors helping neighbors is a common theme in Broomfield, especially at one of Broomfield’s largest nonprofit organizations, FISH.

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FROM PAGE 35 Dayna Scott, executive director at FISH, said that motto is something her and the staff at FISH live by. “At any point you might be the person who needs help,” Scott said. “Having a community that has such a strong safety net and sense of neighbors helping neighbors. All the nonprofits are so collaborative here and that is not something you see everywhere.” Scott has lived in Broomfield since 2009 and saw her community come together during the COVID-19 pandemic, even if that meant setting up lawn chairs in the cul-de-sac, socially distancing and catching up on each other’s lives. Her and the FISH team, as a food bank whose demand increased exponentially during the pandemic, had to change operations almost overnight. “We had people calling

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Jen Gornstein volunteers at the Broomfield Library among other places.

Sue Hardgrove, left, and Elizabeth Upton are victim advocates with the Broomfield Police Department.

and checking what they could do because they knew we would need the help,” Scott said. “City officials were coming out to help where needed, and we just had an incredible outpouring of support and generosity. We even had some community members donate their whole stimulus payments to us. It was amazing.” Many residents of Broom-

because (residents) never lose sight of being all in this together.” As a community with so many pillars and key individuals who want to see the community thrive and grow to the best that it can be, community and togetherness are at the heart of almost everything the community does. Broomfield is steadily growing into a com-

field who were around or have seen the transition of Broomfield becoming a city and county operation will say the decision was very meaningful in making Broomfield the community it is today, and Scott believes the decision was very intentional. “Broomfield wanted the whole community to have a singular identity,” Scott said. “Broomfield is so special

munity that residents will continue to invest in. Even after the pandemic, an event that has shifted how many communities operate, Broomfield has stayed steady in its mission to continue providing residents with that small-town experience that makes Broomfield so special to the people who live here.

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In Memoriam


Helping Families Say Goodbye

elsi Tesone Mathews, MSP, owner of In Memoriam, has two priorities: family and community. She said, “Broomfield is certainly a city unlike any other and I’m thrilled I can share my experiences with my husband and our children here. We truly consider ourselves fortunate to be a real family taking care of real families.” She grew up here and was a member of BHS class of 2006. Mathews has served as a funeral director for many years. She explained their start: “In Memoriam started in 2017 when we began to see a necessity for Broomfield to have a choice when it came to end-of-life providers. Not every funeral home is the same, just as not every person we care for is the same.” In Memoriam is a family owned and operated funeral parlor and crematory located here in Broomfield. “We believe in having the difficult conversations and navigating planning ahead, but we understand that isn’t always the reality for a lot of families we serve,” she said. “Death is already a subject a lot of people have a hard time talking about, but we want you to feel comfortable asking anything.” In Memoriam is a fullspectrum funeral service provider. Mathews said, “We offer simple cremation all the way to traditional burials. We are unique in that we have our crematory on-site and specialize in unique offerings like witnessed cremation, home funerals, and private visitations. We are happy to answer any questions about our services and even offer our services to Spanish-speaking families.”

She is also a licensed advancedplanning specialist, which allows In Memoriam to put together unique prepaid funeral plans for families wishing to plan ahead or even families up against Medicaid spend-downs. They are proud to serve any and all religions, cultures, and beliefs. “We want our families to know that once your loved one enters our care,

they never leave and that funeral prices between providers can vary greatly so we can ensure you know who you’re working with,” she said. In the last year, In Memoriam has been focused on getting their name out to anyone who may need their help. Mathews said, “We are so proud of our continued commitment to serve

the people of our community and even through these unprecedented times, we strive to find innovative and meaningful ways to help our families say goodbye.” In Memoriam 7290 W. 119th Place, Broomfield, 303.997.6667, • MAY 22, 2022 • 37

Council members and city leaders

Ward 5 Heidi Henkel Term expires: November 2023 Phone: 303-349-0978 Email: hhenkel@broomfieldcityc Background: Henkel grew up in Parker and Niwot before attending Baylor University and Colorado State University. Henkel and her husband, Scott, have lived in various states while he served as an Army officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and as an Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier Gen. Urias. They settled in Broomfield and now have two children – Connor and Emerson – and a dog named Baron Von B. Education: B.S., biological sciences with a secondary teaching credential for general science. Previous community involvement: Henkel is the founder of Broomfield Moms Active Community 2018; co-chair for Climate Conservations Event 2018; co-chair Meridian Elementary Fun Run and Fall Festival 2018; Scholarship Board Meridian Elementary, 2017-18; Westlake math tutor 2016-18; Kenya Missions trip-building aquaponics system, 2014; Project Sanctuary – Combat Veteran’s program, 2014.

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City & County Manager Jennifer Hoffman

City & County Attorney Nancy Rodgers

Phone: 303-438-6355 Email: Hoffman began her career with Broomfield in 1999 when the City and County transition began, serving as Broomfield’s court administrator from 1999 to 2005. From 2005 to 2009, she led Broomfield’s intergovernmental relations and state government lobbying efforts. In September 2009, Hoffman assumed the newly created position of assistant to the city and county manager with duties including city and countywide management functions, heading up intergovernmental relations and coordinating Broomfield’s state and federal lobbying efforts. In 2013, she assumed the position of director of communications and governmental affairs. She was promoted to assistant city and county manager in 2015. Hoffman has a master’s degree in public administration from CU Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Metropolitan State of Denver.

Phone: 303-438-6302 Email: citycountyattorney@ Rodgers started as Broomfield’s city and county attorney in late December 2020. Previously, she served as deputy city attorney for the City of Aurora, acting as public safety and litigation team manager. Before that she was a partner with Kissinger & Fellman, P.C. In Broomfield, Rodgers serves as general counsel to the City and County of Broomfield, providing legal advice directly and through a team of attorneys to the mayor, City Council, and all Broomfield departments, boards and commissions, and agencies. Rodgers and her team also represent Broomfield in legal matters; handle claims and suits initiated on behalf of the City and County and any of its departments and agencies.

Municipal Judge Amy Bockman Phone: 720-887-2133 Bockman was appointed by City Council to serve as the presiding municipal court judge in February 2021. Before her most recent appointment, Bockman worked as a defense attorney with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office from 1995 until 2004 when she was appointed to serve as a Denver County Court Magistrate. In 2007, Bockman was appointed by the governor to serve as the Broomfield County Court Judge. Bockman graduated in 1991 from the University of Colorado with a dual degree in political science and communications. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 1995 from the University of Denver College of Law. Bockman has three grown children and lives in Broomfield with her husband.

Assistant City & County Manager Abby Yellman Phone: 303-464-5156 Email: Ye llman holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor of arts degree in history and secondary education. In 2021, Ye llman was accepted to the University of Colorado-Denver’s masters in public administration (MPA) executive program. Ye llman has served Broomfield in a number of capacities. From 20162019, she served as the director of library services and cultural affairs before transitioning in 2019 to leading and directing the People, Innovation and Engagement team, which included human resources/payroll, engagement and innovation and the Citizen’s Assistance Center. In July 2020, Ye llman was appointed to the assistant city and county manager position. Duties include city/ county-wide overall management functions, direct oversight and support of Broomfield departments and staff, as well as support and assistance to both City Council and the Broomfield community.



Bal Swan Children’s Center


Where Children and Families Belong

al Swan Children’s Center is deeply embedded in the Broomfield community. A longtime advocate for young children and their families, Bal Swan’s mission remains unwavering: to build a socialemotional foundation and nurture an inclusive learning community where children and families grow and belong. Core services include inclusive education and therapy services; individualized education for each child; and an emphasis on socialemotional development. Bal Swan was founded in 1963 to fill an unmet community need for inclusive preschool education for Broomfield children. There were no programs for early childhood

intervention environment is and education most motivating at that time. So for children. five dedicated The first Bal Broomfield Swan teaching families facility was built on land in the approached a teacher at Kohl Northmoor Park Cottage and neighborhood invited her to be thanks to funds the teacher for provided by their children. community She agreed and philanthropists (Photo courtesy: Bal Swan Children’s Center). used space at Bal Swan and the Dance Arts Studio to provide Fred Spallone. But a fresh space preschool education. is soon coming to fruition: a new The pioneering teacher also facility that will serve families invited parents to leave their with children from birth through neurotypical children with her, fifth grade. learning in action what is now best “This decision is a commitment practice: an inclusive, peer-oriented to families who will now be able to


spend 10 years at Bal Swan, growing as a family and learning about the power of individualized, social-emotional education,” says Executive Director Debbie Kunz. Classrooms will remain small, with low teacher-student ratios, inclusive therapy offerings and an emphasis on age-appropriate learning. With a facility that will carry Bal Swan into the future, the community organization has re-empowered its original vision: To create an inclusive world by imparting lifelong skills of acceptance and respect. Bal Swan Children’s Center, 1145 East 13th Ave., Broomfield, 303.466.6308,

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City leaders

Director of Public Works Kimberly Dall Phone: 303-464-5820 Email: Dall became director of public works in June 2021 after joining Broomfield as the deputy director of public works in 2018. She has more than 20 years of experience in the design and management of public infrastructure. She is a professional engineer, who received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University. Dall also completed American Public Works Association’s Public Works Institute. Dall is excited to elevate and maintain the service provided to Broomfield through Public Works.

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Director of Info Technology Kateri Abeyta

Parks, Recreation & Senior Services Clay Shuck

Phone: 303-438-6235 Email: Abeyta joined the Broomfield Information Technology team in 2017 as the IT operations manager. She was appointed director of information technology in 2020. A Broomfield native, Abeyta brings more than 20 years of information technology experience to Broomfield with most of that experience in local government IT. She is passionate about delivering innovative and intuitive technology services to the City and County of Broomfield staff and the public that provides opportunities for meaningful engagement. Abeyta earned her master’s degree in information technology management from the University of Phoenix and her bachelor’s degree in information technology systems with an emphasis in database management from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Phone: 303-460-6903 Email: Shuck took the helm of Broomfield’s Recreation Services in September 2016. He brings 30 years of park and recreation experience in a variety of recreation positions in Colorado Springs, where he spent 24 years and worked his way up to aquatics program coordinator. Most recently, Shuck was the deputy manager of recreation at the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, where he was responsible for the district’s four rec centers, four outdoor pools and program areas. Shuck earned a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Shuck’s family includes two college-aged sons.

Planning Director Anna Bertanzetti Phone: 303-438-6399 Email: abertanzetti@broomfield. org Bertanzetti was hired as planning director in March 2013 after serving as a city planner for Broomfield since 2006. She earned her master’s degree in geography from Arizona State University after receiving her bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of St. Thomas. She worked as a planner for the City of Avondale, Arizona before relocating to Colorado with her husband to live closer to family.

Director of Public Health & Environment Jason Vahling Phone: 720-887-2218 Email: Vahling is a director of the Broomfield Public Health and Environment, a position he started in February 2014. He brings more than 20 years of public health experience in public health and was previously employed at the Spark Policy Institute and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Most of his career has been spent leading and managing large teams in the public sector, including more than 10 years at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment serving as the healthy living and chronic disease branch director. Vahling received his master’s in public health from the University of Northern Colorado and his bachelor’s in exercise and sports science from Colorado State University.



Wag N’ Wash Broomfield


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f Broomfield’s furry friends had a vote, Wag N’ Wash would certainly land among their top spots in this pet-loving community. Our dog bakery is what really sets us apart from any other pet store in the area,” says Owner Mike Schreiber. “We make all of our goodies from scratch using humangrade ingredients with no salt or sugar, along with customizing cakes for any occasion.” While its Broomfield location is a staple now, Wag N’ Wash was founded in Colorado Springs 20 years ago. The clever enterprise started as a dog bakery and do-ityourself wash. The idea? Take the hassle out of a regular task and put the fun back in bath time. “But the need for better pet nutrition led us to add natural

food and treats locally owned for cats and business allows dogs along us to offer a with quality place where our supplements neighbors and and pets feel that they are an important accessories,” Schreiber says. part of the store Full grooming and not just services another customer followed, moving through allowing the register line Mike Schreiber and his Saint Berxer, like at the big Broomfield’s Finnegan, who was rescued in 2019. box stores,” says Wag N’ Wash (Photo courtesy: Wag N’ Wash Broomfield). Schreiber. location to provide neighbors with a greater A Broomfield Chamber of range of convenient pet services. Commerce member, Wag N’ Broomfield’s Wag N’ Wash is Wash regularly demonstrates its locally owned and operated by commitment to the community by Schreiber who makes everyone supporting local events and giving that walks in the door feel like a back. For example, the business member of the family. “Being a donates dog and cat food to

Broomfield FISH so local families in need can feed their pets. The store staff is also active in local events at Broomfield High School, the Broomfield Farmers Market, Broomfield Days and Taste It. Haven’t had the chance to introduce your pet to Wag N’ Wash’s famous treats? Schreiber says to look for the tent at summer events around town where your pup can try it before you buy it. “We’ll be handing out our freshly baked goodies for all of Broomfield’s deserving dogs!” Wag N’ Wash Broomfield, 1100 US Highway 287, Broomfield, 720.739.9274 (WASH),

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City leaders

Clerk & Recorder Erika Delaney Lew

Assessor Jay Yamashita

Phone: 303-438-6330 Email: Delaney Lew joined the City and County of Broomfield team in 2008. Prior to being appointed the city and county clerk, she was with the finance department since January 2018 and was an assistant city and county attorney from 2008 to 2016. Prior to coming to Broomfield, Delaney Lew provided legal counsel to a number of municipal clients for four years and began her legal and local government career as a law clerk for the Colorado Municipal League. She graduated from the University of Denver with a juris doctorate in 2003 and master’s of public policy in 2004.

Phone: 303-464-5833 Email: Yamashita joined the assessor’s office in 2001 as a real property appraiser when Broomfield first became a City and County. He was lead commercial appraiser before he was appointed to assessor in 2021. He brings more than 30 years of appraisal experience to the assessor’s office. Yamashita was previously employed by Adams and Jefferson counties prior to accepting the position with Broomfield. He is a certified residential appraiser and loves living and working in Broomfield.

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Court Administrator Amy Mailander Phone: 720-887-2114 Email: amailander@broomfield .org Mailander started with the Broomfield Municipal Court in October 2021. Previously, she worked 29 years for the Colorado Judicial Branch. During her career with the Judicial Branch, she worked in varying management leadership roles in four iudicial districts and at the State Court Administrator’s Office. Those districts included the 1st JD Jefferson County, the 18th JD - Arapahoe County, the 20th JD Boulder County and the 17th JD - Adams County.

Director of Human Services Dan Casey

Community Development Katie Allen

Phone: 720-887-2222 Email: Casey took the helm at Broomfield Human Services in March 2018 following an extensive 23-year career at the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Casey began his career working in youth corrections and has experience working with multiple state divisions and departments to best utilize services. He worked as a manager for the state in the 24-hour Licensing and Monitoring Unit for the Division of Child Welfare for more than five years, and built the CDHS Division of Quality Assurance prior to joining the Broomfiled team. He is knowledgeable about the best practices in the delivery of human services at the state and local level, is process oriented, has experience managing large departments, and is an effective communicator. Casey oversees Child, Adult, and Family Services, Self-Sufficiency and Employment and the Workforce Center.

Phone: 303-438-6250 Email: Allen began working for the Broomfield engineering division in 1995 before being promoted to the Capital Improvement Program manager in 2007 and then the city and county engineer in 2011. She graduated with a master’s of science degree in aerospace engineering with a concentration in biomedical engineering from CU Boulder. After college, she worked at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California as a project engineer designing Space Station laboratory equipment. After returning to Colorado, Allen transitioned to civil engineering while working for Wright Water Engineers. She earned her Colorado professional engineering license in 1997.



Broomfield Lions Club & Adams County Lionesses


ions serve. It’s that simple, and it has been since we first began in 1917. Lions Clubs are places where people join together to give their valuable time and effort to improving their communities, and the world. There are over 1.4 million Lions, in over 47 thousand clubs, in over 200 countries serving their communities. The Broomfield Lions Club has been serving the citizens of Broomfield since 1953. Today, the club’s primary mission is addressing vision-related problems in our community. In recent years, the Broomfield Lions Club has offered free eye exams and purchased over 100 pairs of eyeglasses for those without the financial resources to buy them. Under the Lions KidSight program, using a special

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camera, members have screened thousands of Broomfield area preschoolers and kindergartners for vision issues and, specifically, for the pre-cursors to Amblyopia, an eye disease that has lifetime vision implications if not caught early. Collection boxes are dispersed throughout our community for donated eyeglasses that are refurbished and distributed throughout the world. The Broomfield Lions Club has also established two scholarships to aid Broomfield graduating seniors in their pursuit of higher education. The Frank Marchi Memorial Scholarship and the James Clapper Lifetime Service Award Scholarship,

named after two founding members of our club, are oneyear scholarships intended to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and/or books up to $1,000 per semester ($2,000 per year). The primary criterion for winning one of these scholarships is that the student demonstrates service to our community. Over the years, more than 30 graduates from Broomfield’s high schools have benefited from these scholarships. In 2017 The Broomfield Lions welcomed the Adams County Lionesses as an official Chapter of the club. The Adams County Lionesses, first organized in 1981, raise money for many

worthy organizations including the Colorado Lion’s Camp, International Hearing Dogs, Anchor Center for the Blind and the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute. These very creative Lionesses also enjoy making Valentines and May baskets each year for The Salvation Army Assisted Living Center in Broomfield. The Broomfield Lions and Adams County Lionesses are always looking for new, serviceminded, members to help it better serve the community. Broomfield or Adams County residency is not a requirement to belong. If you are considering joining, visit The Broomfield Lions website at for more information. Of note, all Lions and Lioness clubs are now gender inclusive.

Broomfield Lions Since 1953

All Broomfield area residents are encouraged to attend the annual Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 30, 11:00 – 1:00 PM at the Broomfield Commons Pavilion. Activities will include: Posting of the Colors by the Broomfield. Police Department and North Metro Fire Rescue Color Guard. Singing of our National Anthem & a Band playing patriotic music. This event is hosted by the Veterans Museum of Broomfield with concessions offered for sale by the Broomfield Lions Club. Please join us! • MAY 22, 2022 • 43

City leaders

Director of Library, Arts & History Kathryn Lynip Phone: 720-887-2368 Email: Lynip joined the City & County of Broomfield in December 2012 as an adult services manager for the Broomfield Library. She originally started as a shelver in libraries and has worked in all aspects of libraries before becoming the director of libraries, art and history for the City and County of Broomfield. She earned her master’s in library and informations science from the University of Illinois She loves the Broomfield community and revels in the work of building community partnerships and acting as a connector within Broomfield. In addition, the library is the home for the CSU extension in Broomfield, which adds yet another avenue for community connection and learning. The library, arts and history team are able to do innovative and engaging work and programs because of the incredible organizations and volunteers in this community.

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Director of Strategic Initiatives Andrew Valdez

Director of Open Space & Trails Kristan Pritz

Director of Human Resources Niki Macklin

Phone: 720-887-2293 Email: andrew.valdez@ Valdez joined the Broomfield team in 2020 and has stewarded the newly created and highprofile oil & gas and sustainability divisions. As a public lands and natural resource planner, his 10-year career in public service has spanned from the highdeserts of Arizona to the seat of U.S. government in Washington DC. Most recently, Valdez was a senior planner with Jefferson County Open Space and had the opportunity to collaborate with Broomfield Parks and Open Space on various trails and land acquisition projects. Valdez also serves as staff liaison to the Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (ACES) and is leading the city & county’s zero waste and greenhouse gas reduction efforts. He holds a B.A. of international studies from Fort Lewis College and a M.A. of urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado. He is also an active member of the Congress for New Urbanism.

Phone: 303-438-6335 Email: Pritz joined the Broomfield staff in 2000 as the director of open space and trails. She worked with neighborhoods in northeast Denver on planning projects through the University of Colorado’s Center for Community Development and Design. She served as the community development director for Vail and also worked for the Denver water law firm – Petros and White – and Boulder research consulting firm E Source. Pritz received her bachelor of arts degree in urban studies from Carleton College and her master’s in planning and community development from the University of Colorado-Denver. She completed her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and is a member of the Colorado Bar. She was awarded the Natural Resources Law Center award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service in Natural Resources and Environmental Law.

Phone: 303-438-6325 Email: Macklin joined Broomfield in April. She is an experienced human resources leader with a passion for providing a unique people-centric approach to HR management. With more than 21 years of HR leadership experience in the public and private sector, Macklin possesses a wealth of experience and expertise across a number of different HR specialties. She has served as a human resource manager for the Town of Parker, as well as director of human resources for South Metro Fire and Rescue. Most recently, she was the director of human resources for Centura Health.

Executive Operations Manager Danee Brouillard Phone: 303-438-6223 Email: dbrouillard@broomfield .org Brouillard joined the City and County of Broomfield in 2018 after eight years of public service in various sectors of state and federal government and higher education. In addition to supporting the City Council and the execution of priorities, Brouillard works to support, grow and improve services and processes to better serve the community and organization. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international policy/ relations and a master’s degree in administration.



Sunflower Bank

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WHO WE ARE Whether you know us as Sunflower Bank or Guardian Mortgage, our philosophy is simple: we offer a full range of financial products that create possibility in the lives we touch and the communities we serve.


hen the Sunflower Bank’s Broomfield branch opened its doors less than three years ago, it brought a deep history and legacy to the community. Sunflower’s roots run deep. The bank was officially founded in 1892, and it operates as First National to honor ties to a financial institution that began in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas even earlier. That long history, along with the fact that Sunflower boasts the title of the third-largest bank headquartered in Colorado, hints at the institution’s broad reach and varied customer base. Even so, Sunflower has worked to create a unique branch in Broomfield, one that represents the specific needs and status of a community with strong community roots that’s also facing unprecedented growth. The fullservice Broomfield branch, located next to the Flatiron Crossing Mall, seeks to cater to the specific needs and history of the city. That includes offering services that fit a wide range of individuals and businesses. Broomfield is home to small start-ups and nationally recognized businesses; it’s a place where families have thrived for generations, a place where newcomers to Colorado are setting down roots for a new life. Sunflower seeks to recognize and serve that diverse customer base. “In August 2018, the bank first


established a commercial loan production office in Broomfield recognizing that Broomfield had been underserved from a community bank perspective,” Sunflower officials noted online. “From the new location, customers can access complete relationship-focused personal and commercial banking services including home loans from Guardian Mortgage.” The branch’s other services include healthcare and practice financing and SBA Preferred Lending. What’s more, Sunflower’s Construction Trades Banking Group is based in Broomfield, and the group offers services for large-scale construction companies across the state. These services come with an array of traditional banking, savings and checking options for individual customers. All of these elements align with the mission spelled out by Sunflower Chairman Mollie Carter: “At Sunflower Bank, we set out to build a highperformance company that delivers, through a community banking model, the products and services our customers need to thrive, whether they are individuals or businesses.” Sunflower Bank, 665 Flatiron Marketplace Drive, Broomfield, 720.510.7346,

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City leaders

Police Chief Enea Hempelmann

Finance Director Brenda Richey

Phone: 303-438-6469 Email: ehempelmann Hempelmann has been with the Broomfield Police Department for more than 25 years. Hempelmann was sworn into office as the chief of police on Jan. 12, 2022. Hempelmann has worked her way through the ranks as a sergeant, commander and deputy chief. She’s overseen patrol, investigations, professional standards, community affairs and special operations. Chief Hempelmann’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She also graduated with honors from Northwestern University School for Police Staff and Command. She attended the Senior Management Institute for Police through Police Executive Research Forum. Hempelmann looks forward to continuing to serve the residents of Broomfield and the employees of the BPD by fostering a culture of teamwork, respect and service all while implementing modernday police philosophy and practices.

Phone: 303-438-6200 Email: Richey joined the City and County of Broomfield in 2018 as the deputy director of finance before being appointed to her current position in 2019. She brings more than 20 years of experience serving in various diverse capacities, providing both policy and fiscal oversight in the private, nonprofit and public sectors across all levels of government. Richey earned her master’s degree in political science and bachelor of science in public affairs with a concentration in environmental management and legal studies from Indiana University. Prior to joining CCOB, Richey served in several senior financial management positions, ultimately serving as chief financial officer for three agencies for the state of Indiana, concurrently. In 2019, she was appointed by Gov. Polis to serve on the advisory committee on governmental and accounting through 2023. She also serves as an elected trustee on the Colorado Statewide Investment Pool Board.

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Director of Economic Vitality & Development Jeff Romine

Director of Community & Engagement Carolyn Romero

Phone: 303-464-5579 Email: Before coming to Broomfield, Romine worked with the City and County of Denver as its chief economist and strategic advisor for more than 11 years. During his tenure there, Romine and his staff worked on a wide range of economic, financial and development initiatives. All of this helped Denver to attract, retain and expand business. Prior to that, he was on the economic research faculty of the Leeds School of Business at the University of ColoradoBoulder, served as the chief economist at the Maricopa Association of Governments in Phoenix, and previously worked as regional economist for the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

Phone: 303-464-6354 Email: Romero joined the City and County of Broomfield in 2015 after an award-winning journalism career. Promoted to chief communications officer in 2020, Romero leads the communications and engagement department and remains committed to a continuous goal of enhancing communications, engagement, outreach and public participation opportunities in Broomfield. Romero earned a bachelor of mass communication with an emphasis in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University before a television news career covering everything from local government to devastating wildfires.

Director of Diversity, Equity, Access & Inclusion Vanessa Oldham-Barton Phone: 303-438-6279 Email: Oldham-Barton has had the pleasure of being a part of the City and County of Broomfield since 2002. She has held various positions within Child Welfare, Workforce Center and Health and Human Services. Her current position has provided a unique opportunity to develop policy and practice that works to ensure equitable access to the organization and the community as a whole.



The Healing Studio

A Go-To Place for All Things Healing and Magical


he body holds its own innate tools for self-healing and self-realization, and the mission of the professionals centered at the Healing Studio in Broomfield is to tap that potential for their clients. Founded by Leanne Holitza, the Healing Studio formally opened in 2015 as a place where many different forms of selfcare, alternative therapies and alternative approaches to wellness converged. To day, the studio offers reiki, energy healing, sports massage, meditation classes, courses on psychic healing, sound baths and other services. The center’s boutique also offers metaphysical products and books. The through-line for this diverse array of services and products is self-empowerment. According to Holitza, who built the studio from humble roots working for a metaphysical shop in 2007, the studio’s diverse community of healers grew out of a mission to connect individuals with the ability to heal and better themselves. “We have all kinds of selfhealing offerings for you. This is a place where you can come and learn to heal yourself,” said Leanne Holitza, the studio’s

owner/founder and intuitive wellness coach/energy healing practitioner. “We are all about helping you come into a safe sanctuary with yourself. We have all kinds of healers here. We are trying to help you live your best life through alternative means.” These “alternative, conscious choices” for wellness are all about harnessing the power of the mind, spirit and the body’s subtle energy to create better paths to living and thriving. The crew of healers based at the studio includes reiki masters, accomplished acupuncturists, practicing massage therapists, licensed counselors and others. The studio located at 18 Garden Center was designed from the ground up as a home base where all of these therapeutic disciplines can converge in a way that benefits clients seeking self-improvement, healing and self-realization. “There is so much going on here,” Holitza said. “I founded this place so you could begin to explore yourself in a safe way.” The Healing Studio, 18 Garden Center, Broomfield, 303.881.0796, healingstudio

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City leaders

Director of Performance & Internal Audit Bernie Block

Executive Director of Broomfield Housing Authority Kristin Hyser

Phone: 303-464-5821 Email: Block was appointed director of performance and internal audit in January 2011. He has 30 years of experience working in accounting, finance, and audit related positions. He is a certified public accountant and a graduate from the University of Arizona.

Phone: 720-682-4647 Email: khyser@broomfield Hyser started as the first executive director of the Broomfield Housing Authority in February. She offers approximately 25 years of public sector experience, including 14 years successfully managing affordable housing programs. Her career has included housing work serving the City of Savannah Georgia, Mercy Housing, Jefferson County Colorado, City of Boulder Colorado, Boulder County Regional Housing Partnership, and the Boulder Broomfield HOME Consortium. Prior to leading BHA, Hyser served as deputy director of housing and human services for the City of Boulder where she facilitated affordable housing investment and development. Hyser has a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and a master’s in regional planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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Director Attorney Brian Mason Phone: 303-659-7720 Email: da17media@da17.state Mason, the elected district attorney for Colorado’s 17th Judicial District which serves Adams and Broomfield counties, was sworn in on Jan. 12, 2021. He was born in a military hospital in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the U.S. Air Force before returning to Colorado when he was 2 years old. He attended Heritage High School in Littleton and later Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he earned a degree in political science. After college, he served for three years as an aide in the Clinton Administration before working on Capitol Hill as a senior aide. After working as a fellow in Germany, mason returned to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado, where he earned his law degree. He has prosecuted thousands of cases, including more than 100 jury trials. His top priorities as district attorney are keeping the community safe and making the criminal justice system better.

Fire Chief North Metro Fire District David Ramos Phone: 303-452-9910 Email: dramos@ Ramos is a 38-year veteran of North Metro Fire Rescue District. During his tenure, Ramos has held a variety of leadership positions, including serving as the district’s fire chief for the past eight years. Ramos feels honored to lead a group of exceptionally talented employees who are dedicated to serving their community with the highest level of customer service and professionalism. As fire chief, Ramos has led the fire district through a period of tremendous growth. He has guided the district toward financial stability, allowing North Metro Fire to add more resources to accommodate the growing needs of the community. He has also fostered interagency collaborations and regional partnerships to improve emergency response capabilities. He is a Colorado native and resident of the City and County of Broomfield. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Metro State.

Coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan Phone: 303-659-1027 Email: coronerquestions@ Broncucia-Jordan has served as the coroner for Adams and Broomfield counties since 2011. Her office oversees approximately 5,500 death investigations annually (~6% in Broomfield County). Broncucia-Jordan has extensive industry training with a graduate and doctorate education that is heavily focused in health care and forensic science. She completed her professional training at the St. Louis School of Medicine. She is a nationally board certified fellow through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. She is a member of multiple professional organizations including the National Association of Medical Examiners; the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners; and the International Homicide Investigators Association. She sits on several advisory boards and regularly teaches. Appointed by both Gov. Hickenlooper and Polis, she served for two terms as the chairwoman of the Colorado Coroners Standard and Training Board.



FirsTier Bank of Broomfield

Assisting in the Prosperity of the Community


irsTier Bank is proud to introduce itself to the Broomfield Community. Dedicated to providing exemplary customer service, the organization strives to make a positive impact on the community in which it serves. FirsTier’s heritage dates back to 1955. The bank focuses on the individual needs of its clients and provides them with tailored solutions to meet their short and long-term objectives. FirsTier Bank Broomfield is a full-service banking institution that has the capability of meeting both your depository and lending needs.

It prides itself on having competitive CD rates and local decision making for your credit

needs. If you are interested in learning more about the organization and

how they can assist your specific needs, please feel free to stop by its newest location. FirsTier’s team of highly skilled professionals is eager to provide solutions to your unique situation. FirsTier Bank is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with drive-up facilities and an ATM. It is located in the Arista development near the intersection of US 36 and Wadsworth Boulevard. FirsTier Bank of Broomfield, 8771 Destination Way, Broomfield, 720.571.6167,

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Lifetime Windows and Siding


Windows, Siding, Doors and More

eter Svedin started Lifetime Windows and Siding in 2009 from his one bedroom apartment. He left another window company to start his own when he realized that he could offer better windows at a better price. This year, his company is projected to do $65 million in sales in Denver and has grown to three markets, including Denver, Phoenix and Dallas. “Lifetime has such an inspirational story,” says Johanna Snow, marketing manager for Lifetime Windows and Siding. “We grew from just 3 employees to over 75 today. Our motto has always been quality before quantity which shows through in everything we do from our windows to our amazing team.” Lifetime Windows and Siding serves the Denver metro area, including Boulder, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Erie, Evergreen, Lafayette, Louisville, Longmont, Niwot, Westminster, Superior and the Foothills. In holding to their motto, Lifetime offers Infinity windows, which are fiberglass windows and eight times stronger than vinyl windows. “They don’t expand and contract the same way as the vinyl can. That’s important. Especially in Colorado, where early spring can mean temperature swings from 30 degrees to 70 degrees in one day. That’s hard on a vinyl window and can cause it to crack and warp, whereas Infinity windows stand up to the elements,” Snow says. “Fiberglass is a sustainable material and very energy efficient.” Lifetime offers a 100% No Questions Asked Unlimited Parts and Labor Warranty. Lifetime customers never pay for parts, 50 • MAY 22, 2022 •

service, or labor associated with Lifetime’s windows or siding for as long as they own the home; including accidental glass breakage. In addition to windows, Lifetime offers James Hardie siding, patio doors and even has a roof and solar division. “Fire season is unfortunately here, and we want to educate people on the benefits of James Hardie siding. It is not only rot proof, insect and woodpecker proof, it is also fire resistant,” Snow says. Beyond quality of their product

is the quality of their service. “From a sales standpoint, we take a consultative, no pressure sales approach. Buying windows and siding is a big investment. We’re there to talk people through their options, not pressure them into sales,” she says. “We have a really great team. If you ever have maintenance issues with our product we’ll come out. There are project managers with you every step of the way for the project. It’s a team effort the whole way through.” Lifetime Windows and Siding gives back to the community as

a company in many different ways. They are a sponsor for the Colorado Rockies, partner with Food Bank of the Rockies and are also a sponsor for the Denver Zoo. Snow says their partnership with the Denver Zoo supports conservation, education efforts, and research to guide community engagement, capacity building, protected area management and science-based policy for lasting impact. In partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies, a portion of every sale is donated to the organization, helping feed families. In 2021, Lifetime’s donations to the Food Bank provided more than 380,000 meals to families throughout Colorado. That’s 88 families of four every day. During the Colorado Rockies’ baseball season the company participates in the “Strikeout for Hunger,” program. Every time the Rockies get a strikeout the company donates to the Food Bank of the Rockies.” For more information,


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