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Our People

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

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

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Our Team

John McCarthy
John McCarthyChief Executive Officer and President

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

Donna Ruske
Donna RuskeChief Administrative Officer

Donna began her career with Golden West in 1993. She has remained with Golden West because she is proud to be part of a mission-driven nonprofit organization that provides such a needed service to the community. During her tenure, Donna has held several positions, but since 1998, her passion and primary responsibility have been with human resources. Today, Donna’s responsibilities also include risk management and compliance. Donna has a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

Brent Chapman
Brent ChapmanFacilities Manager

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

Amanda Goodman
Amanda GoodmanResident Program Director

Amanda was a professional dancer while pursuing her degree from Montclair State University in New Jersey. After earning a degree in neuropsychology with a minor in choreography, she moved to Colorado. Amanda decided to retire from dancing and pursue her other passion, working with seniors. At Golden West, she immediately fell in love with the culture and residents. Her goal is to create an environment that nurtures residents to be as independent as possible but also supportive. She will be creating programs and activities based on residents’ feedback and ideas that are inclusive and accessible to everyone to encourage community-wide participation. In her free time Amanda enjoys hiking with her husband and their dog and game night with friends.

Angela Youngs
Angela YoungsMezzanine Resident Care Manager

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

Katelin O'Brien
Katelin O'BrienGW Assisted Living Leasing Coordinator

Katelin became interested in senior care while in high school and has earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Brandman University’s online program. She grew up in Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 2020, at which point she joined the Golden West team, starting as a caregiver. Her focus as the Assisted Living Lease Coordinator is on building relationships with the residents, senior services providers in the city of Boulder and surrounding areas to help people find the best senior living community for their needs. She also gives tours of Golden West and assists with application paperwork and the move-in process for new residents. When she is not working, Katelin likes to take her dog Charlie for walks on nature trails. She is also an avid reader, loves music, and is learning the piano and the violin.

Erin Gillies
Erin GilliesAssisted Living Coordinator
Erin brings 13 years of experience to her role leading the Mezzanine staff in making sure our assisted living residents get the best possible care. She is a Qualified Medication Administration Personnel trained in first aid and CPR and has a degree as a medical assistant. Erin originally started out in memory care and worked at several senior living communities as a caregiver and an assistant living coordinator before joining our team. She hails from Lyons, Colorado, and when she isn’t at Golden West, enjoys gardening, knitting, crafting, hiking, skiing and hanging out on St. Vrain Creek.
Jennifer Giovanetto
Jennifer GiovanettoAssisted Living Administrator

Jennifer began her career in senior living when she was only 15, going on to work as a business office coordinator and as an admission associate at skilled nursing facilities. Later, she moved to another aspect of long-term care, running an assisted living facility. Jennifer joined Golden West in September 2020 to lead the Mezzanine staff in making sure residents receive the best care. When she has spare time, Jennifer can be found hiking with her two daughters, cruising in their new camper van, or working on a cross-stitch piece.

Jim Lawrence
Jim LawrenceDirector of Finance
Jim grew up in Boulder and earned his bachelor’s degree in business and finance, then an MBA in international business, from The University of Colorado. His mother was a resident at Golden West for many years and he was drawn to their non-profit mission-based business model. Jim greatly enjoys daily interaction with the residents and having a positive impact on their lives as part of a community that provides safe and affordable housing for seniors. When he’s not working, Jim and his wife enjoy visiting with their two grown sons and granddaughter. He also likes to hike, read, play softball, creative writing, and photography.

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