Meet the Visiting Angels Home Care Staff at Our Wheat Ridge Office

Greg Elliott - Owner/Executive Director

Greg founded the Denver, CO Visiting Angels office in 2008 after a successful, twenty-year career in pharmaceutical sales and management. The original office in Lakewood has since been relocated to Wheat Ridge to accommodate our ever-expanding team.

In 2016, Greg acquired the Boulder County area, which has served the Longmont and Boulder communities since 2002.

In 2019, Greg acquired the Westminster territory, which continues to grow and provide compassionate care throughout Northwest Denver.

Greg is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently resides in Arvada and loves spending time with his wife and son and their Australian Shepherd. When not at the office, Greg enjoys travel, skiing, golf, and fly-fishing.

Amy Ahrens - Director of Operations

Amy joined Visiting Angels in 2012. While with Visiting Angels, she has worked as a Caregiver, Billing/Payroll Specialist, and most recently as the Agency Manager. Prior to working in the home care industry, Amy worked in operations management within the telecommunications industry. Amy is a Nebraska native and a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in electrical engineering. She has two teenage girls that consume absolutely all of her free time.


Ann Keeler - Director of Business Development

With an extensive background in sales and marketing, Ann spent several years managing the care of her own parents. Her personal expertise has made her a welcome resource and a dynamic field representative to our professional referral sources. Her ability to create relationships with case managers and partners in the health care community has helped our Visiting Angels office continued growth.

Ann received her B.A. degree in Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She is an active volunteer of the Alzheimer's Association and other philanthropic organizations. She is part of the Longmont Senior Center Planning committee for Folks on Aging and a volunteer facilitator for the Lunch Bunch team, helping local families with dementia stay in their homes with dignity and grace.

Mark Johnsey - Client Care Manager

Mark is a retired Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigator and Forensic Anthropologist. He retired from the Department with 26 years of service at the rank of Master Sergeant.

Mark also served on the National Commission on the future of DNA, National Institute of Justice in Wash. D.C. Mark was a faculty member of the St. Louis University Medical School, Department of Environmental Pathology for 18 years.

Mark also served as Chief Electrician on a harbor class tugboat and a Deep Sea Diver in the U.S. Navy. On the tugboat, he was the assistant to the Chief Engineer. As a Deep Sea Diver for the Naval Station at Pearl Harbor his duties included rescue salvage work, and underwater welding and cutting using various methods of diving. Mark was later employed at a Midwest Law Firm dealing with case management, client relations and as a Legal/technical Investigator. He specialized in nursing home abuse and medical malpractice.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys cycling and rock climbing.

Robin Chandler - Billing and Payroll Specialist

Robin joined our office in 2016 after spending time as both a caregiver and operations manager in the home care industry. Robin has a wealth of experience in public health, medical laboratory science, education and business administration.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

In her free time Robin likes crafting, watching movies and looking after her cat.

Tawnya Gorse - Agency Manager - Westminster

Tawnya joined the Visiting Angels family as a Caregiver in 2009. She became a member of the office staff in 2016, bringing her passion for helping seniors to other aspects of Visiting Angels.

She began caregiving in 1992 in Pennsylvania and realized at a young age that her passion lies in helping others. She worked in Pittsburgh as a Certified Nursing Assistant for nine years, including two years working with patients in a secure Alzheimer’s unit. She takes great pride in knowing she has made a difference in someone’s life and made their day a little brighter.

In 2007, Tawnya received an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting. During that time Tawnya worked as a Medical Assistant with a local family practice, but soon realized she missed the interaction with seniors and began with Visiting Angels.

Tawnya’s love for helping other continues at home with her family. She is the proud mother of two bright, funny, and extremely active boys that keep her on the go. Tawnya enjoys playing on co-ed softball and volleyball teams and participating in 5k races.

Hope Thomas - Business Development

Hope joined Visiting Angels in the spring of 2017. Her dynamic personality and positive attitude make her an outstanding addition to our marketing team. Prior to joining our staff, Hope worked as the Sales Coordinator for a new retirement community in the Denver area. She built strong relationships with referral sources to help build their census. She has an uncanny ability to make people feel appreciated and respected.

Hope is an exceptional photographer. You can be sure to find her doing photo shoots at multiple retirement communities where she makes the families feel special while creating memories.

Hope is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children, Lane and Lauren.

Melanie Stewart - Employment and Retention Coordinator - Denver/Westminster

Melanie joined Visiting Angels in 2017 after receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Her excellent communication skills and extensive experience as a Client Care Coordinator in the healthcare industry makes her a fantastic addition to the Visiting Angels team.

At home, Melanie manages her husband and two dogs, each of which causes enough trouble to keep her busy! In her free time, Melanie enjoys yoga and reading.

Joanna Morken - Director of Human Resources

Joanna joined Visiting Angels in 2016 after she relocated to Colorado from Minnesota. She has spent her career helping others in a variety of ways including providing direct service to individuals with disabilities, serving as an advocate for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and most recently as the Director of Human Resources at a large non-profit.

She holds an M.A. in Organizational Leadership & Strategic Management from St. Catherine’s University as well as various certifications including the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the Society of Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She has a passion for helping people develop their skills and talents, and she has taught a variety of courses designed to improve people’s interpersonal skills and all-around success and happiness.

Joanna enjoys doing anything outdoors - skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking, spending time at the lakes (back in Minnesota), and hanging out with her daughter.

Priscilla Zepeda - Scheduler

Priscilla joined Visiting Angels in 2015 following 3 years in the healthcare industry. In addition to time with her family, Priscilla enjoys sports (especially football), swimming, boating and puzzles.



Deb Villard - Agency Manager - Boulder County

Deb joined Visiting Angels in 2019 following 20 years leading HR and Software Support teams with the US government, telecommunications, and healthcare service organizations. She is passionate about providing exceptional service while seeking the positive in challenging situations.

When not at work, Deb enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, and pretending to be a gardener.



Sydney - Official Greeter

Sydney has been a proud member of the Visiting Angels’ Team since 2011. She is the official chair dog of the Greeting Committee, and in her role, she happily greets each visitor with a wagging tail and an enthusiastic hello. When not napping, Sydney enjoys a run outside, chasing geese, riding the elevator, and accepting any yummy treat offered her.


Clancy - Canine Liaison

Clancy joined the Visiting Angels’ Team in the Spring of 2012. Clancy is a true people-person, and really enjoys her days visiting with senior citizens at the local Assisted Living Facilities and Rehab Centers. She frequently will bring Ann Keeler along on her visits so that Ann can also benefit from these wonderful interactions.

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