Our Office Staff

Chris Smith – Chief Visionary Officer - Pagosa Office
As our CVO, Chris is the strategic business planner for our many Visiting Angels offices. He motivates the staff with the latest company goals to continuously improve and grow the services we provide. His persistence is invaluable as our Visiting Angels agency continues to expand and provide the best care to our clients. He is also an advocate with many local care support agencies. Chris relates, "We heard about Visiting Angels and were attracted by the opportunity to do something good, start a business that would bring more jobs to our area and also help my Grandma. We do serve as angels as we help to brighten homes and better the lives of our clients.

Michele Smith – Co-Owner
Michele and husband Chris opened Visiting Angels in January of 2011. Although she is not active in the daily office activities, she continues to work alongside Chris on ownership decisions and issues. Michele is a source of support to the entire staff, always offering a kind word of encouragement and support.

Michelle Johnson - Administrative Director- Pagosa Office
Michelle’s background is in Corporate Management. Her experience in leadership and guidance is the driving force to achieving the organizational goals of our agency. She has lived in SW Colorado for over 24 years, and loves serving her community. Her job as Administrative Director includes many roles, but she is focused on creating the best environment for our staff, allowing us to provide excellent, professional care to our clients and families. Michelle is a calm and dedicated leader, and a perfect fit for our agency.

LuAnn Ormonde – Care Director - Pagosa Office
LuAnn's leadership coordinates many aspects of the business as a liaison to the director. She has been with the company as a caregiver since the beginning. Her skills in office management serve in coordinating all aspects of care. Her experience includes 11 years as office manager for a cardiac-thoracic surgeon, managing local restaurants, and hours of volunteer positions in her church. LuAnn is strong leader in our agency.

Brenda Jeffryes Peacock – Marketing Director - Pagosa Office
Brenda cultivates community resources and marketing/recruiting opportunities in our areas, promoting our outstanding company in the field. Her marketing degree and expertise as a former client care manager, combine to make her sensitive to new ways to creatively present the resources we offer in homecare. Brenda has been with us since nearly the beginning, and is devoted to growth and excellence.

Briana Stewart- Marketing Assistant- Pagosa Office
Briana comes from New Orleans, LA, bringing 11 years of management experience with her. Her compassion for others, her caring heart, and eye for detail make her a great marketing assistant for our company. Briana’s cheery personality brightens up the lives of others.

Sheree Atkerson- Admin Assistant/Receptionist- Pagosa Office
Sheree moved from Texas to beautiful Pagosa Springs, with a background in secretarial work. She cheerfully greets visitors and takes phone calls in our busy office. She also assists with many admin tasks and willingly helps all departments. Sheree’s upbeat attitude and kind personality makes her a great first impression!

Summer Tucker –Client Care Manager - Pagosa Office
After living and working as a CNA for 5 years in California, Summer is back in her native Pagosa Springs. She enjoys working with our elderly and raising her two wonderful children in her hometown. She first served as a reliable and dedicated caregiver and scheduler and now a manager. Summer is a calm spirit and a true bright spot in our office and we are delighted to have her knowledge and experience as our client care manager.

Candice Eidenschink, RN- Veteran Care Coordinator- Durango office
Candice came to Durango with her husband in 2010 to raise her daughter in a smaller, safer community. An RN for 12 years, she has with a wide range of experience in long term care, management, hospital care, and home health care. Candice loves serving others, and working with our Honored Veterans, and she does it with the utmost kindness and understanding.

Drake Stewart, C.N.A. - Mentor Coordinator/ Trainer- Pagosa Office
Drake loves serving his community, always going above and beyond to care for clients and caregivers. His true caregiving heart allows him to assist others by facilitating mentorship and hands on training. Drake also assists in the new hire orientation and follow up support. His upbeat and energetic personality makes him the perfect mentor, and a true leader in our agency.

Scheduling Team

Kara Short – Scheduler- Pagosa office
Kara comes to us from Texas, with over 13 years’ experience in office management and administration. She has an associate’s degree in nursing, and experience in Human Resources. Kara and her fun loving family relocated to Pagosa Springs a few years ago, and she is a caregiver to her aging mother and aunt. Kara has a ‘can do’ attitude as she schedules for the Durango area, and she is a valued addition to our scheduling department.

Carly Trujillo- Scheduler-Pagosa Office
Carly is a Pagosa girl, with a background in dental assistance. When she is not busy in our scheduling department, she enjoys her own business of refurbishing furniture. Her past experience with patients and people is quite valuable in her role as a scheduler. Carly strives to deliver excellent service by keeping all communication open with both clients and caregivers.

Lisl Keuning- Scheduler- Pagosa office
Lisl and her family have called Pagosa home for 25 years. She has worked in and around the community at many different jobs and volunteer positions over the years. Her commitment to bettering her community, along with her kind heart, make her the perfect fit for our office. Lisl brings a 'light' to our team, as she interacts with caregivers and clients regarding scheduling needs.

Human Resources Team

Faith Richardson - Human Resource Specialist - Pagosa Office
We are delighted to have Faith work with us. She is responsible for caregiver compliance, communication, retention, and support. Faith is a cheerful personality and a helping hand in her very important role in HR. Her energy and attitude are a joy spot in our busy HR department.

Kelly Trumble- Human Resource Specialist – Pagosa office
Kelly and her family moved from Nebraska 12 years ago for the cleaner air of Colorado, to improve her son’s health. She has varied experience in healthcare, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Kelly is energetic with a big personality, which is a great asset in our HR dept. She joyfully assists with hiring, onboarding, and many other aspects of HR.

Accounting Team

Jackie Kleckner- Accounting Director – Pagosa office
Jackie is from Seattle, but she now calls Pagosa Springs home. Her experience in management, payroll, and all functions of accounting, come from working many years in the Long-Term Care industry. Jackie enjoys her family, and spending time with her two little ones. She is a ray of sunshine, and a great addition to our accounting department.

Julia Nell – Accounting Assistant—Pagosa Office
After moving back to her hometown of Pagosa Springs, Julia has taken full advantage the beautiful area. She has learned how to be a snowboard tech, raft guide, and is now an avid CrossFit-er. She is thrilled to be part of the Visiting Angels family, and rise to the challenge of accounting and payroll assistant. She is a great addition to the team, with her kind heart, knowledge, and ‘can do’ attitude.

Teri Danielson - Billing Clerk - Pagosa Office
Teri is our calm and caring billing clerk. She is responsible for maintaining, processing, and submitting all billing for our Veteran clients. She also assists our accounting department with the processes of payroll and accounts. Teri is very experienced in the bookkeeping area. She works well with numbers and enjoys the little details of her job.

Karla Holgers- Mileage Coordinator/ Fleet Manager – Pagosa Office
Karla has lived in Pagosa Springs for the few years and has been at the Pagosa Visiting Angels Office since 2017. Karla Loves running and her beautiful fur babies. She has worn multiple hats in the Pagosa office and is currently our Mileage Coordinator and Fleet Manager. Karla strives to keep caregivers and staff happy and safe while in the field and on the road.

Durango, CO Office

Jeanne Hicks- Client Care Manager- Durango Office
Jeanne is a native to Durango. She has 14 years’ experience in the healthcare field. Her strong work ethic, and desire to serve with excellence is unmatched. Jeanne’s knowledge and commitment to the area makes her a perfect fit as our Durango/Cortez manager. She is loyal and caring, and serves with true kindness.

Erin Weybright- Assistant Client Manager- Durango Office
Erin moved to Durango 3 years ago from the Midwest. She has a degree in Human Services and she is a self-taught potter. Erin uses her pottery skills to assist clients with being creative. She is a liaison between our clients and caregivers, assisting with admin duties and lovingly caring for clients as well. Erin’s sweet disposition and kind heart are a perfect fit as she serves our Durango area.

Alamosa, CO Office

Clorinda Chavez-Martinez - Client Care Manager San Luis Valley - Alamosa Office
Clorinda’s job as care manager includes interviews, schedules home assessment visits, assists in franchise training and marketing to the San Luis Valley. Clorinda’s background has been in human resources for 17 years at the Alamosa hospital and for 15 years in payroll and in accounts payable. Clo is fully committed to excellence in client care, and she gives 100% to our agency.

LeeAnn Cisneros- Assistant Care Manager/ Scheduler - Alamosa office
LeeAnn owns her own business, she has a degree in early childhood ED, and she has worked in the medical scheduling field. LeeAnn is a valued assistant as she schedules and assists with admin duties in our SLV office. She loves working with our people, and we love her gentle, kind personality.

Farmington, NM Office

Iva Francisco – Client Care Manager- Farmington Office
A New Mexico Native, Iva is well versed in the home care industry. Her love for serving others, and her extensive caregiving experience, makes her a great manager for our Farmington office and our Tribal clients. Iva also has experience in scheduling, medical records, and marketing. Her sweet smile and caring heart are the perfect fit for our NM agency.

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