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Leadership Team

We believe the key to being a successful nonprofit is to remember HopeWest exists because of the communities we are privileged to serve. Every community is unique and we are honored to have dedicated boards that provide vision and help guide our organization.

President & CEO

Board of Directors

Advancement Board

Area Advisory Boards

NextGen Board

Planned Giving Councils

Leadership Team

We believe the key to being a successful nonprofit is to remember HopeWest exists because of the communities we are privileged to serve. Every community is unique and we are honored to have dedicated boards that provide vision and help guide our organization.

President & CEO 

Board of Directors 

Advancement Board 

Area Advisory Boards 

NextGen Board 

Planned Giving Councils 

Cassie Mitchell, MSN, MBA, RN

President and CEO

A Kentucky native, Cassie Mitchell has worked in health care for 27 years as a trained Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Registered Nurse (RN). For 20 of her 27 years in health care, she has compassionately served thousands of patients and their families in some of their greatest times of need through hospice care.

Cassie was drawn to hospice care during her work as an ER nurse because of the additional, special care she was able to give to hospice patients. Her career in hospice began as an admission nurse and nursing supervisor, eventually moving into roles to include inpatient unit management, intake, and admission team leadership, 24/7 call center oversight, clinical operations, and business development.

Before joining HopeWest, she served as the Chief Operating Officer at Bluegrass Care Navigators (BCN) in Lexington, Kentucky. Bluegrass Care Navigators serves a third of the State of Kentucky delivering care to more than 20,000 patients annually, 6,000 of whom receive hospice care.

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Cassie is people-centered, finding joy and fulfillment in relationships and service to others.  She deeply understands HopeWest exists to serve our community, enrich lives, and profoundly change the experience of aging, illness, and grief.  

Not only does Cassie personify HopeWest’s values of compassion, empathy and generosity, she has the business acumen and experience to guide HopeWest through the challenges facing the healthcare industry today. Regulatory challenges and funding shortfalls are not new to hospice; Like her predecessor, Cassie is committed to continuing the mission-driven work of HopeWest, which exists to enrich the lives of those its serves— its employees, volunteers, donors, and our community— ensuring sustainability to serve the region for the next 30 years and beyond.

In her free time, Cassie likes to read, garden, travel, spend time with her husband Matt and their two grown boys, Cole (20) and Greyson (18). When she’s not at work, you’ll often find her furry sidekick and faithful companion, Emmett, by her side discovering western Colorado’s hiking trails.

Cassie Mitchell, MSN, MBA, RN

President and CEO

A Kentucky native, Cassie Mitchell has worked in health care for 27 years as a trained Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Registered Nurse (RN). For 20 of her 27 years in health care, she has compassionately served thousands of patients and their families in some of their greatest times of need through hospice care.

Cassie was drawn to hospice care during her work as an ER nurse because of the additional, special care she was able to give to hospice patients. Her career in hospice began as an admission nurse and nursing supervisor, eventually moving into roles to include inpatient unit management, intake, and admission team leadership, 24/7 call center oversight, clinical operations, and business development.

Before joining HopeWest, she served as the Chief Operating Officer at Bluegrass Care Navigators (BCN) in Lexington, Kentucky. Bluegrass Care Navigators serves a third of the State of Kentucky delivering care to more than 20,000 patients annually, 6,000 of whom receive hospice care.

Read More

Cassie is people-centered, finding joy and fulfillment in relationships and service to others.  She deeply understands HopeWest exists to serve our community, enrich lives, and profoundly change the experience of aging, illness, and grief.  

Not only does Cassie personify HopeWest’s values of compassion, empathy and generosity, she has the business acumen and experience to guide HopeWest through the challenges facing the healthcare industry today. Regulatory challenges and funding shortfalls are not new to hospice; Like her predecessor, Cassie is committed to continuing the mission-driven work of HopeWest, which exists to enrich the lives of those its serves— its employees, volunteers, donors, and our community— ensuring sustainability to serve the region for the next 30 years and beyond.

In her free time, Cassie likes to read, garden, travel, spend time with her husband Matt and their two grown boys, Cole (20) and Greyson (18). When she’s not at work, you’ll often find her furry sidekick and faithful companion, Emmett, by her side discovering western Colorado’s hiking trails.

HopeWest Board of Directors

HopeWest
Board of Directors

Noni Bacon, MS/MBA, Secretary

Community Leader

Carter Bair

CFO, Hilltop Community Resources

Joseph Breman

Community Leader

Penny Brown

Community Leader

Mark Francis, Vice Chair

President & CEO, Family Health West

Peter Jouflas, DVM

Amigo Animal Clinic

Donald Nicolay, M.D., Chair

Retired Chief Medical Officer Community Hospital

Carolyn Payne

Community Leader

Jim Pedersen

CEO, Timberline Bank

Tom Y. Sawyer

President, Tom Sawyer & Associates

Barbara Seelye

Community Leader

Monique Serra

Community Leader

Michelle Shiao

CNO, VP Patient Care Services, St. Mary’s Medical Center

Chris Thomas

President, Community Hospital

Ashley Thurow

Executive Director, Monument Health

Monika Tuell

Chief Operating Officer, Rocky Mountain Health Plans

Laurel Walters 

Community Leader

S. Todd Young

Bank of the San Juans

HopeWest Advancement Board

HopeWest
Advancement Board

Janice Burtis

RE/MAX 4000

Barbara Butler

Dufford Waldeck

Lori Dean, Chair

Rocky Mountain C Stores – Shell / Wienerschnitzel

Bradley Feldhaus

Eagle Strategies, LLC / New York Life

Kathy Hall

Community Leader

Cheryl Hayward

336 Main LLC

C. Niki Hunn-Beightel

Hunn Jewelers

Brad Keller

FCI Constructors, Inc.

Kathleen Killian

Community Leader

Luke Meyer

Montana Tech Foundation

Jim Pedersen

CEO, Timberline Bank

Porcia Chen Silverberg

Soul Centering Connections

Christine H. Tubbs

Community Leader

Gaylene Thompson

Community Leader

Matt L. Ward

Bank of the West

Laura Wilbur

Blue Sky Insurance Consultants

Western Slope Area Advisory Boards

Delta
Community Board

Joe Agne
Dennis Doerer
Patti Hart
Karen Huggins
Debbie Kimball
Diane Kissner, Co-Chair
Kelly Landen
Carolyn Payne
Darnell Place-Wise
Geri L. Simoens
Teri Stephenson, Chair
Claudia St. Peter

Meeker
Advisory Board

Kent Borchard
Billy Goedert
Christine Halandras
Gus Halandras
Fr. Scott Hollenbeck
Shana Holliday
Stephanie Kobald
Sabine Murray
Margie Joy

Montrose & Ouray
Advisory Board

Chaucey Edwards
Ellen Fetterolf
Sue Frank
Ryan Gilbert
CoralAnn Hackett
Sandy Head
Allison Nadel, Chair
Joan Napolilli
Lisa Rediger
Barbara Seelye
Steve Woody

Plateau Valley
Advisory Board

Nathalie Ames, Chair
Julia Cox
Katie Himes
Tammy Himes
Chloe Marx
Bill Moore
Katy Watson
Cecil Young

NextGen Board

Sara Carlisle
Anita Castro
Amanda Coltrinari, Co-Chair
Jolene Hanson
Chris Haugen

Derek Irick
Dr. Robert Johnson
Chelsee Key
Amanda Miller, Chair
Kurtis Murchison

Chris Myers
Kali Lockwood
Sadie Saad
Jennie Schmidt
Emilie Stickley

HopeWest Staff:

Deb Horwitz
Katie Squier
Breanna Kramer

Planned Giving Councils

Delta
Community Board

Melody BellCampton
Amy Crick
Jan Gage
Vanessa Hoff
Tom Huerkamp
Diane Kissner
William “Snub” Liles
Arthur Mendez
Robert “Rob” Sharon
Teri Stephenson
Margaret (Marge) Swain
Jim Ventrello
Kathy Welt, Chair
Barbara Wolfe

Staff
Debbie Horwitz
Nancy Hovde
Dorothy Pew
Georgia Rock
Amanda Twamley
Christy Whitney Borchard

Grand Junction
Planned Giving Council

Barbara Butler
Shauna Clemmer
Susan Corle
Brad Feldhaus
Kimberly A. Last
Barbara Traylor Smith
Debbie Vavak, Chair
Chris West

Honorary Members
Dick Arnold
Baird Brown
Mike Bussey
Jim Grisier
David J. Turner
Kathy White

Staff
Debbie Horwitz
Christy Whitney Borchard

Montrose & Ouray
Planned Giving Council

Sarah Abbott
Lincoln Anderson
Jaimee Carnes
Chris Cox
Jim Elder
Lisa Isaacson
Mike King
Ken Konkel
Nona Mayberry
Buck Miller
Stephen (Pete) Peterson – Chair
Carol Viner
Craig Wolverton

Staff
Kelly Thompson
Debbie Horwitz

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