Our team

Why Do We Do What We Do?

“…What has kept me here for 20 years is the amazing families and children that I work with, and the staff gives 110% every moment of every day. Their heart is in what they do, and every single day, they amaze me. As you spend time with the families and children, you realize we have more in common than we have differences, and we have more abilities than disabilities. That’s true of all of us.” -LeAnn Massey, Executive Director

 

Meet Our Child Care Staff:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have more than 30 Child Care Specialists, the lucky ones who have the opportunity to form friendships with each individual child who comes through our door. Our Child Care Specialists complete many levels of specialized training to ensure they are always equipped to provide the utmost quality care.
Click here to apply for our Child Care Specialist position.

 

Meet Our Administrative Team:

Quincy Bowles
Program Coordinator-Rocks
quincy@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Quincy

Quincy has been with Respite Care since April 2016 as a child care specialist, and has been the School Age Program Coordinator since June 2017. She loves that she gets to be a big kid with our wonderful kiddos everyday! She plans fun field trips, play-based activities, activities to encourage fine and gross motor use, encourages imaginative play, games to shake out the sillies, and designs themed bins for sensory experiences and exploration. Quincy loves seeing kiddos meet their goals in fun ways, building bonds with the children and watching them make friendships

Quincy has completed coursework in Pre-Nursing. Quincy graduated high school in Tennessee and completed her Senior Thesis on Adolescent Autism, in which she interviewed families of children with autism. Quincy enjoys poetry, photography, pinball, and dance.

Quincy is passionate about her work. In fact, she even has a tattoo on the back of her arm of her interpretation of “helping hands,” with the autism puzzle piece in the palms of each hand. She initially learned much of the sign language she now uses at Respite Care at a young age when she was cast as the lead character in a school play. Quincy played a Deaf character named Tuc. She learned all of her lines in American Sign Language after school.

Outside of Respite Care, you might find Quincy playing on her women’s pinball league!

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Natalia Calhoun
Program Director
natalia@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Natalia

Natalia has been with Respite Care for nine and a half years. She oversees everything relating to Respite Care’s Child Care Programs. Natalia loves working with incredible children and their families, and working closely with our Child Care Specialist and Administrative teams. Because Respite Care, Inc. provides such a unique and important service, she also LOVES making connections with folks who can be involved in some way–whether that be a child who will enjoy our programs, a relieved parent, or a new volunteer!

Natalia has a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, with minors in English and Architecture. She is Director qualified, has her Early Childhood Teacher qualification, as well as her Infant Nursery Supervisor qualification.

Natalia enjoys hiking, quilting, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She started working at Respite Care as a Child Care Specialist when she moved to Colorado in 2009 and was blown away that such an incredible community resource existed. She dreams of starting a similar program in her hometown in Louisiana!

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Michael Geyer
Staff Manager
michael@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Michael

Michael as worked at Respite Care for 2 years. Michael works with our staff members to ensure that they have all the training and tools needed to care for all the children at Respite. He works closely with parents and staff members to make sure that our schedules are as accurate as possible. He enjoys helping our staff to problem-solve and loves engaging with our children. Every day, he walks around the building twice a day to check in on everyone to make sure that they all have what they need. One of his favorite parts of his job is stopping in each room to visit and play with the children.

Michael has spent 20 years working with children 6 – 14 years old at a summer camp in the mountains of Arizona, and for many years trained and oversaw the staff members assigned to care for 200+ kids. He went to school for Public Administration at NAU.
He enjoys hiking and camping, and biking with his family. He loves to travel and his current project is working on starting an ant farm with his kids! He was born and raised in Australia and moved to the States at 18. Since then, he has flown to and from Australia and the United States about 15 times!

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Jackie Keesling
Communications Manager
jackie@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Jackie

Jackie has been working at Respite Care since March of 2019. She oversees many aspects of Respite Care’s external communications, including marketing, social media, newsletters, and branding. Additionally, she manages the donor database and ensures every donor and their gift is acknowledged. She loves the ability to see first-hand how much the community supports the children and their families here at Respite Care, as well as share photos and stories of the impact their donations have!

Jackie graduated in 2018 from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a degree in Corporate Communications. She has worked with kids all through college at a summer camp and was even an Au Pair in Spain and taught English to 6 year olds. When not at Respite Care, Jackie loves to ski and hike with her friends and family, as well as eat pizza at every given opportunity.

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Brielle Lipton
Child Care Manager
brielle@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Brielle

Brielle has been with Respite Care since September of 2018. As the Child Care Manager, she is responsible for all things kid related! This includes conducting intakes, managing paperwork, assisting with behavior plans, overseeing medication administration with our nurse, and many other day to day activities. Brielle LOVES our kids and our staff!

Brielle has a MA in Counseling Psychology, a BS in Elementary and Special Education, and is board certified in Traditional Naturopathy. She also has her Early Childhood Teacher Qualification in Colorado. Brielle worked as an Autistic Support for over 8 years for grades K-8!

When not at Respite Care, Brielle can be found hiking and being outside, as well as exploring new places she has never been before. Another neat thing about Brielle? At the age of 28, she tested for and earned her black belt in Taekwondo!

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Abbi Lockner
Community Engagement Officer
abbi@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Abbi

Abbi has been at Respite Care for one and a half years. She works with the development team on fundraising and community engagement. She organizes our two major fundraisers annually (the Holiday Ball and the Perennial Luncheon) and manages community tours, as well as providing assistance to the development director as needed. Abbi enjoys learning about fundraising, and she loves that she gets to come to work every day with a wonderful team who are all passionate about Respite Care and our mission.

Abbi has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Northern Colorado as well as a Large Child Care Center Director’s License. Abbi previously taught in early childhood classrooms for about four years. When not at Respite Care, Abbi loves to travel and spend time with her husband and two cats.

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LeAnn Massey
Executive Director
leann@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About LeAnn

LeAnn has been at Respite Care for 21 years. As the Executive Director, LeAnn oversees programs and development, which means play time with kids and great relationships with donors! She loves seeing the money raised then spent to help families thrive!

LeAnn loves having fun with kids, learning something new every day from parents, and interacting with the amazing people who support Respite Care. One of her favorite things is watching new Respite Care staff members become deeply ingrained in the lives of our families and choosing their career paths based on their inspirational experience at Respite Care. She also thoroughly enjoys meeting Respite Care’s many supporters and finding out why they choose to support Respite Care.

LeAnn has a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Colorado State University and post graduate studies in nonprofit management. She enjoys spending time with her family. As a 3rd generation native of Fort Collins, she is surrounded by family and the history of living in one place for so long. She and her husband enjoy vacationing at the beach, especially Florida. She also loves any activity in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

Before joining the Respite Care family in 1997, LeAnn and her husband, David, owned women’s shoe stores in Fort Collins and Boulder. Entrepreneurship helped prepare her to oversee the business aspects of Respite Care. Buying shoes continues to be one of her downfalls!

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Lauren Musick
Program Coordinator-Boulders
laurenm@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Lauren

Lauren has worked at Respite Care for three years. She plan funs and skill-building activities everyday for our teens who attend after school and in the summer. She also helps staff members understand this age group and their unique needs and personalities!
Lauren loves making the kids laugh and helping them come up with their own ideas, goals, or dreams. These help Lauren plan the activities to do next.

Lauren has her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University, as well as additional training in behavior management and animal assisted activities. Outside of Respite Care, Lauren likes sewing, running, climbing, writing, and dog walking.

In addition to Teen Program Coordinator, she also holds the honorary titles of, “Field Trip Queen” and “Archduke of Obstacle Courses.”

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Amanda Sciarabba
Volunteer Manager
amanda@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Amanda

Amanda has been involved with Respite Care for several years. First, she volunteered at RC for two years, then joined us as a child care specialist for two years. Amanda recently joined the administrative team as our Volunteer Manager. She manages and schedules the wonderful volunteers that help us out in the house and on field trips. Amanda LOVES interacting with the best kiddos in the world everyday and she loves seeing the bond that volunteers develop with the kids.

Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in Music with a concentration in Music Therapy and is a Board Certified Music Therapist. Amanda also has a small photography business outside of work and enjoys photographing families and couples. She does everything (hiking, camping, exploring, and photography) with her three dogs; Kaya, River, and Lucy. She also has a rabbit named Vail, a ball python named Linguini, a leopard gecko named Ranger, a goldfish named Meatball, a betta fish named Baloo, a million other fish, and a lobster named King Kong.

One of her favorite things to do is play music for the kiddos at Respite Care!

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Maddy Selzer
Program Coordinator-Pebbles
maddy@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Maddy

Maddy has worked at Respite Care since May 2015. She oversees the Pebble program by planning activities and working with families to create individualized goals. She gets to play, get lots of hugs and cuddles, and be a child herself! She loves seeing the kiddos meet their goals and building relationships with them and their families.

Maddy is currently working on her master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has an Early Childhood Teacher certification and Elementary Education Teacher license. Outside of Respite Care, Maddy has taught Kindergarten, Third Grade, and Fourth Grade. Her favorite things to do outside of work are attending country music concerts, fishing with her fiance, and trying out new breweries with her sister!

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Lauren Whynott
Development Director
lauren@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Lauren

Lauren has worked at Respite Care for seven and a half years. As Development Director, she oversees fund development, community outreach, and marketing. Lauren enjoys meeting and working with donors and community partners. Of the many things she loves about her job, the close relationships with kiddos, volunteers, donors, and Respite families tops the list!

Lauren has a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She started working at Respite Care as a Child Care Specialist while an undergraduate at Colorado State University. When not at Respite Care, you can find Lauren backpacking and enjoying the outdoors, reading, exploring our local restaurants, and spending time with her friends and family.

Fun fact: Lauren is a fourth-generation Coloradan!

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Megan Wieck
Office Manager
megan@respitecareinc.org
Learn More About Megan

Megan began working at Respite Care in September of 2018. She organizes and coordinates office administration and procedures, in order to ensure organizational effectiveness, efficiency and safety. She is responsible for developing communication, streamlining administrative procedures, and inventory control. She loves getting to know all the children and their families and being a part of house activities like story time and crafts.

Megan is currently working on a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics from Harvard and a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology from CSU Global. She has her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Services with a minor in Gerontology.

Megan enjoys spending time with her three kids and participating in local activities. When not at Respite Care, you might find her horseback riding, hiking, or camping. Megan is also passionate about sewing and sews costumes for a local ballet company.

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Meet Our Board of Directors:

Mission Statement:

“The Respite Care Board of Directors is a group of community volunteers committed to provide leadership, support, direction and community awareness for Respite Care, Inc. The board members are dedicated to ensuring that Respite Care, Inc. continues to provide quality care for children with special needs and respite for their families.”

  • Russell Baker, Vice President/Principal Cushman & Wakefield, term 2016-2019
  • Michael Bellus, Branch President Bank of Colorado, term 2016-2019
  • Grant Calhoun, Assistant Legal Counsel Office of the General Counsel, CSU, terms 2014-2017, 2018 – 2021
  • Sara Coutts, Preconstruction Manager The Neenan Company, terms 2014-2017, 2018-2021
  • Valerie Embry, Retired University of Colorado Professor, term 2017-2020
  • Ann Hood, Parent and Information & Technology Services City of Ft Collins, term 2016-2019
  • Marcie Kay, Volunteer, term 2015-2018
  • Mark Kenning, Retired Entrepreneur, term 2015-2018
  • Jennifer Lopez, Parent and Owner Swallowtail Foods, LLC, terms 2014-2017, 2018-2021
  • Terry McNeal, Retired Realtor and Volunteer, term 2015-2018
  • Carrie Pelton, Director of Engineering – Broadcom, term 2018-2021
  • Ryan Sahd, Senior Vice President-Northern CO FirstBank, term 2016-2019
  • Lisa Stenzel, Entrepreneur & Business Owner, term 2017-2020
  • Darcie Votipka, Director of Student Services Poudre School District, terms 2014-2017, 2018-2021

 

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