In addition to having been a licensed administrator for over 20 years, Tom is also an expert consultant for a state Board of Nursing Home Administrators, and testified as a subject matter expert for operational and regulatory compliance for long term care. He has worked for prestigious national and privately-owned providers in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors as Administrator, Executive Director and multi-site manager. This hands-on experience has helped him consistently place candidates in senior living positions throughout the United States since 2003. Tom received his Certificate of Gerontology from Colorado State University, and has received professional certification from the American College of Nursing Home Administrators (ACHCA). Tom maintains an active Administrator’s license, and continues to keep abreast of the constant regulatory changes that affect senior living clients and candidates. He has been selected as speaker for multiple state organizations on topics to include: talent acquisition, effective salary negotiation, generational differences in the workforce, job performance standards and job descriptions, as well as other human resource-related best practice topics.
Clara has always had a passion for people and communications. Having grown up in Brazil, a career in the United States seemed out of reach, so she pursued Physical Therapy in Brazil for three years with a full scholarship. During that time, she had the opportunity to participate in internship programs in geriatrics. While attending college, Clara also worked as a full-time English Teacher where she gained important critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. She was eager to connect with as many people as possible who shared her passion of being fluent in English.
When Clara was 22, She was diagnosed with cancer and went through a full year of treatment. After surviving cancer, she focused on pursuing her true dream of having a career in the United States helping others through communication. Clara is finishing her Associates Degree, with honors, at College of San Mateo and plans on transferring to a 4-year university to complete her degree in Business.
Combining her passion for people and communication and her knowledge from her past experiences, Clara is excited to contribute to Aspen Associates Group’s team as Director of Business Development.
In her free time, Clara enjoys everything outdoors, jamming to music and exploring restaurants with her husband.
Brent has always had a desire to learn people’s stories, and to help facilitate growth in their lives. This desire led him to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education & Youth Ministry, before earning a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in counseling, as well as a Master of Education with a focus on increasing motivation in post-secondary and adult learners.
Prior to his employment at Aspen Associates, Brent served as the Director of Counseling & Education at the Denver Rescue Mission, where he employed his experience to assist in developing the Mission’s Career Services Department, writing curriculum, and teaching soft skills for work readiness to adults recovering from addictions and homelessness.
He also served as an independent contractor with Activate Workforce Solutions, helping to prepare candidates for meaningful employment, and to further their careers as they pursued their unique workforce goals.
Brent is now turning his enthusiasm for service to the realm of recruiting in the senior living profession. His desire is to match ideal candidates in roles with our clients that will contribute to their organization while serving our communities’ aging population.
Brent enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, teaching math, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors in Colorado. His favorite quote is, “There is no higher calling than to love someone so much that they begin to hope.”
Annell has forty years of experience in the healthcare industry. She began as an admissions director for a hospital, and grew to become an owner of a corporation that developed customer service and supervisory training programs for over 400 hospitals. Annell’s long-term-care experience includes serving as Director, Regional Director, and Area Director of skilled nursing centers, assisted and independent living communities. She also was the Director of Provider Network and Sales for United Health Care’s Evercare program. Throughout her endeavors, Annell discovered that she had a talent for recruiting great people and helping them realize their career goals.
She appreciates being associated with Aspen Associate Group because of its dedication to matching skill sets and culture sets between employees and employers and the resulting successes that ensue. Annell attended the University of Kentucky. Most of her career has been in Colorado. She has been involved as an officer, or on the board of numerous organizations that serve seniors – including White House Conference on Aging. She was a recent recipient of the Colorado Gerontology Society’s Al Berger Distinguished Service in Aging Award.
Jam completed his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing Management. With a solid academic background, he ventured into the marketing industry, dedicating two years to honing his skills. He also brings experience as a financial advisor in an insurance company and as a marketing professional in real estate. Driven by a passion for connecting talents with opportunities, Jam made a significant career transition into the recruitment industry.
Drawing from a rich pool of marketing knowledge and experience, his transition to the recruitment sector was seamless and highly productive. Over the past four years, he has been instrumental in identifying and nurturing talent and matching exceptional individuals with the right organizations. This career switch not only showcases Jam’s adaptability but also opens doors to career growth. He worked as an Interviewing Specialist, Talent Acquisition Coordinator and Executive Recruiter in his past roles.
In addition to his professional achievements, Jam loves to cook and is skilled in creating digital arts, showcasing his creativity beyond the business world.
Jam is currently working with Aspen Associates Group as a Procurement and Engagement Manager, where he continues to excel in his role of connecting talented individuals with opportunities in this unique sector.
Christian is an accomplished Recruiter with a proven track record of excellence in connecting top-notch talent with high-impact opportunities. His journey has been defined by a commitment to achieving excellence, from graduating Magna Cum Laude to thriving in the dynamic world of executive recruitment.
Christian achieved significant milestones throughout his career, most recently serving as an Executive Recruiter for more than 3 years where he recruited clinical, operations, finance, and C-suite executives. His pivotal role in successfully finding and recruiting talent for client companies reflects his commitment to excellence. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Christian is passionate about travel and cultural exploration. He finds great joy in embarking on journeys to diverse corners of the world, where he immerses himself in local cultures, languages, and traditions. These experiences have broadened his horizons and instilled in him a profound appreciation for the beauty of our global tapestry.
Christian’s educational foundation was built when he pursued a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Graduating Magna Cum Laude was a testament to his dedication to academic excellence and an indicator of his unrelenting pursuit of greatness. As he continues to tread on this exciting professional path and explore the wonders of our world, Christian looks forward to creating meaningful connections, fostering growth, and leaving a lasting impact on the lives and organizations he touches.