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About Us

Proud to be Locally Owned and Operated

Village at Belmar is the premier, award-winning integrated senior living campus situated in western metropolitan Denver, in the heart of the Belmar Shopping Center and amidst an incredible healthcare services corridor in Lakewood. Our community provides a chance for residents to socialize, feel safe at home, and maintain their independence with dignity and security. We are passionate about what we call “Meaningful Connections". We have created and nurtured deep relationships with the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center and Wellness Institute, and CU Denver campus, Colorado Christian University, and Metropolitan State University. We’re not only a steward to nearly 200 residents on our sprawling campus, we are also notable as being eldercare educators. The Village of Belmar is locally owned and operated and we take deep pride in offering a personal touch that encompasses our residents, their families, and our amazing staff. Our community provides a chance for residents to socialize, feel safe at home, and maintain their independence with dignity and security.

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A Day in the Life

At Village at Belmar, our residents awake each day to amazing views of the Rocky Mountain foothills, accompanied by the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Get moving with a morning stroll along the Village’s quarter-mile walking trail. Catch up with friends over a game of bocce ball, practice your putting skills on the green, check on your organic herbs at the Village Garden, improve your stamina and balance at any of the four outdoor exercise stations, or relax on a bench or gazebo and read a book. The opportunities are endless at Village at Belmar.

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Ascent Living Communities

Ascent Living Communities is a Colorado based senior living owner and operator. Our focus is to provide a first class experience for our residents and their families, and to hire and retain the best associates in the business. We are a hands-on owner, and very involved in the operations of our communities. You will regularly find us at our communities working with our teams to create a more meaningful senior living experience than we believe you will find anywhere else.  Our founders’ many years of combined professional backgrounds provide the backbone of our operation. We have celebrated many successes with our residents, their families and our associates, and also worked through many challenges that we continuously learn from. All of this provides a steady foundation for us to build on and improve every day.

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Tom Finley

Founder & Principal
Mr. Finley is a founding member of Ascent. Prior to Ascent, he held positions with a senior living and development company as a finance and development manager. His professional career in finance and real estate began with Arthur Andersen in their tax consulting practice. He then worked for ProLogis, a large REIT, in various capacities ultimately serving as fund manager for a $2 billion property trust which was publicly traded on the Australian Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Havern School, a nationally recognized school serving students with diagnosed learning disabilities since 1967. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in accounting and taxation and is a certified public accountant (inactive).Mr. Finley is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, its communities, and future growth opportunities. He oversaw over $150 million in completed senior living development and acquisitions for the company over the last several years. He has over 20 years of experience in finance, real estate, and operations.
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Susie Reimer

Founder & Principal
Susie Reimer is a founder of Ascent. Her professional career in senior living spans over 20 years. She began her career working in various capacities in day-to-day operations for local and regional senior living operators in the Midwest. Ms. Reimer then joined Brookdale Senior Living, a national senior living firm, where she has served as Executive Director for two different communities in the Denver market. She joined Ascent in her current capacity in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science in Gerontology from the Ohio State University. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and served as a Board Member and the Assisted Living Chair of the Colorado Healthcare Association from 2011 to 2018.Ms. Reimer is responsible for Ascent’s operating model, strategic planning, functional programming, project design, and optimizing ongoing operational performance.
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Phil Shapiro, M.H.A., M.S.P.H

Founder
Mr. Shapiro is a founding member of Ascent whose professional career spans 33 years in senior living (28 Years) and hospital administration (5 Years). He has successfully participated in the development, marketing, management and/or consulting of over 2,500 units of senior living communities in the Southeastern, New England, and Western U.S. In his career, he has developed over $250 Million in senior living through various privately owned structures. He has served on the Development Task Force of the California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Mr. Shapiro recently completed two terms as a Commissioner on the Nevada Governor’s Commission on Aging. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Florida and a Masters in Hospital Administration and Public Health from the University of Missouri, and has completed post‐graduate work at Harvard University.Mr. Shapiro’s focus is on the Village at Belmar. He actively participates in the critical selections of key management team members that support marketing and management operations for that community. Mr. Shapiro is a board member of the Alameda Gateway Community Association.

LEADERSHIP

At Village at Belmar, our leadership team is comprised of highly talented, empathetic, and knowledgeable individuals who are passionate about caring for the aging population. Our team’s resume spans four decades, with years of combined experience in working with seniors and families during their exploration of senior living communities. We are educators. We are inspired by the need to encourage seniors and their families to make informed choices and decisions that precipitate the very important move from home to a senior living community, yet we know this can be a difficult change. That’s where we come in.

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Michael Ruback

Executive Director - mruback@villageatbelmar.com
Michael began his career as an Investment Banking professional for Merrill Lynch and continued in banking for the first 10 years of his career. Michael started his senior living career almost 10 years ago when a customer asked for assistance when touring a large senior living community in California. This is where Michael fell in love with and developed a passion to serve residents in senior living. Michael then moved to Colorado to continue his career in senior living, which laid the groundwork for becoming the Executive Director at Village at Belmar. “I am so excited to join a great team that cares for our wonderful residents at Village at Belmar.” Originally born in Omaha, Nebraska, Michael has lived in Chicago, Los Angeles and has been in Denver for the past 11 years. While Michael is not at work, he spends a lot of time skiing in the winter and boating in the summer with his wife, Teasley, and young daughters, Payton and Dylan. Michael is so excited to positively impact the lives of the associates and residents of Village at Belmar and will use his passion in caring for others to continue to make Village at Belmar a great place to call home.
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Kristin Jez

Vice President of Operations/Clinical - kristin@ascentlc.com
Kristin comes to us with over 23 years of experience in senior living including 18 years in management. Kristin is a Registered Nurse and licensed Nursing Home Administrator. With her broad range of experience she is able to provide education to our associates, as well as provide leadership and direction to our clinical and administrative team. She has a knack for problem solving with the utmost attention to the needs of our residents. Kristin is passionate about caring for seniors and their families, with a focus on protecting ones quality of life. Kristin’s other passions include spending time her husband Darren and teenage son Brayden who plays competitive baseball year round.
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Angela Hoffman

Sales and Marketing Director - ahoffman@villageatbelmar.com
Angela's background includes over 7 years in the senior living industry, encompassing skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care and now independent living. Her marketing degree from the University of Colorado gave her a strong foundation in her career, which began in the airline industry. Even after taking a "break" to raise her four children, she never stopped growing personally or professionally. "The opportunity to join such an amazing team was more than I ever could have imagined. Working with a locally owned and operated community provides the perfect environment for individual growth and building meaningful relationships with fellow team members, as well as our residents and their families."Angela is originally from Dayton, Ohio, but considers Colorado home, where she enjoys swimming, hiking, skiing, walking her dog, and countless hours with her husband of 27 years, Jeff, watching their children in their many sporting activities.
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Bob Clifford

Senior Environmental Services Director - bob@ascentlc.com
Bob has an extensive background in home building, building maintenance, and front-line management. Bob attended a Voc-Tech school for home building and worked in a family-owned homebuilding business for many years. Bob served in the Army from 1977 — 1983. He began working in Senior Living environmental services in 1984. He took a break from working in senior living for about 10 years to work in the home building industry here in Colorado, where he managed the building of over 400 homes a year. When the home building market changed, he went back to Senior Living – which he enjoys more than home building.Born in Haverhill, NH, Bob has been in Colorado for about 20 years. In Bob's free time he enjoys NASCAR and taking trips to Michigan to see his grandchildren with his wife, Susan.
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Angel Ramsey

Environmental Services Assistant Director - aramsey@villageatbelmar.com
Raised on the east coast, Angel Ramsey moved to Colorado from Clearwater, Florida in 2005. She brings an extensive background in IT & electrical, with 8 years of senior living experience in environmental services. She has completed a variety of classes and certifications, including security systems, HVAC & refrigeration, emergency call systems and more. Angel prides herself on teaching and passing on any acquired knowledge, hoping to help everyone strive for the highest quality of senior care yet.In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her wife & family, as well as reading up on new and exciting hobbies. Born in Chicago, IL., she was raised a die-hard Cubs fan and hopes to see them win the World Series again one day!
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Kathy Murphy

Business Office Director - kmurphy@villageatbelmar.com
Kathy has worked in the accounting field for 30 years, most recently as the Office Manager for an Orthodontist in Cherry Creek, before joining Village at Belmar. As one of the only associates that has not worked in a Senior Living Community before, Kathy is enjoying the community atmosphere, along with meeting all the great residents!Kathy is originally from Duluth, Minnesota but came out to Colorado on vacation when she was 21 and is still here! She enjoys hiking, camping, reading, sewing and spending time with her 18 year old son.
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Heidi McClure

Culinary Services Director - hmcclure@villageatbelmar.com
A Colorado native, Heidi was raised in Colorado Springs spending most of her adult life in the Denver area. Heidi is a proud mother of four wonderful children and is blessed with 10 beautiful grandchildren. As a certified dietary manager with over 30 years experience in the food and beverage industry, Heidi is a true asset to our team. After various positions in the food industry- from restaurants, hospitals and senior living communities, Heidi found her passion serving our amazing residents."I have found myself surrounded by a fantastic management team that works with great synergy and complete devotion to providing a balanced and meaningful lifestyle to our community residents. This team approach and the involvement in the everyday life of our residents fulfills all of the elements of my perfect job!"
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Dave Bolden

Executive Chef - dbolden@villageatbelmar.com
Dave's 30 years in the food service industry indescribably enhances our culinary program. After starting his career as a big chain restaurant General Manager, Dave soon climbed up the ladder to positions as a Corporate Trainer, Regional Supervisor, Managing Partner of a Hops Grill House and Brewery, Sous Chef, and finally his current position of Executive Chef at Village at Belmar. Hard to imagine that it all began from his early interest of cooking while in High School in the Home Economics Department."I have always enjoyed the concept of cooking for family be it four people or twenty, and particularly embrace the opportunity to build relationships with the people I serve and the team with whom I work."
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Stephanie Lynn

Independent Living Life Enrichment Director - slynn@villageatbelmar.com
This Colorado native hails from the small South Central town of Canon City. After 10 years of performing in musicals on the Western slope of Colorado, Stephanie moved to the Front Range in 2009 and "fell into" the fun world of senior living! Starting out her career as a Concierge, she found a new meaning in life through helping others. Stephanie moved to California for a brief period of time where she was an Activity Director and Assistant Manager of a privately owned independent living retirement community and found her true calling planning activities that bring joy and purpose to independent living seniors. She is so excited to have found the same opportunity here at Village at Belmar!In her free time, Stephanie enjoys researching events for the VAB calendar and spending time with her husband Nate.
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Jennifer Johnson

Assisted Living Life Enrichment Director - jjohnson@villageatbelmar.com
Jennifer comes to us with 10 years of Assisted Living Experience in various roles- Executive Director, Business Office manager, caregiving and most importantly Life Enrichment. She has lived in Colorado since 1976 and has raised three amazing young men. She attended college in Hawaii, graduating a degree in fine arts. Jennifer prides herself in her creativity; she was once even a wedding planner! Jennifer spends her free time reading, kayaking and taking rejuvenating drives in the mountains whenever the opportunity arises. “I am So happy to be a part of the Village at Belmar family. My hope is to bring color and happiness to the lives of the residents and their families, as well as fellow co-workers I encounter daily.”
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Amber Nelson

Monarch House Director - anelson@villageatbelmar.com
Amber discovered her love of people and caring for their needs as a lifeguard at her community pool in Evergreen, Colorado over ten years ago. She moved on from her lifeguard certification and with her CNA certificate in hand, she has served the needs of the people she loves at three different assisted living communities, finding her true calling when she arrived at The Village at Belmar. It is here she helped open the community and initially served as our Life Enrichment Assistant. Her daily devotion to the wellness of our residents and dedication to service has led to her promotion in 2019 to her current positon. Amber explains her passion, “I feel so blessed to be healthy, have a loving family and to be able to help and show love to others; that the Village was simply an extension of who I am.” Amber and her husband Jake enjoy music, concerts, travel and spending time with their two feline friends, Snowball and Ivy. In September 2019 Amber and Jake became the proud parents of a bounding baby boy.

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We look forward to meeting our newest resident at Village at Belmar in Lakewood, CO.