60+ Ride of Weld County (formerly Senior Resource Services) was founded by DeeAnn Groves. After caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease, she discovered a passion for helping the elderly, which led her to become a gerontologist. Caring for her mother helped DeeAnn understand some of the challenges that caregivers of older adults encounter – such as adult children not knowing where to turn for help and aging adults still living independently needing assistance for a better quality of life. Having identified an obvious need, DeeAnn founded Senior Resource Services, which today is known as 60+ Ride of Weld County.
In 2006, DeeAnn applied for and received 501c(3) non-profit status, and opened our doors in 2007, offering transportation and caregiver respite programs. In September 2015, Janet Bedingfield was hired as the assistant executive director in preparation for founder DeeAnn Groves’ retirement. After working with DeeAnn for a year, Janet stepped into the role of executive director on September 1, 2016.
60+ Ride (formerly Senior Resource Services) is governed by a dedicated board of directors, staff, and a team of volunteers who work together to serve the needs of active older adults in Weld County.
Janet Bedingfield joined us as assistant executive director in September 2015, becoming the executive director one year later. Janet spent her career as a primary classroom teacher and State Farm supervisor before making the move to the nonprofit arena. Her volunteerism has included school booster boards, Trinity Episcopal Church Vestry/Governing Board, Relay for Life Ceremonies Chair, Cattle Barrons’ Ball Silent Auction Chair, Team Fisher Co-Chair, Greeley Independence Stampede, and Guadalupe Shelter Non-Event Sponsor Committee. Her passion for 60+ Ride’s mission stems from the belief that our aging population is not highly visible and rarely asks for help, resulting in an honorable and deserving yet vulnerable population being underserved.
Amy Threewitt is a Colorado native who has lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Hastings, Nebraska, in the past, but is happy to be back home along the Front Range.
She currently lives in Windsor with her husband Don and three teenaged kids. Proud mom of five, she and her family have always stayed very active in the community. In her free time, Amy enjoys community theatre, volunteering at homeless shelters, camping, vocal music, traveling, and reading.
From Amy: “I admire the volunteers so much and appreciate them for their helping hands and giving hearts.”
Elnauz Reaves grew up and attended schools in Greeley, and has lived a lifestyle aligned with her entrepreneurial spirit while raising three sons. She joined 60+ Ride as an intake coordinator in early 2018. After playing an integral part in eliminating the 60+ waitlist, Elnauz, known to most callers as Ellie, was hired as a part-time office assistant. Through her extended family and culture, Ellie has never known life without love, value, and respect for the aging population.
Sue Perdue was born in Kansas and has lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee. She now lives in Colorado with John, her husband of 45 years. She has three adult children (Rachel, Suzanna, and Jonathon) and one son-in-law (Travis). She has four great little joys, her grandchildren Ginger, Jonas, Clover, and Ravi. In her free time Sue enjoys crafting, sewing, reading, going to the movies, traveling, and enjoying life. Sue understood the needs of older adults after hearing stories from a friend who works with the aging population, as well as seeing her parents’ needs but being unable to help them. She saw that driving our van was something she could do to help the aging population.
Donna Arnold retired from the U.S. Government and then spent several years working at North Colorado Medical Center. She continued working part-time in various positions. In January 2017, she discovered 60+ Ride and started as a substitute van driver. After marrying in 2000, Donna and her husband moved to Evans, an area they both love. Today, the couple have seven grown children. Donna enjoys quilting and taking day trips during the summer.
Kent Naughton is a partner at Witwer, Oldenburg, Barry & Groom, where he specializes in a wide variety of civil matters, from litigation to complex transactions. Prior to joining his law firm, Kent served as a law clerk for the Honorable Walker D. Miller, United States District Court, District of Colorado. Kent earned his BA in political science at Colorado State University, and his JD at the University of Colorado. He lives in the Greeley area with his wife, Kelyn, and their two daughters.
Joyce A. Scott, PhD, retired to Greeley in 2015 following 50 years in public higher education, including 32 years as an executive at four universities, a national association, and a state university system. As a faculty member, she taught courses in French, linguistics, and higher education, mentored 29 students to the EdD in Higher Education Leadership, and published more than 30 scholarly articles. Joyce is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Zonta Club of Greeley, and several professional associations. She grew up in Greeley, attending Cameron Elementary as well as Meeker and Heath Junior High Schools. Today Joyce lives in Greeley with her two dalmatians, Dilly and Maisey.
Michael Muskin has spent more than 25 years working primarily for human service nonprofits. He was the executive director for three of those nonprofits: Greeley Transitional House, Team Fort Collins, and Weld County Partners. Michael’s last position was with the University of Northern Colorado as the development director for the College of Education. He is currently retired.
Susan Zenk graduated with her Master of Physical Therapy in 1990 from the University of Iowa. She became a Geriatric Certified Specialist in 1999. Susan has worked in a variety of care settings including intensive care, acute hospitals, skilled nursing, rehabilitation centers and homecare, but working with older adults has always been her passion. She has lived in Greeley for the past 26 years and has worked exclusively in-home health care for the past seven years, making her acutely aware of the need for programs, such as 60+ Ride. Susan resides in Greeley with her husband and family.
Jennifer Peterson has spent the last 28 years in the Greeley health care community. She attended the University of Northern Colorado, receiving her degree in Gerontology and community health. Jennifer has focused her career on senior care communities and in the hospital setting. Jennifer has been married to her husband for almost 25 years and has three sons, three daughters-in-law, and two grandsons.
Kate is a native Coloradoan who has had a successful career as a social worker and care companion in the long-term care facilities. She is also a member of various community organizations and clubs, such as the Exchange Club of Greeley and the Evans Chamber of Commerce. Finally, Kate is also the realtor and loves to help people find their perfect home. In addition to serving on the board, Kate is also a volunteer for 60+ Ride.