Meet our Board of Directors
Casey’s Pond is managed by Colorado Senior Residences, a 501(c)3 – led by a local volunteer board of directors in Steamboat Springs, CO. The entire project was financed through a public bond sale and is both a nonprofit and non-tax-supported entity.
The board is comprised of varying personalities with dynamic backgrounds and diverse experiences. While each board member brings his or her own unique skills and talents to the team, one thread clearly connects this group of individuals – all are intrinsically close to and passionate about senior care in the Yampa Valley.
Board of Directors
Karl Gills- Chairman of the Board
Karl is the Chair of the Board and President of Colorado Senior Residences, the non-profit community organization that owns Casey’s Pond Distinctive Senior Living Community
Karl has been in health care management for 34 years, after graduating from Ohio State with a Masters in Health Administration. He moved from Greeley, CO in 2001 to become the CEO of the Yampa Valley Medical Center. He retired from YVMC in March 2012. Karl is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Karl has served on the boards of the Routt County United Way and Colorado Hospital Association, among others
Karl is involved with the Casey’s Pond project to help bring a new dimension of senior residence and care opportunities to Steamboat Springs. He believes that Casey’s Pond will be a significant new resource that will enhance the livability of our community. Karl and his wife, Mary, have lived in Steamboat Springs for 11 years.
Susan retired to Steamboat Springs after 19 years in the technology/PC business. She started the Corporate division at Dell Computer Company and served as VP/General Manager of Dell USA and also of Dell UK/Ireland. She attended Hollins University and pursued Exec MBA’s at Stanford, Wharton and the University of Texas. Susan has served on the Board of Directors of NWCOVNA, Boys and Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the Yampa Valley Healthcare Foundation, Women in Technology International, and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.
Susan personally struggled with commuting to the east coast for several years, with different family members in Assisted Living, Memory Care and Hospice programs. She sees Casey’s Pond as a wonderful family solution for the decisions that so many families face. Susan and her husband, Jim, have lived in Steamboat full time since 1998.
Marilyn graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Occupational Therapy. She has worked as an OT at Rehabilitation Systems of Illinois, Presbyterian Denver Hospital, the former Routt Memorial Hospital & Extended Care Center, NWCOVNA, Mountain Medical Associates and Horizon Specialized Services. Marilyn has also worked as an EMT with Mountain Flight Services.
Marilyn is excited to be part of the Casey’s Pond team. Her parents have been residents of a senior living community for the last 3 years. This experience has led Marilyn to believe that Casey’s Pond can be an exemplary community that enhances the quality of life – one that residents are proud to choose as their home. Marilyn and her husband, Mark, have lived in Steamboat since 1982.
Chuck, a Vietnam veteran, earned a BA at MacMurray College and an MA from Valparaiso University. He spent 32 years at Urschel Laboratories in Valparaiso, Indiana, in various capacities, most recently as Vice President of Industrial and Employee Relations. Chuck and his wife, Karen, moved to Steamboat in 2006 upon his retirement from Urschel.
Chuck served on the Board of Directors of Pines Village Retirement Communities, an independent and assisted living facility located in Valparaiso. Chuck had a personal interest in the operation of Pines Village since his mother was a resident there. Through this experience he gained a significant understanding of the operations of a senior living facility and hopes to continue to apply that knowledge as Casey’s Pond becomes a reality.
Frank is the current CEO of Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. His new title became effective April 1, 2012 with the retirement of former CEO, Karl Gills. His background includes a Masters degree in Health Administration and 30 years of experience in the health care field.
Frank became involved with the Casey’s Pond project through his employment with the Yampa Valley Medical Center. Frank has been part of the Finance Committee, focusing on the financing of the project. Frank and his family have lived in Steamboat for 13 years.
John “PJ” Wharton
President & CEO of Yampa Valley Bank since January 2008 and joined Yampa Valley Bank in May 2004. PJ has 22 years of Colorado banking experience. Yampa Valley Bank is pleased to have achieved a “5 Bauer Rating” the highest ranking for a community bank as well as the 2010 Navigator award as the Steamboat Business of the Year.
PJ’s passions include his wife Amy, and their 3 boys John (17) Ben (16) and Peter (11) and have been residents of Steamboat Springs for the past seven years.
PJ is excited to be part of a progressive, distinctive Senior Living Community in Steamboat Springs. He believes Casey’s Pond will provide a high quality, beautiful, and caring community for the people he counts as his friends and neighbors.
Renee Gilbertson, Yampa Valley Medical Center’s project manager for cancer services, has 25 years of healthcare experience. Founder and CEO of Advance Rehab Centers, Inc., she developed outpatient rehabilitation centers throughout the Jacksonville, FL area. In 2000, Renee sold her practice to Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital where she became vice president of the hospital’s outpatient division.
The need for Casey’s Pond and its full continuum and scope of care for our seniors is a wonderful addition and opportunity for the families and citizens of Steamboat Springs. Casey’s Pond will not only serve its residents with state of the art care, but provide an atmosphere exemplifying the beauty and richness of Steamboat, enhancing the quality of life of each individual. In 2001, Renee and her husband bought their first home in Steamboat; they now live here full time with their two sons.
Loui has lived in Steamboat for 30 years, and was a co-owner of the Old Town Pub and Restaurant for 16 years. He also spent 4 years with Snow County Construction, and is currently in real estate as a Broker/Owner at Keller Williams Steamboat Realty. Loui is probably best known for his terms on Steamboat Springs City Council, 1989-1993 and 2001-2009. From 2007-2009, he served as City Council President.
Loui believes that in order to have a well rounded community, we need to have all age groups be able to live here and to contribute. He sees Casey’s Pond as an important addition that will enable us to care for those that want to stay in Steamboat Springs as they age.
J. Mark Halvorson – Advisory Committee Member
Mark moved to Steamboat Springs from Minnesota on April 15, 1972. Since that time, he has been involved in construction, development, and real estate. His company’s emphasis is premium quality commercial construction and high-end residential.
Mark’s 40 years of construction and design experience in Steamboat bring great insight to the design and construction of the entire Casey’s Pond campus. His focus is on enabling the facility to meet the unique requirements of our mountain environment.
Brian Harrington, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Dr. Harrington is a graduate of Harvard College, Dartmouth Medical School, and the University of Washington School of Public Health. He is board certified in Family Medicine, and served as a physician in the US Army. Much of his career before Steamboat Springs was in academic medicine.
Brian currently serves as the medical director for the Doak Walker Care Center. Casey’s Pond will improve the lives of its residents and their families, and will better our community.
Brian and his family have lived in Steamboat Springs for 6 years.
Karen Bomberg earned a B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Health Sciences and her professional training is in Occupational Therapy. Karen has worked in a medical university teaching hospital, in a private community hospital, and in the public school system. Over the years she has volunteered in private and public schools and in the arts community. Karen has also been involved with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Rollingstone Respite House, Yampa Valley Botanical Garden, YVMC Auxiliary, Literary Sojourn, and Comunidad Integrada.
Karen supports the Casey’s Pond project as an asset to our Steamboat community and a progressive lifestyle option for our aging residents and their families. Karen and her husband, Dr. Bryan Bomberg, and their children have lived in Steamboat for 18 years.