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BEACON Senior News - Western Colorado

Kevin K. VanGundy | Publisher & Advertising Director

Kevin has been with BEACON Senior News since he took over as publisher in 2008. A Western Colorado native, Kevin is an entrepreneur with a long-standing career in sales, advertising and marketing. He is a founding member of the Guys Giving Club and is president of the North American Mature Publishers Association.

Kevin believes that just as good storytelling transforms, so should good advertising. He spends most of his time fighting ageism in America and teaching local residents, business owners and elected officials that people over 65 aren’t dead yet. 

One time, Kevin surprised the rest of the BEACON staff when he shaved his head because he lost a bet about losing weight. 


Cloie Sandlin | Editor in Chief 

Cloie works to reshape the public's views on aging by showcasing the talents and feats of local older adults via inspiring stories and engaging content in print and online. She leads the BEACON's creative team and has been with the company since 2009.

When she's not working, Cloie is crossing musicians and bands off her live music bucket list. She inherited a small rubber ducky collection a few years ago, which has now taken over her desk because visitors think she's obsessed with ducks. 

Cloie is an accomplished writer and journalist, and a Colorado Mesa University graduate with degrees in Public Relations, Advertising and Business. She's married to her high school sweetheart and has two dogs: a corgi and a German shepherd.


Stacey Splude | Customer Service Manager 

Stacey Splude is the friendly person you hear on the phone when you call our office. She's been with BEACON Senior News since 2016 and handles our office's day-to-day operations, manages the BEACON's Classifieds section, and is our go-to person for anything and everything! When she's not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her three grandkids, traveling with her daughter, and hanging out with friends and family.


B. Bigler | Graphic Designer

Bix Bigler has been with BEACON Senior News since 2019. He specializes in the visual structure of a page, working to produce the ideal blend of text, images and space. When he isn't working, he tries to stay active by riding his bike, tending his garden and learning new things from YouTube and documentaries.


Michael L. Madsen | Graphic Designer 

Mike brings 25+ years of graphic design knowledge and experience to BEACON Senior News. He's takes great pride in designing some of the fantastic advertising you see each month, along with the layout and design of the pages you read. In his downtime, he likes hanging out with his children and is a total cinephile with a movie collection that could make Netflix blush. He'll also admit he's a total geek/nerd about most tech and all things sci-fi, fantasy or comics related. If it's Marvel, DC, Star Trek, Star War or countless other TV shows and movies like that, you can bet he's into it.

 

Debra Romaniec | Advertising Account Executive

Debra Romaniec has been with BEACON Senior News since 2017. She is passionate about creating awareness and being pro-active with aging adult issues. Debra loves meeting new people in the community and volunteering for various local organizations in the Grand Valley. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, watching the next best film to hit theaters and house-sitting of her friends’ many fur babies.


Kayla Pool | Advertising & Marketing Assistant 

Kayla has been with BEACON Senior News since 2021. She moved from Oklahoma to Grand Junction to attend Colorado Mesa University where she graduated with a degree in Mass Communication. During her free time, she enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles and going on off-road adventures and camping with her husband.


Lauren VanGundy | Delivery

Lauren is integral in making sure the BEACON reaches our readers in the Grand Valley. She loves stopping at places where she can greet happy seniors—even better if it's at a thrift store or second-hand shop so she can do some quick shopping.


Brittney Bade | Delivery 

Brittney is a friendly face to many seniors. In addition to delivering the BEACON, she works with seniors through the Senior Engagement Program and her nonprofit The Gift of Love.


Justin Bowen | Delivery 

Justin spends his quasi-retirement working to make sure the BEACON reaches readers in Delta and Montrose counties. He's also an avid photographer—"just a cowboy with a camera." His two favorite subjects are bears and western themed photographs. Ever seen a moose with a bad hair day? Check out his photography at Buckin' Bronc Photography

 

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