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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 seniors 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.

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 three dogs.

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 taken over her desk because visitors think she's obsessed with ducks. 

Stacey Splude | Customer Service Manager

Stacey 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.

Debra Romaniec | Advertising Executive

Debra 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.

Bethany Gill | Advertising Assistant

Bethany is a Western Slope native with a love for all things local, especially cultivating community. She brings her unique professional background and knack for creating balance in businesses to her position as Advertising Assistant for BEACON Senior News. 

Bethany is obsessed with all things coffee and has been a vegan for 11 years (which makes her relationship with a cattle rancher/hunting guide quite interesting). When she’s not at work, you’ll find her having dance parties and movie nights with her kids or catching up on her daily fix of true crime podcasts.

B. Bigler | Graphic Designer

Bix 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 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.

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 her nonprofit The Gift of Love.

Justin Bowen | Delivery

Justin is "just a cowboy with a camera" spending his quasi-retirement making sure the BEACON reaches readers in Delta and Montrose counties. Ever seen a moose with a bad hair day? Check out his photography at: Buckin' Bronc Photography. His two favorite subjects to photograph are bears and western scenes.