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Kevin Gundy, Publisher - LinkedIn

Kevin K. VanGundy is the publisher of the BEACON Senior News. He spends most of his days fighting ageism in America, and teaching business owners and elected officials that people over 65 years-of-age aren’t dead… yet. Recently, Kevin shaved his head bald because he lost a bet about losing weight.


 Cloie Sandlin, Managing Editor - LinkedIn

Cloie Sandlin is Editor of the BEACON Senior News. She has been with Pendant Publishing since 2009 and is a long-time resident of Grand Junction, Colorado. She loves using Trello to organize her life and tends to accessorize her workspace with ducks.


Lauren Berg, Multimedia Editor - LinkedIn

Lauren Berg is the multimedia editor for the BEACON Senior News. She is a recent transplant to Grand Junction from New York State, bringing years of editing, writing and social media experience to the BEACON team. Her work is inspired by her passion for the types of stories that will either make you laugh, cry, or a do little bit of both.


Stacey Splude, Office Manager - LinkedIn

Stacey Splude is Office Manager at the BEACON Senior News. She handles our day-to-day operations, runs the Classified section and is the friendly person who you’ll hear on the phone when you call us. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her two grandkids, traveling with her daughter, and hanging out with friends & family.


B. Bigler, Graphic Designer

Bix Bigler is a Graphic Designer for the BEACON Senior News. He specializes in the visual structure of a page, working to produce the ideal blend of text, images, and space on a page.


Chrissy Martin, Graphic Designer - LinkedIn

Chrissy Martin is a Graphic Designer for the BEACON Senior News. She has a passion and love for both seniors and design, making BEACON the perfect fit! When not creating beautiful designs Chrissy spends time outdoors with her family and dogs, and enjoys hanging out with her twin sister.


Debra Romaniec, Advertising Executive

Debra Romaniec is an advertising executive for the 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 at events 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.


Siggie Carpenter, Advertising Executive

Sieglinde “Siggie” Carpenter is an advertising executive with the BEACON Senior News, joining in December 2018 after becoming bored with retirement. She previously worked at KREX-TV-AM/FM in the ’70s. As a naturalized citizen Siggie’s proud to be an American, and as a former military spouse she has learned to “bloom where transplanted.” In her spare time, you can find her joyfully telling people where to go as a tourism ambassador for the City of Grand Junction, or enjoying her favorite hobby of sorting.


Melodie Simon, Advertising Executive

Melodie Simon recently joined the BEACON in 2019 as an advertising executive. She brings over 12 years of experience in sales, and a passion for news and advertising targeting the 50+ age group. 

 Lindsey Christensen, Advertising Assistant

Lindsey Christensen is an Advertising Assistant at the BEACON Senior News. She hails from the Western Slope of Colorado and is a Colorado State University graduate. When not at work, she spends her time exploring the outdoors or enjoying the company of family and friends.   


Jan Weeks, Proofreader

Jan Weeks is the BEACON Senior News Proofreader. Jan has been writing and dreaming since childhood. Her articles, short stories and essays have appeared in “Outdoor Life,” “Guideposts,” “Natural Health” and other markets. Her award-winning novels and short stories include “Season of Evil, Season of Dreams;” “The Centerville Code” and “Anna, Old.” When she isn’t writing, she teaches writing workshops and edits both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. She facilitates the Colorado West Writers’ Workshop and belongs to the Authors’ Guild.


Lauren VanGundy, Delivery




Cora Gentry, Delivery


JR Milner, Delivery