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BEACON Senior News



Kevin K. VanGundy | Publisher & Advertising Director

Kevin has been with the 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 days fighting ageism in America and teaching local residents, business owners and elected officials that people over 65 years of age 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 has been with the BEACON Senior News since 2009. She works to reshape the public's views on aging by showcasing the talents and feats of older adults in Western Colorado through quality editorial content, thoughtful design and creative marketing strategies. 

Inspired by BEACON readers, Cloie is hard at work crossing musicians and bands off her "live music" bucket list—mostly rock bands from the ’70s and ’80s. She inherited a small rubber ducky collection a few years ago, which has now taken over her desk because everyone thinks she's obsessed with ducks (but she's actually obsessed with corgis).

Cloie is a long-time writer and resident of the Grand Valley, and a Colorado Mesa University graduate with degrees in Mass Communication and Business Administration.

Stacey Splude | Customer Service Manager 

Stacey Splude is the friendly person you’ll hear on the phone when you call us. She handles our 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.

Mia Brabaek | Editorial Assistant

Mia is a recent Colorado Mesa University graduate with a Bachelor’s in English Writing. She is a fiction novelist and poet, and when she is not lost in her imagination, she is catching moments with her writer’s eye so she can turn them into verse. Her favorite things are ocean waves and misty forests, and if you ever ask her to go on an adventure, she’ll be halfway there before you can say, “Let’s go!”

When she’s not in the office, you can find her swing dancing on the weekends, looking for sunsets to chase or dreaming about her next novel.


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.

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 . 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 Wars, 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 about the BEACON 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.

Jan Weeks | Freelance Writer & Proofreader  

Jan Weeks has been writing for the BEACON since 2010. She reads anything that doesn't walk away and has been known to chase down moving T-shirts. Her writing is just as eclectic. Her essays, articles, short stories and novels explore the everyday and the strange. She creates worlds where romance, murder, fantasy and nostalgia rub shoulders.

An avid adventurer, Jan explores new places, new foods, new friends, and new ideas, all of which nourish her mind and spirit. She's our editor Cloie's ideal trivia partner because of her vast knowledge of peculiar and interesting things. 

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 (Montrose & Delta) 

Justin spends his quasi-retirement working to make sure the BEACON reaches readers in Delta and Montrose counties. He's also an avid photographer.