Our amazing Board of Directors is passionate about serving seniors and helping them flourish. The members generously give their time and resources to ensure program effectiveness, assist in resource development, and provide consultation in the fields of their expertise. We are proud that one hundred percent of our board members support us financially, and that many also provide additional help by volunteering.

Donna F. Mitchell, MD, Chair

BodyPoint Medicine, LLC

Donna is a board-certified anesthesiologist, medical acupuncturist and Functional Medicine physician. She is the owner and founder of BodyPoint Medicine located in Longmont, Colorado where she treats primarily chronic pain and associated health disorders. She has worked in the medical field for over 35 years. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Auburn Executive MBA programs. She is married and is ‘mom’ to 4 wonderful adult children. She is also volunteering her time as a Field Member for Front Range Search and Rescue Dogs and is a training handler for her working German Shepherd, Anika. Both living away from her own elderly parents and caring for elderly patients, she understands the importance in keeping seniors in their own homes for as long as possible and is aware of how difficult that can be when families are spread across the country. She is a Yard Buster volunteer for Cultivate as well as volunteers her time as a Board Member.

Susie Germany, Vice Chair

Attorney at Law, Germany Law Firm, P.C.

Ms. Germany is the principal attorney and owner/manager of The Germany Law Firm, P.C., an elder law, estate planning, and probate boutique firm. She is licensed in both Alaska and Colorado and has practiced in the areas of domestic law, elder law, probate, and estate planning.

An active member of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), Ms. Germany is a member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), an American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) fellow, and former co-chair of the CBA Elder Law Section. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer and past adjunct faculty to paralegal programs at CLE’s in Colorado. Ms. Germany frequently teaches continuing legal education courses to attorneys and various groups at national conferences on topics including special needs planning, guardianship, elder fraud, and financial exploitation/abuse.

Karen Pickering, Secretary

Business Insurance Agent, Bolder Insurance

Karen has been a Commercial Insurance Advisor in Boulder County since 1999. She helps business owners understand their insurance needs and protect their assets. Karen is passionate about building and keeping relationships. She is active in the community, and in addition to the being a Cultivate Board member she served on the Louisville Chamber board for six years; and has been recognized by her peers with an award for “Volunteer of the Year” for her service to the Boulder Chamber. When Karen is not in the office or volunteering you can find her on the golf course or on her tandem bike with her husband Richard.

Robert Schaffner, Treasurer

Retired CPA/ Volunteer

Robert M. Schaffner was born in Chicago, Illinois, and resided in the area until his retirement in 2008, at which time he moved to Boulder Colorado. He is married to Marjorie, and they have two children: Jodi (Bryan Sugar) and Adam (Marcie Rubin) Schaffner which have provided them with 6 grandchildren.

Bob is a retired CPA. He spent his career in public accounting for six years and thirty-two years as a financial executive for both public and private companies in the real estate industry. He is a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has served as a member of the board, Treasurer and Vice President of Congregation BJBE in Glenview, IL and national board member of UAHC in New York, NY. Since moving to Boulder, he has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Boulder JCC, and Cultivate, serving as a board member and Treasurer. He currently serves as Treasurer and board member of the Olde Stage Water District, a private water utility in Boulder County.

Jan Berg, Past Chair

Business Development Consultant

Before Jan “retired” in 2013, she worked for the Boulder Chamber for 9 years directing both special events and the Leadership Boulder County program. Previously Jan was the director of corporate sales and servicing for the U.S. Ski Team for 14 years, a successful mortgage broker and real estate agent, the branch manager and loan officer for a bank, and directed customer service operations in the retail world.

Our community and Cultivate are fortunate that Jan “retired” (we always put that word in quotation marks when describing her). She now has the time to stay actively engaged in numerous Boulder Chamber projects, run her busy freelance marketing and events company, and be a big part of helping Cultivate touch thousands of lives each year.

“I joined Cultivate because I believe in their mission and the critical services they offer,” she explains. “I had family that lived in a location where this support didn’t exist and realized how fortunate we are that Cultivate is in our community. Our services are crucial to the health and well-being of our elder neighbors and the loved ones who care for them.”

Nancy Chin-Wagner

Nancy Chin-Wagner, LLC POWERCONNECTIONS

Nancy was networking before she knew she was a networker! She is involved with the local community and numerous organizations. One person recently said, “You are a walking, LIVE, LinkedIn!” Her company, Nancy Chin-Wagner, LLC, is a training and consulting firm that, through her PowerConnections group and programs, helps businesses and professionals to network with confidence and move beyond communication to true connections, leveraging their personal contacts to attain personal and professional success.

In the course of becoming a leader in the community and expanding her personal network, Nancy Chin-Wagner realized the immense power of her connections in advancing causes, careers and relationships. Seeing the struggles that most individuals and organizations have in building authentic bonds and leveraging relationships to achieve goals, she decided to step up and begin educating clients, and organizing connection opportunities through PowerConnections. Her work consists of networking events, speed networking, individual consultation, and speaking at universities and corporations, advising them about the importance of networking.

Elliot Forsyth, Past Chair

Financial Advisor, Kelley & Forsyth Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

As a financial advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Elliot has a consistent approach to investing which incorporates multi-disciplinary planning. When working with his clients, he believes he needs to truly understand their passions, intentions and objectives. With the clarity of these in mind, he begins to build a strategy that will work toward accomplishing their life goals through a simple step-by-step process. He works with individuals and families to develop a plan to build, manage, preserve and transition their wealth. In addition to helping his clients, he is committed to involvement in the community. He sit on the boards of Cultivate and the Boulder Community Foundation Investment committee, and also supports Attention Homes.

On a good weekend, you will find him fly-fishing, golfing or hiking with his wife and Doberman.

Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC.

Lena Heilmann

Suicide Prevention Strategies Manager, CDPHE

Lena Heilmann (she/her), Ph.D., M.N.M., is the Suicide Prevention Strategies Manager with the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) at CDPHE. Lena began her career in suicide prevention after losing her sister Danielle to suicide in 2012. As a way to honor her sister and to process her grief, Lena is dedicated to centering lived experience and to empowering equity in community-led work.

As a lifetime Boulder County resident, Lena is grateful for the opportunity to join the team at Cultivate to support the community that has long supported her and her family.

Amy Long

Owner, Nothing Bundt Cakes Boulder

Amy Long is the owner of Boulder’s Nothing Bundt Cakes, a franchise bakery that combines the warmth of nostalgia with a fresh modern approach. Her wide-ranging business experience in the region spans more than 20 years, including financial management, community outreach, business development, restaurant partnership, and franchise ownership. Amy operates Nothing Bundt Cakes with a clear mission of making customers feel valued, while continuously innovating to find meaningful ways to engage with and support our community. Amy and her team enjoy spreading bundt bliss not only amongst her beloved customers, but to key organizations that bolster our community. Her passion to give back may be deeply rooted in the complex journey she and her family navigated when they moved to the United States in 1986, but it’s also enmeshed in a strong work ethic that informs every aspect of her life. An active member of the Boulder Chamber, Amy is an enthusiastic businesswoman who stays close to our community by cultivating rich relationships, giving back as a business owner, and mentoring her children to be global citizens which, in her view, are all essential ingredients to operating a successful business today.

Carey Mason, Past Chair

Business Advisory Coach/Facilitator, The Alternative Board - Northern Colorado

Carey Mason is the CEO for The Alternative Board – Northern Colorado providing business coaching to small businesses throughout northern Colorado. Leveraging more than 3 decades of marketing, software development, sales, service, operations, human resources and financial planning skills, Carey assists businesses to develop strategies and detailed action plans to achieve the owner’s personal and company visions. Carey is a Certified TAB Facilitator.

Carey received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree from The Ohio State University.

Ginger Robitaille

Operations Director, Colorado Recovery

Ginger Robitaille is an Operations and HR professional with experience serving a wide range of industries and companies from small businesses to large corporations. She is accomplished at building teams from the ground up and analyzing current teams to identify their strengths and weaknesses. She focuses on creating operational efficiencies and cultures that drive innovation and growth.

Ginger has always held a special place in her heart for our senior community, volunteering her time and enjoying the stories and wisdom that our seniors have to share since her teenage years. Ginger has continued her dedication and support to our senior community with caring for her own family, the senior community at-large, and transitioning her professional focus to senior living, health, and wellness.