The Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud Board of Directors is responsible for oversight for the following areas: setting policy, ensure resources and board recruitment.
Stu’s pre-retirement career included serving as a Thompson School District educator (teacher, administrator, curriculum specialist). His involvement with MOW began in 1988 when he started volunteering as a substitute driver. Since 2011, Stu has served as a member of the board of directors and is currently serving as president.
Laurence Stanton, Vice President
Laurence practiced law for 40 years and is now enjoying retired life. He has been a long-time supporter and board member of MOW-LB. His father started the Meals on Wheels in Dodge City, Kansas and Laurence grew up sharing the same strong belief in the mission of MOW while witnessing its valuable impact on the community.
Charlie Howard, Secretary
Charlie Howard grew up in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Physiological Psychology. He went to work at Starr Commonwealth for Boys in Albion, Michigan starting as a child care worker and later becoming Assistant Principal at the school. After that, he worked for State Farm Insurance Companies for 38 years in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona and Colorado in various underwriting and management capacities.
Charlie is married to Kathy, who also worked for State Farm. They have two grown children and four grandchildren residing in Fort Collins. Charlie is an Eagle Scout and has a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do having taught in excess of 2000 students in his own club over 11 years. After completing seven advanced insurance degrees, he taught insurance classes at the college level as well as CPCU and CLU. His interest in Meals on Wheels came from the service his father-in-law received in Santa Rosa, California helping him to stay in his own home until the age of 100.
Steve Stientjes, Treasurer
As a native of Iowa, Steve fell in love with the Colorado mountains as a teenager. After graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in accounting, he began his career as a CPA in Denver. Working for Ernst & Young, various oil companies, and establishing tax departments for Loveland and Broomfield, Steve retired in 2010.
Wanting to find a more soul-satisfying volunteer job in retirement, Steve chose Meals on Wheels. As a driver, Steve enjoys visiting with clients—so much so that his fear is delivering cold meals to the last people on his route! Steve believes in the mission of Meals on Wheels both from the nutritional and emotional aspect and became a member of the board of directors in 2015.
Steve is married with three children and two grandchildren. He enjoys outdoor activities and reading and yes, he is still in love with our beautiful Colorado mountains!
Lynn Hayden-Ugarte, Director
Lynn is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Seven Lakes Memory Care in Loveland. Her grandmother, Margaret, paved the way for her career. Joining her grandmother when she volunteered at church helped develop Lynn’s passion for serving others. Her first opportunity to serve older adults was when she volunteered at a nursing home while she was in junior high school. After that, while pursuing her college degree, Lynn taught art classes to older adults and volunteered at a senior center. She moved to Loveland after college and worked for 22 years at the Chilson Senior Center. In her role as recreation coordinator for senior programs, Lynn helped facilitate the congregate meal site at the Chilson Senior Center in partnership with Meals on Wheels. Seeing the benefits of this program firmly established her commitment as an advocate for Meals on Wheels.
Lynn has served on various Boards and Commissions, and she has served on the Board of Directors for MOW-LB since 2015. As the need for elder services continues to increase and dollars for these services decreases, the MOW program remains a critical social service, providing nutritious meals and wellness checks to those who need them most.
Debbie Johnson, Director
Debbie started her career in the nuclear industry at Fort St. Vrain. With that experience, she and her husband, Dan, started Special Application Robotics in Loveland, which provided robotic solutions for high hazard environments. They grew the company and eventually sold it in 2008. She helped her husband start a new business called Lightning Hybrids. During that time, she opened a wellness center in a remodeled old church in downtown Loveland called The Sanctuary Wholly Wellness. She has two grown children and is currently retired looking for her next adventure with Dan. Debbie has served on the MOW Board of Directors since 2015.
Vern Pond, Director
Vern has lived in Northern Colorado since 1998. His background is in brand and sales management, budgeting, and training and development. He has corporate experience and has worked in LLC partnerships and on other entrepreneurial projects. He has volunteered with Meals on Wheels as a driver for the past 15 years.
Jennifer Reeve, Director
Jennifer Reeve, Director