Board of directors
Michael Munson, Chairman
Michael has lived in Santa Fe since 1992. He founded Life Circle as a non-profit in 2011, and has been shepherding Adult Day Services (ADS) in Santa Fe ever since.
He owned of Posters of Santa Fe and Munson Graphics, worked in building construction and real estate development for many years.
When it is realized that all humanity is connected by a life force, it becomes a deep value to want a quality, dignified life with love, purpose and support for all, especially the elderly who are often neglected in this youth oriented culture. Elisabeth sees Life Circle as an organization which can identify the needs of the elderly in Santa Fe and can create solutions to meet those needs. It is a useful, evolving vehicle to act as an advocate for the elderly.
"Every individual is deserving of a life full of dignity, playful joy, grace and connection with a caring community. The opportunity to explore this with our elders is a blessing."
Jane Starrett has fostered these ideas in her work as an elementary and high school teacher, volunteer ESL tutor, ski instructor and volleyball coach. She is also a CPA and worked for Price Waterhouse and for a variety of private companies engaged in finance, manufacturing, retail and the arts in California and New Mexico.
Kim is very interested in working to identify the critical needs of the senior population in Santa Fe, now and into the future. There is a wealth of talented and passionate seniors in Santa Fe that could help support others in the senior community.
She retired as a Physician Assistant in 2012, after having practiced in an outpatient setting for 30 years. Ever since, she has been a volunteer at La Familia Medical Center, helping to address pending referrals to document adequate follow-up and disposition of care. This is critical to meet funding & “meaningful use” benchmarks for federal & county grants.
As a result of this work, Kim sees a significant number of clients with challenges in dealing with both the cost of their healthcare and in grasping fairly complex health issues, scheduling tests and procedures and complying with medication regimens. Often clients are unable to schedule appointments, as they have difficulty connecting with medical personnel, and many don’t have transportation or anyone to accompany them to their appointments.
Kim aims to help change this through her participation with Life Circle. Join us!
"To care for those who once cared for us is one of life's highest honors." - Tia Walker
As a child, Beth Kean was surrounded by elders who loved her, were patient with her and taught her valuable life lessons. She is a licensed professional counselor and registered art therapist, who co-founded Hope & Healing Place, (a grief and loss center), in Amarillo, Texas. After moving to Santa Fe five years ago, she worked as the Bereavement Coordinator for PMS Hospice Center. Her life's work has been to help children, families and elders.
Cindy Rinaldi has a Master’s in Social Work, specializing in geriatrics. She served as the primary caregiver to her parents for more than a decade prior to returning to graduate school. After the death of both parents, she was determined to make a difference working with the elderly and their caregivers.
In 2016 Cindy moved to Santa Fe and began training as a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, she became a Facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups.
Currently, Cindy is a Medical Social Worker with Northern New Mexico Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Cindy continues to pursue her passion of bringing care, dignity and support to the elderly.
Stephanie worked for over thirty years as a health professional with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The last thirteen years of her career were spent working with the elderly as a clinical research manager for studies on arthritis, a major cause of disability for older adults, worldwide. Her professional experience also includes research on health services, with a focus on the development of diagnostic and treatment services for depression outside of an academic medical center.
Stephanie recently became a full time resident of Santa Fe and she was looking for ways to give back to her new community. She heard about the work of Life Circle and was excited about the opportunity to be involved in a program that aims to provide much needed services to a growing elderly population.