Who we are
Caregiving can be a challenging journey. At Maria's Place, we bring new ideas and fun activities to incorporate into the daily lives of caregivers and those they are caring for. Our activities are for every ability level and many can be adapted to group situations.
As a team, we are passionate about bringing moments of joy,
small challenges, ideas, and opportunities to bond with the caregiving community.
Our Trusted Experts
Meet the individuals who have made Maria’s place possible. Click on a portrait to read their biographies.
Maria BradyChief of Content
Maria has a passion and love for the older generation.
Working with people in varying stages of cognitive ability, all needing mental, physical, and social stimulation, is a positive challenge to her. In Maria’s Place, she aims to educate, share fun activities, and inspire people to broaden their horizons and expand their life journey.
Maria enjoys the stories of a life lived and believes that it is never too late to learn a new skill.
Maria has a degree in Fine Arts and 20+ years of crafting experience. She has for many years combined her interest in arts and crafts with working with the older generation facilitating craft workshops and as an activity director in nursing homes.
Maria is originally from Sweden and lives in Ireland, where she has spent most of her life.
Nichole BontragerChief Executive Officer
Nichole Bontrager is here to serve and lead a life and company full of purpose. She strives to make a difference in the world and has a passion for the older generation.
She is deep rooted in business and leadership and believes that combining business, purpose and impact makes for a better world.
Nichole brings team members together who are passionate and are leaders in their fields. Together, they create a powerful force for good.
Nichole lives in the mountains of Colorado with her two children, husband and animals.
Ryan IguchiChief Tech Officer
Ryan is the brains behind the Maria's Place website. With over 25 years of web development and project management experience, he leads the Maria’s Place digital team. Ryan is a solution finder and a creative innovator. He is always thinking up new ways to share education and resources with caregivers around the world.
Through personal experience with his Grandma, he has a deep affinity for caregiver support and lifelong learning. Ryan is based in California, with roots in Colorado.
Destia TaylorVP of Sales
Destia is passionate about sales, team building and spreading the message of Maria's Place far and wide. Before Maria’s Place, she managed the top sales team in one of the largest web companies in the US. Destia is a caring and motivational person who inspires others.
She lives in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and two children.
Stephanie GiangiulioDirector of Therapeutic Recreation
Stephanie has a Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
She is an expert in adapting and providing meaningful, individualized programming for older adults. She has a deep passion for helping activity departments to thrive and serves as a mentor, coach and success partner to Maria's Place clients.
Before Maria's Place, she served as the Director of Life Enrichment and Volunteer Services in a senior living community, designing the Life Engagement program from the ground up and brought the community to 5 stars.
Stephanie is from Michigan and now lives in the mountains of Colorado. She is adventurous and family oriented.
Caitlin HanleyOperations Director
When she is not managing logistics and fulfillments, Caitlin can be found skiing, biking or cooking. Caitlin hails from a background in advertising specializing in project management and web traffic management. She came to Maria’s Place because she wants to make a difference in the Maria’s Place community. She value’s humble service almost as much as she gets a kick out of streamlining internal processes.
Caitlin is from New York originally but has lived in Tennessee and Wyoming before she landed in Eagle, Colorado.
Colbi VaillancourtDevelopment Coordinator
Colbi is passionate about growing a strong Maria’s Place team and brand. She cares about others deeply and loves being able to provide a happy place for people to reach out to when they feel alone and want to be a part of a community.
Colbi's biggest goal is to help Maria’s place reach older adults world wide and find ways to bridge gaps between generations.
Colbi has an economics degree and lives in the mountains of Colorado.
Kay MarteSales & Tech
Kay is a key support person for the Maria’s Place team, specializing in sales and tech. She has a passion for technology, customer relations and digital marketing. Kay is fascinated with the rapidly evolving tech landscape and business surrounding it.
She is family oriented, cares about making a positive impact and is based in the Philippines.