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 Brady

Maria Brady

Chief of Content

From giving demonstrations and hands-on workshops to, for the better part of the last two decades, working as an activity director in nursing homes, 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 strongly that it is never too late to learn a new skill.

Maria has for many years combined her interest in arts and crafts with working with the older generation. Maria’s education is in creativity, social studies, and she has a degree in Fine Arts and 20+ years of crafting experience.

Maria is originally from Sweden and lives in Ireland, where she has spent most of her life.

Nichole Bontrager

Nichole Bontrager

Chief 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 lots of animals.

Ryan Iguchi

Ryan Iguchi

Chief Tech Officer

Ryan is the brains behind the Maria's Place website. With over 20 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 Taylor

Destia Taylor

VP 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 Giangiulio

Stephanie Giangiulio

Director 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.

Kay Marte

Kay Marte

Sales & 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.

Karen Francis

Karen Francis

Caregiver Support

Karen is a passionate supporter and educator to both caregivers and people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She is a “Memory Care” consultant.

In Maria’s Place, Karen facilitates online support groups and shares her vast knowledge and experience with us in videos and articles.

Karen is a two-time recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association “Caring Hearts, Helping Hands” Volunteer-of-the-Year award. She also received the Presidential Service Award in 2009 for service to the Alzheimer’s population. Karen serves on many committees for health and aging and she lobbies to the government on behalf of people who are affected by dementia.

She has a Masters Degree in Social Work, a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Psychology and a Certificate of Gerontology. Karen lives in Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Steele

Jennifer Steele

Nutrition

Jennifer began her practice after completing multiple degrees from Seattle Pacific University, Bauman College of Holistic Medicine, Blood Chemistry Analysis and the MRT Food Sensitivity Training (CLT). Her love for clean eating and passion for health drove her to begin studying health at a young age.

She has been inspired through her own trials and tribulations, dealing with a chronic condition, to help those with a need to regain control of their health. At Maria’s Place, she shares healthy recipes and education.

Jennifer lives in Colorado.

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