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About Us

Hilltop Reserve

At Ascent Senior Living Communities, we are more than Colorado-based. We are 100% Colorado-present. Every community we develop and manage is in the state of Colorado. Our roots go deep. In fact, one of our founders previously opened and operated a senior living community in the Hilltop area, and we now look forward to serving many adult children of those seniors. For us, it’s personal. That’s why you’ll regularly find us walking through our communities, working with our teams and interacting with residents. 

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Management

We want to get to know you

Our founders’ 40 years of combined professional backgrounds provide the backbone of our operation. We have celebrated many successes with our residents, their families and our associates. One Ascent community, The Village at Belmar in Lakewood, Colorado, received the 2019 Large Business of the Year award from the West Metro Chamber of Commerce, recognizing excellent customer service, community engagement and business success.

We know success, and we know how to work through challenges as we continue to build and improve every day. We are invested in creating a first-class experience for residents and their families, and to hire and retain the best associates in the business—and we believe we can do it exceptionally well.

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Leadership

An extraordinary senior living community such as Hilltop Reserve calls for a special team of professionals who are passionate about what they do, and how they do it. Our group truly embodies our promise to elevate senior living in every way we can.

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Rhenne Cervantes

Executive Director
Rhenne Cervantes’ senior living career began in 2007 when he was elected as chairman of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in the New Orleans area. Combining his expertise in commercial and business development, Rhenne led the community’s growth plan to accommodate a full spectrum in senior care; Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and a Health and Wellness Center. Rhenne then continued to hone his senior living executive leadership skills working and training with some of the nation’s largest senior living and health care providers in the country developing a depth of knowledge in operations management, sales & marketing, talent development, construction management, business development and regulatory compliance. Throughout his career Rhenne has cultivated servant leadership among his peers and direct reports. He thrives in inspiring trust and collaboration among residents and families, team members and business partners.

Sherry Chance

Sales and Marketing Director
Born into senior living, Sherry’s great grandparents and grandparents owned and operated a nursing home in the 60’s and 70’s, where she spent childhood weekends with the residents visiting, serving, and learning the art of listening as they shared their stories. Now as an adult, she’s taken that appreciation for our elders and enjoys guiding them and their families to a quite different senior living experience. When not at work (and sometimes while at work!), Sherry enjoys both portrait and landscape photography, as well as exploring small mountain towns in Colorado and New Mexico.
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Addie Cumonow

Independent Living Life Enrichment Director
Addie Cumonow began her career with Ascent Senior Living Communities in 2021 as the Move-In Coordinator for Hilltop Reserve. Previously, Addie gained experience in sales at Nordstrom where she was recognized for her achievements in both, breaking seasonal sales records and customer service. Addie’s background in sales and her enthusiasm for senior living solutions allows her to provide every client with personalized and unique solutions based on their needs. Addie is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Aging and a Certificate of Gerontology at the University of Northern Texas and expects to graduate in December.
Miguel Remillard

Miguel Remillard

Assisted Living Director
I started my career in senior living at the young age of 15, calling bingo while my mother worked her shift. Most people don’t know what they want to do at 15, but I knew at that very moment I wanted to work with the elderly. I lost both sides of my grandparents at a young age, I didn’t quite have the grandparent and grandchild relationship growing up. Working with the elderly was the closest I would get to having a grandparent relationship. As soon, as I turned 16 I was able to get my first job in senior living in dining. Over the course of now 16 years (half of my life!!), I have worked in every aspect of senior living by choice; dining, caregiving, medtech, activities, coordinating, etc. The reason being is having your loved one in mind but elevating every aspect of senior living in quality of service and customer service. My mother told me one bit of advice before I began my journey many years ago: “if you are going to enter this field, you be sure you treat every single person you take care of as if they are your loved one.” These words are my mantra and I will continue to remember these words for many years to come.

Meeshi Anjali

Memory Care Life Enrichment Director
After watching “Singin’ in the Rain” as a boy, Meeshi grew up wanting to dance like Gene Kelly, but was too afraid to try it. Then, on his 25th birthday, he made a vow to conquer his fears around dance, and he’s been movin’ and groovin’ ever since. For the past 30 years, Meeshi has trained in and taught movement to dancers of all ages including Afro-Cuban Dance, Lindy Hop Swing, and R&B Line Dancing. In 2016, he and his wife, Amber, co-founded GroovaRoo Dance, America’s premier babywearing dance program, with over 75 certified teachers in 15 countries worldwide. Since moving to Denver in 2019, Meeshi has brought his community-building skills of music, dance and playfulness into senior living communities throughout the city. He is excited to use these skills to co-create a vibrant, joyful community with Monarch House residents, family members and staff. As he always says, "It takes a village to make a village."
Tina Wilson

Tina Wilson

Assisted Living Life Enrichment Director
Tina started her career in the medical field at the age of 14 at her hometown hospital, as a volunteer. Even at an early age Tina knew that she wanted to make a difference in the care of others. Her experienced has spread in several different healthcare departments. She started as a phlebotomist. Her career has included being a CMA, CNA ,QMAP and a Activities Coordinator. Now she’s starting a new chapter as Assisted Living Coordinator at Hilltop Reserve.
Kim Arredondo

Kim Arredondo

Culinary Director
As a Colorado Native, Kim has always been drawn to the Hospitality and Food Business. 10 years ago, she ventured into Senior Living and has never looked back. She enjoys creating memories for Residents and their families by executing an elevated culinary program where they like to have fun, serve creative meals and enjoyable events. Outside of work, Kim enjoys spending time with her family.
Ben Davison

Ben Davison

Executive Chef
Ben grew up in Parker, Colorado with strong family ties in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a graduate of the Art institute of Colorado with a degree in Culinary Arts, Ben worked all over the Denver and Cherry Creek area, achieving the position of executive chef at the age of 27. Ben moved around a lot, fulfilling the desire to travel and learn about food. After stops in Philadelphia, Miami, and Cleveland, and working for chefs like George Perrier, Jose Garces, Alfred Portale, and Guillermo Pernot, Ben moved home to Colorado. As a long time disciple of the Ritz-Carlton, Ben’s focus is on quality and simplicity of food. Outside of work, Ben enjoys Karate, Tai Chi, playing guitar, woodworking, biking, and spending time with his family, daughter Olivia, wife Jody, Lars and Lily (the cats).

Alejandra Selgado

Health Services Director
My name is Alejandra Salgado and my journey in healthcare began in my early years of life at the age of 11 when I was asked to care for my grandmother after a stroke. I come from a large family of immigrants who always instilled the value hard work and family. Due to these values, I spent my summer with my grandmother. I learned how to feed, bathe, transfer and toilet someone who was unable to do it on their own, but more importantly, I learned how to care. I found myself paying attention to little things like what kind of food she liked to eat or if she was wearing her favorite slippers. At that time, I realized that caring was my true passion. I decided to turn my passion of caring into a career and I worked my way to becoming medical assistant in 2015. As a medical assistant, I spent 7 years practicing in pediatrics, home health, urgent care, allergy and asthma before pursuing a career in nursing. Starting my career as a Wellness Nurse at Hilltop allowed me to grow with the facility. I had the pleasure of welcoming some of the facility's first residents and participated in establishing the standard of care we provide here at Hilltop. I look forward to working with care staff to provide the highest quality of care for your loved ones.
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Wayne Lindsey

Environmental Services Director
Wayne is a native of Colorado! One of the few left! He worked his way through Art School employed at Littleton Public Schools in the Maintenance Department. His specialty was boiler systems, plumbing and pneumatic controls. When he finished college he tried his hand at his degree – Advertising Design! Wayne owned his own Graphic Design Studio, worked as a Senior Art Director, Creative Director and eventually ended his Design career as a Marketing Director. But, he was always still fixing stuff. At his last Marketing job he took on the role of Maintenance and Building Management in addition to his role as Marketing Director. It was from here that Wayne decided to go back into the Maintenance and Facility Management field. Wayne has 6 years of experience in Senior Living and takes pride in making sure his residents feel comfortable and at home as quickly as possible. In his free time you’ll find Wayne camping, fishing or tinkering with his truck. Avid Bronco fans, Wayne and his wife Heather reserve Sunday for the game, good food and time with our three girls.

Robin Wilson

Director of Resident Services
Robin is a home-grown, Colorado native and comes to Hilltop Reserve Community as the Director of Resident Services. She has a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Wellness from Colorado State University and ten years work experience in senior living. Robin’s passion for seniors comes from personal experience, caring for her grandparents, and currently, for her parents who reside in Colorado Springs. Robin additionally has a rich background in the not-for-profit sector, coordinating community volunteers and implementing outreach and health education programs. As a volunteer, she has served on board of directors for various not-for-profits with goals of improving lives of families across Colorado. Robin’s goal in joining Hilltop Reserve is to provide a well-rounded, active, high quality of life residents can enjoy on a daily basis. While Robin is not at work, she enjoys cooking and entertaining family and friends in her home. She also enjoys walking, fly fishing, hiking, and playing golf in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.
Kelly Moriarty

Kelly Moriarty

Fitness Director
Originally from Vero Beach, Florida, Kelly moved to Colorado in the Fall of 2021 to pursue her love of the great outdoors. Kelly graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and has since continued her education to become NASM Senior Fitness certified. After graduation, she worked as a fitness director for a local retirement community in Florida, teaching balance, strength, and aerobic classes (just to name a few) and offered personal training sessions. Kelly loves working with seniors and helping them get stronger and more confident both inside and outside the gym. Her favorite part of the job is connecting with the residents and listening to their life stories. When she isn’t in the fitness center with the residents, you can find Kelly exploring everything Colorado has to offer, like going on hikes and trying new food, and traveling the world.
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Karla Simons

Move In Coordinator
Karla comes out of retirement to join our community! She has degrees from West Chester Univ, Gallaudet Univ, and The Catholic Univ of America. Her past roles include Director of Communications at Seattle Preparatory School and, most recently, Resident Liaison at The Children’s Hospital of Colorado. She is also a certified End-of-Life Coach. Her interest in being at Hilltop Reserve was borne from the profoundly positive experience of assisting in the transition of her own parents to senior living. “I am honored to be in the presence of the elders of our community; to listen to their stories and absorb as much wisdom as I can. It brings me great joy and solace.”

Allison Meredith

Sales Advisor
Allison joined Hilltop Reserve in June 2022. She brings with her 16 years of service in senior living sales. She loves helping seniors and their families discover all that Hilltop has to offer. "My favorite part about working in senior living are the connections and relationships that are made with the residents and their families." She graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor's in Communication. In Allison's free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 kids and 3 dogs which she adores!
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Andrew Bugbee

Sales Specialist
Andrew comes to the Hilltop Reserve Community with 7 years of senior living and medical sales experience. He has a background working in both Independent Living and Memory Care. Most recently, Andrew has provided business development support to the Institute for Life & Care which works to strengthen caregivers from burnout. His knowledge of the complexities of the senior living industry and his creative abilities as a marketer will be a nice compliment to the community.

Ascent Living Leadership

The Ascent Founders are notable for their roll‐up‐your‐sleeves, detailed, and focused approach that is further augmented by creating a familial environment within each senior living community we own and/or operate. We create highly successful and market differentiated communities that we can hang our hats on. We are ambitious; however, we have the discipline and patience to operate within our means.

Tom Finley

Tom Finley

Founder & Principal
Tom Finley is a founding member of Ascent. Prior to Ascent, he held positions with a senior living and development company as a finance and development manager. His professional career in finance and real estate began with Arthur Andersen in their tax consulting practice. He then worked for ProLogis, a large REIT, in various capacities ultimately serving as fund manager for a $2 billion property trust which was publicly traded on the Australian Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Havern School, a nationally recognized school serving students with diagnosed learning disabilities since 1967. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas, and a Master’s Degree in Taxation from the University of Denver, and is a certified public accountant (inactive). Mr. Finley is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, its communities, and future growth opportunities. He oversaw over $300 million in completed senior living development and acquisitions for the company over the last several years. He has over 23 years of experience in finance, real estate, and operations.
Susie Finley, Ascent

Susie Finley

Founder & Principal
Susie Finley is a founding member of Ascent. Her professional career in senior living spans over 24 years. She began her career working in various capacities in day-to-day operations for local and regional senior living operators in the Midwest. Mrs. Finley then joined a large national senior living firm, where she has served as Executive Director for multiple communities in the Denver market. She joined Ascent in her current capacity in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science in Gerontology from The Ohio State University. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and an Assisted Living Administrator. Mrs. Finley serves on the Board of Trustees for Temple Emanuel & serves on the Assisted Living Advisory Committee for the Colorado Department of Health. Mrs. Finley previously served as a Board Member and the Assisted Living Chair of the Colorado Healthcare Association from 2011 to 2018. She is responsible for the evolution of Ascent’s operating model, strategic planning, functional programming, project design, and optimizing ongoing operational performance.

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