Discover the Forest Ridge difference.

Our Team

We pride ourselves on providing residents with clinical excellence and “compassionate care with heart” in their journey to recovery. Our newly built facility sits safely on the hospital campus of Woodland Park, CO. With gorgeous mountain views, everyone is sure to find Forest Ridge Senior Living a relaxing and enjoyable environment. Our friendly and highly trained nursing staff provides an encouraging and comfortable stay for all. For both short-term guests and long-term residents, we offer an exceptional setting ensuring a positive experience for you and your family. Whether you need rehabilitation, long-term skilled care, memory care, or in-patient hospice stay, Forest Ridge is sure to make you feel right at home. We look forward to answering any of your questions, and welcome you to Forest Ridge.

Lawrence Cowan


The Administrator’s primary role is to guide departments in maintaining compliance with State and Federal regulations regarding long term care facilities and the resident’s safety and well being. The Administrator is responsible for forecasting, planning, organizing of budgets. The Administrator also develops and implements strategies to maintain fiscal goals for the facility. The Administrator is responsible for assuring that all the activities and set goals are being accomplished by the facility.

Lawrence holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Newman University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from New England College and is a Licensed Practical Nurse, he has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 1993. Lawrence began his career in the healthcare field in August 1987 and recently celebrated his thirty-fifth year in service to the elderly and disabled population. Lawrence is proud to say he is a fourth-generation healthcare provider in his family. Lawrence is married to Tiffanny and collectively they have three children, five grandchildren, and two fur babies Precious and Sadie.  They enjoy “glamping” in their travel traveler, thrift store/market-place shopping and he enjoys decorating the yard for seasons and holidays. He is very family oriented and thoroughly enjoys spending time with the grandchildren, family, and friends. He invites you to stop in and say hi and take a tour of our beautiful community Forest Ridge Senior Living where “Compassionate Care with Heart” is the philosophy we strive to live by.

Wendy Peel

Transitional Care and Marketing Manager

Dawn Bohnen

Director of Nursing

Dawn Bohnen is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. While Dawn was in the Army, she began her career as a Combat Medic and earned her LPN during her second enlistment. In 1995 she was transferred to the I.C.U. at Evans Army Hospital at Fort Carson. Dawn continued her education and obatined her RN license. Dawn has experience as a critical care nurse and Long Term Care Management. In March of 2022 Dawn joined the Forest Ridge Team as Director of Nursing. On a personal note, Dawn and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1989 and have been blessed with 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Dawn enjoys camping and hiking with Jim and her Aussie/Border Collie “Dixie” as well as spending time with her family and friends. 

Valerie McAfee

Infection Preventionist/ Staff Development Coordinator

Valerie McAfee joined the Forest Ridge team in April of 2022. Valerie is an RN and has experience in pediatric nursing as well as long term care nursing. Valerie is a certified Infection Preventionist. Valerie grew up in Texas and moved to Colorado in 2019. Valerie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons playing golf, hiking, skiing, and playing with her 3 mini Australian Shepherds.

Jamie Hutchins

Resident Assessment Coordinator/ Restorative

Jamie Hutchins began pursuing an education in nursing after being a homemaker and home educating her 4 children. With the support of her family, Jamie graduated from nursing school with honors in the top 10% of her class. Jamie began working in Colorado Springs at a skilled nursing facility as a charge nurse and then became a primary care nurse for a hospice organization. When Forest Ridge Senior Living opened, Jamie was among the first group of nurses hired. Jamie came on as Resident Assessment Coordinator in June of 2016. In her years at Forest Ridge, Jamie has worked in the capacity as Director of Nursing, Transitional Care Manager, Resident Assessment Coordinator, and Infection Preventionist. As the Forest Ridge Management Team has begun to grow, Jamie has been able to focus on the role of Resident Assessment Coordinator and Director of the Restorative Program. Through her work at Forest Ridge Senior Living, Jamie desires to honor the Lord by serving others — the residents, their families, and the Forest Ridge staff. This desire is summed up in a statement often heard at Forest Ridge Senior Living — “Compassionate Care with Heart.” When Jamie is not working, you will find her exploring the beauty of Colorado or playing Disc Golf with her husband or spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Shane Kenne

Director of Rehabilitation

Shane grew up in Nebraska but moved to Colorado in 2012 after graduating from Clarkson College. He enjoys and has always had a passion for working with the geriatric population. He has been providing physical therapy to the geriatric community since graduating in 2012. Outside of work, Shane lives in Florissant, Colorado and enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. He also enjoys going on hikes with his family, hunting, fishing and all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.

Christi Conner

Business Office Manager/ Human Resources Manager

Christi has chosen healthcare as her career for the past 34 years, starting as a nurse’s aide in Missouri.  After arriving in Colorado, she obtained her gerontology certification and her Assisted Living Administrator License at UCCS.  Christi was quickly recognized for her skills and was promoted to a regional business office consultant overseeing multiple Colorado and New Mexico facilities.  When Forest Ridge opened, she decided to quit travelling to spend time with her family.  Here at Forest Ridge, she currently manages both the Business Office and Human Resources Departments.  Christi brings great knowledge, passion and compassionate care to the residents, family members and employees of our Forest Ridge family. Her passion and love of the profession carries over to her co-workers who nominated her to the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce employee of the year.  Christi won this distinguished award with grand accolades from the community and her co-workers combined.  In her spare time Christi can be found hiking the local trails, reading a great book, playing with her dog and spending time with her spouse, son and seven grandkids.

Audrey Eubanks

Activities Director

Audrey Eubanks, Activities Director, is a native of South Georgia. She relocated to Colorado with her son in 2016. She has 30+ years working in an administration capacity that include being a licensed insurance agent and as an office manager for a 21 unit restaurant franchise. Audrey’s passion has always been to serve and minister to our elderly population and she has done that for over 20 years on a volunteer basis. She joined Forest Ridge as an Administrative Assistant and stepped into the role of Activities Director in 2020. She is excited to bring her administrative knowledge, her creative abilities, and her heart for the residents to Forest Ridge. In her free time, Audrey enjoys exploring beautiful Colorado with her son, spending time with friends. and being involved in her local church family.

Tim Parker

Dietary Director

Morgan Kerschner

Administrative  Assistant

Morgan is a Colorado Native who grew up in Woodland Park. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2019 with her BS in Biomedical Sciences. She is pursuing a career in becoming a physician assistant and hopes to start her masters program next fall. Morgan started at Forest Ridge Senior Living in 2019 as a CNA on our memory care unit. After a year and a half of dedicated compassionate care with heart, she transferred into the Administrative Assistant role. In her free time, Morgan enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, and spending time with family. Morgan currently lives in Woodland Park with her husband and their cat, Sushi.

Cordell Atkins

Environmental Services Director

As a native of Colorado Cordell has lived in various parts of the state. He has resided in Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs and east on the Prairie. Most of his life has been spent in the Colorado Springs area. Cordell’s career began in facility maintenance and as a licensed HVAC technician with a mechanical four license through Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. Going back to school, Cordell pursued an AAS degree in Business Administration that propelled Cordell to a slightly different role as a Production Planner for semiconductor company managing a $21 million a year product line. Cordell then became the Director of Facilities for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center while they were completing a $28.6 million expansion/renovation. Cordell became a member of the Pike Peak chapter of International Facilities Management Association in 2008 and is a Certified Professional home Inspector, Certified Commercial Inspector, Certified in Incident Command Systems, Certified in Fire and Life Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities. Cordell started with Forest Ridge two months before the building opened during which time he prepared the building to receive residence. Cordell loves spending time with his family, having family dinners, gardening and loves being in the outdoors -camping, trout fishing and elk hunting. The Forest Ridge mission statement, “Compassionate Care with Heart” and along with employee camaraderie makes Forest Ridge the best place to work.

Donna Copeland

Social Services Director

Donna Copeland grew up in Texas and moved to Colorado in 2019. Donna has over thirty years working with the geriatric and special needs community. After her daughter started school, she decided to go back to school herself. Figuring out the field she wanted to study was difficulty, but she decided to focus on psychology and earned her bachelor’s degree. Donna has been a part of the Forest Ridge Team since June 2022. Donna is married with one adult daughter, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. Donna lives in Green Mountain Falls and enjoys spending time with her family and two Shih Tzus dogs. Donna also enjoys walking, gardening, reading, crocheting, and anything that involves her grandchildren.

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Providing our residents Compassionate Care with heart.