Life Care Solutions is a team of dedicated professionals who use their expertise and experience to ensure our clients' quality of life is maintained or improved.
Sheila Schmidt, MBA, CMC, PAGC
Prior to Life Care Solutions, Sheila spent 17 years in corporate telecom, negotiating contracts for Fortune 500 clients and advising CIO’s and technology executives regarding telecom procurement strategy. For the last 5 years, Sheila was a General Manager of a consulting practice for a company in San Diego. Sheila valued the people that she met and the experience that she gained during these years, but she felt called to make a difference and re- focus on work that directly helps people. This calling intensified while serving as Medical Power of Attorney for a close family member who experienced a rapid decline due to Alzheimer’s. Sheila experienced first-hand the guilt, anxiety and stress that can come with navigating a health crisis of a loved one, and she knew that she had found her passion to ease the burden of these situations. She is thrilled to be serving individuals and families through Care Management. Sheila is certified to be an assisted living administrator and has a Care Manager Certified designation from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers and a Certificate of Professional Advancement in Gerontology at UCCS. Sheila earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University, and then earned her Master of Business Administration and Master of International Business from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Erik has seventeen years of business experience in finance and management. Over his career, he helped secure over $1 billion in public financing with a Denver based investment bank, managed a $200 million business unit for a fortune 500 company, and consulted on the strategy and build out of a South African fiber optic network for the largest cellular communications company in Africa. In 2011, Erik decided that he wanted to pursue a career that had a greater social impact. While helping his family manage his grandparents’ affairs and twenty four hour home care, he saw first-hand the need for quality support of senior individuals. He and his wife Sheila acquired Life Care Solutions in 2014 after searching for an area of the senior care industry that helps people navigate the myriad of care options and provides the type of objective and professional guidance on which family members can rely. Erik has a BSBA in accounting from Bucknell University, has completed the Colorado State Certification for Administrators of Assisted Living Communities, and earned a Certificate of Professional Advancement in Gerontology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Erik is particularly interested in the neurological effects of aging and how to cope with the changes people experience.
Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has been working at Life Care Solutions since 2010. Kristen previously worked at Pepsi Cola and The Colorado Medical Weight Loss Center. While not working Kristen enjoys advising the collegiate chapter of Pi Beta Phi at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, knitting, and watching Major League Soccer matches.
Care Manager, CMC
Cate has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Masters Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Care Manager Certified designation from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Cate previously worked as an attorney for legal services and focused on custody disputes and Medicaid qualification. She originally joined the Life Care Solutions Team in 1997 for three years before becoming a mother and staying home with her children. Cate later worked as a counselor for Pikes Peak Mental Health working exclusively with older clients through their newly formed senior division. Following that, she worked as a Special Education Teacher in middle and elementary school. She rejoined the Life Care Solutions Team in June of 2013 as a Care Manager. Outside of work Cate enjoys spending time with family, hiking/ running, camping, biking, and reading.
B. Darlene Avery, LCSW, MDiv
Darlene has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from DePaul University, a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from the University of Denver, and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Darlene has held a Colorado Clinical Social Work license since 2008. She started at Life Care Solutions in October of 2018 as a Care Manager after years of collaborating with Life Care Solutions with her private practice clients. Darlene has 20 years’ professional experience in healthcare social work, counseling and spiritual care. She has worked with adolescents and adults of all ages in hospitals, hospice, PACE, homecare and assisted and skilled living settings. For the last 5 years, Darlene had a private counseling and case management practice helping people dealing with complex medication illness, aging and caregiving. Her experience is not only professional, but profoundly personal. She has been a caregiver for family members with dementia and Huntington’s Disease. Darlene’s hobbies include healthy gourmet cooking, hiking with her husband and dog, origami, card making, and scrapbooking.
Jenni joined the Life Care Solutions team in July of 2017 as an Assistant Care Manager. She traveled to California to work on her Associates Degree, and finished her Associates Degree in Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak Community College. Jenni previously worked for Memorial Health Systems in the Finance Department, and for Firm Solutions as a Billing Clerk, Audit Coordinator, and Team Lead. In Jenni’s free time she likes to read, go hiking, barbeque with family and friends, see movies, play cards with her husband, and write her memoir.
Erica Prescott, LPN Nurse Care Manager
Erica joined Life Care Solutions in April of 2018 as a Nurse Care Manager. Erica has a Nursing Diploma, a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, and is currently working on her Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Previously she worked as an LPN at an assisted living, memory care facility, long term care facility, and at a hospital. In Erica's free time she enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with family and friends, as well as her dog Astra, gardening, crafting, and traveling.
Lauren started at Life Care Solutions in June of 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University San Marcos, graduating with academic honors Cum Laude. She previously worked for an IT company as an Inside Sales Representative, but wanted to do something that helped others and made a difference in their lives. Lauren’s hobbies include playing with her dog and cat, baking, spending time with her husband, and painting with friends.
Patriot has been the Office Dog at Life Care Solutions since February 2014. He has a PhD in napping. While not at work Patriot enjoys chasing squirrels, playing fetch, chewing on his toys and bones, eating, spending time with family, and other dog responsibilities.