Kyle Martinez, CEO
CEO Kyle Martinez was raised to serve others. He began working for Touch of Care as a child filing and cleaning the office. After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Kyle then went to work as an Agency Manager in Salida, then in Montrose. Later, he went on to further his education by earning his MS in Management with an emphasis in Health Care Administration from Colorado State University. Kyle is passionate about serving his community and does so by sitting on the Delta-Montrose Electric Association Board of Directors as well as supporting other nonprofits.
Dr. Karen Weese Bell, MD, Medical Director
Medical Director Dr. Weese Bell, MD, is a board-certified family physician who has a passion for relationship-based healthcare. Her professional training includes completion of four years of a five-year Nutrition and Dietetics degree prior to entering medical school. She obtained her medical degree in 2008 from the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She completed her family medicine residency at West Winds Primary Health Centre in 2010 with a focus on full-scope, rural family medicine including additional training in palliative care. In 2015, she and her husband relocated to Colorado where Dr. Weese Bell opened her own small primary care practice. Dr. Weese Bell enjoys taking care of people through all the stages of life. She joined Touch of Care Hospice in April 2019. She firmly believes in the home hospice model for end-of-life care and is committed to providing high-quality services as part of the interdisciplinary hospice team.
Rebecca Langley, RN, Director of Professional Services
Director of Professional Services Rebecca Langely grew up in Iowa as a farm girl raising horses, cattle and corn. She moved to Colorado in 2007 to train horses. Rebecca enjoys living on the Western Slope with her husband, two children and horses. She graduated in 2015 from Colorado Mesa University with an RN degree and started her nursing career at Montrose Memorial Hospital helping mothers deliver babies and offering postpartum care. She followed this experience with a move to Touch of Care as a Health Care Professional–RN, initially supervising the In-Home Support Service program, then joining the hospice team, which she calls an amazing team of professionals who share the same goal of helping our patients at the end of their lives.
Billi Phillips, RN Case Manager
RN Case Manager Billi Phillips was born and raised in Norwood and, after graduating from nursing school, moved to Amarillo, Texas. She returned home to be closer to family in April 2021. She has been a nurse for 19 years and previously specialized in cardiac procedures performed in hospitals. She has been with Touch of Care Hospice since November 2021 and says, “Being a hospice nurse has been a very humbling experience for me. I am thankful I can help a client and family find peace and comfort in the most difficult time of their lives.” In her spare time, she enjoys reading true-crime books, watching crime documentaries, spending time with her family and her three fur-children (cats), Patrick, Cleo, and Pumpkin.
Ashley Prentice, Weekend and On-Call RN
Hospice RN Ashley Prentice has been a nurse for 6 years. She is Assistant Director of the In-Home Support Services Program for Touch of Care and essential on-call and weekend RN for TOC Hospice. With a two-year-old son and a baby girl due in March, 2023, her hobbies are mostly centered around being a mom, but she loves to read, work out and do crafts in her spare time. Ashley recently married, and her now-husband is a police officer in the North Fork Valley. Being a nurse has always been her passion. She finds her career rewarding and is proud to work with her teams at Touch of Care.
Tanda Catt, Certified Nursing Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistant Tanda Catt found her calling as an teen while caring for her grandmother in the last year of her life. Tanda has worked as a CNA for 14 years and specialized for 7 years providing care to hospice clients in the Montrose area where she has deep family roots. With a degree in human resources, Tanda is also mother to five children, wife to a Navy veteran, owner of a small creative business, and avid softball player and fisher. Never one to waste a moment, she has begun pursuing her dream of being a nurse practitioner with specialty in hospice or obstetrics.
Tom Smith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Tom Smith graduated from the University of Nebraska with an MA in Social Work. He has called Montrose home since 2011 and has worked in palliative and end-of-life care for more than ten years. He has a passion for working with individuals and families during this time in their lives. In addition to social work, Tom has experience as a grief counselor, palliative care educator, advance-care-planning advocate, community organizer, and public speaker. Tom believes in the mission of Touch of Care and is happy to be part of the team.
Catherine Vallejo, Social Worker and Chaplain
Medical Social Worker Catherine Vallejo is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about her work and wants to help others improve their lives and their relationships. With decades of work in the areas of high-conflict couple and family relationships, domestic abuse, child abuse, anger management, grief, and bereavement, she is eager to help families and individuals achieve the life and relationships they desire in their journey. Catherine graduated with her BA in Psychology in 1980 and Masters in Social Work in 1996, and offers clients more than forty years of diverse experience, with twenty-three years as a Clinical Social Worker. She is licensed in both California and Colorado.
Kathleen Martinez, Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Martinez hails from an Air Force and medical family. The Air Force sent her family around the world, which allowed her to graduate high school in Germany. Kat shares a special place in her heart for veterans and their families. She obtained her BA in Agricultural Business from Colorado State University but quickly found her way back to healthcare in 2015 with Touch of Care. Kat is passionate about giving back to her community and serves on a few different nonprofit boards in the area. In her free time, Kat enjoys showing her horses and spending time with her one-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and husband, Kyle. She is honored to serve her community in their greatest time of need through hospice.