Claire Anderson joined Innovations in Aging Collaborative as executive director in 2015 after working as the executive director of the Senior Resource Council. Claire holds a BA in communication studies with minors in music and french from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Recently, Claire obtained a Professional Advancement Certificate in Gerontology from UCCS. In addition to her position on the Senior Resource Council, Claire has also served as residence hall director at Central College, in Pella, Iowa, program coordinator for Opera Theatre of the Rockies, and as executive director of the El Paso County Bar Association. She has also served on numerous local boards and committees and is a graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak’s Leadership NOW! program. She was recently nominated for the Leadership Pikes Peak Emerging Community Leader Award and named a 2015 Rising Star by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Claire is a licensed Zumba instructor and enjoys working out, coffee, and learning to cook. She is an active vocalist and performer at The Broadmoor Hotel and with Opera Theatre of the Rockies. A Colorado Springs native, Claire has strong ties to the community.
Mikaela Burns earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organismal Biology and Ecology from Colorado College in 2019. Before coming to Innovations in Aging Collaborative, Mikaela was the intern for the Community Engaged Scholars program through the Collaborative for Community Engagement office at Colorado College. Additionally, she held a vice president position in her sorority, Delta Gamma, and was the chair of the board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter at Colorado College.
Leo Brasuel graduated from Colorado College in 2020 with a BA in Biochemistry. Prior to joining Innovations in Aging, Leo worked with the Kaiser Permanente Palliative Care Team at Briargate to develop new dementia care protocols and resources that are more in touch with best practices and the services in Colorado Springs. As a student at Colorado College, Leo worked diligently as a three-year co-chair for the Science Outreach Club to build a strong member base and provide after-school STEM opportunities for students in District 11. Leo is pursuing a career in healthcare and has begun applying to medical schools.