SHELLY COX, Owner, Executive Director, OTR/L -
Shelly has worked as an Occupational Therapist for the past 27 years. Shelly’s previous experience has included Pediatrics, Rehabilitation (Craig Hospital and Swedish Hospital Trauma Unit), Warm Water/Pool Therapy and School Based Occupational Therapy. Shelly worked as a pediatric OTR for Adams 12 Five Star Schools for 14 years and was most recently a member of the Bal Swan Preschool Team providing warm water and "land" 1:1 therapy sessions as well as group therapy sessions in 2017-2018. She is again on staff at Bal Swan Children's center providing OT services as well as owning/operating Lil' Friends, LLC.
ANGE SHORES, Development Director, ECT, CNA - Ange has a BA in Communication Studies and a BA in Theater. She is currently a member of the Development Committee at FRIENDs of Broomfield. Ange is also a CNA (Certified Nurses Aide for her daughter) and a full time mom to 3 daughters, one of whom is physically and developmentally disabled. She has many years of experience with fundraising and volunteering in the Broomfield area.
MACY DEDIN, Child Care Specialist/Team Lead - Macy graduated in May 2019 from Regis University with a BS in Biology. During her four years there she played for the softball team and was a team captain during her senior year. While attending Regis she also volunteered at Children's Hospital where she interacted and played with kids to help normalize their hospital stay. She is currently back at Regis attending nursing school, with the goal of becoming a pediatric nurse. She loves being around kids and is ready to devote her life to serving people, especially children, in need.
MARY COUFAL, Child Care Specialist - Mary is a junior at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska, studying in an integrated masters program for Occupational Therapy. Through her work she hopes to help people transform into the best version of themselves, while also help them return to their daily lives and loved ones. She has seen first hand the challenges that come with tasks that are often taken for granted and so, is driven to serving those in need. She is thankful for the generosity from the Lil' Friends staff and families that have welcomed her as a part of their everyday lives.
KENDALL DEDIN, Child Care Specialist/Team Lead -
Kendall is a junior at Regis University where she is working toward her Bachelor of Science-Nursing (BSN) and plans to use her degree in the Pediatric Oncology field. Outside of school Kendall has volunteered at local non-profits as well as acquired numerous hours shadowing in hospitals. She has a huge heart towards kids and wants to fulfill that passion here at Lil' Friends.
MARLENE EVANS, BSN, Registered Nurse/CCHC -
Marlene is a Registered Nurse in the state of Colorado. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1987. She has been a pediatric nurse for over 20 years. Her experience includes Pediatric Intensive Care Nursing for 14 years as well as Post Anesthesia Care for 4 years at The Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She has been Pediatric Advanced Life Support certified for 19 years. She worked as a nurse for Adams 12 School District for 2 years, during which time she serviced 5,700 students. Marlene has owned her own successful nursing business since 2008 and in July 2014 became one of the founders of Child Care Health Consultants of Colorado (CCHC). Marlene has a passion for all aspects of caring for children and believes all little people deserve a voice. She is happy to have the opportunity to work in the childcare and education areas, along with the team of child care providers, parents and staff.
ANDREA SUSI, COTA/L - Andrea has a B.A. in English Literature and recently graduated from Pima Medical Institute in March 2019 to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She served on the board of OTAC, Colorado’s Occupational Therapy Association, as the student representative for her school. Andrea helped to create a sensory-friendly environment and sensory break room for Pizzability in Cherry Creek, a restaurant that welcomes and employs people with disabilities. At FRIENDs of Broomfield, she renovated their sensory room and is currently working to create a sensory-friendly curriculum for their program. Andrea is passionate about enriching people’s lives in any way she can and is so excited to be an integral part the Lil’ Friends team!
MARY RANKIN, Child Care Specialist - Mary is currently studying Occupational Therapy through the OTD Creighton University/Regis University program. She is passionate about serving others in the Denver community, and hopes to expand her service through a career in OT. Mary is hoping to either specialize in pediatrics or neurological cases, and would eventually like to work abroad to serve foreign communities. Her goal through Lil’ Friends is to not only grow as a provider for children in need, but to be a positive influence on every child’s life in their stages of childhood development.
ALEXANDRA WHEELER, PT, DPT - Lexy graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine at Corban University in 2016, and most recently graduated from Regis University in 2020 to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Lexy chose a career in Physical Therapy due to her experience shadowing pediatric PT's and is now thrilled to be starting her career working with children at Lil' Friends. Lexy is passionate about supporting families holistically and helping children with special needs live to their fullest pontential!
CARINA WATSON, OTD/L, Occupational Therapist - Carina immigrated from Germany in 2006 where she began her education in the field of Occupational Therapy. Since then, she has been working with various patient populations and diagnosis ranging from pediatric to the aging adult. Carina specializes in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration MNRI Method and undergoes continuous training to advance her practice. She has completed her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University and holds a faculty position educating future Occupational Therapy Assistants.