Meet the team
Co-Founder, Thomas Keolker
Thomas is a native Oregonian, born and raised in Eugene and graduated from the University of Oregon. His first career was in the field of prosthetics. He worked at Shriner's Hospital for Children in Portland and later to positions with the Red Cross and other development agencies developing rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in Africa and South East Asia. Thomas met Faith, who later became his wife, while they were both working in Sri Lanka. In 2006 they returned to Oregon and settled in Hood River. Starting a home care business was a natural fit for Thomas as it appeals to his sense of compassion, desire to improve people’s lives and make them happy. Thomas and Faith Keolker have been a good team and very proud to make such a difference in so many people’s lives.
Staff Coordinator, Peggy Wolfe
Peggy was born in Seattle Washington and has lived in various towns in Oregon since she was 4. Her career has been in both Business Management and Education as she’s passionate about both. From operating her own businesses for over forty years, helping other Company’s operate theirs and teaching children and youth of all ages, as they all bring her great joy in life!
Peggy has assisted senior citizens in a variety of ways since her early teenage years; people in her neighborhoods, her own family members, Church family members and many others along the way.
When not working Peggy enjoys the great outdoors year around while walking, snow skiing, motorcycle riding, and building and driving custom old cars with her wonderful husband and best friend of 41 years! Peggy and her husband has one son and daughter-in-law who currently live in France. They became grandparents for the first time in the summer of 2018 to a sweet little girl, Adeline!
Working with and serving people of all ages are Peggy’s life’s work. She’s excited to now be a part of this great Company, and to help it fulfill its mission in serving the senior population in the Columbia Gorge.
Client Scheduler, Susan Brandt
Susan Brandt moved to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in 1989 from Salt Lake City UT. She loves the area. She has 6 children, and 18 grandchildren. Some of her hobbies are hiking, swimming, reading, painting, cooking, but her greatest joy is spending time with her family. She worked for the phone company in Hood River for 20 years, but when the phone company outsourced the call center, she went back to college and received her Associate Degree in Business Management. When Susan went back to college she also had the privilege of bringing her 92 year old mother from Idaho to live with her. Her mom had dementia, and Susan took care of her for 4 years, until her mom passed away. While Susan was going to college, a caregiver from Hearts of Gold Caregivers would come and spend time with her mom and they provided excellence care. After Susan graduated from college, she applied to work at Hearts of Gold Caregivers as their scheduler and now also works for them as a part-time caregiver. She really enjoys working with the clients and caregivers.
Office Administrator, Mindi Brandt
Mindi was born in Utah and relocated with her family to the Columbia river gorge when she was a toddler. She went to school in the area and later acquired her Business Management degree. As a young adult, Mindi was first exposed to caregiving when her aging grandmother moved from Idaho to live in Mindi’s parent’s home. Mindi was occasionally called upon to look after her grandmother, ensure she was safe and assisted her with her daily needs. Mindi is very grateful for the relationship she had with her grandmother during those years and it was this experience that drew her to Hearts of Gold Caregivers. Mindi enjoys working with a team of great people who are so willing and happy to go above and beyond to care for the people they serve.
Registered Nurse, Jean Wilkinson
Nursing is Jean’s life calling and she feels privileged to make a difference in the lives of her clients and their families. She is a passionate advocate for the health and safety of both clients and caregivers.
Jean and her family recently moved to the Columbia River Gorge seeking a simpler lifestyle. She quickly realized that she wasn’t ready to retire from nursing and discovered Hearts of Gold Caregivers. Impressed by the organization's mission to "promote our clients’ independence and well-being, and bring peace of mind to their loved ones", she joined the agency as the Registered Nurse and Trainer. Jean loves her clients, and is deeply moved by the caregiver's commitment to deliver quality care and the management team’s dedication to doing “the right thing” for the clients and the caregivers.