Assistant Marketing and Outreach Director
Carolyn was born in to a military family in Colorado Springs and spent much of her younger years traveling from Air Force Bases in Colorado to Italy, North Dakota and Montana before her father retired back to Colorado. Carolyn met her future husband while attending school at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, where she majored in Human Development. Carolyn’s husband was then transferred to Montana, where his family was from, and the new little Petersen Family welcomed their first son in Missoula, followed by another son born in Great Falls and finally the girl they always wanted also born in Great Falls. A few years later the family was transferred back to Denver and there they have remained to this day.
Carolyn has been in sales and marketing her entire life, starting with travel agency sales and eventually owning her own corporate travel agency and then her own cruise only agency that she moved into her home when the internet came to be. During this time Carolyn’s Mom suffered a mild stroke and that led to the search for an assisted living community for her Mom – an event that changed her entire life. During one such tour she bonded so well with the Marketing Director that the Director called her the next day to invite her to apply for a Marketing position that had just opened up. That was the changing moment for Carolyn’s career and for her mom, as well. They both went to the senior community – one for work and the other to live! After Carolyn’s Mom passed, she went to work at various venues in Denver but working with seniors was always in her mind and heart.
In her spare time Carolyn loves to spend time with her kids, who are spread all over Denver but easily accessible to bother about future grandkids and also with her three adopted rescues dogs who are actually Basset Hounds that think they are human and like to take over the couch, kitchen and beds. She also enjoys gardening, swimming, scuba diving, boating and hiking. Travel has always been in her blood and returning to Italy is a life-long goal. Carolyn is so pleased to be a part of the Pine Grove Crossing team.