Our HighPointe Family
“This was, by far, the best investment we have made in our CES dollars in years. The service you provided for Haley this summer was a Godsend. We are very thankful to all the staff and everyone involved for giving our daughter so many wonderful opportunities. Please pass along to the Ziel’s that their vision for this program and this center are right on the money.”– Cindy F.
We are a community of people invested in living our best possible life regardless of hardships, challenges and disabilities. We support our HighPointe clients as they do the same, by offering multiple programs to choose from, depending on the specific needs of each individual.
Meet the team that makes the good work of HighPointe possible!
Ken Ziel, CEO
Since 1990, when his son Austin was born with very involved developmental delays and physical disabilities, Ken has committed his life to finding better ways of serving individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Over the past decade, Ken has developed and launched three companies providing services to the developmentally disabled community. In 2003, Ken and his wife Kim founded HighPointe Services as an organization providing a wide variety of direct support programs for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities of all ages.
Ken has served on the boards of six different developmental disability and health care service organizations. He also serves on a grant committee approving grants to agencies providing services to the developmentally disabled population. He is a graduate of Denver Seminary and spent several years working in China and Indonesia with Christian mission organizations focusing on program development. Ken started his career in accounting and finance, working for two international accounting and consulting firms, as well serving as CFO for several early stage companies.
Chris Vasquez, President
Chris joined HighPointe in June 2017. He has been a successful business owner, having operated and sold several companies in the Oil and Gas Industry. A native of Colorado, Chris has invested a great deal of his time working on behalf of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He has been involved with both private businesses and public communities over the last 20-years after serving in the United States Air Force.
Chris, along with his wife Carrie, have been avid supporters of individuals with disabilities since their daughter Nicole was born with an early stage brain malformation diagnosed. His daughter, now 25 years of age and dependent upon a wheelchair and fulltime caregiver support, has been his heart’s passion and continues to motivate him to help create and foster environments for the disabled community to ensure there are resources and opportunities for them to thrive. If he is not working with the local school district to ensure the Regional Transportation District did not remove the RTD Access-a-Ride program for the disabled students, then you will find him volunteering at the Adult Day Facility his daughter attends, in addition to supporting various fundraising and organized charity events.
Kristin Paulson, Fort Collins Program Manager
Kristin has been serving as Program Manager since July 1, 2019 and brings three years of prior experience to this position. She previously worked as a paraprofessional at several school districts while studying for her master’s degree in Special Education, which she will complete before the end of 2019. Kristin also has extensive administrative experience, which is important in managing the day-to-day and organizational operations required to successfully serve our clients. When she’s not busy providing high-quality care or studying, Kristin enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
Tim Baker, Centennial Program Manager
Tim joined HighPointe in August 2012. He studied at Colorado State University and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. Tim has served in extensive business and leadership positions and has a nephew with developmental disabilities.
Kim Ziel, Program Design Manager
Kim is the co-founder of HighPointe Services. She earned a degree in Early Elementary Education from Metro State University. Kim has extensive experience in early education and has worked in some pretty interesting locations. She started a one-room elementary school for international students in China in 1986 where she taught children from Europe and the United States. She also taught 1st Grade students at a missionary school in Irian Jaya, Indonesia in 1987.
Kim worked for Adams Camp for three years providing support to families during their time at the city and mountain camps. From 2004 – 2010 Kim was the Program Director for Exceptional Kids, where she was responsible for developing the monthly program curriculum, directing the program managers for the club programs, training volunteers and managing the Centennial, Colorado Club.