Colleen Rife, the cofounder of goodgrandma.com, is the guest on Episode 16 of the Adventures with Grammy Podcast.
From her website:
Colleen Rife is a mother of five children and a grandmother to six grandchildren and 13 step-grandchildren. Colleen has always loved children and started babysitting at a young age. She was a nanny for a family in New York City the year after graduating from high school. Colleen taught art classes, gymnastics, and dance classes for eight years. All such classes were for children ages three to six years.
Colleen provided daycare in her home for special needs children; she assisted in a deaf and hard of hearing preschool, and she worked at American National Insurance as an office manager before moving in 2012. Colleen graduated from BYU in 1991 with an associate degree in Humanities and earned an associate degree from College of Southern Nevada in Deaf Studies in 2007; she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelorj degree in Elementary Education in 2014. Colleen taught 2nd grade for a year as an intern and kindergarten for two years thereafter.
Colleen’s fulltime job is now working on GoodGrandma, which requires her to spend lots and lots of time with her grandchildren. Colleen loves everything about GoodGrandma and hopes you will love it too!
Richard Rife, aka “Papa Rich,” is a founder of GoodGrandma. Richard has six children and 13 grandchildren, along with six step-grandchildren. He founded GoodGrandma, along with his wife, Colleen Rife, aka “Grandma Colleen.” Richard loves being a grandpa and believes that grandparents, acting appropriately in their role, can have a profound influence for good in the lives of their grandchildren.
Richard’s career has been as a corporate lawyer. After graduating from law school in 1980, Richard clerked for the Nevada Supreme Court, practiced with a litigation firm, and then acted as a foreign legal consultant for the largest law firm in South Korea. He has been general counsel for several large companies over the years and is active today as a Chief Legal Officer and member of the Office of the President for a large company. He also served as chief privacy officer for a worldwide organization.
During his career, Richard spent a decade in South Korea, and he speaks Korean fluently (at least he did when he had the chance to speak it).
In his spare time, Richard serves as a volunteer Board member (and corporate secretary) of a highly respected local charity that provides autism, respite, early intervention, and early head start services to children and families in Utah County. He also enjoys golf but is not nearly as good as he used to be. Richard was a great baseball player when he was a young man; he is a legend in his own mind, and his legendary baseball exploits seem to get better and better, the older he gets.
Our mission at GoodGrandma is to Give Grandmas Good IDEAS!
Building strong relationships with our grandchildren
Holidays and holiday traditions
Supporting our grandchildren’s parents
And many other topics
GoodGrandma is a place for grandmas and grandpas to share information and stories, all with the purpose of becoming better grandparents. We are a whole new generation of tech-savvy grandmothers; okay, not as tech savvy as our grandchildren, but more so than the generation that came before us. We can use technology to become better grandparents. We can use it to keep track of our grandchildren and to make sure we are there for those special moments, to help nurture them and share life experiences like never before. We are passionate about grandparenting. We know there is no such thing as a perfect grandparent, but we want to have meaningful fun with our grandchildren and be “goodgrandparents.” Formerly, grandmothers talked over the back fence; now the back fence is the world!
Goodgrandma raises funds to support Angelman Syndrome research by selling jump ropes: Jumping for Jett
The jump ropes have six-inch handles engraved with “JUMPING FOR JETT Sponsored by GoodGrandma.com”
Each blue rope with white dots is 6′ 5″
All proceeds go to CAN ~ Cure Angelman Now!
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