The professional team at the Village, comprised of registered nurses and care partners, has an extraordinary commitment to individualized, 24-hour heartfelt care. Since the Village is exclusively dedicated to those with memory loss, our well-trained, experienced personnel are continually involved in new training programs designed to help them provide the latest state-of-the-art knowledge in caring for people dealing with memory loss. Our care partners do not have offices. They spend 100% of their time interacting with our residents. They assist with daily medication, grooming and dressing, arranging medical appointments, personal hygiene, mealtime assistance, and a wide variety of other personal care, life-enrichment, and health-related services.
What are Care Partners?
The Care Partners are members of our care team. You may be more familiar with the term ‘caregiver.’ While our Care Partners do, indeed, provide caregiving, they are also encouraged to listen to resident stories, to sit with an elder when they need a hand to hold, or to participate in life enrichment activities alongside the person. It is important that we as human beings be allowed to both give and receive care. Therefore, the caregiving role is not one-way. Our Care Partners want to learn and grow from the life experience of the elders, and they recognize that each person they care for has much to give them to fill them up, and bring them joy.
Donna has been a registered nurse specializing in caring and advocating for seniors since 1988. She has done this working in hospital, rehabilitation, home health, hospice, and senior residential care. Village at Valley View is her first foray into acting as an administrator.
Donna is a dedicated advocate for families, elders, and care partners. She is creating a culture of grace and kindness at Village at Valley View where employees are inspired, families are embraced, and elders are able to experience empathetic care, fun, and contentment in this beautiful space.
Donna is married to Vern Curtis. They share a little blue house in Rogue River Oregon with their Pekingese mix, Lilly. They enjoy traveling in their motor home when away from Village at Valley View.
Melissa joined the Village at Valley View team in December 2018. She has been working in Health Care for almost 9 years. She began as an Activity Assistant and enjoyed many roles before chancing into her true passion, Community Relations Director.
Melissa’s passion for the elderly is clear from the moment you meet her. She is driven to make a difference in the lives she touches. She is committed to assisting families through the process and decisions when moving their loved one into our community. Melissa has also served on the Alzheimer’s Association committee.
Melissa was born in San Francisco, CA, and moved to Ashland when she was 10. Melissa graduated from Phoenix High School in 1993. Melissa has three children, and 1 grandson, and another due at the end of June. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the beach and traveling with her friends and family.
Crystal has been involved in elderly care since 2004 when she began providing hospice care to her grandfather. After his passing, she discovered that she had a passion for caring for our elders and began providing elderly care in hospice and facilities. In 2010, Crystal discovered her passion in Human Resources/Rights and made the switch from direct elder care to Office Management/HR.
In August 2018 she came to Village at Valley View to provide HR and Business services support. She now provides support to all departments within the Village and assists in the orientation and training of new employees. This position has allowed her to utilize her knack for numbers, education, and passion for people to serve our elders.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, camping, reading and hiking. Her goal is to eventually try sky diving!
Matt graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, a national recognized nursing program known for nursing leadership and research, in 2007.
Before accepting a position in residential care, he spent several years working as a Critical Care Nurse at a Level 1 trauma center in Arizona, and spent a few years as the Hospital Resource Nurse, helping patients receive the care they needed by responding to emergencies and helping guide nurses throughout the medical campus.
In addition, he has worked as in post anesthesia care, and as a vascular access nurse. Previously, Matt had graduated with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from Texas State University.
Before beginning a career in nursing, Matt spent many years guiding whitewater rafting trips in California, West Virginia, Alaska and Texas. He also built custom homes for about 10 years.
Matt’s hobbies including woodworking and building projects at his home in Ashland, taking friends and family out on his raft on area rivers, playing his guitar and piano. Matt and his wife have been together for over 10 years. They have one daughter, Maxine.
Tamlynn started cooking professionally in the Rogue Valley 15 years ago. She moved to Portland, OR in 2013 to attend Le Cordon Bleu, earning herself an associate of occupational studies degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She has a certificate for Culinary Arts and a certificate in baking and patisserie.
Tamlynn holds a NEHA Certificate as well (National Environment Health Association).
Tamlynn has worked in fine dining and high-profile restaurants like Blue Hour & Salty’s on the Columbia in Portland, OR
Tamlynn moved back to the Rogue Valley in 2017 and joined the Village at Valley View in May 2018.
She makes her home in Grants Pass with her eight-year-old daughter, Brooklynn. They are active in girl scouts, and love camping and rafting together.
Siobhan has had a love for senior care since she started volunteering in an Assisted Living Community in the 7th grade. She then took her first job as a food server/caregiver in the same community in 1997. While she was a freshman in High School, she had the pleasure of helping with the care of her Great Grandmother who was living with dementia. Siobhan had found her passion. In 2013, Siobhan accepted a position as an Activities Director in a Memory Care Community and fell in love with enriching the lives of those who are living with dementia.
Siobhan has a daughter that shares her passion for helping others. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter fishing, swimming, camping, and helping others when they can.
Siobhan joined the Village at Valley View in July 2019. She loves to make people smile and chooses to live by Mother Teresa’s quote “Spread love wherever you go, let no one come to you without leaving happier.”
Vern has had a long career in electrical contracting, a skill he learned from his father and grandfather. His vast experience in collaborating with many building vendors is serving Village at Valley View well. Vern naturally has a heart for service and enjoys engaging with and helping the residents. He has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1974, enjoying the natural beauty and wildlife in Southern Oregon. Vern skis at Mount Ashland when he gets the chance, enjoys regular solstice/equinox bonfires with a close group of long-time friends, and traveling with his wife, Donna in their motor home. He has two sons and two grandchildren.