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!
Nita joined the Village at Valley View family in June 2019. At sixteen years old, Nita began her first caregiving job doing in-home private care. She provided care for seniors with dementia for the next fourteen years including her own grandfather. Nita obtained her CNA license in 2004. She earned her associate degree in general studies with additional certifications in healthcare informatics, and basic healthcare from Rogue Community College. She has utilized her healthcare education in Assisted Living, Memory Care Communities, and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Nita enjoys family time with her husband and three children. Nita is looking forward to becoming a grandmother. She is ecstatic to be back in Memory Care and to be part of the Village at Valley View team.
Stop by and say hello to Nita while you are here visiting!
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.
Susan started her career in the medical field as a CNA in 2003, and she started by working with those with Dementia at a skilled nursing home and later moved on to work at Rogue Regional Medical Center before finally settling in memory care as a lead Med tech and Resident care coordinator. Susan absolutely loves being able to dedicate her time now to ensuring residents are leading enriching lives.
Susan lives in Grants Pass Oregon with her husband, two children and also cares for her father who is living with Dementia.
Susan says, “My motto in life is "live and let live. I do my best to learn about each resident and their individuality so I can not only provide activities they may enjoy, but also be respectful of culture, religion, and uniqueness.”
When Susan and her husband retire, they plan to buy an RV and travel through North America. She says, “But until we get there my family and I enjoy camping and traveling the USA (we're hoping to hit all 50 states before the kids are grown).”
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.