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.
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, then became the Community Relations Director and enjoyed many roles before changing into her true passion. She is now the Administrator of our community.
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.
Susan was born in the Bay Area of California and has lived in California, Washington state, Utah and New Mexico. Susan lives in Grants Pass Oregon with her husband, and 2 children.
Susan began 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 Medication Technician and Resident Care Coordinator. Susan absolutely loves being able to dedicate her time now to ensuring residents are leading enriching lives.
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).”
Joseph Lords started his career in the Golfing industry, working in Sales and Service for the better part of 20 years. In 2011 Joseph began working in Senior Housing. Joseph says, “Helping elders quickly became my passion. I realized that my experience in sales and service could better help families in need of finding forever homes for their loved ones.”
Joseph has a heart for this industry and serving seniors who have built the foundation for all the future generations. He enjoys hearing the amazing stories that they have to tell. Joseph is the father of 5 beautiful children, (4 girls and one boy). When not at work Joseph enjoys the great outdoors, going for long drives, camping, hiking, and spending as much time as he can fishing for steelhead on the beautiful Rogue River.
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.
James has lived in the Rogue Valley for over 30 years. He is people-person who enjoys learning something new from everyone he meets. In his free time, when James is not painting in his studio, you can find him out in the woods enjoying nature. His love for life enrichment drives him to make every day better in any way he can and to always look for the silver lining. Working in the assisted living field he has found that his life has been enriched just as much as the residents he serves. For this James is forever grateful. He is passionate about providing care to those in Memory Care. The gratification comes from helping people through a difficult transition in their life and is second to none. His passion for memory care came from experiencing a family member’s struggle with dementia and the compassion from the nursing staff inspired him. James feels as if it is his duty to be there for a generation that paved the way.