As the Executive Director, Sarah is responsible for many things – financial oversight, ensuring the community is compliant with state regulations, hiring team members who have a passion for serving older adults, and most importantly, for creating the culture of the community.
Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and Psychology, a Nursing Home Administration License, and is a trained Alzheimer Support Group Facilitator. She has worked in the senior living industry for over 20 years in skilled nursing, rehabilitation, assisted living, and memory support. Sarah’s personal philosophy of providing older adults the opportunity to live as independently as possible within a supportive and life-enriching environment is evident the minute you walk into our community. She has created a Resident Council, giving those living in our community a voice and involves residents in the hiring of new team members.
Additionally, Sarah has a passion for serving older adults living with dementia, due to her own personal experience with her grandfather. It’s this passion that inspired her to learn a variety of methods to engage residents living with dementia to include Validation Therapy, Montessori Activities for resident’s living with dementia and the Allen Cognitive Scales. Sarah shares this expertise with her team and has presented all over Colorado on Montessori Activities for residents with dementia and how to identify and meet resident’s unmet needs (what others often call “behaviors”).
As Health and Wellness Director, Shawnna is responsible for overseeing the nursing care provided to residents, developing care plans that meet each person’s individual needs, and ensuring our high-quality standards are achieved.
Shawnna’s health care career began in 1989 as a certified nursing assistant, and her passion for caring for others led her to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Science and Nursing from Bradley University, Peoria, IL, in 2009. As a nurse, Shawnna uses holistic approaches to healing that take into consideration a person’s clinical and psychosocial well-being. Shawnna and her team of care partners seek to come alongside residents with the personalized care they want and need.
When it comes to supporting residents living with dementia, Shawnna and her team seek to meet each person’s unmet needs and do everything they can to avoid using antipsychotics as a treatment option. Our team understands that each person living with dementia is on a different journey and that their past shapes who they are today, which is why they spend time learning their story. Shawnna is passionate about providing incredible care and teaching others to provide that same elevated level of care.
As the Sales & Marketing Director, Joni oversees the community’s marketing efforts and is the key point person for prospective residents and their family members when it comes time to explore senior living options. She compassionately works with families providing them information and insight on what Cappella has to offer.
Joni began her career in marketing with a material handling company enjoying a 15-year career before leaving in 2002 to care for her mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It was then that Joni moved to the Western Slope and had her Mom join her. Joni was the caretaker for her Mom for three years until her Mom’s needs became such that a move to a memory support community was needed. Joni’s understanding of her Mom’s journey led the community to offer her a position as their Activities Director, which she gladly accepted. Sensing a higher purpose to serve those living with dementia, Joni left the community and went to work for the Alzheimer’s Association where she worked for 3 years until taking a position at a different community to aid in the creation and management of their first secured memory support neighborhood. After this program was well established, Joni branched out on her own and started her own Personal Care Business for four years before taking the position with Cappella of Grand Junction.
Joni’s experience as a Personal Care Partner means she understands how to support the individual needing care and their family. She knows first-hand how difficult a transition from home to a community is and is able to guide and support in this journey. In addition to supporting individuals and family members looking to move into the community, Joni facilitates two monthly events focused on those living with dementia. The first is Cappella’s monthly Caregiver Support Group where those who attend can come together, share stories, and learn about this disease. The second is The Memory Café, an event designed to treat caregivers and their loved ones to an evening out where they can socialize, listen to music, enjoy amazing food and exchange information. Whether you are looking for assisted living or memory support, Joni is the right person to guide you through.
As Community Life Director, Misty is responsible for developing life-enriching activities and outings that promote resident engagement, personal growth, and opportunities to connect with others. Misty’s passion for discovering and celebrating everyone’s highest potential, both physically and mentally, is evident in her person-centered approach.
Misty began working with older adults over 20 years ago and in 2014 became an AFFA Certified Personal Trainer and Silver Sneakers Instructor through Medicare. Throughout her career, Misty has learned the positive influence fitness and exercise provides and creates unique programs that encourage this engagement while meeting each person where they are in their capabilities. In addition, Misty is trained in the Montessori activity approach for residents living with dementia. Misty collaborates with residents in Assisted Living in planning the life enrichment programs and outings they desire. Within the Memory Support neighborhood programs are designed to follow a structured “rhythm” to support the social, cognitive, physical and spiritual engagement needs of residents living there.
As the Building Operations Director, Chuck oversees the facility and housekeeping department for the community. He and his team are responsible for ensuring the building and grounds are well-cared for and everything operates as it should.
Chuck has a combined 14 years of experience managing facility operations for assisted living communities. Prior to this, Chuck proudly served in the Navy from 1983 until he retired in 2003. During his naval career, Chuck was part of the Naval Construction Force known as the Seabees. He deployed eight times with three construction battalions to countries in Asia, the South Pacific, Central America, and the Mediterranean, constructing a variety of buildings including fleet hospital storage warehouses, piers and large pre-engineered buildings.
Although Chuck takes great pride in his work, his greatest satisfaction is in making difference in the lives of people. This is evident through his voluntary service to help orphans, elementary students, Special Olympic Athletes. Chuck’s passion for older adults and veterans led him to establish a monthly lunch in which he takes all the residents who served in the military out to a restaurant of their choosing. In addition, Chuck has been able to form special bonds with resident veterans who are living with dementia.