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 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.