Assisted Living & Memory Support Residences
Central Denver, E. 8th Ave. at Jersey St.
To learn more call 303.770.ROSE (7673)
Vanessa comes to Rosemark with significant experience leading assisted living communities along the Front Range. Although she had many choices, Vanessa was attracted to our independent community, knowing she could help residents thrive in an intimate setting.
Vanessa was born and raised in Napa Valley, California. When Vanessa’s grandmother started showing signs of dementia, she moved to New Mexico to help care for her. Vanessa has experienced first-hand the progression of this disease, along with its ramifications on the rest of her family. She describes her grandfather as her role model and best friend. He has now followed Vanessa, and is currently living in Colorado Springs.
Before entering the senior living field, Vanessa owned a health-related business, served as a relationship manager for a highly successful community college, and worked as director of operations for a large property management company.
A Colorado transplant since 2013, Vanessa and her husband are thrilled to be raising their boys in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Her weekends are spent hiking, four-wheeling and soaking in high-country hot springs.
All of Vanessa’s experience has culminated in becoming the leader she is today. Her driving mission is to maintain a culture of resilience for those requiring varying levels of care and to cultivate a resident-directed community for older adults, families and team members.
Assistant Executive Director
With more than 15 years in healthcare, both as a certified nursing assistant and as a business specialist, Jennifer brings caregiving and procedural strengths to Rosemark. She has worked in an assisted living community as well as with physicians’ practices and medical foundations. As Rosemark’s assisted executive director, Jennifer helps our community remain on the leading edge of technology and training.
Jennifer made the journey into assisted living as a consumer when her great grandmother began showing signs of dementia. “Rosemark is far ahead of most communities in terms of quality care and beautiful accommodations,” she said.
A native of north Denver, Jennifer keeps busy on the weekends cheering on her son’s football team and attending her daughter’s musical and theater performances. The family also loves to camp and hike.
Health & Wellness Director
A licensed practical nurse, Jamie served as assistant health and wellness director and assisted living coordinator in a prominent Denver community before joining Rosemark. Here, she manages the health of all residents, assuring that assessments and care plans genuinely help residents thrive.
Working with older adults gives Jamie a sense of purpose and satisfaction. “I love getting to know each resident, being active in their care and expanding their possibilities through programs.”
The opportunity to shape the culture and policies of a new community was a major reason Jamie chose Rosemark. “This is a locally owned and operated community, which means new ideas can be put into effect immediately,” she said.
Growing up in metro Denver, Jamie’s grandfathers influenced her profoundly. Jamie and her mother took care of the men as they aged.
After hours, you’ll often find Jamie and her pup, a boxer mix, walking Washington Park. She is a voracious reader of Stephen King novels. Like most Colorado natives, Jamie loves the outdoors, especially dirt biking, boating, hiking, camping and fishing.
Resident Services Director
As one of our first employees, Carrie helped define Rosemark’s culture of caring and genuine concern for residents and their families. In her role as care partner manager, she infuses the Rosemark spirit throughout our community and in all relationships among residents and their caregivers.
Carrie’s warm smile and sunny personality put everyone at ease the minute they meet her. She believes life is what you make it, and that shows in her outgoing nature and her desire to help others live to the fullest.
Originally from Iowa, Carrie and her two children have lived in central Denver since 1978. Both kids are involved with Rosemark, working here part-time and volunteering. Carrie has held positions in customer service for more than 20 years and has over five years of experience as a senior caregiver.
Rocky Mountain Therapy, Rosemark Director of Rehabilitation
Mike has been integral to the Rosemark team almost since day one. As Rosemark’s in-house physical therapist, he administers personalized exercises, massage, stretching and heat treatments to help our residents live more comfortably within their aging bodies. “I help people live better lives,” he explained.
Mike prides himself on being an indispensible resource for Rosemark care partners. By building personal relationships with residents, he breaks through the cognitive, visual and hearing deficits that can isolate older adults.
“Our residents are interesting, vibrant people,” he said. “I love learning each person’s unique history – how they navigated everything from the Vietnam era through the digital revolution. Once you turn 80, the walls come down. You can do or say exactly what you think.”
Anne has been a warm and nurturing presence at Rosemark from the beginning. A former Live, Enrich, Aspire, Flourish (LEAF) guide, Anne has earned the trust and confidence of our residents. On any given day, you’ll find Anne easily connecting with residents over a cup of tea, a game of Scrabble or a life story.
“Our older adults have so much knowledge,” she explained. “I love helping them open up and share their life experiences.” Anne genuinely values each resident’s unique gifts. With every interaction, she gently affirms their sense of worth.
Anne grew up in an extended family, where caring for older relatives was a part of everyday life. She began her career working with emotionally challenged children, before taking time off to raise a family of her own. Now that her kids are grown, Anne has focused her organizational and caregiving skills on Rosemark’s Arbor LEAF program, where she develops and implements activities that benefit our assisted living residents.
LEAF Program Guide
Our Live, Enrich, Aspire, Flourish program guide is a whirlwind of energy and ideas. Julie believes that providing positive environment is key to the well-being of our residents and the peace of mind of our family members.
She is responsible for working with residents, families and staff within Rosemark’s Trellis memory support program to create and carry out an exciting calendar of events and activities to help residents maintain their different ability levels. Julie has been in the senior living field since 2009, when she graduated with a degree in human service management.
Over the past decade, Erica has worked in nearly every aspect of senior living management, from financial operations to human resources to activities director. She has a passion for serving older adults and gently engaging them with humor. You’ll find Erica enthusiastic, open and warm. She has a knack for listening intently to the families who come through our doors, discerning what matters most to them, and genuinely addressing those concerns. She approaches every family as unique, and it shows in her attitude.
Erica is currently finishing her associates degree in health information technology. Her free time is devoted to her son and husband, scrapbooking and party planning.
As a Rosemark resident advisor, Amy guides older adults and their families in finding the Rosemark services and accommodations that best fit their needs. With a background in programs and admissions for a local senior housing nonprofit, Amy could not be better equipped for the task.
“I was attracted to the Rosemark community because of the physical beauty of the building,” she said, “and the respectful, thoughtful and responsive nature of the management and staff.” She is passionate about meeting seniors many and varied needs and learning about their diverse and rich backgrounds.
Amy has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. She is a Denver native, married with three children and enjoys skiing, volunteering and reading a good book!
Culinary Services Director
Caring for others is central to Elena’s character. Within the assisted living world, she has served as head chef, pastry chef and activities director. She has also been an addictions and eating disorders counselor. As our Culinary Services Director, Elena brings a deep understanding of our relationship with food – emotionally and nutritionally. Look forward to more delicious, satisfying meals from our kitchens, and even a British High Tea or two!
Todd’s biggest passion is cooking. He has been in the culinary industry for many years and gets great joy from seeing Rosemark residents happily eating his newest creations. Bringing a smile to residents’ faces brings a smile to his.
Todd grew up in Wisconsin and moved to metro Denver in 2005. He loves all things outdoors – hiking, snowboarding, disc golfing, biking, fishing and exploring Colorado’s many parks and peaks. Todd also excels in martial arts. He recently graduated from Heritage College with an Associates Degree in Personal Training.
Carol has always been drawn to caring for others, especially older adults. She spent 17 years as registered nurse working within assisted living and retirement communities. Understanding and engaging others has been a driving force in her nursing career and life. As a Rosemark concierge, she can step back from nursing and connect with residents in new ways.
Her favorite pastimes are reading, gardening, music and family get-togethers. Carol and her grown children have made a sport out of scouting new coffee houses. Rosemark is particularly appealing to Carol because she can walk to work!
Patty joined the Rosemark team after watching the construction of our building from the ground up. Having been a neighbor to Mayfair Park for over 32 years. Patty loves the neighborhood and is happy to share all her favorite local spots with our residents and families.
Patty has many years of customer-service related jobs, including legal administrator, caterer and owner/operator of the concessions at a local athletic club. She was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and landed in Denver after living in many cities on the west coast. Patty looks forward to serving the residents at Rosemark!
After spending several years working in two large assisted living communities, Grace was ready to downsize. She sought out Rosemark because of its smaller size, which allows her to devote more time forming close relationships with individual residents.
She attributes her natural ease around older adults to her grandmother, who entertained Grace after school nearly every day during her youth. Grace is returning the favor by pitching into look after her five recently adopted brothers and sisters. One busy lady, Grace is also pursuing studies that will eventually lead to a career as an equine veterinarian.
Kirk Von Kraut
Kirk is part engineer, part artist. With a degree in electronics, he created remote control systems for windows and doors. As a construction contractor for more than twenty years, he retrofitted homes for the disabled and elderly to help them remain independent and ease the worry of family caregivers. He’s also a woodworker, restorer of antique furniture and all-around craftsman.
With parents who need a little extra help, Kirk is always thinking about how to make the lives of older adults easier. His construction experience and love of seniors drew him to Rosemark. Kirk has held maintenance positions at multiple senior living communities, as well as a major consumer warehouse retailer.
In his free time, Kirk hikes and supports his equally creative wife in her passion for crafting art from textiles, ceramics and recycled materials.