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.
Gina is a Colorado native who brings an impressively extensive 20+ year background in senior care to our team. Gina specializes in staff recruiting, retention and training along with Dementia care planning, creating and implementing care systems that previous companies still practice.
Gina credits her mother with being a true role model in her life. She recalls her mother always telling her, “If you are going to do something, do it well. Stick to doing what is right by people by always being ethical, kind and caring.” Working in health care over the years Gina has been rewarded by the simple fact of helping others. Gina states, “it is much more than a paycheck; it is a smile of gratitude even when it can’t be spoken, a glimmer of relief in the eyes of someone when you are able to hold their hand and tell them it will be okay.”
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her sister and nephew soaking up the Colorado sun and cooking for her friends and family.
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.
Resident Service Director
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 associate’s 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!
Health & Wellness Director
As a devoted mother of three young children, Ericka knows a thing or two about compassionate caregiving. She brings her warmth, intuition, and more than 20 years of healthcare experience to her role overseeing the clinical operations here at Rosemark.
Ericka cares deeply about the wellbeing of each and every person who lives at Rosemark. In addition to managing their physical care, she loves connecting with our residents on a personal level. “My favorite part of the day is when I walk through our community and have impromptu visits with our residents. Their stories and zest for life really inspire me to do my best for them.”
Ericka began her career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician and became a licensed practical nurse (LPN). In addition to her background in assisted living, she has worked in skilled nursing, dermatology, clinical immunology, private duty nursing and family medicine. Ericka has worked as a Director with some of the largest assisted living companies in the united states and is happy to bring her varied skills to Rosemark. Ericka holds a degree in the Health Sciences. As soon as her kids are able to do their math homework on their own, Ericka looks forward to completing the requirements to become an RN.
Ann has always been drawn to older people. As a child, she spent summer days visiting with her elderly neighbors and listening to their life stories. As an adult, she cared for her parents and in-laws at home before guiding them to senior living communities where, much to their surprise, they enjoyed new friends, attentive care, and the freedom to do what they loved.
As a Rosemark resident advisor, Ann knows that moving to a senior community can be a hard decision. She loves helping elders and their family members work through the change process and choose the living environment that will best support them.
Ann did her undergraduate work at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and earned her Master Certification in Nutrition Therapy at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver. She enjoyed a long career in real estate development, architecture and construction before transitioning to healthcare counseling. In her free time, Ann enjoys cooking for her husband, swimming with her Labrador Retriever, and going to the theatre.