Janice brings more than a decade of senior living experience to her role. Read More…
Janice brings more than a decade of senior living experience to her role at The Lodge at Grand Junction. Most recently, she served as Director of Assisted Living at HighPointe Assisted Living and Memory Care in Denver, where she oversaw the community’s caregiving services and compliancy. She has also worked in senior living communities in Washington, Arizona and Illinois.
In addition to her extensive professional background, Janice’s wide range of relevant education in senior care, including a Bachelor’s in Speech Communications and certifications in geriatrics, caregiving and dementia care, provide a valuable foundation for her responsibilities as executive director at The Lodge. She also has extensive experience in hospitality, formerly serving as a general manager for respected hospitality venues in San Francisco and Palm Springs. In her spare time, she likes to bike, hike, kayak and find fun new eateries with her son from Denver.
Crystal saw the power of connection in senior living through a man she could not touch. Read More…
Crystal Piatt saw the power of connection in senior living through a man she could not touch. “When I first started in the medical field, I took care of a gentleman who was on strict contact precautions and couldn’t have physical contact with anyone,” she explained. “That can be so hard on anyone. He got better and left the facility. After some time, he became sick again and came back to our facility to pass away. The first time I saw him back, he told me what an impact I had made. It was at that moment that I realized giving care was far more than changing one moment in time, it could honestly change someone’s life. That’s the day I fell in love with my job.”
Crystal is the Wellness Director for The Lodge at Grand Junction, which offers around-the-clock care in a warm, intimate community of Grand Junction. Crystal loves being a part of The Lodge and watching “the difference that we can make for the residents and their families.” She takes pride in her team and their inspired service. For Crystal that means showing excitement, drive and passion when serving others in a way the inspires others to do the same.
For those researching assisted living communities, Crystal recommends talking to the team on the floor, including activities and food service staff because they have direction interaction with their loved ones. Also, she says to look for a place that supports the same beliefs as the resident who will live there.
Dining Services Director
Chef Robert grew up in the hospitality industry, in restaurants and grocery stores. Read More…
Chef Robert grew up in the hospitality industry, starting in the restaurant and grocery store business in Park City, Utah. Chef worked the family business starting at the age of 12. He washed dishes and cleaned until he was older and able to grow and learn. He told his grandfather he wanted to be a chef. The family decided to let Chef attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York for two years.
He went to school in Salt Lake City and got a degree in Business with a minor in Sports Nutrition. He moved to Steamboat Springs and worked for his mentor Chef Morton Hoj for nine years. He began as the Banquet Chef and moved on to Hazie’s and Ragnar’s as Sous Chef. He started Conrad’s Steak House at The Biltmore on Lake Tahoe. After six months, his mother passed away and together with his brother, Rick, he started a catering business in the Salt Lake Valley. They focused on corporate lunches and started the first winter yurt in the Wasatch Mountains as well as a “Chef for a Night” program.
Chef started seven hotels in the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota with his wife, Gigi, who is also a chef. They moved back to Colorado two years ago to be closer to friends and family. In their spare time, they are either on the water, hiking, mountain biking, skiing or camping.
Life Enrichment Director
Born and raised in Switzerland, Katharina is excited to enrich the lives of our seniors. Read More…
Katharina was born and raised in Switzerland and moved to the United States in her early twenties. She has an associate’s degree in business from Switzerland. She moved to Grand Junction in 1997 with her husband, and she loves living on the Western Slope. Her two children are young adults and attending college. Katharina has worked for DMT Catering as an event coordinator, Mesa County School District 51 in Special Education, and most recently at Visit Grand Junction as their Visitor Services Specialist. She enjoys camping with the family, trail running, cycling, cross country skiing, traveling, and cooking. Katharina is excited to enrich the lives of our senior residents.
Memory Care Coordinator
Jessica enjoys taking care of the senior community and feels that is where her heart is. Read More…
Jessica has been in the healthcare field for more than 20 years. She began her career in this field as a support aide in a nursing home when she was 16. She enjoys taking care of the senior community and feels that is where her heart is. Jessica is the Memory Care Coordinator and Lead QMAP. She enjoys taking care of her family, road trips (Glenwood Springs is her favorite place to go), and craft night with friends.
Business Office Manager/Human Resources
Sarah’s passion is serving the geriatric population. Read More…
Sarah started her working career when she was in first grade for her family’s small business, where she found her passion was truly serving people. Through her teen years, she focused on customer service and found a calling to attend college. Graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration, she obtained a job in Home Health Care. Within that position, she was able to grow and find what she most desired, working with the geriatric population and having the opportunity to supervise the staff. She has held a few optimal positions since with a background in Human Resources as well as Case Management before obtaining a position with The Lodge. “I am blessed to have a supportive family, a dedicated husband, and four wonderful children cheering me on.”
Vic has a diverse background in senior life options and traumatic brain injuries. Read More…
Vic is retired from the U.S. Air Force and a Grand Valley native with a diverse background in senior life options and traumatic brain injuries. He enjoys a fulfilling life with a variety of music, fishing, auto restoration, family adventures outdoors and traveling to places not visited.