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 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.
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.
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 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.
Stacy’s passion for seniors started at a very young age. Her grandmother was the first female nursing home administrator in the state of Arizona. Growing up her mom worked 12 hour shifts at the hospital. Her grandmother’s nursing home was located directly across the street from her elementary school. She spent almost every day after school there, helping the residents and making friends. Caring for the elderly gave her purpose and made her who she is today. When she was old enough to work, she started as a caregiver at an assisted living facility in her home town of Grand Junction and has been in the business ever since. She has had many roles, everything from caregiving to being an administrator in assisted living and working as sales and marketing in independent living and skilled nursing homes. Stacy takes great pride in her work and helping others.
Veteran chef Char Cordova has been cooking professionally for 20 years, employing her fine dining expertise at Colorado senior living communities for the past seven. Most recently, Cordova served as Culinary Services Director and Executive Chef at Residence at Grand Mesa in Grand Junction and Peregrine Senior Living in Glenwood Springs. Before that, she headed up dining services at Brookdale Senior Living in Denver and Cherry Creek Retirement Village in Aurora. Earlier in her career, Cordova owned and operated her own café and has held fine dining positions at Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa and the Gold Canyon Golf Resort in Arizona. Cordova earned her associate degree in culinary arts and restaurant management from Scottsdale Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in 2000 and is a certified ServSafe Manager, equipped with the latest food safety knowledge and skills. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Cordova moved to Palisade in 2018 to be closer to her family and grandchildren. When not in the kitchen, Cordova enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling and trying new food and wine.