We think that all of the teams at Merrill Gardens communities are pretty terrific and we are proud of the work they do to support our residents every day. That's why it's always so hard for us to choose the winners in our annual company awards. The following teams and individuals have exceeded our expectations and we want to share them with you as well. We start with our Mission Award winners. These are team members who are living our company mission every day.
Mission Award Winner Susan Salinas, Concierge, Tacoma (WA)
Mission Award Winner Hazel Oriente, Med Technician, Campbell (CA)
Mission Award Winner Damian Jennings, Personal Pathways Program Director, Madison (AL)
Mission Award Winner Belinda Scolari, Lead Server, Monterey (CA)
Mission Award Winner John Nass, Maintenance Supervisor, Burien (WA)
We also want to honor the following for their Team Member of the Year awards. These folks bring something extra to their jobs each day and it shows.
Team Member of the Year Award Winner, Jorge Vasquez, Caregiver, The Oaks (AZ) (with General Manager Debbie McElroy)
Team Member of the Year Award Winner Sandy Wright, Dining Room Server, Renton Centre (WA)
Team Member of the Year Award Winner Suzanne Brocato, Front Desk Receptionist, Lafayette (CA) (with General Manager Aubrey Goo)
Team Member of the Year Award Winner Amanda Finley, Caregiver, Woodstock (GA) (with General Manager Arthur Eyzaguirre)
We also want to recognized the Directors of the Year, these are people who are leading some of our key departments at our communities:
Director of the Year Award Winner Cindy Estrada, Resident Care Director, Kirkland (WA)
Director of the Year Award Winner Anthony Rudalf, Active Living Program Director, Green Valley Ranch (NV) (with General Manager Linn Thome)
Director of the Year Award Winner Debbie Casarella, Active Living Program Director, Anthem (AZ) (with residents)
Director of the Year Award Winner David Dixon, Maintenance Supervisor, Madison (AL)
Our Team of the Year Award goes to our community in Santa Maria (CA) led by Audie Sherberg, General Manager (with Vice President of Operations Kim Golden and President Dave Eskenazy)
The Community of the Year Award Winner is Merrill Gardens at Campbell (CA) led by General Manager Joyce Welch (right, with Vice President of Operations Jeri Shields)
Also named Community of the Year Award is Merrill Gardens at Kirkland, WA led by Sarah Shackleton, General Manager (left, with Vice President of Operations Kyle Reiter, Vice President of Operations Jeri Shields and co-winner Joyce Welch)
Our General Manager of the Year Award Winner goes to Lori Hanson, Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill, CA (right, with Jeri Shields)
Congratulations to all of our winners, they are so deserving and we are so appreciative of all they do for our residents!