At Garden View Care Centers’ Assisted Living Plus™ facilities, we value our employees and the service they provide daily to our residents – your loved ones. Many of our staff members have been with us for years, even decades, and their kind and compassionate interaction with your family members are the key to success in the care we provide. Within our skilled nursing homes, smiles and hugs create a loving environment, and a familiar face provides relaxing comfort. We thank all of our employees for their wonderful contribution to the care of our residents.
Spotlight on Sanda Grigore
For those that do not know Activity Therapist Sanda Grigore she has an amazing background. Sanda is originally from Romania where she worked as a Registered Nurse and then became a midwife before coming to the St. Louis area. Sanda married her husband while in Romania, who she has now been with for 40 years, and together they have two daughters. One daughter is a teacher and one is a labor/delivery nurse at Mercy. Sanda now has two grandchildren who she loves spending time with as well. A fun fact about Sanda is that she can speak 6 different languages! Sanda always impresses us with her skills and how amazing she is with the residents. Many of us especially adore her cooking on Monday mornings. You can even find a video of Sanda on the Garden View website showing you what her cooking class is all about. Sanda shared her favorite part about working at Garden View are the residents and that she is very attached to them, as well as loves them greatly. Here at Garden View we are all very thankful for Sanda and all of her hard work to keep the residents happy.
Thank you, Sanda
Spotlight on CMT Linda Boyer
Linda has worked at Garden View for almost 27 years now! Linda graduated from Northwest High School and recently celebrated her 40th class reunion. Linda has been married for 42 years and has two sons. Linda also has three step grandchildren that are ages 7,9 and 10. Linda shared that in her free time she enjoys shopping. Linda’s favorite part about working at Garden View is getting close to the residents. This shows by how much the residents enjoy being with Linda. Linda also shared that while working at GVCC she was chosen to attend an event for CMT of the year in 93’. We truly appreciate Linda going out of her way for the residents and taking great care of them.
Thank you, Linda!
Spotlight on Rhita Allman
Rhita was born and raised in Bernie, a small town in Southeast Missouri. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a major in Social Studies and later went back to School earning hours in Computer Science Technology. Rhita has a unique background in Education and Telecommunications. She taught for a few years, was a Student Advisor and retired from Verizon as a Specialist on the Data Networks. She then moved back to Missouri to be closer to her son. She began working at Garden View Care Center as a receptionist six years ago and found that her joy is in interacting with the Residents and talking to them about their fascinating backgrounds. Rhita sees her position as a Ministry. She loves to be with her Prayer Group, the JOYS (Just Older Youths), going to events and on trips with them. She enjoys movies and being with her son and family. Rhita is very dependable, loyal and a valuable part of our team.
We love you, Rhita!
Spotlight on Chef Tony Johnson
Dietary Director at Garden View Care Centers of Chesterfield
Tony is a certified Chef, with a CDM from Fontbonne University. Tony chose his profession as a Chef because he feels that food brings people together. He enjoys making people feel good when they eat and knows that cooking for the residents is truly what he is called to do.
Tony was just in his first Chef Competition and placed 2nd. Cooking is definitely a passion of his. He enjoys cooking for the residents because some of them may not have family and they really enjoy their time when they come to the dining room. Tony feels that if can provide them with a meal to brighten their day he wants to make that happen. His favorite dish to cook is his own recipe for stuffed chicken topped with a roasted red pepper cream sauce, a great choice of comfort food for him and the residents.
We are very fortunate to have Chef Johnson on our team, we love his food!
Spotlight on Jamena Griffin
Our Employee of the Month for January is Jamena Griffin. Jamena was born and raised in St. Louis. She graduated from Vashon High School in 1996. She worked various jobs until she found her passion working with the elderly population. She got certified as a Certified Nurse Assistant and began working in long term care. Jamena has worked for Garden View Care Center for 3 years. Jamena has been with her husband Antonio for 15 years. She has 2 children, Jayana and Demetrius. In her free time, Jamena enjoys relaxing and watching TV. It is apparent Jamena loves her job as she works very hard to care for our residents and families with all their needs. We love you, Jamena!
Spotlight on Quinton
Quinton is our December employee of the month! Quinton is a CMT at Garden View and has been working here for a little over a year. Quinton is from the St. Louis area. Quinton shared that he likes to spend his free time with his three nieces who all range in age. He shared he enjoys playing games with them and being together. Quinto’s favorite part about working at Garden View is helping the residents. He shared that “making them happy, makes me happy”. We greatly appreciate all Quinton does here at Garden View and always being so quick to lend a helping hand to others! Thank you Quinton!
Spotlight on Mary Vareedayah
Mary Vareedayah is our December employee of the month. Mary was born and raised in India. Mary graduated high school and attended Annamelai University where she graduated with her bachelors in psychology. She went on to get her teaching certification at Holy Cross Catholic College. She began teaching middle school and met her husband Raji not long after. They had one son together. In 1995, Mary and her family moved to the United States to be closer to Raji’s family. Mary then began a job working at a bank and volunteered at long term care facilities in her free time. She decided that her passion was working with the elderly and left her bank job to work as an activity assistant in long term care. Mary has worked for Garden View for 15 years in the activity department. Mary enjoys going to church, watching movies and spending time with family in her spare time. Mary states that kindness and love can transfer someone’s darkness into light. We love you, Mary!