Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and then completed a master’s degree in social work at Grand Valley State University.
She worked at Heritage Community of Kalamazoo for nine years before coming to Oakland Centre.
“I feel fortunate to be able to spend my days leading the team at Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre.”
Ashley has a bachelor of integrative studies in wellness, health promotion & injury prevention and exercise physiology from Oakland University. She is a certified Activity Director through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals and is also a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner. She designs activities where flexibility, individualized care and enrichment "can bring our guests out of the darkness of dementia and disease and into the light of life."
Josh is a life-long musician and has been a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) since 2014. He earned his master’s degree in 2015 from Western Michigan University and his certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapist in 2014.
Josh's goal is to use music to help each guest maximize his or her cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual function.
Nancy graduated from Central Michigan University and started her career as a recreational therapist. After raising four sons, Nancy attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and received her registered nurse degree in 2008.
Nancy is very excited to be part of the team at Adult Day Services. “Having walked this journey as a caregiver for my mother and my younger brother, who both had dementia, it is a pleasure to be part of such a great program that is considerate of both guests and their caregivers.”
Terry decided she wanted to be a nurse at a young age while helping care for her grandmother. She graduated with a BSN from Mercy College in Detroit. Terry has been with Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan for 6 years, working first at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, and then transferring to Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre in September 2011.
Tricia joined Adult Day Services as a program assistant in March 2016, after working with a home health agency. She comes to the program with a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in special education. Tricia is also a certified Dementia Capable Specialist. She especially enjoys working with the guests individually, treasuring each unique guest for who they are. "It is an absolute passion of mine to serve the guests at Oakland Centre. I look forward to each day and each opportunity to make a difference."
Beth Ann is pleased to put her neurologic nursing specialty skills to such good use at Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre. She feels it is inspiring to work at a place where the focus is on helping each guest to maximize their functioning. Beth Ann has worked in home care, adult neurology, and critical care. This experience has helped give her insight into the diverse medical concerns that affect our aging population today. She considers it a joy to be a part of the Adult Day Services team.
Lisa joined the Adult Day Services staff as a program assistant in July of 2009. With 36 years experience in geriatric care, Lisa has served as a Certified Nursing Assistant in both long-term care and assisted living facilities. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. At Oakland Centre, it is both her passion and honor to serve our guests.
Linette joined the Adult Day Services staff as a program assistant in May 2012. Previously she worked through two home health agencies, assisting older adults at home. Linette likes working with older adults because " they are very wise and have really taught me a great deal about life and remembering what is important. Their life stories are so interesting and wonderful to hear."
Nicole joined Adult Day Services in February 2014. She previously worked as a caregiver for a senior home care agency. Nicole loves working with older adults. Listening to them reminisce about their lives and the things they have done is one of her favorite things to do. Seeing the smiles on their faces lets her know they are having a good time and she strives to make sure they have the best day at Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre.
Carmen has a diploma in secretarial studies with an emphasis in business administration from the American College of Athens, Greece, and an associate degree in medical administrative assisting from Davenport College. Before joining the staff at Adult Day Services, she was the office manager for Advantage P.T. She enjoys serving the elderly and their families and feels that being a part of Adult Day Services is not just a job, but a means to give back to the community.
Melissa Bowden joins the Adult Day Services team with experience
in assisted living and personal family caregiving. She has also worked in the public school system. She started with us in August 2017 and has been smiling ever since, sharing her joy and positivity every day. Missy is a certified Dementia Care Specialist. Her favorite part of being at Oakland Centre is getting to know and fulfilling guest’s individual preferences.
Maribel Hernandez joined the team as a Program Assistant in December of 2017.
After completing her gerontology service learning requirement with us she knew this was the place where she wanted to learn
and grow. Maribel has experience working
as a CNA at an assisted living in IL and plans to be a Life Enrichment Activity Professional
in the future. Maribel brings great respect and passion for quality of life for aging adults.