Memory Care Staff

Lead by our Gardens Memory Care Community Director, our memory staff is devoted to the safety, comfort and quality of life of every individual. We strive to provide a structured, secure environment that allows our community members with memory-related impairments to engage in life, connect with others, preserve cognitive abilities, and experience the dignity they deserve. Our goal is to help you continue to enjoy the time you spend with your loved one, while supporting you during this journey of transition for you and your family.
Memory Care Community Director Patricia Perez

Memory Care Community Director

Patricia Perez
Patricia has been a part of the Rowntree Gardens family since 2011, the year she joined Gardens Memory Care as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Her genuine love for our community members was obvious from the start, and she continues to be a daily blessing to all she encounters as the Gardens Memory Care Community Director. In that role, Patricia oversees day-to-day operations, meets with family members, and ensures that each community members’ plan of care is being followed. She’s also been instrumental in implementing our Montessori-inspired lifestyle that promotes purpose and independence among people living with memory issues. Patricia feels blessed to work in a community where every individual is cherished and appreciated, through every season of life. An avid pottery collector, Patricia enjoys spending time with her family which includes two lovable bulldogs.
GMC Activities Coordinator Ernest Herrera

GMC Activities Coordinator

Ernest Herrera
Ernest joined the Rowntree Gardens family in 2014 as an Activities Assistant. He now calls on his creativity and organizational skills as the Activities Coordinator for our Gardens Memory Care community. In this role, Ernest makes sure our Community Members enjoy a variety of carefully planned Montessori-inspired activities that help them continue to thrive physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. As a Certified Montessori Trainer/Certified Activity Leader and as a member of our outstanding Montessori Gold team, Ernest uses his training to create a compassionate environment that values every individual. Ernest is also an avid photographer and videographer, and is honored to have his photos of our cherished Community Members displayed around our campus.
Community Health and Wellness Clinic Director Veronica Vasquez

Community Health and Wellness Clinic Director

Veronica Vasquez
Veronica has been caring for people since the age of 18, and has loved every minute of it. She joined Rowntree Gardens in 2010, and she was quickly promoted to Receptionist while she finished nursing school. Learning under the mentorship of the experienced nurses at Rowntree Gardens, Veronica was hand-selected by her predecessor to become the Community Clinic Director. While embracing her added responsibilities — including supervising all caregivers and nurses in her department, managing the doctors’ schedules, creating care plans, and providing monthly care assessments — Veronica still cherishes her interactions with community members, whom she considers family. A Licensed Vocational Nurse, Dementia Care Specialist and Certified Administrator, Veronica is pursuing her RN degree in her free time. Her family at home and at Rowntree Gardens is very proud of all she’s accomplished.
Community Development Director Tiffanie Ward

Community Development Director

Tiffanie Ward
Tiffanie began her tenure with Rowntree Gardens as a Life Enrichment Nurse before making her transition to Community Development Director. In this role, Tiffanie leads the sales team, assists families in need of memory care, facilitates cross-departmental communication, and builds relationships with key partners to bring our community members a full range of services. Tiffanie calls on her past experience working in hospice to ensure all community members and their families receive compassionate, personalized care. A Licensed Vocational Nurse, she also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Child and Adolescent Development, holds certifications both as a Residential Care for the Elderly Administrator and Social Services Designee, and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Her personal philosophy includes striving to make everyone feel valued, and living Rowntree Gardens’ mission to be a daily blessing to all she encounters.
Executive Chef Normann Heise

Executive Chef

Normann Heise
Food has always been at the heart of Normann’s life. After growing up in his family’s butcher shop and catering business in Germany, Normann pursued and earned his Culinary Arts and Business degree. He then set out to showcase his skills as he worked to delight patrons throughout Europe. His career path took him to the US, where he has spent the last 13 years honing his craft in the kitchens of restaurants, corporations, and leading healthcare facilities throughout the country. As Rowntree Gardens’ Executive Chef, Normann leads our dedicated food service team in developing and preparing nutritious, delicious menus for our Community Members. His love of food is rivaled only by his love for his two children. Some of their favorite things to do are hiking and camping where, even over rugged open flames, Normann can still bring smiles to their tastebuds.
Community Transition Liaison Roz George

Community Transition Liaison

Roz George
Roz joined our family in 2007 as the front desk receptionist. Today, she works closely with our new community members and families, introducing them to the wide range of services, amenities and activities available to help them feel at home. During their first few weeks and months at Rowntree Gardens, she makes sure all their questions are answered and their needs are being met. She also helps our community members transition to different levels of care. An avid gardener, she enjoys the beautiful grounds of our community and stopping to chat with the people she encounters.

"I have nothing but praise and admiration for your entire staff who meet the resident’s needs with gentleness kindness and expertise."  — Barbara

One of the area’s few licensed, faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), Rowntree Gardens provides a full range of integrated onsite services to meet the changing needs of active seniors.
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