Teresa is currently the Director of Recreation Therapy for Personal Care and Health Care at Pleasant View Communities since June of 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Minor in Psychology from Lock Haven University in 2003, and has her CTRS credentials. Her population of focus has been the long term care setting for past 11 years, but has also been included in mental health and youth behavioral settings. Teresa lives in Lebanon and is mother of 3 ranging in age from 13 to 2yrs old.
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Rosemary resides in the Denver area of Lancaster County with her husband. She has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. She obtained her certification and is a certified therapeutic recreational specialist (CTRS) as recognized by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). She has worked her way up from a part time Activities Aide, to being Life Enrichment Coordinator at her current place of employment, Homestead Village, and she loves all that she does! She strongly believes that all activities, and all hobbies are adaptable through the life span. This is what drives her passion for wanting to continually grow as a professional, and to help promote/create quality programming that will reignite and renew a sense of meaning and purpose within our elderly population.
I’ve worked with Quarryville since February, 1984 – AND I love what I do! If I were to say what I have learned from my 36 years of experience, it would be Love and Devotion. How resident couples are so devoted to care and love each other 70 plus years, and how hard they worked through hard times, they are such a realm of history knowledge – intrigues me! I‘m married to a great guy, Charlie, and we have one son, Steven. Steven is our pride and joy and we adore his girlfriend, Kelly.
When I’m not working or at home baking, I love spending time at our beach place in Lewes Delaware, campfires and golf cart rides. I hope to one day write a book about my life experiences titled, “Gettin’ There.”
Hello LADA members! Rachel Berry here and I am excited to be serving as LADA’s secretary for the next term. I started my journey in 2011 as a Nursing Assistant. Worked for Willow Valley, Luther Acres and Quarryville Presbyterian. Unfortunately, a work injury cut my Nursing Assistant career short after eight years. When I started at Quarryville Presbyterian, the Lord spoke to me, and I found my new calling as an Activities Assistant. I have enjoyed being at the home for almost three years now and I absolutely love making a difference if my resident’s lives. My future goal is to become an Activity Director. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my seven cats. Yes, I have seven cats and I am known as the crazy cat lady to my residents! I also love to practice Yoga and read as sort of different books. Once I retire, I would love to become a foster parent for cats to keep me busy in my future old age. I look forward to getting to know all of you some more.
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OLIVIA SALLAVANTI, MT-BC, ST. ANNE'S RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
Olivia has been working at St. Anne’s Retirement Community since 2015 as the staff Music Therapist, and as an Activity Coordinator. Prior to being at St. Anne’s she was working to complete her Bachelor’s degree from Immaculata University for Music Therapy, with a minor in Psychology, and has been a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), through The Certification Board for Music Therapists, since July of 2016.
Izzie has worked as an Activities Aide at Brethren Village for a little over three years. She has a B.A.S. In Media and Animation and uses that degree to form interesting and out of the box activities for her residents. She is currently planning on tackling her Activities Director certification and in preparation has taken on more managerial work with the Brethren Village Activities Staff. Izzie resides outside of Lancaster City, and frequents up north to Canada to visit loved ones.