Barbara Anne Crowley
Barbara Anne earned her nursing degree in Glasgow, Scotland and started her career at Nazareth House in the skilled nursing unit. She continued her education at San Diego State University where she studied gerontology. She worked in staff development, then as director of nursing and now holds the executive role.
“Caring for our residents is very special work,” she said. “We offer every level of assistance, from very minimal care to hospice programs. It’s our mission to take care of the whole person and their family.”
Elizabeth joined the staff in 2011 after she retired as director of publications for a local university. When you call Nazareth House, Elizabeth is usually at the other end of the phone.
“My initial interaction here was as a caregiver looking for an assisted living residence for a family member,” she said. “I looked forward to coming here to visit my mother-in-law, it’s a very caring environment. A job opened and they asked me to join the Nazareth family.”
Receptionist, Project Coordinator
Amber is a full-time law student who spends her college vacations working at Nazareth House. She volunteered here for many years as a high school student before she was offered the front desk position in 2011.
“This is like a second home to me,” she said. “The sisters, staff and residents are my family. It feels good to contribute to Nazareth House , I am relaxed and content here.”
Recreation Therapy Director, A/B Wings
Michele, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, joined the Nazareth staff in 1995. Her training emphasis is in creative recreation with certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation.
“I have the privilege to work and play with people from the greatest generation,” Michele said. “It’s my job to get to know each of our residents and to find out what recreational activities make them laugh. We laugh a lot here and I can honestly say I love to come to work.”
Activities Director, Care Center
A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Leticia came to Nazareth House in 2001 . She was referred here by medical missionaries and has loved the family-like atmosphere.
“God gave me a special gift to take care of elderly people,” she said. “ I share myself with the residents and they teach me more and more about life and loving every day.”
Activities Coordinator, Care Center
Whether it’s belting out a tune or doing a jig, the Bosnian native has been the center of activity for a dozen years. Busy hands and busy feet; hers not yours, but better if you join in, she laughs.
“Laughter makes people feel better and that’s my job, to make people feel good all over,” she said. “And their family members are encouraged to join us when they come to visit. Even they go away happier.”
Coordinator, Care Center
Milena, a native of Baku in the former Soviet Union, trained as an engineer before immigrating to the United States. Once here, she decided to change career paths and studied nursing. She began her tenure at Nazareth working as a certified nursing assistant. Today, she is responsible for dozens seniors who live in the Care Center.
“It’s my job to make sure our residents are as healthy and comfortable as possible,” she said. “By getting to know each person, I can access and communicate any potential health problems to their doctors.”
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Born in the Philippines, Agnes came to the United States at 14 years of age. She graduated high school and continued her education studying nursing at Kaplan University. An old classmate recruited her for Nazareth House in 2005, telling her about the camaraderie and great working conditions.
“I like working with the staff here, the atmosphere is positive and full of energy. It’s quiet at times but there’s plenty of laughter. The challenges here are stimulating and that’s what makes my life interesting.” And the spirituality, she says, that’s important, too.
Mariliza joined the Nazareth family in 1994, after graduating from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
She applied at Nazareth House because she says working at a Catholic facility is very important to her. “I am Catholic and it is necessary that my employer's values are the same as mine,” she said. “Here, we respect human life, no matter how old or how sick a person becomes. Everyone gets treated with dignity and respect. Everyone, including staff. “
With nursing experience from Glasgow, Scotland, Ellen joined the Nazareth Care team in 1991. Today, she coordinates daily care for more than 100 residents and performs overall assessments for new residents.
“The spiritual environment is important to me,” she said. “ I like to interact with our residents and help care for their needs at a time in life when they are most vulnerable.”