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CSL Spotlight Resident, Gerdi Lynagh

Resident Spotlight - Gerdi Lynagh

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Gerdi Lynagh­­ — Gerdi was born in 1924 in Hanover, Germany. Her father worked for a company that made leather belts for big machinery and her mother was a happy housewife. Gerdi had one brother who was 15 months her junior and the family lived in a big apartment with many other kids. Gerdi graduated from high school at the age of 16 at which point she had to choose whether to be drafted into the military or work in a factory. During her time in the military, she attended Radio Operators School in the midst of World War II. After graduating from the program in 1941, she was sent to Lithuania to …


by Denee Naro

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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, John Searles

Resident Spotlight - John Searles

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, John Searles — John was born in 1928 in Canandaigua, New York. His mother was a school board member, library president and housewife while his father was a doctor. John had three brothers and two sisters, but when John was not yet born, one of his brothers died from the flu epidemic in 1918 when he was only 18 months old. After losing his young son, John’s father felt that being a doctor wasn’t right for him and so he became a banker. During summers when John’s father would stay in town for work, he fondly recalls his mother taking the children to their cottage on Canandaigua Lake where they wo …


by Jonita Dixon

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CSL spotlight resident, Sue Gilmore

Resident Spotlight - Sue Gilmore

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Sue Gilmore – Born in Augusta, Georgia on June 16, 1949, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill resident Sue would move as a child with her family to Pleasant Hill, California; a town she remembers as small and friendly, filled with lots of kids. Her own family included an older and a younger brother, part of a close-knit clan living happily with neighbors in a time past when kitchen doors would commonly be left open during the days, welcoming passing friends. Sue recalls with fondness the many children in her neighborhood, all of whom enjoyed playing outside for hours without any parental worries i …


by Jonita Dixon

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Resident Spotlight - Mickey Risken

Meet Mickey Risken, World War II veteran and Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident — Maurice “Mickey” Risken was born December 16, 1925 in Potrerillos, Chile. His parents met and married in 1924 in Montana where his father worked for Anaconda Copper Mining Company. The couple soon moved to Chile to help build a new refinery and quickly started their family. Mickey and his younger sister, Gail, grew up learning both English and Spanish. Every three years the family would take a three month vacation and the most memorable trip for Mickey was taken in 1940 when his family visited the United States to tour many of the national parks in the W …


by Jonita Dixon

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Resident Spotlight - Donna Rolls

Meet Donna Rolls, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Donna de Saint Croix Rolls was born on August 6, 1931 in Arlington, Massachusetts to Frances and Donald Wood. She was named Donna after her father and her unique middle name had been passed down through her mother’s family for four generations. Naturally, when Donna gave birth to her own daughter, Allison, she also passed on the middle name. Donna was raised Unitarian Universalist, a religion which traces its roots back nearly 450 years to 16th Century Transylvania. Her mother took care of the home and family while her father was a self-employed gold and silver smith. Due to the n …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Best of the BEST - Yesenia Leon

Best of the Best Award Winner Associate: Yesenia Leon Community: Pleasant Hill Department: Dining Room Position: Wait Staff – Lead Reason for Yesenia’s Nomination: Yesenia Leon has been with Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill since October 2001. Yesenia has been a great Wait Staff – Lead in the dining room and has earned the respect of her fellow coworkers by leading by example. Yesenia has filled in when short staffed without hesitation or complaint. She lends a hand without being asked. She sees something that needs to be done and just does it. Yesenia has also cross trained as Cook and has been valuable in helping out in the kitchen when …


by Jonita Dixon

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Best of the Best award winner, Denee Naro

Best of the BEST - Denee Naro

Best of the Best Award Winner Associate: Denee Naro Community: Pleasant Hill Department: Personal Expressions Position: Personal Expressions Assistant Reason for Denee’s Nomination: Denee has been with Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill since March 2015. She quickly became a favorite in the Personal Expressions department with her enthusiasm for our residents and their participation in Personal Expressions activities. Denee is creative and engaged and has brought a new level of participation from our residents, always encouraging and observant for what they want and/or need. It’s obvious she truly loves what she does. She has made our activi …


by Jonita Dixon

Associates On The Move, Blog, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill

Best of the BEST - Maricela Campos

Best of the Best Award Winner Associate: Maricela Campos Community: Pleasant Hill Department: Personal Care Position: Medication Technician Reason for Maricela’s Nomination: Maricela has been with Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill since March 2003 starting as a Personal Care Aide and cross trained to become one of the best Medication Technicians we have. She has a calmness and patience that readily puts our residents at ease. Maricela is reliable and detail oriented which is so necessary in medication management. Extraordinary associate….period! Provides the best service to our residents and families with a smile. (Manager) She is very de …


by Jonita Dixon

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Elvie Johson, Director or Resident Services - Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill

Associates on the Move - Elvie Johnson

Elvie Johnson smiles whenever she talks about working at Carlton Senior Living. As one of the first employees to be hired at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill 19 years ago, Johnson has countless memories of coming to work each day and being welcomed by her coworkers and residents. It’s a trend that continued from her very first day. “I was working with a different company in Walnut Creek and a friend told me about a new assisted living community that had opened,” Johnson said. “The building was still under construction, but I decided to go by there and see if they were hiring. The executive director invited me in and gave me an int …


by Jonita Dixon

Associates On The Move, Blog, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill