The Valley Inn Leadership Team
Administrator – Ashlee Monarco, BA - Ashlee is a native of SW Colorado. She developed her love of working with elders from jobs held during her high school years. Work at two area assisted living facilities included personal care provider and dietary assistant. These experiences helped Ashlee set her goals for higher education. Ashlee earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services from Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO in December 2009. She gained experience in crisis intervention as a Detox Counselor for SW Colorado Mental Health Center. She also learned how precious home is to the elderly as a Personal Care Provider for an area home health agency. Ashlee, valuing the teamwork approach at The Valley Inn, became a Certified Nursing Assistant since joining us in the position of Social Services Director. We are thrilled to have this smart young professional as our Administrator! She is married with two handsome sons born 2009 and 2016. Clearly, Ashlee has focused on helping people and is dedicated to her role as leader of our Valley Inn staff. Our motto, Where Quality In Life Is Most Important means a great deal to Ashlee. Her ever present smile, "can do" attitude and work as a direct caregiver make her a positive force as advocate for our residents.
Director of Nursing – Amber Crites, RN - Amber Crites was born in Wyoming and grew up in Dolores, CO. She was the youngest of three children, with two older brothers. A few years after high school, Amber moved to Phoenix, AZ, working as a secretary, marrying and starting her family. She felt the pull to return home to SW Colorado to raise her three children and began attending nursing school in Durango, CO. Since earning her RN, Amber has worked at Southwest Memorial Hospital and at our sister facility, Vista Grande Inn before joining us to lead the nursing staff at The Valley Inn. Amber loves scrap-booking, being a sports mom, spending time with family and friends and following favorite sports teams on television. Amber exemplifies a passion for long term care and is dedicated to caring for the residents and nurturing the best from her staff. She loves time spent with her residents – “I have a soft spot for older people…cranky or happy, they are all so cute!”
Social Services Director – Andrea Rosenfield - Andrea has spent 30 years as an ordained minister with the Foursquare Church pastoring in CA, FL, MO, IN, and IL as well as attending college at Capernwray in Carnforth, England. Moving to Mancos, Colorado in order to live closer to family has given her the opportunity to join The Valley Inn family where she can continue coming along side people and encouraging them. She is proud of her three children: a son who is a Navy Chief, another son who is retired Navy now working for Space X and her daughter who is a Certified Critical Care Vet Tech in Denver. Andrea also adores her five grandchildren in California. Along with spending time with family, Andrea and her husband love the great outdoors. Enjoying the beauty of Colorado on their motorcycle is a favorite pastime. We are lucky to have this lady who values “touch and time” with residents and joins the rest of our staff in exemplifying our motto,
“Where Quality in Life is Most Important”.
“Where Quality in Life is Most Important”.
Administrative Assistant – Glenda Griffin - A friend to all, Glenda makes us feel at home. Even our house cat, Rufus, feels at home on Glenda’s desk! She has been devoted to helping residents, their families, staff and visitors since 1993. What a blessing this Kansas girl has been to the smooth operation of the facility! Glenda brought vast secretarial experience to the job and loves the daily interaction with residents as their in-house banker, trouble-shooter and confidant. She raised two fine children who have given her the joy of five grandchildren. Photography and traveling, quiet time with her husband and extended family, hikes in our glorious SW are all her favorite things. Her ready smile and open door policy reassures our residents that the quality of their lives is most important. New staff members receiving their orientation are guided and nurtured to be a part of the residents’ family thanks to Glenda’s encouraging ways.