At the age of 20, I took off on my own with $200 cash and a red Nissan Sentra (with no A/C) and went to Texas to continue my education at Southwest Texas State University. I worked two jobs while carrying a full course load and paid out of state tuition so that I could have an opportunity to make a difference, live a good life, and be happy.
After graduating with my BS in Health Professions/Hospital Administration, I was hired by a large company to learn to operate nursing homes. At the age of 23, I was a licensed nursing home administrator. From there, I began my career and soon became quite adept at operating troubled nursing homes and assisted livings and spent the next 24 years doing so. From Administrator to President of Operations for a start up company, I traveled extensively and worked with thousands of healthcare professionals around the country. I spent 4 years on the Board for the New Mexico Healthcare Association and was instrumental in obtaining an 11.1% increase in Medicaid rates for skilled nursing facilities in NM.
I have received many honors over the years including: Financial Performer of the Year (out of 333 other facilities), Executive Director of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Outstanding New Rotarian of the Year, President for the Roswell Leadership Class of 2010 and was a board member for 4 years for the Roswell Chamber of Commerce. I have sat on many boards and advisory committees as well for numerous towns and companies.
In 2016, I had the opportunity to partner with some folks to purchase and operate Home Instead Senior Care in Las Cruces. Just a few weeks ago, I successfully bought out their shares of the business and now own it 100%. I recently purchased a building on Water Street to move my business to and this will be the new, permanent home for Home Instead. I’m very excited to be near the downtown area as I feel that the downtown needs a variety of businesses that will appeal to a variety of folks.
As a side note, I did most of this while being a single mom to 3 amazing kids. I often speak with single parents and tell them that they can do anything they want to do if they just set goals and believe in themselves. I hope that I am a positive example of that for them. And for my children. You have choices in life. And I chose to work hard, work smart, and do good for myself and others. I believe I have done that. But I’m not done yet. There is much to do and I am ready to be more active in this community that I love. Together, we are stronger.
Thank you for taking a moment to hear my story.