Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month

Barbara O’Neal

Front Desk Receptionist

Describe your family: We are quite large and are very close. We do everything together.

Describe yourself in five words: Honest, loyal, dependable, caring and great work ethic.

What do you do for fun: Power walking, reading, movies.

What are some of your hobbies: Cooking & Painting.

What is your favorite thing about your job: Great residents and great coworkers.

What is your favorite food: Ice Cream.

What is your favorite food: Time to Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli.

What is something you are proud of: My caring, hard-working, successful children.

What would you like people to know about you: That I care about everybody as a Christian.

Barbara is a constant, showing up every day for her shift. She is always there to assist the residents and employees. She does it all with a smile and a helpful attitude. Barbara is dedicated and kind. She answers calls, sorts package deliveries and takes residents menu orders. She is truly an asset to Kirby Pines.

– Martha Fitzhugh, Resident Services Coordinator


Congratulations to Our Employee of the Month

CJ (Cecil) Moore

Dietary Utility

Describe your family: My family is fun, we like to go bowling together. 

Describe yourself in five words: Happy, nice, respectful, honest and hard working.

What do you do for fun: Movies and video games.

What is your favorite thing about your job: The nice people.

What is your favorite food: Pizza.

What is something you are proud of: My mom raised me right.

What would you like people to know about you: I’m a good guy.

CJ is a model employee. Always with a great attitude, constantly willing to pitch in and help where anything is needed, never a cross word to say. Having CJ in the dietary department makes everybody’s job a little easier, and our day just a bit better.

– Mark Simpson, Director of Culinary Services


Congratulations to Our Employee of the Month

Michael Warren

Maintenance Tech

Describe your family: Loving, open-hearted, caring and fun to be around.

Describe yourself in five words: Hardworking, funny, laidback type of guy.

What do you do for fun: Watch movies and sleep.

What is your favorite thing about your job: Money and the people I work with each day.

What is your favorite food: Pork Chops.

What is something you are proud of: My daughter.

What would you like people to know about you: I enjoy having fun.

Michael Warren is a valued member of the maintenance team. He is always there to help, and gets the job done in a timely and professional manner. In the years he has been with me I’ve come to respect his expertise and knowledge. We all feel lucky to have him on the team. Way to go Mikey!

– Chuck Neeley, Director of Maintenance


Congratulations to Our Employee of the Month

Cornelius Chambers

Environmental Services

Describe your family: Happy Family.

Describe yourself in five words: Happy.

What do you do for fun: I like to go bowling.

Do you have any hobbies or interests: I enjoy cooking.

What is your favorite thing about your job: Helping take care of residents.

What is your favorite food: Chicken.

What is something you are proud of: God blessing me with health and strength. 

What would you like people to know about you: I want God to keep blessing me each and every day.

Cornelius has dedicated 25 of service years to the residents, staff and guests of Kirby Pines. She can always be counted on to show up get the job done. Cornelius is kind to the residents and her coworkers. Congratulations Cornelius on a job well done. 

– Jada Mullins, Director of Environmental Services


Congratulations to Our Employee of the Month

Nasheka Ross

Rehab Unit Manager – RN

Describe your family: I have a younger brother ad sister. We all enjoy eating and hanging out.

Describe yourself in five words: Humble, patient, kind, open-minded and dependable.

What do you do for fun: I enjoy acting silly with my family, especially my son.

Do you have a pet: A 10 year old Yorkie named Cody and a 1 year old Pitbull named KoKo.

Do you have any hobbies or interests: I can’t sing, but love it. Give me a microphone and it’s on!

What is your favorite thing about your job: I really enjoy helping people and learning new things.

What is your favorite food: Any red pasta & gummy candy.  Favorite song: Love All Over Me by Monica. But many more, too. 

What is something you are proud of: I am a proud mother of a four year old son. 

What would you like people to know about you: I love to laugh, laugh, laugh. I love funny movies and stand-up comedy shows.

As a nurse on the Rehab Unit, Nasheka definitely makes a difference in the resident’s care. Her pleasing personality warmly welcomes residents and their families, comforting them during their stay. Her kindness along with expertise as an efficient and effective clinician makes her a joy to work with. The key to Nasheka’s success as a Unit Manager and a great team player is her ability to deliver stellar results, often times under pressure—with a smile. Congratulations from all of us!

Rhonda Nelson, Director of Nursing


Congratulations to Our Employee of the Month

Channon Mays

Caring In Place Office Assistant

Describe your family: My family is close, loud, and wouldn’t want it any other way.

Describe yourself in five words: Caring, loving, friendly, energetic and understanding.

What do you do for fun: I love to be with my family and friends, shopping and dancing.

Do you have a pet: A poodle, his name is State. 

Do you have any hobbies or interests: My idol is Selena Quintanilla, so anything to do with her.

What is your favorite thing about your job: Getting to help residents and putting a smile on their faces.

What is your favorite food: Any kind of Chicken or watermelon.  Favorite song: BIDI BIDI BOM BOM by Selena Quintanilla. 

What is something you are proud of: I am proud of myself and how far I’ve come in this life so far. Also my friends and family. 

What would you like people to know about you: I am always available if anyone needs me for anything and I love to joke and laugh.

Channon brings a bright smile to Caring in Place every day! Her consistent positive attitude always boosts our spirits, when we need it most. Channon has always made herself available to assist us, in any way possible. Her commitment to Caring in Place and Kirby Pines is unwavering. We are fortunate to have Channon on our team! 

– Victoria Snelling, Director of Personal Support Services


Congratulations to Our Employee of the Month

Mary Hand

Oasis Coordinator

Describe your family: My husband is an Anglican pastor and we’ve been married 38 years. We have two children and five grandchildren.

Describe yourself in five words: Christian, helpful, loving, grateful and compassionate.

What is something you are proud of:  My family.

What do you do for fun: Vacation at the beach.  

Do you have a pet: A cat named Precious.  

Do you have any hobbies or interests: Gardening, Soduko Puzzles and Children’s Ministry.

What is your favorite food: Chocolate.   Favorite song: Too many to list. 

What is your favorite thing about your job: Helping residents stay healthy and strong. 

What would you like people to know about you: God did a miracle 10 years ago, when Cheryl Grimes called me to teach water aerobics at Kirby Pines.

Mary exemplifies Kirby in all she does. She goes above and beyond to cultivate a meaningful place for the residents and staff alike. She is always thinking of new and innovative ideas and always has a positive attitude. You can always count on Mary to get the job and more complete! 

-Allison Nolan, Resident Programs Director


Congratulations to Our Employee of the Month

Rudy Selmon

Floor Tech

Describe your family: Loving and caring.

Describe yourself in five words: Loving, caring, respectful, honest and helpful.

What is something you are proud of:  Being part of the Kirby Pines Environmental Services Team.

What do you do for fun: Perform on stage with my band. 

Do you have any hobbies or interests: Playing guitar.

What is your favorite food: Chicken.  Favorite song: The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King.

What is your favorite thing about your job: I get along with everybody. 

What would you like people to know about you:  That I am very kind and easy to get along with.

Rudy exemplifies the values that Kirby stands for integrity, patience, kindness and community. He is never self-serving and can always be counted on to go above and beyond to provide the best care for our residents. He treats everyone like family and has never meet a stranger. My department and Kirby are proud to have Rudy on our team.

Jada Mullins, Director of Environmental Services


Congratulations to Our Employee of the Month

Donald Grear

Transportation Driver

Describe your family: Wife Sheri, kids Ben & Betsy, grandchildren Sophie, Huxley, Harrison & Miles.  

Describe yourself in five words: Loving, funny, inquisitive, passionate, dependable.

What do you do for fun: Follow my grandchildren, listen to music, watch documentaries, workout. 

Do you have any hobbies or interests: Researching my genealogy and writing.

What is your favorite food: Tacos.  Favorite song: Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin. 

What is your favorite thing about your job: Talking to the residents. I never knew my grandparents, so they are the next best thing. 

What is something you are proud of:  Helping raise exceptional children who are loving, helpful and good friends to their friends. 

What would you like people to know about you:  During my 35 years producing television programs and custom videos, I have traveled to every state except North Dakota and Alaska.

Donald has been taking on the added duties and responsibilities of Transportation Supervisor since the position has been vacant. He is very friendly and always has a good attitude. Don has been making the schedules, assisting with the delivery of packages to residents and taking care of the transportation needs for residents and employees. We are proud to have him. 

– Michael Escamilla, Executive Director


Congratulations to Our Employee of the Month

Colesha Cross

CNA Gallery Manor 

Describe your family: Loving and supportive.  

Describe yourself in five words: Caring, friendly, reliable, loving and understanding.

What do you do for fun: Enjoy family, watch movies, play games. 

Do you have a pet: A Pomeranian named Pee-Wee. 

What is your favorite food: Spaghetti.  Favorite song: Better Days by Le’Andria Johnson. 

What is your favorite thing about your job: Knowing that I provide and care for residents and put a smile on their faces. 

What is something you are proud of:  Thankful and blessed at the person I’ve become and that I am able to help others. 

What would you like people to know about you:  I am a hardworking, responsible person and I put my trust in the Lord.

Friendly, caring, team player, a support to new employees, always going the extra mile …… these are just a few words that describe Colesha Cross and why she deserves to be Employee of the Month. As a long-time employee at Kirby Pines, and as a mentor to new employees, Colesha assists in training orientees based on a team-approach, and always doing what’s best for the resident, other employees, and guests within the facility. No task is too large or small for Colesha to handle. She seeks out the appropriate support to get the job done and completes each function in an excellent manner. We are extremely proud of Colesha and all that she does for Kirby Pines and our residents.

Rhonda Nelson, Director of Nursing