Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: Tamika Washington

TAMIKA WASHINGTON

Security Guard

Describe your family: Very close, very tight. I am an only child.

Describe yourself in five words: Dependable, generous, adaptable, considerate and passionate.

What do you do for fun: Shopping and cruising (Ships).

Do you have any hobbies: I love planting vegetables.

What is your favorite food: Loaded Baked Potato Soup. 

What is your favorite thing about your job: I enjoy helping others.

What is Your favorite food: Chicken and Dressing. 

What is your favorite song: You Know My Name by Tasha Cobbs. 

What is something you are proud of: Proud of raising three beautiful children.

What would you like people to know about you: I am still my Mama’s baby.

Tamika Washington has been a Security Guard for Kirby Pines since August 2022. She has always been a stalwart on the Security Team, but on January 2nd, while performing her duties at the Main Gate, she observed a panel truck, with three (3) individuals attempting to steal the ATM Machine at Regents Bank. Tamika called 911! MPD arrived stopping the theft and apprehended the thieves. Thank you, Tamika!!

– Michael J. Brown, Executive Director


Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: Rachel Ward

RACHEL WARD

Assistant Resident Programs Director 

Describe your family: Loud and sarcastic, but very loving.

Describe yourself in five words: Determined, resilient, witty, adaptable and big-hearted.

What do you do for fun: Read, listen to music & play games.

Do you have any pets?: 3 cats & a dog named Henry.

Do you have any hobbies: Writing & learning to cook new things. 

What is your favorite food: Loaded Baked Potato Soup. 

What is your favorite thing about your job: Having residents who love me as much as I love them. 

What is your favorite song: Agnes Water by Jamie Rose. 

What is something you are proud of: The friends I’ve made and challenges I’ve overcome. 

What would you like people to know about you: I’m a terrible singer, but that doesn’t stop me. 

Rachel is hard working and dedicated. She makes sure things are communicated properly between departments to make sure things run smoothly. She is the perfect team player and a budding leader. Rachel has stepped up to the plate in both Independent Living and Assisted Living while we search for a permanent Activities Director. She is willing to help with anything and is also extremely kind. 

– Skye Sanders, Dining Room Manager 


Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: Charlene Jones

CHARLENE JONES

LPN – Medical

Describe your family: Close and sharing.

Describe yourself in five words: Determined, open-minded, trustworthy, patient and kind.

What do you do for fun: Vintage shopping. 

Do you have any pets?: A 7 year old white shepherd named, Samson.

Do you have any hobbies: Quilting and crafting. 

What is your favorite food: Fish.

What is your favorite thing about your job: Satisfaction in helping people.

What is your favorite song: Walking by Mary Mary.

What is something you are proud of: Becoming a nurse.

What would you like people to know about you: I have a twin and have been married 37 years.

Charlene Jones is the strength on the 11-7 shift. When there is a staffing issue, she takes the leading role and makes adjustments that are in the best interest of the residents. She is consistently part of the solution to voiced concerns. She has often stayed over, just to make sure our residents were taken care of. We are proud to have her on our team.

– Rhonda Nelson, Director of Nursing


Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: Caleb Petty

CALEB PETTY

SECURITY OFFICER

Describe your family: We enjoy the small things in life, like a simple movie night.

Describe yourself in five words: Ambitious, sincere, confident, spontaneous and passionate.

What do you do for fun: I enjoy cooking, video games, photography and technology.

Do you have any hobbies: I collect Pops and play sports.

What is your favorite thing about your job: One of my favorite things is helping others. 

What is your favorite food: Seafood.

What is your favorite song: Les Fleurs by Minnie Riperton.

Do you have any pets?: I have a dog named Almow. 

What is something you are proud of: Starting my production company.

What would you like people to know about you: I live life to the fullest and love meeting new people.

Caleb Petty is a respectful security officer at Kirby Pines. While performing his outside rounds Caleb observed a man and woman (who had fallen into Lake Latimer). Caleb quickly jumped into the lake and rescued them, including her wheelcair. When the paramedics arrived Officer Petty had pulled both residents safely out of the water. 

– Calvin Sims, Director of Security 


Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: Jose Cardenas

JOSE CARDENAS 

Maintenance Tech

Describe your family: Caring and loving.

Describe yourself in five words: Helpful, responsive, caring, loving and friendly. 

What do you do for fun: I like to fish.

Do you have any hobbies: My favorite hobby is cooking on the grill. 

What is your favorite thing about your job: Giving good customer service. 

What is your favorite food: BBQ and sauces.

What is your favorite song: Hotel California by the Eagles. 

What is something you are proud of: Being a dad.

What would you like people to know about you: I would help out anyone.

Jose always does his job with a smile. He never says no and is willing to stay back to help his teammates even though he has a family at home waiting for him. He has a great work ethic and is extremely hard working. He is very team oriented and takes pride in wearing his uniform. We are proud to have him in our department. 

– Chuck Neeley, Director of Maintenance 


Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: Genova Brown

GENOVA BROWN

Medical Staffing Coordinator

Describe your family: Caring and loving.

Describe yourself in five words: Caring, loving, helpful, determined and bossy.

What do you do for fun: Hanging out with my great nieces and nephews.

Do you have any hobbies: Reading urban fiction. 

Do you have any pets: An English Bulldog named Bohdi Brown.

What is your favorite thing about your job: Working with the entire medical team.

What is your favorite food: Catfish.

What is your favorite song: Goodness of God by CeCe Winans.

What is something you are proud of: The day my son graduated from high school.

What would you like people to know about you: I will help anyone.

Genova Brown wears many hats throughout the day, by assisting in any area needed to get things done. She is a team player who will handle situations that may arise on her own before seeking help. If a family member or resident has a problem, she immediately begins working on a solution and keeps everyone updated on the progress or action taken to fix it.

– Anna Bradford, Nursing Administrator


Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: Shelia Watson

SHELIA WATSON 

Housekeeper

Describe your family: My family is well and happy. We always try to stand by one another. 

Describe yourself in five words: Quiet, hardworking, humble, efficient, friendly. 

What do you do for fun: I like to go out to eat and to the movies. 

What is your favorite thing about your job: My favorite this is to always do the best I can. 

What is your favorite food: Baked Chicken. 

What is something you are proud of: I am proud of my children. 

What would you like people to know about you: I am a good person once you get to know me. 

Ms. Shelia is remarkable because she possesses the easily defined but hard to find qualities in an employee: honesty, reliability and compassion. She is driven by something deeper than just a desire to do a good job. She truly cares for the residents at Kirby Pines so thank you Ms. Shelia and keep up the great work. 

– Jada Mullins, Environmental Services Director 


Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: Tania Fuqua

TANIA FUQUA

Director of Caring In Place

Describe your family: My family is fun and always full of jokes and laughter.

Describe yourself in five words: Humble, observant, dependable, caring and thoughtful.

What do you do for fun: Spending time with my grandsons and watching movies.

What are some of your hobbies: Reading inspirational books and painting.

What is your favorite thing about your job: Seeing the smiles on resident’s faces and providing care.  

What is your favorite food: I love tomatoes. 

What is your favorite song: I’m Still Here by Dorinda Clark Cole.

What is something you are proud of: Raising my 3 beautiful kids into responsible, respectful adults.

What would you like people to know about you: I absolutely LOVE butterflies!

Tania was hired as the staffing coordinator for Caring In Place and then moved to Supervisor/Manager In Training in the Fall of 2022. She continues to cover the department ands works as a PCA when needed. Tania not only does all of the work for residents at Kirby Pines, she has taken on the task of providing PCA services for the residents at The Farms, too. She is truly an asset to Caring In Place, Kirby Pines and The Farms at Bailey Station. We are grateful to have her on board!

Michael Escamilla, Executive Director 


Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: La Tanya Bailey

LA TANYA BAILEY

Hospitality Manager

Describe your family: Wife and mother of 3 children, ages 16, 14 and 9.

Describe yourself in five words: Hardworking, reliable, confident, enthusiastic, motivated. 

What do you do for fun: Relaxing and enjoying my family. 

What are some of your hobbies: Cooking and braiding hair.  

What is your favorite thing about your job: Assisting the residents.  

What is your favorite food: Peach cobbler. 

What is your favorite song: Tennessee Whiskey by KeKe Wyatt. 

What is something you are proud of: Proud of the person I’ve become and the goals I set for myself. 

What would you like people to know about you: I am outgoing and easy to get along with. I enjoy laughing and having fun while still focusing on the task at hand. 

Bailey began working at Kirby Pines as a front desk receptionist and her skill set quickly moved her into a trainer for new front desk personnel. Last year she was moved into the Hospitality Manager position, overseeing the front desk, concierge and drivers. Her dedication to residents, guests and fellow employees put Bailey on the path for further success. She is an excellent example of the upward mobility available to employees who continuously apply their talents while working. 

Michael Escamilla, Executive Director 


Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: Rachelle Smith

Rachelle Smith

Baker for Culinary Services

Describe your family: I have a lovely daughter & granddaughter and my parents are still living.

Describe yourself in five words: Dependable, knowledgable, trustworthy, hardworking & kind. 

What do you do for fun: Travel and have cookouts with family. 

What are some of your hobbies: Collecting cookbooks. 

What is your favorite thing about your job: I love baking different and challenging desserts. 

What is your favorite food: Grilled meats & vegetables. 

What is your favorite song: I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston.

What is something you are proud of: I graduated from culinary school and doing something I love.

What would you like people to know about you: I enjoy helping people if I can.

Rachelle Smith is the consummate team player. She is always willing to do what is necessary to help the Residents out no matter the circumstances. Between the amazing cakes, delicious pies and outstanding work ethic, Rachelle is a pleasure to have on our team. 

– Mark Simpson, Director of Culinary Services