It is very important to us at AltaGolden that we provide the best possible services to all of our clients. We do this by creating a culture of trust related to our outstanding care, and by ensuring that all of our employees are legal US residents who are experienced in the service they are providing. In addition, all of our employees and services are insured and bonded. The AltaGolden Memory Center is a fully licensed facility and our support staff are trained and certified in first aid and CPR.
Laura Barish, President and CEO
Ms. Barish has more than 25 years of corporate experience. Her areas of expertise include Strategic Planning and Management, Disaster Recovery Planning, Training, Program Management, and Personal Services. Laura started from a place of caring and commitment to be “of service” within her community. She was a founding member of the Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club, and is on the Board of Directors of the Spirit of the Fourth Foundation as well as being very active in the Rancho Bernardo community where she makes her home.
Christina Kerbow, Vice President
Chris Kerbow is Co-Owner of AltaGolden and is a Graphic Artist. She is responsible for all of the artwork you see in AltaGolden publications. Chris and Laura have been good friends for over 30 years. Chris became interested in being a part of AltaGolden due to her experience in supporting her father who is currently living with Alzheimer's. Chris is very involved in supporting non-profit organizations in her home town of Dallas, TX.
Mindy Baker, Program Administrator for the AltaGolden Memory Center
Mindy Baker has more than fifteen years of experience working with people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive Aging and a Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Akron. Her passion is finding ways to make meaningful connections with people with dementia. She identifies what is challenging for an individual and then modifies the environment, the situation, communication etc. to support the areas of weakness. She focuses on areas of strength to create opportunities for success. By understanding how cognition is affected by different forms of dementia, she has created group and individual activities that engage persons with dementia and that can lead to improvement and maintenance of skill level. Her research has been published and presented at national conferences. In addition to her training, Mindy has also had a great deal of hands-on experience working as a caregiver and also caring for family members who have suffered from stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Mindy and her husband, Jon, love living in San Diego and plan to be here many years. They recently moved from Ohio to be closer to Mexico where they work to encourage and equip pastors and leaders.
Nora Garza, Activity Director AltaGolden Memory Center
Brenda Bogdanoff, Director of In-Home Senior Services
Nancy Hooper, Office Manager
Nancy Hooper manages AltaGolden's Office. After many years in the corporate and teaching fields in Canada and the Midwest, she became interested in working with seniors through her own experience while working with a friend's mother recovering from a stroke. She has worked as an optical assistant/vision therapist and in a local clinic for the treatment of anorexia and bulimia. Nancy has a genuine passion for helping people and loves working with our many clients. Nancy has two childen in college and has written two successful children's books. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and a B.Ed. with additional courses in special education. Nancy and her husband live in Rancho Bernardo.