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Our Management Team

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. 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, CPR, and dementia care.
Laura Barish, President and CEO
Laura started AltaGolden in 2008 due to her love of working with older adults and the desire to make a positive impact in the community. One of the things that she wanted to create with AltaGolden is a successful company that is of service within the community.  To that end we offer outstanding caregiving services, free dementia support groups, and mobile memory center programs. Laura loves what she does and is supported by the wonderful AltaGolden Team...
Joy Raab, Activity Director, AltaGolden Memory Center
Joy Raab is an experienced activity director who continues to enhance our program. She has designed and implemented activity programs in convalescent and mental health facilities. She is particularly interested in applying the arts therapeutically.  Joy holds a master’s degree from Boston University, where her thesis research focused on art education for the blind and visually impaired. Additionally, Joy is certified by the Alzheimer’s Association to teach their art program, Memories in the Making. She is excited to apply her knowledge and experience to the activity programs for our clients. 
Talmadge Nichols, Administrator, AltaGolden Memory Center
Talmadge started in the company as one of our caregivers. She now helps to provide a cohesive bond between our teams. She has years of experience providing care for those that have special needs. Growing up with a brother who has Down Syndrome instilled a passion for helping others into Talmadge at a very young age! As a young adult, she was privileged to be a nanny for various families and provide respite care for a special needs child while managing school. She is excited to continue growing with our company.
Brenda Bogdanoff, In-Home Senior Services Director
AltaGolden's schedulers are the magicians behind the curtain--recruiting caregivers, coordinating training, and scheduling services.  Brenda manages our scheduling services.
Brenda comes to us from Casa de las Campanas where she was an activity coordinator. Prior to moving to San Diego, Brenda owned and managed a successful child care facility and was responsible for marketing, management, and scheduling. Brenda leads our caregiver scheduling and management efforts and helps ensure our clients have a great experience with AltaGolden.
Nancy Hooper, Office Manager
Nancy Hooper manages AltaGolden's office and makes sure that everything keeps humming. After many years in the corporate and teaching fields in Canada and the Midwest United States, Nancy became interested in working with seniors through her own experience working with a friend's mother recovering from a stroke. Nancy has a genuine passion for helping people and loves working with our many clients. ​Nancy has two childen 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.