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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...
 
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
 
Nora is a very experienced and wonderful Activity Director who has truly transformed our program.  Come visit us and experience our program incorporating daily activity themes, enhanced engagement, continuous program improvement.  She also works with our caregivers supporting in-home clients to help them with activities and engagement.
 
Brenda Bogdanoff and Lori Peters, In-Home Senior Services Directors
 
Brenda and Lori are the magicians behind the curtain--recruiting caregivers, coordinating training, and 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.
 
Lori started as one of AltaGolden's caregivers--learning the business from the ground up.  When we had an opening we were thrilled to have Lori join our management team.
 
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.