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Management Team (The Golden Girls)

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.
          Meet the Golden Girls!
Laura Barish, President and CEO
Laura is President and CEO of AltaGolden.  She has a passion for working with older adults and loves her job.  Laura is responsible for marketing, community outreach, corporate management, and she also sometimes works as a caregiver so that she understands what it takes to be a great caregiver.

Laura is on the board of directors for the San Diego Dementia Consortium and is very involved in helping the community to expand their awareness of dementia issues and how to mitigate issues.

AltaGolden's goal is to provide the best care available to all of our clients.  As part of this Laura helps our clients in planning for their future and minimize stress when situations associated with aging arise. Laura loves what she does and is supported by the wonderful AltaGolden Team...

Talmadge Nichols, Office Manager
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.
Nancy Hooper, Adult Day Program Administrator
Nancy Hooper manages AltaGolden's Adult Day Program and ensures 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.
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. 
Taelyn Nichols and Laura Barish, Schedulers
AltaGolden's schedulers are the magicians behind the curtain--recruiting caregivers, coordinating training, and scheduling services.  Taelyn and Laura manage our scheduling services.