Meet Our Team

Mountain-Glen-GroupMountain Glen Retirement Community provides a great family atmosphere. Our licensed and insured service oriented staff will make certain your new home lives up to your high expectations. Contact us today for more information.
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Helen Fisher

Senior Executive Director — As Senior Executive Director of Mountain Glen of Mt. Vernon, Helen has worked hard to create a highly skilled and self-reliant staff whose actions reverberate throughout the community and influence others they come in contact with.  Helen prides herself in her great ability to train and teach her staff members to provide the highest level of care and to treat their residents with the utmost dignity and respect.  Helen’s dedication to providing the quality care for the residents of Mountain Glen is evident the second you walk in the door – and Helen wouldn’t have it any other way! Helen is the Senior Executive Director of both Mountain Glen Retirement Community and Ashley Gardens of Mount Vernon Memory Care. Read more about our Senior Executive Director…

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Executive Director – Christie has been with Mountain Glen since 2003. Many would call her the glue that holds everything together. Starting out at a CNA in 1989, she quickly discovered that she has a true calling for working with the elderly. She worked her way up throughout the years from a CNA, to Front Desk, to Office Manager, to Bookkeeper, and finally settling in her position of our Administrator. Christie’s passion and drive can be seen by any one that talks to her. When she is not busy running our building she enjoys her time with her wonderful husband of 18 years, 4 daughter and 3 granddaughters (yes, all girls). Christie is also an avid reader, and can often be seen with the residents at Kindle Reading Group!

“Being the Administrator has been one of the biggest joys of my life. I have learned and grown with Mountain Glen over the years. Each and every family member, residents, and employees is a part the large family we have out Mountain Glen, and I am proud to be their leader.”

 

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Life Enrichment Director Brittney has worked with the elderly for the last 12 years. She started off as a dietary aide at the age of 16 in an Assisted Living facility, she then made her way up to a Certified Nursing Assistant (a title that she still proudly holds), then went on to run the Front Desk for 4 years, finally setting in on her true calling as our Life Enrichment Director. When she is not exercising with the residents or calling Bingo, she is at home with her husband and three year old daughter. In her spare time she likes to garden, crochet, and go to the park with her little one.

“Working with seniors is a job that is a reward within itself. I learn something new and interested everyday. Their smiles never cease to provide me with a sense of fulfillment.”
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Janice Donaldson

Move In Coordinator Janice has been in the health field for 36 years (18 years at Mountain Glen and 18 years prior at a Nursing Home Facility in the area). I grew up in this area and enjoy working with people, many of whom I have crossed paths with. I have developed relationships with many professional in the valley. When Janice is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and four grandchildren.

“I consider Mountain Glen my second home. I have come to know and love all the residents and family members. It makes me feel good when you can be there for people in their time of need or for their everyday comings and goings.”
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Bonnie Dorr

Laundry Supervisor Bonnie grew up in Bellingham, WA. At the age of 17 she married and began to start her family. Once her husband retired from the Military, they settled in Mount Vernon, WA because it was the perfect place to raise her family. Bonnie has always enjoyed her time with the elderly, and just has the wonderful way of making them feel at home. She began working at Mountain Glen in 1987 and has enjoyed every year since. Bonnie will always have a special place in her heart for Mountain Glen and its many residents. She thanks God everyday for her job and the opportunity to provide the best care possible.

“Mountain Glen has been not only my workplace, but my home for many years. The since of community in like nothing I have ever seen throughout my years in the health care field.”

 

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Associate Wellness Director – Sandi was born and raised in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. She moved to Skagit Valley in 2001. She has worked with seniors for over 20 years and enjoys every minute of it. Sandi has worked as a caregiver for a few years before obtaining her LNP in 1994. Sandi has a background in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. She and her husband have been married for 8 and half years. In her spare time she enjoys her time with her 3 daughters, and 6 grandchildren (who she called the loves of her life. She also loves traveling, antique cares, and shopping (which is her number one passion)!

“Nursing is a hard job within itself. But when you work with the elderly you will find that the rewards can be found in the smallest of gestures. A simple smile will go a long ways, and I love providing that smile.”

team-lisaLisa Blanford-Brown

Business Office Manager – Lisa is married with two cats. She and her husband live in La Conner and are very active within their church. Lisa has worked in the retirement setting for seven years, and cant imagine doing anything else. She looks forward to working at Mountain Glen and is excited to meet all of the residents and their family members.

“Working in Senior Living is such a rewarding career. We strive to enhance lives and exceed expectations every day.”

 

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Environmental Services Director – Before Tyler came to Mountain Glen, he worked for a janitorial company for 13 years. He was then promoted to commercial operations manager in 2007 and received a carpet cleaning certification from the international institute of carpet restoration and cleaning in 2010.

“Although I’ve only been at Mountain Glen a short time, I was immediately made to feel welcome by the staff and residents.  I was pleased to come and work at a facility that has a friendly and warm atmosphere and where I can make a positive impact.  It’s a good feeling to contribute to everyone’s quality of life and health by ensuring everything is clean.”

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Plant Operations Director – Mark spent the last 14 years running his own successful home repair and remodel business covering King, Snohomish, and Skagit County. Having that much experience in home repair and remodel projects has prepared mark for just about anything that could come up here at Mountain Glen. Mark is excited about his new position here and is enjoying getting to know all the residents and other staff.

“Working with the elderly has become a realized passion for me. Every day I learn something new and interested, not only about the residents but about myself.”

 

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EverFit Director – Hello, my name is Leanne Hickman. I am 51 years old. I have been married to my husband, Bob, for 32 years. We have 3 children (Erin, Derek, and Kyle) and a 2 year-old grandson (Mason).  I started getting interested in fitness in 2007. At 215 lbs. I knew I needed to change my lifestyle. I started to walk and eat healthier. I started working out at the Skagit Valley Family YMCA in 2009. Shortly after, I was asked to teach exercise classes. Since 2007, I have lost a total of 80 lbs. My desire to help others with similar goals inspired me to become nationally certified as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. In December 2014, I completed the Health and Fitness technician program at Skagit Valley College. I have taught aqua classes, a boot camp-style class, strength and core classes, and Silversneaker classes. I have enjoyed working with older adults for the past five and half years and am very excited to get started with all the fitness activities at each community.