Executive Director – Nichole joined the Regency Grand family in 2011 as our Business Office Manager. She had a background in the freight industry, but quickly found that senior care was her calling! She grew up having very close relationships to her grandparents and has always had a great love of history and the stories of older generations. Nichole became our Executive Director in 2013 and as such oversees all the goings on of the community, from the fun of our Life Enrichment Department to maintaining our state compliances. She really values the relationships she builds with our residents, families and associates and takes great pride and responsibility in being able to pride a wonderful and loving environment for all. Nichole carries a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from Cal State Fullerton and does photography for fun. Her favorite subject to photograph is her son, Easton!
Community Relations Director – Leah is a Covina native with a background in working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. She began working at Regency Grand in 2007, as a Concierge, while she was in college. Upon graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, with a degree in Psychology, she was offered an entry level position in the Marketing Department. As Community Relations Director, Leah helps seniors and their families learn about the benefits of assisted living and make the transition into their new home at Regency Grand! She maintains our social media pages and provides education and resources on senior care to our surrounding areas. She loves working in the area where she grew up and using her intrinsic knowledge of the local to help our residents and their families feel at home and maintain their sense of community. Her greatest joy is being a mom to her daughter, Mae, and spending time with family and friends.
Debbie Galaviz, LVN
Wellness Director – Debbie Graduated from Rio Hondo College in 1998 as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Her first nursing job was as a Residential Care Coordinator in an assisted living community. Debbie has also worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor and with adults with developmental disabilities at an intermediate care facility. She took on the role of Health Services Director at Regency Grand in 2006. She has always enjoyed working with seniors and decided to make this her lifelong career. When she heads home at the end of her day with us Debbie feels that she has made a positive difference in the lives of our residents. She loves the close relationships she has built with our residents and families. Outside of Regency Grand, Debbie is very outdoorsy and loves camping, skating and spending quality time with family and friends.
Business Office Manager – Erika began working at Regency Grand in 2009 while she was in college. She attended Azusa Pacific University and received a degree in Psychology of Industrial Organization, which focuses on group dynamics in a business setting. Her studies consisted of courses in Marketing, Accounting and Human Resources. Over the years Erika has worked in various departments at Regency Grand, including being our Life Enrichment Director for several years. She recently had the opportunity to build on her love of numbers and business administration by taking on the position of Business Office Manager. It has really been a wonderful transition as she’s been able to integrate more of her studies into her career while staying in an environment that she loves! In fact Erika’s interest in senior care was sparked at a young age, as her mother is one of our long-time, beloved Care Associates! In her spare time, Erika is a busy mother of two and enjoys quality time with her husband and daughters, going to the beach, on hikes and even manages to fit in a hobby in photography!
Life Enrichment Director – Melodie has an innate love of seniors. She grew up with her grandparents and was very involved in their daily lives, from garden work with her grandpa to cooking and cleaning with her grandma. Melodie initially joined the Regency Grand Team back in 2013 as a dining room server. She attended Mt. San Antonio College at the time and was juggling her studies with work. As she had a very close relationship with her grandparents, she found her passion and place with the seniors at Regency Grand. After 2 years at Mt. SAC, she transferred to Azusa Pacific University, achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Melodie has been with the Regency family since she was 18 and has worked her way up from a dining room server, to concierge, to Life Enrichment
Assistant, and now becoming the Life Enrichment Director. She believes that working in this setting is the biggest blessing anyone could ask for in a career field. Melodie has developed a strong relationship with all the residents here and sees them as family. Her goal each day is to have the residents feel happy and loved and make their quality of life with us something to remember! During Melodie’s spare time she keeps herself very busy, with a side business of handcrafting beautiful, chocolate dipped strawberries and treats for holiday occasions. She is also a certified Zumba instructor and collaborates for events at studios and parks. Melodie brings these fun aspects of her personal life to the residents as well, making sure they always have sweet treats for special occasions and keeping them moving and grooving in her fitness classes!
Memory Care Director – Morgan joined our team in 2020. She received her nursing degree from Northwest College and got into nursing because of her personal medical history. The kindness and compassion she experienced from the nurses caring for her and those around her had a huge impact on her. This sparked her passion for nursing and knew that’s what she wanted to become. She believes nurses see you at your worse and do everything in their power to help you get better and could not think of a more rewarding career to have. She developed a special love of working with memory care residents when she was a Wellness Nurse as a memory care community as her first nursing job. She took a brief hiatus from memory care to be a Case Manager at a home health agency where she gained more knowledge and experience that has since helped further develop her nursing skills. She sought to get back to memory care because she missed the interactions and relationships she built with the residents and their families. As our Memory Care Director, Morgan oversees the planning, staffing and managing the care needs of all the residents in our memory care neighborhood, specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. In her free time she loves spending time with my family and baking.
Community Relations Coordinator – Alicia has a background in both education and business management but began a new adventure in senior care when she joined Regency Grand in 2014. As our Community Relations Coordinator, Alicia works with our families on coordinating the details of the transition into our community. She also works closely with local doctors and medical facilities to provide education and resources on senior care and what Regency Grand has to offer! Alicia loves working in such a unique environment and being able to develop genuine connections with our residents. Alicia loves to travel, and her favorite destination is Guadalajara, where her children and grandchildren live!
Dining Services Director – Cesar began his journey into assisted living back in 2005 as a dishwasher. He worked his way up, building experience and knowledge of the kitchen in both the assisted living and commercial restaurant settings. He joined Regency Grand in 2015 as our Lead Cook. He continued to train and educate himself in the practices and requirements of assisted living dining until he was offered the position of Dining Services Director. Cesar really values having come from the ground up in the industry and appreciates being pushed to try new things, get creative with the menu and go all-out for special events. Cesar loves the feeling of family that he has built with the residents and feels honored when they share their special recipes with him. In his spare time Cesar likes to dine out to get inspiration for new menu ideas. He also enjoys hiking and going to movies with friends, but the thing he loves most is spending time with his princess, his daughter, Ashley.
Plant Operations Director – Nick came to us in 2021 with several years of experience with HVAC and building engineering. He is a Covina local, graduating from Covina High School. He then attended UC Santa Barbara where he received his degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He went on to marry his high school sweetheart and have 2 boys. In his spare time Nick enjoys hiking, off-roading and drag racing. He and his wife also love going to the gym together and setting a good example of a healthy lifestyle for their boys.