Heart and Soul

You know how the best athletic teams or the most amazing musical groups are the ones made up of incredibly skilled individuals, bonded by a common passion and drive to be the best? Yeah, well that’s us too. Our team of professionals loves being a part of a program that puts the client first. Combining a wide variety of skill sets, they work together to provide a dynamic and engaging adult daycare program and offer a warm and inviting home for our residents and respite care guests.

Our team members pride themselves on staying on top of the latest research and best practices in aging care. Through annual trainings and regular refresher sessions, they improve upon and share their expertise in areas including fall prevention, food safety, infection control, dementia care, mental health, clients’ rights, and emergency and disaster preparedness.

Every staff member I have interacted with has been friendly, approachable and professional. The staff are the heart and soul of Winter Growth and make it a fabulous, enriching place.

 

—Olney family member

OUR STAFF

Claire Noll
Howard County Center Director
Gabi Trest
Ruth Keeton Center Assisted Living Manager
Kat Bessmer
Howard Center Assisted Living Manager
Becky Donahue
Montgomery County Center Director
Deborah Bissell
Montgomery County Assistant Center Director
Hujayja Nying
Montgomery Center Assisted Living Manager

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Barbara Bednarzik

Chairman

LCSW-C; former Center Director for Winter Growth (30 years); serves on Residences at Vantage Point board.

James Crites

Treasurer

CPA at private practice; former Senior Accountant at Magellan Behavioral Health and Helix Health (MedStar).

Robert Martin

Secretary

Founder and President of consulting firm RM3 Enterprise specializing in individual, group and organizational change and performance enhancement; served as board member for many local non-profit organizations including Girls on the Run, Neighbor Ride and Association of Community Services of Howard County.

Claire Lea

Mother attended Winter Growth’s Howard Center in Columbia; former employee (6 years)

Tom Benedict

Computer scientist retired from Hewlett Packard; IT consultant.

Suzi Padgett

Vice President/Branch Manager of Long and Foster Real Estate-Columbia Office; serves on Board of Trustees for The Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Michael Valazak

CPA; CFO Miller Development.

Alvin Thompson

Owner of Applied Communications and Technology; active with the Columbia Town Center Rotary Club; served as board member for Bridges to Housing Stability and Columbia Cooperative Ministry.

Barbara Falcigno

Founder, Board member, and Fundraising Chair of Olney Civic Fund; past President of the Greater Olney Civic Association; volunteers with Medstar Montgomery Women’s Board.

Ann Johnson

LCSW-C; Medical social worker with over 25 years of experience in the field of aging working in variety of long-term settings including hospice.

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Winter Growth is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its transportation services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

If you believe you have been subjected to unequal treatment because of race, color, or national origin, then you have a right to file a formal complaint.

Complaints may be filed within one hundred-eighty (180) days following the date of the alleged discriminatory action. Requests for more information or complaints may be submitted to Human Resources by mail (18110 Prince Philip Drive, Olney, MD 20832), telephone (410-964-9616), or email.

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