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Meet The Team

The Dedicated, Caring Senior Living Staff at Autumn Leaves

The friendly, compassionate team at Autumn Leave create a welcoming, warm environment where you will thrive. With our commitment to providing a high quality of life for residents, we make it our goal to exceed your expectations, day in and day out. You’ll know that no matter what tomorrow may bring, you’ve found a comfortable fit for the rest of your life in our vibrant senior living community. At Autumn Leaves, we are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those who call our community their home.

Meet our caring senior living staff:

Linda Carcano, Executive Director

Executive Director

Linda’s passion to work in rehabilitation started with her grandmother. Watching her regain her independence after rehabilitation was truly inspiring. It’s her goal to help seniors live long and healthy lives in an environment such as Autumn Leaves – a community that is full of fun and welcoming staff members.

Mary Wiley, Community Relations Director

Community Relations Director

Mary has 20 years of experience in senior living. At Autumn Leaves, Mary most appreciates the friendly staff and the community’s longevity in the East Dallas area. And most of all, she loves working with seniors and their families. Watch Mary’s video bio.

JJ Grinstead, Admissions Director

Admissions Director

For JJ Grinstead, every admission at Autumn Leaves is a team effort. As one of the first faces residents meet when considering Autumn Leaves, he takes great pride in showcasing all the senior living community has to offer. He comes from a long line of nurses and caregivers, which provides him with the passion necessary to thrive in the senior industry for over 17 years. Watch JJ’s video bio.

Sara Min, Director of Life Enrichment

Director of Life Enrichment

Sara spends her time at Autumn Leaves having fun with the residents. She is living out her dream of bringing meaning to seniors’ lives, while giving them a sense of purpose. As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Sara works to engage residents through the physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social dimensions of life.

Laura Yeakey, Navigation Coordinator

Navigation Coordinator

Laura has worked in long-term nursing care for 35+ years. In senior living, she has held various roles including wound care, admissions and assistant director of nursing. As the Navigation Coordinator, she helps residents with discharge planning, often acting as a sounding board for families with no experience in skilled nursing. Laura enjoys learning from the residents and getting to know them.

Varughese Mathew, Respiratory Care Practitioner

Respiratory Care Practitioner

Bringing over 25 years of respiratory care experience and commitment to the Autumn Leaves community, Varughese Mathew focuses on providing excellent respiratory care services to our residents.

David LeConey, Food & Nutrition Director

Food & Nutrition Director

David started his career training with a local chef. He enjoys sharing his culinary experience with the F&B team just as much as he enjoys interacting with residents at Autumn Leaves. Being open to feedback and suggestions from residents helps him understand new ways to provide an enjoyable dining experience.

Diane Dancer, Business Office Manager

Business Office Manager

Diane has over 17 years in the health industry and has been a member of Autumn Leaves team for 3 years. She has an Associate degree in Business and is a Certified Business Office Manager.

Araina Chervenak, PHR, Human Resources

Human Resources

Araina has spent the past 16 years working in senior care. She is passionate about hiring good people who are kind, loving and an extension of family for residents. Her family history with senior living facilities allows her to empathize with families and residents in a way that most people cannot. She wears her heart on her sleeve and is proud to work with a great team.

LaQuitta Fennel, Medical Records

Medical Records

LaQuitta is one of the newest members of the Autumn Leaves team. In addition to Medical Records, LaQuitta also serves as the Central Supply clerk ensuring the nursing staff have the supplies needed to care for those entrusted to us. She is also a Certified Nurse’s Assistant which she says assist her role.

Glen Deal, Plant Operations and EVS Director

Plant Operations and EVS Director

Glenn has over 20 years’ experience in plant operations and environmental services. He has managed multiple properties simultaneously. Glenn has a passion for ensuring the residents, families and associates have a clean comfortable environment to live and work in. Glenn is also a Certified Nursing Assistant which lends to his passion for serving.

Patricia Williams, MDS Coordinator

MDS Coordinator

Patricia has been a nurse for 8 years and a member of the Autumn Leaves team for 3 years. She is most proud of her son who serves in the United States Army. Patricia enjoys spending her time off with her family and friends.

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Dallas, TX 75218

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