Creekside Continuing Care 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.
Executive Director – Born and raised in New Zealand, Robyn began her career in finance. Moving to Australia she stumbled into the Senior Living Industry and thus began a 20 year career in an executive role. In 2005 Robyn headed to the US, becoming a Citizen in 2012 and has continued her career as an Executive Director and ultimately, the WA Regional Director of Operations for an Oregon based Senior Living Company. Living in Seattle, Robyn spent much time travelling throughout WA, so when the baby of the family went off to College, Robyn and her husband moved to Bellingham to be closer to his workplace. Being the Associate Executive Director at Creekside Continuing Care Community is what Robyn refers to as her ‘fun job’ – being able to interact with the residents on a daily basis and working alongside a fabulous team of employees. Now rather than leading from her desk, she is able to put her knowledge into practice by teaching others how to better assist and care for your loved ones, while ensuring we adhere to state regulations without the loss of compassion and kindness.
Wellness Director – Catherine has worked with seniors for the past 14 years. She started off as a caregiver in an Assisted Living community and became a nurse in 2007. Since that time, she has primarily worked in Dementia care as a Nursing Director. Catherine lives on Whidbey Island with her 15 year old son Jared.
Melissa Snodgrass-Wold, LPN
Associate Wellness Director – I am very excited join the team at Creekside as the Associate Wellness Director. Prior to my current position,I worked as a nurse and as the Wellness Director at Ashley Gardens and developed relationships and trust with residents, families, and associates. I have lived in Mount Vernon for over 16 years with my husband, 2 teenage kids, 3 cats, and a bunny. I love living in this area and taking advantage of the beaches, camping, hiking, and scenic drives. I look forward to continuing my career with Creekside and sharing my love to support, care for, and educate others.
I am most at home working with those affected by dementia because they are not able to express their needs as well as others, and often can feel lost and scared. I love to see their faces light up when I meet their eyes, say hello, and hold their hand. It’s the simple little things that I can do for someone to bring a smile to their face, which warms my heart.
Dining Room Supervisor – Crystal has lived in Skagit Valley her whole life and has been with Creekside for 10 years. She has maintained a strong dedication & commitment of excellence to our residents and community. She has set a high standard for dining at our community and will work with the Dining staff to create an elegant setting, while including the “at home” feel to personally make everyone feel welcome. At home, Crystal has a family of four grown children and a husband who calls Skagit Valley their home.
Dining Services Director – Chef Cline comes to us from Monterey, CA. Since 1991, Chef Cline has been involved in all aspects of the Senior Living Culinary Program. He has been responsible for developing menus, creating recipes, and hiring/training all dining staff. Chef Cline implemented Train the Trainer (5 Star Server training curriculum) and developed a formal training program at an accredited culinary school.
Chef Cline has served in the United States Air Force. He attended Wayne State University, Culinary Institute America, and Culinary Center of Monterrey.
He has 3 Daughters and 4 grandsons that range in the ages of 3 years to 19 years old. All are living in California, where his time off will be spent!
Plant Operations Director – A native Colorado, Rick was born in the small town of Rifle. He studied both the building and electrical trades before entering the US Navy. He was deployed to the Philippine Islands and further honed his mechanical skills there working as a jet engine mechanic. In the late 1990’s Rick permanently relocated to the Skagit Valley where he opened a custom door company with his father Ronald. He also returned to school and earned a degree in Marine Maintenance technology and worked for a yacht company. The extensive experience education and experience Rick has accumulated in his career are a perfect fit for his role at Creekside.
“Wherever you go, there you are.”
Business Office Manager – With over twenty years as a caregiver and three additional years as a resident services director, Lisa has been in senior housing for the majority of her career. She began in the kitchen at Creekside, then later segued into concierge and lead receptionist before becoming the business office manager in 2015. Born in Canada, she maintains dual citizenship and enjoys spending time with her extensive family and her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Autumn. Her absolute favorite pastime is watching her kids who are very active in numerous sports like snowboarding and skateboarding.
Life Enrichment/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.
Sales & Marketing Director – Nearly twenty years ago Cynthia found her true passion helping seniors (including her own family members) make the difficult life transitions required with the aging process. “As Bette Davis said, ‘Old age is no place for sissies.’ My 20 years in this industry has prepared me to help seniors make the move to this lifestyle that promotes mental & physical health. When I am able to help elders and make a difference, I am living out my life’s mission.”
A native Washingtonian, raised in California, Cynthia was widowed 4 years ago after 34 years of marriage. She hold a BA in Organizational Management from Northwest University and holds certifications in Assisted Living Administration. Cynthia lives in Arlington near her 82-year-old Mom and lots of extended family. She loves singing in her church choir, camping, crafting and being “Mommy” to her new Havanese puppy, Gracie.
Community Relations Director – Now a third-generation Skagit Valley resident, Maggie relocated from Pennsylvania to Mount Vernon in 2001 to be closer to aging parents.
“My Mother is 90 years old. I try to give the same care and attention to detail to the families I meet at work as I would want for my own Mother.”
She graduated from Penn State after studying Marketing and Communications, was a Manufacturer Rep in the Lawn & Garden industry, and most recently, worked locally as a care giver and active supporter of quality living options for older adults.
A life-long outdoor enthusiast, Maggie is a runner who enjoys hiking, traveling, history, and spending time with her friends, family, and pets.