Staff Testimonials

Eagle Valley Children's Home Team Members

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Executive Director, Donna Clarke

My name is Donna Clarke. I have had the honor and great pleasure of being part of Eagle Valley Children’s Home for 27 years now. I cannot imagine working anywhere else. I started my journey here in the Recreation Department, advanced to the Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional, then added Program Director to my job requirements and for the past 2 ½ years I am the Executive Director. Our clients who are intellectually and developmentally disabled are the reason I am here and why I love my work so much. They fill my heart with happiness and joy each day. The culture at EVCH is the second reason I love it here. All my co-workers genuinely care for each other and provide such high quality of care to our clients. I am so grateful to have had chances to improve my professional and personal life here at EVCH!

- Donna Clarke

Dietary Aide. Cassandra Medina

My Name is Cassandra Medina, I’ve been with Eagle Valley Children’s Home since June of 2019 as a Dietary Aid/Relief Cook. Since the day I started everyone has always been so welcoming and joyful, it seems that everyone that steps a foot in EVCH loves to be here. I enjoy coming in early in the morning to see our happy resident’s faces as I walk down the hall with their meals. It lets me know I’m doing my job right. 

I recommend everyone and anyone with motivation to make other people happy to come give us a try and experience what I have experienced, I can guarantee you you’ll love what we do here. Our sweet residents will make you want to stay. Besides loving what we do here we also get compensated with great benefits and pay. There is always chances for one to move up and do even better.

- Cassandra Medina

Dietary Supervisor, Ruben Hernandez

My name is Ruben Hernandez, I am the Dietary Supervisor here at EVCH. I started off here as the relief cook and shortly advanced to the morning lead cook. And within my second year became the Dietary Manager. I have been employed with EVCH since July of 2019. I have been cooking and managing in other facilities and restaurants here in the Carson City area for the last 17 years since I have moved here from California. I must admit that EVCH is the first place that has opened my eyes to a whole new world in healthcare. Our clients give me an inspirational boost that I truly enjoy! But most of all EVCH is the first place that has made me feel so welcomed and honored to be a part of the Team here at EVCH!

I enjoy coming to work every day and getting the opportunity to provide delicious meals for our clients. I am in a pleasant environment with my coworkers and our clients.

One of the things that caught my attention at the beginning was the long term staff that work here. I certainly want to be one of them someday. This is my home away from home and I couldn’t be any happier.

 

Recommendation to other potential employees:

  • Opportunity to learn and grow with a great company.

  • A chance to learn new things in a comfortable setting.

  • Fun environment and friendly staff.

  • EVCH definitely takes great care of us all.

- Ruben Hernandez

Nicole Walker, HR Representative III and Computer Support Specialist

12 years with Eagle Valley Children's Home

During my employment at Eagle Valley Children’s Home, I’ve been able to experience multiple positions and career advancement opportunities. Starting as a Direct Care Trainer, on Day Shift, I was able to continue night classes and it offered a great work/life balance. A couple years later, a Therapy Aide position opened. I was excited to apply, as this position was a bit more challenging and offered opportunities for me to work closer with the clients. It also allowed me to create individual programs, based on the Therapists recommendations, and use my knowledge, creativeness, and critical thinking skills. A few years later, another opportunity presented itself and I moved into an Administrative and Computer Support role. A few years later, I transitioned into the world of Human Resources. 

 

The best part about Eagle Valley, are the wonderful 18 individuals who live here and who we support. They remind me every day to live each day to the fullest. The connections and experiences I’ve had are irreplaceable. I feel valued, recognized, and respected at EVCH. I am so glad I applied here 12 years ago and became a part of this wonderful EVCH family.

- Nicole Walker

Rose B.,  Therapy and Training Coordinator

21 years with Eagle Valley Children's Home

My name is Rose. I am the Therapy and Training Coordinator at Eagle Valley Children’s Home. I have worked here for 21 years. I have stayed here for various reasons over the years. Primarily there are two main reasons why I stay. First, I have the opportunity to use my skills in order to improve the lives of our clients while fulfilling the creative organizer in me. The second reason is the clients themselves. They are the most extraordinary people I have ever known and it continues to be an honor to work with them. 

I would recommend working at Eagle Valley Children’s Home if you would like an opportunity to become the best version of yourself. Many of our senior staff have begun their careers here as Direct Care Trainers and are now in leadership positions. It is possible to be a strong individual and an active member of a strong team. EVCH is a compilation of caring individuals working with each other in order to enrich the lives of a very special population both at home and in the community.

- Rose B.

Brandy Runge-Rundell,  Respite Coordinator

14 years with Eagle Valley Children's Home

Greetings! My name is Brandy Runge-Rundell. I am the Respite Program Coordinator at Eagle Valley Children’s Home. I have been blessed to work at Eagle Valley Children’s Home in various positions for over a decade. I have been the Respite Program Coordinator since September 2016. Eagle Valley Children’s Home has been quite the adventure. The population we serve has been the most humbling, soul changing, and joyful experience.

 

Well, a little about me… I am an avid hiker and outdoor lover. You name it, anything outdoors, and I will be happy to go, year around. I have a passion for the holistic healing arts as well, and I have a big family and two beautiful grandchildren who are the apple of my eye. I love arts and crafts and any form of exercise too. I am a life time explorer and I love learning. I graduated with my Bachelors in Human Services in 2014, and I love serving the community.

My position as Respite Program Coordinator allows me to supervise some of the biggest hearted community heroes who give families with caregiving duties a much needed break. Being a 24 hour caregiver can shave 10 years off their life, create deep loneliness and depression, and the stress can break families apart. I am a part of a team who ensures that families get scheduled respites, and I provide community training for employees as in HIPAA, Emotional Intelligence, and Social Skills. My job duties are many and I enjoy helping the various families with unique needs get services to help the parents/guardians do the important work they do.

- Brandy Runge-Rundell

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