Meet The Memory Care Team
Serving Lacey and beyond since 1998
Memory Care at The Lodges is acutely aware that buildings and equipment don’t care for people, people care for people.
As a result we have always placed a strong emphasis on hiring the best nursing staff possible to ensure a very low staff turnover rate. Memory Care at The Lodges has been serving the Lacey community for more than 20-years, and we're proud to state that many of our employees have been with us since opening day. Several of our caregivers have decades of experience in memory care and have spent the majority of their careers tending to the needs of individuals with Alzheimer's and Dementia.
Craig LeVee: Owner
Craig came to Memory Care at The Lodges in 1997 and has been deeply involved in the facility ever since. In more than 45 years of leadership, he has always believed in two simple principles; first, the best people provide the best care, Craig has worked hard to ensure that Memory Care at The Lodges has some of the most experienced and qualified caregivers in the region. The second principle is that Memory Care at The Lodges will always provide quality care regardless of background, ethnicity, or finances.
Lark Church, Marketing & Sales Director
Raised in Old Greenwich, CT, Lark moved to Washington State in 2001 from San Diego. In 2008, she began a giving program for adults living at a nearby Skilled Nursing Facility. This program
inspired her to change careers in 2011 and she began working in the retirement industry - first as an Activities Director, then in Marketing & Sales. She was brought to the Memory Care Lodges in early 2018 to help families navigate the challenges of placing their loved ones diagnosed with Dementia. As a Board Member of the Senior Action Network and member of the South Sound Regional Advisory Council for the Alzheimer’s Association, WA State Chapter, Lark is dedicated to being an Advocate for families and individuals whose lives are impacted by memory loss.
Bea Safford, Senior Lodge Supervisor, Lodge II
Bea joined Roo Lan in August of 2017 after over 36 years as an LPN. Originally from Boston, Bea and her husband Ernest have two daughters, who have in turn blessed them with four grandchildren. She obtained her nursing degree in upstate New York where Ernest was stationed at the time, with the Army later moving the couple to Washington State. Bea enjoys the daily challenges of helping the Lodge 2 residents, forming emotional bonds that fuel her passion to care for them through end of life.
Desiree Hamilton, Lodge I House Supervisor
Desiree has been in the medical field since 2011, when she first became a Registered Nursing Assistant. She continued her education receiving her certification as a CNA in 2012. Desiree’s
goal was to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, so after working as a licensed caregiver in a memory care unit in Vancouver, Washington, she graduated nursing school in 2015 from Sumner College in Portland. Presently, Desiree is licensed in both Washington and Oregon. In her free time, Desiree enjoys the natural beauty around us and pursues a variety of outdoor activities.
Karla Leiter: Dietary Supervisor, Memory Care at The Lodges
Karla has been serving delicious meals at Memory Care at The Lodges’ since July 2018. She started out with her first job at O’Neil’s Markets, learning how to decorate cakes and to create other desserts. Karla found her passion for decorating cakes as a caterer (we very much appreciate her catering skills at special Lodge events!). When not making wonderful meals for our residents, she volunteers for a youth football team and enjoys watching her son’s sporting events.