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, Administrator-Owner
Mr. LeVee opened Memory Care at The Lodges in 1998, and has been deeply involved in the facility ever since.
With more than 45 years of leadership, he has always believed in two simple principles. First Principle: The best people provide the best care. Craig works to ensure that Memory Care at The Lodges has some of the most experienced and qualified caregivers in the region. Second Principle: Memory Care at The Lodges will always provide quality care, regardless of background, ethnicity, or finances. His confidence in the care provided by the staff in The Lodges is more than validated by his placement of both his parents, as well as his mother-inlaw, here shortly after opening the facility. Mr. LeVee states “If we are good enough for my family, I know we provide the quality of care that other families expect and deserve.”
Lark Church, Admissions and Marketing Director
Raised in Old Greenwich, CT, Lark moved to Washington state, and in 2008 she began a giving program for adults living in a nearby Skilled Nursing Facility. This program inspired her to change careers in 2011 when she began working in the retirement industry, first as an Activities Director, then in Marketing and 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, Washington State Chapter, Lark is dedicated to being an advocate for families and individuals whose lives are impacted by
Bea Safford, LPN, Director of Nursing Services
Bea joined Memory Care at The Lodges in August of 2017 bringing over 36 years experience as an LPN.
Originally from Boston, Bea and her husband Ernest have two daughters and four grandchildren. She obtained her nursing degree in upstate New York where Ernest was stationed, and later, the Army moved the family to Washington state. As our Senior Nursing House Supervisor, Bea enjoys the challenges of caring for our residents, and families all agree that she is a tremendous asset to the Lodges!
Hannah Engelmann, NAC-Nurse Delegated, Lodge 1 Supervisor
Hannah’s love for caregiving began as a young girl while volunteering at nursing homes. In 2017 Hannah started at The Lodges, again as a volunteer, assisting in activities and soon after became a Licensed Caregiver.
Since starting here, Hannah has become one of our most valued members of the team, furthering her education to become a medication aide in Lodge 1. Her #1 priority is to get to know each of her residents: seeing them smile while providing care is her reward! When she isn’t here caring for our residents, Hannah enjoys spending time with her son and continuing to work on her nursing degree
Karla Leiter, Dietary Supervisor
Karla has been serving delicious meals in our kitchen since July 2018. Her first job was at O’Neil’s Markets where she learned how to decorate cakes and create other desserts. Karla found her passion as a caterer, and we very much appreciate her catering skills at our wonderful Lodge events! When not making wonderful meals for our residents, Karla volunteers for a youth football team and enjoys watching her son’s sporting events.