Rochelle grew up in Plano, Texas, and likes to say that she's Texan by birth but a Razorback by the grace of God. She attended the University of Arkansas on a basketball scholarship and played on the Arkansas Razorbacks women’s basketball team from 1991-1995. It’s hard to believe but some of the residents at Grand Village remember her playing… back in the day!
After graduating from the U of A with a B.A. in Psychology, she went back to Texas to attend graduate school at Southern Methodist University. After that, she returned to Arkansas where she has lived for the past 18 years. Rochelle currently lives in Huntsville with her husband, Scott Johnson, and her fur baby, Tank the cat.
Her Long-Term Care Work History: Rochelle has been working in the long-term care industry for 18 years. In 2005, she started as an administrator in training with Northport Health Services of Arkansas. She became a licensed nursing home administrator in 2006 and took her first home in Paris, Arkansas. After a year in Paris, Rochelle transferred back to Northwest Arkansas, eventually becoming the regional director for NHS overseeing the operations of the five facilities in Arkansas. In 2019, she left NHS to work as the administrator at North Hills Life Care and Rehab with Reliance in Fayetteville. Then, the opportunity to be the new Chief Operations Officer at Grand Village arose, and it was something that she couldn't pass up!
Why She Loves Working with Senior Living Communities: Rochelle holds that GV's seniors should be treasured, and she loves being able to have a positive impact on their lives!
Her Vision for Grand Village, or What Makes It Special: To Rochelle, Grand Village is a beautiful facility, but she holds that the community of wonderful residents and staff are what make it so special! She wants Grand Village to be the premier retirement community in Northwest Arkansas. The plan is to expand and add on private Villas and a new skilled nursing facility close to the campus. Currently GV has partnered with Pinnacle In-Home Care and Access Medical Clinic to provide assistance and easy access to medical care to allow the residents to age in place. This plan will allow GV to have an advanced practice registered nurse four days a week and a physician one day a week to make house calls for the residents. In addition to the medical coverage, GV has Pinnacle In-Home Care providing 24/7 help to the residents that need a little more assistance. She is excited for the future and new opportunities for Grand Village to grow.
Chef Tom has been cooking around the country for the last 30 years. He has experience in many cuisines, at multiple restaurants; from high end cuisine in New York City to high volume concepts in California. Chef Tom has a passion for understanding the clientele he is catering to and meeting their needs and expectations. He is excited and pleased… to be a part of Grand Village and looks forward to providing Southern style favorites, comforting desserts, and many other creative meal options. His experience and commitment to quality meals is what brought him to Arkansas and to the Gand Village.
Things to know about Chef Tom:
1. Most recently lived in California
2. Lived In Manhattan, New York
3. Attended College in Santa Fe, New Mexico
4. Has 2 Grown Children
5. Owns a Home in Bryant Arkansas
Tom's vision for Grand Village:
To Provide a Quality, diverse, and comforting menu, with options for residents to create their own plates as well as provide creative dishes daily from which to choose.
Sarena, who has been with us since the Grand Village opened, has a new role as our Resident Liaison.
She continues to make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her expertise in handling important details and all the extra care needed and given freely, involving our… residents. As she considers herself “Vintage”, she loves our residents and feels akin to them. Prior to GV, Sarena served as Asst. Director for the City of Phoenix Senior/ADA Taxi Cab Program. She worked directly with Senior/ADA customers, 23 dialysis clinics, 15 senior centers and 20 taxi cab companies, helping to ensure safe and on-time transportation.
Craig Wallace graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith in 2012, having studied Business Administration, and joined the Grand Village community in 2020, right in the middle of the COVID epidemic. Having never worked in a retirement facility, Craig was hired as a part-time employee and slowly rose through the ranks at Grand Village,… becoming an Executive Assistant at the beginning of 2023.
Craig grew up in Arkansas with his mother, father, and younger sister, along with his Dachshund named Buddy. He also has a niece and nephew, both of whom he adores.
Craig prides himself on having a special relationship with every resident and looks forward to being a part of making Grand Village a wonderful place to live.
Josh was born and raised in Mena, Arkansas. He moved to Fayetteville in 2018 and currently lives with his wife (Lauren), their son (Jax), and mini schnauzer (Archie). Josh started working at Grand Village the day it opened and even toured Grand Village when it was nothing but a concrete slab and studs. He says he treats all the residents as if… they are family and ensures they are living a grand life at Grand Village. When Josh isn’t at Grand Village, you can find him on the golf course, watching sports, spending time with friends and family, or riding his bike on the Razorback Greenway.
Annette has lived in Arkansas most of her life. Annette has worked with seniors for approximately 20 years. She started in the industry doing senior fitness classes. After that, she transitioned to Enrichment Coordinator. She has also worked in the sales area and served as assistant executive director.
Annette moved back to Fayetteville in… October and was an original of the beginning of Grand Village. She had to leave for a few years to find out where her roots belonged. Annette has her bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas with an emphasis in design and merchandising. She has one daughter and three grandchildren.
Her hobbies are going to concerts, theatre, exercise of almost any kind, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors. Annette simply loves life.
Melissa has been in the Northwest Arkansas Marketing Community for over 19 years. She has worked in the senior care field of marketing most of that time. She has served on the board of multiple community organizations including HCMA (Health Care Marketing Alliance) and the Fayetteville Rotary Board.
Melissa lives in Farmington with her… husband John, where they raised their two children, Alexis and Austin.