Meet the Team
Surrounding ourselves, our residents and our families with positive, compassionate, experts in Senior Living supports our mission of “Making a difference by cultivating purposeful connections-bringing joy and opportunity.” That’s why we select the highest quality candidates, true leaders that demonstrate our core values of Wisdom, Excellence, Purpose, Innovation, Integrity, Grace, Gratitude, and Synergy to join our Amaran Team.
Sandra-Dee Fleming’s one continuous thread throughout her life has been, and continues to be, helping others.
After graduating with her MBA from UNM Anderson School of Management, Sandra-Dee found herself working in home health. Utilizing her passion for the healthcare industry and assisting others, she went on to help students find their place as medical assistants. In the last five years, she found her calling to care for seniors as an administrator in skilled nursing, assisted living, and a community of therapists. Amaran Senior Living is where Sandra believes she can be most effective in providing compassionate person-centric support and care to all: residents, family members and staff.
“Seniors represent living history, and I want to be a part of their future. We are in service to each other.”
Sandra-Dee lives in the Village of Corrales with her family, which includes her pets Conan (The Barkbarian) and Sunshine (the lion masquerading as a house cat). In her free time, she enjoys board-games, such as Scrabble, and is an avid reader. You may even find her leading Amaran’s Book Club!
As the Administrator, Sandra-Dee is excited to be part of a community that “applauds and celebrates supported independence and sets out to bring social, mental and physical engagement to the seniors in Albuquerque-a place residents and staff can be proud of and excited to be in.”
Sales and Marketing Director
Born and raised in Albuquerque, Carrie had an extraordinary childhood surrounded by her family and her grandparents in a community that she loves.
It was from the many summers she spent with her grandparents, that Carrie grew her passion for helping others and giving back to those around her. At a young age, Carrie started volunteering at a nursing home, devoting her evenings to making the seniors laugh and bringing joy through activities. As Carrie grew, she continued volunteering through high school and decided that a career serving seniors was what she wanted to do.
Carrie started working in the same nursing home she volunteered at as the Activities Director. Carrie went to college and completed her undergraduate degree in Human Services and Management. Her work in Eldercare for the past 20 years has influenced her mission and devotion to helping seniors age in place with the best care possible.
Carrie loves the outdoors; you can often find her out riding horses, spending adventurous weekends camping in the mountains, or playing sports with her family. Carrie has three outgoing boys and a loving partner where she lives in Rio Rancho with all her farm animals
Intergenerational Montessori Director
Gina Fox discovered her love for Montessori almost a decade ago as a Montessori classroom assistant. Since then, Gina trained and graduated in the first cohort of Primary Study Guides from the New Mexico satellite campus of the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies. Gina took on the role of Primary guide (teacher) in her own classroom at Montessori One as Amaran Senior Living was being developed by the Patel family. While Gina has loved her role as a guide, she is ready to take on the consulting role of Intergenerational Montessori Director (IMD) at Amaran.
As the IMD, Gina will help integrate Montessori in a one-of-a-kind program. Through observations, engagement, and understanding of each residents’ abilities, skills, and past she will work collaboratively with the Amaran team to design activities, or “works”, to engage both residents and students from Montessori One with the goal to help reduce or delay the signs of memory loss and aid in maintaining independence.
Gina is an Albuquerque native. She and her husband, Jon, have a beautiful daughter together who is a student at Montessori One. Gina is also stepmom to 4 wonderful kids. She grew up in a very large, Irish Family and her grandmother, June, was the rock of the family. June was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2016 and, unfortunately, passed away in October of 2019. Since her grandmother’s diagnosis, Gina has felt called to help other families keep their loved one as they know them for as long as possible.