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.
Luis discovered his passion in 2001 while working in a skilled nursing environment as a nursing assistant. He fell in love with the residents he cared for and knew that senior living would allow him to support our aging population and fulfill his need to serve others.
For more than four years, Luis has been a Certified Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner in the state of New Mexico. Achieving several prestigious awards including the Best of the Best award from the New Mexico Health Care Association, and “Best” awards from a national senior living provider.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Amaran Senior Living team and looking forward to fulfilling the company mission of “Making a difference by cultivating purposeful connections – bringing joy and opportunity” with a commitment to living Amaran’s eight core values.” Luis says.
For the last nineteen years, he has provided support and leadership for seniors, their families, staff and community partners. Championing many senior living topics as a speaker for events like the New Mexico Department of Health and Albuquerque Epidemiology Department Norovirus conference, Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Conference and on Health and Aging radio shows.
As a senior living management specialist, Luis leads with an emphasis on creating a “living community” focused on senior living needs, employee education, program development and personal responsibility.
Luis maintains a high degree of overall resident satisfaction and retention through consistent delivery of high-quality services and has a reputation for quality senior care based on individual needs and preferences.
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
Director of Health Services
Eric was born in the small village of Ruidoso, New Mexico. He was raised by his grandparents and was brought up with the concept of treating others with kindness, respect, and dignity. Eric entered healthcare at the early age of 18 as a Certified Nursing Assistant, working in Long-Term Care.
Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, with 10 years of nursing experience. His passion to help others was fostered at a young age while watching his mother go through her own nursing training. He has fond memories of staying up late with her to watch medical reality TV shows. Eric quickly became fascinated in the science of medicine and how it can be used to help people live full, happy, and healthy lives.
Professionally, Eric has a varied background in many different areas of nursing. These fields include Medical-Surgical, Intensive Care, Hospice administration, Long-Term Care, Pediatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Dementia care. Before joining Amaran, Eric was a large contributor in the development of a New Mexico Board of Health recognized Certified Nursing Assistant educational program.
Hobbies Eric enjoys are painting, cooking, hiking, and traveling. He also loves to spend time with his family and friends and values those individuals tremendously. Eric has four sisters, two brothers, and two nephews. He also has a miniature Australian Shepherd named Penny.
Eric is thrilled to be a part of the excellent care team at Amaran Senior Living. He passionately believes that Amaran is a place where beautiful memories are to be made and amazing experiences are to be had.
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.