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Our Amazing Staff

The Courtyards people are amazing! It starts with you, of course – our residents and neighbors. And, our staff is experienced, compassionate, and professional. Our nurses, activity directors, housekeepers, professional chefs, therapists, office managers, maintenance folks – all are here to serve you. But our most cherished employees are our caregivers – you can count on these fine people to take care of your every need.

Our Executive Directors are trained assisted living professionals. But we go beyond what is mandated by the State – our management and nursing personnel are exposed to rigorous training and continuing education.

Your transition to The Courtyards promises to be a smooth one. Our staff has worked with numerous families to assist during this important transition. We work closely with every new resident to ensure their move goes as smoothly as possible, from settling into their new home, to meeting new friends at meal time, and everything in between.

Danna Hadley – Executive Director

Danna has been working in the healthcare field while going to college since 1988. Danna graduated from Weatherford College finishing up at Tarrant County Collage as Recreational Therapist. Danna, who is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator in the state of Texas has spent over 25 years in senior living communities in Assisted Living and Memory care. She has a compassionate heart for seniors. Danna’s passion and goal for seniors at The Courtyards is to ensure that residents are met with integrity, care, and comfort. Danna is from Fort Worth, TX and spends her time enjoying her 8 grandchildren, riding horses, and playing disc golf. Danna is about taking care of people and ensuring that they feel at home.

Grace Shelton – Community Relations Director

Grace recently moved to Odessa and has joined The Courtyards as Community Relations Director. She received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology with Pre-law minor from Gordon College in 2020. She is trilingual in Persian, Turkish and English. Upon graduating Grace started working in the senior care industry in Florida and was on the board of Better Living for Seniors Coalition. Grace now volunteers as a caregiver support group facilitator with the Alzheimer’s Association. Grace loves bringing people together through meaningful events and looking forward to bringing her expertise to help seniors in Ector County. In her free time, she likes to hike, complete puzzles and travel.

Christy DeArmondBusiness Office Manager

Christy has been serving and loving our residents for over 2 years now. Christy has extensive work experience, previously she managed her own business for over 20 years. From accounting to management end of business Christy always finds a way of building relationships with people. Christy was born and raised here in Odessa, Texas. God, family and work are the most important things in Christy’s life.

Barbara Valadez – Memory Care Director

Barbara is born in California, raised in El Paso, Texas and moved to Odessa in 2009. Barbara has been working in health industry since 2014, Barbara is certified nurse aide and certified medication aide. Barbara has a strong passion for the elderly and a vision of implementing the Montessori Program in our memory care. Barbara spends her free time with family and has lots of fun with her grandchildren.

 Arlene Martinez – Receptionist

Arlene was born in El Paso, Tx and moved to Odessa 10 years ago. Arlene graduated from Odessa High School in 2017. Arlene has 5 years of work experience in multiple professions. Arlene is excited to work in the health care industry and contribute all her energy in getting to know residents and families on multi-level dynamics. During her free time Arlene enjoys watching comedy shows and going to summer festivals.

Cristal Tavarez – Life Enrichment Coordinator

Cristal was born in Andrews, Tx and raised in Seagraves, Tx. Cristal graduated from Seagraves High school in 2004. Cristal has over 2 years extensive work experience in senior care industry. Cristal loves spending time with her family and her two chihuahuas, Luna and Chiquis. Cristal is passionate about enriching our residents lives through variety of engaging activities.

Erica Reyes – Life Enrichment Coordinator

Erica has started her nursing career as a Certified Nursing Aide in 2004 at a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Midland, Texas. She started working in nursing home afterwards transferred to Assisted Living/Memory Care in 2005. She has received significant training in memory care and continues to enrich the lives of our residents. Erica’s years of experience within the state of Texas regulatory requirements and her experience implementing policies and creating training programs flourish our community. Erica loves working with the residents. She believes that the residents she has encountered, over the years have shaped her life tremendously.

Manuel Mendoza- Maintenance Technician

Manie has been with The Courtyards for 3 years. Manie has lots of experience in repairs, maintenance and installation. Manie has passion for seniors and currently takes care of his dad. Manie is born and raised Odessa, Tx and graduated from the Odessa High school in 2014. During his free time Manie enjoys longboarding, watching action movies.