Artis Senior Living manages Great Falls Assisted Living. A number of the owners of Great Falls Assisted Living are affiliated with Artis Senior Living, including the Bainum Family. The Bainum’s have had a long-term focus and investment in the senior living industry, dating back to 1960.
The founders and owners of Great Falls Assisted Living have more than 200 years of combined experience serving the needs of older adult populations, including the design, development, financing, and management of Memory Care Assisted Living, General Assisted Living, Retirement Communities, and Skilled Nursing Centers.
During more than 22 years of collaboration developing memory care communities, the founders and owners of Great Falls Assisted Living have come to recognize and understand the special needs of residents with dementia. As a result, they have designed a Memory Care residence that delivers an enriched quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias while also being cognizant of the challenges faced by their families. Great Falls Assisted Living features the latest innovations in the function and design of memory care communities as developed by this seasoned ownership team.
The Bainum family, with the assistance of leading health care executives, formed Artis Senior Living in 2012. Artis Senior Living is a premier developer-owner-operator of assisted living residences committed to providing the finest level of care through a compassionate dedication to each resident’s comfort and needs. Most of its residences are dedicated to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders.
Today, Artis Senior Living benefits from the Bainum’s long-term focus and investment in the senior living industry, as well as the experience of a seasoned management team with over 25+ years of collaboration in the senior living market. Two generations of Bainum family members are active in the oversight of Artis Senior Living, among other family businesses, including holding seats on boards of directors.
Sheetal Patel, Executive Director
Sheetal began her career with Great Falls in April 2011 as a Marketing Director and became the Executive Director in November 2014. She is a people person and while she enjoys working with all ages, seniors hold a special place in her heart. Earlier in her career, Sheetal worked with seniors while employed in a nursing home, a hospital, and an assisted living community with dementia care. She received her undergraduate degree in human physiology with a track in pre-med and then received a dual masters, M.B.A. and M.H.A., Certified Dementia Practitioner with a concentration in assisted living. Health care careers run paramount in her immediate family with all members having an active role in caring for others.
Sukhwant Kaur, Director of Health and Wellness
Sukhwant Kaur has been our Director of Nursing for just over 2 years but her entire career has been spent as a clinical nurse specialist in geriatrics. She received her second Master’s degree from George Mason University. She has served as a nursing manager in a long term care facility and as a certified C.N.A. instructor. At Great Falls, she manages a 24/7 nursing team and believes in teaching her staff by modeling the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful in dementia care. Her passion is the care and comfort of each and every resident living at Great Falls! Along with her staff and residents, Sukhwant finds joy every day with her two children. She is an Administrator.
Vicki Nashwinter, Director of Partnership Development
Vicki became our Partnership Development Manager in May of 2016. She has spent over 25 years in the health care industry and has worked with the full spectrum of senior adults! She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Gerontology and a minor in Sociology. She has the NCCAP designator (National Certification Council for Activity Professionals), and an ADC/MC (Activity Director Certified, Memory Care Specialist). In addition, Vicki is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner! She has held management positions at various organizations revolving around senior care. Vicki is a people person with a contagious energy. Hailing from Pittsburgh originally, she is also an avid sports enthusiast.
Monica Jenks, Marketing Director
Monica Jenks came to Great Falls in January of 2015 after spending almost 30 years as a consultant and trainer of customer service best practices. Her journey to a career in assisted living occurred after a personal experience helping a loved one into assisted living. That experience, coupled with senior volunteering and her only child’s departure for college, made her realize it was time for a change and to make a difference. She too is a people person and particularly loves to help those who are struggling with all the challenges of helping the elderly. Monica holds a BFA in Communications, and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She lives in Arlington with her husband, and looks for any opportunity to go to the College of William and Mary to see their daughter.
Ruby Arthur, Director of Business Services
Ruby Arthur became our Director of Business Services in March 2014. She is the consummate business professional and ensures the smooth running of our operations. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Management and received her Masters of Business with a concentration in Finance. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, currently an Administrator in Training, and plans to become an Executive Director. The person who most influenced Ruby was her mom who taught her that hard work always pay off!
Oliver Stout, Director of Environmental Services
Oliver joined Great Falls in April of 2015. A native Californian, he moved here when offered the Director of Environmental Services position. Oliver has over 20 years experience in construction and concrete. In addition, he has been a technician for medical equipment repair and worked for PG&E making houses energy efficient. Through his father, he learned how to work hard, work smart, and how to fix what needs fixing. Oliver’s parents own and operate a senior living community, Woods Retreat, in Sacramento. As a result, he not only knows how to fix things – he knows how to make life better for senior residents. He enjoys exploring the DC area with his wife and two boys.
Nicole McMonigle Knight, Director of Community Relations
Nicole joined Great Falls in March 2017. She has over 16 years of healthcare experience, including 7 years working in memory care. Nicole holds a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is passionate about Hokies football and loves to travel! Nicole lives in Fairfax with her husband and their chocolate Cockapoo, Bailey.
Idalia Garcia Santos, Director of Culinary Services
Idalia “Ida” Garcia Santos has been with Great Falls for five years, starting as the sous chef and becoming the Director of Culinary Services in 2015. Ida loves to cook whether it’s creating tasty entrees, desserts, or soups for residents or a delicious feast for family and professional events. Ida is originally from San Salvador but has lived in the US for 18 years—12 of them in the Northern Virginia area. She has one son and lives in Leesburg, VA.