MEET OUR CORPORATE LEADERS
Garold and Mark Maxfield are a dynamic father-son team. They opened their first Assisted Living home in 2011 and have since expanded into more than 18 properties.
Garold is the Founder/Owner and has 20+ years of experience in the assisted living business as a developer and operator, particularly in financial management, construction management, and company oversight. He has successfully developed and is now operating 13+ properties in Idaho and five new properties in Texas and Missouri.
Mark is the President and CEO/President and has been in the assisted living business for over 16 years. His prior experience was in managing similar operations for a different segment of population. His expertise in team building, human asset management, and company wide oversight. He has served on the executive board for the Idaho Health Care Association for 10 years, was a five year member of the Community Care Advisory Council. He was recently nominated as the Idaho representative for the National Center for the Assisted Living (NCAL).
In their spare time they enjoy hitting the trails on their 4-wheelers, camping, and spending time with their family.
MEET OUR ADMINISTRATOR, JULIE VASQUEZ
In December of 1996, Julie Vasquez, a wife and mother of two small children took a part-time night and weekend position at a new assisted living home in Branson West. Wedgewood Gardens became Julie’s home-away-from home as she worked her way through every position in the building: personal caregiver and certified medication aide, activity director, trainer, bookkeeper, and dietary supervisor. From the beginning, her family has been involved at Wedgewood Gardens as well. Her husband worked as the first maintenance worker and her children helped with odd chores and, when her daughter turned 16, resident care.
When Wedgewood Gardens sold to The Cottages Assisted Living, based in Eagle, Idaho in early spring 2014, Julie was the obvious choice to ensure that the unofficial motto “Do things the Wedgewood way”, or doing all that we can do to treat people right, would continue. Julie’s years of growth and experience at every level put her in the perfect position to apply for, and successfully complete, the State of Missouri’s requirements for an administrator’s license and oversee operations at Wedgewood Gardens.
When asked why she has stayed with Wedgewood for twenty years, Julie responds “Our residents and our staff are my family. I lost my parents before I started working with Wedgewood. With each person who comes through our doors, I take great pleasure in treating them as I would have had my own mother or father treated. Co-workers have been a blessing through the years and I enjoy working with our current staff who have years of experience with Wedgewood. That longevity of staff insures great relationships and consistency in care.”
Julie is proud that much of the staff she trained, led or worked with over the years have gone on to obtain their nursing degrees; she boasts proudly of all of them including one who is now a nurse practitioner.
Julie states, “Wedgewood is a small home-like atmosphere and we are able to get to know everyone who lives with us; this makes us special. We love visitors, our volunteers and we love our community. We invite folks in the area to stop by and say hello.”