Darla joins our team with years of nursing experience. She began as an NAC in 1984. After raising three children, Darla entered nursing school and gained experience at every nursing level. She has worked as a Nurse Tech, then an LPN, and finally she became a Registered Nurse in 2010. While working as a nurse earned her BSN in 2012. She has experience in a variety of nursing specialties including Rehabilitation and Restorative Care, Chronic Care Management, End of Life, and Long Term Care (Geriatrics). She loves caring for others and has a passion sharing her knowledge with future nursing assistants. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother, and has lived in Yakima for over 20 years. When Darla isn’t educating nursing students she loves traveling, camping, fishing, and hunting.
Hilary joins our team with 11 years of experience in nursing. She earned her NAC license in high school through YV Tech! She began her career at Yakima Regional (now Astria) in the cardiac care unit. While gaining experience, she enjoyed trying new things and learning to care for a wide variety of patients. On a particular assignment to work in the ER, she found her place! She enjoyed the mixture of experience and patients daily. Her experience turned her into training and teaching new hires and thus began her love of instructing. Welcome, Hilary!
James has over 20 years of professional experience ranging from patient care in a hospital setting and critical care, to nurse-administrator, nurse-delegator, and case manager in the community setting. James believes that nursing is a profession that demands life-long learning in order to stay competent and relevant. This philosophy is the driving force and provides motivation and inspiration. His experience as a hospital Stroke Coordinator, a Medical Director for a family-practice and wound care specialty clinic, and he recently obtained certification in wound management (WCC) only helps solidify James as a top pick for his position with Caremark. James enjoys time with his wife, two children and their Great Danes. He is also a musician collaborating with others on music projects and events in the community.
After years of caregiving, Heidi joins Caremark as our Admissions Coordinator. Heidi is dedicated and passionate about learning and her organizational skills make her a perfect fit for this job. Heidi has experience in the nursing education field which lends to her compassion for each student that walks through the doors. She is always happy and eager to answer questions about our programs. She believes there is no better career than to be involved in caregiving and her goal is to provide our area with the BEST trained caregivers!
Heidi was born and raised in Yakima. The Great Pacific Northwest is her favorite playground. Her upbringing exposed her to vast experiences in many different sociological settings and backgrounds. She has a innate desire to understand others; to learn, help, and teach.
Jonathan is a registered nurse, nurse delegator and community instructor for the state of Washington with over 20 years of experience in geriatric care and chronic disease management. He is the owner of a local home health agency and saw a need in our community for quality nursing assistants. Jonathan moved to Yakima at the age of ten from Texas. He married the love of his life in 1995 and is raising three wonderful children. Aside from his passion for his work, he enjoys hiking, kayaking and watercolor painting. He has also traveled to Panama and El Salvador on multiple mission trips with his church.