Meet Our Team – Eskaton Village Grass Valley



Sydney Lawson, Assistant to the Executive Director at Eskaton Village Grass ValleySydney Lawson
Assistant to the Executive Director

Sydney Lawson has worked in the aging services industry for over fifteen (15) years, gaining experience in both customer service and providing quality support to other team members. She is an RCFE Administrator certified by the state of California. Sydney is intuitive and has the ability to brainstorm solutions in the moment, which helps relieve some of the workplace’s day-to-day stresses. Both residents and co-workers seek-out Sydney because of her knowledge and willingness to help.  Outside the office, Sydney has a very active and sassy daughter who keeps her and her husband very busy.

Michele Ozanich, Director of Resident Services at Eskaton Village Grass ValleyMichele Ozanich
Director of Resident Services

Michele Ozanich has worked in the aging services industry for over twelve (12) years, establishing methods to aid residents in the process of transitioning to our community and making the most of life here at Eskaton Village Grass Valley. She is an RCFE Administrator certified by the state of California. As the Director of Resident Services, Michele is passionate about developing programs that support the overall well-being of the residents, families, and staff of our community and building meaningful relationships with them. Outside the office, Michele’s family is at the center of her heart. When not at work, she enjoys spending her time with her husband, children and grandchildren. They love the beauty of the great outdoors and some of their favorite memories have been made through camping, backpacking and fishing together.

Kathy Madeiros, Business Office Manager at Eskaton Village Grass ValleyKathy Madeiros
Business Office Manager

Kathy Madeiros has worked in the aging services industry for over fourteen (14) years. As a seasoned business office manager, she is very knowledgeable about long-term insurance details and preparing monthly statements. Outside of the office, Kathy enjoys the occasional quilting project and spending time with the lights of her eyes, her five sons and eight grandchildren. She has always believed that working at Eskaton Village Grass Valley has been an extraordinary gift.

Monica Avalos, Resident Care Coordinator at Eskaton Village Grass ValleyMonica Avalos
Resident Care Coordinator

Monica Avalos has worked in the aging services industry for over sixteen (16) years, gaining valuable experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant, a Licensed Psychiatric Technician and an associate’s graduate of science for psychiatric nursing. As the Resident Care Coordinator, she is passionate about supporting the vulnerable aging population and providing the care team with the knowledge and techniques they require to offer the best care possible. In addition to overseeing the health services department, she is involved in providing ongoing evaluations and meeting the care needs of the residents. Outside the office, Monica is happily married and a proud mother of three boys.

Yvonne Harlabakis, Residential Living Advisor at Eskaton Village Grass Valley Yvonne Harlabakis
Residential Living Advisor​

Yvonne Harlabakis has worked in the aging services industry for ten (10) years. Before coming to Eskaton, her prior position was manager and event coordinator at the Trolley Junction Restaurant in Nevada City for twenty (20) years. As a seasoned Residential Living Advisor, she loves enhancing the quality of life of each resident and being an active participant in all aspects of caring for older adults. In addition, she enjoys helping families find their loved ones the perfect new place to call home. Outside the office, Yvonne has been happily married to her husband Mike for over twenty-eight (28) years and has been a proud Nevada County resident for over forty (40) years. She has two boys Cody (27) & Caden (16) with whom she enjoys summer boating and winter skiing.


Candice Nutting, Lead Housekeeper at Eskaton Village Grass ValleyCandice Nutting
Lead Housekeeper

Candice Nutting has worked in the aging services industry for over fourteen (14) years. As a seasoned Lead Housekeeper, she is passionate about providing excellent care and services to the wonderful residents at Eskaton Village Grass Valley. In addition, she is  team captain of the Eskaton Chicken Scratchers for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Candice has been recognized by the California Assisted Living Association as 2017’s Outstanding Team Member for her extraordinary commitment to older adults and community outreach. Outside the office, Candice enjoys crafting, writing, and seeking new adventures with her friends and family.






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