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Certified Nursing Assistants
Brenda Barrett, CNA, CHPNA
A resident of Bailey, Brenda has worked at Mount Evans since 1987. She loves hiking, fishing, skiing, skating and traveling. She says, “Mount Evans folks are some of the best people on the planet to work with.”
Sara Blais, CNA
Sara provides hospice care to our patients at Life Care Center of Evergreen, as well as home-health and hospice care along the I-70 corridor from Lookout Mountain to Georgetown. On a day-to-day basis, she helps individuals with activities of daily living including bathing, dressing, and feeding, among many other things. Before coming to Mount Evans in 2015, Sara worked for a home-health company in Denver. She lives in Idaho Springs, and loves rock and ice climbing, snowboarding, camping, and spending quality time with her family. Sara says, "I am so fortunate to be part of a team like Mount Evans because it is such a well-respected part of the mountain community -- and for good reason, too!"
Pam Brienza, CNA, CHPNA
Pam Brienza has been with Mount Evans since 2010. She graduated from Parks College with associate degrees in Business Administration, Accounting and International Business, and she received her CNA certification from the Ann Rose School of Nursing Arts in Westminster, Colorado. Pam lives in Black Hawk with her husband, Tom, one dog, one cat, one rabbit, one bird, one fish and five turtles. She plays guitar, banjo, fiddle and Native American flute. She loves fly fishing and gold panning as well as knitting, crocheting and clay work (mainly making fairies). She says, “Mount Evans has the most compassionate and caring staff and volunteers. I am so thankful every day that I work for such an awesome organization.”
Harrison Dunham, CNA
Harrison started with Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice in 2017 working as a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant). He helps take care of people who are in need of an extra hand, whether they are in hospice or need a home health aid or help around the house. Harrison has his CNA certificate and is CPR certified. He lives in Gilpin County and enjoys writing, the outdoors and cats. Harrison says, "I love working at Mount Evans because the staff is friendly, excellent at what they do, and always does their absolute best to give the very best care to those in need."
Cate Longsworth, CNA
Cate has been working as a certified nursing assistant for over five years, with experience in long-term care, skilled nursing and home health. She has an Associates of Science degree from Front Range Community College and a Nurse Aide Certification from the Community College of Denver. Cate provides support to our patients and their families through home visits; providing home health and personal services that enable the patients to remain in their homes. Cate lives in Evergreen with her black lab, Miles Bronco (named after the Denver Broncos mascot). She says "I love working in home health because I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families on a more personal level...working at Mount Evans presents a wonderful opportunity to work in my community."
Katie Mullen, CNA, Supplies Coordinator
Katie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Colorado State University and started working at Mount Evans in 2009. She lives with her sister on Herzman Mesa in Evergreen, and enjoys reading (almost anything), watching movies, and spending time with her two cats. Katie says, “Mount Evans is a fantastic place because all the people who work there are wonderful to be around.”
Ann Simmons, CNA
Ann has provided home-health services for Mount Evans homebound and hospice clients since 2015. She spent 20 years in the IT industry (including owning two software-instruction businesses) before receiving her CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) degree in 2006. Ann lives in Conifer with her two sons and a bichon frise rescue dog named Baby. Her youngest son is in a power chair; he is the reason she got her CNA. Her older son is majoring in programming at CU-Denver. Ann enjoys swimming, yoga, and reading. She says, “It is always an honor to be of service to people who need a helping hand.”