Learn more about our great Boulder City Assisted Living team at Lakeview Terrace of Boulder City!
Julie Liebo, Administrator
Julie has been in senior care for over 40 years. She was licensed first in Skilled Care and made the jump to Assisted Living a few years later. She is a native Minnesotan, but ventured to California in her twenties to work for a Nursing Home Group.
The wanderlust hit again just three years later, when she moved to Seattle, where she obtained her Administrator's license and adopted her first daughter from China. When the nursing home she managed closed, Julie returned to her native Minnesota to be near family. Two years later, she adopted her second daughter, also from China.
When Julie’s girls became school age, the family moved to Nevada where she was offered a job working with multiple nursing homes. After a decade in this position, she obtained her Assisted Living Administrator license. Even after years supporting residents, Julie says she still smiles every day she goes to work. Passionate about the Senior Living field, Julie is happy to be part of the Ridgeline family and at the helm of Lakeview Terrace.
Some of her other passions are: cleaning, her four dogs, indoor plants, art galleries, especially in smaller towns, her Jeep, and of course, spending time with her teenage daughters.
Deejay Ryan, Business Office Director
Deejay joined the Lakeview Terrace team in April 2015 after moving from Hawaii to care for her beloved father. She has 20-plus years of business experience in administration, business office and executive support and providing outstanding customer service working in the Vegas Valley with the leading public relations firms and casinos executives.
Upon returning to Nevada, Deejay jumped at the opportunity to join Lakeview Terrace to use her expertise and experience in the elder care arena. She was promoted in September to her current position, and we are thrilled to have her serving the residents of our senior community.
Deejay shares her life with her father and her Jack Russell, Roxy, in the outdoors, hiking and canoeing.
Jean Bickford, Food Service Director
Jean is a self-taught chef and “foodie.” She feels that working with seniors is the greatest and most rewarding experience of her career. Jean delights in getting to know the residents on an individual basis and hearing their amazing life stories. She finds the interaction both educational and fulfilling. Jean relishes giving back to the generations who have gone before her. Infusing the meals she prepares with affection and caring is her specialty.
She began her work in the senior living field in Michigan, continuing work when she moved to Nevada. Jean is a married lady who is close to her nieces and nephews. When not cooking up a storm for residents at LVT, she can be found shopping, swimming or baking.
Laurie Nakagawa, Health Services Director
Laurie Nakagawa, a health care professional with more than two decades of experience. Born and raised in Honolulu Hawaii. Her passion for providing elderly care began as a teenager when she helped care for her grandparents. She began her career as a home health aide, nurse aide, and certified nursing assistant while obtaining her nursing license. She obtained her BA in Gerontology while raising her two daughters. Her desire to serve the senior population is further enhanced as she continues to pursue her Master’s Degree in advance studies in Gerontology.
Started her professional career as a case manager for a private duty home care agency, with the largest medical hospital in Hawaii ‘Queen’s Health System’ continued for 11 years as a member of their leadership team. Recently as an Assisted Living Director for a national senior living organization, prior Home Care Services director. Other experiences include: program supervisor for three senior centers, and assisted living charge nurse.
She enjoys spending time with her daughter who recently relocated to Las Vegas to pursue an RN position in the healthcare industry in Las Vegas. She misses her dog back home in Hawaii where her husband and older daughter reside.
Please stop by her office when time allows, she enjoys hearing your stories and will ask you of your favorite eating places.
Ellie Ricks - Director for Sales & Marketing
Ellie’s experience in Sales and Marketing extends over twelve years, her career in senior living began in 2004 at a premier 55+ Independent Living Resort Style Community in Bullhead City, Arizona and five years in Las Vegas, Nevada at Carefree Senior Living as a Lifestyle Specialist.
A desire for comprehensive industry knowledge, coupled with passion for serving seniors, led her into the assisted living world. Driven by a commitment to generate a positive impact in challenging environments, her achievements include significant census growth and expectations in independent and assisted living communities from 97 to 400 units.
Her work ethic is based on a foundation of trust and total commitment to community, residents, families and teammates. “I believe that community success is built upon a foundation of God-given talent, commitment and passion – and teamwork is the keystone that solidifies its structure,” says Ellie. Her accomplishments have been recognized by industry leading companies and include numerous sales, operational and customer service awards. Her talents for sales growth, census management, and market strategy have resulted in company-wide implementation of personally developed annual business and marketing plans, competitive analysis, and sales event planning practices.
Ellie and her husband have been together more than two decades and have lived off and on in Nevada since 1994. Blessed with two wonderful sons, and four amazing grandchildren, they enjoy family gatherings and getaways together whenever possible. Her family and faith are first and foremost in her life. Some of her favorite pastimes include: watersports, off-roading, Nascar racing, shows, music & concerts, sports & travel. Ellie also has a passion for interior design and fashion.
SUSAN BOLLINGER - Activity Director
SUSAN BOLLINGER has worked as Programming Director for just about three years. She is very passionate in what she does and believes in making the residents feel like they are number one.
She is from Minnesota and moved here about seventeen years ago to start a new adventure. She enjoys reading, working puzzles and spending time with her Jack Russel, Valentine, and her Chihuahua, Bella. She lives in with her boyfriend of 10 years. The rest of her family still lives in Minnesota.