About Us

“Rave reviews to Lifespan, especially to my Care Manager and Personal Assistant.
Wow! They are both amazingly compassionate, efficient, great communicators,
fast, funny ... all the adjectives that I love.”

Bonnie B., Former Client

Local and accessible

Lifespan continues to be owned by the Registered Nurses who founded the agency in 1983. Lifespan personnel are available 24/7.  Services are provided in Santa Cruz County.  

The Lifespan Team

We are proud of our diverse and accomplished team here at Lifespan. Our professional care management team has over 130 years of combined experience in the field of health care. Our team members strive to help our clients remain independent, age in place, and enjoy the best possible quality of life.

 

Ashley Min, MHA
Director of Operations

Ashley holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and a BS in Kinesiology and Leisure Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her experience includes business development, management, and health care operations.  Prior to coming to Lifespan, Ashley worked as Director of Provider Relations for Radiology Medical Group.

Denise Mickel, MSG
Lifespan Care Manager

Denise received her Bachelor of Social Work at Azusa Pacific University and her Masters of Science in Gerontology from San Jose State. Denise has been in the field of aging for over 22 years working in a wide range of environments. Her experience includes skilled nursing facilities, specialized day care for persons with dementia as well as Memory Care in Assisted Living. She has also served as a Deputy Public Guardian and an Adult Protective Services Social Worker. Denise has a proven rapport with clients, families, caregivers, and peers. She specializes in dementia and mental health issues.

Pat Schauss, RN
Lifespan Care Manager
Aging Life Care Advanced Associate

Pat attended the University of Arizona for undergraduate studies and Cabrillo College for her RN degree. Pat has accrued over 20 yrs of experience in acute hospital based nursing, including cardiac care/telemetry.  She also worked in home health and hospice care.  Pat is certified as a pain management RN.  She is a member of the Aging Life Care Association.

Saundie Isaak, MS, CMC
Lifespan Care Manager
Aging Life Care Advanced Professional

Saundie Isaak received her Bachelor of Art from Fresno Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science from California State University, Fresno, in Therapeutic Recreation. Her Master of Science in Health Services Administration is from Saint Mary's University. Saundie has been a Certified Care Manager since 2009.  Saundie is a member of the Aging Life Care Association.  She has over two decades of experience that includes skilled nursing, assisting living with memory care, independent living, and home care. She serves on the Board of Directors of Health Projects Center. Saundie's passion is providing professional guidance and support to her clients, their families, and the care team.

 

 

Alicia Cortez-Moreno, CNA, HHA
Homecare Operations Coordinator

Alicia Cortez-Moreno is a Certified Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide and has worked with Lifespan for 20 years. Alicia started at Lifespan as a Home Care Aide and quickly moved up in the Lifespan organization becoming staffing supervisor and now as our Home Care Operations Coordinator.  In her current position, Alicia's primary role is to ensure that our home care aides are appropriately matched to each client. She provides additional training and support to the home care aides by making home visits for supervision and training.  She is also head of Lifespan's safety team.  

 

Founders

Becky Peters and Pam Goodman launched Lifespan in 1983 because they saw a need in the community to better serve the aging population. Their vision focused on a service that promotes health, safety, comfort and independence of older persons.  Three decades later, Lifespan continues to be a local leader and innovator in geriatric care management and home care.

Lifespan was one of the original geriatric care management agencies on the West Coast and the very first in Santa Cruz County. Viewed as pioneers, Ms. Peters and Ms. Goodman were among the initial group to obtain certification as Geriatric Care Managers. Their combined expertise in the myriad challenges of aging is evident in every aspect of Lifespan services.

Over the years, Ms. Peters and Ms. Goodman have volunteered their time and skills to numerous community organizations and boards which serve older persons in the greater Santa Cruz Community. As members of Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club, both have expanded their volunteer reach to less developed areas of the world including Peru and Tanzania.

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Pamela Goodman, RN, BSN - President

Ms. Goodman received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Humboldt State University and is credentialed as a California Public Nurse.

Pam Goodman has 35 years of experience in the field of aging including adult day health care, acute psychiatric care and home care.  She is an expert in managing the challenges that face persons with dementia and mental health problems. 

In addition to her work in the local community, Ms. Goodman has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers and is a past-President of the Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club.

 

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Becky Peters, RN, BSN - Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Peters received her B.S. in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is credentialed as a Public Health Nurse.

Ms. Peters has 40 years of experience with geriatric nursing in public and private settings. She has served on the faculty of Cabrillo College and has serviced on a number of community boards. She is a past president of the Santa Cruz Alzheimer's Association Board. Ms. Peters has authored several articles and a chapter in the book, Managing Home Care for the Elderly - Lessons from Community-based Agencies.