Meet Our Caring Staff
Terri Schmitt, Executive Director
I have been a nurse for over 20 years, and my specialty is in working with the elderly. I believe in hard work, good character, and Serving Others with kindness and a smile. My family and I have made the Cortez community our home, and we would love to share our home at Vista Mesa with you and your family.
I enjoy my job at Vista Mesa and take pride in keeping the residents’ home clean, providing delicious, nutritious meals, and keeping the environment safe. Our staff love helping the residents and make their lives better in any way we can. I have worked at Vista Mesa for over 8 years and I also have 20 years of experience as a Native American pottery artist.
I began working at Vista Mesa as a CNA. I had an opportunity to work as part of the Activity Program and soon developed a program that focused mainly on our memory care residents. It was wonderful to see the changes in some of the residents because of our exercise program and mental activities, such as word games and reminiscing. My goal is simple: to focus on the mental and social well-being of the residents through our therapeutic recreation and Active Care Program and to always bring something positive to the life of our elders.