Woodland Palms Memory Care | Team

Our Team

Mary Mizer, Administrator at Woodland Palms Memory Care

Mary Mizer, Administrator

Mary Mizer joined the Woodland Palms community as Administrator in 2020, bringing over a decade of varied experience in social services and a genuine passion for helping improve the quality of life of others.

Having been raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, one of Mary’s earliest childhood memories is of picking blueberries and baking muffins with her grandmother. “My whole life I’ve always felt a strong connection with elders”. As a US Navy Veteran, she enjoys a unique bond with residents who have also served. Mary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Maryland University College, completing most of her coursework while living overseas. She finds this career to be fulfilling, meaningful, and significant and can’t imagine working in anything other than a helping profession.

In her spare time, Mary is kept busy by her two young daughters, Alyssa and Katherine. She enjoys baking, reading, and visiting the gym.

Meredith Miller, Administrative Assistant

Meredith Miller is the administrative assistant at Woodland Palms. She has worked for the company since May of 2018. This is her first job in senior living, but not her only experience. In fact, both her mother and sister have helped seniors for years. Her previous job was at Tucson Bowl where she worked for 13 years and was her first job out of high school. She started in the snack bar and quickly moved up within the company, leaving there as a bookkeeper. In her spare time, she helped her mother who was an activities director at a local assisted living community. Through helping her mother with activities, she developed a passion for working in senior care. She hopes to continue to grow within the company and work with seniors for years to come. At home, Meredith’s pride and joy is her daughter Mackenzie (or ‘Kenzie for short). She is a firecracker who loves keeping her mom on her feet.

Dawn Vancleve

Dawn Van Cleave, Wellness Coordinator

Dawn has lived in Tucson since 2003. She began caregiving in 2014 and continued schooling and is now a licensed practical nurse. She finds this career very rewarding because it ultimately revolved around making someone else’s day better. “We get to spend time with our residents and know them on a personal level. I feel good knowing that I work for a company that has such compassion and commitment to our residents.” In Dawns spare time, she enjoys the great city of Tucson with family and friends! They love to get outdoors, go swimming, watch sports, visit museums and go to the movies.

Tina Durante, Health & Wellness Director

Tina brings a wealth of experience to the community and is implementing new and unique care plans for our residents to help improve motor and memory skills! Tina says, “Caring for Seniors has to have a unique and vibrant approach. They all have such a vast amount of life experience so the need to create a new and stimulating program is important."

Having two teenagers keep her busy but Tina finds time to travel and explore new places. She is a real music lover and enjoys live music the most.

Boba Veljkovic, Dining Services Director

She was born in the former Yugoslavia. She came to the United States with her husband and two sons. Boba started working at Skyline Country Club, then found a home in assisted living. She likes to learn everything about food and different ways to make it. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and family. Boba’s hobbies are reading and crocheting. She believes in people and loves to cook for them.

Adriana Blanton, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Adriana Blanton began work as a new Life Enrichment Coordinator at Woodland Palms in 2019. She has worked in the past as a caregiver and as a phlebotomist, and obtained an Associate in Liberal Arts degree from Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ in 2016. Her first job as an activities aide in 2013 introduced her to the importance for the elderly to be engaged in meaningful activities as much as possible in order to improve their quality of life. Since then, she has found this type of work very enjoyable and rewarding. She loves to get to know new people, to learn different things from everybody, and to make them feel included.

When at home, Adriana likes to read about different cultures, religions, and global issues. She takes care of her cat Little Lamb, and her two K9 pals ClouDee and Chops.

Chris Shemroske, Maintenance Director

Chris has a younger brother and the two have always been the best of friends. Chris enjoys his position as Maintenance Director at Woodland Palms because it challenges his mind and he feels it builds character. When he is away from work, Chris enjoys working on a variety of art projects from painting to sculpting. He enjoys listening to and playing music, hiking, and biking as the weather permits.