Lupe Rios, Executive Director, is a gem and tremendous asset to the Arbors of Del Rey. Her passion and commitment to serving this special population are truly demonstrated by her professionalism toward them, and her values make her a perfect fit for the Arbors family. As an advocate for our families, Lupe makes it her priority to comfort families in difficult times in many cases avoiding a crisis. Ms. Rios was born in El Paso, Texas but was raised in Las Cruces, Dona Ana County. She is a Conquistador with the Greater Chamber of Las Cruces and fills the role of ambassador by welcoming new businesses and their families to our wonderful city. Lupe has long been and continues to be an active member of the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Lupe embraces her work as Executive Director and demonstrates patience and love especially when working with families who are facing the devastating consequences of dementing illness, including Alzheimer’s.
Lupe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from New Mexico State University. She selected this discipline because she enjoys learning about, and is intrigued by cultures and diversity. Incidentally, she can apply this to her work at the Arbors. “It’s imperative to know the ”whole” person when they have Alzheimer’s” she says. They are not just an admission or a number to us and understanding their backgrounds are crucial in how we care for them. Ms. Rios served in the capacity as advocate and counselor for La Casa Domestic Violence Shelter empowering and supporting families of domestic violence. She also worked as a Family Service Coordinator and Developmental Specialist with “Aprendamos”, which is an early intervention program. Lupe was charged with assisting families and their children to meet their growth and developmental milestones. Lupe also worked with Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as their Marketing/Admissions Director. In May of 2016 Lupe represented the Arbors of del Rey at the Annual International Eden Alternative Conference in Little Rock Arkansas.
Mary Lopez, Director of Social Services, is a native of Las Cruces New Mexico. As a child and teenager, Mary knew she wanted to make a difference in people lives, and that she did and continues to do. Throughout her life, Mary would be the first to volunteer in the community where ever it was needed. At 18 years young, Mary found her calling by caring for those afflicted by Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and their families. To date, Mary continues to show her compassion, love and dedication to her elders in the very important role of Director of Social Services for the Arbors of Del Rey. Mary has wonderful 9 year tenure at The Arbors of Del Rey and calls it her home away from home. Mary is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Certified Eden Associate. Mary is a very active Alzheimer’s liaison and advocates for the greater Las Cruces area. Mary moderates weekly Alzheimer’s support group meetings and provides resources and support to those in this difficult predicament. Mary’s Love in life is her husband Peter and their beautiful son Gabriel, who frequently volunteers at the Arbors. Mary’s personal and professional fulfillments are in line with the Arbors mission and holistic, non- institutional care approach. She coaches the elders in pottery, and has been studying aroma therapy and applies various essential oils within the Arbors.
Michael Manzanares, Business Office Manager, is no stranger to our Arbors family, and is one of the most tenured and respected employees of 14 successful years, and is a native of our historic Old Mesilla. Mr. Manzanares knows how to climb ranks by demonstrating team work, interpersonal skills, and leadership at his former employers as with Arbors, where is now our Business Office Manager. As a young man Michael climbed quickly with the SEARs Corporation from tire technician, to crew chief, to Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified mechanic, and customer service representative. He has also mentored troubled juveniles, possesses Law Enforcement certifications & training with the New Mexico State Police Reserve, & NM Mounted Patrol as a Sargent, where he was assigned services for Former President George W. Bush. Michael is a dedicated husband and father demonstrated by extensive involvement with Girl Scouts in all their activities including cookie sales and distribution! He actively volunteers with the LCPD, at annual dog days, Alzheimer’s Association, Men who Cook, the Whole Enchilada, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral; hobbies include photography, bicycling, hiking, fishing, camping, fire arm safety, and enduro care racing.
Vanessa Bost, RN, Director of Nursing, is our very own peppy, fun, incredibly smart and multi-dimensional Arbors nurse! She was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved to the beautiful Las Cruces area to pursue her nursing career. Vanessa loves the multi cultures found in our beautiful and great state of New Mexico. Vanessa has been a nurse for over a decade and has worked in all areas of nursing from pediatrics to geriatrics, including mental health and hospice. Vanessa is a proud Mother to her son, 3 brothers that she has raised, and her loving husband who is always by her side.
Vanessa is at her best while helping others, and has been in the medical field since she was in high school. She placed at the top nationally (10th student of all 50 states) with the Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA. HOSA, an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division, enhances the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of health & science education to students. Also during high school, Ms. Bost earned certifications as a nursing assistant (CNA), home health aide certification (CHHA) and served as the health unit secretary. Vanessa has had a passion for caring for the elderly and their families ever since. She is a reiki practitioner, wellness coach, and energy worker and values holistic alternatives. Vanessa values and practices the “hugs before drugs” concept, but also understands the latter are necessary to for comfort. Vanessa sees the elder as a whole and focuses on catering to each elders’ individual mental, spiritual, and emotional state to ensure that they are balanced and in good spirits despite their relentless loss of memory. Vanessa is also a personal chef and loves to cook. Vanessa also has a passion for cognitive behavioral therapy and metaphysics which helps in her field of nursing.
Vanessa loves the outdoors. She enjoys traveling and going anywhere surrounded by woods, and water. Vanesa also loves making natural skin care products and has written a book dedicated to her mother.
“The Arbors of Del Rey is where I want to be and grow. In this field of work, it is not only about the Elders but also about their families who become part of our Arbors family. My goal is to help them feel connected and secure and bring joy into their moment”.