Ruth is the heart of Sierra Vista. She has provided emotional support and education for a myriad of families, professionals, colleges, and universities eager to learn about all forms of dementia, specifically Alzheimer's, and about those facing memory challenges. She ensures that our elders' lives are rich and our homes are filled with art, music, dance, books, laughter and wholesome food. To name a few, Ms. Dennis, during her tenure with Vista Living Communities, has shared her expertise with the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the New Mexico Conference on Aging, and the Dementia Arts Conference, and has served as a panelist for the Self-Care Revolution via Santa Fe Soul, and the Christus St. Vincent palliative care conferences. She is also a founding member of the “Community at Residence” through the Museums of New Mexico, Site Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Opera. Ruth has spoken at numerous radio shows, including NPR’s Fresh Air, and juried traveling national art exhibitions. Ms. Dennis’s work history has also included work with National Endowment for the Arts--funded grants for the Bemis Foundation and the MexiArts Grant.
Ruth implements creativity and healing programs for gifted and at-risk children, recovery programs, and transitional homes that serve homeless and mentally ill adults, and elders facing dementia. In 2016, Ruth’s biography was selected from countless applications from around the world to present at the Eden Alternative International Conference, which was held in Little Rock, Arkansas, and presented at the National Conference of American Art Therapists in 2017. Ruth fuses her life as a painter, cook, gardener, and most of all, sister and primary caregiver to her brother, Morgan, who has Down syndrome. Morgan is her hero and will always be her greatest teacher.