Honoring Those Who Support Long-Term Care Facility Residents

Published on November 09, 2016


  • County Board honors outstanding employees for their service

  • Board thanks Commission on Long-Term Care Residences members, supporters


The Arlington County Board today honored six outstanding employees of Arlington long-term care facilities for their support of residents, as well as members and active leaders supporting the Commission on Long-Term Care Residences.

"Those who provide direct and supportive services for people living in  nursing homes, assisted living residences and independent living apartments in Arlington strengthen the fabric of our community," said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey.

"It is important for the Board to recognize the contributions of outstanding employees of these facilities. We also want to thank the members of our Commission on Long-Term Care Residences for their tireless efforts to enhance the quality of care and quality of life for residents of long-term care communities. Their support for access, availability and affordability in these communities benefits us all."

Since 2008, the Commission on Long-Term Care Residences has recognized the outstanding employees at nursing homes and assisted living residences in Arlington. Long-term care residences are an important part of the Arlington community, serving approximately 2,600 residents. Staff at long-term care residences have a direct, positive impact on a person's life, offering consistent companionship, dedicated care, and a ray of hope, humor and warmth.

2016 Long-Term Care Employee Service Awards honorees



  • Mauricio Aguilar-Garcia, Property Engineer, Woodland Hill Independent Living

  • Faustina Amponsah, Resident Care Coordinator, Mary Marshall Assisted Living

  • Nana Ansu, Building Engineer, Claridge House Independent Living

  • Divino Beljano, Cherrydale Health & Rehabilitation Center

  • Rocio Balbaro-Martinez, Cherrydale Health & Rehabilitation Center

  • Freweyni Kidane, Certified Nursing Assistant, Culpepper Garden Assisted Living

  • Takia Murphy, Brookdale Arlington

  • Yordanos Ogbe, Certified Nursing Assistant, Culpepper Garden Assisted Living

  • Krystle Whaley, Dining Service Aide, Culpepper Garden Independent Living

  • Halima Yusuf, Cherrydale Health & Rehabilitation Center

  • Koko Amouzou, Regency Care of Arlington

  • Brenda Wise, Regency Care of Arlington


Read more about the 2016 honorees here.

Members and active leaders supporting the Commission on Long-Term Care Residences



  • Cynthia Schneider

  • Joy Nathan

  • Martha Wilson

  • Claire Jacobsen

  • George Kelly

  • Margie Teed

  • Rita O'Brien

  • Erica Wood

  • Tom Fonseca


The mission of the Arlington Commission on Long-Term Care Residences is to enhance the quality of care and quality of life in long-term care residences in Arlington County; advise public officials about long-term care needs in Arlington County; and support access, availability, and affordability in long-term care residences in Arlington County.