Our staff is composed of trained and certified professionals who all posses an extensive amount of industry knowledge. Get to know them more:
Vivian Banks -Executive Director
I have experienced first hand the challenges and the decisions that I believe many caregivers face today. In May of 2006, my mother was diagnosed with malignant neoplasm which was totally unexpected. Life became very stressful for me as her caregiver. Having to make a decision on whether to place her in a nursing home, hospice, or even to just stay at home and care for her was a big adjustment and sacrifice . With that being said, making the decision to stay at home would hindered my financial stability and jeopardize my career.
Ultimately, I decide was to stay at home with her so that I could provide her with the compassionate and personal care that I know she deserved. During this time, I discovered that I had a passion to provide assistance helping and serving those that in need, especially the elderly. In 2007, I married my husband Darron Banks, and with his affection and support we decide that we would open up an adult day care support service center that would create “extraordinary experiences” for the disable and seniors. We believe stimulating the mind, strengthening the body and enhancing creativity is beneficial at any age.
The staff at ROCYAADS continues to strive each and every day to offer life experience opportunities for the participants to be involved in including: Theme Celebrations, Educational Programs and Community Outreach Projects. I am thankful for the participants, and family members who entrust the staff to care for their loved ones. I am grateful for the dedicated, caring and compassionate staff that works every day to make an impact and difference in the lives of the participants at ROCYAADS.
Erica D. Walker, M.D.
Dr. Walker is a board certified Internal Medicine physician with a focus on Infectious Diseases and Infection Control. She completed training in Internal Medicine and subsequent completion of an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of MS Medical Center in 2012. She is currently employed at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS where she acts as the Hospital Epidemiologist and has managed the Infection Control Program for over 3 years. She currently acts in a consultant role for the Infection Control Program but remains the chairman of the Infection Control Committee. Additionally, Dr. Walker cares for patients within the Veterans’ Health Administration to include those with Infectious Diseases and general Internal Medicine ailments. She also renders services to care for inpatient rehabilitation patients with the Methodist Rehabilitation Center as well as Merit Health Systems in Vicksburg, MS.
As the appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Board of Directors of Reaching Our Community Youth and Adult Daycare, Dr. Walker will additionally serve as the Physician Advisor for this organization. Recommendations will be made based solely on a voluntary basis and furthermore, upon the requests of the organization. This role will primarily focus on the appropriateness of clients enrolled into the daycare and to assist with decisions regarding placement of clients into a higher level of care. No medical care will be rendered within the confines of the adult daycare facility. These parameters and boundaries have been set in place in order to ensure that the best possible services are provided to all clients enrolled in the facility.
JoAnne Owens, Program Director/Activity Director
My name is JoAnne Owens. I have the duty and privilege to be a part of Reaching Our Community Youth and Adult Daycare. I served as a Registered Nurse with National Certification as a Low-Risk Neonatal Care Nurse. I was blessed to serve as Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse as well. I was very passionate about the children of the State of Mississippi at the University Medical Center for 34 years and was the head nurse of the Newborn Nursery for 2 yrs.
I also served as Charge Nurse in a Pediatric Clinic for 3 years at Jackson Medical Mall from opening in 1998 to 2001. The last 14 years of my time at U.M.C were spent caring for the young and the elderly, who I believe are our national treasures. Since 2014, I have volunteered my time providing compassionate care and coordinating activities for the elderly at a nursing home. I look forward to this opportunity to serve the clients at Reaching Our Community Youth and Adult Daycare.
Mellicia Hodge, CNA, ROC
Hello everyone, my name is Mellicia Hodge. I am joining Reaching Our Community Adult Daycare as a full-time certified nursing assistant (CNA). It is of great pleasure to be a part of this opportunity. It has always been my heart’s desire to be a blessing unto others through assisting those that are elderly, young, disable, healthy or just need to see a smiling face. My goal is to love, to uplift, motivate and encourage seniors, disable youth as well as my co-workers through-out my time here at Reaching Our Community Adult Daycare.
Jeanette Rushing, RN, Volunteer
First of all, I am very happy to be a part of such a caring team. Hence, it now fills me with great pleasure to serve as a volunteer retired registered nurse at ROCYAADS. I love working with the Adolescence and Senior Wellness Team to help the participants remain as active as possible. In reference to me, I am proud to say I have been interacting with the geriatric population ever since I was a young lady. I have many fond memories of my daily conversations with my great grandparents and their friends.
To this day, these memories still brighten my day. Over the years, I have worked with Infants and listened to chronicles of seniors from all walks of life. Moreover, I believe seniors are important members of our society and I am very interested in helping them just as much as others of younger ages. This was among the many reasons I chose to become a Registered Nurse .In closing, during my spare time, when at home, I enjoy the company of my dog, Noah.
May God bless all of us with health now and always.