Grecia Castaneda-Torres was trying to decide whether to go back to school or look for a new job. She had been a case manager and kinship specialist for St. Francis Community Services, but she also had experience as a certified nurse’s assistant, or CNA.
So Grecia applied to be a CNA at Salina Presbyterian Manor.
However, the position of social services director was also open, and she was asked to apply for that instead. In August, Grecia joined our leadership team. She says her prior experience as a CNA gives her a unique perspective to provide social services to residents and families.
“I was a CNA for a really long time all through college. I always really enjoyed it and I actually had applied to be a CNA here because I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do,” Grecia said. “I really enjoy it, and I’m glad. I feel like it was kind of luck, but I’m glad that I ended up applying.”
In her previous job, Grecia’s clients were children. Working with seniors poses a different set of challenges, she said. “Kids can tell you what they need and why they’re upset,” she said. “A lot of times, the elderly can’t speak for themselves.”
Grecia is a lifelong Salina-area resident and a graduate of Fort Hays State University. We’re happy to have her on board!