Julie Chudak

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Pondering her future professional path, Julie Chudak at first thought she’d find a living in computer programming, then architecture and interior design. But eventually, as childhood dreams gave way to adulthood, the native of Manitoba, Canada lit upon a career that suits her perfectly. “I decided I wanted to keep people healthy, giving them the life they wanted, not the life they ended up with,” explains Julie, LVMC’s Director of Nutrition Services. 

Kaitlyn LeBrun

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As the Registered Dietician at the Comprehensive Care Center, Kaitlyn LeBrun has the enviable job of telling some residents they can eat all the ice cream they want. On staff at the skilled nursing and post-acute rehabilitation facility, Kaitlyn is responsible for creating nutrition assessments, managing weight gain and loss, checking on meal preferences and helping the elderly residents and their families determine the best nutritional path for the individual residents.

Kristy Wayson

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A native of Delaware, Kristy Wayson initially planned to have a career as an interior designer. But it turned out all the places she lived with her husband didn’t have schools offering that specialty. While earning a bachelor’s degree in social psychology at Park University in Missouri, she started taking science courses and found she had a knack for it.

Janet Lopez

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Like many in the healthcare profession, Janet Lopez knew from an early age what she wanted to do as a career. As a little girl, Janet had a pencil box full of alcohol pads, medical supplies, and Band-Aids. When her father had a cut, she would “cure” him and put a Band-Aid on his wound. “I always wanted to be a medical assistant,” says Janet, who holds that job at LVMC: Physician Services. “I always like to help people.”

Ann Bockius, MFT

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As a preschool teacher, Ann Bockius would become frustrated when parents began arguing about a child’s behavior. Though she was trained as a teacher, she’d sometime be at a loss at how to react to and help, parents in those situations. It was those experiences that led Ann to an almost three-decade-long career as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

 Lydia Valdez

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As a child, Lydia Valdez’ father called her his “little nurse. Little did he know that the loving nickname was to chart a course for her life – she’s now a registered nurse in LVMC’s Perinatal Services Department, or Labor and Delivery. The nickname was apt, as Lydia cared for her father, Ray, during his final stages of congestive heart failure, prior to his death at age 45.  She was 12 when he died, and was his preferred caregiver.

 Thao Carey

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Registered Nurse Thao Carey’s parents were so dedicated to education that they encouraged their five daughters to study either math or science in college. Ultimately, two of her sisters became engineers, one is a dentist and the youngest works in public relations.

Eugene Scott

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Eugene “Isiah” Scott has been named Employee of the Quarter for the Comprehensive Care Center. Isiah is a Certified Nursing Assistant who has worked at the skilled nursing facility for six months. Director of Nursing Riitta Speer said the team was very impressed with how Isiah presented himself during his employment interview.

Faustina Caudillo

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Faustina Caudillo’s role as a caregiver started at a young age, taking care of her grandma. In her early teens, she was there to help ease her elderly grandmother’s transition from life.

Lynda Cards

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In her 10 years of employment at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Lynda Cards has found herself working in the acute hospital and staffing several off-site services. When she first joined the staff, Lynda worked as a registered representative at the main lobby and in the Emergency Department.

Erin Holt

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Erin Holt started out her career path in Child Development and quickly learned that it wasn’t the job for her. The Lompoc native and 1976 graduate of Lompoc High said she had friends who were nurses, who encouraged her to consider the medical field.

Jorge Rodriguez

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Respiratory Care Technician Jorge Rodriguez recently realized that he’s lived in Lompoc longer than he’s lived any other place as an adult – about 10 years.