Creating Unconditional Joy For Families Affected By Dementia
The founders of Bella Groves are local, Central Texas families who were compelled by their values to come together to form this company. We aren’t a large corporation with an office in another state; we are neighbors helping neighbors, the way a community should take care of itself.
James Lee is a seasoned career professional in the senior living industry. He’s the dreamer of the group, envisioning new and bold ways to help everyone affected by dementia. Aaron Castillo has personal ties to the vision of Bella Groves because of friends and family members who are impacted by dementia. He is the blend of head and heart when it comes to driving the business. And Dave Klivans has a personal mission to see more kindness in our world today, and he sees dementia care as a profound way to serve that mission both locally and globally. He is the moral compass of our group.
The thing we would want you to know about our founding story of Bella Groves is this – Bella Groves was born out of values not ambition. The first thing the three of us did to determine if we would go into business together wasn’t a financial study or an analysis of the business opportunity, it was a discussion of personal beliefs and values. It culminated in a workshop [pictured below] where we developed our shared values (now Bella Groves’ organizational values), our mission statement, and the vision of our work to serve others. Then, and only then, did we decide “yes, let’s do this together.”
Thank you for considering our humble efforts to serve your family. Dementia is difficult on everyone. We won’t always get things right, but we promise you, you are not alone in this journey. We’ll always strive to do right by you and the amazing human beings who choose this work. We’ll get through this the only way great struggles can be overcome – together.
James, Aaron, and Dave
Our mission at Bella Groves is to create a more joyful community for families impacted by dementia.
Meet The People Behind Bella Groves
At the heart of what we do are the people who make it happen. All of our Bella Groves team members have a personal connection to dementia and a passion for helping individuals and families navigate this chapter of their lives. If this sounds like you, we want to meet you.
Co-Founder & CEO
James has served the senior living industry for 13 years and counting. He started his career as a caregiver and has held six community roles, including Resident Programming and multiple Executive Director roles. James has also served in numerous senior and national level roles in Sales, Operations, and Learning & Development for well-respected organizations. He is a trusted advisor, speaker, and thought-leader in the senior living profession. James completed an Executive MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business in 2020, and lives in San Antonio with his wife, Piper, and their daughter and soon-to-join son.
“I am so proud to have the opportunity to serve my community of San Antonio with dementia care resources, training, and a care facility. I want to help make the Alamo city a more joyful place for everyone affected by dementia. We’re not a big corporation with a home office in another state. We’re local people helping our neighbors. That’s how it should be.”
What Does Joy Mean to you
Angela recalls playing piano for residents in a long-term care community since she was 6 years old. Her personal journey with dementia, however, began seven years ago with her own grandmother, Esther. A board-certified Music Therapist, Angela has a passion for enriching the lives of seniors through purposeful engagement, being a student of each person’s life story, and experiencing daily moments of joy with residents and their families. She began her senior living career in dementia care programs, helped families navigate the transition to senior living in her sales leadership roles, and is thrilled to now join Bella Groves as its Executive Director. She completed her bachelor’s in Music Therapy locally at University of the Incarnate Word, and her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Texas Tech University. Angela is a native Texan, and she recently returned to San Antonio with her dog, Boerne.
“We are ready to change the tides of the senior living industry – both for residents and families as well as our team. I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of each individual’s journey and in doing so experience the profound joy of serving our people. To me it is personal.”
What Does Joy Mean to you
Director of Dementia Programs
Hannah has served the senior living industry for 7 years, beginning with her first role as a server while in high school. She has worked in nearly every community position from concierge, caregiver to hospitality coordinate all while attending Texas State University. After graduating, Hannah became an Assistant Wellness Director for a memory care community, and her knowledge, skills, and passion for senior living continue to grow. She is currently continuing her education and completing her Master of Science degree in Dementia and Aging also at Texas State University. She lives in Devine, Texas with her husband, Sherman, and their dog, Tyke.
“I realized while I was in college that senior living was my passion, and I changed my degree path to follow my dream. I have noticed that senior living has very little momentum, and I am incredibly excited to join a team that is changing the face of dementia care in our community. The Bella Groves team is the future of senior living and dementia care.”
What Does Joy Mean to you
Director of Care
Lora started her career as a C.N.A and has 20 years of experience in the senior living industry ranging from caregiver to Health & Wellness Director overseeing an entire care team to being a clinical learning specialist for a major senior living company. Her career has focused on raising standards of excellence in the industry by creating training programs that actually work. Lora’s teams have consistently produced amazing care outcomes such as decreased falls, high resident and staff engagement, and warm relationships with families. Lora is also the founder and CEO of Williams Career School of Excellence based in Kyle, Texas. She and her husband, Cedric, have two beautiful daughters who are the pride and joy of their lives.
“I understand the pain points that senior living facilities have with training and development. Nothing is more important to me in my career than helping caregivers be successful at doing the work they love to do – take care of seniors.”
What Does Joy Mean to you
We Are In This Together
Dementia care is a collaborative care experience. We work with families, friends, providers, and members of the greater San Antonio community to create joyful moments for all those affected by dementia.
Family Members And Friends
For family members and friends, the best way to support a person living with dementia is to be involved. Bella Groves will support you on ways to educate yourself on dementia, strengthen your dementia care skills and knowledge, and find ways to help your family along this journey.
Health Care Professionals
Bella Groves can help health care professionals bridge the gap between patient care and dementia knowledge by providing them with reliable care history and context of what is going on with their patients.
Larger San Antonio Area
We believe the larger San Antonio area has a responsibility to raise awareness about dementia, gather dementia resources for families going through this process, and ensure those living with dementia feel included, invited, and integral to the greater community.
Bella Groves Team
Finally, our Bella Groves team coordinates care to help people living with dementia feel connection and joy throughout their journey. We do this by curating dementia resources that educate families, friends, and members of the greater community on dementia care whether their loved ones live with us or at home.
Social Contract of Dementia Care