Elms Haven Center
12080 Bellaire Way
Thornton , CO 80241-3600

303 450-2700

Our Leadership Team

Donald Criger
Center Executive Director

Don directs the ship as our Center Executive Director. He has over 29 years of experience in the healthcare field and comes to Elms Haven from previous Genesis Communities in Alabama and Georgia. He is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator with dual degrees in Hospital and Health Care Administration and Accounting. Don believes in looking at the big picture and motivates staff towards our common goal of providing the best health care possible. He has a fondness for the geriatric community and is very proud to show off our beautiful, spacious remodeled facility. Don enjoys participating in competition barbequing, reading, and traveling.

Danita Heard
Center Nurse Executive

We are lucky to have Danita as our Center Nurse Executive. Not only does she have 20 years of nursing experience, but she has had the opportunity to work at several Genesis communities in Alabama and Georgia before coming to Elms Haven. She is currently serving on the Genesis Leadership Council and helping to mold strong future leaders within the company. A native to the south, Danita graduated cum laude from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing. Along with her duties at Elms Haven, Danita serves as the chairman of the community based organization Nurses Empowerment for Change. Their mission calls for nurses to be empowered to meet the challenges confronting the profession in an ever changing healthcare arena. This community based program provides education and free clinics to all.

Lindsey Langford
Assistant Center Executive Director

Lindsey joins the Elms Haven family as the Assistant Center Executive Director. She comes to Elms Haven from our sister facility, Golden Peaks Center, located in Ft. Collins. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and Healthcare Administration. Lindsey thrives in a team environment and interacting with our amazing residents. She spends her weekends reading, exploring the mountains and planning her upcoming wedding.

Sean Pettigrew
Admissions Director

Sean began his career at Elms Haven in the Activities Department as the driver. He was soon moved into the Business Department where he excelled so much that when the position for Admissions Director became available, he jumped at the opportunity. A former Marine, Sean is honored at helping to make sure the elderly population receives the best quality of care possible. During the rare times he is not at Elms Haven, he relishes in spending time with his son, going for hikes and long drives all around Colorado.