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.

Ashley Bjorkman
Director of Admissions

Ashley was born in Atlanta and raised right here in Colorado. She studied Public Relations and Marketing at the University of Alabama and earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1998. Ashley joins the Elms Haven team after working at our sister facility, PowerBack Rehabilitation™ Lakewood. She is experienced in the healthcare industry and is dedicated to serving the needs of the community by working closely with hospital discharge planners, clinical liaisons, patients and family members, ensuring a smooth transition for their health care needs.  She enjoys hanging out with her two adorable dogs, watching Alabama football (and yelling at the TV), binge watching Netflix shows, being a foodie, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.