The two homes Grace Menor, RN administrator at California MENTOR, and her staff run in Campbell and San Jose have changed the lives of the 10 residents they support and paved the way for a new era of care for the often misunderstood population Grace has dedicated her career to serving—men and women who are non-verbal and have intellectual and developmental disabilities coupled with complex medical needs. Grace’s contributions over the past 33 years as a nurse are immeasurable. She spent 25 years at the Agnews Developmental Center in Santa Clara, California, supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a nursing coordinator, she opened a special unit for the most fragile. Grace’s experience at Agnews enabled California MENTOR to pioneer community-based care for individuals with the highest medical acuity when the state elected to close Agnews. Grace was called out of retirement to make the homes a reality. She licensed them, she hired staff, and she worked closely with the state and other partners to ensure the individuals would have proper medical care and a high quality of life.
“She is a true advocate and an asset to each and every person she serves,” said Amelia Pepper Day, RN area director at California MENTOR.