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Traci Ahlstrom Beagley
Because of my experience with breast cancer in 2018, I know what it feels like to have a debilitating diagnosis and be unable to care for yourself. I am determined to help people live independently and with as much control over their lives as possible while staying safely at home.
Because of my heritage of serving seniors for over 60 years, I am determined to continue the reputation of a quality product, excellent customer service and being a solid partner in the community.
Traci Ahlstrom Beagley has been the Managing Partner of Sunland Home Care since its inception. She is a 4th generation native to Mesa, Arizona. Her great-grandfather and grandfather, Joe and Ross Farnsworth, built the first 55+ active adult community in the East Valley in Arizona in 1958. Since then, her father, Craig Ahlstrom, Sr., has continued building several active adult communities in Mesa. Many of her memories growing up, involve serving and working with seniors. Sixty years later, she is still following in her family legacy.
Traci has lived nearly her entire life in Mesa. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree from Arizona State University with an emphasis on Business and Communication. In 2009, Traci opened Accent! Window Treatments. Her entrepreneurial spirit built this company to 5 years of success when it sold in 2014. Then, in 2016, she was ready to start another company, Sunland Home Care. She has been actively involved in all aspects of the business.
Community service is an important conviction to Traci. She was a founding member of the Arizona Family Council which served to strengthen families in the community. Traci served as the 3rd Vice Chair for the LD 25 Republicans and has been a Precinct Committeeman in her Legislative District for many years. Traci, also, served for 2 years on the PTO at the elementary school. She has enjoyed her membership in the Mesa Rotary for over 2 years.
In 2018, Traci was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Although it has been difficult to fight the disease, she feels that she can relate to the seniors she works closely with in a deeper, more meaningful way. She enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, exercising, family history and discussing current affairs. Traci and her husband, Paul, have been married 20 years and have 3 children.
Craig Ahlstrom, Sr
Working with seniors for the past 40 years has given me great satisfaction in my career as I have provided beautiful homes and an outstanding community for them to age independently with friends in our lovely state of Arizona.
Craig M. Ahlstrom-President, Chairman & CEO, Farnsworth Development Company
Craig Ahlstrom grew up in Idaho moving to Arizona a short time after finishing his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University. In 1980, he took a job working for a family-owned business, Farnsworth Development, building active adult retirement communities. He was made President and CEO of the company in 1998 and has worked tirelessly to create value for customers looking to buy their dream retirement home. He has been involved in the development of 3 major retirement communities in Arizona.
His strengths include a hands-on knowledge of the development of master planned communities, working with local municipalities on development issues, sales and marketing, along with working with homeowner associations, where he has served as president for several HOA boards.
The past couple of years has found him working on a new venture—The Summit at Sunland Springs. This is the development and operation of a new 46 apartment memory care community which opened in 2013. A second phase of 108 assisted living apartments is currently under design and is scheduled to break ground by the end of 2014.
Craig has always been anxiously engaged in serving the community in which he lives. He currently serves on the board of the East Valley YMCA. Previously, he has been on the boards of the Mountain Vista Medical Center and the Central Arizona Home Builders Association; he has worked closely with the Boy Scouts and is an Eagle Scout; he has worked with the United Way as campaign chairman and then as the board chairman and is a member of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, having served as a board member and president. His dedication to his community is important to him, and he has always had a strong desire to improve the community in which he lives.
Craig and his wife Amy have five children and eighteen grandchildren. Craig enjoys public service, coaching youth sports, golf, snow skiing, hiking, traveling and most importantly, spending time with his family.
Craig Ahlstrom, Jr
When I opened up our first memory care community, I spent a lot of time in direct hands on care. I learned very quickly how much joy I found in interacting with residents and their families at a time of their life which was very stressful. I feel grateful I can provide peace of mind for the family while caring for their loved one.
The Chief Operating Officer at Avista, Craig is a native Arizonan and is the fourth generation of the Farnsworth family to work in the field of active adult housing and senior living. He received his undergraduate degree in Business from Utah Valley University in 2008 after which he went on to receive two Masters degrees, one in Real Estate Development (2009) and then his MBA (2012), both from Arizona State University.
While pursuing his degrees at ASU, he continuously worked for Farnsworth Development Company, developing his skills with respect to active adult housing and assisted living communities. Craig was instrumental in the design and development of The Summit at Sunland Springs, a 154 unit (165 bed) assisted living and memory care community in Mesa, Arizona. He worked closely with architects, engineers, banks, general contractors, and City of Mesa officials to bring this project to reality. Craig also worked as the Executive Director of the Summit at Sunland Springs for its first three years after opening. He enjoys team building at the community level and supporting the staff and the residents of the community.
Craig loves to spend time with his wife Veva and his four children, Millie, Carson, Emmett, and Evie. He enjoys reading, golfing, exercising and exploring new business opportunities as they arise. He has developed a passion for the senior population over the years and plans on utilizing this passion throughout his career to create comfortable living environments for those needing more assistance as they age.
I want to live my life knowing that I’ve made a positive difference each day. Being in the home care industry has allowed me to do just that by creating honest jobs for our employees and helping countless families care for loved ones who can no longer care for themselves.
Kraig Nakano began his career in Senior Services in 1992 with the City of Cypress. Mr. Nakano worked to develop educational and physical activity programs geared toward the elderly for the City’s newly built Senior Citizen Center.
Continuing his work with local cities, he joined the City of Cerritos in 1994 in Senior Services. In 1999, Mr. Nakano had an opportunity to join a non-medical in-home care organization called Home Care-Giver Services. From 2000 to 2005 he was an integral part of developing the agency from one office in California to over a dozen successful operations in 9 different states. That agency was eventually acquired in 2005 by a publicly traded company. Mr. Nakano assumed the role as the State Director of Home Care Operations for ResCare Home Care, a role he held for over 2 years.
Having a passion for working in the home care industry and helping people age at home, Kraig partnered with long time family friends and business associates, Mark Wells and Parker Wells to found Care To Stay Home. Care To Stay Home was founded with the mission of enhancing the independence, dignity and quality of life for loved ones who desire to stay in their own homes. To that end, Mr. Nakano has devoted his professional career to assisting the Greatest Generation in aging in place.
He is a Board Member for the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) and serves on the Home Care Aide Committee. He routinely travels to Sacramento to advocate keeping home care affordable and for positive change in the industry. With over 22 years of experience, Kraig continues a strong effort to educate and inform families, clients, employees, and other agencies about issues and challenges facing the home care industry.
Mr. Nakano graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Resources, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship & Small Business. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and enjoys golfing, fishing and playing basketball with friends.
I have a passion for helping and serving others. I truly enjoy helping others find solutions that promote improvements in the quality of someone’s life. I love watching a life change as they connect with others who are there to help.
Mr. Parker Wells has been involved in the Home Care industry since 1998, when his father, Mark C. Wells purchased Home Care-Giver Services, an Orange County based non-medical home care agency. This group, Home Care-Giver Services grew to serve thousands of families in 10 States through its 20 office locations. Eventually this organization was acquired by a large publically traded business in 2005.
After witnessing the merger of Home Care-Giver Service, and having a desire to pursue a career in Healthcare Administration, Mr. Wells served as a private consultant for the Quality Control & Risk Management department of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a consultant, Mr. Wells assisted Intermountain Healthcare in filling state licensing applications critical in opening the Intermountain Medical Center in Sandy, Utah November of 2006. Intermountain Medical Center is the 2nd largest hospital in the State of Utah and ranked #1 Best Hospital according to US News Rankings.
Seeing the need for continued assistance once a patient left the clinical, hospital setting, Mr. Wells, along with his father, Mark Wells and collogue Kraig Nakano, formed Care To Stay Home. Mr. Wells served as the Director of Business Development from 2007 through 2009. In 2009, Mr. Wells became Vice – President of Care To Stay Home where he now oversees the Operations and Marketing efforts in Southern California. Mr. Wells also consults with Home Care operations as well as health systems nationwide and maintains relationships with industry leading professionals to help shape the delivery of In-Home Care services.
Mr. Wells holds a B.S. in Public Health from Brigham Young University where he served loyally as the Vice President of the Health Science Association. Mr. is passionate about Elder Care issues and serves as an advisor to the group Ageless Alliance. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 daughters and son as well as fly fishing, surfing, golfing and enjoying the outdoors.
Office Manager/ Senior Care Manager
I love the feeling I get when we pair the right Caregiver with the right Client and that we are providing a great service. Giving seniors a quality choice and assisting them to retain their dignity and independence is very rewarding.
Linda Beatty started working at Sunland Home Care in January 2017 as a part time caregiver. She soon discovered what a rewarding experience it was to assist seniors in their day to day lives. Linda proved early on her dedication and customer service to clients was her top priority. She was then promoted to Office Manager in December 2017.
She has an extensive retail management background part of which includes running her own business successfully for 12 years. Linda’s top goal has always been exceptional customer service. One of the things that has made her successful is her bright spirit and her willingness to go above and beyond for every customer.
Linda and her husband Chuck have been happily married for 20 years. When not working she loves the out doors and enjoys camping, cooking, traveling and relaxing with a good book. Much of her spare time is taken up by her golden retriever Mason.
Senior Care Manager
It is humbling to be able to give care to those who have given so much in life and to see the gratitude in the eyes of those you are serving.
Talent Acquisition Specialist