Our Team

Ask any healthcare professional and they will tell you that quality healthcare starts with quality staff.
That’s why at Sapphire, our highly trained staff are individually vetted and selected for their level of expertise and their passion to provide compassionate healthcare.
On this page you will be introduced to some of our superstar department heads, who will be waiting to personally greet you upon your arrival!

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Brian Balliet

Brian has been in the Skilled Nursing field now for over 20 years. He got his start back in 1999, working as a Risk-Manager at a 790-bed facility located in Pennsylvania, where he later became the Administrator. Brian believes in the team spirit and having some goodhearted fun at work.  Brian’s philosophy is “when the team is happy and having a good day, the residents we serve are happy and having a good day.”

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Jillian LaCroix

Assistant Administrator

Jillian is our hands-on, Assistant Administrator who is not afraid to get her hands dirty. Whether she is working on contract management, IT development, staff needs, or resident care, she is always available to those who need her. Furthermore, Jillian is willing to take the time to listen and provide excellent customer care to our residents and families.

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Jean Cseley

Director of Nursing

Jean first joined the nursing field as a CNA back in 1992. Jean then went on to get her LPN and then her RN certification. Jean started out on our Sapphire team as an LPN working part time and then transitioned to a full time RN in July of 2014. Sapphire's team of dedicated nurses, CNA's and administration staff inspire Jean every day to create a joyful home environment for our residents. 

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Cindy Boehme

Director of Human Resources

Cindy is our trusted advisor of the human resources department at Sapphire of Tucson. She knows each employee by name and is our go-to person for any questions regarding staffing and HR needs. Cindy’s ready smile and enthusiasm lights up a room. She is easy going and always willing to lend an ear or a shoulder when needed. 

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Amelia Gabusi

Behavioral Health Operations Manager

Amelia is a fourth generation Wildcat, as her family was one of the first Hispanic families to graduate from The University of Arizona. Amelia earned her Master of Social Work with an emphasis in mental health at Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Deidre Pender

Director of Rehabilitation

Deidre is the Director of Rehabilitation at Sapphire of Tucson where she oversees physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.  She has over 10 years of experience as an occupational therapist in the skilled nursing setting in Tucson, AZ. 

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Angelica Fudge

Hospital Liaison

With over 11 years experience in healthcare right here in Tucson, Angelica has found her passion working with hospitals and other referral sources to streamline discharging planning for patient care.

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Elizabeth Keown

Hospital Liaison

Elizabeth is a dedicated Hospital Liaison for Sapphire of Tucson. Her charm and vivacious personality endears her to all who come in contact with her, both families and patients alike. Elizabeth believes that all patients deserve the highest possible quality of life as they heal.

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Brian Roluffs

Hospital Liaison

Brian is a Hospital Liaison who has been a part of the Tucson community his entire life. Don’t be intimidated by his 6’7 stature, he’s as friendly and caring as it gets. Brian's excellent disposition makes him a great advocate for our patients.