For more than 25 years, Sonja Grunden Raymer and Shanna Kennedy-Quigley have enjoyed a friendship built on common values, mutual encouragement, and a shared gift for finding the humor in daily life. All of this, coupled with their complementary personal and professional experiences, inspired the formation of Generations Concierge Services.
The original concept behind Generations Concierge was born of Sonja’s 15+ years as the active caregiver for her chronically ill mother. At the time, she was also juggling a burgeoning career as a feature film executive, and she struggled to do both at the level desired. Sonja often wished she had a friend who could fill in when she couldn’t be there – someone who could be her eyes and ears, who was resourceful, observant, dependable, cheerful, and compassionate. It was through these experiences that she uncovered a deep-rooted passion for the plight of our aging population (and their families) and recognized the need for a personal concierge service just for them. Sonja has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from UCLA and is a life-long, self-proclaimed 'elder groupie.'
“…People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Shanna has a doctorate in art history and has taught at the university level in southern California for some 15 years. In addition to a rich knowledge of arts and culture, Shanna brings valuable hands-on experience as an elder concierge - in fact, before the term was coined, she spent a decade working as a personal assistant for a retired couple. Shanna is well aware of the rewards and challenges of caring for both a young family and aging parents, and through her personal experiences, has developed the empathy and insider knowledge to assist our clients and their families. Incidentally, she is also a cunning and inspired online shopper, willing to divulge her secrets.
“The only constant is change.” – Heraclitus