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Management Team


Joan brings an interesting range of talents and experiences to the position of administrator.

Most recently, she completed the Christian Science Nursing IV class at Tenacre. Over the years, she has served in different capacities as a Christian Science nurse and this most recent course work consolidates her experiences.

Underscoring her devotion to Christian Science and its healing mission, Joan served as the Christian Science Committee on Publication for New York State between 1999 and 2005.

An honors graduate of Yale University, she is a correspondent for “The Christian Science Monitor” and has worked previously as a journalist for other publications as well as the communications coordinator for Pace Law School in New York.

Valentino Cruz was a college engineering student in the Philippines when he overheard his uncle and cousin talking about physics and metaphysics. He was intrigued and in 1983 he borrowed Sybil Wilbur’s The Life of Mary Baker Eddy from his uncle and learned of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Ten pages into the textbook, his injured foot was healed. A chapter later, his obsession with gambling dissolved. After years in the family business, he applied in 2005 for Christian Science nurses’ training at Glenmont in Ohio. He was one of the first group international Christian Science nursing students group of Christian Scientists from the Philippines. He completed four levels of training in two years and six months later became Journal-listed. Over the years his Christian Science nursing ministry grew in several Christian Science nursing facilities. Valentino came to High Ridge House in 2019. He admits “I had rejected the ADCSN position a number of times.” But prayer “Thy will be done” led him to finally say “Yes, I want to support HRH.” When not caring for patients, Valentino loves photography and cooking, two talents that have already blessed the HRH family.

Ester started her Christian Science Nurses’ Training at Fern Lodge and then received advance training at Glenmont. She has been Journal-listed since 2013.

High Ridge House, says Ester, “is a new step of progress in spiritual growth for my Christian Science nursing ministry. It’s an opportunity to grow more and inspire others.”

In additional to her love for Christian Science nursing, Ester loves to cook, something that’s benefiting all of us at High Ridge House.