Our Facility Management Team

Mary and Rhea

CM And OM 

Clinical Manager

Mary Calonzo has worked in a variety of clinical settings before starting her career in dementia. Prior to coming to New Zealand, she worked in the emergency department and also as a renal/haemodialysis nurse. She completed her bachelor’s degree in the Philippines with honours and is currently working towards a post graduate degree on Gerontology. Her passion to care and advocate for this vulnerable population has grown deeper as she completes her post graduate studies.


Mary’s journey as a registered nurse specialising in the field of dementia started with Dementia Care NZ and she keeps herself updated by attending continuing professional education and trainings. She has worked previously at Admatha Dementia Care (a DCNZ facility in Christchurch) as a registered nurse for over a year and was the acting Clinical Manager there for a few months before stepping up as the Clinical Manager of Millvale Lodge Lindale.


Operations Manager

Rhea, a Registered Nurse in her home country of the Philippines, worked for 2 years as trauma nurse before immigrating to NZ. She first came to work with our organization in November 2007, and has worked her way from a caregiver at Avonlea Dementia Care in Christchurch, through a three year tenure as Operations Coordinator of Millvale House Levin, to her present position at Millvale Lodge.

Rhea relates strongly to our organizational philosophy, vision and values and best friends approach to care. She especially looks forward to building strong, supportive relationships with residents and family members, and to establishing a calm and homely environment where family/whanau and staff form a partnership in providing loving care of the highest standard to our residents.