What We Believe In.
At Solstice Senior Living, the company culture is lived every day. Dedicated to honoring commitments to seniors and associates, Solstice Senior Living attracted senior managers with proven track records. An experienced and talented team, groomed and mentored in the largest senior living companies throughout the United States, has been assembled in the disciplines necessary to support our communities, including operations, sales and marketing, building services, culinary, human resources and accounting/finance. With the Solstice team in place, best practices, systems, and signature programs ensure an independent lifestyle like no other for our residents. Solstice Senior Living manages 32 communities across the country and the home office is located in Carlsbad, California.
About Our Team.
Solstice Senior Living’s management team is driven by a group of dedicated, experienced leaders, who draw upon their years of industry experience to create the highest standards in community management. Each has worked for some of the biggest names in the senior industry and now chooses to combine that experience with their own expertise to create a unique management culture that is Solstice Senior Living. Their set of skills and experience are distinctive and, when combined, create a team that not only is meeting the current needs of clients but exceeding them with passion, innovation and results. In the future, Solstice Senior Living looks forward to continuing on its path of providing exceptional and effective management to the senior communities it serves.
Gerry Jackson, Senior Vice President of Operations for Solstice Senior Living, joined the team in August 2017. Serving seniors has been a life-long passion. Gerry has been responsible for multiple community operations, oversight of regional sales teams, company-wide training delivery, and regional operations. Leading teams through change and program development is a special interest of Gerry’s. With a focus on improving the lives of residents, families and associates, several of the senior service enhancements that Gerry has implemented have received national recognition from the senior trade organization, Argentum. Gerry has a Bachelor of Science degree in both business administration and psychology.
Tammy James-Stoope has been in senior living for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Solstice Team, she worked in different aspects of management including operations and regional positions, most recently, Regional Director of Quality Services for 14 communities in Texas. Tammy has experience with operations and quality standards as well as holding an executive director and nursing license in Tennessee. She is also a certified master trainer in the Best Friends Approach to Memory Support. She currently lives in Paris, Tennessee with her husband and four grandchildren.
Heather Ashby, Regional Director of Operations has been in the senior living industry since 2004, she has been a community Sales Leader, Executive Director, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, and a Regional Director of Operations. Her passion is helping people whether that is the resident, associate, or family. Heather has worked in leadership roles with Brookdale, Enlivent, Bonaventure and Holiday Retirement before joining the Solstice team. She currently lives outside of Portland, Oregon with her daughter. She attended Portland State University and studied business management.
Dana Evans joined Integral Senior Living in February of 2014. Prior to joining Integral Senior Living she worked for a couple of other senior living management companies along with owning and operating an Assisted Living Home in the Portland Oregon area for 12+ years. She knew after growing up in the industry that she was being led to improve the quality of life for residents and associates which would lead to positive results.
At ISL, she took on a large community in the Phoenix area that longed-for leadership, structure in operations, and NOI growth. After several years of success, she was promoted to the Senior Executive Director role where she would offer extra support to newer Executive Directors or other Executive Directors taking on any extra projects. In August of 2017 she was promoted to a Regional Director of Operations for Solstice Senior Living where she would support 10 communities throughout Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Dana also enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 daughters. They enjoy traveling, snowboarding, hiking, riding motorcycles, going to sporting and music events and just being together.
Kristin Woods brings nearly 14 years of sales, marketing and event planning experience to Solstice Senior Living. She began her career working in marketing and event planning for a nonprofit organization and then transitioned to Club Corp where she worked as a Private Events Sales Director for six years. In her tenure at Club Corp, she was named to the Presidents Club three consecutive years and planned many events for local celebrities and their charities. Looking for a change, coupled with a love for senior adults, Kristin joined Brookdale in 2011 and held four different sales positions within the company, including Divisional Sales Specialist and District Director of Sales for East Texas. One of her greatest accomplishments was being named the 2013 North Texas Region Sales Leader.
Kristin’s passion is training and coaching sales leaders to recognize their fullest potential and instilling a desire to make sure families understand all their options and solutions in senior care.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication and Public Relations from Midwestern State University and is an alum of Sigma Kappa sorority. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and serving on the welcome team at her church.
Charlene brings 17 years of Senior Living experience to her current position as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. She discovered her passion for bringing joy to the lives of seniors after caring for her mother. Charlene joined Elmcroft Senior Living where she served as a Heathy Lifestyles Director, Community Relations Director, Executive Director and Divisional Operations Specialist. Charlene holds assisted administrator licenses in a number of states and is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer ®, Certified Dementia Practitioner ® and Best Friend’s ™ Approach to Care Master Trainer. She is passionate about senior care and works to promote an empowering environment where seniors can continue to pursue their personal interests in a fulfilling atmosphere.
Charlene resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband of 39 years. In her free time Charlene enjoys making memories with her family and friends.
John has over 30 years in the culinary industry including assignments as Executive Chef for the Detroit Lions and Executive Chef for Harrah’s Entertainment (now Caesars), where he assisted in the development of four new restaurant brands. In addition, he held leadership roles with Marriott and Hyatt. At Hyatt, he developed and implemented nationwide foodservice programs for two multi-unit Hyatt Hotel Brands: Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. He also was Managing Partner, GM and Executive Chef at Crawdaddy Bayou restaurant. John has also taught weekly cooking classes and performed televised cooking demonstrations on many local Chicago stations, such as WGN, ABC, NBC and CBS—including a cooking segment geared towards children done with the assistance of his daughter, Hailey. John is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
Jeff has over 25 years of experience in the culinary industry. Most recently he worked for Holiday Retirement for 2 years as an Executive Chef and then 5 years as Regional Chef where he oversaw 12 communities in 5 states. Prior he worked for Sheraton Hotels for 10 years working his way up to Executive Chef. Jeff believes in using positive leadership to make teams successful. He has accomplished motivating underperforming businesses to obtain financial results. In his first 4 months with Holiday Retirement, he helped grow occupancy from 73 to 113 residents by being highly active in the sales process and surprising residents with unannounced special food activities. As a Regional Chef, he held monthly food competitions to energize staff and keep residents excited about the dining program.
Amy brings over 25 years of experience working in the culinary industry. Amy began her career in the hotel/casino (hospitality) industry in Las Vegas as an Executive Pastry Chef. Amy discovered the senior living industry in 2012 as a Director of Culinary Services for Living Care Lifestyles. There she created, and oversaw culinary programs for their memory care, enhanced assisted living, and independent living communities. Amy has created several culinary programs, and mentored many chefs. Her passion, and specialty is restructuring distressed programs, and rebuilding teams. In 2016, Amy joined Integral Senior Living as a Culinary Services Director, was quickly promoted to Senior Culinary Service Director, and then onto her regional role with Solstice Senior Living. Amy earned her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu.
Rick Fulgaro, Regional Director of Building Services has worked in the senior living industry for 9 years. For the past 3 years, Rick has worked at an Integral Senior Living in the Phoenix valley as a building services director. Prior to that, Rick worked for Lifestyles Senior Housing Managers as a regional building services director in the Pacific northwest. Rick started off in the building trades as journeyman residential finish carpenter building custom staircases, windows and doors. From there he started building custom homes and after more than 15 years in residential construction, transitioned into building commercial buildings and took part in building several senior living communities and knew senior living was the field he wanted to be in.
As a Portland Oregon Native, Dennis enjoys having rivers, mountains, beaches and the high desert, all within a short drive. Dennis has a passion for taking small businesses and building them into successful entities. Dennis is excited to be part of the Solstice team to utilize his life and career experiences. Dennis started his career in a family run Refuse and Recycling company. Those years in the truck helped mold him into who he is today. Moving into management and running his own rental properties, Refuse company and Motorcycle Dealerships all with a large customer base and staff. This helped him understand the importance and fun of having satisfied customers and staff. Understanding that profit is a must but enjoying what you do is most important.
My wife and I spend most of our free time with our children and grandchildren.
Don Trostel, has over 7 years of experience in Senior Living. In 2010, Don started as a Manager Trainee and then on to be an Area Maintenance Director. Don has experience with both high-end and challenged properties. Don has been married to his wife Teresa for 27 years. He has lived in Colorado most of his life but moved to Goodyear, Arizona to be around Grandchildren. Don has 4 Children and 8 Grand Children with one on the way. Don has a passion for art, sports, and Disney.
Human Resources Directors
Senior Vice President of HR Suzanne Foley, Senior Directors of Human Resources Cathy Battles and Melissa Thomas, along with our Directors of Human Resources, Brian Nicholson, Erin Chavez, Tammy Stewart, Sherri Carter, Judy Blanco, and Diana Clark partner with the employees and management teams of the communities to create an empowering working environment that supports Solstice Senior Living’s culture and its tenets. Through a strong partnership with the communities, the experienced HR Team handles a wide range of responsibilities including employee relations, training & development, group health benefits, and legal compliance. The end result is the provision of quality resident care by engaged and happy employees.
Solstice Senior Living recognizes the importance of serving the key stakeholders of each community: residents, family members, and employees. A balanced approach promotes service to each audience without sacrificing the interests of another. Passionate about the Solstice Senior Living culture and keeping it alive throughout the company, we created “Culture Keepers”. There are twelve statements that truly embrace our mission, values and vision.
Our Culture Is What SeparatesUs.
At Solstice Senior Living, we recognize that our success is dependent upon our team’s loyalty and their dedication to their work. Through our Culture Keeper program we strive to show them how important they are to us, our residents and our clients.
To protect and promote the Culture at Solstice Senior Living, we work hard to identify and reward those community teams who, through their dedication, innovation, creativity and hard work, exemplify these Twelve Statements. Our Culture Keepers are rewarded and celebrated throughout the company.
steps to a great
- Be passionate about what you do everyday.
- Have fun and work hard.
- Work smarter not harder.
- Want to come to work everyday.
- Accountability to walking the walk.
- If you have a problem bring a solution with you too.
- We are a company of common sense, keep it simple.
- Take your work seriously, but yourself not so seriously.
- Take something ordinary and make it fun.
- Be a positive advocate for change.
- Love communities for everything they are and everything they are not.
- Never settle for good enough, good is the enemy of great.
Solstice Senior Living is dedicated to the development and operation of senior living communities that create value for residents and employees by providing quality senior care and a fulfilling work environment. We are passionate about senior living while providing an empowering environment that offers autonomy and personal growth.