Jennifer graduated from The University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and holds an RCFE administrators license. Her background in Marketing, Healthcare, Project Management, and Fund Development resulted in her recruitment to senior housing which quickly became a lifelong passion. She has spent the past twelve years successfully managing all aspects of assisted and memory care communities with a proven track record in resident and team member satisfaction. Jennifer has consistently met and often exceeding budgeted revenue and occupancy goals, while maintaining an excellent standing with community care licensing. She has been recognized for her leadership excellence, business plan achievement, and resident satisfaction by independent survey. Jennifer takes great joy in providing excellent care and a superior quality of life for the residents of her communities.
Jennifer is a Southern California native. She and her three adult daughters attended local schools and have deep roots in the community. She and her husband of 26 years currently reside in San Clemente where they enjoy the outdoors, travel and spending time with family and friends.
Beth is a Registered Nurse for over 25 years in the Newport Beach area, having worked at Hoag Hospital for 10 years and working with seniors and their families in the Senior Living Industry for the past 6 years. Beth was born at Hoag Hospital, attended Corona del Mar High School and graduated from Cal State Long Beach with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Beth served as a volunteer for St. Joseph Hospice before beginning her career in the senior living industry in 2006. She worked for Brookdale, Inn at the Park as their Director of Sales and Marketing for over 4 years, maintaining 95-100% occupancy. In 2010, Beth worked with Silverado Senior Living at their Newport-Mesa Memory-Care only community as Family Ambassador, maintaining occupancy of 90-95% through the following year. Beth is mother of four daughters, currently living in Newport Beach with three of her daughters and two Doodles.
Carol brings to Vivante more than 30 years of experience working with older adults and providing dementia care. She started her career in the mental health industry after graduating from Dan Diego State University with a degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation. Also, Carol assisted seniors as a social worker in a skilled nursing facility. Prior to joining the Vivante team, she oversaw the opening and management of three memory care neighborhoods. Carol looks forward to returning to her roots in recreation as the Shores Activity Director. In this role she will be doing what is dear to her heart. She will be able to bring comfort, reassurance and self-esteem to the residents affected with dementia through her creative programming.
Carrie graduated from University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience. Carrie is a senior sales executive with more than seven years experience in sales, marketing and customer relationship management. She is eager to demonstrate her passion for helping others, salesmanship and medical education through the world of senior living. Prior career highlights include acting as sales director for an Orange County top fashion house and also holding the position of sales and marketing ambassador for Nexus Development’s $250M high-rise condominium development. Her eager nature aspires to learn every aspect of a customer culture while setting and ultimately surpassing sales goals. Success is determined by completely satisfied customers while always aiming to act in good character and build strong partnerships based on trust and impeccable follow through. Carrie is a California licensed real estate agent and currently lives in Newport Beach with her husband Matt, who was born at Hoag Hospital and raised in Orange County.
Chef Chalio Contrares has worked in the dining industry in Orange County for over 17 years. Chef Contrares began his career at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, where he worked as a cook in both the Terrace Restaurant as well as part of the banquet team. He then moved to Crown Cove in Corona del Mar, where as their Food Service Director, he was responsible for all food preparation, budgeting, and menu planning for more than 100 residents. From 2005 – 2011, Chef Contrares was the Director of Dining Services at Inn at the Park in Irvine, where he was responsible for menu planning, food purchasing and preparation, inventory management and budgeting for more than 160 residents. As the Executive Chef of Vivante on the Coast, Chef Contrares oversees all aspects of the dining program and with a focus on creating fresh, seasonal, creative and healthy meals in each of the community’s restaurants.
Dr. Cheryl Mathieu is a certified care manager, certified dementia care provider and dementia specialist. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds a master’s and doctorate in Spiritual Science from Peace Theological Seminary. Before joining the team at Vivante, Cheryl was the president and founder of Aging Pro Care Management, a geriatric care management and eldercare coaching company based in Long Beach. Her passion for serving the elderly began many years ago, while assisting both of her grandmothers with their goals to remain independent and preserve their quality of life. Cheryl learned first-hand the physical challenges of aging, the drive to maintain independence, the difficulty of navigating the “systems,” the vulnerability of seniors, the healing of relationships that is possible, and all the difference a loving hand can make to seniors and their families.
Dee joins Vivante with over 25 years of sales and management experience in financial and real estate services. She also owned her own business as an event planner and wedding coordinator. Dee was recruited into senior housing by a former manager who believed it would be the perfect match for her compassionate nature, business expertise and sales abilities. After sharing her talents with the sales department of two local retirement communities for 5 years, Dee feels she has found her true calling. Now, working with seniors and making a difference in their lives is her passion.
Dee is excited to be a part of the Vivante team. To Dee, life is all about relationships. She has been recognized and recruited for her innate ability to develop meaningful relationships with residents and their families, and at the same time, developing a solid reputation in the local medical and professional business communities. She was previously acknowledged for her contribution in having the highest percentage of family and friend referrals moving into a community. Dee is writing her first book, “Legacy of Love,” encouraging people to identify and communicate their own personal legacy. A native Californian, Dee enjoys spending time with her husband, her two daughters, and adores being “Nana” to her four grandchildren. She loves to entertain, travel, and spend time anywhere near the ocean.
Hazel began her career in the assisted living industry in 1999 working as a CNA at a family-owned community in San Gabriel. After graduating from Pasadena City College in 2000, she became an LVN and continued working in the industry as an Assisted Living Director. In 2004, Hazel began working at Sunrise of San Marino as Health Care Coordinator and was part of the team that opened the community. She then went to work for Sunrise of Fullerton in 2007 as part of their opening team. In 2008, she joined Whittier Place as the Assisted Living Director. Hazel enjoys travel, spending time with family and friends, reading and gardening, and is passionate about working with seniors and serving others.
Joe began his career in maintenance as a member of the United States Marine corps beginning in 1989. While in the military he worked for the 7th Engineering Battalion where he received training to repair and operate small & large mechanical military equipment. Joe continued his passion in the service and repair industry by way of opening and operating his own business for the last 24 years. From 1992 to 2002 Joe worked in management for financial company learning the skills needed to lead a team to strive for the best in service. He attended numerous management and contractor courses and seminars Joe attended Mt Palomar College and Mt San Jacinto college. Joe began his assisted living career in 2008 at Emeritus where he held the position of Maintenance Director for a 120 apartment assisted living and memory care community. During his employment at Emeritus he was nominated as the first Maintenance Director of the year in 2011. Joe enjoys building and repairing along with mentoring others in his field. His passion to provide excellent service to residence is apparent by his attention to detail. Joe is a California licensed real estate agent currently living in Costa Mesa. He was born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York and has been living in California since he joined the military at the age of 18.
Megan began her career in 1977 with Marriott International, becoming proficient in Food/ Beverage & Catering Services, Event Planning and Human Resources. She served in a variety of locales including Marina Del Rey, Palm Springs, San Diego and Century City. The transfer to Marriott Senior Living in 1989 was instrumental in her career path, as she quickly found her true calling as an Activity Director. She has served is this capacity for Senior Living operators such as Sunrise and Vintage Senior Living where her reputation, program, and recognition for excellence are commendable. Megan has studied Paramedical, Physical Education, Law and Travel and Tourism. She has a personal interest in Herbalist and Natural Medicine, and has studied with the head of the AHA. Megan holds an RCFE Administrators Certification, as well as Gallup, MBTI, and SDI Perceiver. She has two daughters and a son and currently resides with her husband in San Clemente. Megan enjoys travel, gardening, and the outdoors, in addition to spending time with family and friends and serving others.
Mark is a veteran of the print and digital marketing industries, and a developer of award-winning proprietary software and Internet applications. Throughout his career, his command of technology has led to leadership roles in setup, use and training for solving production challenges. Since 1999, Mark built (and still owns) two companies that specialize in custom email campaigns, personalized websites, and digital marketing strategies targeted for wholesale and retail mortgage banking companies.
Mark’s role at Vivante is the perfect opportunity for him to share his career in the creative use of technology for marketing and productivity with the residents and management of Vivante. Mark has a passion for helping others, working with seniors, for listening, learning and teaching and provides residents of Vivante with audio, visual, computer and iPad support and training to enhance their use of current technology. He lives with his wife Sarah in North Tustin with their 3 dogs, two cats and 8 chickens.
Sevi has worked in restaurants since she was a young girl. Her family has always owned/operated restaurants, and she continues to carry on that family tradition of excellent service in Southern California. Sevi was raised in the Northeastern Ohio area, traveled extensively after high school. When her travels brought her to Southern California she knew instantly that with its diverse lifestyle opportunities she could call it her new home.
Over the past twenty four years, Sevi has worked, opened, and/or managed many of the top eateries in the Newport Beach area including The Ritz Restaurant & Garden, The Cannery Restaurant, and Rex’s Restaurant (now 21Oceanfront). With her accounting degree, she also adds the asset of providing support with payroll, receivables/payables and overall accounting work.
Sevi is very active and loves the beach, walking, swimming, running, and traveling. She currently lives in Huntington Beach, where she raised her daughter.
Tahmina holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double major in International Business and Marketing Management and holds an RCFE administrator license. In addition, she recently received her master’s degree from University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. With over 12 years of experience in senior housing, she is well versed in all operations of managing senior living communities. Tahmina’s passion for customer service, resident, family and employee satisfaction are key reasons for her success in the industry. Having lived in Irvine for over 20 years, attending University High School and having all family members local, Tahmina is well rooted in Orange County.