Meet Maddy Ahr, Vivante Newport Center’s Director of Resident Experience! Maddy has a background in Customer Service and Marketing, with a Degree from UC Berkeley. Maddy was born and raised in the Bay Area and moved down to Orange County in 2020 to be closer to the beach. She’s a fitness enthusiast, has a big sweet tooth (particularly anything chocolate), and loves ending her days watching the sunset on the beach in Newport. Maddy feels honored to be part of the Vivante team and is excited about what’s to come in the beautiful community
Cindy has been a nurse since 2010 working in a variety of settings, primarily in senior living. She enjoys the hands on direct care and spending time with residents and families that a senior living setting provides. Making sure residents are cared for and enjoying the best quality of life possible is Cindy’s number one priority. She is passionate in supporting her team, their growth and career development and finds fulfillment in collaborating with other departments. She was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the US at 17 years old. Cindy has a twin sister that is also working in healthcare. For fun, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, Bryce and Aubrey, and trying out new restaurants, travelling, and watching movies and shows. Cindy is excited to join Vivante Newport Center’s world class team and be part of a company that prioritizes residents, families, and staff as evidenced by the three rings of the Vivante logo.
Arely has been working in memory care, supporting seniors with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments, since 2005. Her passion for making a difference in the lives of our residents is palpable, and she enjoys the day to day challenges related to this important work. She prides herself on getting to know each resident and their family members, and understanding the unique personalities and needs of each person. A true leader, Arely loves training new team members and teaching them how their attention to detail and culture of caring can be so impactful on the lives of residents, creating a positive and fun environment for all. Arely was born in Mexico but immigrated to Southern California at the age of 5. She is married with two children, Aaron and Amber. In her free time, she enjoys reading and baking. She also finds joy in nature, and appreciates the sense of peace a walk in the wilderness or time on the beach can bring.
Kelsey comes to us with her bachelors and masters degrees in Gerokinesiology from California State University, Fullerton. She has worked with seniors for over ten years, her favorite being senior living and its many opportunities for creativity and excitement. She has a passion for not just providing fun, meaningful activities for residents, but to create a community and sense of family wherever she goes. Kelsey’s positivity, inclusivity, and upbeat personality are infectious. As a sports enthusiast, she loves to fill her free time kayaking, hiking, swimming, snowboarding, and playing ultimate frisbee. Kelsey lives in north Orange County with her husband, Dan, her four-month-old son, Newton, and her energetic border collie/lab mix, Nox. Kelsey is thrilled so be part of such an incredible team at Vivante Newport Center and is excited to plan, create, and implement activities that residents can look forward to throughout the year. She encourages residents to try new things and explore programs, outings, and adventures outside of their comfort zone. There will be plenty of opportunity at Vivante Newport Center!
Carmela grew up in Southern California. She lives in Orange County with her husband, Victor, and their three children. She has been in the transportation industry since 2015. Her interest in discovering new places and things to do contribute to her being a great contact about events, social gatherings, and leisure activities. During her free time she enjoys baking and going on walks with her family and their two dogs. Anyone who gets to know Carmela, knows that she is dependable and caring. She acknowledges that life can get busy and will continuously observe and create ways to ensure that she provides the best transportation experience for each individual resident. Carmela is highly approachable and is always willing to listen to residents’ needs and concerns. She and her team will make sure that residents can be at ease when traveling using Vivante’s Transportation Services.
Michael has worked with many prestigious brands over the years, including The Four Seasons, Montage, Fairmont, Old Ranch and Coto de Caza Golf Club. Originally from Chicago, Michael is a graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. He finds inspiration in elevating simple dishes to become exquisite works of art through different culinary techniques. An avid traveler, Michael finds new inspiration for his culinary creations through visiting different countries and exploring new cultures through their cuisine, favorites being Costa Rica, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan. Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and their chocolate lab. In his free time, he loves to play tennis, table tennis, surf and snowboard. We are so excited for Chef Michael to join the Vivante family and share his culinary passion and creativity with our residents and their loved ones.
Josh was born in Newport Beach at Hoag Hospital and has lived in Huntington Beach his entire life. He was introduced to construction and building systems by his father at a very young age. While working at an Integral Senior Living community, Josh discovered his passion for working with seniors and just how rewarding it is. As the Maintenance Director, Josh will be responsible for overseeing all of the building systems, repairs and housekeeping staff. Josh is excited to join the Vivante team is looking forward to hearing all of our new residents’ stories. In his free time he loves playing golf, snowboarding and working on cars and motorcycles.