Meet Our Team


Executive Director

Elizabeth Whittington,CDAL,RCFE

Elizabeth has been in senior living for 27 years. She has opened new buildings as Senior Executive Director of Memory Care and Assisted Living Centers with a proven record of success in developing and implementing...

Elizabeth has been in senior living for 27 years. She has opened new buildings as Senior Executive Director of Memory Care and Assisted Living Centers, with a proven record of success in developing and implementing marketing programs that increase census. Developed management systems and procedures that result in an outstanding level of resident family and staff satisfaction. Elizabeth is an expert in public speaking, educator on aging, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, and leadership.

Elizabeth is a Certified California State Vendor for initial and recertification for RCFE administrators and Consultant, Private, Assisting Business owners in senior industry. Member of the Alzheimer’s Association Speaker’s Bureau, Support group Facilitator, 17 years. Published author of several local magazine articles, and regular columnist relating to senior issues and Authored book on Alzheimer’s Disease, the future of care and the cure to be published in 2023.

Elizabeth spends her spare time with her daughter, son-in law, and grandson.

“I am dedicated to bringing my skill set to residents and families to ensure that proper care is valued and top priority.”


Executive Director

Marissa Drinkhouse-Quintana

Marissa has been in the senior living industry for 19 years. She found her love for seniors growing up in a Baptist church in Southern California, singing to nursing home residents as a child...

Marissa has been in the senior living industry for 19 years. She found her love for seniors growing up in a Baptist church in Southern California, singing to nursing home residents as a child. Her passion and career path was evident as she began her career in senior living as a teenager as a caregiver for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents.

Marissa went on to graduate from California Baptist University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration. She is currently finishing her MBA in Health Administration, Gerontology. Marissa has specialized in new developments and quality care and compliance, having held several positions in senior living, including Programming, Marketing, Executive, and Operations Director.

As a licensed administrator, continuing education is a passion of Marissa’s as she holds various certifications including Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator. Marissa spends her spare time with her husband and middle school sweetheart, many nieces and nephews, and three furs babies Max, Mika and Juno. “I believe it’s my purpose in life to serve our seniors, providing quality care to your loved ones as if they were my own Nana and Pop.”


Life Enrichment Director

Margie Tellez

Margie Tellez has an outgoing personality and loves making people smile dance and have an awesome time doing anything that can get her residents up and active.... Margie Tellez has an outgoing personality and loves making people smile dance and have an awesome time doing anything that can get her residents up and active. When I care for my residents, I see them all as my family and how I would like for them to be treated, with love, respect, and dignity. "If I can put a smile on their face, and get a laugh out of them, l've done my


Wellness Director

Maria Calderon

Maria has been in the senior living industry for 9 years. She started her career in the healthcare industry working as an office manager in a family practice medical office for over 10 years, from there she began her journey to become a nurse...

Maria has been in the senior living industry for 9 years. She started her career in the healthcare industry working as an office manager in a family practice medical office for over 10 years, from there she began her journey to become a nurse.

After receiving her nursing license, she worked in a senior living facility and found a passion for advocating for seniors, and ensuring that they receive the care and support they deserve. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and children.

“I believe it is my purpose in life to provide the best care possible for your mom and dad”


Program Manager

Jarred Massey-Baker

Jarred has been working in the senior living industry for three years and counting. He has always been known for being a caring nurturing person....

Jarred has been working in the senior living industry for three years and counting. He has always been known for being a caring, nurturing person. He became his mother's caregiver at a young age until her passing. He always felt like he could do more, and that’s when he decided to get into senior living.

From his first experience working in a senior living community, he instantly became impassioned with providing care for his residents and knew that it was the career path he would be working toward. Jarred has worked his way from being a caregiver up to his current position as Resident Care Coordinator. Jarred enjoys going on hikes and listening to music. He has two sisters and two brothers, whom he loves very much.

“I am dedicated to bringing joy to residents' lives and spreading happiness.”


Culinary Services Director

Bryan Saure

Chef Bryan Saure is the Culinary Services director at Valley Vista Senior Living. Prior to joining the Valley Vista team, Bryan served as executive chef at a variety of high-profile restaurants, including The Classic Cat, Tom Tom Bar... Chef Bryan Saure is the Culinary Services director at Valley Vista Senior Living. Prior to joining the Valley Vista team, Bryan served as executive chef at a variety of high-profile restaurants, including The Classic Cat, Tom Tom Bar and Restaurant, and Wolfgang Puck. During his 20-year culinary career, Bryan has also spent time working at restaurants inside hotels and airports, so he is accustomed to caring for large numbers of guests and providing them with the most luxurious experience possible. Bryan currently lives in Glendale with his wife and two children.


Maintance Director

Francisco Orozco

Francisco joins Valley Vista with a passion for operational excellence and a commitment for his career. He started off as a housekeeper in 2014 and quickly advanced to the role of Maintenance Director....

Francisco joins Valley Vista with a passion for operational excellence and a commitment for his career. He started off as a housekeeper in 2014 and quickly advanced to the role of Maintenance Director. In 2018, Francisco joined the senior living and has been enriching lives ever since. As a Maintenance Director, Francisco deeply values his role and finds great joy in motivating his department. He leads his team by example through his unwavering dedication and focus on keeping the community safe, beautiful, and clean. Outside work Francisco cherishes spending quality time with his family and likes soccer, boxing, hiking and the beach. I believe professional and personally it’s always best to be true to yourself”.


Move In Coordinator

Gail Santucci, LVN

Gail was born and raised in Connecticut. She has been a leader in the healthcare industry for 30 years, spending most of her time as a licensed nurse, and regional... Gail was born and raised in Connecticut. She has been a leader in the healthcare industry for 30 years, spending most of her time as a licensed nurse, and regional marketing director. She has one son and 2 beautiful granddaughters. In her free time, Gail Ioves long walks ,reading biographies, and going to the theatre. Gail strongly believes in ensuring quality care and satisfaction for her residents as she helps navigates families and the aging population into their new home. At the end of the day, when we are helping families we must “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”.


Business Office Manger

Debbie Doering

Debbie began her career in Assisted Living over 16 years ago as the Assisted Living Director for a community. After a year, she decided that the role of Business Manager was more in line with what she enjoyed....

Debbie began her career in Assisted Living over 16 years ago as the Assisted Living Director for a community. After a year, she decided that the role of Business Manager was more in line with what she enjoyed. Once that decision was made, she found her niche and never looked back.

In her position she has the privilege of not only interacting with our residents but also with their family members. In addition, since handling HR and Payroll also falls under her title, she is fortunate to be able to interact with each employee and get to know them very well.

For her, the second she walked into an Assisted Living community, she knew she had found her forever career. When asked what she enjoys the most, it's the fabulous people, the great stories, the hugs, the laughter. And knowing that when she leaves at the end of the day, she has touched at least one person's life in a positive way. “Caring for those who once cared for us is an honor”.

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