Meet the Team
Jolie Higgins brings over 22 years of experience to her role as executive director at Valley Vista Senior Living. Since joining the ISL team in 2010, Jolie has developed an in-house Diabetic Care Management Program and launched the Transitions Program to assist residents who are not ready for memory care to stay engaged and active through mini-mental exam scores.
Before ISL, Jolie served as a business office manager in the senior living industry for seven years, helping with accounting and human resources services. She was promoted to senior executive director in 2006 and handled the day-to-day operations for a senior living community that specialized in independent, assisted living and dementia care.
Jolie was born and raised in San Jose, Calif. She has been married for 26 years and has two children and one dog. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and watching her daughter play softball.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Gabi Rodriguez, the director of Sales and Marketing, has four accomplished years in the senior living industry. She is an advocate for seniors and believes in the importance of maintaining a positive mindset around aging at all stages. Gabi strives to exceed expectations with each family she has the pleasure of working with. She recognizes challenges and identifies them as being an essential part in what allows for growth and new possibilities.
Resident Care Director
Armando Clavio, Valley Vista’s Resident Care director, has 12 years of experience serving seniors in the health care industry.
Born in the Philippines, Armando grew up in the small town of Malolos, Bulacan, where most people are either your relatives, claimed relatives or friends. He studied in his hometown, earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and eventually passed the licensure exam.
In 2004, Armando’s whole family migrated to the U.S. from the Philippines. They are currently living in Chatsworth, Calif. By 2005, he had made the decision to pursue a career in the medical field and began to study nursing.
Armando started his career by working as a visiting nurse under a home health agency before being hired as a clinic supervisor for an assisted living community. He then served as a director of nursing, helping care for 100 residents, before being promoted to executive director. Armando held this position for 11 months.
His goal is to provide each resident with appropriate health care and become a better mentor to his team by inspiring and motivating others. Armando also aspires to be more adaptable to change.
Vibrant Life® Director
Benny Medina, Vibrant Life® director at Valley Vista Senior Living, joins our community with more than five years’ experience in the senior living industry. She has worked in positions from administration and reception to marketing, but finally found her “home” in Vibrant Life®. Benny has served as a director for the last three years and uses her background in performing arts, sociology and fitness to create an elaborate and immersive activities calendar for our residents. She looks forward to getting to know each and every resident to build a Vibrant Life® together.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Cheryl Spell has a passion for working with families and individuals as they navigate through the journey from home to a senior living environment. Being able to educate and equip people with information that will make this season of life less overwhelming brings her joy. Cheryl has been married for 28 years and has three children and one grandbaby. Originally from Colorado, she loves fishing in the mountain streams and camping in the beautiful mountains.
Building Services Director
Gustavo Munguia, Valley Vista Senior Living’s Building Services director, has a 10-year career in senior living. With his experience in carpentry, painting and construction, Gus isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and is very much a hands-on director. On any given day, you can find Gus lending a hand in housekeeping or maintenance, or even helping residents maintain our community garden.
When he is not maintaining our beautiful community, you can find Gus spending time with his three adult sons and grandson.
Business Office Director
Angela Rincon has been in the senior living industry since 2014. Her career background covers a multitude of industries, including education, family law, civil litigation and now the industry she is most passionate about, the senior living industry. Angela has been with Valley Vista since ground was broken during construction and has an intricate knowledge of the building. (Ask her for a tour sometime!)
Working in senior care has given Angela a deeper understanding of how to properly care for her own family, as well as an opportunity to provide seniors with a safe place to call home.