Meet the Team
Stephanie Walters is the executive director of Valley Vista Senior Living. She holds both a master’s degree and a PhD in social work from Yeshiva University, where her dissertation was titled “Purpose and Quality of Life Among Assisted Living Residents.” Stephanie is passionate about ensuring the highest quality of life for our residents and enjoys working to create environments where they have purpose and thrive.
Stephanie is an East Coast native from New York and now lives in California, where she met and married her wife. She enjoys traveling as well as spending time with family and friends.
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.
Vibrant Life® Director
Patty Castro is the Vibrant Life® director at Valley Vista. Patty has been working in assisted living for the last 10 years and finds it very rewarding to engage with seniors. She is grateful for all the knowledge she has gained over the last decade. Patty’s goal is to see the residents not only participate in activities, but also socialize with the other members of the community. Most importantly, she wants to see them happy and enjoying themselves.
In her free time, Patty loves spending time with her kids, family and friends.
Resident Care Director
Molly Ayala serves Valley Vista Senior Living as a Resident Care director and nurse. She comes from a family of nurses and understands intentional care. Molly’s career in health care has consisted of working in public health centers, private duty, long-term care and more.
In her free time, Molly enjoys cooking, dancing, reading and traveling. She values quality time with her children and their family pets.
Generations Program Director
Esther Carr is the Generations Program director at Valley Vista Senior Living. She has almost two decades of experience in the senior living industry, including working in transition of care and ambulatory settings. Esther enjoys working in health care and geriatrics. She is passionate about our memory care residents, compassion, dignity and exceptional professionalism.
Esther was born in Uganda, East Africa, and relocated to the United States in the summer of 2007.
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.
Business Office Director
Michelle Anderson is the Business Office director at Valley Vista Senior Living. She has over 18 years of experience in both hospice care and assisted living, as well as experience in business administration and human resources management. As soon as she started working in assisted living, she knew it was her calling. This feeling of fulfillment has brought comfort to her and a wonderful understanding of what to expect with family. Michelle is passionate about assisting others in need and paying it forward.
Away from work, Michelle loves to spend time with her family, and enjoys camping and riding motorcycles with her husband.
Culinary Services Director
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.
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.