Meet the Team
Kevan Sidney, the executive director of Valley Vista, has eight years of experience managing four senior living communities in the senior living and hospitality industry. He is excited to bring the same care, passion and experience to Valley Vista. Equally balanced with his experience are his enthusiasm and care for the seniors he serves.
Growing up, Kevan was the youngest of a family of five. His family was primarily made up of men, and they were very much into sports. Sports taught Kevan the importance of teamwork. Much of his success throughout his career can be credited to the great teams he has been blessed to work with. Here at Valley Vista, the management team is made up of experienced, compassionate and dedicated individuals who draw upon their years of industry experience to create the highest standards of community management.
Kevan looks forward to getting to know his residents and ensuring that they enjoy the exceptional services, programs, person-centered care and engaging lifestyle offered at Valley Vista. His door will always be open to assist you in any way he can. It is Kevan’s purpose and passion to provide the best quality of life for you or your loved one.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Teea Risley has eight years of experience in senior living as a sales director. When her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she led her family’s search for quality senior living and memory care. This led to a passion for helping other families navigate care options and make informed decisions for their loved ones.
Teea and her husband, Steve, have one son, who they followed from the cold Indiana winters to sunny California several years ago. She loves to walk her mini-Aussies and play golf (year-round)!
Being part of a senior living community that enriches lives and provides care and opportunities for seniors to enjoy life is Teea’s commitment and passion.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Gabi Rodriguez joins the Valley Vista Senior Living team as our director of Sales and Marketing. She has worked in the senior living industry for the past three years.
Gabi is an advocate for seniors and believes in the importance of maintaining a positive mindset around aging at all stages.
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.
Generations Program Director
Ezban Brownlee has worked with resident seniors for over 10 years in several capacities, including life enrichment and memory care – which is something she specializes in. She has also had extensive training in dementia and finds working with residents and families to be meaningful and rewarding.
Ezban’s previous career was in academics, specifically counseling and teaching.
She is a native of Tennessee and very proud to be living in California, working at Valley Vista Senior Living.
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.
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.
Culinary Services Director
Miguel Mendoza, the Culinary Services director, comes to Valley Vista with an illustrious culinary career. After earning his degree from the Hollywood Art Institute of California, Miguel attained a lot of his culinary knowledge working in luxury hotels. Miguel began his career in the senior living industry as a dishwasher and server, eventually becoming lead cook. His love of fine dining in the senior living industry stems from the personalized cooking atmosphere and ability to form bonds with the residents. Miguel was previously an executive chef for Sunrise and Atria Senior Living.
If you’re interested in getting to know Chef Miguel better, join our monthly Food for Thought meeting!