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
Itzel Rodriguez is the Vibrant Life® director of Valley Vista Senior Living. Itzel has experience as a caregiver and is a registered behavioral technician. She is passionate about helping others and wants residents to love their home. Itzel looks forward to identifying activities that residents love and keeps them engaged and thriving.
Away from work, Itzel loves family time and her “fur babies.” She also enjoys dancing and indulging in a good book.
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.
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.