Executive Director – Tara Travers was born and raised in Woodinville, WA. She loves the cool weather and will never let a little rain stop her from doing outdoor activities. Tara went to college on a softball scholarship for two years in Alabama where she graduated with AS degree in computer science and meet her now husband. She finished her education from Oregon State University with a BS in Business. 20 plus years ago Tara started in Senior Housing in the business office and moved her way up to Skilled Nursing Home Administrator/ Executive Director. You will usually find Tara visiting with the residents and helping the staff always with a smile. She loves hearing all their wonderful adventures.
During her time off Tara’s chocolate Labrador named Maggie is always taking her and her husband outdoors for hikes. Tara also likes to travel, watch sporting events and just being with family and friends.
Director of Sales and Marketing – Kathy has lived in the Seattle area most of her life. Kathy started out in the senior industry over 14 years ago as an Activity Director. Over the years she has been a Community Relations Director, Director of Sales and Marketing and an Executive Director. Kathy is a past board member of the West Seattle Senior Center. “She has always had a passion to work with seniors and their families.” In her spare time she enjoys travel, skiing, music and being out in nature.
Memory Care Director – Naomi is a California native, growing up in Sacramento County. She has over 26 years of experience in Alzheimer’s/Dementia care. Before joining the Arbor Village Team, Naomi was a licensed California Administrator for several Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) and supervised an in-home Elder Care Agency. She began her career as a Live-in care provider while putting herself through college, and then moved on to accept the position of Administrator. She relocated to the Northwest in 2009, and joined the Arbor Village Team shortly thereafter as the Life Enrichment Director.
Retirement Living Director – Susan moved here from Omaha, Nebraska where she lived there for 20 years. While in Nebraska, she managed a senior center and taught water aerobics and Tai Chi. She is originally from Portland, Oregon – born and raised there. She thoroughly enjoys working with seniors and helping them to experience new excitement in their lives. Susan is thrilled to help others better themselves. She loves her family, which consists of her husband, four sons, one daughter, and seven grandchildren. Susan also loves to swim, bike, and run, and can’t get enough of the beautiful outdoors.
Life Enrichment Director – Manpreet Brar is our Life Enrichment Director. She was born in California and raised in Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington earning a degree in psychology. She has worked at arbor village for five years starting off as a dietary aide. She later worked as the weekend concierge. While attending the University of Washington, Manpreet volunteered at the Tacoma schools where she would assist students in their grammar and help them reach their reading goals. She was also a volunteer at Valley Medical Center where she would help patients, friends and family. Manpreet loves being able to engage in different day to day activities with residents.
During her free time, you can catch Manpreet either at the gym working on her fitness goals or reading a book cozied up in her blanket.
Fitness Director– Casey Shorten is the Fitness Director for Cascade Living Group. Casey is certified by the American Arthritis Foundation as an instructor in group exercise. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree and has worked as a respiratory therapist in Seattle hospitals and nursing homes. Casey’s hope is for all the residents and employees of the CLG facilities to embrace an active lifestyle whether it is on their own or through an EverFit class to enjoy the benefit of better health and happier lives.
Chef Bernardo has called Seattle his home now for 20 years. His experiences in the kitchen began 26 years ago, with 18 of those years being exclusively in retirement communities or healthcare. Institutional cooking is where Bernardo’s heart is as his passion lies within catering to his elders. His depth of cooking background as well as Cuban, Mexican heritage contribute vastly to his creative menus.
On Bernardo’s free time, he’s either spending it with his family or writing out strategies for his next soccer game. Bernardo coaches Club soccer for boys in the community. He thoroughly enjoys the travels and competitions, but most of all…the contributions he’s making in building our talented youth.
Bernardo is ecstatic to call Cascade Living his home once again and looks forward to many more years to come!