Retirement Director, The Inn – Tamara began her career in property management in 2005 as the manager of a 135 unit multi-family community in Kent, WA. She took a break and earned her degree in Administrative Management in 2015. After college she began working with seniors and found her passion!
“I am truly blessed to work for a company that has integrity. The staff members are very down-to-earth and genuine! CLG is definitely about doing the right thing! I love coming to work every day, and making a difference in people’s lives!”
Director of Sales and Marketing – Amanda has lived in the Issaquah area for the past 20 years. She brings 15+ years of Sales and Marketing experience, most recent years specializing in Marketing the Senior Living Industry. She brings a lot of energy to her work. Amanda loves anything outdoors and spending time with her son and dog.
Community Relations Director – Judy has a passion for connecting with people and positive living. Enthusiastic about well written quotes and word puns. She says she has “itchy feet” that loves to travel around the world and learn about different cultures. Ask her where to next?
She has been in the senior care industry for over 10 years. Helping loved ones maintain a safe, secure and healthy lifestyle. Striving to work with families to make the transition easier and more comfortable.
Community Relations Director – I am a Puget Sound native, born and raised. Previously in the Senior Living industry from 2009-2014 in various positions such as Home Care Aide, Dietary Aide, reception and marketing. I took a 5-year hiatus to do multi-family property management but felt something was missing. I returned to the life enriching world of Senior Living in December of 2018 and have never been happier!
In my free time I enjoy spending time chasing after my 2 little girls that keep me as busy as can be!
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.
Life Enrichment Director – Our Life Enrichment Director, Debbe Carson, is a woman of many hats. A wife, mother, teacher, chaplain, and Nursing Assistant, Debbe grew up in Amish country and brings a love of every sort of growing thing. She believes that in order to be a good teacher, one must never stop learning, and some of her best teachers have been her children and the residents she has served. From her five sons, she learned to prepare for just about any eventuality, leading to her best-known motto: it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it! Her daughter, the middle child, taught her to lighten up and try something new, and to ask Why not? More often than Why?
Throughout her 27 years in the Pacific Northwest, Debbe has served in a number of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, first as a chaplain, then as a CNA and finally as a Life Enrichment Director. In this field, she has found her calling, and from the residents, she has learned her most powerful lessons.
Associate Executive Director/Wellness Director – Jennifer started working in assisted living five years ago. Ironically she swore that she would never work geriatrics. Friends ask her for help in an assisted living community, she found that the flexible schedule worked for her. Her husband had been encouraging her to leave her position in correctional nursing. Jennifer has found that she quickly fell in love with the residents and their families. “This is the career for me, I know it.”
Jennifer’s super power is multi-tasking! With two children, one a cheerleader and the other involved in wrestling. Jennifer continues to keep her positive outlook while attending practice, games and matches. Most weekends you can find Jennifer and her family in a gym. Traveling with her family, crafts, being outdoors are other interest.
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!
Plant Operation Director – Keith has proudly served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. He has been a professional dog trainer in both the Air Force and private sector He enjoys different forms of artistic expression from woodcarving and painting to pyrography. He always has projects to keep him busy and loves the sense of accomplishment once each one is completed to his satisfaction. Motorcycles and dirt bikes have been a huge part of Keith’s life for 50 years. He and his wife, Judy, have lived in Kent for over 25 years now. He is thoroughly enjoying the senior industry and building relationships with our residents.