Tag Archives: Santa Barbara

The Samarkand Welcomes New Healthcare Administrator

Janice Connelly_The Samarkand HC AdminstratorContact: Wendy D’Alessandro

 SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Janice Connelly has been named healthcare administrator at The Samarkand, a faith-based, non-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities. She will report to Executive Director Ruth Grande.

Connelly will direct and coordinate the daily operations at the senior living community’s 63-bed skilled nursing center. She directs a staff of 103.

Connelly has worked in the senior living industry for nearly 20 years. She came to The Samarkand after an award-winning tenure as executive director at Villa Maria Healthcare Center, Santa Maria, Calif. She also served as executive director at Arbor View Retirement Community, Santa Maria, and as administrator at Mission Gardens Skilled Care, Lompoc, Calif.

Ms. Connelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare administration from California State University of Long Beach and attended Western State University of Law, Irvine, Calif.

For more information on The Samarkand, visit www.TheSamarkand.org. For information on Covenant Retirement Communities, visit www.covenantretirement.org.

The Samarkand Appoints Jessica Briceño Dining Services Director

Contacts:
Ruth Grande, REGrande@covenantretirement.org
Wendy D’Alessandro, wendydalessandro@gmail.com

bricenoThe Samarkand in Santa Barbara recently appointed Jessica Briceño as their new Dining Services Director. In her new role, Briceño will oversee all food and beverage operations at the community. She will also manage the Samarkand’s catering.

Briceño has a long history in the hospitality industry, working in the field for more than a decade. She previously served as the food and beverage manager at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, where she was recognized as Manager of the Year. She also worked for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts at several locations, including Venezuela, Texas and Hawaii, and was general manager of Pangea Bistro in West Palm Beach, Fla.

She is a graduate of Nueva Esparta University in Caracas, Venezuela, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in the tourism industry.

To learn more about The Samarkand, visit www.TheSamarkand.org. For information on Covenant Retirement Communities, visit www.covenantretirement.org.

Valle Verde in Santa Barbara Celebrates Community Expansion

VV_reopening_223Contact: Dani Row, GlynnDevins, Public Relations
913-754-2311, drow@glynndevins.com

SANTA BARBARA, California – Valle Verde recently completed construction on a $30 million community transformation of the Santa Barbara senior living community, and on Monday, November 10, Valle Verde will be celebrating with residents, family, staff and local dignitaries.

The day’s events will include a presentation by Valle Verde leaders and ABHOW CEO and President Dave Ferguson, tours of the community, and food and beverages prepared by Valle Verde’s chef Jacob Reimer.

“Trends in senior living are always changing, and as a community and throughout the ABHOW organization, we’re committed to providing services, amenities, lifestyle and care options that fit the needs of our residents and their families,” said Melissa Honig, executive director at Valle Verde.

Construction began in November 2012 and will now offer 40 additional single-story residences, a renovated theater, convenience store, multipurpose art room, and meditation room. The community has also renovated its card room, wellness clinic and fitness center, and will offer a new styling salon and library.

Outdoor amenities include a bocce ball court, putting green, events plaza, and poolside café.

Media is welcome to attend the events at Valle Verde, located at 900 Calle de los Amigos in Santa Barbara, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

To learn more about Valle Verde visit: ValleVerde.org

Santa Barbara Senior Living Community Exclusive Partner with Meals on Wheels Program

VV Meals on Wheels 1For 23 years, Valle Verde has been the exclusive provider for the Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels program. Together, the Santa Barbara senior living community and organization have served more than 800,000 meals to homebound clients in the area, specifically older adults who are unable to leave their house.

Every day, Valle Verde prepares approximately 100 hot meals (including an entrée, two sides, soup, salad and dessert), and offers a variety of options based on the dietary needs of the clients. Because Valle Verde serves daily meals to their own residents, the chef and dining services department have a good understanding of the types of foods that benefit older adults the most.

Thanks to the two not-for-profit organizations, more than 200 residents in the Santa Barbara area are guaranteed a hot meal daily, including holidays.

For more information contact: Dani Row, GlynnDevins, Public Relations, 913-754-2311, drow@glynndevins.com 

The Samarkand Appoints Two Directors

New Facilities Management and Dining Services Directors Join Samarkand Leadership

The SamarkandSANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Samarkand, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities, appointed John Campbell facilities management director and William Henderson dining services director. Campbell will report to Samarkand Executive Director Ruth Grande, as will Henderson, who is employed by The Samarkand’s dining services provider Sodexo.

As facilities management director, Campbell oversees maintenance and grounds care, housekeeping, laundry, capital projects, refurbishing, security and fleet vehicles and safety programs at the 16-acre senior living community. He also assists in strategic planning and oversees the community’s compliance with local, state and federal statutes.

Henderson oversees all food and beverage operations at the senior living community, including casual and formal dining settings in the residential community and dining operations in assisted living, memory support
and health care. He also manages the community’s catering.

Campbell has more than 30 years of management experience. He comes to The Samarkand from its sister community Covenant Village of Colorado, Westminster, Colorado, where he was assistant director of facilities
management for seven years.

Campbell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion with a focus in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Neb. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. Before joining The Samarkand, Henderson was executive chef for Alpha Phi sorority at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to that, he worked at a retirement community in Montecito, California for almost 30
years. He started as a chef and was promoted to dining room manager and then food services director.

Learn more about The Samarkand.

Valle Verde Adds 40 Residential Living Residences on Campus

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.: Valle Verde, a senior living community in Santa Barbara, recently completed construction on 40 new single-story residences and will offer the newest residential living option for older adults in the area.

VV Expansion 3“The need for residential living has grown and is continuing to grow since we first opened in 1966,” said Tim Wetzel, executive director at Valle Verde. “The new homes will provide older adults and their families a familiar, welcoming and active place for them to spend their retirement.”

Studies suggest there will be 72 million seniors by 2030, a number that will represent about 20 percent of the United States population. According to the United States Census Bureau, Santa Barbara residents 65 and older make up more than 14 percent of the population, 3 percent higher than the population of older adults in California.

VV Expansion 2“In addition to the new residences, we’ve continued to expand our community by offering new activities and amenities for our residents,” said Wetzel. “Residents are enjoying the new bocce ball court, putting green, outdoor events plaza, wellness clinic, fitness center and a new styling salon with a massage treatment room.  We’re also looking forward to having a new poolside cafe by this fall.”

The community’s expansion will also provide additional parking spaces, a renovated theatre, convenience store, multi-purpose art room, card room, and meditation chapel.

Santa Barbara Seniors Celebrate the Beauty of Spring

The flowers are in full bloom, the weather is a perfect 75° and sunny, and a group of area seniors are sharing the beauty of springtime with their friends, family and neighbors.

VV Flower Show 2On April 18, LeadingAge California member Valle Verde is hosting their biannual flower show, and more than a dozen residents are expected to participate in the special event. Each resident and staff at the senior living community is invited to make their own floral arrangements with their favorite plants and flowers.

The arrangements will be as unique as each individual person, and will be on display during the Easter weekend for everyone to enjoy.

The event is open to the public through the weekend. Hours: Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.