An Arizona native, Julie brings over 15 years’ relevant experience to her role as Executive Director, working specifically in Senior Living since 2018. Her responsibilities include helping ensure smooth day-to-day operations at the community. For Julie, this also includes taking time to make a positive impact on the Casa Del Rio team and residents, something she finds incredibly fulfilling. Outside of work, she enjoys camping trips and fishing. Her guiding principle is to always be reliable and kind and remember laughter is the best medicine. A quote that inspires Julie is: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Q. Adams
Assistant Executive Director
Arizona native Schuyler Johnson’s 11-plus-year professional career has been solely in Senior Living. In his current role as Assistant Executive Director, he spends much of his day connecting and talking with residents and their families, making sure their needs are met. Another major focus of his day is helping ensure the community’s business goals are being reached. Outside of work, Schuyler enjoys adventures with his family, taking on home-improvement projects, and time with friends. His guiding principle is to get so busy that you can’t listen when someone needs to be heard. A quote that inspires him is, “Dimming someone’s light will never make yours shine any brighter; the brightest light is when you shine together.”
Director of Sales and Marketing
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Susan brings over 30 years’ relevant experience—with more than 20 in Senior Living—to her role at Casa Del Rio. As Director of Sales & Marketing, she is responsible for introducing new people to the community. She enjoys getting to know future and current residents and, especially, making them smile. Outside of work, Susan enjoys spending time with family, seeing her “grand dogs,” traveling, and shopping. Her guiding principle is that you’ll never go wrong when you lead with your heart.
Originally from New York, Brook has spent nearly all of his 11-plus years’ of service-industry experience in Senior Living. As Executive Chef, he is responsible for overseeing the kitchen, teaching the kitchen staff new recipes and techniques, and coming up with new creations for the menus. This comes naturally for Brook, who loves to make people happy through the power of excellent cooking. Outside of work, he enjoys outings with his family—including off-roading and swimming with his two sons—and, of course, learning about different types of food. Brook’s guiding principles are to always treat residents like family and remember that communication is key. His personal quote is, “The secret ingredient is love.”
Dining Room Manager
Originally from Milan, OH, Taunya Wirtz has more than 40 years’ relevant experience—with over 30 spent in Senior Living. As Dining Room Manager, she is responsible for overseeing the Dining Services department and staff. A natural people person, Taunya loves that her job gives her plenty of opportunities to talk to residents and their families. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, sewing, visiting the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren. Her guiding principle is “love God and people” and her inspirational quote is the classic golden rule: “Treat others as you would want to be treated.”
Mary Ellen LaGuardia-Laurila
Director of Life Enrichment
Born and raised in Phoenix, all of Mary Ellen’s five-plus years of relevant experience is in the Senior Living industry. As Director of Life Enrichment, her goal is to provide fun, meaningful, exciting, and educational activities year-round. These include day trips to nearby cities for shopping, lunches out, and casino trips. Many other activities, such as musicals, fashion shows, pool parties, and other outings are hosted at the outstanding local facilities in and around Peoria. Mary Ellen loves hearing residents’ stories, as well as truly enriching their lives through engaging activities. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, fishing, and sight-seeing around Arizona. Her guiding principle is to make every day a good day. A quote that inspires Mary Ellen is, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Simon Gaitan is an Arizona native with over 12 years’ career experience—most of it in the Senior Living industry. His day to day responsibilities include supervising the maintenance team, providing excellent customer service, and making sure the community is running safely and smoothly. However, he finds helping seniors live comfortably is the most rewarding part of his job. Outside of work, Simon can likely be found enjoying the outdoors—hunting, shooting, and fishing are some of his favorite activities. His guiding principle is “be responsible and work hard!” and his personal quote is “Why quit when you can stop, breathe, and think?”
Vice President of Operations, Senior Living Division
Originally from Lancaster, PA, Adam Snyder has been involved in Senior Living since 2003. He now oversees the day-to-day operations for all Beztak Senior Living communities. Adam enjoys interacting with people every day and helping brighten lives. He has a passion for tackling issues and finds brainstorming and implementing new solutions very rewarding. Outside of work, Adam loves attending his kids’ sporting events, golfing, hiking, and fishing.
Joe Del Serrone
Senior Director of Brand Management
Joe Del Serrone was born in Michigan and raised in Italy, where he began his career in hospitality over 20 years ago. His experience includes cruise ships, luxury hotels and apartment management. Joe has worked in Senior Living since 2014, currently leading world-class brand initiatives to ensure a consistent and compelling brand experience globally across the All Seasons communities. Joe enjoys getting to know people and strives to make a positive difference in the lives of residents and team members. When not at work, Joe enjoys cooking, Italian music, travel and quality time with family and friends.
Regional Director of Operations, Senior Living
With over 25 years of experience in all areas of Senior and Specialized Residential Housing, Rebecca brings a robust knowledge of Independent and Residential communities to her role. As Regional Director of Operations, Rebecca spends time at her communities supporting and training on-site employees in their daily responsibilities. She also loves meeting and visiting with residents, ensuring they feel comfortable and fulfilled in their homes. Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys spending time with family and friends, practicing yoga, taking in nature, and shopping. A quote that inspires her: “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." – Mother Teresa
Corporate Director of Food and Beverage, Senior Division
Daniel Novak, a native Detroiter, has been working in management, food service, and senior living for over 20 years. His day-to-day responsibilities include working with our culinary teams developing dining programs, setting and maintaining standards, verifying food safety compliance and ensuring quality. Dan treats each day as an opportunity to exceed our residents expectations by creating a spectacular dining experience from start to finish inclusive of food, ambiance, décor and service. When not at work, he enjoys cooking for family and friends, dining out trying new restaurants, and fishing and spending time at his cottage in Northern Michigan.
Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing - Beztak and All Seasons Senior Living Portfolio
Having spent 16 of his over 18 years’ industry experience in related and relevant positions, Michigan native Michael MacDonell is responsible for oversight of the Beztak and All Seasons Senior Living salesforce as a whole. This includes active involvement in the success and optimization of all phases, from prospective-resident through to move-in. Michael particularly enjoys working with his team to engage with prospective residents and their families to discover how to best meet the individual needs of each. Outside of work, Michael stays busy helping his wife raise their two young boys. In addition to spending time with his family, he also enjoys playing music and bike riding. One of his chief guiding principles is “take ownership in everything you do.” A quote that inspires him is “We can all make a difference in the lives of others in need, because it is the most simple of gestures that make the most significant of differences.” — Miya Yamanouchi
Director of Artistic and Intellectual Planning
Originally from Washington D.C., Natalie brings over ten years’ experience in performing arts, nonprofit administration, and arts conference programming and producing to her role. As Director of Artistic and Intellectual Planning, she is responsible for curating and overseeing the artistic and educational programs for the All Seasons senior communities in MI, AZ, and FL. More specifically, Natalie actively conceptualizes, develops, maintains, and controls the vision, venue, and content that shapes the artistic, educational, and cultural programming of the All Seasons communities. Natalie believes there’s no better feeling than witnessing a room of strangers form an innate bond because of a shared art experience. When not working, she enjoys travel, exploring the outdoors, writing, and seeing as many new performers as she can. A quote that inspires her is “The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers.” (James Baldwin).