Mission Statement

To Our Residents

We endeavor to provide compassionate quality care that promotes dignity, independence, autonomy, and self-esteem. Our environment is a joyful one that nurtures the spirit.

 

To Our Staff

We endeavor to provide you with the systems, training, and tools that will allow you to focus on providing quality, loving, and compassionate care to our residents. In providing a supportive environment, Sydney Creek seeks to encourage personal growth and the enhancement of self-esteem amongst all personnel.

Our Team

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Lisa Hulse

Vice President of Operations

Lisa comes to The Villages with a B.S. in Nursing, a Public Health Nursing sub-specialty, a Psychology Minor, and a huge heart. With a list of previous experiences as wide as her sunny smile, Lisa has worked in hospital settings as well as home health care settings, and with all ages, from children to seniors.

Serving as both a direct-care nurse and later as director of clinical services across a broad range of communities, Lisa knows about the caring profession from every angle. She understands the importance of great communication, responsive management, ongoing training, and leading by example.

Surprised by the pervasive “friendliness” she found upon her arrival at The Villages from a large, national company, Lisa was smitten by the number of smiles and hugs exchanged on a daily basis in all four of our communities. She makes her home in Cambria with husband Hank and children, Amber and Jordan.

“My goal is simple,” she says. “To serve our residents well, in all ways, every day."

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Danny Danbom

Community Relations Coordinator

Danny Danbom knows a thing or two about loss. In her young life, she has been the primary caregiver for her grandfather, her grandmother, and her own mother in their final months—each suffering from their own degenerative illness.

“Watching their decline gave me the courage and the confidence to speak about illness and death,” she said. “That’s a trait most people struggle with.”

With a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation & Hospitality Management, and ten years in the finance industry, Danny (short for Danielle) brings a wealth of knowledge and a sincere desire to be of service to her current position at Sydney Creek.

“I want to be the advocate our community needs,” she said. “It’s my pleasure to articulate who we are, what we do here, and how we might help.”

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Ann Larkin

Business Office Manager

As a member of the fifth generation to live and work on her family’s Southern California citrus ranch, Ann Larkin grew up learning about business. With parents who were active in their community well into their 80s, she also learned the value of service to others.

Ann earned her B.S. in Business Administration and spent the first part of her career in the high tech world of Silicon Valley. She and her husband moved to San Luis Obispo for its beauty and its slower pace. Ann has a special affinity for those living with or affected by dementia, having witnessed it in her own family.

“The best things about working at Sydney Creek,” she says, “are the sense of community, and the fulfillment that comes from being part of the dedicated team that cares for our residents, their families, and our co-workers.”

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Haley Kovach

Life Enrichment Director

While studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Haley took a class in aging and it lit a spark of curiosity. Was working with the elderly right for her? So she applied for an internship at an Adult Day Care Center and learned about dementia. “That inspired me to want to make a difference in the lives of others who really need it.”

As Sydney Creek’s Life Enrichment Director, Haley makes that difference, bringing a brighter day to all of our residents with a full calendar of diverse activities, trips, entertainment, guests, and exercise classes. When she’s not at work, you’ll find Haley working out or hiking the trails in our gorgeous county.

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Bonifacio Aboites

Dining Services Manager

Bringing a broad-based set of food industry experiences to The Village at Sydney Creek, Bonifacio Aboites was part of the first kitchen crew in 2000, when Sydney Creek opened its doors to the community.

Born and raised in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, Bonifacio moved to California in 1992 when he landed a job in fresh produce. He was soon snatched up by the famous Apple Farm restaurant where he worked his way up from prep cook to line chef, and eventually to server. Preferring “the back of the house” to the front, Bonifacio spent the next decade in the kitchen of the popular SLO Brew as well as a long stint at New Frontiers grocery store before assuming the top job at Sydney Creek.

Well organized and meticulous, Bonifacio runs his kitchen with confidence and calm, and enjoys his daily interactions with residents, who always have questions for him.

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Linda Dirlam

Lead Receptionist

As the weekday receptionist for the past twelve years, Linda has considered it a true privilege and joy to work at such a unique community. Soon after she began her job, she discovered that it was much more than just a clerical position.

Having taken the journey along the trying road of Alzheimer’s disease with her mother, Linda feels a special connection with the daily experiences of the families and their loved ones as they follow a similar path. She has discovered that finding the right words is sometimes difficult, but non-verbal communication in the form of hugs and smiles goes a long way.

Being part of a dedicated and compassionate work team and having the opportunity to meet and make many special acquaintances has brought much meaning and happiness to Linda’s life.

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Michael Guinn

Maintenance Director

Michael Guinn has a long and varied background as the head “fix-it” man. First as a U.S. Marine / aircraft electrician during the Vietnam War, and later as a technician for a well known air conditioning company and two County Offices of Education. So he knows how to keep most anything in good working order. Having lived in an “over-55” community himself, he also has an affinity for working with the elderly, enjoying his role as the guy who can help.

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Guinn moved to the Central Coast where he spent time as the maintenance director for a large local retirement community before landing the top job at Sydney Creek. Here, he takes pride in keeping the building itself gleaming, with all its various parts running like a clock. But it’s the little jobs he does for residents that make him the happiest. “I really enjoy helping them out,” he says, “because I know how hard it can be.”

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Simon Ford

Landscaping Director

Even when he’s not at work, Simon Ford loves to spend time with growing green things. Whether it’s in his own flower and vegetable gardens at home, or out in the wilderness as far from civilization as possible, his first and lasting love is for flowers, plants, and trees. Which explains why the courtyards, pathways, and grounds at The Villages always look so lush and beautiful.

Born in Tennessee, and raised in California, Simon started gardening at the age of one. Since then, he has achieved 40 years personal experience, 25 of those as a professional. He studied horticulture, botany, and marine and terra biology at Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine before opening his own thriving business, where he specialized in English Cottage Landscape Design for private residences.

Upon retirement, Simon wanted to continue working for the benefit of others and found himself at The Villages. In four short years, he had earned the top spot. Around every corner, in the calming greenery, and in every new and surprising burst of color, you can just tell: Simon has been there.

Careers

We are always interested in speaking with talented people who would like to work in a challenging and rewarding environment. Please email your resume or visit us at Sydney Creek to fill out an application.

The Village at Sydney Creek

1234 Laurel Lane

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | View Map

(805) 543-2350

jane@villagesofslo.com

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Caring for a loved one with Dementia or Alzheimer's is emotionally challenging—as is the decision to move them to a Memory Care facility. The Village at Sydney Creek is here to assist you with this transition. Our community in San Luis Obispo, California provides a knowledgeable staff and the necessary resources to make this step as smooth as possible—logistically, mentally, and emotionally.

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