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


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."


Kirk Klotthor

Executive Director

Kirk Klotthor comes to The Villages with more than 20 years experience caring for seniors in community settings. With licenses in Residential Care for the Elderly and Rehabilitation Therapy, Mr. Klotthor has worked in such renowned hospitals as Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles, St. Luke Medical Center in Pasadena, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills.

Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Buena Vista Care Center in Santa Barbara, a 150-bed community where he restructured departments and implemented new processes and programs, resulting in numerous awards and accolades.

Kirk understands the value of team-building and goal-setting, believing that when each member of the team feels comfortable, confident, and happy, then residents will get the best care possible.

“Come see me,” he invites. “Let me know your thoughts.”


Anastasia Camacho

Wellness Coordinator

A mentally challenged brother and a gravely ill grandmother gave Anastasia Camacho some valuable experiences that began at an early age. While still in high school, she volunteered at her brother’s school, and at just 18, she was tasked with caring for her terminally ill grandmother.  It was a lot to take on at such a young age, but it prepared her well for her current position as Sydney Creek’s Wellness Coordinator.

Anastasia’s work experience includes being a para-educator for the Santa Maria school district, as well as lead care-giving positions at two Assisted Living communities before coming to Sydney Creek. With her grandmother (who passed away from cancer at just 62) and her three children as major inspirations, Anastasia brings a huge heart, tons of experience, and a genuine passion to her work: providing the best care possible for the seniors with dementia who live at Sydney Creek.

In her spare time, Anastasia and her husband stay busy attending soccer games and the ever-changing interests of their three active children.


Carolyn Stewart, LVN

When Carolyn Stewart was offered a chance to change careers and be paid to train, she volunteered to leave her mid-management position with a newspaper group and switch directions entirely. And the direction she chose, nursing, was the best decision she ever made. She took a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a Skilled Nursing Facility that offered dementia care. The time she spent in that unit convinced her that this field was what she truly loved. So she asked to stay on in the unit, and soon earned her LVN license.

As the Licensed Vocational Nurse at Sydney Creek, Carolyn shares her considerable skills and compassion with residents and co-workers alike. She loves caring for the elderly, especially the ones who have very few family members (or perhaps they live out of the area) that visit regularly. “They need to feel loved and important in their last days,”


Michaela Empey

Community Relations Coordinator

Raised with two siblings who are autistic and non-verbal, Michaela learned early on how to “read” people, and to take care of those who can’t take care of themselves. An early loss of a beloved sibling inspired her desire to really make a difference in people’s lives.

The residents at Sydney Creek and their families are the lucky beneficiaries of Michaela’s generous heart, her talent with people, and her genuine calling to work with the elderly, especially those with dementia. With her strong background in service, and previous experience in Life Enrichment, she brings an array of valuable skills to her position.

“Since I was little, I’ve always wanted to help people, but I was never sure exactly how to do that,” says Michaela. “Once I started at Sydney Creek, it just felt right.”


Unica Campos

Business Office Manager

Born in Templeton and raised in Nipomo, Unica is a true Central Coast native. She comes to Garden Creek with nearly 8 years’ experience at Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (CHC). She has specialized training in Medical Terminology and Health Information Technology. Unica began as Garden Creek’s Lead Receptionist and quickly rose to the position of Business Office Manager.

She developed her desire to care for others from her parents, who spent their lives adopting and / or fostering children with special needs. She was drawn to work in assisted living to learn more about how we age—the other end of life. “I enjoy being of service,” she says with a smile. “It makes me feel accomplished.”


Yovana Genova

Life Enrichment Director

Raised right here on the Central Coast, Yovana is deeply devoted to her own large family, where five generations often gather under the same roof. Right after high school, she became the primary caregiver for her beloved grandmother, which sparked her interest in a career in the medical field.

Yovana earned two certifications; one as a Certified Nursing Assistant and the other in Medical Billing and Coding. She’s always been “crafty” and resourceful, as well as being the events and activities planner for her large family--all of which she puts to good use in her position at Sydney Creek.

“I use all my talents and bring my own unique touch to leading The Life Enrichment team,” she says. “It’s our pleasure to bring love, attention, and fun to all our residents.”


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.


Mike Dannebaum

Maintenance Director

It was his wide range of work experiences and his genuine desire to be of help that put Mike Dannebaum at the top of our list for this jack-of-all-trades position. Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, Mike has worked in landscaping, in various restaurant kitchens, and in public building maintenance.

Citing his parents as his biggest supporters, Mike is happy to spend his days making sure that our residents are happy and comfortable each and every day. “I hope to do the best job I can to make the families feel their loved ones are in a good place,” he said.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys working on computers. Which might just come in handy for staff members with computer glitches. Like we said, this is truly a jack-of-all-trades job, and Mike is perfect for it!


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


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