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.
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 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.”
With not one, but two of her grandparents affected by dementia, Heather Chapman sees first-hand how it affects them and her family. With a decade-long background in Behavioral Health, supplemented by university courses in Special Education, Heather is uniquely well-qualified for her position at Sydney Creek.
Heather started as a Med Tech, was promoted to Assistant Director of Wellness, served as our Business Office Manager, and was then offered her current job as Wellness Coordinator. “Whether it’s family members, residents, or co-workers, just knowing I’m helping to make things easier on them makes me happy,” she says. Toward that end, Heather will soon have her R.N.
When she’s not at Sydney Creek, Heather likes spending time at one of our pretty beaches, hiking our hillsides, and hanging with family and friends.
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,”
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.”
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.”
Life Enrichment Director and Administrator in Training
Laura Green thinks she might have been born 60 years too late. She’s always loved history, old styles, old music, old TV shows. And spending time with the elderly, including her own grandparents, one of whom died with Alzheimer’s Disease. In college, she did her senior internship at an Adult Day Center where many of the participants had dementia. And her first paid job was as a Life Enrichment Assistant at an elder community in Seattle. As Sydney Creek’s Life Enrichment Director, Laura looks forward to coming to work every day where she finds her “second family.” She is also training to become an administrator, wanting to learn all she can about her chosen field. “I feel lucky that my job is love people,” she says.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Meet with one of our Community Relations Coordinators, request more information or schedule a tour.
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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