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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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.”

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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.

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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,”

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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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Joanne Bryant

Life Enrichment Director

Two of Joanne’s grandparents had dementia, so she has always felt “called” to work in this field. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and worked in a Memory Care community in Visalia. She also volunteered for Alzheimer’s San Diego, an experience she describes as “very fulfilling.”

Planning a calendar filled with as many life enriching activities as possible, Joanne understands the enormous value of music for people with dementia. So look for lots of live performances by musicians and singers of every style!

In her spare time, Joanne is a licensed Zumba instructor with a lifelong love for dance. She’s also a writer, with dreams of seeing one of her screenplays on the Hallmark Movie Channel. We think she’s the perfect combination of talent and passion for her work, and our residents at Sydney Creek are the happy beneficiaries of that.

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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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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!

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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

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