Take a Peek into Leisure Care

THE KEY TO OUR SUCCESS IS OUR PEOPLE


From a senior VP at the corporate office to a part-time employee in one of our communities, it’s recognized that every person has something important to contribute to the company. Respect is the driving force sustaining the culture. Respect for our employees, their insights, and their ideas. Here are some of the fun folks bringing this to life each and every day. Meet our leadership here.

Freddie Ervin

Sales Advisor

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DESIREE VALERO

Guest Services Manager // Fairwinds – Woodward Park

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GABRIEL KALFAS

Health & Wellness Director // The Linden at Stonehaven Square

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KERRIE HUBER

Sales Manager // Russellville Park

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EDWARD PUC

Executive Chef // The Carillon at Belleview Station

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MACHELLE BERGEMAN

Move-In Coordinator // Fairwinds – Sand Creek

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JASON TIJSSELING

IT Manager // Leisure Care Headquarters

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KRIS BENNETT

General Manager // The Landing of Lake Worth

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Freddie Ervin

Sales Advisor
 

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DESIREE VALERO

Guest Services Manager //
Fairwinds – Woodward Park

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GABRIEL KALFAS

Health & Wellness Director //
The Linden at Stonehaven Square

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KERRIE HUBER

Sales Manager //
Russellville Park

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EDWARD PUC

Executive Chef //
The Carillon at Belleview Station

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MACHELLE BERGEMAN

Move-In Coordinator //
Fairwinds – Sand Creek

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JASON TIJSSELING

IT Manager //
Leisure Care Headquarters

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KRIS BENNETT

General Manager //
The Landing of Lake Worth

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Freddie Ervin

Sales Advisor

"What Leisure Care offers really hit home all the more when I saw the benefits through the eyes of my own loved ones."


Freddie is one of our most tenured Sales Advisors with 18 years at Leisure Care under her belt!

She states that she has learned valuable life lessons during her tenure with Leisure Care. "It has been these lessons that have given me the ability to share the 'make a difference' philosophy with enthusiasm. I have also had the opportunity to see firsthand that the camaraderie of community, along with the programs and amenities we offer within our communities, truly make a positive impact on our residents' lives each and every day. It's such a good life!"

Freddie also has had the chance to see the benefits of Leisure Care through her loved ones as well. Two of her aunts have lived at Leisure Care communities and her mother is a current resident!

DESIREE VALERO

Guest Services Manager // Fairwinds – Woodward Park

"There’s something about this community—this company—that I truly enjoy and feel is worth sticking around for."


Desiree started working at Fairwinds – Woodward Park in 2002 as a front desk night attendant, and has held several positions over the years, including activities coordinator, move-in coordinator, concierge, and her current role as a guest services manager.

“I know it sounds crazy, but after 13 years I still look forward to driving to work every day. There’s something about this community—this company—that I truly enjoy and feel is worth sticking around for.”

Gabriel Kalfas

Health & Wellness Director // The Linden at Stonehaven Square

"“No good things happen at night, that is why you must be the light within the darkness” –My Grandfather"


My achievements aren’t measured in my own abilities or what ladder I stand on today, they are measured in the satisfaction of my team and the outcomes they achieve. Without them, I am just another person doing another job. Nursing is at the pivotal epicenter of life and the provision of health and wellness, without such…health and wellness cannot, and do not coexist. Being a nurse means that I have as much fire in me as I do crazy, the advocacy of knowing when it is time to let one shine and extinguish the other can make all the difference in the lives of others. As a nursing leader, I must be slow in my judgments, and fierce in my actions. I must take the time to slow things down and be the advocate for those who cannot articulate how they feel. Whether it be a coworker, a resident of my community, or a family member, it is my responsibility to assess each person as an individual, compare that to previous encounters, and unbiasedly track even the slightest deviation from someone’s baseline to help them achieve the highest level of autonomy or functioning. Leisure Care has just given me a platform to do just that. With a happy balance of the Three-Thirds Lifestyle, I have been enabled to take my personal and professional skill set to the next level…and that’s pretty amazing!

Kerrie Huber

Sales Manager // Russellville Park

"For me, it's not just a job or career. It’s my mission and I consider it an honor to work with individuals at such a tender time in their lives."


Kerrie began her career as a rehab nurse in skilled nursing in the early 1980s, when skilled settings were combined with traditional long-term care. Then, in a volcanic rumble and exciting paradigm shift, along came hybrid independent communities and the development of assisted living and memory care – and the rest is history.

Since then, Kerrie has worked in several aspects of senior care including healthcare, management, and program development. "I believe in Leisure Care and have a tremendous amount of respect for their dedication to growth and vision."

Edward Puc

Executive Chef // The Carillon at Belleview Station


Edward Puc’ is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City. He spent many years honing his craft at a variety of upscale French restaurants throughout Manhattan, most notably Chef of the American Kitchen at The Hotel Maxim. He then went on to open up his own French restaurant in New Jersey. Edward moved with his then-wife Sandy to Utah, securing the position as Executive Banquet Chef for Robert Redford’s Sundance Ski Resort. After visiting Colorado on holiday, Edward fell in love with the state and knew this is where he belonged. Once settled in Colorado, Edward started as Chef at the Brown Palace Hotel. Shortly after, Edward was offered the position of Personal Chef to Pat and Anabelle Bowlen, Owners of the Denver Broncos, where he spent the next 8 years. Edward then took a break away from the culinary world to raise his 4 children (his greatest accomplishment). As his children grew independent, Edward jumped back into cooking.

Edward was offered the position of Executive Chef at Fossil Trace Golf Club, where he spent the next few years cooking for the club members. He then decided that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of Seniors by sharing his passions. Edward is excited to bring his love of food to the residents at the Carillon.

Machelle Bergeman

Move-In Coordinator // Fairwinds – Sand Creek

"I love getting to know the residents and their families, and making a difference in their lives."


Machelle was a banker for many years until she discovered her true passion: working with seniors. That is, of course, in addition to her passion for family, which includes taking care of her husband, three children, and two grandbabies.

“My favorite part about working here is coming to do something I love every day. I love getting to know the residents and their families, and making a difference in their lives.”

Jason Tijsseling

IT Manager // Leisure Care Headquarters

"I love the culture and the people I work with every day."


Jason and his wife moved to Seattle from Las Vegas to get a change of pace, and ended up hanging their professional hats at Leisure Care. His wife is the restaurant supervisor at The Bellettini in Bellevue, and he’s the IT manager in our corporate office downtown Seattle.

“I love the culture and the people I work with every day. I’m proud to be part of such a great company who puts such an importance on making people happy as they transition into another phase of their lives.”

Kris Bennett

General Manager // The Landing of Lake Worth

"I truly love working with seniors and being able to be a part of enriching their lives. It truly is an adventure every day!"


Kris has worked in senior living for 17 years, as a Sales Manager and Executive Director for another senior housing provider.

She has two grown children and two amazing grandchildren that live close to her, so she can spend as much time with them as possible. Kris enjoys giving back to the community and has worked on fundraising committees for various organizations; Hospice, The Boys and Girls Club and The Alzheimer’s Association. She loves reading and is an accomplished knitter.