"Best of the Best" Awards

Carlton Senior Living’s “Best of the Best” awards honor associates, in all departments and all positions from our culinary team to our Executive Directors, who have gone above and beyond. These chosen individuals are honored quarterly and annually. They are those within our company who have provided particularly high-quality customer service in memorable experiences for our residents, their families and fellow associates. These individuals exemplify the Carlton Commitments to Love, Honor and Provide.     Nominations can be written by residents, their family members, visitors, partnership agencies and Carlton associates by picking up …

Read More
Introducing Lori Thames, Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Concord

Introducing Lori Thames, Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Concord

Taking care of others has always been in Lori’s nature and so it’s no surprise that she has built a career around working with seniors. A lifelong resident of Contra Costa County, Lori draws her strength from her mother and grandmother who taught her to never back down from a challenge and to always continue learning. Lori was first introduced to the senior living field while looking for a place for her mother who had broken her leg and was placed in a skilled nursing facility. Lori’s mother had suffered a stroke at just 30 years old and because of this, Lori had dedicated her entire life to caring for her mother. At the time her mother enter …

Read More
Stephanie Brice Recognized as CALA Advocate of the Year

Stephanie Brice Recognized as CALA Advocate of the Year

Carlton Senior Living is pleased to announce that Stephanie Brice, Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Fremont, has been named as CALA “Advocate of the Year” The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) advocacy group focuses on representing communities which provide personalized care to their residents while promoting choice, independence and dignity. The advocacy group represents its members before California Legislature, Department of Social Services (DSS) Community Care Licensing Division and other state entities who are involved in the development of senior living policies. As a CALA advocate and Executive Director of Carlto …

Read More
USC Graduate Scholarship Awarded to Allison Groves
Associates On The Move | March 8, 2018

USC Graduate Scholarship Awarded to Allison Groves

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Graduate Scholarship is a full scholarship awarded annually to a qualified CALA member to complete a graduate level degree of their choice, either on-site or online. They can choose one of the following areas of study; Master of Arts in Gerontology, Master of Science in Gerontology, Master of Long-Term Care Administration, Master of Aging Services Management or Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Carlton Senior Living is honored that our very own Allison Groves, Director of Memory Care Operations was the proud recipient for 2017. With close to 10 years of experience in various dynamics of the geron …

Read More
Associates on the Move – Diane Duarte
Associates On The Move | October 25, 2016

Associates on the Move - Diane Duarte

Diane started working for Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill as an on-call housekeeper over 19 years ago. She transitioned from having her own housekeeping business to working for Carlton Senior Living and has never looked back. While the Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant community was under construction Tim MacDonald requested that she fill the position of Housekeeping Manager and she gladly accepted. At one point in 2009 three generations of Diane’s family worked for Carlton. Diane proudly shares that she comes to work for the residents and finds it very rewarding. She enjoys spending quality time with the residents, exploring their …

Read More
Associates on the Move – Suzette Marco
Associates On The Move | October 19, 2016

Associates on the Move - Suzette Marco

As Director of First Impressions, Suzette Marco enjoys being the first point of contact for residents, families and visitors walking through the front door at Carlton Senior Living Concord. She always has a smile on her face and is eager to answer any questions she’s asked. “My job really suits my personality,” Marco said. “I am a bubbly person and I love making people happy.” Marco first came to Carlton Senior Living Concord (formerly Chateau on Broadway) as a caregiver in February 2013. Her mother started working at the community as a caregiver in 2012 and had introduced Marco to some of the residents and associates. It wasn’t long before s …

Read More
Best of the BEST – Yesenia Leon
Carlton Senior Living Blog | August 17, 2016

Best of the BEST - Yesenia Leon

Best of the Best Award Winner Associate: Yesenia Leon Community: Pleasant Hill Department: Dining Room Position: Wait Staff – Lead Reason for Yesenia’s Nomination: Yesenia Leon has been with Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill since October 2001. Yesenia has been a great Wait Staff – Lead in the dining room and has earned the respect of her fellow coworkers by leading by example. Yesenia has filled in when short staffed without hesitation or complaint. She lends a hand without being asked. She sees something that needs to be done and just does it. Yesenia has also cross trained as Cook and has been valuable in helping out in the kitchen when …

Read More
Best of the BEST – Denee Naro
Carlton Senior Living Blog | August 17, 2016

Best of the BEST - Denee Naro

Best of the Best Award Winner Associate: Denee Naro Community: Pleasant Hill Department: Personal Expressions Position: Personal Expressions Assistant Reason for Denee’s Nomination: Denee has been with Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill since March 2015. She quickly became a favorite in the Personal Expressions department with her enthusiasm for our residents and their participation in Personal Expressions activities. Denee is creative and engaged and has brought a new level of participation from our residents, always encouraging and observant for what they want and/or need. It’s obvious she truly loves what she does. She has made our activi …

Read More
Best of the BEST – Maricela Campos
Carlton Senior Living Blog | August 17, 2016

Best of the BEST - Maricela Campos

Best of the Best Award Winner Associate: Maricela Campos Community: Pleasant Hill Department: Personal Care Position: Medication Technician Reason for Maricela’s Nomination: Maricela has been with Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill since March 2003 starting as a Personal Care Aide and cross trained to become one of the best Medication Technicians we have. She has a calmness and patience that readily puts our residents at ease. Maricela is reliable and detail oriented which is so necessary in medication management. Extraordinary associate….period! Provides the best service to our residents and families with a smile. (Manager) She is very de …

Read More
Associates on the Move – Elvie Johnson
Associates On The Move | August 10, 2016

Associates on the Move - Elvie Johnson

Elvie Johnson smiles whenever she talks about working at Carlton Senior Living. As one of the first employees to be hired at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill 19 years ago, Johnson has countless memories of coming to work each day and being welcomed by her coworkers and residents. It’s a trend that continued from her very first day. “I was working with a different company in Walnut Creek and a friend told me about a new assisted living community that had opened,” Johnson said. “The building was still under construction, but I decided to go by there and see if they were hiring. The executive director invited me in and gave me an int …

Read More
Associates on the Move – Meghian Geul
Carlton Senior Living Blog | June 21, 2016

Associates on the Move - Meghian Geul

After hearing good things about Carlton Senior Living Fremont (formerly Carlton Plaza Fremont) from a friend who worked there, Meghian Geul knew she wanted to work there, too. She was first hired in 2007 as wait staff serving residents in the dining room. “It’s a really great place to work because it makes you a better person,” Geul said. “The residents are so grateful. Working in that role made me want to work harder to make sure they had everything they needed.” Geul recalled a time a resident was getting out of surgery at 7:30 p.m. He had no one to pick him up, so Geul made sure she was at the hospital when he was released. “He was so than …

Read More