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Christopher Jones, Executive Director, Solstice at Bakersfield

Christopher Jones

Executive Director

Christopher Jones joined the team at Solstice at Bakersfield in March 2017 as the executive director. Christopher has worked in the senior living industry for 19 years. His experience has been in premier upscale, assisted living, memory care and CCRC retirement communities throughout California.

Prior to working in the senior industry, Christopher worked in restaurants for eight years as general manager and controller. Christopher has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and food administration from California State University, Long Beach.

Christopher and his husband enjoy traveling with their teenage children, they are Disney fanatics, they love theater and support the arts in Bakersfield and Los Angeles, and they enjoy entertaining at their home. Christopher is passionate about what he does every day while enriching the lives of the seniors and associates he serves.

Jane Patel, Director of Sales and Marketing, Solstice at Bakersfield

Jane Patel

Director of Sales and Marketing

Jane Patel joined the Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield team in July 2021. Originally from Canada, her family moved to Ohio when she was 2 years old.

Jane graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Ohio State University. With a family history in the hospitality industry, Jane began working at hotels that her family owned and operated. In each role, Jane learned how to be resourceful and tech-savvy and elevate customer service standards.

Jane was drawn to senior living by her love of family and history. As a third-generation hospitality professional, Jane brings a fresh perspective to Solstice and is eager to help everyone find the best senior living options possible.

When she isn’t working, Jane loves working out and spending time with family.

Adalina Vergara, Vibrant Life® Director, Solstice at Bakersfield

Adalina Vergara

Vibrant Life® Director

Adalina Vergara has worked in the senior living industry in Bakersfield for several years. Before joining Solstice at Bakersfield in September 2021, Adalina worked in assisted living and memory care communities as skilled nursing activity coordinator, memory care activity coordinator and activities assistant.  

Adalina says that she enjoys working in senior living because she can build a family atmosphere that can impact a resident’s life for years to come. Adalina utilizes her positive attitude, dedication and sense of humor to fill the community with the Vibrant® lifestyle our residents deserve. In her free time, Adalina enjoys spending quality time with her son, husband and mom. She also loves to vacation, go to the movies and eat good food.   

 

Veronica Calderon, Business Office Director, Solstice at Bakersfield

Veronica Calderon

Business Office Director

Veronica Calderon joined the team at Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield in November of 2018 as the director of Sales and Marketing, and in January of 2021, she transitioned into the role of Business Office director. She has worked with seniors since her start as a dishwasher in an independent living community setting in Roseville, California, in 2011. Veronica loved working with seniors from the moment that she walked in the doors and has ever since. She has been a kitchen prep team member, a housekeeper and live-in manager.

Veronica also worked at an assisted living community as its business office manager, sales assistant, health care director and then memory care coordinator before leaving to start a family. Veronica is a great believer in providing high-quality services while delivering on what is offered. Her focus now is on training, accuracy in the Business Office and team support for all departments. She still always finds time to spend with residents and boogie on the dance floor.

As a member of the Solstice team by day and a wife and mother by night, Veronica has found her calling in helping families and changing lives. Her passion is in senior living, and her goal is to help provide seniors and their loved ones with the best options that meet their individual needs, all the while providing excellent customer service.

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Regina Carrasco 

Culinary Services Director

In 2022, Chef Regina Carrasco stepped into the Culinary Services Director role at Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield. Regina comes to Solstice with over eight years in the culinary industry, working previously as the Sous Chef at Columbus Estates and Manager at Rusty’s Pizza Parlor. Regina is passionate about quality food and creating delicious, healthy meals for residents to enjoy daily.  

Chef Regina is an excellent leader for her team and believes the best way to get things done is by working together. As a member of the Solstice team, she elevates the culinary experience for the community and continues her career in the senior living industry.  

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Mitchell Thompson

Building Services Director

Mitchell Thompson, the Director of Building Services at Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield, joined the team in 2023. His background includes experience in rental property maintenance and refrigeration, enhancing his problem-solving skills and a passion for learning. As part of the Solstice team, he brings his attributes and drive to serve the community’s residents. Mitchell is committed to maintaining high standards and delivering an excellent quality of living for seniors. His dedication to contributing to the senior community makes him a valuable member of the talented team at Solstice. 

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