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.
Vibrant Life Director
Rhonda Neufeld has been the Vibrant Life director for Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield since July 1999, six months after the community opened. Starting as a housekeeper, Rhonda moved into a dishwasher position, a bus driver position and other positions at the community, and eventually worked her way up to her current role as Vibrant Life Director.
Rhonda has brought the community engaging programming, local Bakersfield entertainment, and support to several Kern County charity organizations that help the residents at Solstice at Bakersfield live active and vibrant lives. It is not uncommon to find Rhonda dancing with residents in the Atrium, hear her laughter coming through the halls as she decorates for the seasons, or out and about in our local community enjoying dinner, a movie or Dewar’s ice cream with our seniors. Rhonda’s favorite part of working at Solstice Senior Living is meeting the people and learning their stories.
Since the start of her career, Rhonda has been a part of over 900 residents’ lives and has easily touched over 2,000 family members with her love and passion for seniors. Rhonda’s hope is always to stay creative, support the needs and wants of the residents, and continue to spend every day living life vibrantly.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Veronica Calderon joined the team at Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield in November of 2018 as the director of Sales and Marketing. 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. Between showcasing Solstice on-site and coordinating events for residents and prospects, Veronica always finds time to spend with residents and boogie on the dance floor.
As a member of the sales 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.
Business Office Director
Cruz Morales has been with Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield since August of 2018. As the business office director, Cruz works with human resources, finances and training for the community. Cruz is very supportive and motivating to our Solstice residents and staff and continues to show her passion for the senior living industry. Her favorite part of working at Solstice Senior Living is meeting the residents and learning their life stories. Cruz also holds one of the most popular events in our Vibrant Life department, Cruz’s Crafty Corner, which allows her to share her passion for crafting each month.
Prior to working in the senior living industry, Cruz worked in new construction real estate. Cruz also worked as a general manager of a full-scale restaurant for eight years. Cruz has her Human Resource certificate from CSU–Bakersfield.
Born in Bakersfield, Cruz grew up in the small town of Shafter, where she still lives with her husband, Lou, her daughter, Ashley, and their two pets, Casper and Bow Bow.
Culinary Services Director
Maria Bojorquez has been the culinary services director since 2009. Previously, Maria was the sous chef and spent a year learning and honing her skills in food service. She has worked in the culinary field for over 20 years. Maria’s passion is preparing and developing meal programs, and she enjoys taking ingredients and creating something new.
Residents eagerly wait for her signature cinnamon rolls and look forward to the display of her holiday desserts. Maria says, “The residents are family to me. I enjoy working hard to ensure they are satisfied and love their dining experience.” Married for over 26 years and with four children, Chef Maria is a master of multitasking and a professional leader. She looks forward to many more years of supporting Solstice residents with high-quality meals and excellence of service.