Luke Nachtrab, Owner, is a father of 3 children (Joey, Kate and Molly) and married to his lovely wife Kara. They currently live in Sylvania, OH where they were both raised and where Vista Living Home Office is based. He started his career shortly after completing his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University. As first employee of Northaven, the Nachtrab Family Business Management Company, Luke created an infrastructure to manage approximately 75 residential properties in the Toledo, OH area. Assuming operations of Vista Living, the family assisted living facilities in 2004 (www.vistaliving.com) his passion and love for the elderly, particularly those walking with forgetfulness, and their families began to flourish. He was named President of Vista Living Communities in 2011 where he utilizes his background to maintain the highest standards of care for those with Alzheimer’s. Moving his young family to Santa Fe for 4 months in 2014 he began to set the company up for growth. His passion for this business and making a positive impact on those with Dementia and their families is evident in his approach and philosophies. Using values taught by his parents he brings integrity and compassion to business. With this as a guide he operates VLC as a business second; always trying to do what is right despite potential impact on the business.
Luke has a wide a diverse business background being intimately involved in executive leadership with global internet businesses, restaurants, real estate and logistics. He has been on numerous organizational boards in the Toledo area. He currently serves on the St John’s Jesuit High School Board and Finance Committee. Engaging with the Industry he is also active on Argentum, panels on their mission to Expand Senior Living.
Continuously improving, Luke has completed many non-degree courses in the last 15 years and in 2011 completed his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is an instrument rated pilot, loves skiing, golfing, soccer, squash, fishing, culture, traveling, watching The Buckeye’s and being Dad! He looks forward to raising his children to someday be involved with the business.
Velma Arellano, MA, CDP, CALA, Director of Operations, has been working in elder care for the past 2 decades, and is the longest standing administrator in Santa Fe. She has overseen $2 million in construction and design to create two state of the art, intentional Alzheimer’s Care homes in New Mexico, and very recently acquired a third, non-Alzheimer’s, 14 bed, cozy, Assisted Living Bungalow in Santa Fe. The latter, Vista Hermosa is drawing on the cutting edge of culture change by incorporating the ideas of permaculture with elder care. Both Memory Care homes are the only two Eden Alternative Registered homes in New Mexico, and Vista Hermosa is well on its way. Eden Alternative is the honor society of long term care, and is an International Movement which truly changes the culture of how we care for our elders. Velma introduced “real” pets to our homes for elders to enjoy, goats, chickens, peacocks, and recently a 10-week-old German Sheppard puppy named Silver.
Ms. Arellano is a certified assisted living administrator (CALA), Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP), and an Eden Alternative Associate. Velma has served on the board of Directors of the New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association and was only one 7 citizens who started the first Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Santa Fe, Espanola and Los Alamos. She is a member of the 305th annual Fiesta’s de Santa Fe Council and was instrumental in the legislative passage of Helen’s Law. This law protects endangered elders, which eventually gave attention to the Silver Alert Program, like Amber Alert, but for memory impaired adults. Ms. Arellano is also a member of the National Biodynamic Association (Tierra Viva) and the Earth Citizens Organization (ECO) and is committed to mindful living and a sustainable world. Velma is active with Shim-Sung, Brain Yoga. Shim meaning heart, and Sung meaning open.
Ms. Arellano holds a Masters Degree in Agency Counseling and Psychology from New Mexico Highlands University and Bachelor’s Degree in Television Broadcast Journalism/ Mass Communication and Spanish.
Ruth Dennis, Senior Director of Social Services & Education, is the heart of Sierra Vista. She has provided emotional support and education for a myriad of families, professionals, colleges & Universities, eager to learn about or who are facing challenges with all forms of Dementia, specifically the Alzheimer’s type. She ensures our elders lives are rich and our homes is filled with art, music, dance, books, laughter and wholesome food. To name a few, Ms. Dennis during her tenure with Vista Living Community has shared her expertise with The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, The New Mexico Conference’s on Aging, Dementia & Arts Conference, panelist for the Self-Care Revolution via Santa Fe Soul, Panelist for Christus St. Vincent Palliative Care Conferences and is a founding member of the “Community at Residence” through the Museums of New Mexico, Site Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Opera. Ruth has spoken at numerous radio shows including NPR’s Fresh Air, several television segments including the NBC Today Show, and juried, traveling national art exhibitions. Ms. Dennis’ work history has also included; work with National Endowment for the Arts funded grants for the Bemis Foundation and the MexiArts Grant which implements creativity and healing programs for gifted and at risk children, recovery programs and transitional homes that serve homeless and mentally ill adults, and elders facing dementia. In 2016, Ruth’s Biography was selected from countless applications from around the world to present at the International Eden Alternative Conference which was held in Little Rock, Arkansas, and will be presenting at the National Conference of Art Therapists in 2017. Ruth fuse’s her life as a painter, cook, gardener and most of all; sister and primary caregiver to her brother who has Down’s syndrome. Morgan is her hero, and will always be her greatest teacher.
Jean Abercrombie, HR Director, focuses on the human resource management for the companies, consisting of payroll and benefit administration and management; legal compliance review and representation; workers’ compensation and unemployment tracking and administration; recruiting, employee retention, incentives, performance evaluations and incentives; policy creation andjob description updating and implementation, and disciplinary actions and employee grievance dispute mediation.
Jean received her JurisDoctor from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 2000 and graduated cum laude in 1996 from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science majoring in Spanish and German. Prior to joining Northaven, she worked in the real estate industry focusing on human resource management and real estate law for a family business, and also spent 3 years instructing Industrial Organizational Psychology, Human Resource Management and Employment Law courses at Owens Community College.
Jean loves spending time with her children, gardening, caring for animals, nature walking, ice skating with children with special needs, teaching in the youth program at church, making soap with my daughter and playing Pokemon GO with her son.
Cynthia Adams, Controller, has been a member of our team since May of 2009. As Controller, her responsibilities include review and issuance of all financial statements, as well as internal and external audits. Cynthia also manages finance requirements and is responsible executing proper processes to ensure financial statements comply with GAAP requirements.
Cynthia has established a level of integrity within our company and brings with her a wealth of diverse work experience of over twenty-five years lending her knowledge to our array of development projects. Her prior work experience includes: Williams Brothers Concrete Inc., Kiser’s Inc., and Scholz Design.
Cynthia received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Heidelberg College of Tiffin, Ohio, graduating Cum Laude. While a student, she was a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda – National Honor Society.
In addition to her contribution as Controller for Northaven Development Group, Cynthia is an active member of her community. She help establish Maumee Youth Football and has been the Treasurer of the Board for the past eleven years.
Katlyn Canning, PHR, Marketing Director, is married to her husband Chase and is a mother to her daughter Charis. Katlyn currently has her Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a major in Human Resources and strong focus in Marketing. She also holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation.
In 2006, Katlyn worked as a Third-Party Administrator Service Representative at Mackinaw Administrators where she focused on workers’ compensation claims and assisting claim adjusters. She was also an HR intern at Macy’s while studying at the University of Toledo. She assisted with the broad realm of Human Resource functions, expanding her knowledge of her major. She then went on to work for Northaven Development Group as an HR Specialist with a focus on safety and workers’ compensation. Katlyn left to work as an HR Consultant for HR Advocate, LLC, serving clients in many different industries. In 2014, Katlyn returned to Northaven Development Group and has since been part of the Human Resource functions and marketing development of their companies, Vista Living Communities being one.
Katlyn’s family is top priority in her life and she is very grateful for her husband and daughter. Katlyn also enjoys travelling. Arizona and Massachusetts are at the top of her list. She loves all things sports and outdoor activities. Katlyn is a track coach during the spring time and enjoys spending her time with high school athletes and investing in their lives.