Our Story

Our logo, the Triad, also has deep meaning.  It represents a home, a family, a solid foundation rich in history that binds us together at all times.  The Triad is a symbol of three behaviors that guide us through our days allowing us to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. We Laugh! We Cook! We Dance! Finally, the Triad represents the  Vista family. The Vista Family is formed in our homes by our incredible staff, the elders and their families, and the Nachtrab family. Vista could not be what it is today without the respect and energy generated by our Family.


Our Staff


Luke Nachtrab

Owner

Luke is a father of 3 children (Joey, Kate, and Molly) and they currently live in Sylvania, Ohio, 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, Ohio area. After he assumed 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 uses his extensive background to maintain the highest standards of care for those with Alzheimer’s. Moving his young family to Santa Fe for four 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 as well as 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 puts VLC as a business second, always trying to do what is right despite potential impact, positive or negative, on the profitability of the business.

 

Luke has a wide and 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, and currently serves as Treasurer of St. John’s Jesuit High School Board and Finance Committee. Engaging with the industry, he is also active on Argentum panels to promote their mission to expand senior living. Continually 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 and 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.


Ruth Dennis

Senior Director of Social Services and Education

Ruth is the heart of Sierra Vista.  She has provided emotional support and education for a myriad of families, professionals, colleges, and universities eager to learn about all forms of dementia, specifically Alzheimer's, and about those facing memory challenges. She ensures that our elders' lives are rich and our homes are filled with art, music, dance, books, laughter and wholesome food. To name a few, Ms. Dennis, during her tenure with Vista Living Communities, has shared her expertise with the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the New Mexico Conference on Aging, and the Dementia Arts Conference, and has served as a panelist for the Self-Care Revolution via Santa Fe Soul, and the Christus St. Vincent palliative care conferences. She is also 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, and juried traveling national art exhibitions. Ms. Dennis’s work history has also included work with National Endowment for the Arts--funded grants for the Bemis Foundation and the MexiArts Grant.

 

Ruth 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 Eden Alternative International Conference, which was held in Little Rock, Arkansas, and presented at the National Conference of American Art Therapists in 2017.  Ruth fuses her life as a painter, cook, gardener, and most of all, sister and primary caregiver to her brother, Morgan, who has Down syndrome. Morgan is her hero and will always be her greatest teacher.


Charlene Nicholas

Controller

Charlene, a Virginia native who moved to Sylvania, Ohio, over 10 years ago to begin her career with Northaven Development Group, is responsible for leading and directing the Corporate Accounting Office on all accounting functions. With her tenure, she has worked and progressed in all aspects of the various businesses and has played an instrumental role in the project development of our processes and procedures. Her accounting strengths and ambition led her to advance into the controller position in 2017.


Charlene loves to help others and is an excellent problem solver. She is always able to figure out the most efficient way to get a project completed and uses the latest technology to advance our processes. Her positive attitude and personality create a welcoming environment for all our employees and customers.


Charlene is married to her very supportive husband Curtiss and is the mom of two beautiful girls, Aubrey and Morgan. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Corporate Accounting with the goal to obtain her CMA certification from Arizona State University. When not at work, she enjoys traveling and having dance parties in her living room with her family.


Katlyn Canning

PHR, HR Manager

Katlyn focuses on the human resource management for the companies, consisting of but not limited to HR compliance, performance management, talent acquisition and project management; employee retention, incentives, total compensation reviews; employee grievances and disciplinary actions; policy creation and job description updating and implementation.


Katlyn received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Toledo, College of Business Administration, in 2010 and has earned her Professional in Human Resources certification. She has prior experience as an HR Consultant focusing on providing advice, policies and forms to multi-industry, multi-state companies. She conducted handbook audit and reviews; integrated performance management systems; assisted with employee and employer grievances; worked side by side with talent acquisition and benefit insurance companies; provided HR compliance assistance as needed.

 

Katlyn loves spending time with her husband and children, running, making meals for people, being active and involved


Joey Nachtrab

Video Creator & Editor

Joey is Luke’s son.  He lives in Sylvania, Ohio where he was born and attends St. Joseph Parish School. He has fond memories of Las Cruces where he visited White Sands, Red River and Taos where he skied and went sledding and Santa Fe where he has enjoyed great food, hiking, skiing and graduated Kindergarten. He loves spending time with the elders in the homes and FaceTime when possible. Now he creates the videos for the website and other social media platforms as Vista’s Video Creator. Outside of work Joey loves school, soccer, mountain biking, basketball, skiing, climbing, hiking, and being a big brother to his two sisters, Kate and Molly.


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