Excellence in Service Awards

CALA’s Excellence in Service Award recognizes caregivers, team members, department directors, and executive directors who go above and beyond their job descriptions to provide outstanding care and service to residents.

2017 Northern California Call for Nominations

Submissions are now closed

The Call for Nominations for the Fall (to take place in Southern CA) will be announced in May, 2017


Current Honorees

Northern California 

Please click on their names for a video telling their story.


Gina Rizon

Outstanding Caregiver
Gina Rizon
Regency of Evergreen Valley

Rosa Villa

Outstanding Team Member
Rosa Villa
Atria Sunnyvale

Mander Farrell

Outstanding Dept. Director
Mander Farrell
Carlton of San Jose

jolie higging

Outstanding Executive Director
Jolie Higgins
Regency of Evergreen Valley

Southern California


Stephanie Nikki Campbell

Outstanding Caregiver
Stephanie “Nikki” Campbell
Brookdale Bakersfield

Robert Montez

Outstanding Team Member
Robert Montez
Belmont Village Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Sarah Perez

Outstanding Dept. Director
Sarah Perez
Cypress Place

Sadie Harness

Outstanding Executive Director
Sadie Harness
Belmont Village Cardiff-by-the-Sea


Past Honorees

Outstanding Caregiver

2015

Fall: Jacqueline Ayala, Cypress Court
Spring: Vicenta Garcia, Regency of Evergreen Valley

2014

Fall: Jessica Romo, Silverado Escondido
Spring: Tonka Darazi, Belmont Village of San Jose

2013

Fall: Daniel Perez, Vista Village
Spring: Betty Gunderson, Aegis of Napa

2012

Fall: Maria Martinez, Silverado Senior Living – Sierra Vista
Spring: Debbie Tarwater, Paramount House

2011

Fall: Zenaida Preciado, Emeritus at Hemet
Spring: Aegean Bayongan, Vintage Sonoma

2010

Fall: Patti Gonzalez, Huntington Terrace
Spring: Roger Gutierrez, Vintage Golden Gate

2009

Fall: Hilda Van Boom, The Arbors at Rancho Pensaquitos
Spring: Martha Garcia, Palm Gardens

Outstanding Team Member

2015

Fall: Francisco Pamanes, Silverado Beach Cities
Spring: Valerie Etzel, Cardinal Point

2014

Fall: Juan Jaime, Inn at the Park
Spring: Amyda Astrero, Silverado Belmont Hills

2013

Fall: Reyes Hernandez, Park Plaza
Spring: Kathleen Benton-LeValley, Chancellor Place of Lodi

2012

Fall: Bill Breslin, Huntington Terrace, MBK Senior Living
Spring: Team Member – Ernesto Navas, Drake Terrace

2011

Fall: Thomas Lynch, The Arbors Assisted Living & Memory Care
Spring: Nai Luu, The Terraces

2010

Fall: Ricardo Olvera, Whittier Place
Spring: Lisette Dunham, Aegis of San Rafael

2009

Fall: Elvira Rodriguez, Emeritus at Chatsworth
Spring: Jeremy Kent, Oakmont Gardens in Santa Rosa

Outstanding Department Director

2015

Fall: Kala Lopez, Villa Bonita
Spring: Lonnie Julius, The Vistas Assisted Living & Memory Care

2014

Fall: Brimen Vivar, Vintage Simi Hills
Spring: Marsha Peoples, Lakeside Park

2013

Fall: Alan Graza, The Gardens of Santa Monica
Spring: Stephanie Howard, Regency at Evergreen Valley

2012

Fall: Mario Gudino, Inn at the Park, Brookdale Senior Living
Spring: Chelease Adams, Somerford Place – Stockton

Outstanding Executive Director

2015

Fall: Jason Malone, Sunrise of Beverly Hills
Spring: Scott Carlson, Brookdale Paulin Creek

2014

Fall: Kathy Franco, Raincross at Riverside
Spring: Debbie Ponte, Foothill Village

2013

Fall: Brian Grandbouche, Valencia Terrace
Spring: Sondra Roberts, Merrill Gardens of Citrus Heights

2012

Fall: Eugenia Welch, Sunrise of La Costa
Spring: Erik Flatt, Drake Terrace, Kisco Senior Living

2011

Fall: Charles Bloom, Vista Village Senior Living
Spring: Dinah Bailes, AgeSong at Lakeside Park

2010

Fall: Jim Duran, Cypress Place
Spring: Pari Manouchehri, Quail Ridge Assisted Living

2009

Fall: Vicki Markley, Canyon Hills Club
Spring: Susan Edwards, AlmaVia of San Rafael