Leadership Team

Martin Nichols
Executive Director

I have worked for this company since 2012 and I began my tenure as the Executive Director of Gladding Ridge in May of 2019. I believe that those who lived through the Great Depression and World War II are appropriately called “The Greatest Generation.” I have gleaned more wisdom from casual conversations with residents in the community than years of college instruction and vocational training. The greatest lesson I learned was to treat others as I wish to be treated and to stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves. At Gladding Ridge, I have been given the privilege of caring for those who stood with compassion, valor, and honor. I am pleased to be an advocate for “The Greatest Generation.”

Cheryl Virrueta
Cheryl Virrueta
Marketing Director and Admissions Director

As The Marketing Director at Gladding Ridge, I pride myself on living locally and helping our local community. My career over the years has been spent serving our seniors in Placer County and surrounding areas. I have the opportunity and responsibility to educate the community, potential residents and their families about assisted living. It is with great pleasure that I help families transition to community living with simplicity. I host educational workshops and enjoy fundraising for local charities. Alzheimer's research is near and dear to my heart and it is my hope that they will find a cure for Alzheimer's with the advancement of our technology in the near future.

Mikaela DeWitt
Mikaela DeWitt
Business Office Manager

I started working for the company in 2012 in housekeeping. As I grew closer to each and every resident, my job became my home away from home. After a year and half of housekeeping, I moved onto a concierge position where I found a whole new interest in admin work. I knew that this job was meant for me. Ten months into the position, I was offered the Business Office Manager position to continue my career.
As the Business Office Manager, I am responsible for making our community policies and regulations easy and clear for our residents and their loved ones. I oversee the concierges, meet with family members regarding admission agreements, and manage deposits and billing. I also serve as human resources for the amazing employees by making sure that all policies and procedures are being followed.
Working with seniors has made me come to appreciate the finer things in life. I have learned to slow down and take time with the people I love, including all our residents. I know that working with seniors is what I was meant to do.

Terri Gonzalez
Terri Gonzalez

As Housekeeping Director, I oversee our housekeepers and the laundry. I ensure the cleanliness of our building and individual apartments as well as weekly deep cleaning and laundry services. In my six years with Gladding Ridge, I get the benefit of having the best of both worlds by not only doing what I am good at but enjoying quality time I get to spend with each resident.

Andy McDonnell
Andy McDonnell
Dietary Supervisor

I bring with me 20 years of experience in the foodservice industry. I started working in the restaurant industry at the age of 15 with a passion for food, learning everything that I could about it, from everyone that I could. At the age of 18, I was given the opportunity to be the Executive Chef of my own restaurant. 5 years later I went on to further my knowledge and went to culinary school where I graduated at the top of my class with a Culinary Arts Degree. With my new found knowledge, I went on to work in many kitchens to learn more about all of the different cuisines of the world. I learned from many different people and built my food knowledge into what it is today. I have run many restaurants with great success, worked for catering company’s, and in retirement communities, and loved every minute. My path leads me to healthcare, where my passion for food and helping others was most needed. Here at Gladding Ridge is where I enjoy sharing my passion for food and making people happy and healthy.

Carlee Duff
Carlee Duff

I became a part of the Gladding Ridge team in December 2015. I began as an Activities Assistant and later became a Culinary Assistant. Now, I am Gladding’s Concierge.

Being the Concierge, I get the chance to become closer to the residents and I love it! I also feel I have a better opportunity to get to know the residents’ families and friends. Not only do I love the bond with the residents, but working with them has reminded me to live life to the fullest, appreciate everything life has to offer and to work hard to achieve what makes you happy.

Hannah Barnett
Wellness Director

I first started with Platinum Living Services in 2014 and was recently promoted to the position of Wellness Director at Gladding Ridge. I previously worked at our sister communities Sierra Regency in Roseville and Oakwood Village in Auburn.

As the Wellness Director at Gladding Ridge, I work closely with our Resident Care Director and Executive Director to ensure each resident receives the proper care and attention they need while living with us. I help reach out to doctors, pharmacies, and family members to make sure our residents’ medications are organized and administered properly. I ensure that the medication rooms are as organized and efficient as possible.

I enjoy coming to work to see our residents’ smiling faces and know they are in good hands at Gladding Ridge. I am honored to be a part of the team and I look forward to many years at this beautiful community.

Clarence "Eddie" Johnson
Maintenance Director

I started working in the healthcare industry when I was 20 years old and found out very quickly that this was the work I was meant to do.

I love helping people, when I was young I use to follow my father around and help him fix things. My father was a great teacher and perfected my skills over the years. I went to school for Industrial Building Maintenance and later I became an EPA Universal Certified Technician for Heating and Air Conditioning. I have over 30 years of experience as a Maintenance Director.

The residents really make my day and I love to see them smile. I am extremely proud to be a part of Gladding Ridge. It’s a wonderful place and I am very fortunate to be here.

Jacquelene Mendoza
Activities & Life Enrichment Director