Our management team brings a wide variety of backgrounds, skill-sets and life experiences to Freedom Plaza. But the trait we all share is a passion and love for seniors. When you move into Freedom Plaza, you become part of our extended family. We are on-site and there for you, whenever you need us.
Jai was raised in Arizona and attended the University of Arizona, where he graduated with a degree in Health Care Administration and a Master of Public Administration. He started his career working in the senior living industry straight out of college as a Nursing Home Administrator of a 118 bed community in Colorado. Over the next 10 years working for the same company he experienced a variety of different communities. He was recruited by a competitor to move to Florida and start working within a campus Independent-Assisted–Skilled Nursing. Over the next several years he worked to expand his skills and found great satisfaction in serving a variety of residents.
In 2013 it was time to come back home to Arizona and be close the family. At this time Freedom Plaza Peoria hired Jai as the Executive Director.
When Jai is not at work he enjoys spending time with Chrissie whom he met in graduate school and their dog Mili. When not working they enjoy being outdoors and exploring new places.
Sales / Marketing Director
Annette’s education includes a bachelor’s level medical degree followed by a one year hospital internship and national boarding as a clinical laboratory scientist. Prior to her entry into senior housing, she was the Administrator for 2 law firms, directed a private duty caregiving agency and did sales and marketing for 2 local hospitals. Some of her previous senior living positions have been company Vice President, Regional Director and Executive Director. She first worked for Brookdale in 2008 as a Regional Director of Sales, later the same V.P. who hired her invited her to return in 2013. Promoted three times in less than 3 years at Freedom Plaza, Annette led the team to the highest number of annual sales last year since Freedom Plaza opened. Her three adult children and three-with-one-more-on-the-way grandchildren are her true joy.
Director of Resident Programs & Special Projects
Claudette earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in English from Northeastern University in Boston and started her career there in Advertising. After a few years, she relocated back to Long Island with an Account Executive position in Recruitment Advertising. In 2007 Claudette became a part of the Freedom Plaza family starting as a Marketing Assistant, then promoted to Sales Counselor. She has held marketing positions at the Inn at Freedom Plaza and also admissions for Freedom Plaza Care Center. Claudette is responsible for the Resident Programs Department, all marketing events, advertising, and special projects. Claudette is married to Cory, a Captain in the Sheriff’s Office, and they have a son named Connor.
Health Services Director
Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Evelin moved to the U.S. in 1982. She speaks Spanish fluently and started in healthcare at age 16 as a physical therapy aide. Nursing roles she has held include C.N.A., Triage Nurse, Inpatient Nursing and Home Care. Evelin joined Freedom Plaza in Oct. 2013 as the Health Services Director and oversees the Custom Care by Freedom Plaza program as well as the Wellness Clinic. She has been married for 10 years and has two children under 2. In what little leisure time she has, Evelin enjoys reading and camping.
Ernest was one of the original associates hired when Freedom Plaza opened > 28 years ago. He came on board as a Maintenance Tech. and was promoted in 2008 to Maintenance Supervisor. His most recent promotion occurred earlier this year to Director. His department has 12 employees. Ernie has been married for 30 years. He is a lay leader in the Catholic Men’s Fellowship and enjoys watching football.
Campus Food Service Director
Born and raised in New York, Barry graduated from R.I.T. and has now been in Arizona for 27 years. His degree is a B.S. in hotel restaurant management/food administration. Barry has literally worked in food service for his entire life – his first job was in a wholesale beef processing plant followed by a position in a hip Steak and Seafood restaurant. He joined Freedom Plaza 19 years ago having previously worked for an AZ Marriott senior community. He leads a department of 103 associates campus-wide but says he has the easiest job at Freedom Plaza. Married for 36 years, with 2 children who both live locally, Barry’s favorite get-away is cruising.
Director of Assisted Living / Memory Care
Steve has been in the senior living industry for the past 13 years. His passion for working with seniors lies with the relationship he had with his grandfather “Milton” when he was growing up. Though words cannot express how much he misses him, Steve feels that he get to see a little bit of him every day in the seniors that he serves. Steve has 2 wonderful children, daughter Lexie is 16 and his son Logan is 12. When he’s not living his dream in senior living, Steve enjoys his time with family and friends and loves to hunt, fish, lift weights and play sports.