Carol Mazza, Executive Director
Carol was born in New Jersey and moved to Arizona when she was 11 years old. Carol feels she has been called to work with seniors and has been blessed to to do so since 2000. Through Carol's years in senior living, she has had the opportunity to work in multiple roles which helps her understand what her staff and team are experiencing day-to day-in their own jobs. Carol has worked for Legacy Retirement Communities since 2007, starting at our sister-community, Legacy Retirement Residence of Mesa as the Marketing Director. Carol has always aspired to be an Executive Director and was excited to open Legacy House of Avondale in 2017. Carol has three daughters and seven grandchildren. She loves reading, spending time outdoors gardening and playing in her pool with her grandchildren.
Jennifer Eldredge, Marketing Director
Jennifer jokes that she was raised by seniors. Her mother is a registered nurse and Jenn learned to walk at the nursing home where her mom worked. In high school, Jenn became a certified nurse aide and worked in skilled nursing for many years. After earning a degree in health science she went into sales and marketing for a hospice company and later the senior living industry. Jenn enjoys helping people get the most from life. She strives daily to help seniors achieve the quality of life she feels they deserve. Jenn and her husband, Paul, have two beautiful children, Zachary and Kelsey. Jenn is an Idaho girl and thus loves the great outdoors, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Karen Olson, Assistant Administrator
Karen was born and raised in the Midwest, Illinois and Indiana. Her parents moved the family to Phoenix, Arizona on her 16th birthday. Karen loves the Southwest and enjoys the great outdoors while camping, hiking and family outings with her four grown up sons and their families. She is very involved in her grandchildren's lives as well. Karen started her nursing skills at the age of six when she discovered the tin box of Band-Aids and plastered them all over the kids in the neighborhood. Nursing is her calling and she has found her love working with seniors. “Seniors have so much to give with sharing memories history and their wonderful humor”. Karen feels so very fortunate to work at The Legacy House of Avondale. The caring and professional staff have welcomed her into the beautiful community as have the fabulous residents. She feels blessed to be here.
Christi Lawrence, Administrative Assistant
At Legacy, we like to say that Personal Touch starts with hello. At Legacy House of Avondale, Personal Touch starts with Christi Lawrence. Christi serves as the Executive Assistant and has a friendly hello for all who visit. Christi is originally from St. Peter, Minnesota, later moving to Arizona to attend school, work, marry and raise family. Faith, family, friends and football, the "4 F's" as her and her husband call them, serve as a compass for Christi and her family. Prior to her position at Legacy House of Avondale, Christi worked at our sister-community, Legacy Retirement Residence of Mesa, as the Memory Care Director. Christi is excited to be an integral part of the team here at Legacy House of Avondale. Stop by the front desk to get a free smile.
Mariah Crawford LPN, Resident Care Coordinator
Mariah was born and raised in California and moved to Arizona when she was 13 years old. Growing up she would hang out in nursing homes and hospitals watching the way her mother and grandmother would care for others. Thus, Mariah always knew she wanted to be a nurse. Both her mother and grandmother are nurses and have encouraged her to chase her dreams, to further her education and to pursue her nursing degree. Her awards in clinical excellence paired with a caring heart make Mariah a perfect fit for Legacy House of Avondale. She is a total boy-mom to three handsome boys: Elijah, Jacob and Carson. Mariah loves to spend her free time with family and friends.
William Torres, Dining Services Director
William's cooking is a reflection of past experience, family heritage and love of people. In high school, William worked at Friendly's Ice Cream Store, making hamburgers, quesadillas, hot dogs and milkshakes. Later, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he trained as an Explosives Expert, Rifleman, Tow Gunner and Intel & Logistics Specialist. Following the Marines, William was able to work under excellent chefs, where he learned about basic cooking, refined plating and dining. He is a happy husband and father of seven children. William credits his wife, who has lived all over the world, for her influence on his cooking style. William's ethnic background is Puerto Rican and French. He speaks English and Spanish, and knows a little bit of Italian. His father immigrated to the United States (Spanish Harlem, New York) from Puerto Rico and his mother is from Massachusetts, with family roots in Montreal, France. In his new position as Dining Services Director and as a former Marine himself, William especially enjoys the bond he shares with our veterans at Legacy House of Avondale.
Amy Heusted, Recreation Director
Amy is a Southern California native but moved with with her family to beautiful Arizona in January of 1994. Amy and her husband are high school sweethearts and have two beautiful daughters. Amy enjoys coaching her daughters softball team, both in the Spring and Fall seasons. Amy jokes that coaching her daughter's team gives her a chance to re-visit a sport that she enjoyed playing herself when she was a bit younger. Amy and her family lead an active outdoor life; enjoying fishing, hiking and hunting. After having been blessed to spend 15 years as a stay at home mother with her daughters, she jumped back into the working world. Amy has spent the last four years serving and enriching the lives of seniors to their very last breath. Amy shares with those she knows that to do this gives her so much in return..much more than she ever gives.
Rory Tanner, Maintenance Director
Rory was born on Mother’s Day and grew up in Cody, Wyoming. At a very young age, Rory learned the value of hard work. Rory has extensive experience in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing and building management. Rory earned his diplomas as an HVAC Technician and is also certified as a Director of Hotel Engineering. He also holds many certificates in pool and spa operations and is EPA certified in refrigeration. All these certifications aside, what Rory loves most about his job is serving people. Rory is a previous Ritz Carlton—Employee of the Year. When he isn’t working, Rory enjoys spending time with his family. Rory pledges to provide the finest personal service to the residents and his team members at Legacy House of Avondale.