Leadership Team | Legacy House of Avondale

Leadership Team

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.

Jerry D`Andrea, Marketing Director

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Charlane Newby, Assistant Administrator

Charlane was born in California but has spent most of her life in Arizona. She and her husband Mike share three children, Jessica, Cody and Arica. Charlane enjoys spending time with family, the outdoors, hunting and exploring historic small towns. Charlane began her healthcare career in 1990 and has enjoyed serving those she has cared for. She has a strong background in skilled nursing, long term care and assisted living. When asked why she does what she does, she simply states, “It is my passion to care for seniors, to learn their story and be a part of their journey. It brings joy to my heart every day."

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.

Andrew Rhodes , Dining Services Director

Andrew was born in Fargo, North Dakota but moved to Arizona as a young child. He began cooking at just four years old, while watching his mom in the kitchen and cooking shows on television. At seven years old, his family opened a lodge and restaurant in the beautiful countryside of Island Park, Idaho. Though cooking for years, Andrew found a new passion for culinary arts when he started experimenting in the kitchen here at Legacy after work hours. Taking a typically bland dish and adding newfound flavors from around the world to create beautiful dishes using the freshest ingredients that taste delicious is gratifying and fun to Andrew. Each day Andrew strives to find new flavor pairings and new ingredients to create the best menus for our residents to enjoy.

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.

Wayne Liepke, Maintenance Director

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