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.
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.
Athena Anderson, Resident Care Coordinator
Athena has been a Licensed Practical Nurse for over 15 years, caring for patients in a variety of settings, including: hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, behavioral units and wellness centers. It wasn't until she worked in an assisted living community that she felt she had finally found the perfect fit. Athena enjoys spending time with our residents and families, hearing about their past experiences and achievements. Both the residents and her fellow associates at Legacy have become like family to Athena. When not working, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and providing care as a foster family for children in need. Athena also has a love for photography. Stop by her office and see candid photos of friends, family and fun times.
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 six 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.
Isidor Grant, Maintenance Director
Isidor was born in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. His earliest memories were being part of a large family growing up in a wooden house with long corridors on the side where long hammocks hung from the rafters. His mother had a garden with lots of avocado and citrus trees, chickens and pigs. Isidor attended the University of Costa Rica and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Isidor moved to the United States in 1981 and began work in the construction industry where he worked for over 25 years. In 2007, a job change would also mean a change of heart for Isidor. He accepted a position as a Maintenance Director at a senior living community. Isidor shares that his was the beginning of a new stage in his life. One that has given him a true sense of the meaning of life. Isidor is married to a beautiful wife and has two children, Abe and Sarah; and a granddaughter Lucy. Isidor shares with everyone he meets how happy he is to work at Legacy House of Avondale.