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Gold-Medal Team

Meet the people who make Spectrum Retirement a top contender.


Sarah heads the Path to the PresentSM Memory Care program at Palos Verdes Senior Living in Peoria, Arizona, and is recognized for her development of the program and catering to the needs of its residents.

Wylie’s knowledge, warmth and compassion for those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia has made a tremendous difference for the residents and family members at Palos Verdes.

“Throughout my life, I have had the privilege of being near older adults, being raised in a multigenerational home, and enjoying them as neighbors and close friends. I have been a caregiver to my own parents’ needs and experienced the loss of a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease. I have spent many years serving the senior population in a variety of venues. I delight in serving them and their families.”

Wylie was selected “Student of the Year” by the Oregon Gerontological Society and has a master’s degree (summa cum laude) in Gerontology from the University of Central Oklahoma.

“Sarah’s knowledge and dedication have made the Memory Care program at Palos Verdes one of the best in Arizona,” says Bob Bailey, executive director at Palos Verdes. “We are very lucky to have her.”


Lisa Jensen received the inaugural Gatekeeper award at Spectrum Retirement Communities’ recent leadership conference. Jensen was nominated by residents and peers for demonstrating the company’s core values as Concierge at Lincoln Meadows Senior Living in Parker, Colorado.

Jensen has been with Lincoln Meadows since its July 2009 opening. As Concierge, she greets all visitors and residents, and serves resident’s requests.

[quote]“Lisa is the glue that holds the community together and is a great representative of the Spectrum Core Values,” wrote one resident.[/quote]

“We congratulate Lisa on this award — it is well deserved” says John Sevo, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Spectrum.

Spectrum debuted the Gatekeeper award at its annual Leadership Conference this year. The Gatekeeper Award stems from a bit of history from the 4,000-mile Great Wall of China. The monument has more than 10,000 watchtowers and reaches 25 feet high and 30 feet wide in places. Considered impenetrable when designed, it was breached three times in its first 100 years of use – not by force, but by bribing the gatekeepers to look the other way. The massive wall could not compensate for one greedy gate guard. Thus, Spectrum imbues each team member with a responsibility to work hard, keep the walls of its culture strong and keep residents safe. At Spectrum, each employee is a gatekeeper.


Christina Melaragno is a visionary with extraordinary talent and creativity, and her goal has always been to make life better for those whose lives she touches along the way. She recently received a Community of the Year award at Spectrum Retirement Communities’ annual leadership conference. The designation is the event’s top honor.

Despite her executive status at Gardens at Westlake Assisted Living in Westlake, Ohio, she pitches in to help her employees. She serves meals to residents, mops a flooded bathroom, and assists her nurses and caregivers with hands-on care.  Melaragno was recently awarded Outstanding Director/Administrator for 2011 by The Ohio Assisted Living Association.

“Everything goes back to the residents,” Melaragno says. “They encourage us to be the best and give all we can.”