About Our Life Care Community in Peoria, AZ
About Sierra Winds
Since 1989, Sierra Winds has been setting the standard of excellence for senior living in Peoria, AZ. Our nondenominational community welcomes seniors who are looking to expand their day-to-day experiences, feel healthier and connect with friends. As a not-for-profit organization, our mission and long-standing values govern every management and financial decision.
Entertainment, shopping and culture are plentiful around Sierra Winds. Located in Peoria, we’re just minutes from the Sun Cities, so every day can be an adventure.
At a Life Plan Community, independent living residents have priority access to a continuum of senior health care services right on the campus. A Life Care contract is also a smart way to escape the volatility of health care market rates. If a resident’s health needs change, they can receive the specialized support they need with little change to their monthly fee.
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Sierra Winds residents are passionate about their community. This is their home, after all. They provide input and share their visions for our future. With our combined passion, together we create a remarkable senior living experience.
The mission of Sierra Winds is to provide the facilities, programs, and services that will promote the highest degree of comfort, security, independence and life satisfaction for its residents. Sierra Winds is committed to the belief that the retirement years can be the most fulfilling years of life; therefore, all goals and objectives are dedicated to enhance the quality of life during these years.
Managed by Life Care Services, An LCS® Company
Dedicated to the mission of creating high quality of life for senior living residents, Life Care Services has earned an outstanding reputation within the industry. They partner with more than 140 communities nationwide to serve more than 40,000 seniors. Through more than 45 years of experience, they have developed expertise in nearly every aspect of senior living management.
Shannon has been in the senior living management field for roughly two decades. She began working for Life Care Services in 2014. She has served as a regional operations manager for communities in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida. Shannon is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with an associate of science in nursing. She also holds a master’s of health administration from University of Phoenix. She has been the executive director at Sierra Winds since 2017.
Alyson has worked in senior living management for 20 years. She began her career working for Life Care Services in 2018 as the healthcare administrator for a large not-for-profit senior living community in Cleveland, Ohio. She has extensive experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit communities. Alyson is a Certified Eden Associate. She also served on the Health Care Policy Committee for Ohio Leading Age and Ohio Leading Age Assisted Living Committee.
Ashley has been working in the senior living field since 2016. She moved to Arizona in May 2014 to escape the cold Michigan winters. Ashley graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Human Resources. She is excited to grow the Sierra Winds Human Resources Department. Ashley is happily married and has 3 boys, including twins.
Ann is originally from Indiana and moved to Arizona in 2016 for a job opportunity at Sierra Winds. Ann graduated with her bachelor’s in social work from Purdue University, Indianapolis, in 2009. She has been working in long-term care since 2009. Ann is currently in graduate school. She will be receiving her master’s degree in healthcare administration at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Robert has 40 years of experience in accounting, auditing, and federal and state income tax services. Also, he retains an active license to practice as a certified public accountant in Arizona. Robert is also the current Notary Public in the community. Previously, he was a partner in Mull-Plohal & Co., CPA’s. Their firm worked with and provided auditing services to non-profits and government agencies, including city governments, county boards of education and health care facilities.
Chris is extremely passionate about working with older adults and strives to enhance their lives physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Chris has his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds various certifications in cognition, fitness, and balance training. Chris also served three years in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman.
Pat started at Sierra Winds in June of 2001. Her first position was as a nurse in the health care center on the evening shift. After about eight months, she transferred to the Resident Services department. Prior joining the Sierra Winds staff, she worked all over the valley through a nursing registry.
Pat started her career as a nursing assistant when in high school. She became an LPN and then an RN. Her specialty has always been working with the senior population. Pat grew up outside Philadelphia, PA, and has been in Arizona for 40 years.She started working at Sierra Winds in 2000 as the assistant director of nursing and became the director of nursing in 2001.
Jim has been in the facilities maintenance field for over 25 years, and has served as the director of healthcare facilities. Jim enjoys interacting with people and working with seniors.
Lisa Apel is originally from Wisconsin and received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Northern Illinois University. She has also earned her CDM, CFPP. She has over 30 years of experience in the industry, which includes working in CCRCs in Florida, California, Hawaii, Washington, Colorado, Idaho and Arizona.
ARCI Board of Directors
Kathleen Crowley was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and she still lives in the area with her husband, Patrick. She received her degree from Glendale Community College and currently holds a position with licensed fiduciary firm Condit and Associates. As a relationship manager, Kathleen helps match potential clients with estate planning needs with services offered by Condit and Associates and other available community resources.
Prior to her work with Condit and Associates, Kathleen was a bank vice president and managing executive with Northern Trust, where she managed the Sun City West branch and assisted local clientele with financial expertise for 17 years. Her background has been in banking and investments for 30 years.
Kathleen currently sits on many local boards, including Sun Health Foundation and Sierra Winds, West Valley Arts Council, and Catholic Charities.
After graduating from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1997, Rita relocated to Arizona, where she has been practicing law in the West Valley since 1999. Specializing in estate planning and probate, Rita assists clients with the preparation of an appropriate estate plan consisting of wills, living wills, revocable living trusts, general powers of attorney, health care, powers of attorney, beneficiary deeds, beneficiary designations, and trusteeship.
Rita also assists clients with small estate probate, informal probate, formal (contested) probate, guardianships, conservatorships, special conservatorships, annual reports and annual accountings.
In addition to practicing law, Rita is an active member of the West Maricopa Bar Association, American Association of University Women — West Valley Branch, and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Rita also was an adjunct professor for the paralegal program at Phoenix Community College, and she volunteers her time in the Probate Lawyers Assistance Program through the Arizona State Bar Association.
Sean Thompson has been in the death care industry for 29 years. He spent his first 16 years with the largest death care company in the world, ending his career in 2005 as a multilocation general manager. In 2005, Sean and his wife, Cynthia, purchased the funeral home in Goodyear, Arizona, and in 2012, they started a full-service flower shop in Goodyear. In 2015, they opened a second funeral home in Surprise, Arizona.
Sean has been heavily involved in the West Valley community since his arrival in 2005. Currently, Sean serves as board chair for the Abrazo West Campus, board member of Sierra Winds retirement community, and treasurer of one of the largest local nonprofit car clubs. Also, Sean serves and belongs to numerous other community organizations like Rotary; his neighborhood HOA; church; and the Southwest Valley, Buckeye and Surprise Chambers of Commerce. Another way he has served has been through involvement with the Buckeye Cemetery Board, Avondale Citizens Police Academy, and a facilitator for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.
Sean was born in Ada, Oklahoma, and wanted from a young age to be in the funeral business. Upon moving to Edmond and beginning college, he embarked on his career. After graduation and associated testing, Sean became the youngest funeral director to ever be licensed in the state of Oklahoma. He was married to Cynthia in October 1995 under the goal post at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and they have three kids: Phillip, Angela and Stephen.
Wanda began working in the banking industry in 1987 and retired from that industry in November 2018. During those years, she obtained a Series 7 Securities License and sold church bonds and mutual funds part time. She also obtained a real estate license and sold residential real estate part time.
After she retired, Wanda joined her husband full time, and they currently work as a husband/wife real estate team specializing in residential real estate in the Phoenix metroplex. In addition to her designation as Realtor, she has earned designations of Graduate of Real Estate Institute, Certified Negotiations Expert, and Senior Real Estate Specialist.
In 2010, Wanda and Bill joined the board of directors of Agape Youth Ministry, an at‐risk‐youth ministry. The Perdue Ranch was opened in Buckeye, Arizona, in 2011, where youth could experience a ranch setting as opposed to life in the inner city. The Perdue Ranch was sold in 2016; however, they both continue to serve on the board of directors as members.
Wanda and Bill attend Fourteen Six Calvary Chapel Church in Surprise, Arizona, and Wanda facilitates weekly dance/exercise classes at the Surprise Senior Citizens Center. Wanda joined the Sierra Winds board of directors in November 2018, and also serves on the Sierra Winds Charitable Foundation board.
Neil is originally from Idaho, where he graduated from Idaho State University. As a 37-year resident of the Phoenix area, Neil has seen the area grow in development as well as community. As an architect, he has had the pleasure of being involved in much of the Valley’s development through the design of projects that have significantly benefited the community.
In 2008, Neil became one of Orcutt | Winslow’s managing partners, having worked there since 1986. As a partner at Orcutt I Winslow, his goal has been to find opportunities to improve the community and environment through working with community and business leaders. His focus on serving clients in a meaningful way has allowed him to cultivate strong relationships within the metropolitan area as well as other parts of the state and nationwide. He currently oversees the firm’s Senior Living Studio and a number of important clients whose projects range from administrative offices to acute care hospitals. He serves on several boards, including Sierra Winds, and is the chair for both the West Valley Arts Council and City of Peoria Economic Development Advisory Board.
Brannon is a financial planner with Edward Jones and works with clients/businesses to achieve their financial goals. Prior to joining Edward Jones, he was employed at Arizona Public Service for over 17 years in various roles focusing on performance improvement and project management. Brannon has served as a board member for the Arizona Small Business Association and volunteers his time at several nonprofits and faith‐based nonprofits in the community.
Brannon was elected to his first four‐year council term in 2017 for the city of Goodyear. His priorities as a Goodyear city council member include managing the city’s growth effectively and efficiently, increasing economic development, and maintaining a conservative balanced budget without compromising quality of life.
Continuing his education, Brannon received his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) with an emphasis in leadership from Grand Canyon University. Before achieving his MBA, he received his Bachelor of Science in business administration, associate of mechanical maintenance engineering, a masters certification in business improvement, and the project management professional certification (PMP).
Currently, he represents Goodyear on the Maricopa County Community Development Advisory Committee, the City Council Audit Subcommittee, and the National League of Cities’ Community and Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee.
Brannon and his wife, Rebecca, have lived in Goodyear for over 10 years with their three children.
Shelleigh is part of the founding team at Harrison Wealth Management, working alongside her longtime colleague and friend Matthew Harrison. Together, they share a strong team approach and a true passion for working with clients and their families.
Shelleigh continually leverages her 14‐year career as a trust officer with The Northern Trust Company, where her strong sense of integrity and fiduciary oversight was highly respected and well regarded. Her extensive knowledge of trust, retirement and estate administration is a vital resource available to help clients manage where they are and where they want to get to.
While her work brings her great joy, Shelleigh is equally blessed to work from a fully integrated home office, which allows her to be flexible and participate in her four grandchildren’s school and sporting events during the year. Recent empty nesters, Shelleigh and her husband, Jon, love to travel and spend time up north with their three dogs.
Pamela B. Prine is the co‐founder and a managing partner of Keystone Capital Management Group, LLC — a retirement planning and investment firm. She has been a financial advisor for the past 15 years. Pam attended Brigham Young University. Her forte lies in asset management. Pam feels the key for a client’s financial success lies within a solid foundation poised to withstand the certainty of uncertainty. Communication, understanding and trust are keys to the client relationship. One of her favorite quotes comes from Kevin O’Leary on the TV show “Shark Tank”: “Never take advice from someone who doesn’t have to live through the consequences with you.”
Pam has lived in the Valley for the past 33 years with her husband, Dave. They recently celebrated 38 years of marriage and have three adult children and eight grandchildren. Pam is very involved in the community and serves as the Just Serve community volunteer specialist for her church as well as choir director.