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.

Mission Statement

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 Brown

Executive Director

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.

Jeff Gochoco

Director of Marketing & Sales

Jeff graduated from ASU with a B.S. in exercise physiology and worked in physical/occupational therapy prior to becoming involved with luxury sports/fitness clubs and country clubs in the 1990s. Jeff’s sales background and experience has brought him to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Philadelphia and back to his hometown, where he began working for independent living communities as a community outreach coordinator and was later promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing.

Alyson Harding


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.

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Ashley Castronova

Director of Human Resources

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 Renfro

Director of Social Services

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 Plohal, CPA

Director of Accounting

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 Ratay

Director of Wellness & Activities

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 Monroe

Director of Resident Services

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 Chambless

Director of Nursing

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 Rantz

Director of Facilities

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

Director of Dining Services

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.