Principal and Founder – Bill Shorten is one of the founders of the company. Prior to launching the Cascade Living Group venture, he spent 10 years as the Director of Real Estate Finance for a large national senior housing company. His direct responsibilities for the Cascade Living Group include acquisition and development, finance, budgeting and accounting.
Principal and Founder – Together with Mr. Shorten, Tom Stanley formed the Cascade Living Group. Mr. Stanley is an attorney with 20 years of experience in the senior housing field. Prior to forming the company, Mr. Stanley was the legal counsel to a large national senior housing company. His direct responsibilities include development and construction, legal, risk management and human resource functions.
Principal and Founder – Mr. Zulauf is also one of the founders of Cascade Living Group and brings decades of operational experience to the company. Mr. Zulauf has served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations for several of the nation’s largest assisted living, retirement and skilled nursing/subacute providers. Mr. Zulauf is also a co-founder of A Place for Mom, Inc., the nation’s premier senior housing placement and referral organization.
In addition, he is founder of Zulauf Health Ventures, Inc., providing operational/sales consulting and executive search services to the senior housing industry. He participates in the evaluation of all potential acquisitions and developments for Cascade Living Group and is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Cascade communities.
Principal and Vice President of Sales and Marketing – Ms. Wagner has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, both in and out of the senior living industry. In addition, Kim has held positions as a multi-site regional sales manager with emphasis on sales coaching and consulting. She has worked with a number of regional and national senior housing organizations.
Director of Wellness Services – Debbie Walker joined Cascade Living Group August 2010. As an RN she has worked in the senior housing industry for over 22 years. Prior to joining our team she was an executive nurse for a large assisted living provider, a commissioner on disabilities for the City of Tacoma, as well as having her own consulting company. In addition to her BSN degree, Debbie is a board certified legal nurse consultant with the American Board of Nurse Specialties. Her passion is to ensure each of our community’s focus is caring for the whole person. This can be seen in our programs designed to address all aspects of wellness not only for our residents but also for our associates.
In her time away from work she loves advocating for persons with disabilities, traveling, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
Director of Operations – A native Washingtonian, Houser has more than 17 years experience as a senior living professional. He managed several different properties during his 6 years with Aegis Living and brought this experience with him to Arbor Village in 2008. Houser grew up in the Kent area and enjoys assisting those he and his family have known for years. He currently lives in Maple Valley with his wife and two children, a boy and a girl. Houser has a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing from Brigham Young University.
Regional Director of Operations Oregon –
Kathryn’s career in Long Term Care began over 40 years ago as a Registered Nurse . She has worked in multiple states as a Nurse, Administrator and Director of Operations. Working with the Elderly has always been her passion and preference.
A native of Oregon, Kathryn enjoys hiking in the beautiful Northwest as well as gardening and spending time with her children and 13 grandchildren.
Katie Andrews RN, BSN
Oregon Regional Wellness Director – A native Oregonian, Katie has over 10 years of geriatric healthcare experience. She attended the Intercollegiate College of Nursing through Washington State University. Katie returned to Oregon to work as the Wellness Director at Spring Valley, Springfield, Oregon. She expanded her role as a the regional nurse supporting nurse education and training throughout the state. Katie joined Cascade Living Group in 2015 as the Regional Wellness Director for Oregon.
Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and two German shepherds, whether it be hiking, camping, or a lazy day by the fire. Coffee is usually close by and it’s never too late at night to start a home improvement or crafting project!
“I love being a geriatric nurse because it allows me to give back and contribute to those who have the paved the path for me. I learn from them daily, am challenged to seek the adventures that they have had, fight the battles they have won and be inspired by the trials they have faced. They are my heroes.”
Regional Wellness Director – Chris joined Cascade Living Group August 2016. She has 29 years of nursing experience primarily in the geriatric field. She was born and raised on the East Coast but has called the Pacific Northwest Home for many years. She and her husband have raised two sons who now both serve in the military. She was inspired to become a nurse as her father shared his fireman experiences with her while growing up. Now after years of being a nursing professional and having a family of our own, she was thankful to be able to care for her dad when his health began to decline.
“Having this time as a daughter and as a nurse has touched my heart and has allowed me to bring a more personal approach to every day.”
Regional Director of Sales and Marketing – Originally from Iowa, Jennifer has over 10 years of experience in sales and marketing with the past 4 years being devoted to the senior living industry. Before joining the Arbor Village team, Jennifer was a residency counselor at an upscale retirement community in Issaquah, WA. She was the regional sales manager for a technology company that built satellite systems for healthcare facilities.
Jennifer has a lifelong passion working and volunteering with seniors. She enjoys getting to know the residents and their families, while being compassionate and supportive as they make life-changing decisions.
Regional Director of Sales and Marketing – Mary Brady Sanders is a 4th-generation native of Northern Nevada and a 20-year marketing and hospitality veteran. Her background brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in 4 and 5 star amenities, as well as a true appreciation for the important standards necessary for high levels of guest service. Mary has recently returned to the Reno area following 15-years serving at some of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast’s most outstanding resort destinations including The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia and at Callaway Gardens, a 13,000-acre resort and garden preserve in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
Sanders attended the University of Nevada, Reno and is a graduate of the Northern Nevada Real Estate School.
Mary resides in Reno, enjoys living on the family ranch, riding horses, skiing, hunting and fishing as well as traveling to visit her 3 children and her 4 grandchildren.
Food and Dining Consultant – A graduate with distinction from Le Cordon Bleu’s Professional Cuisine program in Sydney, Australia, Maureen is also a Registered Dietitian. She received her M.B.A. from Boston College, and earned her B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management with highest distinction from Penn State University. In addition, Maureen earned her Dietitian Registration from Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital (an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School). Ms. Boyle holds active membership in both culinary and nutrition organizations, including The American Dietetic Association and Food and Culinary Professionals. The founder and president of Boyle Consulting since 1996, Maureen brings more than 30 years of experience to the hospitality and senior living professions.
Executive Assistant – Following a successful and multiple decade career in corporate executive support, Ms. Edwards joined Cascade Living Group in May of 2007 as its executive assistant. Originally charged with opening the new corporate offices, Ms. Edwards continues to expand her role and responsibilities, providing administrative and office management support for all company-wide functions.
Controller – Brad Wheeler is a seasoned accounting professional with more than 17 years in corporate and public accounting. After graduation from Montana State University, he worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young in Anchorage, where he also achieved his CPA. Brad began working in the senior living industry in 2005 where his areas of expertise include financial reporting, real estate, lease accounting, construction, compliance, and process improvement. “I love working with folks who are good at what they do; especially when what they do is help to improve lives of others.”
Special Projects – Ms. Gustafson’s accounting career spans over 20 years since receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington Business School and CPA from the State of Washington. She worked for several large manufacturing firms in the Seattle area as both a staff accountant and private contractor prior to joining Cascade Living Group in March of 2008. Her background brings a wealth of experience to the team.
Fitness Director – Casey Shorten is the Fitness Director for Cascade Living Group. Casey is certified by the American Arthritis Foundation as an instructor in group exercise. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree and has worked as a respiratory therapist in Seattle hospitals and nursing homes. Casey’s hope is for all the residents and employees of the CLG facilities to embrace an active lifestyle whether it is on their own or through an EverFit class to enjoy the benefit of better health and happier lives.
Operations Specialist – Valerie began her career in senior living in by 1999 opening a 60 unit Memory Care in the position of the Business Office Manager. She moved to an Assisted Living/Memory Care where she was promoted from Business Office Manager to Executive Director and then Area Director. She has managed 3 different Memory Care Communities and has worked recently worked opening a new 88 unit community. Valerie has a passion to work with seniors, staff and families. “It is wonderful to work with a company that has integrity, CLG is definitely about doing the right thing! I love coming to work everyday!”
Emily Headley R.D.
Operations Specialist – Despite having 25+ years of experience at the corporate level of senior living, Emily sees her position as Executive Director of Sierra Place as the culmination of her career in this industry. Starting as a food service director in 1981, after becoming a Registered Dietitian, she and a partner started an industry-specific property management firm in 1982. They were acquired by Transamerica Realty Services, and their subsidiary senior living company thrived for 16 years, with Headley as Vice President.
Kisco Senior Living purchased Transamerica Senior Living in 2001, and Headley stepped back to a Regional Director position in conjunction with a move to Tahoe City, CA. After decades of travelling to properties nation-wide, she happily settled into her current role at Sierra Place in 2008.
She enjoys downhill skiing and backpacking with her husband of 30 years, and is proud of her three adult sons who still adore the Tahoe area. Regular doses of dancing, along with some amateur DJ gigs, round out her personal fun time.
Asset Manager – Nathan Dolejsi joined the team in December 2016. He brings 20 years of asset management experience from the commercial real estate sector. Nathan has worked on both the debt and equity side in multifamily, retail, senior housing, and affordable housing. His experience includes an emphasis on management of the physical assets, as well as experience in financial monitoring, valuations and financing.
“I have always been drawn to and appreciate the noble endeavor of senior housing”
Stacy Rayner, M.Ed., SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources – Stacy joined the Home Office team in January 2017 as Director of Human Resources. Stacy started with Cascade Living Group in September 2015as the Executive Director at the Deerfield Village community in Milwaukie, Oregon. Prior to joining Cascade Living Group, Stacy was on faculty at a local college and taught a variety of health care and human resources classes. She also wrote curriculum and oversaw the allied health accreditation for the college. Stacy holds an Associate’s degree in Gerontology, a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration and a Master’s degree in Education and Leadership.
Community Relations Director – I have been working in the Senior Industry for about 20 years; starting with caring for my Mother-in-law in our home and following her into Assisted Living. Three weeks after my Mother-In-Law moved into her apartment she stated “I should have been here three years ago”. I soon followed her and was fortunate to become the next Director of that community. I have served as Director, Assistant Director and over the past few years more specifically as Community Relations Director. I love seniors and love serving here at Emerald Valley Assisted Living! I am married to a wonderful man whom I refer to as my “better half”. We have been married 8 years and dated for almost 2 years. My daughter signed me up on E-Harmony and the rest is history. Gary and I have 4 grown children between us; a Banker, a Nurse, and two serving in Government positions. We have four precious grandchildren ranging from 6 to 16. Our favorite hobbies are wine tasting throughout the great Pacific Northwest and traveling to warm, tropical locations to absorb not only the sun, but local cultures as well.