Bill Shorten

President, Co-CEO and Co-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.

Dale Zulauf

Co-Founder and Principal – 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.

Jarrett Houser, BSN, RN

team_jarrettCOO, Chief Operations Officer – A native of Washington Jarrett joined Cascade Living Group in 2008. He is a 25 year veteran of senior living. His extensive background in nursing and operations includes Aegis Senior Living and roles with Cascade Living Group as Executive Director of Arbor Village Senior Living in Kent, Washington, Regional Director of Operations for 8 Cascade Living Groups communities in WA, NV and AZ as well as numerous special projects as a member of the leadership group and home office support team. Jarrett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Brigham Young University and resides with his wife, Angie, in Maple Valley, Washington. He has 2 grown children and enjoys weight lifting and supporting local community sports by serving as a high school referee.

Debbie Walker, BSN, RN, LNCC

team_debbieCWO, Chief Wellness Officer – Debbie Walker joined Cascade Living Group in August of 2010. With over 28 years of senior living experience, Debbie previously served as an executive nurse for one of the nations’ largest assisted living providers, the Commissioner of Disabilities for the City of Tacoma and Principal for her own consultant group. During her tenure, Debbie has been an integral member of Cascade Living Group’s leadership team and through her wealth of experience has developed our highly successful wellness models and has established one of the industry’s strongest and most professional wellness support teams. As Chief Wellness Officer, Debbie has provided much of the leadership bringing many experts to the table for the company to successfully navigate the challenges of the COVID – 19 pandemic. 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 the very best care for each and every one of our residents as well as the many “heroes” who serve them.

In her time away from work she loves advocating for persons with disabilities, traveling, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

Lorena Oropeza

Regional Vice President of Operations – Lorena joined Cascades Living Group in 2019 after a 20 year career in senior living. Lorena’s background includes serving as an Executive Director of a large assisted living and memory care community as well as company-wide responsibilities as the Senior Director of Operations. Since joining Cascade Living Group in 2019 as a Regional Director of Operations, Lorena has overseen communities in CA, OR, NV and AZ. She successfully helped to facilitate the smooth acquisition and transition of 6 Cascade Living Group communities that joined the portfolio in 2019. With a previous career in hospitality, Lorena brings a strong focus on exceptional customer service and ensures that her executive directors and their teams uphold the company standards and overall mission of Doing the Right Thing.

Lorena lives in Southern California with her family. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy attending their two young daughters sporting events.

Sheryl Page

Regional Vice President of Operations – Sheryl has a 25+year background in senior living giving her an extensive first-hand knowledge of every aspect of care, business development, leadership and operations in a large community. With experience as a Certified Nurse Assistant, Activity Director, Community Relations Director and Executive Director for Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care her expertise is extensive. Since joining Cascade Living Group in2009, Sheryl has served as the Senior Executive Director for Cascades of Bremerton. In addition to the original Memory Care community, she successfully oversaw the significant acquisition and smooth transition of an additional freestanding Independent Living building, The Willows, and a freestanding Assisted Living building, The Cottage, growing her campus from 40 beds to over 220. Sheryl is highly respected in the industry for her leadership and among her entire team for her compassion and focus on quality care.

Sheryl lives with her husband, a retired U.S. Navy Submariner, and her family in Port Orchard, WA where they have resided for over 35 years. She has 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Sheryl’s biggest joy in life is spending time with them all… especially her grandchildren.

Mary Sanders

Mary-Brady-SandersVice President of Sales and Marketing – Mary Brady Sanders is a 4th-generation native of Northern Nevada. After a career of over 20 years in hospitality sales and marketing with 4 and 5 star resort properties, Mary joined Cascade Living Group in 2009 serving as a Community Relations Director and Director of Sales and Marketing at the community level and Senior Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the company. Mary has developed a true appreciation for the important standards necessary for high levels of guest service and quality care. She takes great pride in Cascade Living Group’s commitment to the culture and mission of Doing the Right Thing. Mary focuses on making sure the CLG sales and marketing teams have the leadership, knowledge, expertise and passion needed. Her goal is to support her regional sales leaders and their teams in providing compassionate and professional guidance as well as the best experience possible for potential residents and their families when choosing quality senior housing.

Mary resides in Reno, NV with her husband where they enjoy living on the family ranch, riding horses, raising cattle and their RV. They particularly enjoy spending time with family whenever they can, especially their 10 grandchildren.

Alys Anderson

Assistant Controller – Alys joined Cascade Living Group in July 1989 and has 30 years of Senior Housing Accounting. Entering accounting right out of college from the University of Oregon she started with a small company that built one of the first Assisted Living Communities in the Country, which is now run by Cascade Living Group. She started with Construction Accounting for the Assisted Living Communities, then moved onto Community Accountant and now, since 2007, has been the Accounting Manager for the Salem Office. Alys was born in Syracuse, New York and lived briefly in Tucson, Arizona when she was young before her family settled into Oregon where she grew up in a rural Costal Mountain range. She is married to her husband of 30 plus years, together they have one son, two huskies and multiple cats. Alys enjoys hiking, cooking, flower gardening and entertaining her friends and family.

Katie Andrews, RN, BSN

meet-team-Kathrine-aOregon 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.”

Dana Belden, RN, MSN


Sierra Regional Wellness Director – A native Californian, though residing in Reno, Nevada for the past 20 years, Dana has been with Cascade Living Group since 2010. She has been a nurse for over 35 years with the majority of her career working with seniors, recognizing early on that was the specialty area she truly enjoyed.
Dana attended San Jose State University, where she obtained her RN degree. She also attended University of California, San Francisco, earning her Masters of Science degree as a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She made her way up the hill to Truckee, California where she worked for eight years as the manager of a skilled nursing, long term care unit before moving to Reno to begin her assisted living career.
In her spare time, Dana enjoys hiking with friends and her dog, Murphy, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

“I have learned that the small gestures can sometimes have the biggest impact when caring for an elderly resident – taking a few minutes to talk and listen to their stories, holding a hand, helping to button a sweater.”

Maureen Boyle

team_MaureenDirector of Food and Dining – 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.

Nathan Dolejsi

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”

Suzanne Garside

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing – As Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Cascade Living Group, Suzanne brings a wealth of experience to her teams. As a successful 15-year veteran in senior living, Suzanne began her early career as an activity assistant in an independent living community in La Jolla, CA. Her experience also includes Community Development Coordinator for Gencare Lifestyle, Director of Sales and Marketing for ERA Living as well as Executive Director in an Emeritus assisted living and memory care community. In Suzanne’s most recent roles she traveled the US as an Operation Specialist and Regional Director of Operations for Senior Lifestyles, a Chicago based company.

Suzanne’s true passion is sales and marketing. “It makes me so happy to have seniors join a community and see them start to enjoy life again. Providing them with a new chapter and watching them flourish where we can care for them is so rewarding.”

Suzanne provides support for the sales teams in our Pacific Northwest communities. She loves living in the Seattle area where in her spare time Suzanne enjoys her dogs, cats, traveling and going to baseball games.

Jessi Helgren

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing – Jessi is a Northern Nevada native and received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies – with an emphasis in Aging from the University of Nevada Reno. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, she also holds a Minor and Certification in Gerontology. For Jessi working with seniors and families in our community has been a life-long passion and mission. As a student in high school, she volunteered in local senior homes and assisted living communities which inspired her to seek the education she needed to become part of the healthcare community. Jessi has over 10 years of professional health care experience. She served as the Director of Life Enrichment and Volunteer Coordinator with Life Care Center of Reno, a premier skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. Furthering her geriatric career, Jessi served as the Community Outreach Liaison for Right at Home – In-Home Care. Jessi joined Cascades Living Group In 2011 and is now part of the Regional Sales and Marketing team. Jessi’s grandparents are residents at our beautiful senior living community in Spanish Springs Nevada. She is so proud of the top-notch care and services her loved ones receive from the great staff and community leaders at Cascades of the Sierra. Jessi enjoys working with local animal rescue and dog fostering programs, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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.

Jennifer Riggins

Director of Training and Development – Jennifer has 15 years of experience in the senior living industry with a focus on Sales and Marketing. She joined Cascade Living Group in 2009 and is responsible for the creation, implementation, and improvement of training efforts; while maintaining consistent culture within the company. Jennifer’s greatest strengths are her creativity, leadership, and passion for seniors. Working with seniors has been the most rewarding part of her career. It has a way of making you take a step back from your own life and validating what is meaningful. Jennifer thrives on coaching, mentoring and collaborating with the marketing teams to help ensure they are successful in meeting their goals.

Living in the beautiful town of Gig Harbor, WA with her family; Jennifer enjoys spending time with her granddaughter Eloise, traveling, hiking, concerts, and sailing.

Chris Sutton

meet-chrisRegional 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.”

Valerie Valdez

Valerie-teamOperations 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!”

Lisa Waisath

Operations Specialist – Lisa Waisath joined the CLG team as an Operations Specialist in 2019. She comes with 17 years’ experience in the field, holding positions as Business Office Director, Marketing Director, Assistant Administrator, and Executive Director and with experience in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds. Originally an Education major, her passion for training and learning has led to her certification by DSHS to train long-term care workers in WA for Dementia and Mental Health specialty courses as well as to develop continuing education curricula. She has served on multiple Committees, Advisory Groups, and Cabinets for WHCA and LeadingAge Washington and has been instrumental in producing annual conferences and presenting educational sessions.

When not at work, Lisa’s passions include cooking, reading, travelling, and family.

“Growing up with my great-grandma as my best friend & constant companion, Assisted Living has been a natural fit. I am honored to serve our seniors with respect and dignity…and, of course, some fun!”

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