The people putting strategy into motion.
The Ridge has served Salt Lake City and Denver area older adults with quality care for nearly ten years, winning awards along the way. The communities are privately owned and purposely designed to support forward-thinking and positive experiences for residents, their families, and team members alike.
Meet the team making The Ridge Senior Living synonymous with exceptional senior living – connecting our vision for the future with the day-to-day success of our individual communities.
Mandy Hampton – CEO
Coming from humble beginnings in small town Montana, Mandy has applied relentless perseverance throughout her time in the senior living industry. She started her senior living career in 2005 as a Business Office Director and has held many operational positions in communities and in the management of communities including Executive Director, Regional Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations, Divisional Vice President of Operations, COO and now, CEO. Under her leadership at ISL LLC, the 30 communities she managed won awards for occupancy, net operating income, customer service, and one received Executive Director of the year. A recognized innovator and leader, she has served on committees that created programming for new hire orientation, activities, memory care and assisted with the launch of several software platforms. She has experience in many phases of community development, having overseen more than 20 community rehabilitations and ground-up construction projects. She remains just as driven as she was on day one. In her current role, she is determined to provide seniors with a place to truly thrive — not only through exceptional design and purposeful programming, but also through the innovative integration of new technology and a forward-thinking business approach.
Marti Milligan – Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Marti joined The Ridge Senior Living team in February 2018. She’s worked in the senior living industry for over a decade in both for-profit and nonprofit arenas. Her expertise in sales management spans all service levels, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Marti graduated from State College of Florida and is certified in Senior Living Sales Management by Florida State University. She’s passionate about empowering sales teams to achieve their goals, while maintaining a high level of integrity and compassion for the seniors they serve.
Jay Fritzler – Vice President of Development
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Jay has worked in residential and commercial construction since 1996. He moved to Denver in 2016 and began working in the senior living industry where he connected with The Ridge Senior Living. Jay oversees all new construction, development, and maintenance for The Ridge Senior Living – working closely with the onsite Building Operations teams to create elevated communities that inspire. Having performed a broad range of trades across a variety of construction types, he possesses the ability to quickly understand all the moving pieces of a project and effectively manage it through every phase. Jay holds a Business Administration degree from Oregon State University.
Diane Macheers – Vice President of Corporate Communications
With 30 years of experience across all platforms and disciplines, Diane is a communications and marketing expert by any measure. Her ability to identify and understand the unique business needs of senior living leads to strategies and day-to-day management that grows the business. The Ridge Senior Living depends on Diane’s leadership to ensure smooth and thriving marketing and communication operations. Diane has seen it all and has led successes in every situation. She is a problem solver who gets ‘er done, which is reflected in one of her favorite phrases, “Yes, we can do it.” Her enthusiasm is contagious and her integrity is universally respected. Diane has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Business Administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University. With a passion for service, Diane uses her time outside of work to contribute to civic and community causes.
Joe Farrell – Chief Financial Officer
A native Californian, Joe is CFO of The Ridge Senior Living after joining the company three years ago. He comes to The Ridge from Ernst & Young where he was a senior associate in the Wealth and Asset Management sector in Los Angeles. He graduated from The University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting and shortly after earned his CPA. He is experienced in tax preparation, financial analysis, and budgets. He is honest, hardworking and has a drive to continually learn new things. Joe’s tenacity is evidenced in his two-month cross-country bike trek that took him from the Virginia coast to the Santa Monica Pier.
Suzanne Foley – Vice President of Human Resources
Human resources and senior living have been Suzanne’s blood for nearly 30 years, and she loves both because it’s a combination that allows her to make a difference in so many lives. She’s built strong cultures and people through her HR career where her colleagues describe her as sincere, supportive and committed. She is an expert in risk management and knows how to create systems that enable smooth and efficient operations in our communities. In addition to her many certifications and board positions, Suzanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Arts in Organizational Development from the University of Phoenix. Suzanne is an avid sports fan who went to college on a basketball scholarship and still plays today in a senior women’s league.
Penelope Peery, RN – Vice President of Clinical Services
A graduate of the University of Montana, Penelope has worked in various levels of senior living for nearly 15 years. She has worked in all areas of health care but chose senior living for her career because she is passionate about helping seniors live their best lives and maintain their independence. She is committed to every aspect of our residents’ care and respects their individual personality, needs and wishes. She is a highly respected nurse by her peers and has become an expert in COVID mitigation. Penelope loves spending time with her family, and enjoys skiing, paddle boarding and traveling.
Celeste Yeates – Senior Accountant
Celeste has come a long way from her hometown in upstate New York. After graduating with a degree in accounting from Brigham Young University, she spent more than 20 years managing accounting functions for a variety of different industries. Celeste brings the same level of integrity and purpose to The Ridge corporate team that she brought to The Ridge Cottonwood for many years. She works directly with the Business Office Directors at the Communities and CFO. She is passionate about using her talents to bring purpose and meaning to others.
Katherine Rosales – Corporate Office Manager
Born in Los Angeles, Katherine moved to Salt Lake City, UT when she was six years old. She started working at age 14 and hasn’t stopped since as she found a passion for hard work because she realized that it would help her achieve her dreams. As a testament to that, she graduated high school at 17 years old and attended Salt Lake Community College where she became a part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. As a Latina, her culture has taught her to put the needs of elders before her own and she sees that same dedication to the residents at The Ridge Senior Living. Her previous work experience includes working for a real estate company as an Executive Assistant. She leads by example, is eager to learn, and always has a friendly smile. Outside of work, she’s inspired by her two beautiful children and her mother, who is one of the most important role models in her life. Because of these inspirations, she always strives to be a better person and mother than she was the day before.
How we bring a touch of wow to the senior living industry.
We promise a life full of purpose, choices and delicious food.
Our family of residents and employees value individuality, mutual care, and gratitude.
We will make a positive impact on your life, our lives, and the greater community.