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The people that make the place.

It takes a special kind of person to make a special kind of place. Our qualified team of caring professionals is dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults, committed to providing quality care, and determined to continue setting the standard for elevated senior living.

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“I’ve been in the hospice care industry for several years and I know the senior communities in Utah. I would love for my own parents to be able to live at Cottonwood Place.

Every time I’ve been there to care for the residents, I’ve noticed how exceptional the people are.”– Sarah, Health Services Nurse

Our Team
Klint Burningham

Klint Burningham

Executive Director

Klint graduated from the University of Utah in 2013, with a B.A. in international business and a minor in Spanish. He spent two intensive semesters as an exchange student in Oviedo, Spain. He lived with and cared for his grandmother before she passed, which inspires him to work directly with his care team to ensure they provide only the highest level of care. 

Klint brings with him a unique experience from the hospitality industry, having worked at The Grand America here in Salt Lake City. A friend saw his potential and recruited him into senior living, where he has blossomed as a top executive director and trainer.

His family and friends say he brings life and laughter and an exuberance to any activity. He has a huge heart and great compassion for others. Klint’s passion for seniors and energy are contagious.

Raven Storm

Raven Storm

Director of Sales & Marketing

Raven was born in Maryland but spent most of his formative years in Ohio before coming to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. Throughout his career, his passion has been long-term memory care, bringing over three decades of experience in the field to our team at The Ridge Cottonwood. He understands the challenges those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia face, and he brings that expertise to our residents and families every day. Outside of work, Raven is inspired by the ballet, symphony, opera and theater.

Raven is also a prominent leader in The Ridge Cottonwood’s dementia support group. He meets with caregivers and loved ones monthly to discuss dementia and Alzheimer’s in a safe and open environment.

Celeste Yeates

Celeste Yeates

Business Office Director

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 doing accounting for a variety of different industries. When she decided it was time for a change, she brought her talents to The Ridge Cottonwood. Celeste loves to interact with all members of the Cottonwood family and is passionate about using her talents to bring purpose and meaning to others.

Christopher Cornelius

Christopher Cornelius

Building Services Director

Christopher is more than a technician with a Class B CDL certification – he’s an integral part of The Ridge Cottonwood team. Born in Oklahoma, Christopher grew up in Tulsa before living in Denver, Phoenix and Albuquerque. Since joining our team, he’s become known to his colleagues as a dependable, passionate and positive professional. Outside of work, Christopher has a talent for drawing anything he can see, which sometimes amazes even himself.

Cristi Gulbransen

Cristi Gulbransen

Community Life Director

Cristi is very passionate about helping people improve their quality of life. After taking personal training and nutrition courses, she spent 17 years coaching and managing local exercise facilities. She specialized in senior care and helped family members reach their health and fitness goals. She started her career with The Ridge Cottonwood in 2017 in the Tapestry neighborhood. Six months later, she started splitting her hours between assisted living and Tapestry. After a few years, she was promoted to community life director. She enjoys connecting with residents to make their lives more fulfilling and add purpose to their day.

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson

Care Coordinator

Kim is the resident care coordinator. She moved to Utah as a teenager and graduated from Murray High School. Kim began her path toward becoming an RN in 2017 while living in Washington state. She has been a CNA since 2019 and joined us at The Ridge Cottonwood in 2020. Before she began her health care pursuits, Kim was in manufacturing, where she gained experience in several roles as an operator, lead, trainer, coordinator and even technical writer. Kim is most passionate about helping others — whether she helps others do tasks or helps them learn how to do tasks, she finds the work rewarding. Outside work, Kim enjoys being creative by painting, sewing or creating 3D designs.

Leslie Austin, RN-BC

Leslie Austin, RN-BC

Assisted Living Director

Leslie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Utah as a Service Learning Scholar in 2004. Upon graduation, she started her nursing career at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and continued with two years at the Children’s Surgical Unit in Primary Children’s Hospital. Leslie’s devotion to seniors drew her back to the aging population as a home health and hospice nurse. She found a career she truly loves, and soon earned a specialized nursing certification as a gerontological nurse. Now as the assisted living director at The Ridge Cottonwood, she enjoys serving each of the community’s residents, welcoming their wisdom and experience, their sense of humor, and their genuine appreciation of life.

Misty Nomberto

Misty Nomberto

Memory Care Director

Misty is from Walla Walla, Washington. She began volunteering in Senior Living in 1996 and has worked full time in the industry for the last 5 years. She has previously worked in care and as a life enrichment director. She has a background in psychology and gerontology and especially loves working with the Memory Care population. She is a certified dementia dialogues instructor for the state of Utah and is also a trained facilitator for virtual dementia tours. She’s a mom of 5, ages 10-20, and enjoys music, photography, hiking and fiber art.

Fernanda Naranjo Olsen

Fernanda Naranjo Olsen

Move In Coordinator

Fernanda was born in Guayaquil Ecuador where she attended the University of Guayaquil for business administration in which she has a degree. Fernanda moved to the United States, and began her career as a CNA in 2002. Fernanda has worked in healthcare for 18 years and has worked at the Ridge Cottonwood as the Residents Service Coordinator. She is always happy to help and has a passion for the quality care of our senior population.

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