Our Team The Ridge Foothill

The people behind the place.

Get to know the special people who help make The Ridge Foothill such a special place. Our qualified team members are dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults, committed to providing quality care, and determined to continue setting the standard for elevated senior living in Salt Lake City.

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“The staff is amazing, very friendly and always willing to help. The Ridge makes you feel like you live at a 5-star hotel.”
– Cyndi, Professional

Our Team
Bobby Ginn

Bobby Ginn

Executive Director

Bobby grew up in Southern California and moved to Utah in 1992; he fell in love with the beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities in Utah. He attained a Bachelor’s degree from William Penn University with an emphasis in Business Administration. He has worked in Senior Living as an Executive Director or Marketing Director starting in 2011 and enjoys making a difference in the lives he serves. Bobby takes pride in developing personal relationships while caring for each resident as an individual and providing a continuity of care that is second to none. Bobby and his wife Gina have four children; they all enjoy camping, boating and playing soccer together.

Karl Ramirez

Karl Ramirez

Director of Marketing

Karl hails from the Philippines, growing up there before attending the University of Utah and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in health promotion and education. During his four years in the senior living industry, he’s channeled his expertise to raise community health standards and improve outcomes for residents. Karl takes a holistic approach to his work, balancing the personalities of individual residents with their needs and the community’s needs. He remains inspired by the work senior living communities do to improve the health of our society on both a personal and policy level.

Tracy Lynn Valdez, MTRS, CTRS

Tracy Lynn Valdez, MTRS, CTRS

Director of Memory Support

During her 27-year career in health care, she has worked with residents in memory care neighborhoods and recreational therapy departments in various different types of senior living communities including skilled nursing communities, adult day care, assisted living communities and intellectual disability facilities. She will apply all this experience to her role as Director of Memory Care Support at The Ridge Foothill. She is dedicated to working with families and residents to discover the things that brought them fulfillment throughout their life and make that a part of their daily lives at The Ridge. She loves listening to seniors stories and sharing special moments with them that bring smiles and laughter to their days. A hands-on leader, she is passionate about helping seniors and making their quality of life the best it can be. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Lifestyle Management from Weber State University and a Masters in Recreation Therapy from Clemson University. When not at work, she finds calm and peace in the outdoors with her family and her adventurous dog Bailey where they hike, bike, run, kayak, snowshoe, camp and fish.

Carol Runia

Carol Runia

Business Office Director

Carol was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has great admiration and respect for seniors and a passion for contributing to their health and well-being. She loves the Utah mountains and the local lakes in which she spends her past time paddle boarding. Carol has three children and one grandchild. Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of a day’s work for Carol. She has 20+ years of experience as an office manager and stared at The Ridge in June 2020.

Roe Sagun

Roe Sagun

Culinary Director

Roe was born in Cebu, Philippines and raised in the suburbs of New York where she graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park with a degree in Hospitality Management. After a working at Ridgewood Country in New Jersey, she moved to Utah where she ran corporate cafés and hospitals for Thomas Cuisine Management.  Roe now brings her culinary expertise to The Ridge Foothill. She enjoys spending time with her spouse, son, cat and dog camping, cooking and off-roading.

Sam Hillman

Sam Hillman

Maintenance Director

Sam grew up down the road in West Jordan where he graduated from West Jordan High School. He received an Associates Degree from Salt Lake Community College with a focus in welding. He holds certificates from OSHA, MSHA and CPO. He brings his experience as a maintenance supervisor of an apartment complex and as a foreman on 7-Eleven remodels to the Ridge. He’s passionate about identifying and fixing problems. He is thankful that he can now provide care to seniors who have taught and supported him through his life and career.

Melissa Barron-Resendez

Melissa Barron-Resendez

Team Development Coordinator

Melissa has seen it all and done it all in senior living which is why she is perfect in the role of Team Development Coordinator for The Ridge Foothill. She started her career as a licensed CNA, MedTech and Lead Med Tech where she grew in both knowledge and experience . It is that knowledge that she shares with our team to ensure our resident experience is exceptional. She has a unique ability to pay attention to even the smallest detail because that is where she shows how much she cares for residents and her teammates. She was born in Sinaloa, Mexico and grew up in Utah. She holds an Associates in Liberal Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit Michigan. Outside of work, her family and friends inspire her to continue to discover new things every day — whether that is a delicious meal, amazing views or cozy nights at home.

Mandie Paunie

Mandie Paunie

Move In Coordinator

Born and raised in Utah, Mandie graduated from Kearns High School and is a Certified Nursing Assistant and Therapeutic Recreation Technician. She has spent her career serving seniors either in skilled nursing or here at The Ridge Foothill. She knows and understands the ins and outs of senior living since she’s worked as CNA, Team Lead, Direct Care Supervisor, Activities Director, Admissions Coordinator, and in the business office. Since the age of six, Mandie was raised by her grandmother who she credits for her love of seniors and healthcare. Mandie’s desire is to show the same care and love to her residents, that had been shown her throughout her life. She never shies away from taking on and overcoming a new challenge. Her Co-worker describe her as always willing and ready to help, no matter the situation.  She currently lives in Poplar Grove with her two boys, her husband Sione, and their son Xavier. She is a self-described jack of all trades — she loves to draw, paint, and has a tiny farm in her backyard where she raises chickens, grows her own veggies and loves learning new things.

Hannah Doty

Hannah Doty

Community Life Director

With a passion for seniors and the outdoors, Hannah melds her years of experience with both to benefit the residents of The Ridge Foothill. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder and has been recognized by the Fort Carson Garrision Commander for her work in outdoor recreation and the design and implementation of a “Women in the Wilderness” program — a rare honor from Army leadership for a civilian. Hannah has an Associate of Science degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University in Hawaii and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation management from Brigham Young University in Idaho. In her role at The Ridge, she connects with seniors through wholesome activities to ensure they have fun and find joy in doing things they love — which she believes is a reward for their life’s work. She is a problem-solver that enjoys a good challenge. Outside of work, she is inspired by the by the beautiful natural world, positive difference-makers and her family and friends who love and support her.

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