Our Team


Brandy Valencia

Executive Director


I CHAMPION the causes of seniors, with determined enthusiasm. I am driven by a kind heart and make whoever is in my midst feel important - because they are. I see limitless possibilities for joy and pursue every opportunity to create it, for my residents and my colleagues. I strive always to create a loving atmosphere that makes all feel welcome, respected and at ease.


  • Energizer
  • Advocate
  • Motivator



Janice Sykes

Director of Family Services and Life Enrichment



I RELATE completely to the experience of Alzheimer’s because my family lived it firsthand. My mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. She transitioned to a memory care community when she needed more care and safety than my father could provide. I believe it takes a village to raise an individual, even when that individual gets older. Loving professionals, who shared generously in the care of my mom, became part of our village. I am inspired to follow their lead and deliver to others the precious sense of community they brought to my family.


  • Champion
  • Nurturer
  • Refuge



Shelly Plath

Director of Community Relations



I DRIVE business growth with enthusiasm, focus and a deep sense of compassion. I connect with people easily and often because it is my nature. I am especially drawn to those who need help. I recognize quickly where they are now and honor where they want or need to be. Then, I get them there, no matter what it takes or how long. I bring creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to the every interaction or task at hand. I believe in the promise of Kensington Place, and I fully intend on keeping it.


  • Creative Spirit
  • Personality Powerhouse
  • People Magnet

Sandi Comstock, RN

Director of Nursing



I ADVOCATE for those who cannot speak for themselves. As a registered nurse with a long history in home care and critical care environments, I am uniquely attuned to serving residents and families in need. By observing carefully and listening without judgment, I find that compassionate attention is often all that’s needed to help someone feel better. I am a trusted confidante with a friendly face and a strong shoulder. I welcome every resident with an open heart and an open mind.


  • Healer
  • Smile Maker
  • Comforter

Chef Tony Ng

Director of Dining Services



I FLAVOR every dish I prepare with delicate seasonings, savory herbs, and most of all, love.I began cooking for seniors when I was a teenager and am elated every time they are guests at my table. I make sure I know what they like and what they need nutritionally to be well and stay well. I routinely manipulate recipes to accommodate specialized dietary requirements, without compromising taste, texture and aroma. I strive daily to deliver a mealtime experience that leaves each diner happy, satisfied, healthy and eager to join me again tomorrow.


  • Reinventor
  • Culinary Craftsman
  • Taste Sensation



Melissa Oakes

Director of Memory Care


I NURTURE both residents and the team. I recognize our community’s incredible opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and that brings a positive purpose and meaning to my work. As someone who has devoted much of my life to serving those with special needs, I revel in the small moments that I get to share and I am moved deeply when I know I touch a life positively.


  • Service Oriented Leader
  • Optimistic Listener
  • Difference Maker



Steve Brown

Director of Environmental Services


I ENSURE the smooth operation of Kensington Place - inside and out. I oversee all tasks and procedures related to our building and grounds, such as maintenance, housekeeping, laundry, safety systems and landscaping. I show up every day with a positive attitude - ready and willing to handle whatever comes my way. I regard residents and co-workers as family. As a result, I am inspired to use every resource I have or find ones I need to protect their interests, preserve their well-being and create an environment that looks and feels great.


  • Safekeeper
  • Engineer
  • Troubleshooter

Jessica Swaaley

Business Office Manager



I APPRECIATE all things positive—attitude, morale and numbers. I infuse every day with my personal formula for success: accuracy plus good energy plus caring for others.  That’s why I am vigilant in my attention to detail in accounting, bookkeeping and human resources so residents and their families can get on with the business of living, worry-free. 


  • Financial Wiz
  • Bright Spirit
  • Champion of Good Energy


Sierra Madre Team - Forest

Otto & Forest

Kensington Place’s Best Friends


WE BEFRIEND seniors, their families, guests, the team, and frankly, anyone who has a lap to spare. We welcome visitors, give kisses freely, and sit patiently for a cube of cheese or crumb of scone. Our agreeable yet spirited nature amuses, comforts and often, entertains. We give love unconditionally. We lift spirits, promote interaction and help others feel needed. 


  • Loyal Companions
  • Comforter
  • Guardian



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