Meet Our Team – Eskaton Lodge Gold River
Neal Torres is the Executive Director at Eskaton Lodge Gold River and loves getting people to laugh with his constant stream of infamous “Dad Jokes,” creating a strong family environment, and helping both his residents and team members live life to the fullest. He has spent the majority of his career in the senior living and care industry, gaining experience in areas such as dementia support and awareness, sales and marketing, and elevated customer service. Outside of work, Neal also enjoys spending time with his family, watching his teams play (49ers and Golden State Warriors), and trying different types of foods and restaurants. For Neal, the most rewarding part of the role is knowing Eskaton residents and staff have a strong sense of self and security.
Resident Care Coordinator
Edith Oster is the Resident Care Coordinator at Eskaton Lodge Gold River and has worked in the nursing industry for 15 years, gaining experience in both skilled nursing and assisted living environments. A seasoned licensed vocational nurse (LVN), Edith is passionate about supporting the health and well-being of older adults. Edith enjoys spending time with her family, sewing, Sudoku, walking her dog, and crafting when she is not at work.
Residential Living Advisor
Sitarah McDonald is the Residential Living Advisor at Eskaton Lodge Gold River and loves helping people to recognize the many benefits of community living. She has served in the senior living industry for five years, gaining experience in areas such as dementia care and health and wellness for older adults. In addition to supporting residents and their loved ones with their transition into a new setting, Sitarah enjoys artistic expression, reading fantasy novels, and spending quality time with family when not at work. For Sitarah, seeing residents thrive is the most rewarding part of her role, and she remains committed to providing superb service and the Eskaton experience for her residents.
Mark Stull has worked at Eskaton Lodge Gold River for 22 years. As the community’s Maintenance Supervisor, he is passionate about meeting the needs of the residents and keeping Eskaton Lodge Gold River in top shape. He has spent the majority of his career in aging services, and has owned his own business. Outside of the office, Mark enjoys going to church, the outdoors, woodworking, computers, and reading.
Business Services Manager
Jocelyn “Lyn” Navarro-Perena has been with Eskaton for 13 years. As the seasoned Business Services Manager for Eskaton Lodge Gold River for nine years, Lyn is passionate about helping residents with their ongoing financial needs and assisting her co-workers with their payroll, benefits and much more. Prior to joining Eskaton, she was involved in the administration of various businesses. Outside of work, Lyn enjoys baking different kinds of bread, traveling and spending time with her family.
Karen Peets is a Wellness Nurse at Eskaton Lodge Gold River and has worked in the assisted living industry for six years. Prior to that, Karen was a teacher, sports coach, and stay-at-home mom with a variety of other job experiences interspersed. In her role at Eskaton Lodge Gold River, she is passionate about supporting the staff and residents with whatever is needed. She has stepped in as the interim Memory Care Coordinator and oversees the medication recycling program, which has provided thousands of dollars in medication assistance to those who are unable to afford their medications. Outside of the office, Karen enjoys quilting, gardening, canning and traveling with her family.