Meet Our Staff
Our residents love living here because our employees love working here. Get to know the team that makes Vi at Grayhawk a great place to live.
Executive Director Yannick Gilbert.
Yannick Gilbert Executive Director
As Executive Director, Yannick oversees every aspect of the community, which includes the quality of service, amenities, care and programming for each and every Vi at Grayhawk resident. Yannick has 15 years of progressive business experience focusing on environmental quality, healthcare administration, and senior living. He came to Vi in 2013 as Vi at Palo Alto’s Care Center Administrator and was promoted to Associate Executive Director in 2015. Yannick began his role as Executive Director at Vi at Grahyhawk in 2022.
Vi at Grayhawk Sales Director Jan Wiggins
Jan Wiggins Sales Director
Jan directs all of our sales efforts at Vi at Grayhawk. She also manages each sales team member, and represents Vi to the larger Scottsdale community. Jan has more than 35 years of experience in hospitality with over 20 years with American Airlines vacation travel and sales and other tour companies & group sales, as well as over 17 years in senior living. Jan joined Vi in 2005.
Melanie Bartola Care Center Administrator
Melanie oversees the Care Center including Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Memory Support. Along with a team of caring professionals, she ensures a quality experience for each of our residents and personalized approach for every person in the Care Center. Melanie has over 10 years of long-term care experience and joined Vi at Grayhawk’s care team in 2018.
Vi at Grayhawk, Director of Resident Services Jason Halvaei
Jason Halvaei Director of Resident Services
Jason assists independent living residents and their family members should they need support during a change in a resident's health. He also works to ensure residents receive the appropriate level of care and service while in independent living. Additionally, Jason oversees wellness amenities and manages our concierge services. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a double minor in Biology and History, and a Master of Social Work Degree specializing in Clinical PM. Jason has been working in the field of Social Services since 2008 and joined the Vi team in 2020.
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Vi at Grayhawk Lifestyle Director Rene Bracamonte
Rene Bracamonte Lifestyle Director
Rene is at the center of everything social at Vi at Grayhawk. He creates, finds and arranges outings and events for residents like educational lectures, travel clubs, fitness classes, day trips to unique places in Arizona, and much more. He also helps manage the numerous resident-led clubs and events that keep Vi at Grayhawk members engaged and active. Rene comes from an event management background where he worked on events such as The Super Bowl, Waste Management Open (Phoenix Open) and Ironman triathlons. Rene joined the Vi at Grayhawk team in October of 2009 as a Lifestyle Coordinator and became Lifestyle Director in August of 2012.
Amanda Chandler, director of nursing at Vi at Grayhawk
Amanda Chandler Director of Nursing
Amanda helps to manage the quality of care and services provided to residents of Vi at Grayhawk's care center, which includes assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing accommodations. She also oversees the care center nursing staff and works directly with the care center administrator to provide care for each resident. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and an Assisted Living Manager Certificate. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Amanda joined Vi in 2015.
Vi at Grayhawk Director of Human Resources Willow Jodar, PHR, SHRM-CP
Willow Jodar, PHR, SHRM-CP Director of Human Resources
Willow works to enhance both resident and employee satisfaction through oversight and management of human resources at Vi at Grayhawk. Willow has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and 10 years of operations experience in the Hotel Industry. She joined Vi in 2020.
Vi at Grayhawk Executive Chef Kris Van Houten.
Kris Van Houten Executive Chef
Executive Chef Kris Van Houten oversees the culinary program for Vi at Grayhawk, including menu creation and food preparation. Shortly after graduating from the Iowa Culinary Institute, he interned at a hotel and restaurant in Le Cergne, France and has been an Executive Chef in senior living communities and hospitals since 2009. He has over 20 years of experience in the food service industry. Kris joined Vi in 2021.
Vi at Grayhawk Director of Dining Services Gregory Beckley
Gregory Beckley Director of Dining Services
Greg creates an exceptional dining experience for our residents, providing personalized service from table reservations and plate settings to purveyor selection and vendor coordination. He has more than 20 years of management experience in the hospitality industry. Greg joined Vi in 2012.
Vi at Grayhawk Director of Housekeeping Monique Walker, CHHE
Monique Walker, CHHE Director of Housekeeping
Monique oversees the housekeeping function for the community, with a focus on providing a comfortable living environment for every resident. She has more than 30 years of experience in housekeeping management. Monique joined Vi in 2002.
Vi at Grayhawk Director of Engineering Robert Davis, CEOE
Robert Davis, CEOE Director of Engineering
Robert is responsible for maintenance of the community’s physical plant, and the numerous buildings on our 33-acre campus. He is a Certified Engineering Operation Executive (CEOE), and has worked at Vi at Grayhawk since 2001.
Vi at Grayhawk Director of Accounting Michelle Showalter, CPA
Michelle Showalter, CPA Director of Accounting
Michelle is responsible for all accounting operations for Vi at Grayhawk. Michelle, a certified public accountant (CPA), has a diverse background which includes more than 25 years in public accounting. Michelle joined Vi in 2011.