Meet the Team
Deborah Savoie - Executive Director
Deborah started her career in senior care working with her Sister-in-Law‘s Physical Therapy Company. As her passion grew for seniors, so did her career. In 1991, she accepted her first Executive Director role in an Assisted Living community. In 2008, she became a Regional Operations Manager of an Assisted Living Company. And in 2010, her passion and love for seniors took her back into an assisted living community as an Executive Director. “The best part of my day in knowing I’ve made a difference in a resident’s life.” Deborah enjoys the theater and the Opera.
Hazel Castro - Assisted Living Director
Hazel brings years of experience and success in geriatric care to her position. Her greatest passion is serving those living with cognitive impairments that are unable to advocate for themselves. Personalization is at the heart of Hazel’s care philosophy, a practice that stems from her understanding that aging affects each person differently.
Hazel obtained her nursing license in 2010, at which point she continued her studies at Cal State East Bay and studied Health Science with a focus in Community Health Education. In 2012, she was hired as a senior living Program Director, and three months later, promoted to manage both the assisted living and memory care department.
In 2013, Hazel was certified as a Dementia Practitioner by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Through this, she has a wealth of skills that has allowed her to excel professionally and enrich many lives. Hazel sees every day as a new opportunity to make a difference, not only to those she cares for and their loved ones, but her peers and everyone else whose lives she touches.
John Robert Pro - Generations Program Director
John is the Generations Program Director for our memory care neighborhood at The Point at Rockridge Senior Living. With over 20 years of management experience, John’s top priority is to provide great customer service and help his team achieve and reach their potential. Previously, he was a Clinical Office Manager at St. Luke’s Health Care Center which is a part of The Sutter Health Foundation. At St. Luke’s Health Care Center, John was responsible for the operations of three departments which consisted of Women’s Health, Pediatric Health, and Adult Medicine. After that, he moved on to perform duties as a Clinical Supervisor at San Francisco Perinatal Associates, where they provided comprehensive quality care for women whose pregnancies were deemed to be high-risk.
His next step in the health care field was as a Field and Staffing Manager at Accent Care Home Care/Home Health where he was responsible for the operations of 2 offices serving the Peninsula and South Bay Regions. After serving 10 years in the Home Care Industry, John began his journey into the Assisted Living Industry where he became a Memory Care Director at senior living company. He feels that he has found his passion and finds it to be an honor to work with our seniors. On a personal note, John is the proud father of 2 children, Adreanna and John Jr., as well as he has a 1 year old granddaughter named Mila who all mean the world to him. John enjoys music, traveling, meeting new people, and above all helping others.
Anastacia Corse - Director of Sales & Marketing
Anastacia was raised in Hawaii and was a volunteer while in high school at convalescent hospitals – always enjoying bringing a smile to her elders. She turned her passion to working with seniors after taking care of her grandmother who had Alzheimer’s over 20 years ago. Her grandmother was her source of inspiration to leave the world of high tech behind and embrace all facets of working with the aging population. Anastacia feels very blessed to have the privilege of working with families to help facilitate next steps for safety and well-being for their loved ones.
Anastacia enjoys world travel, scuba diving, mountain biking, kayaking, doing art, gardening and cooking. She has two cats and a dog named Charlie, who also enjoys going to work every day – and loves to interact with the residents who stop by to visit him. Anastacia has a BA in Transpersonal Psychology, is a clinical hypnotherapist and holds an RCFE license.
Fabio Koehler Dias - Culinary Services Director
Fabio was born and raised in Brazil and after graduating from college, he moved to San Francisco. From a young age, Fabio had a passion for everything that included food, as the kitchen has always felt like home to him.
His Italian and German ancestry passed on the love of food and cooking as well. Family gatherings for him have always revolved around the menu and cooking. Eventually, Fabio turned his passion into his career path and started working in assisted living in early 2008.
Fabio’s personal commitment to his life is to continue to learn and study about the relationships of food, health and nutrition, as he finds these subjects fascinating. He wholeheartedly incorporates this commitment into the meals he prepare to continue to help residents maintain vibrant health. In Fabio’s free time, he enjoys playing soccer, painting and spending time with friends and family.
Joseph Verduzco - Maintenance Director
Joseph joined The Point at Rockridge team in November 2016. He has a strong background in maintenance with over 10 years of experience in the industry working on rehabs, contract bidding, negotiations, capital needs assessments, implementing preventative maintenance programs and training service for technicians. Before joining The Point at Rockridge, he worked for commercial and retail space in the garment district of New York City. Joseph is a loving father to his two daughters and two sons, a supportive husband and a professional musician. On his spare time he enjoys making music, graphic designing and golfing. He ensures the safety and day to day operations of the community.
Edie Dascole - Business Office Director
Edie joined The Point at Rockridge team in July 2017. She came to us with 12 years of experience as a Business Office Director in senior living communities. She is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and human resources. Edie loves helping seniors and their families and making a difference in their lives. She was born and raised in Queens, New York and moved to California in 1984. She is married with three daughters, a granddaughter and grandson and most enjoys family time and travels.
Georgi Sivulka - Vibrant Life Director
Georgi brings to The Point at Rockridge a wealth of experience in Recreation Therapy and a professional background in dance, fitness training and music. Her path to becoming the Vibrant Life Director began more than 10 years ago working with a board certified Recreation Therapist. As her experience with planning and leading creative programs grew, she continued on to become a director for both memory care and assisted living. Frequently incorporating residents’ preferences and suggestions, Georgi takes an individual approach to activity planning. Her experience also includes corporate event planning and she has taught and performed Middle Eastern and Persian dance for over 15 years.
Joseph Karpanty - Vibrant Life Director
Joe Karpanty was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Joe has been happily married for 24 years and has a 10-year-old son, Joshua. His journey to San Francisco occurred while he was aboard the USS Carl Vinson nuclear aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy during the Cold War years of 1984 to 1988.
Joe graduated summa cum laude from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure studies management. He is blessed as he loves his job, which is his passion, his love and his honor to work with the greatest generation our country has ever seen. Joe’s motto is “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why!”
Kim - Business Office Director
Kim was born and raised in the Philippines, where the social model is that the entire family takes care of their elders – so advocating for her elders in the assisted living model comes naturally.
Kim started working in the assisted living business in 2013 with humble and rewarding beginnings working as a caregiver, medical technician and wellness manager. With a degree in nursing and many classes (and a HUGE interest) in accounting, Kim could not resist an opportunity to work in the business office as the assistant to the business office director. Eight months later, Kim found herself being offered the very busy and complex position of business office director here at The Point at Rockridge. She finds this work very challenging and rewarding.
Kim describes herself as a homebody when she’s not at work. She enjoys quiet time with her husband and loves going on road trips for travel and adventure.
Allison - Director of Sales and Marketing
Allison lives in the Millsmont area of Oakland with her life partner of 35 years, Amy Mueller, and their two children, who are in their teens to 20s. She is president of the East Bay Women’s Network, an engaged parent at Berkeley High School and a member of Kehilla Community Synogogue’s Chevre Kadisha. When not helping seniors, she spends time in her garden.
Before she began a career in senior living, Allison was as an executive chef who morphed into ownership of one of the top 10 San Francisco catering companies. After adopting her two children in 1998, Allison shifted her career focus to working with seniors. As a communications manager and consultant with Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland or “The Chimes” (which she coined), she created Jazz at the Chimes, Opera at the Chimes, Day of the Dead celebration and other successful community programs to draw folks into its Julia Morgan-designed mausoleum. Shifting into senior care, Allison has been hired continually as a turnaround/outreach specialist for low-occupancy assisted living communities utilizing creative event marketing to turn the tide and robust community connections.
Mary Ann - Generations Program Director
Mary Ann is the Generations Program director, with more than 10 years’ experience in providing coordination and management in the medical and real estate industries. She joined the Point at Rockridge team in 2016 and was promoted as the Generations Program director in April 2018. Mary Ann loves working with the team, as well as our residents and their family members.