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Staff Member Waits to Greet Residents in the Foyer of Vi at Palo Alto an Upscale Retirement Community in California

Meet Our Staff

We have top-notch service because we have a dedicated staff. These are the people who work tirelessly to make Vi at Palo Alto a more comfortable place for you.
Executive Director | Vi at Palo Alto

John Koselak Executive Director

As Executive Director, John oversees every aspect of the community, which includes the quality of service, amenities, care, and programming for each and every Vi at Palo Alto resident. John previously worked at Vi at Grayhawk and has been with Vi since 2005.

Yannick Gilbert Associate Executive Director

Yannick oversees functional departments and administrative projects for Vi at Palo Alto, including resident transfers, Project Management, Food and Beverage, and Risk Management. Yannick joined the Vi at Palo Alto team in 2013 as the Care Center Administrator. 

Robert Knigge Director of Sales

Robert directs all of our sales efforts at Vi at Palo Alto. He also manages each sales team member, and represents Vi to the larger Palo Alto community. Robert has over 30 years of experience in sales and marketing and joined Vi in 2020.

Mark Nelson Care Center Administrator

As the Care Center Administrator, Mark works closely with his team of nurses and support staff to develop a personalized approach for every care center resident. He has over 6 years of experience across various levels of care. Mark graduated from University of Utah studying business management. In addition, he is halfway through an Executive Master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota and is looking forward to the successful completion of that program at the end of 2020.

Siobhan Rhea Surraco, MA Gerontology Director of Resident Services

Siobhan assists independent living residents and their family members should they need support during a change in a resident’s health. She also works to ensure residents receive the appropriate level of care and service while in independent living. Siobhan oversees the Wellness Center as well as Concierge.


Shari Okumura Director of Human Resources

Shari works to enhance both resident and employee satisfaction through oversight and management of human resources at Vi at Palo Alto. Shari spent 12 years in Human Resources at Hyatt Hotels before joining the Vi at Palo Alto team.

Manuel Villarreal, CPA Director of Accounting

Manuel is responsible for all accounting operations for Vi at Palo Alto. Manuel, a certified public accountant (CPA), has worked at Vi at Palo Alto since 2009.

Dean La Russa, CEC, CDM, CFPP Executive Chef

Executive Chef Dean La Russa oversees the culinary program for Vi at Palo Alto, including menu creation and food preparation. He is a certified executive chef (CEC), a certified dietary manager (CDM) and a certified food protection professional (CFPP).  Chef Dean joined the Vi at Palo Alto team at the community’s opening in 2005 and is originally from Belmont, CA.

Luis Lopez, CFPP, CDM Director of Dining Services

Luis makes dining an experience. He manages our dining room – from table reservations and plate settings, to the personalized service each resident receives. He joined Vi at Palo Alto during the community’s 2005 opening, and has more than 26 years of experience in the dining industry.

Jessica Lyngaas Lifestyle Director

Jessica manages community activities, events, and services designed to enrich residents’ lives and promote wellness of mind, body, and spirit. She oversees Transportation, Programs, and Fitness departments at Vi and has worked at Vi at Palo Alto since 2013.

John Langford Director of Engineering

John is responsible for security and maintenance of the community’s physical plant as well as the numerous buildings on our campus. He joined Vi at Palo Alto in 2018.

Rodrey Degracia Director of Housekeeping

Rodrey oversees the housekeeping function for the community, with a focus on providing a comfortable living environment for every resident. Before assuming his role in 2019, Rodrey spent more than 10 years in the Healthcare industry. He is also a Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional from the American Hospital Association and a Registered Environmental Services Executive from the International Executive Housekeeping Association.