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Scott Saunders

Executive Director

Scott Saunders was born and raised in Fruita, Colorado, and is excited to have returned to the Grand Valley, which he loves. Scott has over 25 years of experience in the elder care field, having managed several assisted living communities on the Western Slope of Colorado before joining the SSL at Grand Valley community as the executive director in January 2019. Scott grew up across the street from a skilled nursing facility, and likes to say he was raised by 125 grandparents. Those formative experiences with his elders have given him a lifelong passion for serving the senior community. An avid outdoorsman, Scott spends his free time climbing, mountain biking, rafting, fishing and hunting throughout the Western states.

Joey Long

Vibrant Life Director

Joey Long is a Colorado native and has lived in Grand Junction since he moved here in 2013. Although he is new to the Vibrant Life position, he is no stranger to the senior care industry, having worked his way up to where he is from various other positions in Solstice. In his free time, Joey likes to read books and broaden his horizons through traveling when possible.


Glenda Reust

Business Office Director

Glenda Reust is new to Solstice, having joined us as business office director. She brings a rich background in business management and human resources to the Grand Valley team. In her spare time, she likes to go to local restaurants and movies with her husband. She has two adult children in the area.


Tom Fuller

Building Services Director

Tom Fuller is a native of Florida and has been with Solstice since 2018. Not new to building services, Tom previously worked at large retirement communities in Florida. During his spare time, Tom burns up the road traveling with his wife, Tammy, on their beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycles.


Betsy Thatcher

Director of Sales and Marketing

Betsy Thatcher has lived in Grand Junction since 1994, when she relocated from Huntington Beach, California. Betsy has over 32 years of sales and marketing experience. She is also very involved with the local Chamber of Commerce and nonprofit groups. Betsy loves working with seniors and counts many of our residents as friends. She has been married for 29 years and has two daughters, who live in the Denver area.


Seferino Apodaca

Culinary Services Director

Chef Seferino Apodaca, “Chef Sef,” was born in Fresno, California, and got into the service industry as a young boy, busing tables and helping around at a local mom-and-pop shop. Chef perfected his skills working with some of the best chefs from all over the country. Recently he was the chef at Community Hospital, as well as the executive chef and director of Culinary Services of Colorado Canyons Hospital of Fruita, Colorado. He brings his passion for food and is excited to share creative dishes. He shares seven children and seven grandchildren with the love of his life, Michelle.

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