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The staff here are outstanding. They are very helpful, they are very friendly, they are very dependable.

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Chrissy Akes
Interim Executive Director

Chrissy Akes, NHA, Corporate Director of Business Development, began her career with La Vida Llena as Director of Administrative Services in October of 2007 and was promoted to her current position with Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group in 2017. Ms. Akes supervises the corporate administrative support staff, supports the CEO, coordinates due diligence efforts of new opportunities to grow business and grow services, coordinates special projects, oversees contract management and is the Corporate Board liaison. Ms. Akes attended Hendrix College and went on to complete her undergraduate education at the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She earned her Masters of Organizational Management degree from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Akes received her New Mexico Nursing Home Administrator’s License in December 2015. Prior to joining Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group, she worked for the State of New Mexico and at a non-profit medical/senior living organization.

Jadda Bush
Human Resources Administrator

Jadda Bush joined The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho in 2016 as the Human Resources Administrator. Prior to joining The Neighborhood she worked in retail recruitment, onboarding, and training as well as in nursing college admissions. Jadda attended Valley City State University in North Dakota where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and holds a master of science in management.

Trish Walter
Director of Life Enrichment Services

Trish Walter is the Director of Life Enrichment Services at the Neighborhood in Rio Rancho (NIRR).  She began her employment with NIRR on February 29, 2016. Trish manages our Life Enrichment Department which is responsible for activities, entertainment, chaplain services, the fitness center, hair salon, massage therapist, and transportation services. Trish has extensive experience in non-profit management and was the Director of Supported Living services for 30 years at an organization serving individuals with disabilities in Alaska. Trish obtained her Masters of Science Degree in Community Based Mental Health from the University of Southern New Hampshire in 1993.  She is thrilled to be a member of the Neighborhood in Rio Rancho community.

Jose Rios
Director of Plant Operations

Jose Rios is the Director of Plant Operations at the Neighborhood. He previously worked at La Vida Llena as both a maintenance tech and the maintenance supervisor. Jose has a background in plumbing and holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Working in both wholesale and retail before joining Haverland Carter in 2010, he says he loves to serve the friendly residents and staff at the Neighborhood.

Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group

E. DeAnn Eaton
Chief Executive Officer

E. DeAnn Eaton, CPA, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, began as Controller for La Vida Llena in 1994, was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1999 and to Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Prior to joining La Vida Llena, Ms. Eaton was the Controller for The New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation, a firm with approximately $500 million in bonds outstanding during her time as Controller. Ms. Eaton has been an adjunct accounting professor for 21 years at two local colleges. Ms. Eaton received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition, she holds a Qualifying Real Estate Broker’s license in New Mexico.

Andre Hawkins
Chief Financial Officer

Andre Hawkins, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, joined La Vida Llena in November 2011. Before joining La Vida Llena, Mr. Hawkins worked five years at Air Force Village, a continuing care retirement community in San Antonio, Texas, where he served as the Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer and Controller. He also held accounting management positions with Texaco Inc. and Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. and has worked in public accounting. Mr. Hawkins holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting, from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Dan Chavez
Corporate Director of Development and Plant Operations

Dan Chavez, Corporate Director of Development and Plant Operation, began his association with La Vida Llena in May 2004. Mr. Chavez has over 30 years’ experience in plant operations, engineering, maintenance–including preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance–safety management, security, transportation, budgeting, code compliance and construction. Mr. Chavez has been in management for the past 20 years. He is a licensed general contractor, electrical contractor, master electrician, certified boiler operator, pipe fitter and lock smith in the State of New Mexico.

Dave Walbright
Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing

Dave Walbright, Corporate Director of Marketing, joined La Vida Llena in January 2012. Mr. Walbright previously worked at Life Care Service Corporation in Des Moines, Iowa as a marketing and sales specialist. Mr. Walbright has a career of over 30 years in marketing and sales for senior living communities. He worked at National Church Residences, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of low income senior housing, and was Vice President of Marketing and Sales at First Community Village, both communities being located in Ohio. His experience includes pre-sale of communities under development in Ohio and Maryland, redevelopment of older communities in Washington, D.C. and Ohio and marketing analysis of communities in North and South Carolina. Mr. Walbright has also worked with consulting companies, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa and Irving, Texas, which collectively manage communities in over thirty states.

Lynne Carlberg
Corporate Director of Human Resources

Lynne Carlberg joined La Vida Llena as Corporate Director of Human Resources in 2014. Ms. Carlberg brings over 20 years of recruiting and human resource expertise from government and commercial contracting environments. Her focus has been in the fields of environmental safety and remediation, civil engineering, and information technologies. Prior to joining La Vida Llena, Ms. Carlberg served as Senior Human Resources Generalist at Los Alamos Technical Associates corporate office in Albuquerque, NM. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in German Studies from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, and holds a Professional Human Resources Certification (PHR).

Chrissy Akes
Corporate Director of Business Development

Chrissy Akes, NHA, Corporate Director of Business Development, began her career with La Vida Llena as Director of Administrative Services in October of 2007 and was promoted to her current position with Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group in 2017. Ms. Akes supervises the corporate administrative support staff, supports the CEO, coordinates due diligence efforts of new opportunities to grow business and grow services, coordinates special projects, oversees contract management and is the Corporate Board liaison. Ms. Akes attended Hendrix College and went on to complete her undergraduate education at the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She earned her Masters of Organizational Management degree from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Akes received her New Mexico Nursing Home Administrator’s License in December 2015. Prior to joining Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group, she worked for the State of New Mexico and at a non-profit medical/senior living organization.

Mark Goodman
Corporate Director of Community Development

Mark Goodman joined Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group in October 2017 as the Corporate Director of Community Development and his duties will include serving as chair of the Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group Corporate Community Outreach Committee. He most recently served as The Very Reverend Dean Mark Goodman at St. John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque, New Mexico for ten years, having been elected in 2007. He also most recently served on the board of directors for Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group. Mr. Goodman attended Oklahoma University in 1976 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Botany. He pursued advanced degrees in botany, working briefly in that field before attending the General Theological Seminary in New York City where he earned his Master of Divinity in 1991. He was recently named a Fellow of Sinai and Synapses, an ecumenical and interreligious organization which seeks to promote research and dialogue into the interface between Science and Religion. He currently serves on the board of directors for the All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center here in Albuquerque, and has served with a number of other boards.