The WindRiver Team brings over 85 years of experience along with specialized knowledge of the senior residential industry to every project.
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Joseph Hessley, Chief Executive Officer
Joseph joined the WindRiver team in 2019 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, team development, and culture of WindRiver and its communities. He has worked in the senior living industry for 26 years for publicly-traded and privately-held companies. He has operated over 100 senior living communities in 23 states, including CCRCs, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing Facilities. His skill set includes operational programming, policies and procedures, repositioning existing assets, and developing new retirement communities.
Before joining the WindRiver team, Joseph served as the Chief Operations Officer for Concordis Senior Living. He also served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Enlivant, where he led the successful operations, occupancy growth, and stabilization for 77 Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Independent Living communities. During his tenure, occupancy in Enlivant’s portfolio of 233 communities increased from 54% to 92% in 14 months. Joseph’s vast experience also includes overseeing a portfolio of CCRCs with Life Care Services, a divisional operations role with Holiday Retirement, and Vice President of Operations at Senior Lifestyle Corporation. He graduated from Gannon University in 1998 with his BA before earning an MBA in Heath Care Administration.
Sara Holloway, President
Sara literally grew up with Senior Living. Her father, Gary Fisher, helped transform the industry in the ’80s with Trammell Crowe’s Senior Living Division before he followed his entrepreneurial spirit and started his own company, WindRiver Management, in 1992. Sara joined the WindRiver team in 2002 after graduating from college. Over the last 21 years, she has overseen the marketing of more than 2,750 senior living units from lease up to full capacity, with a consistent occupancy rate of 90% or higher. In addition, Sara has managed the design and development of over $150 million in new construction and rehab projects. Since taking over as President of WindRiver in 2018, she has managed over $100 million in asset purchases, sales, and refinances. Her dedication to detail and quality has helped WindRiver establish an exceptional reputation in the senior living industry. Sara received an Honors BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.
Diana Barrier, Chief Operations Officer
Diana joined WindRiver as the Chief Operations Officer in 2023, bringing with her a solid record of driving substantial business growth and operational excellence across multiple industries. With decades of high-impact leadership, her strategic and operational insights have consistently helped stabilize and improve business performance. Diana plays a key role in the development of the WindRiver Leadership Team, Executive Directors, and overall Leadership Training.
Her background is in technology, digital marketing, streamlined operations, program management, and leadership development.
At WindRiver she spearheads initiatives that drive operational excellence, scalability, and efficiency while investing in growing our talent and leadership teams. With over 30 years’ experience Diana’s leadership and business acumen continues to prove a strength here at WindRiver.
Angie Isaac, Vice President of Operations
Angie joined WindRiver in 2016 and currently serves as Vice President of Operations. She supports Independent and Assisted Living communities in North and South Central Texas. Before WindRiver, Angie worked for Hearthstone Senior Living, Autumn Leaves Memory Care, Good Neighbor Care, and Avanti Senior Living.
Angie has over 13 years of sales and management experience in senior living. She is also a licensed Texas Assisted Living Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She received her Honors BBA, concentrating in Business Administration and Management, from Columbia College in Columbia, Mississippi. In addition, Angie is a decorated Veteran of the US Navy.
R.J. Flowers, Vice President of Sales
RJ brings over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, and operations to the WindRiver team. He joined WindRiver in 2021 as Regional Director, Operations, Sales, and Marketing and is currently the Vice President of Sales. Throughout his career, RJ has held senior leadership roles in construction project management, real estate, marketing, and operations. He effectively manages teams that exceed annual revenue targets while building a positive team culture. He is known by colleagues for being a strategic, collaborative leader who thrives on finding and creating solutions. RJ earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in Waco, TX.
Gary Taylor, Vice President of Human Resources
Gary brings more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry to the WindRiver team. Joining WindRiver in 2022, Gary also brings vast knowledge and leadership skills in human resources. He has earned a reputation in the industry as a trusted business partner to management while serving as an advocate for company employees.
Gary started his career in senior living as a Business Office Manager. During his tenure, Gary was 1 of 5 Business Office Manager Mentors, working in both Independent Living and Assisted Living. Gary then became Director of Human Resources in a CCRC. Within a short time, Gary was promoted to Regional Human Resource Manager and had oversight of up to 90 communities at one time.
In addition, Gary participated in over 50 acquisitions of the portfolio. Before joining WindRiver, Gary worked as Director of Human Resources, overseeing all HR operations for the company. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis in Human Resources, from DePaul University.
Cleta Aplin, Operations Specialist
Cleta joined the WindRiver team in 2023 and currently serves as an Operations Specialist. She has worked in the healthcare industry for 45 years and comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge. She has held positions from Nursing Home Administrator, Executive Director, Regional Director of Operations, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, and Regional Executive Director.
Before joining WindRiver Cleta worked for Four Season Nursing Home, Brookdale, Senior Lifestyle Cooperation, U.S. Memory Care, and Senior Care. She has a proven track record of turnaround communities, startup communities, developing systems, onboarding, and training new Executive Directors.
Cleta currently holds an Assisted Living Manager Certificate for Texas and is working on her South Carolina license.
Alice Johnson, Corporate Nurse
Alice joined WindRiver in the summer of 2023 and is currently serving as the head of clinical and quality services. She supports the entire portfolio and is working to establish long-lasting clinical protocols throughout the organization. Alice has worked in the senior living industry for over 15 years and has a strong passion for serving our most vulnerable. During her time in senior living, she has supported clinical operations in long-term care, skilled nursing, home health, independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Her skill sets include policy creation, clinical and operational compliance, people management, and conflict resolution. Alice always knew she wanted to be a nurse and finished her nursing degree in 2011.
Matthew Dube, Vice President of Culinary Services
Matthew joined Windriver in 2023, serving as the Vice President of Culinary Services. He brings a strong background spanning over 25 years, covering many facets of Food Service and Hospitality. Matthew graduated from the CT Culinary Institute in 1996, followed by extensive training in several fine dining restaurants in New England. He took this knowledge and later traveled the world as the Executive Chef of American Cruise Lines and Lindblad Expeditions. In addition, Matthew has overseen multiple colleges as a Culinary Operations Manager before turning his focus to his passion – seniors! He has been involved in senior living since 2009, wearing many hats, from Food Service Director to Regional/District Chef to Operations Manager, and now Vice President of Culinary Services.
Bianca Saucedo, Payroll Manager
Bianca Saucedo joined the WindRiver team in 2022 as Payroll Manager, bringing over 10 years of payroll experience. She started her career working for one of the most decorated HRIS corporations, ADP. Inc. During her time with the company, she found her passion for payroll and learned how to de-escalate problems that occur due to human error. She also received the education necessary to obtain her Fundamental Payroll Certificate. Bianca took the knowledge gained at ADP and became a Payroll Administrator for Associa, an HOA, community, and property management corporation. She oversaw 21 communities totaling 1000 employees, ensuring the proper payroll process, and even assisted the team during COVID. Bianca grew her career by joining an electric company as a Senior Payroll Administrator. She utilized her skills to train other administrators in the proper payroll process and taught them how to implement new strategies to maximize the team’s success.
Michelle Nolte, Financial Operations Specialist
Michelle originally joined WindRiver’s accounting team in 2006. She spent more than five years as Assistant Controller before being promoted to Regional Operations Supervisor, where she served for another five years. From here, Michelle followed her entrepreneurial dreams of owning a business after taking some time off for her family. However, after building and stabilizing the company from the ground up, her former passion for senior living was still strong. She returned to WindRIver in 2021 as Director of Talent in the human resources department but was quickly moved back into operations as an Operations Specialist. Michelle currently serves as a Financial Operations Specialist. Michelle earned her BBA in Accounting from Tarleton University in 1999 and graduated with an MBA in 2004.
Alan Comtois, Art Director
Alan joined the WindRiver team in 2012 as the Art Director and Graphic Designer. With over 30 years of experience in the Graphic Design field, he provides creative direction for WindRiver and its communities. Before Alan joined the WindRiver team, he worked as an Art Director for several agencies in the DFW area. He was also a Creative Director for the largest advertising agency in Fort Worth, Texas. Alan’s work has been featured in Print and Communication Arts magazines. He graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communication and Art History.
Ashlee Yoes, Administrative Services Director
Ashlee joined the WindRiver team in September 2021 as the Business Office Manager and currently leads the accounting team. She facilitates coordinating a broad range of services and resources that allow the organization to operate efficiently. Ashlee also assists in developing and implementing company policies and procedures; maintains accounts payable, receivables, and billing for WindRiver, as well as a few of the owned assets. Ashlee brings over 15 years of executive-level support, office management, and accounting experience to the team. Before joining WindRiver, Ashlee was a Transaction Coordinator for a residential real estate group. While at Andrews Distributing, she started as the front receptionist and continually advanced her career, departing as the Executive Assistant to the CEO.