Leadership

Our goal is to continually foster the growth of our care team and residents, and to always strive to improve our Paintbrush community and the lives of the people who live and work here.

In 2019, a new leadership team was created to deliver the ultimate care experience for residents. This includes top professionals in their field, devoted to delivering the highest quality care, along with Northstar Senior Living, a highly regarded California-based management service to oversee operations. They report directly to the local Paintbrush Board of Directors and owners on day-to-day operations and resident concerns.

This tiered system allows us to ensure that Paintbrush is meeting the top standards of assisted living and memory support, and that our residents and their families continue to get the best care, hospitality and overall experience we can provide.

Jennifer Vasquez
Jennifer VasquezExecutive Director
Born and raised in Santa Rosa, Jennifer has accumulated more than 12 years of experience in senior care, especially assisted living.

Senior living “found her”, she says. Jennifer began her career in 2006 as a bookkeeper for a retail shop while attending college.

When she began working for a senior living community, she found that she liked what she was doing, so she just kept doing it.

As Business Office Manager she loves working with the Paintbrush staff.

When not at Paintbrush, she enjoys spending time with her adult daughter, relaxing with yoga and pilates classes, hiking, cooking and sewing.

She also has two cats, Kitty and Pence, who provide her with hours of entertainment.

Randi Firestone
Randi FirestoneCommunity Relations Director
I love people! Everyone has a story, something to talk about. After my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I became fascinated and frustrated – I am determined to not let memory impairment take away the dignity or the story of a residents life.
Working for the Alzheimer’s Association as a walk manager gave me the opportunity to learn more about Dementia and all the moving parts of Alzheimer’s. I joined Paintbrush in January 2021, after working with senior communities in Los Angeles, bringing joy, enrichment and quality of life to seniors in the Central Valley. Sales and marketing is my story- Finding a senior the right home makes my heart sing!
Chef Funzell Thompson
Chef Funzell ThompsonExecutive Chef, Dining Services Director
I came to Fresno in 2000. My food journey started with Meals on Wheels. I enjoyed delivering nutritional hot meals to the elderly. I began my career learning the role of a dishwasher, then server and prep cook. This gave me a valuable understanding of a commercial kitchen. My first job in Fresno was working at a retirement community under the supervision of an accomplished chef who took me under his wings, trusted me, guided me and helped me to understand and see food from a deeper perspective. I then took an opportunity at a skilled nursing facility where I furthered my experience working with a great Registered Dietitian. As my journey continued, opportunities were taken at great Skilled Nursing, independent living, assisted living and memory care communities. Assisted Living food can be as great and tasteful as the most famous restaurant in town. I am a graduate of Fresno City College with a Degree in Nutritional Dietetics. I attended the Institute of Monterrey Bay Culinary where I continued to grow and learn more about food, different cultures of foods and how a great presentation can pull it all together. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills to whoever is willing to learn and has the same passion for food that I do. I am very grateful to be part of the Paintbrush team who shares the same ethics and values I live by. In my spare time, I enjoy going on trips with my family, playing any kind of sports, watching movies and cooking competitions with my family. I enjoy life and always try to turn a negative into a positive.
Gino Martinez
Gino MartinezEnvironmental Services Director
Local native Gino brings his outgoing personality to Paintbrush Assisted Living and Memory Care along with 10 years’ experience as an Environmental Manager.

After earning his Liberal Arts degree from Fresno City College, Gino began his career in the hospitality industry as the Manager of Sal’s Mexican Restaurant, then Tommie’s Hamburger. For both Fresno venues, he was responsible for all food, beverages, inventory and customer service, especially stressing, “The customer comes first”.

Before coming to Paintbrush, Gino was the Facilities Manager at Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno where he managed day-to-day maintenance and housekeeping duties. He also worked as Maintenance Supervisor at Manco Abbott Resident Apartments in Fresno for two more years to ensure all standards were achieved and sustained.

Gino is a devoted father and dog lover. He enjoys his children’s laughter, good food and the laughter of friends.

Norma Pasillas
Norma PasillasMemory Care Director
Kim Santos
Kim SantosBusiness Office Manager
Kim has over 20 years of experience working with seniors. Her journey began as a newly graduated college student, unsure of what the future would hold. She was fortunate to be hired as a business office manager for a small skilled nursing facility, where she fell in love with serving the elderly population with pride and purpose.

Kim lives in Reedley with her husband and three children, and enjoys the great outdoors. Healthy living plays a huge role in Kim’s life and she has ran several half marathons.

Krista Mildebrandt
Krista MildebrandtLife Enrichment Director
Lauren Spade
Lauren SpadeResident Care Director
Brent Lofy, PT/DPT
Brent Lofy, PT/DPTDirector of Rehabilitation