Executive director Barbara Grossman returns home to the Western Slope after working on the Oregon coast. Barbara grew up in the Four Corners region of Colorado.
After spending 15 years in law enforcement, Barbara made her way to the Western Slope, making it her home for over 30 years while raising her daughter, now sharing in the loves of her life with her grandchildren here in the Grand Valley.
Her career has been working primarily in health care, Medicaid eligibility and adult protection. Since 2003, Barbara has worked in skilled nursing as a social service director. She earned her Nursing Home Administrator license nine years ago and has worked with teams to meet quality standards while meeting state and federal regulatory compliance. Barbara is proud of the work she has done raising the quality of care for our elders while building great teams.
Barbara is passionate in wanting our elders to have quality meaning to their lives, advocating to be a voice for those in need.
She is excited to be joining the team at Solstice at Mesa View, and is eager to share her life with all.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Robert Smith is a Western Slope native who has been in Grand Junction since 1992. With over 20 years of marketing and sales experience, he enjoys helping seniors find a community to call their own.
Outside of his job, Robert is active with his church and a proud father of two daughters. He also enjoys the outdoor lifestyle of mountain biking, hiking and camping.
Business Office Director
Jacob Duke is the Business Office director for Solstice Senior Living at Mesa View. Originally from Farmington, New Mexico, Jacob has worked the past nine years in long-term skilled nursing facilities in New Mexico. Jacob enjoys many things the Solstice community offers and is passionate about working with the elders, meeting their needs and providing quality care.
He began his career in health care as a certified nursing assistant working for Genesis Healthcare, where he worked his way into a managing role as the facility scheduling supervisor. Early in his career, he developed a strong desire to pursue upper management. Jacob earned his bachelor’s degree in health care administration in 2016 and completed his Master of Business Administration in degree 2019.
By bringing his knowledge and experience to Mesa View, Jacob will continue his career path, while making Grand Junction his new home.
Culinary Service Director
Travis Venema is the Culinary Service Director for Solstice Senior Living at Mesa View. Travis has worked in all aspects of the restaurant industry for the last 20 years. Having had the opportunity to travel the world, he has been able to accumulate worldly culinary knowledge. Travis grew up cooking with his mom and quickly realized where his passion lay. At the age of 15, he started working in his first professional restaurant. He has worked in many different styles of restaurants over the years including fine dining, private county clubs, convention centers, universities and small mom and pop shops. He finally landed here with Solstice Senior Living at Mesa View where he creates delicious meals for our residents.
Vibrant Life Director
Hope Lovisone has been working with seniors since she was 17 years old, the same age she started as a server at Mesa View. Although she has lived in Wyoming, Montana and throughout Colorado, she has called the Grand Valley her home for the past nine years. Hope enjoys learning more about the past through hearing the stories of the residents and believes she has truly found her passion working with the senior population. Her main goal in life is to make others smile and is glad to have found a job that allows her to do that.
In her free time, Hope enjoys volunteering in her church to work in the children and youth ministries, exploring new restaurants, and watching movies with her husband.
Tony Randall Zahl
Building Services Director
Originally from Orange County, Calif., Tony Randall Zahl moved to Colorado in 1992. Although his background is primarily in construction and building maintenance, Tony went back to school to receive his culinary degree before starting in the kitchen at Mesa View in 2013. He transitioned to his current position as Building Services director last year.
Outside of work, Tony raised his daughter on his own and now has two grandchildren he enjoys spending time with when he’s not at work.