Meet Our Team
Liana FooteExecutive Director
It is with great excitement and pride that I join the team at the Groves of Tustin! My career in the senior living industry has been a great journey and has allowed me to have wonderful experiences and meet incredible people, and has added purpose and meaning to my life. The Groves of Tustin is my second home. I commit to enhance the life of my residents, staff and friends of the Groves. Along with the excellent team members at the Groves of Tustin, I hope to make this chapter in our residents’ lives as enjoyable and meaningful as possible.
I was born in Romania and immigrated to the United States in 1985. I grew up in San Diego and then relocated to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where I studied Gerontology, Economics, and Pre-Med. After Graduating USC, (Go Trojans!) I moved back to San Diego and worked for a senior center in downtown. After four years, I went back to school, attended the University of California, Irvine and obtained a Master’s in Business Administration.
I am happily married to my husband who is a CPA and Managing Tax Accountant. We have one child, Henry who is three years old, and one four legged child Tinkerbell, a rescued cockapoo. If you don’t see me at work I could be enjoying time with my family, keeping up with Henry, traveling to some new exciting location, reading, or trying out a new restaurant!
German Favila Sosa
German was born and raised in Mexico City, where he attended Politenico Nacional where he studied to become and engineer. Upon immigrating to the United States, German began working in the hotel hospitality industry in their maintenance department.
Over the years, German has worked in many different maintenance settings, and for the last sixteen years in assisted living maintenance. German believes in the importance of working in a field that you are passionate about and believes that he has found his calling in working with seniors. German’s strives daily to provide unparalled service and to bring a smile to all his residents.
As a single dad, German enjoys cooking and spending time with his beautiful granddaughter.
Mark GagnonCulinary Services Director
Director of Sales and Marketing
My love for seniors started when I was a little girl, back East in PA. Just one block from my home, was a small “Nursing Home” part of a local church. I was there whenever possible to read, paint finger nails, sing, whatever I could do to spend time with my favorite people in my little world. I became a Candy Striper, CNA and on to Nurse’s training, but turned out it was not a good fit for me at that time. Being involved with Seniors in this capacity is a perfect fit for me. I receive more joy coming to work than I ever imagined. To make even one Senior smile, makes me feel very blessed!
On my own time, I love to be with my two kids, and spending time with friends. Traveling to distant countries, finding new locations to scuba dive, and relaxing on the beach!!
Generations Program Director
I was born in Torrance, California and moved when I was 5 years old to Buena Park, CA. I went to Cal State University of Fullerton and received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with an emphasis on Gerontology. I had many internships in college, but the one I had at the Buena Park Senior Center made me realize that my passion in life was to work with seniors. I started off in the industry as an Activities Director at Kirkwood in Orange. After about 7 years, I fell into the roll as Sales Director at Kirkwood for another 2 years. After almost 10 years at Kirkwood I decided to seek other opportunities and that’s when I went to work at Morningside in Fullerton as the Marketing Move Coordinator. I was there for a short while and had to leave to care for my mom. When my mom got better I went to work at Atria Golden Creek in Irvine as the Life Guidance Director (Memory Care) for a year and a half. I am now, happily, the Generations Program Director at the Groves of Tustin. It has only been a few weeks, but I know this is the place I am supposed to be at.
On a personal note, as I mentioned, I moved to Buena Park when I was five and when I met my husband, he happen to have a home in Buena Park also ? I have been married for 10 years and we have two amazing children. Aiden, who is 7 and Addison, who is 5. We also have 2 rescue dogs names Diamond & Lola. We love to travel locally and globally. One of our favorite things to do is go to Lake Havasu and be on the boat and relax.
Cynthia RobertsDirector of Sales and Marketing
Business Office Director
Mirella Manjarrez has served as The Groves Business Office Director for the last 5 years. Mirella is a 20+ year assisted living veteran who brings a wealth of experience, having served as a Med Room Supervisor, Concierge, Activity Director and Memory Care Director in previous roles.
As the Business Office Director, Mirella is responsible for processing accounts receivable and accounts payable. She also supports the human resources aspect of the business by managing employee files, ensuring compliance with labor laws and company policies. Mirella also processes and provides follow up on workers compensation claims in the community.
Mirella enjoys working with the residents, families and staff and provides solutions to challenges in a kind and professional manner.