Meet the Team

Diana Smith 

Executive Director

Diana Smith is the executive director at Loma Clara Senior Living. She has worked in the senior living industry for almost a decade. In this role, Diana wants to make sure the residents and employees have fun every day. She is passionate about senior living because, growing up, she did not have the opportunity to spend time with her grandparents. When she started her career, Diana felt as though she had gained a whole community of grandpas and grandmas, and she appreciates the advice they give her.

Diana grew up in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys spending time reading, baking and hiking with her husband.

Julie Mayder

Resident Care Director

Julie Mayder has been a nurse for 25 years, 12 of which were in the assisted living space. She has a passion for working with our senior population. She first discovered this passion 12 years ago and has been working with seniors ever since. Julie is a mother to four: three sons and her cat, Milkshake. In her spare time, she loves to hike, spend time at the beach and enjoy an afternoon watching Netflix. Julie brings great energy and experience to our community, and we are lucky to have her overseeing our care department!

Sarah Serpa

Generations Program Director

Sarah Serpa first began her career in the senior living industry as a medication technician. In this role, she developed a passion for providing loving, respectful and dignified care to seniors with dementia. Sarah has since worked her way up to Generations program director and seeks to make a lasting impact within the Generations community.

In her spare time, Sarah loves spending time with her husband, reading, writing and enjoying nature.

Stephanie Howard

Program Educator

Stephanie Howard has worked in the senior living and care industry for over 40 years. She shows up to work every day ready to care for our residents and guide our staff in providing the highest quality of care.

Stephanie is a veteran, mom and woman of faith. Her love for the senior living industry shines every day.

Ruben Aguilar

Culinary Services Director

Ruben Aguilar, our Elevate dining chef, comes to Loma Clara with more than 17 years of culinary experience. Born and raised in Colima, Mexico, Ruben has adopted a culinary style that includes tropical flavors like his famous herb-crusted tilapia and fruit salsa garnish. Ruben has spent the past eight years of his career perfecting his culinary craft in assisted and senior living communities, and his passion for cooking shows with every new recipe he makes. Ruben lives in Morgan Hill, and enjoys playing soccer and other outdoor activities with his 15-year-old son in his free time.

Cassandra Pace

Senior Business Office Director

Cassandra Pace has been working in assisted living since 2014, starting as a server in the dining room and working her way up the “food chain.” Cassandra started working at Loma Clara before its opening in 2019. In her current role, she assists with the day-to-day operations of our community.

Cassandra was born and raised in San Jose, Calif. She moved to Hollister 15 years ago to live with her grandparents and attend high school. Cassandra enjoys singing, playing guitar and making music in her spare time.


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