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Valage Senior Living at Carson Valley Introduces Veteran Leadership

Valage Senior Living at Carson Valley, an Integral Senior Living community opening in fall 2024, is proud to announce the addition of two seasoned professionals to its leadership team. Tamra Marie Tsanos joins as executive director, bringing over 13 years of experience in senior living, and Karen Malekos-Smith assumes the role of director of sales and marketing, leveraging her three-decade career in advocating for families and seniors.

Tsanos’s extensive background includes roles at Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay, Brookdale Senior Living, Mercy Retirement and Care Center, and Belmont Village Senior Living. Committed to creating innovative lifestyle programs, she plans to provide a fun, supportive environment for residents, incorporating Integral Senior Living’s signature programs and top-tier amenities. Tsanos also aims to enhance resident safety through collaborations with third-party therapy providers and the integration of cutting-edge technology, such as the SafelyYou Respond fall monitoring system.

Tamra Tsanos - Executive Director

“I am honored to join Valage Senior Living at Carson Valley and lead a community that prioritizes both resident and employee well-being,” says Tsanos. “My goal is to create an environment where residents thrive in a supportive and engaging atmosphere, cared for by a team who feels empowered to deliver the highest-quality service.”

Malekos-Smith, who assumes the role of director of sales and marketing, has held leadership roles at nationally recognized senior living communities spanning all levels of care. She also served as the clinical manager of speech-language pathology and audiology at Mills-Peninsula Health Services and later as the director of donor relations at Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation, championing numerous philanthropic and community outreach projects.

Malekos-Smith’s clinical background, coupled with personal experiences with dementia and Parkinson’s disease, uniquely prepares her to provide guidance, empathy and compassion to help those navigating the transition to senior living. She is excited to contribute to Valage Senior Living’s mission and looks forward to fostering strong connections with the community.

Karen Malekos Smith - Director of sales and marketing

Valage Senior Living at Carson Valley will offer Integral Senior Living’s signature programs, including Elevate® dining, the Vibrant Life® activity program, and Generations memory care, promoting connections and a sense of belonging. Future residents will also enjoy top-tier amenities like an open-concept design, resort-style spaces, an outdoor terrace, a dog park, an in-house theater and a salon and spa.

The area’s newest senior living community will provide much-needed additional housing for the growing aging population and will employ more than 60 full-time employees, including an in-house chef and culinary team, activities and wellness team, and a dedicated nursing staff. The community looks forward to welcoming its first residents in fall 2024 and becoming an integral part of the Minden community.

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