Oakdale of La Mesa employees have an undeniable commitment to serve our residents each and every day with loving care, compassion, respect, and dignity. Few things are more rewarding than making a difference in our residents’ lives. “We are authentic, compassionate, and deeply committed to serving each person we encounter. We create new possibilities by transforming the experience of senior living.”


Tricia Dusett : General Manager

Tricia Dusett

General Manager

Tricia Dusett brings over 20 years of senior living experience to her role as the General Manager of Oakdale of La Mesa. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Services Management from the State University of New York Institute of Technology. Tricia has spent time as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and clinical nurse. She has a unique background of opening assisted living communities from the ground up and has expertise in building teams of caring healthcare professionals. Tricia is a New York native and is married to her husband, John, and together they have two daughters, Kate and Caroline.

Philipp Mikelatos : Sales and Marketing Director

Philipp Mikelatos

Sales and Marketing Director

Philipp is the Sales and Marketing Director for our community. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2007 with a degree in Political Science/International Relations. Being the youngest of five children in a blended Greek family, the emphasis has always been on work ethic and character. Phil spent 10 years in the health and fitness industry before moving into senior living. His professional experience in Corporate Wellness and personal experience of having his father diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s have led him to have a drive to help facilitate the needs of families in need of care and support like his. The best part of his job is to be able to share and educate families on options they have to provide care and companionship for their loved ones. Phil is always looking for ways to improve his resident’s experiences, is open to feedback, and is looking forward to working with everyone.

Melody Veal : Sales Advisor

Melody Veal

Sales Advisor

Melody has worked at Oakdale of La Mesa for over twenty years in every department except maintenance. She is currently in the role of Sales Advisor. Melody has a passion for working with seniors and loves making a difference in their lives as well as the difference they make in hers. Melody is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has three beautiful children and one grandson. Melody enjoys going to the movies and taking drives with her husband, but most importantly spending time with her family.

Jacqueline McMahon, RN : Resident Services Director

Jacqueline McMahon, RN

Resident Services Director

Jackie is the Resident Services Director for Oakdale of La Mesa and a Registered Nurse with 5 years of experience working in geriatrics in an assisted living setting. She knew from a young age she wanted to be a nurse and became a Certified Nurse Assistant in high school. Jackie went on to earn her nursing degree at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating, she moved to San Diego where she started her nursing career.  When she’s not at work she enjoys exploring San Diego restaurants, working out at the gym and spending time with friends and family.

Brittany Allen : Assisted Living Manager

Brittany Allen

Assisted Living Manager

Brittany Allen is the Assisted Living Manager at Oakdale of La Mesa. She started at Oakdale in 2012 and has worked as a Resident Service Attendant and Medication Attendant prior to her position as Assisted Living Manager. Her passion for working with seniors shows in her work every day. Brittany is a San Diego native and when she is not at work she loves eating, spending time with her family and going out with friends.

 

Tamera Bowie : Renaissance Manager

Tamera Bowie

Renaissance Manager

Tamera Bowie is the Renaissance Manager for our community and has been serving seniors for over 15 years, starting her career as a caregiver in memory care. She enjoys working in memory care, hearing all the wonderful stories and experiences our residents have to share as well as being that caring someone to connect with them. Tamera truly believes that “people don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care”. She enjoys coming to work each day knowing that she can make a difference in our residents lives. When not serving others, Tamera loves spending time with her 2 sons.

Fernando Mendez : Food and Beverage Director

Fernando Mendez

Food and Beverage Director

Fernando is the Food and Beverage Director for our community. He was born in Tijuana, Mexico where he has a background in Business Administration. In 2006, Fernando and his family relocated to San Diego where he fell in love working in the food industry. Fernando began working for Oakdale in 2010 and worked his way up from dishwasher to Culinary Director. His dynamic culinary skills vary from Pork Chops to Osso Bucco to Filet Mignon. For Fernando, cooking is not only a profession but a passion that he delivers in every dish that is served to our residents.

Jane Nguyen : WESTfitness Instructor

Jane Nguyen

WESTfitness Instructor

Jane Nguyen is the WESTfitness Instructor for Oakdale of La Mesa. Jane earned her B.S. in Kinesiology emphasizing in Applied Exercise Science at California State University of San Marcos. She has been with the community since 2013 and continues to be inspired not just by the residents themselves, but by the relentless drive and dedication her residents carry as they progress towards their fitness goals. In her spare time, Jane volunteers at the Rehabilitation Services of UC San Diego Medical Center and enjoys exploring the hidden gems of the city with her fiancé, two dogs and cat.

Dexter Carranza : Activities Manager

Dexter Carranza

Activities Manager

Dexter is our Activities Manager. He has been working at Oakdale of La Mesa Since June of 2014. Dexter went to school at California State University, Northridge and graduated with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology. He is the youngest of 3 children and the first to graduate from college which is a great accomplishment for both himself and his family. Dexter started with the community as an Activities Assistant, seeing it as an opportunity to work with the senior population. He was then promoted to Activities Manager. When Dexter is not at work he enjoys watching movies, working out and spending time with friends and family. To hear him tell it, he is a simple man who loves to laugh and smile.

Ravin Salih : Hospitality Director

Ravin Salih

Hospitality Director

Ravin brings energy and enthusiasm to the Team as our Hospitality Director, providing the highest level of services to all aspects of our community. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Public Health at San Diego State University. Ravin has worked in multiple departments during her time at Oakdale of La Mesa. She was previously in our Memory Care community as the Engagement supervisor where she vastly improved the activities program. She finds great joy in developing programs and events that keep our residents mentally and physically engaged – and most of all, having a good time!

Anthony Cukierski : Maintenance Director

Anthony Cukierski

Maintenance Director

Anthony Cukierski is the Maintenance Director. He moved to San Diego in 2002 from Independence, Ohio, where he learned his skills from flipping houses. He has been a Maintenance Director for 11 years, 6 of them with Oakdale of La Mesa. Anthony attended The Community College of the Air Force and then Cleveland State University. He was a Linguist and Radio Intercept Analyst in the Air Force and served in the Vietnam War. Anthony has enjoyed working with seniors his entire life. In his free time he enjoys going out on his boat and relaxing.