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.”

Joey Collado : General Manager

Joey Collado

General Manager

Joey joined Oakdale of La Mesa as the Administrator or as we call it, General Manager. He brings with him a background in the healthcare industry, as well as over twelve years of experience in the hotel industry including management positions with Hilton Hotels and SLS Hotels. Joey recently joined the Oakdale Team from our sister community, The Reserve at Thousand Oaks, where he previously held the General Manager title. With a passion for helping others Joey believes that every individual should experience sublime customer service, and strives to make this show in everything he does. Joey lives in San Diego with his wife and three kids.

Philipp Mikelatos : Sales and Marketing Manager

Philipp Mikelatos

Sales and Marketing Manager

Philipp is the Sales and Marketing Manager 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 : Business Office Manager

Melody Veal

Business Office Manager

Melody has worked at Oakdale of La Mesa for over twenty years in every department except maintenance. She is currently in the role of Business Office Manager. 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.

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.

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 Manager

Ravin Salih

Hospitality Manager

Ravin brings energy and enthusiasm to the Team as our Hospitality Manager, 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 Manager

Anthony Cukierski

Maintenance Manager

Anthony Cukierski is the Maintenance Manager. He moved to San Diego in 2002 from Independence, Ohio, where he learned his skills from flipping houses. He has been a Maintenance Manager 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.