Finest Caregiver Professionals In Orange County

Our assisted living support team comprises the very finest senior caregiver professionals in Orange County by providing residents’ and their families’ exceptional care. Our caregivers are dedicated to delivering trustworthy, compassionate, and dedicated care to residents. We are pleased to introduce the members of our Support Team.

Laura Kephart, LVNExecutive Director

Laura Kephart, LVN
Executive Director

Laura Kephart has worked in the senior care industry since 1980, when she graduated as a nurse specializing in geriatric care. After relocating from New York to California in the mid 80’s, she worked in the hospitality industry, and then to skilled nursing where she trained staff and taught the certified nursing assistant program. Laura is a pioneer in Assisted Living, serving as an Assisted Living Director in one of the first licensed communities in Southern California. Since that time, Laura has overseen operations for corporations and privately owned communities, including San Clemente Villas, where she worked as our Executive Director from 2010-2012, and now serves as the Executive Director. Laura believes in the power of communication, caring, while empowering people through living their best life.

Suzanne BraggMarketing Director

Suzanne Bragg
Marketing Director

Joining San Clemente Villas in October, 2021, Suzanne brings her 26 years of experience gained while working in the senior living industry to her new role. Having spent the last 15 years working in Southern California’s senior living community settings, Suzanne understands that residents want independence and peace of mind in a comfortable and friendly, safe community. Her passion is to understand each resident’s specific needs and expectations and help them to become a part of the unique amenities available in the vibrant San Clemente Villas by the Sea community.

Esmeralda LopezMove-in Coordinator

Esmeralda Lopez
Move-in Coordinator

Born and raised in San Clemente, Esmeralda graduated from San Clemente High School, attended Cosmetology School and is also a Professional Makeup Artist. She started her work at San Clemente Villas in April 2009. Having been raised by her grandparents, “Esme” learned the skill of patience, because as they grew older, she became their care giver. She took them to every appointment they had and was with them at the end of their lives. “I love how we are all a family here at the Villas - both residents and employees. I especially like listening to the residents’ stories of their lives - it reminds me of my grandparents and how lucky I was to be raised by them.”

Andrea Urban Activities Director

Andrea Urban
Activities Director

Andrea grew up in the Northwest and has spent the last 15 years in New York City where she worked with the Alzheimer's Disease and Research Center at Columbia University and spent her free time performing on various stages. She has most recently served as the Activities Director at a large retirement community in Stamford Connecticut, and brings a wealth of talent, energy and creativity to our Villas Family! With a degree in musical theatre and a love for working with senior citizens, she's excited to start a new chapter on the west coast closer to family and the beach!

Cara DeiroDirector of Clinical Services

Cara Deiro
Director of Clinical Services

Cara was born in Memphis, Tennessee near Elvis Presley’s house. Her grandmother and mother were both nurses and her great-great Grandfather was a doctor in Silerton, Tennessee. At age 13, her dad was transferred to the El Toro Marine Corps base in Irvine. Given this dynamic, Cara grew up close to hospitals and nursing homes and by the age of 16 was already a Certified Nursing Assistant aiding her supervisor/mom.  As a high school senior, Cara worked as a surgical assistant, then after graduation from Nursing school in 1993, and for 17 years thereafter, served as an LVN and Director of Staff Development for Lake Forest Nursing Center. Most of her career has been managing in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living communities where she discovered that nursing is the "Gentle Art of Caring". Her life’s passion is to "follow in my family’s footsteps and strive every day to enhance the lives of the residents in my care."

Dr. Michael Haga CMD, CWSPMedical Director

Dr. Michael Haga CMD, CWSP
Medical Director

Dr. Haga graduated from Loma Linda University in 2001. He is Board Certified in Family Practice and completed his residency program at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in 2004. He has been working in the ‘house call’ arena since graduating residency and enjoys his line of work and his patients immensely. Always the professional, as a board-Certified Hospice and Palliative Medicine practitioner, Dr. Haga is committed to providing competent and compassionate end-of-life care when needed. In addition, as a Certified Wound Specialist physician (CWSP) has extensive experience in diagnosing, treating, and healing wounds in elderly patients. A devoted husband and father of three, he resides in San Juan Capistrano. San Clemente Villas is very pleased to have Dr. Haga onboard as Medical Director.

Salvador CaballeroFood Service Director

Salvador Caballero
Food Service Director

Chef Salvador Caballero has been the Food Service Director at San Clemente Villas for 14 years. Balanced nutrition with outstanding quality food service, meal planning and unmatched preparation is always the top consideration of Chef Caballero. In 1991 he studied cooking in San Bernardino and has worked in the senior living industry since 1988.

Amelia DiazCare Coordinator

Amelia Diaz
Care Coordinator

Amelia has worked at San Clemente Villas for 14 years and since 2008, has been the Care Coordinator. Amelia has more than 22 years of experience in caregiving and finds that helping the elderly is very rewarding. “At the end of the day, I feel I can make a difference in their lives, and thus, in my own life as well!

Gabriela RiveroDirector of Memory Care

Gabriela Rivero
Director of Memory Care

Hello San Clemente Villas By the Sea, my name is Gabriela Rivero and I am so excited to be joining the San Clemente Villas Team as the new Director of Memory Care! A little bit about me; I received my degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton where my studies were focused on Gerontology and the disease process of dementia. I have been working in Memory Care since 2014 and my passion lies in creating an environment where residents thrive as well as providing educational tools and resources to fellow associates and families. One of my favorite things about working in Memory Care is that it is a much more intimate setting in which residents and families become a tight knit community. I look forward to supporting and developing robust programs in Memory Care, meeting residents and families, and getting to know the team.

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