Ken Freick, Executive Director, focuses on the day-to-day wellness of our residents. By working closely with caregivers, residents, and residents’ families, Ken has the opportunity to ensure happy, fulfilling days for our residents. Ken relocated to Tucson from San Diego, where he had been working for over ten years in a community very similar to Via Eleganté. He brings valuable experience in facility maintenance and operations, resident services, and human resources. His drive to promote excellence in every aspect of the community coupled with his creative, insightful problem solving abilities make him a tremendous asset to the Via Eleganté team.
Ira Branson, Wellness Director, provides support for clinical operations including overseeing medication management and administration. Ira communicates regularly with physicians, pharmacies, families, and caregivers to ensure that our residents are receiving the clinical support services they require. She feels that all of our residents are her family and believes we still have something to learn from them. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, watching movies, and reading.
Amy, RN works directly with physicians, residents, families, and caregivers to ensure the residents maintain their optimal health. Amy appreciates working as a team and is passionate about providing superior care to our residents. Amy has been a nurse for over 10 years with experience in a hospital, hospice, and home health settings. Amy loves spending time with her family and dog. She enjoys reading, painting, and being outdoors.
Jeremy Montoya, Executive Chef, brings with him over 15 years of cooking experience. Jeremy attended Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale Culinary Institute. He takes great pride in the meals he and his team provide for the residents and believes the use of fresh ingredients is a priority in cooking. Jeremy was born and raised in the Navajo Nation. He enjoys hiking, golf, movies, and visiting family on the Navajo reservation.
Andrew Briefer, Senior Managing Partner, is a founding member of the Via Elegante Companies which began in 2003 and is certified as an Assisted Living Manager by the state of Arizona. As a native of Tucson, graduate of the University of Arizona, real estate appraiser and developer, Andy's operational involvement with Via Eleganté is the expression of his passion for enhancing the lives of the seniors, families and health care workers which are the heart and soul of our communities.