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.
Keely Kouts, Community Director, focuses on the day-to-day wellness of our residents. By working closely with caregivers, residents, and their families, Keely has the opportunity to ensure happy and fulfilling days for our residents. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has spent over six years working in the assisted living industry. She started as a caregiver with Via Elegante in 2015, while finishing her Bachelors’ degree and has flourished with the company as it has grown. Having spent time in various aspects of assisted living, she brings valuable insight and experience on how to promote compassion driven care and excellence within the community. In her free time, she enjoys stilt walking, dancing, and has a strong passion for literature and philosophy.
Brianna Babb, Wellness Director, provides support for clinical operations including overseeing medication management and administration. Brianna communicates regularly with physicians, pharmacies, families, and caregivers to ensure that our residents are receiving the clinical support services they require. She has been a part of the Via Elegante team since 2012 , where she first started as a caregiver and then advanced to a lead caregiver before taking on the Wellness Director position. She believes fully in the Via Elegante way of life and is passionate about providing high quality compassionate care for seniors. She enjoys the outdoors, movies, and reading. She loves spending time with her family and her dog.
Carrie Gladish, RN, works directly with physicians, residents, families, and caregivers to ensure the best health possible for our residents. Carrie enjoys working as a team and is passionate about educating seniors, families, and caregivers about senior living. Carrie worked for 30 years as a neonatal nurse and for the last 18 years in the home health and senior living field where she has found herself passionate about working with the senior population. She has lived in Tucson for 14 years and spends her free time enjoying the beautiful desert landscape, reading, and watching NASCAR and football.
Brenda Carbajal, Activities Coordinator is a Tucson native and began working as a caregiver at Via Elegante in 2012. Since that time she has provided dignity, respect and care for our residents. Prior to working at Via Elegante Brenda was a substitute teacher as well as a paraprofessional for students with disabilities. Brenda’s vision as Activities Coordinator is to provide engaging activities that promote happiness and adventure. Brenda has two daughters and likes nature walks, shopping and family pot lucks with her 30+ family members in Tucson.
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.