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Ronda Fuentes: Retirement Counselor

Ronda Fuentes - Retirement Counselor at Paradise VillageWe are pleased to introduce you to a member of our Paradise Village team, Ronda Fuentes. Take a moment to get to know this terrific team member . . .

Why do you like working with seniors and their Families?

Working with seniors and their families is very rewarding. Older adults have so much history, I just love history! In the last 100 plus years these seniors we serve every day are the inventors of the television, the microwave, the computer that we use and so many other things that us young adults take for granted. I love to help seniors and their families’ walk-through this journey of deciding to move into Paradise Village. We are here to enrich their lives and help them move forward, but they empower us on their way to enriching their own life’s.

Describe your work history:

I started in the senior industry almost 16 years ago as a part time night receptionist at 65 bed senior retirement community in Lemon Grove. I just fell in love with all the knowledge and history seniors hold. After a few months I became an Activity Director then a Director of Marketing and then Executive Director. After 8 years, I moved to other communities and worked as the Director of Marketing. Moved to Iowa to take care of my mom and found a position as Regional Director of 6 large senior communities. In December of 2015 I took my test and received my RCFE (Administrator Certification). I have been working as Director of marketing most of my career in this industry and really enjoy it the most. My next goal in this journey will be to become a RN in the next 5 years.

When do you most feel alive?

When our grandson tells me he loves me!!

What could you not live without?

My Chihuahua Sadie, she loves me on my good days & bad days.

What does our mission statement mean to you?

To me our mission statement says we are all here to value, improve and enrich our resident’s that we serve and the staff we work with on a daily basis.

What do you do in your free time?

Our family goes camping at the desert; river and we love to travel. We are so blessed to have travel to many other countries with my husbands line of work.

What is the best part of your work day?

Walking in the front door of the Plaza! Just hearing the fountain water running and see our residents enjoy their beautiful community brings a smile to my face every morning at work.

What is your favorite color?

The color Teal, it’s calming and refreshing!

Tell us about your family:

My husband Rene and I have been married for 24 years this coming April. We have 3 children Curtis, Kayla, and Blaine. My husband has worked as an engineer for the last 30 years for a naval contractor. Both of our sons went to ITT Tech. They both work for companies that do computer security. Our daughter is very gifted, she has a photographic memory. Kayla missed getting a perfect score on her AST’s by 110 points. She’s a stay at home mom with our 1st grandson Cameron, who is 2. She is also planning to go to nurse school this coming New Year. We also have 3 dogs Roxy, Sadie and Otto. We just inherited a cat from my mom who passed away in August. Her name is Jeezy.  My dad lives in Branson Missouri and at the age of 77 is a fire fighter for the last 15 years, he said his retired!

Please share anything else you would like to add:

I believe that old saying “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life”. It’s so true, I really feel I have not work the last 15 plus years. I have only learned and grown. I have worked in a few senior retirement communities, but I do have to say Paradise Village is my 2nd home. I’m blessed and honored to be able to come to work in such a beautiful place every day and work with such wonderful people.

I’m an avid listener/watcher of Joel Olsteen, “Positive listening bring positive choices” & “God has put people in your life on purpose so you can be a blessing to them don’t live to get, live to give”

Ronda can be reached at (619) 475-5040 or rfuentes@liveatparadise.com.

Living in Paradise:

"It is difficult to explain Paradise Village because everything is done so well… The entire staff is compassionate and caring under all circumstance. The emphasis on wellness is reflected in everything the facility provides and oversees."
- Marian, Resident

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