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Judy Rotenberg

Executive Director

Executive Director, Judy Rotenberg, brings more than 23 years of leadership experience in customer service, sales, process improvement and quality control to her role at our community. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Business Administration from Worcester State University, as well as an Assisted Living Core Certification. 

Six years prior to joining our team, Judy and her siblings were looking for a quality senior living community for their parents. When there was a need for change in that community, Judy took action and became its new Executive Director. She began at our community three years later, bringing with her a desire and vision to drive success through an exceptional customer focus. She often tells team members, “We work where our residents live; they do not live where we work.” 

Above all, Judy loves the connections and having daily interaction with residents and their family members. Outside of work, Judy enjoys spending time with her family, relaxing in their pool or going on long walks. She also loves cooking shows and getting lost in a good book.

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Kristin Brown

Assistant Executive Director

Assistant Executive Director, Kristin Brown, has worked in the senior living space for her entire adult career. Kristin took the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals and became a Nationally Certified Activity Director through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). Most recently, she became CORE trained through Ice Bridge ALF Core Training and successfully completed her ALF Core Competency Exam.

In her executive leadership role, she assists with resident and family relations, sales and marketing functions, team member engagement, recruiting and daily operations. Kristin enjoys working with and alongside all departments to plan and orchestrate special experiences for residents (holidays, parties, events and more). In her spare time, Kristin enjoys relaxing by the pool, riding her Peloton bike, spending time with friends, shopping, cleaning the house, traveling, sleeping in and going out to eat.

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Samantha Clark

Celebrations Director

Samantha Clark is a native Floridian and started her career as a high school English teacher in South Florida.  She has always had a connection with her local seniors and even implemented a Grandparents Day at her high school, which is currently an ongoing event.
After staying at home and raising her four children, Samantha decided to follow her passion into senior living. Her part-time position bloomed into a full-time Director of Celebrations, rather organically. She states, “While I loved teaching and sharing my love for literature with young adults, I prefer the challenge of senior living and the constant drive to provide modern and unique programs to my community. Our seniors are active, mentally, and physically, and I love exploring their undiscovered talents, many of whom are just learning to reach beyond their limits. My goal is to seamlessly ease their transition into senior living while also inspiring and motivating them to try something new, every day.
When Samantha isn’t pruning Mariposa’s butterfly garden or writing for our monthly newsletter, she enjoys spending time with her large family. While Samantha claims she still needs to find the balance of caring for her four children and the weekly influx of stray animals that happen to find their way into her home, her fan club of residents feel she has found exactly what she needs at Mariposa.
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Maikel Almaguer

Director of Maintenance

Meet Maikel, a highly skilled and bilingual maintenance professional with nearly twelve years of expertise in general maintenance and repairs. Proficient in preventative maintenance & mechanical systems, Maikel excels in ensuring the safety and functionality of facilities.  With prior roles in healthcare, Maikel has a proven track record. Maikel’s educational background includes social work from Jose Marty College and three years of law school at Havana University. Committed to excellence, Maikel is a dedicated and skilled maintenance leader, now serving as Director of Maintenance for Mariposa.

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Luisa Paola Anda

Housekeeping Director

Housekeeping Director, Luisa Paola Anda, has more than 10 years of hotel experience working as part of front desk and housekeeping teams. She completed her studies at Berkeley College in New York City, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She was then relocated to Florida to help open a new property for which she ultimately became the Director, and she made her way into the senior living industry from there.

In her current role, she manages daily operations for our community’s housekeeping team, and plans, schedules, develops and implements procedures for their continuing service including daily inspections of resident rooms. Everyone shares the same mission, which is to keep residents happy and provide timely assistance wherever it’s needed.

Luisa says that her favorite part of the job is building relationships with residents and fellow team members. Outside of work, she enjoys the beach and organizing her home, riding bikes, watching documentary movies with her husband, and reading with her children.

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Charlie Rios

Director of Culinary

Chef Rios earned his Culinary Arts Degree at Southeastern Connecticut Culinary Institute. Most recently, he held an Executive Chef position at a senior living community in Boca Raton. He has also held executive chef positions at the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach and the Bonaventure Country Club in Westin. Chef Rios also served as a corporate chef / partner for the Di Salvo Restaurant Group. He loves experimenting with American Fusion, French, and Italian Cuisines.

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Lawanna Barnes

Memory Care Activity Programming Manager

I possess an extensive background in the hospitality industry, amassing over three decades of invaluable experience in hotel operations and customer service. I dedicated nine years of my career to the Four Seasons in Palm Beach, Florida, where I excelled in front desk operations and room reservations. Seeking new opportunities, I made a deliberate move to Florida from Las Vegas, Nevada, twelve years ago following my marriage. Prior to my relocation, I spent a rewarding thirteen years at the renowned Venetian/Palazzo in Las Vegas, where I held the position of VIP Coordinator and front desk professional.

On March 14, 2021, I joined Mariposa, where I had the privilege of contributing to both the Front Desks of Memory Care and Independent Living. The residents at Mariposa have been a source of immense joy, and I take great pleasure in providing them with assistance and support. Recognizing my dedication and capabilities, I was promoted to the role of Memory Care Activity Programming Manager on April 28, 2023.

Outside of my professional endeavors, I embrace the role of a parent alongside my husband, with a combined total of six children between us. As our children have reached adulthood, we have transitioned into the empty nest phase of our lives. However, we enjoy companionship from our two puppies, Milo and Roscoe, who always keep us engaged. During my leisure time, I find fulfillment in connecting with new people and indulging in travel experiences, exploring various countries and cities.

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Candy Cogswell

Senior Lifestyle Counselor

I began my career in senior living 8 years ago as a Sales Assistant & Move in Coordinator and found my passion for senior living. I transitioned into Sales to help families find the right action plan for their needs and committed to helping them choose the best options. I attribute my success to listening to customers and putting their needs first. When I first walked into Mariposa I knew it was the place I wanted to work. Everyone was so nice and friendly and it felt like family. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a daughter and a son along with my 2 grandsons. I also enjoy taking my haired chihuahua named Romeo for walks.

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Janine Janse Van Rensburg

FitCamp Coordinator

I am a South African native who embarked on an exciting journey to Florida in 2017, alongside my family. With a passion for fitness and movement, I spent 17 years of my life as a ballerina. Beyond the realm of dance, I have always had a deep love for fitness and a commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I posess a genuine desire for the community’s well-being and strive to ensure that the residents experience the joy of a healthy and active lifestyle.
At Mariposa, I offer an array of captivating classes, including the very popular drum cardio, swimming, balance and barre classes that are designed to promote physical fitness and overall wellness.

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Brenda Burgess

Business Office Manager

Brenda Burgess boasts 29 years of healthcare experience, starting as a Medical Assistant before transitioning into management roles overseeing customer service and office operations. In 2018, she pivoted to senior living, initially as an Assistant Business Office Manager in skilled nursing and rehabilitation, eventually becoming the Business Office Manager. We are excited that Brenda is now the Business Office Manager here at Mariposa.

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a healthcare management focus, Brenda holds certifications as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and has her Core Certification in Assisted Living. Beyond her managerial duties, she oversees billing and human resources, ensuring smooth operations. Brenda’s true joy lies in her daily interactions with residents and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with family, and moments of solitude.