Meet Our Phoenix Assisted Living Team

Meet Brett Weisel CEO Cofounder Vista Living Assisted Living Phoenix Arizona

Brett Weisel

CEO, Co-Founder

Brett provides leadership and direction for the Vista Living team daily. He brings over 25 years of experience to a business that has a tremendous social impact. Previously, he was a partner in investment banking and the general partner of a single-family focused fund. Throughout both of these careers, Brett has built teams, executed meetings successfully for large groups and learned all of the details essential for creating well run companies.

In 2015, he experienced that residential assisted living is a meaningful way of caring for our seniors when done well. Having witnessed a less than perfect end of life experience for his grandma, Brett envisioned a better model for our elderly.

Founding Vista Living has allowed him to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and to pursue a passion for creating exceptional homes with open floor plans that bring people together in a joyful, social and connected community. Brett has brought his dedication, work ethic, knowledge, vision, experience and attention to detail to Vista Living.

Brett enjoys powder skiing, tennis, reading, hiking, Cal football and bringing friends together. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and is a proud Dad of three kids.

Connie King

Health & Wellness Nurse, LPN, CDP

In Connie’s 19 years of healthcare experience, she has worked for large independent, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing communities in several capacities including Director of Nursing, Nursing Instructor and Executive Director. Most recently, at Montecito Senior Living she works as the Co-Executive Director and Wellness Director, before this Ivy Hall as the Director of Nursing (and then Executive Director), and at First Star Community as their Director of Nursing.

Connie is certified as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Assisted Living Manager, Nursing Instructor and Activities Director.

Connie has a long history of nurses in the family, and caring for people is her true passion. Her number one goal each day is to put a smile on a resident’s face, and her motto is always do the right thing even when no one is watching. Connie and her husband are parents of two children and a Husky name Cash. Her other passions include traveling and spending time with family and friends. Connie brings an exceptional work ethic, experience, organizational skills, responsiveness and big heart for our seniors.

Meet Gabriela Istrate Executive Director Vista Living Assisted Living Phoenix Arizona

Gabriela Istrate

Care Manager

Gabriela has over 25 years of experience caring for seniors. Since 2001, Gabriela has owned and operated three Assisted Living Homes in the Phoenix area. Today, Gabriela is an acknowledged leader in the Arizona Assisted Living community. Gabriela is certified as both an Assisted Living Manager and a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). She is a Board Member of the Arizona Assisted Living Homes Association (AALHA) and past member of Professional Association of Senior Referral Specialists (PASRS) , AZ ALFA and HSP West, all of which are professional organizations for the senior living industry. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and participated on the Advisory Committee for the Arizona Department of Health Services, a committee dedicated to developing new rules and regulations for assisted living industry.

We love her passion for providing great care, strong managerial skills, years of experience owning and operating assisted living, advocacy for best practices in senior care, professional network, and hands-on/can- do attitude.

Meet Gabriela Istrate Executive Director Vista Living Assisted Living Phoenix Arizona

Angie Garcia

Resident Services Director

Angie has 12 years of healthcare experience. She has worked in behavioral healthcare, assisted living, memory care in several capacities including Certified Caregiver, Certified Medication Technician, Certified Behavioral Technician and Assistant Resident Services Director.

Most recently Angie is the Assistant Resident Services Director at Montecito Senior Living where she took the appropriate action for the supervision, safety, security and well-being of the residents. Her responsibilities also included the training and scheduling of staff, service plans and managing doctor orders. Before this, Angie was the Resident Care Coordinator at the Courtyard Tower Assisted Living where she had the same responsibilities as with Montecito.

Angie’s grandmother was a huge impact on her decision for making healthcare her career. She took care of her before she passed away a few years ago. Angie then realized that caring for people was her passion. She loves spending quality time with her mom and family. Angie likes to live by the quote: “It’s the simplest things in live that matters the most.”

Meet Lisa Karaffa Sales and Operations Director Vista Living Assisted Living

Lisa Karaffa

Sales and Operations Director

Originally from the Florida Keys, Lisa began her career 30 years ago in hotel and resort sales and marketing management with Marriott hotels in Miami, moving on to Chicago with Fairmont Hotels, and then to Arizona with several large resorts. She has a strong background in successful strategic planning, annual budget development, marketing plans and presentations.

Lisa played an integral role within organizations by providing collaboration, motivation and direction to the team. She thrives on providing an exceptionally high standard of service. As General Manager working at her last resort, she gained a vast knowledge of the operations side of the business as well.

With the desire to move on from the corporate world, but remain in the hospitality industry, she took a leap of faith and transitioned to senior living. Over the past six years, she has worked for large independent, assisted living and memory care communities before coming to Vista Living Senior Care. “I realized my passion for senior living when I experienced overwhelming gratification after helping families feel a sense of relief in knowing we helped change their loved one’s quality of life for the better.”

Lisa and her husband are parents to a daughter and grandparents to their first granddaughter. Her other passions include diving, golf, cooking and entertaining.

Vista Living Assisted Living Activities Director Lauren Koops

Lauren Koops

Activities Director

Lauren has been in the Phoenix Valley for three years after growing up in Minnesota and living previously in Wisconsin and Germany.  Lauren has over 8 years of experience providing recreation & activities to various populations including elderly, youth and adults with disabilities. She has a degree in Recreation with a Psychology minor, and is currently enrolled at Eastern Washington State University to become a Certified Recreation Therapist. For five years, Lauren spent time traveling the world while her husband served as an Officer in the Air Force. Her favorite memory is the time they spent while stationed in Germany for three years, and she will never forget the beautiful travels, wonderful people and new cultural experiences.

Lauren is excited to be a part of the Vista Living team and to invest in the lives of the residents, create relationships and provide activities that aim to fit each person’s individual needs. “I wholeheartedly believe that recreational activities can bring meaning and joy into a person’s life”. Listening and learning from the residents, and hearing their stories, will help Lauren find meaningful activities and experiences.

Lauren lives close to the Vista Living homes with her husband and daughter. She loves to be active and enjoys running, soccer, hiking and the occasional golf outing.

Meet Kyle Oura CoFounder Vista Living Assisted Living Phoenix Arizona

Kyle Oura


Kyle co-leads quality control for Vista Living.  He brings nearly 10 years of senior care experience to the helm. Kyle is a CPA and self-proclaimed “numbers guy” who realized in his early 20’s that he loved working with seniors after his dad suffered a stroke and developed dementia. Kyle was the primary caregiver for his father and his experience caused him to change directions and seek out opportunities in senior living.  Soon, he landed at AgeSong, a leading edge assisted living company where Kyle worked in both finance and operations. He even moved his dad into the community – a full-circle life experience for him.

Kyle dreamed of starting a senior care company based on his personal and professional experiences. He wanted to offer happiness as a standard to seniors in need of care and his dream came true when Vista Living opened its doors.  

Kyle has endless energy. He has worked at leading companies such as Deloitte, Prudential, and Greystar investing in $10 billion projects and served as a Board Member of Kimochi, a not-for-profit senior center in Hawaii.

We love his story and his experience, attention to detail, and passion for creating fun environments for seniors. Kyle spends most of his free time adventuring with his young children and incorporating a love for elders in their hearts.



5529 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018



5528 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018


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4602 E Camelback Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85018



5529 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919



5528 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919