Meet Our Team

Gabriela Istrate

Executive Director

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.

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

Daisy Woods

Activities Director

Daisy is from New Zealand but lived and worked in Queensland, Australia for the past 11 years before making her way to Arizona to be with her husband James. One of Daisy’s passions was to work with the elderly as her mother was a nurse at an assisted living facility for more than 30 years. When she left school, she wanted to become a nurse and was enrolled at a nursing school, but for “some reason” she followed a different path.  As a young teenager, she would go to work with her Mom for years to help wherever- Daisy and her siblings were raised caring for people.  Previously, Daisy was an Executive assistant for 20 years, this is a new chapter in her life, and she looks forward to her new role as Vista Living’s Activities Director. 

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.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and a proud Golden bear. Brett and his wife Ellyn are parents to three young adults.

Kyle Oura

Co-Founder 

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.

 

Arcadia

5529 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018

 

Camelback

5528 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018

 

Camelback View

4602 E Camelback Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85018

 

Arcadia

Address: 
5529 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919
Email: info@vistaliving.net

 

Camelback

Address: 
5528 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919
Email: info@vistaliving.net

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