Our Team

Learn more about our great Denver Assisted Living team at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus!


Larry Lillo - Executive Director

Larry Lillo has been the Executive Director for Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community since the summer of 2009. He has brought over eleven years of experience in the assisted and independent living arena to this position. He has managed three assisted living communities for Sunrise Senior Living, served as a Regional Mentor, as well as a trouble shooter for the organization. He also has had the opportunity to manage an independent community for the Spectrum Retirement Company. Larry currently serves as President of the Masonic Communities and Services Association and is a past Board of Director member for the Leading Age of Colorado Association; he has also served in leadership positions in a variety of community organizations over the years. His expertise in developing caring communities through effective operations and management skills has led to success in all of the communities that he has managed. Larry’s ongoing goals for Eastern Star include continuing to offer a variety of high quality living environments for residents on the campus and to meet the strategic, operational and financial goals of the organization as set by the Board of Trustees. Larry has 5 children, enjoys camping with his family, spending time boating at Lake Powell and vacationing in Las Vegas.


Kazoua Lee - Memory Care Coordinator

Kazoua joins our community with 10 years of experience providing care to seniors in home health, skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care. She loves working with the memory care population and enjoys learning how to improve the quality life of the seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other Dementia. She believes this is her calling and is very passionate about working with seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other Dementia. She loves her job and cares for these seniors as if they were her parents. Kazoua is very dedicated and strives to make a difference in her challenging role that faces unique challenges daily as she leads a very awesome team who are also very dedicated and committed to providing the best care. Kazoua’s core focus is to help residents remember their past when they no longer can, to look beyond the disease and understand that behind each disease is a human being, to understand their families and the challenge they face when losing a loved one to dementia and to honor the team members and respect the difficult, but rewarding, job they do every day. When Kazoua is not working or when she can get away from work, she enjoys going to the mountains, photography, shopping, traveling, spending time with her family, and sitting back to enjoy a movie every now and then.


Jerry Haynes - Dietary Supervisor

Jerry has worked at Eastern Star Retirement Campus for 13 years. He feels that we are much more than a community but like a family. He cares very deeply for all of our residents. Jerry has 3 children 2 boys and a girl. When not cooking in the kitchen Jerry enjoys sporting events, fishing and dancing. Jerry is originally from Illinois but he has called Denver his home for 30 years.


Karen Collins - Life Enrichment Coordinator

Karen Collins has over 25 years of experience working in activities with seniors. She has a teaching degree from Minot State University, but began working at Trinity Lutheran Home in Minot, ND in the activity department and loved working with seniors so much she stayed for five years. Karen moved to Colorado in 1991 where she worked in long term care in Boulder for two years. She then moved into retirement/assisted living/memory care which she has been doing for the past several years in the Denver area. Karen has two Yorkies, Charlie and Louie. Karen likes to read, visit Colorado mountain towns, attend rodeos, hike and spend time with her critters.


Diane Martini - Director of Marketing

Diane Martini, Director of Marketing, has been working with seniors since she was 15 years old. As a teenager, she volunteered at skilled nursing centers passing out water and playing games with residents. Over the years, she has continued to work with seniors in various capacities. For the last 16 years, Diane has worked in the Senior Housing Industry. For over nine years now, Diane has been working at the Eastern Star helping seniors and their families find appropriate homes for those who need more help or for those seniors who no longer want to do maintenance on the homes they have lived in for 50+ years. Diane loves working with seniors and finds fulfillment in helping families find the "right place".

In her spare time, Diane is an avid Salsa dancer performing for the residents and at various events around Denver.


Debra Kirsten- Sales Counselor

Debra is brings over 14 years’ experience in the healthcare and senior industry to the Eastern Star team. She has been a volunteer and spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association for several years and works diligently to help those who cannot advocate for themselves. Debra understands the difficult decision to move a loved one into assisted living or memory care and provides a caring perspective to help families make the right choice. She was raised as an Air Force “brat” and traveled extensively when young which has given her an open-minded perspective of the world. She has three children which keep her busy in addition to her work. When not at ESMRC, Debra enjoys being outdoors as much as possible especially by a mountain stream or the beach!


Gary Lavoie - Maintenance Director

Gary is a Mason and a member of Highlands Lodge #86. He joined the Eastern Star Community in November 2008.

Gary has a lifetime of experience in all phases of construction and maintenance, starting as a maintenance man and achieving Head of Maintenance and Construction Supervisor for Mustang Properties.
Gary also owned and operated his own business for many years. 
Gary is also a people person and has held many positions in service to community and people. He served as a volunteer firefighter on the Cunningham Fire Department for more than four years achieving and serving at the rank of Lieutenant for the last 2 years of his service. He studied for and received an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate while on the department. He was a fire department representative on the Cunningham Fireman's Pension Fund Board of Trustees for 3 years.
In 1994 Gary was awarded a Citizen Citation from the Adams County Sheriffs Department for saving the life of an elderly man who had collapsed while suffering a heart attack.
Gary served 4 terms of elected office on the Board of Trustees for the town of Deer Trail while overseeing the upgrade and improvement of the town's water delivery system and the replacement of the town's sewage system. He was also instrumental in obtaining multiple grants for improving the town's infrastructure.
Gary has been married for more than 38 years and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.


Pati Sawyer Boex - Fraternal Relations Director

Pati Sawyer Boex has been the Fraternal Relations Director at the Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community since 2009. Her position is unique to the ESMRC and was developed to perform community outreach, not only within the Fraternal Family but the entire community. She has brought a new energy to the community and is inspiring, not only to the Fraternal Family to get them more involved with the community, but in garnering interest from outside the fraternal family. While originally from Amityville, Long Island New York, her work experience has taken her many places while working for Club Med in their global resort villages, as Director of Activities for Sandstone Creek Club in Vail, Colorado, Heritage Eaglebend Golf and Country Club in Aurora, Colorado, the Event Coordinator for the Parker Chamber of Commerce. She is married to Steve and they live in Aurora with their two daughters. Pati loves to inline roller blade, play inline hockey, snuggle her girls and paint pottery.  

Please contact Pati patis@esmrc.com if you have an activity that you would like to share with the residents of the community or if you would like to know what our wish list items are for the residents of the ESMRC.


Jennifer McLaughlin - Business Office Manager

Jennifer is a seasoned Business Office Manager with over nine years in the field. She has extensive experience in running business from the ground up. Having held positions advertising and healthcare, Jennifer is able to tailor her skills to meet the need of our community. Jennifer is currently wrapping up her degree at CSU in Healthcare Administrative and Gerontology. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with husband Dylan and there 2 ½ year old son Eugene, working on home projects and traveling back to the Midwest to visit family.


Martha Valdez-Director of Resident Services


 Martha Valdez was born and raised in Orange County, California. Her passion about nursing specifically looking after the old people with acute illnesses and providing a different perspective of leading a healthy life style started right at her own home where she took care of her parents and grandparents with unique health issues. She was so touched with the personal care and positive results that she decided to pursue her career in home health and assisted living. 

Martha obtained her nursing degree from Pacific College in Costa Mesa, CA in 2005. She has over eleven years of outstanding skilled nursing experience in multi-faceted areas including taking care of Alzheimer patients and skilled nursing. She has been fortunate enough to work for one of the best assisted living companies in the county including New Dawn, Brookdale (formerly Emeritus), and Sava Senior. Her roles have also varied starting from a care giver to Wellness Director to Director of Nursing to being an Executive Director / Administrator overseeing a 48-120 patient’s assisted living and memory care facility. These excellent opportunities have afforded her the challenge to learn about the industry inside and out and become the trusted advisor in the eyes of her patients and organizational leadership teams – all of whom have nothing but exceptional things to say about her positive demeanor and management style. 

Martha loves to enjoy life outside of her busy work schedule. In her free time, she likes to travel, attend music concerts, visit flees markets, shop, and spend time with her family that she values the most. 

She is very excited to have joined Eastern Star and looks forward to the wonderful opportunity with the company to working with the highly talented team here and together making a difference in resident’s lives and beyond.