Our Team

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

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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 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 and an independent community for the Spectrum Retirement Company. Larry currently sits on the Masonic Communities and Services Association Executive Committee 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. 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 goals for Eastern Star include continuing to offer a quality living environment for residents and to meet both operational and financial benchmarks set by the Board of Trustees and Ridgeline Management Company. Larry has 5 children, enjoys playing co-ed softball, spending time boating at Lake Powell and vacationing in Las Vegas.

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Jerry Haynes - Dietary Supervisor

Jerry has worked at the Eastern Star Community for 9 years; the residents are like his family. When not working Jerry loves to fish and watch basketball, go Lakers!!!  Jerry has one son who is studying at University of Greeley. Jerry has a passion for cooking after all the kitchen is the heart of the community. Jerry is originally from Illinois and has called Denver his home for 30 years.

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Amelia Kirkendall - Director of Nursing

Amelia Kirkendall has worked at the ESMRC for almost 15 years. Amelia is responsible for our largest team of employees overseeing both our Resident Service and Housekeeping Departments. Amelia is responsible for the care and well being of all of our residents both in our Assisted Living and Independent Communities. She works hand in hand with a team of health care providers to provide the best possible care for all of the residents in our community. Amelia is originally from the Philippines and loves to travel when the money permits. She loves American Idol and leading our monthly karaoke parties!

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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 18 years in the Denver area. Karen has two critters, Charlie, a Yorkie and Georgie the cat. Karen likes to read, cross stitch, visit Colorado mountain towns, attend rodeos and spend time with her critters.

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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 12 years, Diane has worked in the Senior Housing Industry. For over seven 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.

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Debra Kirsten- Sales Counselor

Debra is a new addition to the ESMRC team and brings over 12 years’ experience in the healthcare and senior industry. She has also 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 23, 18 and 16 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!

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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.

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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.

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Lori Glaviano - Business Manager

Lori Glaviano joined ESMRC 6 months ago. Lori brings 7 years of experience in a medical office setting and 15 years of experience in administrative support. Her previous positions were an Insurance Billing Specialist at a medical office and an Underwriter at a insurance Company. She enjoys talking and spending time with our residents. Born and raised in Denver, Lori is married and has 1 daughter, who is the joy of her life. When not working, Lori enjoys playing with her dog Elly, camping and cheering for the Chicago Bears.

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Josie Tenorio, Cook at Eastern Star, is the 2013 Rockstar of the Year!!!

Josie has been a cook at ESMRC for the past 11 years. In that time she has always been a person to go above and beyond her job. She never misses a day of work (accept to have her first child in September), is willing to come to work on her days off to cover shifts and most important, she treats every resident she comes in contact with like gold. She is one of the most caring persons I have had the pleasure of working with. She constantly is asking residents their dining preferences, hand delivering meals to those residents who can’t make it to a meal, and always has time to spend a moment with residents to see how their day is going. As a result of Josie’s efforts, no resident ever goes without a meal or snack, she is always providing special meals upon request, and does not know what the word “no” is. She is always the first person residents ask for and there isn’t one resident in the community that has a bad word to say about Josie.

Josie always has a smile on her face and is one of the most passionate people about seniors I have had the opportunity to work with. Her enthusiasm rubs off on everyone she comes in contact with and she is always the life of the party. Her “Cooking with Josie” program is an ongoing success, the residents always look forward to come to class and see what they will be doing that day. It may be decorating cookies, making individual pizzas or cooking up a special snack for their fellow residents. Josie has been known to race residents in their wheel chairs up and down the hallways, getting residents to laugh that never do; or spend time with a difficult resident who is having a bad day and provides that special hug or kiss that will raise their spirits; and she always makes time to share herself with residents throughout the day. Josie is a day-in and day-out “Rock Star” in our community; each day she brings a smile to the face of someone who needs that extra TLC to have a good day.