Meet the Team
Israel Regus is the executive director for Solstice Senior Living at Apple Valley. Prior to this role, Israel held positions as Maintenance director and Health and Wellness director. Before joining the team, Israel dedicated his career to skilled nursing, where he excelled for several years until transitioning into marketing. Born and raised in East Los Angeles County, Israel moved to the High Desert in 1993, where he has resided ever since. He has been happily married for several years and has two daughters. Israel is passionate about giving back to the community and is looking forward to working with all of the Solstice residents.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Angele Laib is the director of Sales and Marketing for Solstice at Apple Valley. She’s been with the community for 10 years and enjoys coming to work every day. Previously, she held the title of Vibrant Life director for five years.
Her background is in early childhood education, and she spent nearly 10 years in various teacher and director roles at schools in Alhambra and Victorville.
She enjoys building relationships with her residents and their families – she considers it very rewarding work. Her tagline is “I once called the parents about the kids, but now call the kids about the parents!”
She looks forward to meeting potential residents and being able to help explain and navigate senior living options.
Business Office Director
Yvette Velez moved to California in the early 1980s, but originally hails from New York. She started in property management in 1996 and moved into senior living in 2017. She is happily married with four children and enjoys dancing and cheering on the New York Giants.
Culinary Services Director
Amy Monje is the Culinary Services director for Solstice Senior Living at Apple Valley. She has been a chef for 10 years and is very passionate about her work. A graduate of the Art Institute Culinary Arts School, Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in culinary business management and an Associate of Science degree in baking and pastry. Prior to joining the team, Amy helped run Sylvester’s Haven, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dog rescue that takes in at-risk dogs and saves them from kill shelters to help find loving, forever homes.
Vibrant Life Director
Amanda Varela is the Vibrant Life® director for Solstice Senior Living at Apple Valley. Amanda was born and raised in Apple Valley and has been with the Solstice team for almost three years. She started as a part-time server, caregiver and housekeeper at Solstice and is now a member of our management team. Amanda truly loves coming to work and enjoys caring for all of the residents. She has been happily married for 14 years and has four beautiful boys.
Building Services Director
Roy Guerra is the Building Services director for Solstice at Apple Valley. Hailing from Ontario, California, Roy brings 18 years of maintenance experience to the community. His favorite parts about Solstice are the residents and team. In his free time, Roy enjoys listening to music.