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Quentin Burnett, Executive Director, Solstice at El Cajon

2024 ISL Executive Director of the Year Nominee

Quentin Burnett

Executive Director

Quentin Burnett, a Texas native, began serving seniors at 16 years old as a nursing assistant in a psychiatric nursing home. He worked his way up the ladder to admissions coordinator, then moved from Texas to Iowa to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. He proceeded to earn Master of Business in Health Care Administration, Master of Public Health and Master of Gerontology degrees from Des Moines University.

Quentin brings a variety of leadership experiences in senior living, including nurse home administrator, executive director of independent and assisted living communities in Minnesota, and regional director of operations for senior living communities across the United States.

He recently chose to make the San Diego area his permanent home and is excited to join the Solstice at El Cajon team.

Jennifer Booth, Director of Sales and Marketing, Solstice at El Cajon

Jennifer Booth

Director of Sales and Marketing

Jennifer Booth is the director of Sales and Marketing for Solstice at El Cajon. Holding a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Curry College, she has spent the past 25 years in the hospitality industry holding several leadership roles. She has found her passion in helping seniors find a community they love. She strives to make everyone’s day the best it can be.

When Jennifer is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 25 years, Joe, their three boys and two rat terriers, all of whom keep her very busy.

Emily Gutierrez, Vibrant Life® Director, Solstice at El Cajon

Emily Gutierrez

Vibrant Life® Director

Emily Gutierrez joined Solstice Senior Living at El Cajon in October of 2013. In the last eight years, Emily has grown with the company, first as a server then a housekeeper. A heartwarming, standing ovation was given to Emily by the residents after it was announced that she would take the position of our Vibrant Life® director. Emily completed two years of college in computer graphics, design and art.

She has two adult children. Emily’s daughter also worked as a server in the community before pursuing her career in the medical field and is now a licensed vocational nurse. Emily is a grandmother of a handsome 2-year-old boy. She enjoys art and music. Emily believes you should share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.

Tommy Rodgers, Culinary Services Director, Solstice at El Cajon

Marco Rueles

Culinary Services Director

Marco Rueles grew up in National City, San Diego County’s second-oldest city. When he was only 18 years old, he walked into a restaurant close to school to apply for a server position. The chef interviewed Marco on the spot and steered him toward a job as a cook. That chef insisted he could train Marco, and he ignited a passion to pursue a career in culinary arts. Marco’s path eventually led him into senior living, where he has continued to grow and develop multiple dining programs. Marco has made it a personal goal to remove the stigma that surrounds food in senior living.  

When Marco isn’t working, he loves to cook with his family. They either cook favorite dishes or take turns exploring new foods. Marco loves being a chef! He says, “Cooking is a universal language, and it’s an opportunity to show someone you care.” Marco’s grandmother is his inspiration and role model. She instilled a passion for showing compassion for others through food. 

Kathy Rodriguez, Business Office Director, Solstice at El Cajon

Kathy Rodriguez

Business Office Director

Kathy Rodriguez joined Solstice Senior Living at El Cajon in May 2018. She has been working with seniors since she was 16 years old back in the mid-’70s, when she started out as a nurse’s aide. She also has a background in working as an activity director for 15 years and a social services designee in various skilled nursing facilities. In 2000, she decided to go back to school at Bryman College, where she studied business administration.

Kathy has three grown daughters, four grandsons and six granddaughters. She also has one great-grandson and four great-granddaughters. She loves road trips, visiting the grandkids, playing with Legos and spending time with her two fur babies, (Yorkies) Snickers and Naima.

Brandon Cousins, Building Services Director, Solstice at El Cajon

Branden Cousins

Building Services Director

Branden Cousins was born in sunny San Diego but moved to Cleveland at a young age. He moved back to San Diego and graduated from Steele Canyon High School. He found his way into the world of maintenance due to his love of using his hands and having to figure out what makes something work. He has a beautiful wife named Shawnda and two adorable kids, a girl named Kaiya and a son named Oliver. Branden loves working with seniors because it reminds him of helping his grandmom outside in the yard and with things around the house. 

In his free time, he loves watching the Raiders and doing everything outdoors with his family going to the beach, surfing, hiking, parks and just quiet picnics with the kids. 

If Branden weren’t a maintenance director, he would be a fisherman enjoying the peace and serenity of the sea. 

Lupe Romero, Lead Concierge, Solstice at El Cajon

Lupe Romero

Lead Concierge

Lupe Romero has been with Solstice at El Cajon for over 14 years. She began as a housekeeper and server until she earned the position of head housekeeper. Lupe worked her way out of housekeeping and into the role of lead concierge, where she takes care of the front desk duties for Solstice at El Cajon. She is a very dedicated employee and enjoys working with our directors to ensure the senior community feels right at home.

Lupe has three hardworking adult children and four adorable grandchildren ranging from 1 to 8 years old. She enjoys spending time with her family and tries to keep up the tradition of Sunday cookouts in the yard. Lupe also enjoys making quilts for her loved ones.

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