Kari Curry, Executive Director, La Loma Village
Kari Curry has been named the executive director of La Loma Village, a Sun Health Life Care community serving more than 200 residents in Litchfield Park.
“Kari is the natural choice for executive director, having demonstrated a passion for leadership and a true love for the residents and staff at La Loma Village,” said Sharon Grambow, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Sun Health Senior Living. “I am especially proud to have someone who has worked for us for many years to fill this important role.”
Curry is responsible for the daily operations of the 353-acre campus, which includes independent living, assisted living, as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Sun Health Senior Living, part of Sun Health, is the largest locally-owned and operated nonprofit provider of Life Care communities in Arizona. Its three campuses – Grandview Terrace (Sun City West), La Loma Village, and The Colonnade (Sun City Grand/Surprise)—are home to nearly 1,000 residents.
She replaces former executive director Susan Davis, who will retire this summer after seven years with the community.
Curry earned a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and was hired as the director of Life Enrichment (activity department) at La Loma Village in 2006. She also became manager of the community’s Assisted Living residence when it opened in 2014.
More recently, Curry attained an Assisted Living Manager’s certificate and completed an Administrator-in-Training program, which helped her obtain a Long-Term Care Administrator’s license. She is enrolled in a master’s degree program in public administration with an emphasis in health care management at Grand Canyon University.
Helping older adults has long been a passion for Curry. Growing up, she spent countless hours with her grandmother who in her later years was diagnosed with dementia. The disease progressed rapidly and was exacerbated when her grandmother fell and broke her hip. Up to that time, Curry’s grandmother had lived independently. Now, she needed around-the-clock supervision.
“My family pulled together and set up a system to care for her in her home,” Curry recalls. “I learned that caring for people with dementia was my calling and I have spent my career, thus far, working in a retirement community to fulfill that purpose. It’s such a pleasure to work in a community that is full of active, vibrant residents who live independently, as well as those who need more care. La Loma Village has it all.”