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Meet Our Executive Director – Kellie Smith

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Kellie Smith, the newest addition to our Avista Senior Living Magnolia family. With over two decades of experience in assisted living and memory care, Kellie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as Executive Director.

Kellie’s journey into senior living began after graduating from Long Beach State with a degree in business administration and after volunteering at assisted living communities with her children, which put her in a position to be offered her first job in the industry working in sales. Her career has been marked by a deep commitment to providing compassionate care and creating meaningful experiences for residents. Notably, Kellie has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Leader and has been recognized as Elmcroft Senior Living’s Executive Director of the Year—an accomplishment that speaks volumes about her dedication and leadership.

What sets Kellie apart are her unique skills and qualities. With a background in sales and marketing, she understands the importance of fostering strong relationships with residents and their families. Moreover, her personal experiences have fueled her passion for hospice care, making her a trusted advocate for those in need.

Looking ahead, Kellie has ambitious goals for Avista Magnolia. She envisions a community where every resident feels a sense of pride and belonging, and proudly calls the community ‘home’.

Outside of work, Kellie finds joy in spending time with her grandchildren and children—a reflection of her nurturing spirit. She believes in treating others with kindness and creating a loving environment where clear and open communication thrive.

When asked about her motivation, Kellie’s answer is simple yet profound: the ability to make someone’s day. It’s this unwavering dedication to brightening the lives of others that drives her each morning.

In Kellie, we’ve found a leader who not only brings expertise and vision, but also genuine warmth and compassion. We’re excited to see the positive impact she’ll continue to make on our community and the lives of those we serve. Please join us in welcoming Kellie Smith as our Executive Director—we’re fortunate to have her guiding our journey forward.

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