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Linda Givens
Executive Director

Linda Givens, NHA, was hired as the Executive Director of La Vida Llena in January of 2008. Prior to joining the La Vida Llena team, Linda worked extensively in the healthcare field, both for acute and long term care, totaling over 30 years of experience. Linda attended the University of New Mexico where she received a bachelor’s degree in university studies. She is currently licensed as a Health Care Administrator. Linda serves on the CNM board for Certified Dietary Managers.

Joe Gomez
Director, Plant Operations

Joe Gomez is the Director, Plant Operations. His department is responsible for Environmental Services, Maintenance, and Safety; he serves as the Risk Management Officer as well. Joe has been with La Vida Llena since 2002 and has over 16 years of experience Plumbing, Water Treatment, and HVAC. His certifications include Boiler Operator 1 & 2, Water Specialist 1, and Life Safety. He is currently a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA.)

Carolyn Rupert
Director, Nursing

Carolyn Rupert, Director of Nursing, has been with La Vida Llena since 2006. Carolyn manages our Health Care Department which is responsible for providing Skilled Nursing Care to our residents. Carolyn is a Registered Nurse (RN) and has over 17 years experience in her profession. Prior to joining La Vida Llena, Carolyn worked as a MDS Coordinator. Carolyn obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of New Mexico in 1993.

Shay Wallace
Senior Sales Director

Shay Wallace joined La Vida Llena on May 9th, 2022. He brings with him 12 years of experience in Senior living, both in Operations and Marketing. He started his career as a Marketing Director with a CCRC community in Amarillo, TX and then took over the marketing for a Lifeplan community in Corpus Christi, TX.  Following his successful marketing stops, he went on to become and Executive Director for two different Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities in Texas.  He considers working in Senior Living to be a calling in life and one he is extremely passionate about. Mr. Wallace considers it his mission to help Seniors actively engage back into their own lives.

Lynne Carlberg
Director of Human Resources

Lynne Carlberg joined La Vida Llena as Director of Human Resources in 2014. Ms. Carlberg brings over 20 years of recruiting and human resource expertise from government and commercial contracting environments. Her focus has been in the fields of environmental safety and remediation, civil engineering, and information technologies. Prior to joining La Vida Llena, Ms. Carlberg served as Senior Human Resources Generalist at Los Alamos Technical Associates corporate office in Albuquerque, NM. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in German Studies from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, and holds a Professional Human Resources Certification (PHR).

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