About Us

Teamwork Makes This Community a Top Choice

It takes a perfect team to create a perfect Orlando community. Proven experience and independent successes are needed to develop an assisted living and memory care community as good as this one and you’ll find it at Gentry Park Orlando.

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Ownership

Committed ownership makes the difference.

Gentry Park Orlando is the result of an independent partnership between owner Mizak and manager Life Care Services®, an LCS® company. Mizak was founded by a group of seasoned real estate and banking professionals with long and successful track records—including the development of a substantial number of senior living communities. They’ve brought all of that knowledge to bear in the development of Gentry Park Orlando.

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Management

Proven management makes life better.

Gentry Park Orlando is managed by industry leader Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, which was established in 1971 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa. Life Care Services provides operations management, marketing, and sales management for not-for-profit and for-profit continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), independent living and stand-alone assisted living, memory care, and rental communities nationwide.

Leadership

Meet our leadership team of caring professionals.

Jack Barnes

Executive Director

Jack’s career represents a 33-year commitment to serving seniors in five states (North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Illinois and Florida). He has held multiple leadership roles including director positions in both corporate environments and in Health Care, including more than 16 years with Life Care Services. Jack’s passion has not changed since he began his career, which is to “provide outstanding quality of care and services to a generation that deserves the best that one can offer.”His goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of all those he may be honored to serve.

Nora Diaz, RN

Director of Health Services

A Registered Nurse (RN) with more than 20 years of experience in health care, Nora has dedicated her career to working with seniors. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico and completed her residency program in a hospital intensive care unit in Florida before taking her first position with an assisted living community. Nora also worked in home health care before joining Gentry Park Orlando. Her proven experience and love for working with seniors and families makes Nora perfect for Gentry Park Orlando.

Kari Batey

Business Office Manager

Kari has been in the office management field for over 35 years, performing all aspects of accounting, payroll and human resources. Her experiences include industries such as manufacturing, logistics and small family-owned businesses. She grew up in Peoria, Illinois where she met her husband Mike and the two moved to Florida in 1997 to be closer to his family. In 2014 she was informed her mother was diagnosed with dementia and could  no longer live alone. Kari brings a personal understanding and compassion for the family members that are facing challenges of Alzheimer’s and dementia and looks forward to working with all residents and their families.

Lisa Kaplan

Director of Marketing

Lisa is most probably the first person you’ll meet at Gentry Park Orlando. Prior to coming here, she held a similar position at another Orlando assisted living and memory care community. Lisa has a deep understanding of the needs of individuals who require help with the activities of daily life and those with memory loss. Just as importantly, she understands the concerns of family members and can answer their questions and help them with the admissions process.

Sarah Krattinger

Director of Life Enrichment

Sarah believes it’s been her calling to work with our older population since she was a child. With 18 years of experience and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the first college in the nation to offer a degree in Gerontology, the University of South Florida, Tampa, it’s safe to say our residents and staff are very glad to have Sarah at Gentry Park Orlando. Prior to joining the team as Director of Life Enrichment, she served in many leadership roles, including administrator of an assisted living community and director of social services for a skilled nursing community.

Patricia Washuta

Executive Chef and Certified Dietary Manager

Chef Washuta graduated summa cum laude from the Culinary Arts Institute, Le Cordon Bleu program. For ten years, she was a member of the culinary team at Walt Disney World, creating her own brand of magic for guests with special dietary needs. She has particular experience creating recipes designed to combat the acceleration of memory disorders. Chef Washuta’s menus are as much about exceptional taste as they are about exceptional nutrition: her recipes have been featured in Food and Wine® Cookbooks and Disney press events.

Russ Wager

Director of Plant Operations

Russ ensures a safe, clean, comfortable environment for residents, their families and Gentry Park Orlando staff, but he does much more as our Director of Plant Operations. He joined our leadership team with an outgoing, “can-do” personality and more than 20 years’ experience beginning with service as a mechanical engineer with the Marines Corps. He also served as a maintenance tech, maintenance director, and director of plant operations in senior living and behavioral health settings before joining Gentry Park Orlando.

Testimonials

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we are happy to report the community weathered the storm well and all residents are safe and comfortable. During this challenging time, the safety and wellness of our residents was our number one priority. It was also important for us to keep our residents’ family and friends updated with the latest developments, so that they could have peace of mind knowing their loved ones were in good hands. Here are some of the comments we received from friends of Gentry Park Orlando:

Anita

“You guys are incredible! Thanks for all you do to make things safe but fun for my mom. You did an amazing job of communicating throughout and I really appreciate it.”

Colleen

“Thank you so very much for the excellent care and loving support you give to my mother and all the other residents. I’m so very grateful.”

Gary, Lori, Jasmine and Jeremy

“Thank you for the update. Praying that you will all be safe.”

Lydia & Tony

“Just wanted to send a note of profound thanks to you and all of the Gentry Park team who took such great care of the residents and braved the storm this weekend. We couldn’t be happier you are all okay and there was no damage. You are running a great operation and we continue to be impressed by the professionalism, compassion and personal touch that all combine so seamlessly in the care being provided at Gentry Park. Hope everyone can get some much needed rest over the next few days as the storm subsides – along with the stress! All the best and thanks again so very much!”

Patrick

“Thank you all for your diligence during this time and for always fostering such trust. You all are truly amazing at what you do, every day. Often during a crisis it’s hard to admit that our loved one is in better hands with someone else, but in this case you’re track record leading up to Irma makes this a no-brainer. With all of the focus on the residents please be safe yourselves. Praying for you all!” 

Sheldon

“Thanks to you, Jack, Nora, and all the staff members whom rode out the storm and left their own families to take care of ours.  I picked mom up this morning, and she said that she does not even remember hearing the wind howl (like it did for 8 hours at our home) one bit. Many thanks and much appreciation.”

Steve and LeeAnn

“Thank you and the entire staff for the excellent service you all provided during the hurricane. You make Gentry “family” for the residents and family members!”