Our community has the greatest staff members around, whose daily desire is to make TODAY a wonderful day for our residents. As energetic as they are fun to be around, our staff at SunRidge at Palisades really enjoy working together! Afterall, when working together is fun, the joy is contagious! The energy created by our team is what breathes life into our community… and what a difference we make! We live for the opportunity to make our residents feel noticed and special.
Steven Lujan is Executive Director of Sunridge at Palisades. He has a 17 year career in the health service industry, dedicated to the El Paso and Southwest Region. "I look forward to providing exceptional senior living to families in our area through our community at Sunridge at Palisades."
Steven has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to senior living and delivering the highest levels of quality service and care in pursuit of organizational excellence.
Steven holds a Masters in Management from Webster University in St.Louis, Missouri and a Bachelor's of Science in Health Care Management from Park University in Parksville, Missouri. Steven is from El Paso, and enjoys traveling to historical locations, artisan and cultural communities to collect local and native art.
I have the privilege of working with seniors since 2011. Previous to that I was employed at the school districts for almost 14 years, working and learning from all my special education students. I think that working with special children made such an impact in my life, that now I think that we all have different capacities of performing our tasks in life.
Working with seniors had also given me so much, because I have been exposed to providing services to those that have given a lot to their love ones and those who have come across their lives. Now is my turn to give to them my best, help them and protect them, the same way they did for others. I know that we all have a mission in life and today my mission is to serve our residents at SunRidge at Palisades as a Community Relation Director.
I am a mother of three adult children, with a daughter and two sons. Being the 10th of 12 children, I love and enjoy being around family, trying to do as much as I can do for them. I have been happily married for 27 years and counting.
Maria Castillo Valenzuela was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico. She moved to the United States after getting married to her husband, Eleazar in 1987 and moved to St. Louis, Missouri where they had three daughters. In 2001 her family relocated to El Paso where she studied and became a CNA . Maria advanced in academics and went on to receive her Masters from International Business College in 2006.
Maria has been an integral part of the professional care team at Palisades for more than six years. She effectively interacts with residents, their families, health care professionals and staff to ensure resident care and services. She says, “I am dedicated to the seniors living here and I don’t see myself anywhere else. I love my job.”
I completed high school in Juarez, Mexico and have taken courses at El Paso Community College. While going to school and working for SunRidge first as dishwasher and then as a cook, I developed a love for dining services and culinary arts. I have been promoted many times and now I am happy to have been given the opportunity to serve our wonderful Palisades community as the Dining Services Director. I love making sure that each of our residents is properly nourished. I have been married 20 years and have two beautiful daughters.