Meet The Team

Launa Cornell

Executive Director

Launa Cornell brings with her more than 25 years’ experience in the senior care industry. She has served in various roles including director of Health, regional director of Operations and nurse consultant; but Launa’s favorite role is serving as our executive director. She is passionate about working with seniors and strives to ensure La Marea Senior Living is a place our residents are proud to call home.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, especially the beach. Launa has three children and a mini-Schnauzer.

Gaby Alvarado

Director of Sales and Marketing

Gaby Alvarado brings 17 years of senior living experience to La Marea Senior Living. She started in the industry working as a concierge, then transitioned over to Sales and Marketing and has stayed ever since. Gaby is compassionate, loves the seniors she works with and finds joy in helping others. 

Gaby was raised in San Diego, California, and has been married to her husband for five years. When not playing with her four cats, she loves wine tasting, traveling and cheering for the LA Dodgers.

Anthony Bawalan, LVN

Resident Care Director

Anthony Bawalan, Resident Care director at La Marea Senior Living, has more than 16 years’ experience in the senior living industry. He has served in a variety of roles, including caregiver and medical technician in both dementia and assisted living settings before obtaining his Licensed Vocational Nurse certification nearly a decade ago. Anthony has a great passion for senior care and loves sharing his experiences with our team to help foster a culture of care in our community.

Outside of work, Anthony loves spending time with his wife and their two children, Alexa and Cody. He also plays basketball in his spare time.

Solana Sloat

Vibrant Life® Director

Solana Sloat, Vibrant Life® director at La Marea Senior Living, brings with her experience serving in multiple roles at senior living communities, including activities assistant, resident services coordinator and memory care manager. She has her B.A. degree in gerontology from California State University, San Marcos. Solana is passionate about serving seniors and enriching their lives with light, love and laughter.

Outside of work, Solana has volunteered as a docent for The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe for many years and enjoys studying the history of San Diego County. She enjoys making people laugh and thrives on bringing joy to others. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, and spending time with her husband and their 3-year-old son, Ryder James.

Natasha Avedisian

Culinary Services Director

Natasha Avedisian is excited to bring her 15 years of dining experience to La Marea Senior Living as our Culinary Services director. She attended the Art Institute of California, San Diego, where she earned her Associate of Science degree in culinary arts. After adding several restaurants, catering companies and cruise lines to her resume, she fell in love with senior living and hasn’t looked back since.

Sylvia Spears

Business Office Director

Sylvia Spears joins our team at La Marea Senior Living with more than 20 years’ experience in the senior living industry. She has previously served as an executive director for both an assisted living community and nonprofit organization, but her favorite job is Business Office director. She is passionate about creating and supporting a culture where our residents and staff feel appreciated.

Sylvia has been married for more than 20 years and has four beautiful children. When she’s not working, Sylvia volunteers for a dog rescue … and you guessed it, the rescue is for senior dogs!

Sebastian Diaz

Building Services Director

Sebastian Diaz joins us as Building Services director at La Marea Senior Living with more than 11 years’ experience in this role. He began his career as a janitor and quickly moved up the ranks to director. Sebastian has previously opened a senior living community as a maintenance supervisor, but he has always wanted to open a community as a director. His passion for serving seniors led him to La Marea.

Sebastian has been married for 11 years and has a 4-year-old daughter, Clarissa, and 2-year-old son, Mateo. When Sebastian is not working, he’s with his family either going on adventures, hiking or watching baseball games.

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