Meet The Team

Launa Cornell

Launa Moore, RN

Senior Executive Director

Launa Moore 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.

Anthony Bawalan

Anthony Bawalan, LVN

Senior 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.

Javier Gomez

Javier Gomez

Senior Generations Program Director

Javier Gomez has been working in the senior living space for 13 years. He started as a server before transitioning into a caregiver role and then a medication tech. While he has spent time in both assisted living and memory care, he discovered his true passion of serving those with memory impairments while caring for a family member with dementia. Javier is a licensed EMT in the state of California and is excited to work in the Generations community.

Outside of work, Javier enjoys spending time with his kids, exploring San Diego and cheering on the Raiders.

Lauren Peterson

Lauren Peterson

Senior Vibrant Life® Director

Lauren Peterson joins La Marea Senior Living as our Vibrant Life®  director, bringing with her four years of senior living experience. She began her career as a caregiver in assisted living and transitioned into activities. Lauren has worked in assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing and has a true passion for serving our residents and their families by facilitating and providing exciting and memorable experiences within the activity department. Lauren has her master’s degree in health care administration and recently received the Activity Leadership Certificate to further her education in this field.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and two puppies. She loves to be around her family and friends and will jump on any opportunity to go spend time at the beach. Lauren is passionate about health and fitness and runs online accountability groups in her spare time to help and encourage others. She loves to have fun and is always up to hear a good pun. Drop by her desk and share one!

Laura Griffith

Laura Griffith

Director of Sales and Marketing

Laura Griffith’s career in senior living was inspired by finding a new community for her own mother. She can directly relate to the challenges that seniors and their families face during this transition and, as director of Sales and Marketing, aims to make it as smooth and comfortable as possible. Previously, Laura was a design director in the fashion industry, where she built brands and conducted business around the world. She is also a volunteer community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association.  

In her free time, Laura loves to be in nature and can often be found watercolor painting, hiking, dabbling in botanical drawing or biking, and she recently became scuba-certified. 

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Holly Pobst

Director of Sales and Marketing

Holly Pobst comes to La Marea Senior Living with over 30 years of experience in the health care field, along with a degree in gerontology. As the director of Sales and Marketing, Holly looks forward to helping families navigate the complexities of senior living and cultivating strong relationships with community partners to achieve the best results for La Marea’s residents, families and employees.  

Holly lives in Escondido with her husband, two kids and their pets. Holly, an ethical vegan and San Diego Padres fan, enjoys playing pickleball, traveling, reading, writing, cooking and watching Bravo. 

Reika Villagomez Marron

Reika Villagomez Marron

Business Office Director

Reika Villagomez Marron joins the La Marea family with over 14 years of experience in senior living and care. She began her career as a caregiver in Pensacola, Florida, in 2008, and eventually became the lead resident services secretary for the same community. In 2012, Reika relocated to California and has spent time working at multiple senior living communities. Her favorite part of the job is being able to work with amazing people and residents.

As the new Business Office director, Reika looks forward to spending more time with La Marea’s wonderful staff and deepening both professional and personal connections. She and her office pug, Samson, are grateful for the warm welcome and look forward to life at La Marea! 

Jon Samus

Jon Samus

Culinary Services Director

Jon Samus comes to La Marea with nearly two decades of experience working in the senior living industry. He first developed a passion for it while working at his family’s business caring for seniors, and it has inspired him to become involved with dining and hospitality.  

Jon’s approach to dining is holistic. He believes a dining program should have a varied menu and be nutritious and exciting. Food is an important aspect of our social lives, so meals at La Marea should inspire residents to spend the daily dining time with their friends and family. 

Jon earned a B.A. degree in culinary management and a master’s degree in hospitality management from the Art Institute of San Diego. During his free time, he enjoys gardening and spending time with his spouse, two dogs and birds. Jon and his family can often be found traveling around in their RV.  

Sebastian Diaz

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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