Solterra Management Group (SMG) was established in 2012 and is led by an experienced team of healthcare and business professionals who bring well over 100 years of combined experience and senior care expertise to select third party management engagements providing the necessary and critical balance between quality care and bottom line profitability. Solterra’s mission is to create and operate fun, high quality and caring communities. Solterra is the preferred senior care organization in the communities which serve and employ over 400 compassionate, caring and talented team members in Arizona and Colorado. Our management group and team of Senior Care professionals currently provide our guests with the following fun, quality and caring services in our own facilities:

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
  • Transitional Care
  • Post-Acute Care/Skilled Nursing
  • Behavioral Health Care
  • In Home Care Services

Solterra Management Group is a full service owner and operator of five Senior Living Communities in Arizona and Colorado and a Home Care Service company in Colorado. Solterra’s service focus is comprehensive in that the company provides short term, long term and in home senior care to over 350 residents in our communities and through our in home care services company.

Steve JorgensonPartner and Chief Executive Officer


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Mr. Jorgenson is a principal in Solterra and serves in the capacity of President and Chief Executive Officer. Currently, his primary focus is new acquisitions and development, and strategically expanding the Solterra brand.

Mr. Jorgenson brings a wealth of entrepreneurial success and experience in technology, sales, strategic alliances, and real estate development that will be valuable in making Solterra Senior Living the premiere brand in comprehensive life care and wellness services for aging adults.

In 2005, Mr. Jorgenson partnered with his father, Jeff Jorgenson, to expand his passion for development into the senior housing business. To date, they have created three projects under the Solterra Senior Living Brand. Solterra at Chandler is a 100-room Assisted Living community which opened June 2008. Solterra at White Mountains opens in 2009 with a 54-room Assisted Living building and a 63-room for Independent Living community.

Mr. Jorgenson has a Political Science degree from the University of Arizona College of Arts and Science.

Ryan WeissmuellerChief Financial Officer


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Mr. Weissmueller is a principal in Solterra and serves in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer. His primary focus is on capital structure, portfolio management and strategic financial oversight.  He is a seasoned finance and operations executive with a career including strategic finance, executive management, leadership, company formation, high-level financial consulting, investment banking, banking and public accounting.

He has served in c-level finance and operations roles for nearly 10 years on both an internal and external basis, with startups and privately held growth companies in multiple industries including healthcare, manufacturing, real estate and service businesses.

Mr. Weissmueller has served multiple companies from their inception, most recently opening the Arizona office for Signature Analytics.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Weissmueller developed extensive experience in both underwriting and origination of middle market commercial finance. Most notably, he served in multiple capacities for GE Capital completing transactions ranging from less than $1 million to in excess of $300 million.

Mr. Weissmueller received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona Summa Cum Laude in Finance and Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Licensed Real Estate agent in the state of Arizona.

Inge DuranVice President of Finance and SNF Ops


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As Vice President of Finance and SNF Operations for Solterra Senior Living, Inge Duran is responsible for directing the company’s overall operational, financial, and care-related performance.

Possessing more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry, Inge has been involved in a variety of health care environments ranging from continuing care retirement communities, traditional long-term care facilities, to sub-acute specialty programs. She has experience with national skilled nursing home chains, as well as independent owners and operators, and has held a variety of positions, both financial and operational in nature; including Director of Accounts Receivable, Director of Financial Services, and Controller.  Inge brings excellent skills in building teams and creating positive culture in organizations.

A licensed Assisted Living Administrator, Inge provides Solterra Senior Living with specialized expertise combining financial and operational experience, rarely found in the health care industry.

Julia ColangeloVice President of Operations


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As Vice President of Operations for Solterra Senior Living, Julia Colangelo is responsible for directing the assisted living component’s overall operational, financial, and care-related performance for Solterra’s assisted living communities.

With over 20 years of experience as Certified Assisted Living Manager, Julia has a vast understanding and knowledge of assisted living and memory care operations.  She has spent her entire career operating properties and was the Executive Director at Solterra Senior Living in Chandler, Arizona for three years prior to accepting the position as Vice President of Operations.

Julia received her BASW degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before relocating to southern California in 1981.  She transferred to Phoenix Arizona in 1999 where she continued to operate large assisted living communities.

Sofia OvadyaVice President of Accounting


sofias-snapshot-1Sofia has extensive experience in providing management with the analytical, budgeting, accounting and financial reporting activities. She brings several years of hybrid experience combining advanced accounting functions with the underlying systems integration and support. Her background is concentrated on managing multi-entity environments within health-care industries. She specialize in managing various accounting functions within large, diverse environments, with focus on streamlining accounting processes by utilizing reporting and automation features of the accounting platform as well as various related tools to achieve maximum efficiency.

Sofia earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Accounting from Queens College of NY. Her past affiliations include Menorah Home & Hospital (NY), Metropolitan Jewish Health System (NY), & National HealthCare Associates (NY).

Peter DeMangusVice President of Business Development


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As Vice President of Business Development, Peter’s focus is on the creation, development and implementation of new programs and new business development.  His role will back Solterra Senior Living’s expansion plans, provide marketing oversight and to ensure adherence to Solterra’s core values.

Peter has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and has been intimately involved in all aspects of operations, executive management, organizational leadership, marketing and brand development.  He had foreseen many opportunities created by changes in that environment, and is now positioned to support Solterra’s committment to enhanced customer service and overall health and wellness processes and amenities for its patients, residents and guests.

Peter holds dual BSBA degrees in Marketing and General Business from the University of Arizona, and is a graduate of the nationally ranked Karl Eller Entrepreneurship Program.  He has served on the boards of various civic organizations, volunteers for numerous non-profits and is active in the community.

Lenette OteroHR/Payroll Manager


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Lenette provides oversite within Solterra Senior Living’s human capital department.  A veteran of the senior living industry, she has held various leadership positions in food and beverage, business office management and employee benefit administration.

Lenette holds certifications in state and federal labor rules and regulations.

Jessica KirkRegional Director of Clinical Care


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Jessica Kirk is the Regional Director of Clinical Care for Solterra Senior Living and an expert in best practices for promoting overall senior health and wellness.

Jessica has an extensive work history as a practical nurse having experience in various settings to include hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices and skilled nursing facilities. She has provided nursing care to patients of all ages ranging from 1 month to 100 years. Her background in nursing combined with a genuine compassion, understanding, patience and appreciation for the elderly led to a career path which specializes in the forward movement of the Assisted Living Industry.

Jessica recognizes that the approach to caring for those who are aging must be individualized, considering changes which affect mind, body and spirit. She is committed  to insuring the direction for Solterra’s Clinical Care Department maintains steady focus on the company’s mission to guarantee that Residents Live Well.

Marco F. AlcarazRegional Director of Culinary Services


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Marco is a highly-experienced food service professional whose background includes food management positions with The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale and Legend Trail Golf Club and Troon North Golf Club in north Scottsdale. Chef Marco is a highly-accomplished chef and director of food and beverage and serves as the director of culinary services for Solterra at Chandler. In a short period of time, Chandler residents already have been the beneficiaries of his vast experience in the food and beverage industry. Alcaraz is responsible for the supervision of day-to-day food, beverage and dining operations, including menu design and development; purchasing; training programs; food and beverage budgeting, and special events. Most recently, Alcaraz was club chef at the Boulders Resort, part of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection, where he was in charge of the resort’s entire culinary staff, responsible for fine and casual dining outlets, menu creation and organization, and service guidelines.

“It is my goal to provide residents of Solterra Senior Living with an unsurpassed dining experience.” Alcaraz said. “It is my intent to take my resort experience and transform our food and beverage service into a point of pride with our residents, where they can invite their friends and family to dine with them at our community, and have a dining experience equal to – or better than — any of the area’s fine restaurants.”