Meet the Team
Jason Konrad, ALFM
Jason Konrad serves as our Executive Director. He comes to Savanna House with over 20 years of work experience both in the public and private sectors. Jason has found his passion in Senior Living and continues to strive every day to make Savanna House a premier location.
Jason and his wife, Nicole, have two children, Cooper and Lyla. In their spare time, they enjoy relaxing backyard in the pool and doing anything related to sports. Jason is an avid Buffalo Bills fan.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Katie Klimson serves as our director of Sales and Marketing. She is a certified caregiver and a certified nursing assistant and has worked in assisted living and memory care communities in the area. She is passionate about family and helping seniors find the right place to call home.
Originally from Chicago, Katie moved here more than 20 years ago and considers Arizona her home. Katie enjoys spending time with her three grown sons and her fiancé, Mitch. She loves music and the great outdoors.
Sales and Marketing Assistant
Lali Csutak serves as our sales and marketing assistant, and she loves to work with our residents. She is considered a people person, although she never realized her passion until she began working in the senior living environment. Lali’s enthusiasm comes from believing in what she does and in helping others feel confident with the difficult decisions being made for themselves or their loved ones.
She was born and raised in California, but now calls Arizona home. She and her husband, Pete, and two children moved to Gilbert in 2014 and love to go on spontaneous adventures and discover the beautiful state of Arizona.
Vicki Haugen, LPN
Assisted Living Health and Wellness Director
Vicki began her career as a CNA in a skilled nursing community in her home state of North Dakota. After receiving her nursing license, she decided to move to Arizona and eventually started her career at Savanna House in 2017. She attributes her passion for Senior Living from a young age when she would often read to the elderly.
When not working you can find her swimming, bowling, or playing with her pet Guinea Pig, George. Vicki is a proud mother of three boys, Tyler, Derreck, and Teddy.
Memory Care Heath and Wellness Director
Kearie Carrigan has over 10 years of health care experience – all ranging from starting out as a caregiver in high school to becoming the nurse she is today. As a nurse, Kearie has worked in a critical care facility acquiring some amazing skills, such as critical thinking, how to thrive under pressure and the ability to pay attention to detail. Kearie later transitioned to an assisted living community and fell in love with the memory care neighborhood. So much so that, when the opportunity came to manage the neighborhood, she quickly jumped into it. Kearie is both skillful and resourceful when providing care to our dementia and Alzheimer’s community.
When Kearie is not at work, you can find her at home spending time with her fiancé and two children, Serenity and Abram. Kearie finds fulfillment in everything music. She loves to dance and sing as well as perform like nobody’s watching. Kearie values the words that were spoken by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Business Office Manager
Cherie Hospodka serves as the business office manager, with her primary role to oversee accounting, human resources, and payroll. She is passionate about the senior community and comes to Savanna House with many years of experience working in a nursing facility.
Cherie was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and currently resides in San Tan Valley with her two daughters, Liliana and Isabella. During their free time, they enjoy taking a dip in the pool and baking sweet treats together.
Director of Culinary Services
Wallis Berry serves as our director of Culinary Services. Wallis has been in the food and beverage industry for 22 years and has worked in corporate dining, universities, private clubs, country clubs, restaurants and senior centers. Wallis’ specialties are Italian and Chinese cuisines, as well as her salmon cheeseball – which was one of the first things she learned how to make from her mom.
Wallis truly enjoys getting to know the Savanna House residents and their families and strives to create unique and flavorful dishes for everyone that dines in our community.
Wallis is a wine enthusiast and sports fanatic. Wallis was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to Chandler in 2008 with her two daughters, Jala and Kaela.
Kim Wood serves as our Life Enrichment director. She has been a recreational program director and competitive gymnastics coach since 1993, working with toddlers to high school graduates. She loves to see people have fun with what they do and enjoy the excitement of learning something new. Her transition to the senior community reignited her passion for activity programming, after all “laughter is the best medicine!”
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Kim has landed here in Gilbert, Ariz., with her family, David, Jackson, Joey and Dylan. If they aren’t at a sporting event for the younger boys, they are at the theater watching Jackson perform musical theater.
Building Services Director
Anthony Rivera serves as our building services director and is responsible for all aspects of keeping our community maintained properly. Anthony began in multifamily housing, but really enjoys working in assisted living and getting to know the residents here at Savanna House.
Anthony loves the outdoors and is an Arizona native. In his spare time, Anthony will be off-roading, hunting, hiking and camping with his dog, Dash, a Siberian husky. Anthony is the No. 1 fan of the Arizona Cardinals.