The Management Team
Deborah Pontynen Godt was promoted to Executive Director of Hank Fisher Propertiesâ€™ two premier senior living communities â€“ Riverâ€™s Edge and the Chateau at Riverâ€™s Edge, located in the Campus Commons neighborhood of Sacramento — in April 2010. The two communities are home to over 200 residents and employ nearly 100 staff members. They offer first-class independent and assisted living as well as memory care.
Ms. Godt formerly held the posts of corporate marketing director for Hank Fisher Properties and marketing director of Riverâ€™s Edge. She has been involved in the development and marketing of senior living communities for over a decade and has served with Hank Fisher Properties since 2008.
As executive director, Mrs. Godt is responsible for overseeing the operations of the two communities, including budgeting and complying with state and federal laws. She directs and provides leadership to staff to promote resident well being and keep families apprised. She also helps retain and build partnerships with such community organizations as the Society for the Blind and the B Street Theater for the benefit of residents.
A native Sacramentan, Ms. Godt received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1980 from Pacific Union College, Angwin, California. She went on to earn in 1989 a Masterâ€™s degree in administration with an emphasis on marketing from Andrews University, Berrien, Michigan. She also is certificated by the State of California as an administrator of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs).
She resides with her husband, Russell, in Carmichael. Her daughter, Kate, attends college in southern California.
Jennifer Willard was hired as Marketing Director for Riverâ€™s Edge and the Chateau at Riverâ€™s Edge in the summer of 2012. With over 20 years of marketing and leadership experience, Jennifer brings both knowledge of senior living and business expertise to Hank Fisher Properties. She attended college at both American River and Folsom Lake Community College where she studied marketing, human resources and finance.
As a Marketing Director for Hank Fisher Properties, Jennifer is primarily responsible for working with the residents and families to make certain all of their housing needs are met. Jennifer has lived in Folsom with her daughter for over twenty years. Her daughter, Olivia, is now a student at Sacramento State University where she is obtaining her degree in education and earning her teaching credential.
Other Vital Members of the Team:
Back row:Â Kim Adams, Life Enhancement Coordinator at the Chateau; Mike Paular, Maintenance Director; Pam Reed, Resident Counselor at the Chateau; Â and Keith Baldwin, Executive Chef at Riverâ€™s Edge.Â Center Row:Â Thamsyne Brown; Life Enhancement Director at Riverâ€™s Edge;Â Karen Grosso, Community Relations Assistant at Riverâ€™s Edge; Â Lori Brown, Executive Chef at the Chateau, Connie Gillette, Assistant Director; Sara Weininger, Resident Care Coordinator; Dee Aponte, Director of Care Services.Â Â Front row:Â Irene Charnell, Marketing Director at the Chateau, Deborah Godt, Executive Director, Shing Vang, Marketing Director at Riverâ€™s Edge.