Our approach is built upon the cumulative and varied experience of our team. Bringing many years of healthcare, hospitality, new product development, and regulatory experience, we identify and understand unique business challenges. From that understanding, we develop creative, practical, and bottom-line oriented solutions, which will bring the community to life and ensure its long-term success in the marketplace.
CEO & President
Steve is a principal in Solterra. Currently, his primary focus is new acquisitions and development, and strategically expanding the Solterra brand.
Steve brings a wealth of entrepreneurial success and experience in technology, sales, strategic alliances, and real estate development that is valuable in making Solterra Senior Living the premiere brand in comprehensive life care and wellness services for aging adults.
In 2005, Steve partnered with his father, Jeff Jorgenson, to expand his passion for development into the senior housing business. Steve’s introduction to Solterra was the Chandler assisted living community, and Solterra has continued to grow under his watch. To date, eight assisted living and independent living communities have been added to the Solterra Living brand.
Steve has a political science degree from the University of Arizona College of Arts and Science.
Jeff grew up in Pipestone, Minnesota, but has lived most of his life in Arizona. He graduated from the College of Business at Arizona State University and has worked with companies such as Del Monte Corporation, Rhodell Aviation, Mattel Toys, and Haaf’s Furniture. More recently, he’s dedicated his time to real estate brokerage and commercial property development.
Jeff has held a number of leadership roles on various boards: Rotary, Family Service Agency, LSMS, and CC Homeowners Association. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, their three children, and eleven grandchildren.
Chief Operating Officer
Heidi is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended UNLV and studied business management. She has more than 25 years of experience in operations, marketing, and leadership. Prior to working for Solterra, Heidi has held positions as General Manager, Executive Director, Regional Area Manager, and VP of Operations in multifamily and senior housing, and commercial real estate.
In Heidi’s current role as Chief Operating Officer with Solterra, she provides strategic leadership in all aspects of operations for each community. Heidi is passionate about motivating and empowering our community teams to be committed to making a difference in residents’ and their families’ lives by integrating our leadership philosophy: everyone matters.
In Heidi’s spare time, she teaches yoga and enjoys cooking.
Vice President of Business Development
Peter’s focus at Solterra is on the creation, development, and implementation of new programs and new business development. His role backs Solterra Senior Living’s expansion plans, provides marketing oversite, and ensures 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 anticipated many opportunities would be created by changes in that environment and is now positioned to support Solterra’s commitment to enhanced customer service and overall health and wellness processes and amenities for its patients, residents, and guests.
Peter earned 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. In addition, Peter holds an Assisted Living Facility Manager license. He has served on the boards of various civic organizations, volunteers for numerous nonprofits, and is active in the community.
Vice President of Accounting
Pat is responsible for financial reporting, as well as budgeting, financial analysis, accounting controls, audit coordination, and information technology. Pat has many years of experience in the broadband communications industry, where he was corporate officer and led the accounting team. During his career in the broadband industry, he was involved in multimillion-dollar trades and acquisitions that helped grow the company from $100M to over $800M in annual revenue. He established a credit and collections department, including credit checks, that helped reduce the bad debt expense by 65% over four years, saving $6M in the process. Pat coordinated the annual audit and oversaw the various SEC filings, including Forms 10, 10-K, and 10-Q.
Pat earned a BA in accounting at Michigan State University and attended the Professional Management Development Program at Harvard Business School. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He’s a member of Arizona Pioneer Hall of Fame.
Regional Food & Beverage Director
Nicolle Heydorn is the Regional Food and Beverage Director for Solterra Companies. Nicolle oversees the Food and Beverage departments at each of the Solterra communities, from menu development to training, customer service, and hiring. She encourages her team to have fun with food and sets the precedent for dining in senior living.
Prior to graduating from Roosevelt University with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management, Nicolle had been working within senior living since the age of 14. With over 20 years of experience in hospitality, she is dedicated to improving the lives of our residents through dining. She’s a Certified Dietary Manager and a Level 1 Sommelier. In her free time, Nicolle enjoys doing crafts, exercising, and having fun with her friends and family, creating new memories.
“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child
Vice President, Development / Acquisition & Strategic Alliances
Greg is the Vice President of Development, Acquisition and Stretegic Alliances for Solterra Senior Living. As a member of the executive leadership team, his focus is primarily in the areas of expansion, third party management, and creating partnerships that support the enterprise goals. Previous to Solterra, Greg has been a senior level executive serving in the hospitality, entertainment, and professional sports industries.
Greg serves on the State Medicaid Advisory Committee for Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment Systems, has been on the Board Member for the Valley of the Sun YMCA, and the Governor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado.
Stacy is a fifth-generation Arizonan who was born in Globe, Arizona and raised in the small mining town of San Manuel, Arizona. She is a registered nurse who studied nursing at Gateway Community College and Arizona State University.
Stacey is living her dream of helping the residents in her communities remain purposeful, dignified and comfortable in their later years by ensuring that they have the assistance that they need to maintain their personal independence and sense of self-worth.
When not actively assisting in the Solterra Company communities, Stacey finds joy in travelling, camping, and sharing the beauty of the outdoors with her husband, little dog, four grown children and three incredible grandchildren.
Vice President of Human Resources
Annette was born and raised in the small farming town of Safford, Arizona. She attended the local community college of Eastern Arizona and continued her education with Ashford University for her business degree. Annette has an extensive background in human resource and payrolls, and has spent over 13 years in the senior health service industry.
When Annette isn’t working, you will find her spending time with her family, outdoors camping, hunting, and attending sporting events.
Regional Sales & Marketing Director
Karen is a native to Arizona and was born in the small town of Douglas. She split her adult life in the Tucson and Phoenix areas and has over 30 years of leadership position experience. Karen had held key roles in various industries including finance, operations, compliance, training, and marketing.
Before joining the Solterra team in 2018, Karen experienced the personal and life changing emotional toll it takes to locate quality assisted living for her parents. In her current position as Regional Sales and Marketing Director, her focus is guiding the community sales and marketing teams in growing their community’s business and implementing non-traditional strategies. Her philosophy has always emphasized one of Solterra’s core values – “Everyone Matters.”
Outside of her profession, Karen’s passion is her family consisting of three daughters, two grandsons and a wonderful husband.
Community Benefit Advocate
Accounts Payable Specialist
Solterra Companies exists to ensure our customers, team members and our families Live Well. We offer a wide variety of benefits including, complete health benefits and bonus opportunities. These are just a few of our additional team member benefit partners;