Meet Our Team

Meet the Team at our Assisted Living Facilities in Denver, CO

The great team at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus is ready to assist you. A caring and compassionate staff is what makes the difference between successful assisted living facilities in Denver and the rest. Our team looks forward to meeting you.

Larry Lillo

Larry Lillo has been the Executive Director for Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus since the summer of 2009. He has brought over seventeen years of experience in the assisted and independent living arena to this position. He has managed three assisted living communities for Sunrise Senior Living, served as a Regional Mentor, as well as an operational trouble shooter for the organization. He also has had the opportunity to manage an independent community for the Spectrum Retirement Company and been involved in the home health/Hospice business as an administrator. Larry is a past Chairman of the National Masonic Communities and Services Association and is a past Board of Director member for the Leading Age of Colorado Association; he has also served in leadership positions in a variety of community organizations over the years. His expertise in developing caring communities through effective operations and management skills has led to success in all of the communities that he has managed. Larry played a critical role in the development and construction of the Mary Barry Assisted Living building added to the Eastern Star Campus in 2014. Larry’s ongoing goals for Eastern Star include; working with the Board of Trustees on the replacement of the Robert Russell Center with a new AL building in the near future and playing an important role in the development of an Independent Senior Building on the Eastern Star Campus; continuing to offer a variety of high-quality living environments for residents on the campus to meet their changing needs; and to meet the strategic, operational and financial goals of the organization as set by the Board of Trustees. Larry and his wife have 5 children, enjoys camping with his family, spending time boating at Lake Powell, traveling throughout the US and vacationing in Las Vegas.

Patti Hayford

Patti Hayford started as the Controller for ESMRC in October 2019. She is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years experience in management positions in the not-for-profit healthcare-related industry. She enjoys working with the ESMRC team and using her skills to use to help the organization meet its goals and fulfill its mission to serve the residents and community. When not working Patti enjoys spending time with her husband and their pets. She enjoys traveling to places both new and familiar and spending time relaxing in her garden.

Pati Sawyer Boex

Pati Sawyer Boex has been the Fraternal Relations Director at the Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community since 2009. Her position is unique to the ESMRC and was developed to perform community outreach, not only within the Fraternal Family but the entire community. She has brought a new energy to the community and is inspiring, not only to the Fraternal Family to get them more involved with the community, but in garnering interest from outside the fraternal family. While originally from Amityville, Long Island New York, her work experience has taken her many places while working for Club Med in their global resort villages, as Director of Activities for Sandstone Creek Club in Vail, Colorado, Heritage Eaglebend Golf and Country Club in Aurora, Colorado, the Event Coordinator for the Parker Chamber of Commerce. She is married to Steve and they live in Aurora with their two daughters. Pati loves to inline roller blade, play inline hockey, snuggle her girls and paint pottery.

Please contact Pati [email protected] if you have an activity that you would like to share with the residents of the community or if you would like to know what our wish list items are for the residents of the ESMRC.

Brettney Starks

Brettney Starks, OTA/L started as the Life Enrichment Director for ESMRC in July of 2021. She has an Occupational Therapist Assistant License and an Associate of Applied Science from Western Technical College, Lacrosse Wisconsin. Ms. Starks has had a passion for working with the geriatric population serving the Life Enrichment/Activities profession since 2019. Brettney especially enjoys building relationships with residents to learn more about their personal preferences and encourage them to live enriched lives.

Brettney began as a Universal Caregiver at Speltz Estates Assisted Living in her hometown of Lewiston, Minnesota in 2013. In 2016, she accepted a position as a Resident Care Associate at Bethany Lutheran Homes. At the same time, Brettney served as a Direct Support Professional at ABLE inc, where she worked to enrich the lives of individuals with physical and mental disorders.

Brettney served as an Assisted Living and Memory Caregiver at Morning Star Senior Living in Littleton, Colorado, and most recently, the Life Enrichment Assistant at Morning Star Senior Living in Centennial, Colorado. Brettney lives in near the campus in Denver, Colorado with her boyfriend Ahjzae, their dog Zoey and cat Hamlet. She is honored to serve the residents of ESMRC and the Masonic community.

Jennifer McLaughlin

Jennifer is a seasoned Business Office Manager with over nine years in the field. She has extensive experience in running business from the ground up. Having held positions advertising and healthcare, Jennifer is able to tailor her skills to meet the need of our community. Jennifer is currently wrapping up her degree at CSU in Healthcare Administrative and Gerontology. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with husband Dylan and there 2 ½ year old son Eugene, working on home projects and traveling back to the Midwest to visit family.

Rick Rimes

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Barbara Aragon-Ridel

Barbara Aragon Riedel has worked as Director of Sales for Eastern Star since 2019. Her career started in Colorado Springs and a large Continuing Care Retirement Community. This was lease-up today known as Mackenzie Place Retirement and they have Independent, Assisted, and Memory Care. This is where my love a passion started and my commitment to serving families and their loved ones find appropriate placement.

Barbara grew up in Albuquerque New Mexico in a family with 10 brothers and 4 sisters. Barbara has a personal connection and appreciation for Eastern Star as her mother lived at Eastern Star for over 10 years.

Barbara is married to Steven and has two grown sons and has 8 grandchildren who live in Seattle WA. Barbara is a Yoga Instructor and a health enthusiast, who loves working out at the Gym, Cycling, and Latin and Country dancing and Meditation.

Please feel free to reach out to Barbara at [email protected] if you are looking for placement for you loved one..

Jerry Haynes

Jerry has worked at Eastern Star Retirement Campus for 17 years. He feels that we are much more than a community but like a family. He cares very deeply for all of our residents. Jerry has 3 children 2 boys and a girl. When not cooking in the kitchen Jerry enjoys sporting events, fishing and dancing. Jerry is originally from Illinois but he has called Denver his home for 30 years

Gary Lavoie

Gary is a Mason and a member of Highlands Lodge #86. He joined the Eastern Star Community in November 2008. Gary has a lifetime of experience in all phases of construction and maintenance, starting as a maintenance man and achieving Head of Maintenance and Construction Supervisor for Mustang Properties. Gary also owned and operated his own business for many years. Gary is also a people person and has held many positions in service to community and people. He served as a volunteer firefighter on the Cunningham Fire Department for more than four years achieving and serving at the rank of Lieutenant for the last 2 years of his service. He studied for and received an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate while with the department. He was a fire department representative on the Cunningham Fireman's Pension Fund Board of Trustees for 3 years. In 1994 Gary was awarded a Citizen Citation from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department for saving the life of an elderly man who had collapsed while suffering a heart attack. Gary served 4 terms of elected office on the Board of Trustees for the town of Deer Trail while overseeing the upgrade and improvement of the town’s water delivery system and the replacement of the town’s sewage system. He was also instrumental in obtaining multiple grants for improving the town’s infrastructure. Gary has been married for more than 40 years has 4 children, 6 grandchildren and so far one great-grandchild.

A Range of Options

There are many well-regarded facilities for senior living in Denver, and our campus is high on that list. We have a broad range of living situations and services that meet the need of seniors in every stage of their lives. Our staff members pride themselves on offering care of the highest quality.

The Care You Need

We provide the care you or your loved one needs at our campus. Assisted living is one of our main features as it is in demand by a large number of our fraternal members and we aim to meet all their needs in respectfully and quickly.

Fellowship and Friendship

You or your family member will find more than just a place to live at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus. We offer fellowship and friendship here combined with quality care delivered in a setting that’s modern and welcoming. The assisted living communities here are outstanding.

Contact us today and learn more about our assisted living options. We proudly serve residents from Denver and the surrounding area.

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