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The executive team

Mark Erickson
Mark Erickson

Executive Director & CEOMark Erickson

Managing Director Mark Erickson brings to Summit Vista 15+ years of experience in leading large-scale retirement communities.

Mark has helped more than 20,000 older adults across the country enjoy the innovative Life Plan Community lifestyle and he was instrumental in developing and managing one of the country’s largest senior living providers. During his prominent career, Mark has also helped develop senior housing and healthcare entities overseas.

Kelly Ornberg
Kelly Ornberg

Director Of Sales & CMOKelly Ornberg

Kelly Ornberg brings 15 years of experience in senior community sales and marketing to Summit Vista. She is particularly proud that during that time she has helped thousands of older adults across the country find the retirement living option that best fits their needs.

A seasoned and thoughtful senior marketing specialist, Kelly loves what she does and is grateful for the opportunity to work with seniors, listen to them, get to know them, and match them with the right retirement living environment. Her skill and dedication have made her a trusted industry leader.

Marcus Cordova
Marcus Cordova

Associate Executive DirectorMarcus Cordova

A fifth-generation Colorado native, Marcus Cordova has over 25 years of experience in the food industry. He began his career as an apprentice working under several exceptional chefs before opening his first restaurant in Monte Vista, Colorado.

Prior to joining Summit Vista, Marcus was owner and chef of a catering company, chef de cuisine in a Denver area country club, the executive chef and general manager of a specialty food market in Evergreen, as well as the food and beverage director and executive chef for a large retirement community. Marcus and his wife Katherine enjoy traveling and spending time in the outdoors with their five children.

Tineka Hardwrick
Tineka Hardwrick

Director of Human ResourcesTineka Hardwrick

Tineka is responsible for implementing human resources management strategies that enable Summit Vista to recruit, train, and retain a high-performing and motivated workforce. In her 19 years of experience she received two national HR certifications: Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Prior to joining Summit Vista, she was an HR executive in healthcare and has extensive experience in the automotive, education, and customer service industries. Tineka’s dedication and passion give her a certain edge that is highly sought after for small businesses in many sectors.

Ryan Walsh
Ryan Walsh

Director of General ServicesRyan Walsh

Ryan Walsh brings a wealth of knowledge to Summit Vista, serving as the Director of General Services. He joined Summit Vista in 2018 as the Director of Finance, building on a 20 year career in roles in Finance, Operations and Nonprofit Administration.

When Ryan is not chasing down the latest Maintenance and Operational issues, he is performing live music in Park City and chasing his three children on skis and mountain bikes.

Raquel Braithwaite
Raquel Braithwaite

Director of Community LifeRaquel Braithwaite

Focusing her efforts on improving quality of life through strategic program development, Raquel Braithwaite has over 20 years of healthcare experience under her belt. She has maintained a range of expertise within the field by working with Fortune 100 companies, as well as nonprofit and small businesses.

As an innovator, Raquel has developed and directed a comprehensive healing arts program. She embraces change by leading initiatives and inspiring new approaches through team building, coaching, and mentoring. She speaks regionally and nationally on topics including end-of-life care, leadership, marketing/business development, and the healing arts.



Kem Gardner, the company’s founder, also heads one of Utah’s premier real estate design, development, and construction firms. In addition to being a highly respected businessman and community developer, Kem is also one of Utah’s most generous philanthropists.


iStar is a fiscally strong leader in real estate investment—a publicly traded company (NYSE: STAR) with more than 20 years of history and total transaction volume exceeding $35 billion. Karl Frey, Executive Vice President of Land and Development at iStar, has played a critical role in bringing this one-of-a-kind retirement lifestyle to Utah.


Solamere Capital is a collection of families and influential business leaders leveraging their broad networks and industry expertise to invest strategic capital. The firm was founded by Tagg Romney, Eric Scheuermann, and Spencer Zwick, and Mitt Romney serves as Chairman of the Executive Partner Group.

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