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Joyce Perkins

Executive Director

Joyce Perkins comes to Solstice at Auburn with a lengthy background in senior living, including experience in independent living, memory care and assisted living. Joyce moved from the Bay Area to Auburn in 1994, and has lived and worked in the area for more than two decades. In that time, she has grown to know our community well. She has gained the trust of our residents and worked tirelessly to improve our Solstice community. She has worked to lead our employees and residents back into a vibrant life of increased socializing and multiple mealtime offerings, while continuing to tackle challenges stemming from the pandemic.

Her favorite thing about Solstice at Auburn is being able to assist family and friends in the area and provide love and support. She brings this attitude to work and treats every resident like family. Every voice matters, and she looks to resident feedback in order to make our small world better.


Paula Sellers

Senior Director of Sales and Marketing

Paula Sellers is the director of Sales and Marketing for Solstice Senior Living at Auburn. She joins the team with 20 years’ experience in marketing, sales and hospitality. Paula moved to Auburn in 2013 after the passing of her father and discovered her talent and passion for working with seniors. She is excited to be part of the Solstice team and to sing and dance her way into the residents’ hearts. She would love to help you and your loved ones find the perfect home here at Solstice Senior Living at Auburn.

Liz Steger

Business Office Director

Liz Steger joins the Solstice at Auburn team with four years of experience in assisted living and memory care. As the Business Office director, Liz oversees the maintenance team and night manager, while also handling all aspects of scheduling, operations and accounting.

Liz has lived in Auburn for six years and knows the area well. When asked what she loves most about Solstice, Liz says it’s the residents. She really cares about their well-being and works every day to make their lives better. In her free time, Liz loves to cross-stitch and sew, and is an avid reader.

Tim Hirabayashi

Culinary Services Director

Chef Chef Tim Hirabayashi is a Los Altos and Palo Alto, Calif., native and brings a wealth of culinary knowledge and skills to the Solstice Senior Living Elevate® dining program.

He began his culinary career as a prep cook in high school before attending culinary school in South Lake Tahoe. While in school, Tim worked as an apprentice for Harrah’s Northern California Casino, served under Michelin award-winning Chef Richard Chen at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento, and was a sushi chef for Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Tim is a husband, father of two daughters and grandfather of three children. In his spare time, Tim loves spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, camping and, most recently, riding a single-wheel skateboard. His favorite dish to cook outside of work is traditional barbecue.

Cathleen Sommer

Vibrant Life Director

Cathleen Sommer has worked as the Vibrant Life director for more than seven years. Her residents have become her extended family, and she considers spending time with them her favorite part of the job. Before working with seniors, Cathleen was a mentor coordinator with junior high and high school students. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, playing golf, watching movies, and summer softball.

Rod Brunkhorst

Building Services Director

Rod Brunkhorst has worked in the building industry since he was 18 years old. As the building services director, Rod has been a consistent, reassuring presence at Solstice at Auburn for more than eight years. Rod enjoys the outdoors. He loves to hunt, fish and cut firewood. Rod has a beautiful wife named Eileen, three dogs and one cat.

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