Meet the Team
Senior Director of Sales and Marketing
Bianca Wright joined the Solstice at Auburn team in March 2018. She graduated from California State University–Sacramento with a marketing-focused business degree. She has worked in independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing for over 15 years. Since her mother was a nurse and a veteran, serving others seemed like a natural path for Bianca. Bianca is a newlywed and lives in Folsom, California, with her wonderful husband, four dogs, turtle and parakeet.
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.
Business Office Director
After retiring from state service as a senior programmer analyst in 2014, Lori Hull started her second career in the senior living industry. As business office director at Solstice at Auburn, it is Lori’s obligation to see that both the residents and staff are treated with dignity and respect. She works diligently alongside her fellow directors to enhance the lives of the residents. Lori embraces the company culture – “have fun and work hard!” Lori’s credentials include an Administrator’s Certificate (RCFE) and a Master of Business Administration degree, along with degrees in gerontology and criminal justice. When she is not working, Lori enjoys gardening and canning. She also volunteers with Make-A-Wish and Hospice.
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.
Culinary Services Director
Chef Toby Thurman is the culinary services director for Solstice Senior Living at Auburn. He has 23 years of cooking experience as a restaurant owner and executive chef. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health as well as a master’s degree in sports coaching and sports administration. Chef Toby’s favorite hobbies include cooking, coaching football and attending church with his family.