Vibrant Life Director
Tara Thorpe has been with Solstice Senior Living at Columbia for five years. She started out as a home health aide for the Caring Group and switched positions in 2016 to the Vibrant Life director for Solstice. She is responsible for the happiness of 126 residents, whom she considers family. For Tara, every day is a great opportunity to experience and learn about each person while keeping smiles on their faces.
Business Office Director
John Jones joined the Solstice Senior Living team in 2017 as assistant executive director. He then moved to business office director when a retiree opened the position. John served as a manager and assistant manager for holiday retirement from 2007–2017. His passion for management and assisting residents in the communities is evident in his everyday relationships and completion of his responsibilities in the community. At Solstice Senior Living at Columbia, John serves as needed in the business office capacity. In his personal life, John is a fine artist and part-time karaoke singer.
Culinary Services Director
Chandler Smith was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, and graduated from Missouri University with a major in hotel and restaurant management, including a minor in business. Chandler worked at Tony’s Pizza at the age of 15 until graduating from college. He worked at Les Bourgeois Vineyards until 2012, when he started as a chef at Boone Landing Retirement, which is now Solstice Senior Living. He loves seeing the joy his food can bring to the residents.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Jeff Wohlt has been with Solstice Senior Living at Columbia for two years. The majority of his career has been in the hospitality, hotel and marketing industry. Jeff was the marketing director for the Missouri Division of Tourism for over 18 years. He has a passion for exceeding the expectations of the customer. Jeff understands the needs and concerns of senior living as he assisted his parents during their move to a senior community from their home.