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Miguel Martinez

Executive Director

Miguel Martinez is a native of Barcelona, Spain, and moved to Columbia, Missouri, in 1988. Miguel is a veteran hotelier and worked with Doubletree by Hilton for 15 years and was a restaurant owner for 10 years. Miguel joined Solstice Senior Living at Columbia in 2017. He enjoys daily contact with the residents and the opportunity to learn about their generation.

Jeff Wohlt

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.


Wendy Orr

Business Office Director

Wendy Orr was born and raised in Kentucky and relocated to Missouri in 2018. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in health care administration and has spent the majority of her career in the long-term care industry, with the last five years in senior independent living.


Chandler Smith

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.


Tara Thorpe

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.


Walter Palma

Building Services Director

Walter Palma is Solstice at Columbia’s Building Services director. He’s been with the community for one year and enjoys helping residents and making sure they are happy with his resolutions and repairs – he never walks to his next task, he runs!

Originally from Guatemala, he enjoys the outdoors with his family by biking, hiking and especially white-water rafting.

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