Meet the Team


Rita Carlson

Executive Director

A Mesa native, Rita Carlson has worked in Senior Living for more than 20 years. She came to Bella Vista in 2012 and in her current role as Executive Director, oversees all departments. Rita loves spending quality time with —and learning from — Bella Vista residents.  She knows that simply listening to someone can make all the difference in their day. When not at work, Rita enjoys photography, nature and greeting each day with the highest moral and ethical standards. Inspired by the moral and ethical standards of Mahatma Gandhi, Rita's guiding principle is "Be the change that you wish to see in the world."




Jenifer McClendon is a Detroit native who has been in the Senior Living industry for over 20 years. She has over 20 years of experience working in sales and marketing, and over 10 years of management experience. Jenifer’s day-to-day responsibilities include training, developing and coaching sales team members as well as standardizing and implementing best practices, processes and programs. Jenifer loves working with seniors and seeing firsthand the way All Seasons residents thrive when they’re involved in a community that encourages them to stay independent and active and truly enjoy their retirement years. When not at work, Jenifer enjoys music, traveling the world, theatre and spending time with family. Her guiding principle is “Pursue your dreams. You will be amazed at what you can achieve.”


Daniel Novak

Corporate Director of Food and Beverage, Senior Division

Daniel Novak a native Detroiter has been working in management, food service, and senior living for over 20 years. His day-to-day responsibilities include working with our culinary teams developing dining programs, setting and maintaining standards, verifying food safety compliance and ensuring quality. Dan treats each day as an opportunity to exceed our residents expectations by creating a spectacular dining experience from start to finish inclusive of food, ambiance, décor and service. When not at work, he enjoys cooking for family and friends, dining out trying new restaurants, and fishing and spending time at his cottage in Northern Michigan.