Assisted Living and Retirement Community in Yakima, Washington

Built in 1976, The Ponderosa is one of the most established assisted living and retirement centers in Yakima, Washington. As such, we feel that we have much to offer residents! Ponderosa offers an independent living experience with personal care and health services as needed.

Our community is situated in a very quiet neighborhood in the heart of Yakima, close to shopping, parks, and restaurants. Ponderosa is also in close proximity to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Astria Regional Hospital in case of emergencies.

Our residents come from throughout Central Washington communities and find living in Yakima convenient to friends and family.

Meet Our Team

We are a family of employees that surround our residents with an environment of love, respect, and dignity. We function as a team, which is unique in the workplace. The Ponderosa is not a facility, it is home.

Brian Sorensen
Brian SorensenExecutive Director
As Executive Director Brian oversees the day to day operations at the Ponderosa. He has been working with seniors in the assisted living field since 2013. Brian has a heart for our senior community and is an advocate for their well-being. He is devoted to building a strong leadership team and committed to growing the best environment possible for all.
Veronica Mendoza
Veronica MendozaDirector of Nursing
Veronica is the Director of Nursing at The Ponderosa where she oversees our nursing department. She has been in the nursing field in the Yakima Valley for the last 9 years and has in-depth knowledge of assisted living facilities and their residents’ nursing needs. Veronica enjoys getting to know the residents at The Ponderosa and is a wonderful asset to our team.
Jennifer Keplinger
Jennifer Keplinger Business Office Manager
Jennifer is Ponderosa’s Business Office Manager where she handles all the accounts payable, billing, and human resources. She is very knowledgeable in her position at the Ponderosa as she has worked in the healthcare field for the last 13 years. If you have any questions related to your family’s billing, please stop by and see her.
Eduardo Leon
Eduardo LeonDietary Services Director
Eduardo is the Dietary Manager at The Ponderosa. He has a degree in Occupational Studies from the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and a Business degree from the University of Arizona. Eduardo has lived all over the US and worked in all areas of gastronomy. He has been part of the health industry for the last 10 years, focusing on diabetes and low sodium diets, and just celebrated his 30th anniversary in the culinary field.
Kendra Grow
Kendra GrowActivities Director
Kendra is a local Yakima resident who has had over 9 years of experience with elderly care. She has always been an avid lover of games and crafts. She refinishes furniture, makes wall art, draws, paints and she also has a face painting business that she does on weekends. It is her mission to get the residents out of their rooms and active by introducing activities personalized to their unique interests.
Ray Cardenas
Ray CardenasMaintenance Director
Ray is the Maintenance Director and is responsible for overseeing the maintenance department at the Ponderosa. He has a vast understanding of the building and phenomenal problem-solving skills, which makes him a great benefit to our community. You will find Ray throughout the hallways jumping into whatever needs to be done with a smile on his face.


We are always looking to add talented people to our Ponderosa team. Please complete the application and background check forms and send them to the email address below.

Employment Forms

Employment Application form
DSHS background Check form

Email the completed forms to

Ponderosa Managers

Would you like to take a Tour?

Just contact us and we’ll be happy to schedule the tour.