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 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.

Isaac Ibatuan
Isaac IbatuanExecutive Director
Isaac Ibatuan is our Executive Director. He oversees the day to day operations at the Ponderosa. He has a background in Health Care Administration and Affordable Property Management, overseeing properties between Yakima and Sunnyside equaling about 590 apartments/units. He is married and has two wonderful daughters. When he is not working, he loves to spend time with his extended family. Isaac enjoys cooking and playing board games with his wife and daughters.
Diana Manzanares
Diana ManzanaresCommunity Relations Director
As Director of Community Relations & Marketing, Diana oversees all Resident Inquiry requests, Move In’s, and Community Outreach at The Ponderosa.
Diana has 16 years of professional experience in community relations, researching in-depth client’s needs, and building strong relationships, which has resulted in long term partnerships within the community.
Sheri KirbyDirector of Nursing
Sheri Kirby is our Director of Nursing. She was born in Yakima and still resides here. Sheri graduated from Naches High School and then attended Yakima Community College and received her AA in nursing in 1993. She has worked in several areas of nursing over the past 27 years, but none have given her the happiness and enjoyment that working with the elderly does. This group of people bring her great gratification in life and she loves helping them.
Londa Negrete
Londa NegreteBusiness Office Manager
As the Business Office Manager, Londa will be handling billing, accounts payable and Human Resources. She has been in the medical field for over 15 years and has always enjoyed this field. Londa also has some Administrative Assistant Experience as well and is willing to answer any questions you may have Please feel free to call or stop by and speak to her.
Eduardo Leon
Eduardo LeonDietary Services Director
Chef 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.
Jennifer Shipley
Jennifer ShipleyActivity Director
Jennifer is our Activity Director. She is responsible for all resident engagement in and outside our facility. Jennifer joined the Ponderosa family a little over a year ago. She started as a Dietary Aide in our Dining Room. During her time in the Dining Room she got to meet all the residents and learned about their likes and dislikes. She was promoted to Activity Director this summer, Jennifer is very creative with crafts, wood work and has an amazing talent of interacting with our Ponderosa Residents.
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.

Careers

Employment Forms

We are always looking to add talented people to our Ponderosa team. Please come in and complete the application and background check forms.

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