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.
Michelle Perales
Michelle Perales Community Relations Director
Michelles background in Senior Advising for the Ponderosa and other past communities has allowed her to work with diverse situations in every aspect of senior living. With her 8 years of experience, her strengths are in Long Term Policies and Veterans Aid and Attendance. She will be here for you every step of the way to help you navigate through a difficult time.
Sandi Wandler
Sandi WandlerDirector of Nursing
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.
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.


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.

Ponderosa Managers

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