Meet the Madonna Gardens Team


Tyler Barnes

Executive Director

Born and raised in Southern California, Tyler Barnes has been in the senior living industry for 9 years, and has served as an Executive Director for the past 3 and half years. Working with seniors is his passion along with improving their quality of life. His hobbies include traveling, golf, and hanging out with friends and family, and he has a younger sister who plays professional soccer for Seattle, Wa.

Francesca Caver, LVN

Assisted Living Director

Francesca is a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) with an extensive background in senior living. Her past experience includes various roles as home health companion, CNA, charge nurse with a background in infection prevention, and serving on the Santa Clara County COVID vaccination team.

Her favorite thing about working in senior living is helping the residents and honoring them for the sacrifices that they made. She enjoys spending time with residents and their families, helping them feel loved and celebrated. She loves her residents like family and strives to direct her care team to provide the best care and comfort possible. Outside of work she loves hiking, traveling, cooking, reading, painting and spending time with her son and cat. 

Cynthia Duvall

Sales Director

A seasoned Sales Director, Residential Care Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner, Cynthia is proud to be working at Madonna Gardens. It is important for her to bring peace of mind to families when they are making the decision to move their loved ones to a community.

A native of California, she relocated to the Monterey Peninsula twenty-five years ago from Sacramento. She has been a longtime volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association for many years.

A proud mother of a twenty-three-year-old daughter who has recently graduated from Cal Poly, she loves to travel, go to the beach, cook, and dine out when she can. As a family she spends time watching movies and enjoying her two beautiful cats.

Cheryl Bruno

Lifestyle Director

Cheryl Bruno has worked in Senior Living for the past 3 years after a career in Aquatics and children’s after school programs.

A published author, she not only loves to write poetry, but also paint. Her favorite thing about her residents is their wisdom, patience, kindness as she aspires to these qualities herself.

Cheryl finds Madonna Gardens a vibrant and peaceful setting, and enjoys strolling the gardens with the residents.

Brenda Velazquez

Business Office Director

As Business Office Director, Brenda is responsible for all of Madonna Gardens' office management and billing, as well as the payroll of the community. She has been with Madonna Gardens for 16 years, with her past roles those of a med-tech helping residents and families with medication supervision for our community. She is excited to bring her longtime experience to this role, helping Madonna Gardens hire and build a great team. 

Vanessa Quaresma

Culinary Director

A Portuguese American Chef who has always enjoyed cooking, Vanessa has had a passion for food since a young age. In 2014 she graduated from Cabrillo College with a Culinary Art &Hospitality Management Degree. Her experience includes kitchens from Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz to corporate cooking at Google in Sunnyvale to being a food service worker at Natividad Hospital in Salinas Valley, and finally working as a Chef in Pebble Beach, CA. She believes that "Food is Life" and is happy to share her passion with the residents at Madonna Gardens.

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