Meet the team at Park Visalia in Visalia, California.

Meet the Park Visalia Team


Melinda Ocaranza

Executive Director

As Executive Director it is my job to make sure everything runs well, that the residents are well cared for and that the team is at its best to serve them and their families. I joined Carefield five years ago after decades in the senior living industry. I began as a caregiver when I was seventeen! I have served in many areas including sales and marketing, as Memory Care Director and in Health Services. I enjoy my work and my varied background makes me well suited to lead this team. I have a large family and three dogs! When I am not working, I enjoy the fun hobby of Party Planning.

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Maria Nunez

Lifestyle Director

Maria has been with Park Visalia since 2014. She has worked in the senior living industry for over fifteen years. She started out as a Caregiver, Medical Technician, worked in housekeeping, the kitchen, and was then promoted to Activities where she is today as Park Visalia’s Certified Lifestyles Director.

She says, “Park Visalia is my home away from home. The residents are so much like family. We share life stories with each other and really create some precious memories.” In her free time, she really enjoys time with family including her three sons. She also enjoys quiet moments with a good book.


Shannon Phiew See

Business Office Director

Shannon has been with Park Visalia since 2006. She began with Park Visalia as a front desk receptionist, and went on to be a Medical Technician, then a Wellness Coordinator, and now serves the community as the Business Office Director. “My favorite things about Park Visalia are the people I work with and the residents. I really love what I do.” In her free time, Shannon enjoys the outdoors with family. She loves to hike and go fishing and camping.

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Joe Juarez

Maintenance Director

Joe has been with Park Visalia since 2015. With a varied background as a painting contractor and business owner, he has worked as a maintenance director in skilled nursing and assisted living for over eleven years. His favorite thing about Park Visalia:  “Here the residents are like family. I cherish the relationships with residents and the staff. In my free time, I love to being with my family, watching a movie or playing a game together.”

Lynn Sharp

Culinary Director

Lynn has been with Park Visalia since 2019. Her background in the culinary arts ranges from the Marriott as an assistant chef, to a Culinary Director with Aramark and other prominent food service and Senior Living providers throughout California. Lynn’s favorite thing about Park Visalia is the way Carefield encourages creativity with a focus on varied menus and what residents truly want. She enjoys spending her free time with her two dogs and exploring her passion for building depth of flavor with spices and herbs.

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