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Meet our Executive Director of Design and Development- Bob Richmond

Well known for the many homes and buildings he's designed in our beautiful city and county spanning a 50-year plus career in San Luis Obispo, and well recognized with multiple awards for design excellence, Bob Richmond serves as the Executive Director of Design and Development for Villaggio at San Luis Obispo. 

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Ally Padua

From the sandy beaches of Boracay Island to the sunny town of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Ally Padua traveled half-way around the world to work for Villaggio.

Hospitality runs in her veins. As the previous Sales and Marketing and Room Division Manager for the boutique luxury hotel, Monaco Suites de Boracay located in the Philippines, Ally managed a staff of 60 overseeing the day-to-day operations. 

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May 2018: Membership Spotlight - Mia Mitchell Simmons

Mia Mitchell Simmons, a fourth generation Californian, was raised in Pasadena along with her younger brother, spending family summers on the Little Island of Balboa, and graduating from  Whittier College. Mia and her husband Robert moved to Los Osos from Santa Monica in 1979.

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May 2018: Membership Spotlight - Tom and Polly Tatton

In 1995 Tom and Polly met at the right time in their lives, fell in love and decided to walk together into their future. Their differences appear obvious: a farm girl from Iowa meets a city boy from L.A.; a disciplined nurse paired with a creative, spontaneous music teacher. Yet, their commonalities are powerful and compelling: curious minds; love of travel; interests in music; caring and nurturing personalities; strong family ties, and a need to “give back” to a world that gave them so much.

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Understanding Villaggio's Timeline

Vic Montgomery, of RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo, is handling the entitlement process for Villaggio as part of John Madonna's Froom Ranch development. 

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Why Life Plan Communities are the Highest Standard of Retirement Living

We all want to age vibrantly, empowered, and with dignity. And we want our financial security to stay stable, even when faced with long-term care needs. There is one retirement living option that provides both vibrant living and financial security, Life Plan Communities.

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Grab That Book!

Ever feel guilty whiling away an hour or two engrossed in a good book? Does reading seem like an indulgence best saved for the weekends or vacation? Do you feel like you haven't accomplished anything if you've spent too much time curled up on the couch with your latest library find?

Well, worry no more! The science is in and we now have proof that reading a good story is good for you. 

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Rebecca Gruett

Not long ago, Rebecca Gruett met the founders of Villaggio at San Luis Obispo. At the time, Rebecca was working at a Life Plan Community, MonteCedro in Pasadena, where she served as Director of Life Enrichment for four years and was promoted to Regional Director of Life Enrichment for the parent organization, Episcopal Communities, and Services.

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Julie Howard: MSG and NHA

When asked how she became a Residency Counselor for the planned Villaggio at San Luis Obispo, Julie Howard excitedly says, “serendipity!” She was working for Cuesta College, teaching through the Emeritus program for older adults, serving as Faculty Lead.

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Make a Memorable "Stay-cation"

For many of us, Summer is a season that is synonymous with “vacation.” It’s the time of year when a lot of folks set out in search of new horizons and new adventures. But what do you do when traveling, for whatever reason, is not an option? Does Summer still hold the promise of rejuvenation and relaxation? You bet!

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A Proven Way to Achieve Goals: Positive Thinking Won't Get You There

We’ve been told to think positively and keep our chin up: both in the service of making our dreams come true. But there's a problem. Science repeatedly shows that rose colored glasses make us less likely to achieve our goals. Instead, Gabriele Oettingen offers a technique that is scientifically proven to increase our success and uses positivity in a helpful format. It's called WOOP: Wish + Outcome + Obstacle + Plan.

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