Meet the Team

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Becca Black

Interim Executive Director

Becca Black has extensive experience working in independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and continuing care retirement communities. Becca received her undergraduate degrees in sociology, gerontology and long-term care administration from Kansas State University. After graduation, she completed her administer-in-training program at one of the first memory care units in the state of Kansas. Raised by her grandparents on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Becca attributes her work ethic, humility and passion for advancing dignified care for seniors to her upbringing.  

When she is not working, she enjoys Kansas football, traveling, cooking, art, and spending time with family and friends. 

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Lore Coudert

Director of Sales and Marketing

Lore Coudert serves Oak Cottage as the director of Sales and Marketing. Lore began her professional career after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in social work. She brings over 15 years of experience through several different positions in social services, marketing and employment services. Lore enjoys connecting with individuals in the community and developing relationships through networking, community engagement and nationwide outreach.  

In her free time, Lore enjoys traveling, exploring wineries, shopping, yoga, and spending quality time with her friends and family. 

Felipe Garcia

Felipe Garcia

Senior Vibrant Life® Director

Felipe Garcia joins Oak Cottage as the Vibrant Life® director. He brings 12 years of experience, boundless energy, amazing creativity and a big heart to all he does. After developing highly respected activities programs at other local senior communities, Felipe oversaw the training of staff members at communities throughout California and Nevada. He believes that every single person has something unique to offer regardless of age, gender, or physical or cognitive conditions. Felipe is looking forward to enhancing the quality of life and giving a sense of purpose to all the wonderful residents at Oak Cottage. 

During his free time, Felipe loves going for walks with his dogs, spending time with his loved ones and cooking delicious meals. 

Edith Martinez

Edith Flores

Senior Business Office Director

Edith Martinez enjoys the outdoors. As a Santa Barbara native, she loves hiking the Santa Barbara trails. The best feeling is reaching the top of the mountain, where she gets to enjoy the beautiful views this city has to offer. Edith also loves cooking and is always trying out new recipes. Being raised by her grandmother, she has a sincere care and respect for the elderly. Edith has a desire to one day create a recipe book based on her grandmother’s delicious food.

As she is the business office director, most of Edith’s responsibilities include “behind the scenes” duties. She truly enjoys working at Oak Cottage, where all staff members are caring and compassionate about what they do every day. She is happy to be a part of such a beautiful community and looks forward to continuing working with and around such caring people.

Lorenzo Nolasco

Lorenzo Nolasco

Senior Culinary Services Director

Executive Chef Lorenzo Nolasco was born and raised in Oxnard, California and learned from a young age that hard work and determination pay off. Chef Lorenzo started his career with Holiday Retirement, and through hard work, he worked his way up through the ranks of the kitchen at The Bonaventure. While working full-time, Chef Lorenzo completed the culinary program at Oxnard College, and at the same time became the Sous Chef at The Bonaventure.

After working for The Bonaventure for five years, and completing his Culinary Degree, Chef Lorenzo was promoted to Executive Chef. Lorenzo has a natural passion for learning different cultural cuisines and providing a creative lifestyle for seniors in his community. He has found fulfillment in bringing people together over delicious culinary cuisine. In his free time, Chef Lorenzo loves to spend time with his fiancé Alondra, and his beautiful daughter Mila.

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Jonathan Blakey

Building Services Director

Jonathan Blakey, Building Services director, enjoyed a successful career in real estate and property management before joining the Oak Cottage team in the spring of 2024. A hardworking and driven professional, he brings over 15 years of finance, construction and building management experience from real estate, public works, nonprofit and educational backgrounds. 

Born and raised in Reading, England, Jonathan moved to Santa Barbara in the summer of 2014, initially running his own handyman business before joining a local property management company as their accounting manager. From there, he immersed himself in the local real estate industry, obtaining his real estate license in 2018, and moved up to the role of property manager, overseeing a diverse portfolio of over 40 commercial properties in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. 

Jonathan finds joy in problem-solving, finding solutions and fixing things. The opportunity to provide this hands-on, “can do” approach to give back to the community at Oak Cottage brings him an immense amount of pride and satisfaction in his role. When not in his role at Oak Cottage, Jonathan is a dedicated and loving father to his two young daughters, using any opportunity he can to explore and find fun activities for them in the Greater Santa Barbara area. 

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