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Lisa Meinecke, Executive Director, Solstice at Point Defiance

Lisa Meinecke

Executive Director

Lisa Meinecke joined Solstice in October of 2019 and is passionate about creating a community that is vibrant and engaging for the residents. She is a licensed administrator with over 25 years working in senior living. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Trinity University in Deerfield, Illinois. She has dedicated her career to seniors, first as a social worker, then as a community relations specialist and finally obtaining her administrator license in 2015.

Lisa is a native of Washington and lives in the Tacoma area with her husband, Joe, of 33 years and her two children, Michael and Katie. She is an avid hiker and long distance runner, and has been bitten by the travel bug. She recently took her children on a European vacation, where they enjoyed the sights and cultures of France, Germany and England. .

Nici Turenne, Director of Sales and Marketing, Point Defiance

Nici Turenne

Director of Sales and Marketing

Nici Turenne started at Solstice Senior Living in December of 2019. She had a background in housekeeping prior to coming on board at Solstice Senior Living. She was hired at Solstice as a housekeeper and was promoted to the Sales and Marketing Department due to her love for the residents and her warm and positive attitude. Nici is originally from Haiti and came to the United States with her family when she was a child. They made the Pacific Northwest their home.  

Her favorite thing about working at Solstice is making a difference in people’s lives. Come see her she would be happy to show you what Solstice has to offer and why the residents love living here! 


Megan Padgett

Vibrant Life® Director

Megan Padgett transitioned from teaching middle school to working in recreation and activities with seniors and couldn’t be happier. With a history of teaching, as well as degrees in global history and education, there is nothing she loves more than teaching and learning with others. She also enjoys listening to exciting and insightful stories from residents.

A Washington native, Megan loves the dichotomy between the beautiful landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and bustling cities of Seattle, Bellevue and Olympia. In her spare time, she enjoys watching anime and true crime, as well as shopping until she drops, especially in thrift stores.

Katie Proffitt, Vibrant Life Director Point Defiance

Katie Proffitt

Vibrant Life Director

Katie Proffitt joined the Solstice team in April 2024 after a recent move from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Tacoma, Washington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Utah. As a new member of the Solstice family, she is excited to bring vibrancy to her role. She is hoping to share her love for life with the community and make a real difference. In her spare time, she coaches girls’ lacrosse at Stadium High School, enjoys crocheting (especially with the Knit-Wits group) and loves to get outdoors.   

Jen Zach, Culinary Services Director, Solstice at Point Defiance

Jen Zach

Culinary Services Director

A native of University Place, Wash., Jen Zach graduated from Curtis High School and Tacoma Community College. Jen has worked at Solstice at Point Defiance since 2012, first as a dishwasher and prep cook, before moving up the ladder to now hold the position of Culinary Services director.  

She is excited by the opportunity to lead the team she has worked with for many years and to continue to provide the residents with quality food and service. Besides her love of cooking, Jen enjoys making costumes and adding to her collection of food-themed earrings. 

Denise Haugen, Business Office Director, Solstice at Point Defiance

Denise Haugen

Business Office Director

Denise Haugen joined Solstice at Point Defiance as the Business Office director in October 2019. She has worked in accounting for over 30 years. This is her first job in the senior living industry, and she loves it. All the residents are sharing their stories with her, and she enjoys listening to them and watching their faces light up. In her spare time, she likes playing with her seven grandchildren and her little Yorkie, Mocha.

Kenneth Canonica, Building Services Director, Solstice at Point Defiance

Kenneth Canonica

Building Services Director

Kenneth Canonica brings over 20 years of experience in building services for senior living communities in the Puget Sound area. 

Over the years, he has acquired a vast array of experiences and knowledge required to be an effective Building Services director. He lives by the motto “Try to always present solutions to the challenges that come your way.”   


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