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Our Team

Executive Director, Hazel Rodriguez, LVN


Hazel is from Southern California and began working in the senior living industry at the age of 19. While working, she obtained a minor in Sociology from Pasadena City College, transferred to Mount Saint Mary’s college, and graduated with a nursing degree. Hazel has a passion for caring for seniors, and says it has been one of the most rewarding and adventurous experiences in her life.

Hazel moved to Texas for the opportunity with Silver Leaf, and has already become a Cowboys fan! She enjoys attending soccer and basketball games, reading, writing, gardening, and planning vacations – she loves to travel! Hazel enjoys sharing these experiences with her four boys.

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Executive Chef Peter Kitler

Peter Kitler was born and raised in a small town in upstate New York. He was most influenced by his mother, who loved to cook, and he paid close attention in the kitchen. At seven years old, he made his very first meal, a seven-cheese lasagna. Early on, he knew it was his calling to be in the culinary industry.

As a chef, Peter has worked in a variety of different cuisines over the years, and acquired most of his experience and knowledge under the direction of CIA (Culinary Institute of America) graduate John W. Dwyer at the Lexington Grill in Colonie, New York.  

In 1997, Peter joined his family in the Dallas Metroplex, and was soon introduced to the field of business dining. This part of the industry allowed Peter to share his knowledge, creativity, and passion through innovative menu planning.  

Peter has been married to his wife, Joanna, since 2001. Together they have three children – Caden, 17, Sydney, 14, and Graylyn, 4. When he is not in the kitchen, Peter enjoys attending church with his family every week, being a part-time ice hockey referee, and spending quality one-on-one time with each of his children. Other hobbies include golf, wood-working, home improvements, fishing and bowling.

Chief Community Advocate Kathleen Storey

Kathleen has over ten years of experience as a senior living expert. Her high-energy leadership and innovative approach have been key to her exceeding sales and marketing goals throughout her career. With a previous management position at Harbor Retirement, Kathleen was promoted from Sales Manager to Executive Director in a few short years. Then at Integrated Senior Living, she was Regional Marketing Director and oversaw several outstanding local sales teams. 

Kathleen grew up in South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations. She now resides in Celina, TX with her husband and two children. Kathleen looks forward to helping Silver Leaf Assisted Living & Memory Care continue growing!

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