Harry Crowell — As Managing Member of Vista Gardens, Harry brings the expertise in quality of design and construction to Vista Gardens. Actively involved in the building industry for fifty years, Harry has built shopping centers, apartment complexes, office buildings, housing communities, restaurant buildings, and industrial parks. He was a founding member of Upland Bank and owns one of the nation’s largest surety bond companies, the Insco Dico Group. As an Advisory Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Orange County, he has served as co-chair of several Memory Walks. Harry’s dedication and commitment to helping those impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias are based on his own family’s experience.
Don Crowell Jr.— Don originally purchased the Vista Gardens property in 2006 with Jacques Doumani and the Villa Biarritz Group to create a first-class assisted living community. He was instrumental in sharing the vision of a unique Memory Care facility with his uncle, Harry Crowell. Partnering with Joe Balbas, owner of Balbas Construction, and Harry, Don has worked continually in all phases of the development of Vista Gardens. He has become well-versed in the ins-and-outs of operating a memory-care community by visiting numerous facilities, meeting with families to learn their experiences, and consulting with experts in the field. He has also been active in the Alzheimer Association of San Diego Memory Walks and the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. In addition to being a UCLA graduate, Don recently became a Certified RCFE Administrator to further his understanding of owning an assisted living facility.
Joe Balbas — As the owner of Balbas Construction, Joe is in charge of the construction of Vista Gardens and has been involved from day one. Joe has been instrumental in all phases of this project, from the pre-planning stages to landscape design. Joe has an extensive background in the supervision of projects ranging from large commercial and medical buildings to custom homes and has partnered with Harry Crowell on several projects. Joe has become knowledgeable in creating the best environment in which to serve the needs of residents in everything from wall colors and walkways to safety features and outdoor environments.
Dr. Jacqueline DuPont Carlson — Our Gerontologist, Jacqueline DuPont Carlson, Ph.D., is widely known for her expertise in the Memory Care field, with an emphasis in Alzheimer’s Disease. She has been featured on CNN, Dateline, Fox News, CNBC, and in the Wall Street Journal among other publications. Jacqueline brings more than 20 years of professional experience in working with older adults and is the owner of Dupont Residential Care, specializing in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Dr. DuPont Carlson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Orange County and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. DuPont Carlson has created the Alzheimer and Dementia Training Program for the staff of Vista Gardens and continues to be involved in the programs we offer.