Meet the Team
Jim Varnadoe grew up in central California and moved to Boise, Idaho, in 1977 to attend Boise State University. He began his career in the restaurant business, serving as the kitchen manager at many different restaurants until he began to work with a contract foodservice business. He worked as the food service director at a high-end retirement community in Billings, Mont. This is where he discovered his passion for serving the elderly. Jim also attained his certification as a working chef and sous chef.
In 1987, Jim returned to Boise to take over food service operations for a large continuum of care community until he left to get his Residential Care Facility Administrator’s license and work for a new community in Eagle, Idaho.
For the last 17 years, Jim has worked for three different buildings. He teamed up with Integral Senior Living after coming to Arbor Village at Hillcrest to serve in his current role as executive director.
Jim has two adult children and lives in Idaho with a 2-year-old grandchild. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and going bowling.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Helen Antipov, the director of Sales and Marketing, joins our community with over 25 years of experience in the sales and marketing field. Helen recently moved to Boise, Idaho, from the East Coast, where she has worked in the senior living industry for 13 years. Prior to her current position, Helen was the sales and marketing manager at an assisted living and memory care community in Chapel Hill, N.C., and a proud member of the Chairman’s Club, an exclusive club honoring the top salespeople.
Helen got her start in the senior living industry as the co-owner of Comfort Keepers In-Home Care of Durham and Chapel Hill. This sister-owned office provided non-medical, in-home care to seniors and adults, enabling independent living at home. Prior to purchasing the franchise, Helen held various positions at large corporations such as Bank of America and The Home Depot. She obtained her MBA degree from the University of North Florida, and her background experience also includes managing teams through several bank and credit card mergers and acquisitions. Helen has served on the board of directors for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, as well as several other nonprofit organizations.
In her leisure time, Helen enjoys traveling around the world and running marathons. She has completed all six world marathon majors – Boston, Chicago, New York, London, Tokyo and Berlin. She has also run a marathon on all seven continents.
Culinary Services Director
Kat Bowden is a fourth-generation chef and says that food is in her DNA. She attended the Culinary Arts Institute in San Francisco, Calif., and describes her style of food as elevated comfort. Kat perfected her craft in some of the finest restaurants in cities across the U.S., including San Francisco, New Orleans, Houston, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. In 2011, Kat started her career in senior living and discovered her passion. Her philosophy is to work hard, play harder, laugh from your belly and love with all your heart.
Building Services Director
Jason Corrie is originally from Maryland, where he grew up with an older brother and sister. He decided to move out West in 2015 after visiting his sister and discovering that Boise, Idaho, was exactly what he was looking for – peaceful and quiet. Not long after moving here, Jason met his wife, and they married in 2018. Together, they have two sons: Jaedon and Maddox.
Jason has being doing maintenance work since 2015 and believes it is the perfect job for him. He enjoys fixing problems and plans to do it until the day there is nothing that needs to be fixed.
In his free time, Jason is an avid lover of sports. He enjoys watching and rooting for his favorite teams.
Vibrant Life Director
Sydney Malmim was born and raised in Idaho. In 2016, she was offered a position to work in an ISL Vibrant Life® community. Since then, she has loved every minute of the activity lifestyle. In August of 2019, Sydney took on her current role as the Vibrant Life® director at Arbor Village, where she is known as “Miss Fabulous” due to her bright personality. One of the best parts about her job is having the chance to share her hobbies, such as painting, with all of the fantastic residents.
Business Office Director
Alexander Robinson relocated from Orlando, Fla., to Boise, Idaho, in 2014. He began working at Arbor Village in 2017 as the Sales and Marketing director before transitioning into the Business Office director role.
As the Business Office director, Alexander is responsible for maintaining financial records, ensuring the company’s books are up-to-date and accurate, preparing and processing payroll, managing and overseeing the administration of HR policies, and onboarding new employees.
His two years in this role have afforded him the opportunity to develop his administrative and management abilities, gain a better understanding of the skills necessary to lead day-to-day business operations, and successfully organize an efficient office. At the same time, Alexander has been able to work directly with the executive director in assisting with administrative tasks and implementing new processes that have helped enrich our community and create a pleasant work environment for our employees.
He is thrilled each day to be able to provide excellent service to our community’s residents, their families and our employees. Alexander always makes it his goal to motivate and encourage our staff, be available for any questions or concerns, and be a positive advocate for change.
In his free time, he enjoys hiking and exploring Idaho with his fiancée and their two dogs. Alexander also has a deep passion for songwriting, in addition to playing and learning new instruments.
Resident Care Advisor
Our Resident Care director, Pat Pilon, has many years of nursing experience and believes in providing dependable quality care. At an early age, she knew she wanted to help others. Pat began her career in health care, working in a hospital and then transitioning to home health for several years. She has developed a passion for hospice and genuinely cares about the senior population. In 2014, Pat obtained her administrative license in Idaho but chose to continue working as a nursing director. It was in this position that she discovered her love for serving the elderly.
Pat says being the Resident Care director and caring for the senior population, along with the team she gets to work with, allow her to experience comfort in knowing each resident is cared for in their home. Ultimately, her goal is to make a difference.
Sales and Marketing Assistant
Brenda Stroud knew from a young age that she truly loved seniors and enjoyed being around them. One of her favorite places to be at was her Grandma Leola’s house, which she was fortunate enough to visit often. Brenda was fascinated with the stories her grandmother shared about her childhood.
When Brenda joined the Girl Scouts and wanted to earn badges, she became a Candy Striper and volunteered at an assisted living community for seniors. She looked forward to visiting with the seniors a few days each week, assisting them and listening to the interesting stories they would share.
Brenda has now been working in the senior living industry for nearly four years. She first joined a senior living community as a Business Office manager. After a few years in that position, she was offered a position as a client care coordinator at a local home health care agency. More recently, Brenda was fortunate enough to be offered her current position with Arbor Village at Hillcrest as the sales and marketing assistant. She feels truly blessed to be able to come to work each day, enjoy the residents and make a difference in their day, too!
Christopher Howard was born into a restaurant family in 1971. Naturally, this influenced him to begin working in the food industry when he joined the workforce at the age of 16.
After marrying and having children, Christopher reluctantly set aside his passion for cooking to concentrate on raising his family. Once his two lovely daughters entered adulthood, he returned to the food industry and focused on desserts. He received the title of pastry chef from Chef Bill Ung at the Riverside Hotel in 2016. When he entered the senior living industry in 2017, Christopher found his niche.