Pamela Cokash, executive director, has 20 years of experience in health care, working with seniors in skilled nursing facilities and continuing care retirement communities. She has a business degree from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a licensed nursing home administrator in the states of California and Washington. Prior to her career in health care, she worked at Princess Cruises and Tours in downtown Seattle and traveled to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies for seven years. She has lived in California, Washington and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the last 10 years, she has resided in both Northern and Southern California and recently moved back to Seattle, Washington, where she resides with her husband, who is a physical therapist, and their two dogs, Ave and Cruise. Pamela enjoys visiting all the local restaurants in Seattle, enjoys musicals, concerts and the outdoors, and loves to travel. She has traveled to 33 states within the United States in the last 15 years and has traveled to several places in Europe and Mexico.
Business Services Director
The youngest of 13 children, and born on a family farm in Nebraska, Olan Garcia started his adult life as a chaplain’s assistant in the U.S. Army. Following his military service, he earned an associate degree in business and a theology certificate from Seattle University. After his wife’s passing, Olan raised their five children on his own and dedicated his life to helping others overcome obstacles, including working as maintenance director for a homeless shelter in Renton. He has found a home and a new family here at Solstice, where he continues to find joy and fulfillment in ensuring the safety and comfort of the residents.
Jabari "JT" Thomas
Culinary Services Director
Jabari “JT” Thomas, Culinary Service director, has been with Solstice at Renton since August 2018. He brings over 15 years of experience working in the culinary industry. He is originally from Victorville, California. JT began his career in the hotel industry with Red Lion in Humboldt, California. He has implemented kitchen systems and has a desire to mentor young cooks. Guest service, plate presentation, menu development and customer service are his passions. After moving to San Francisco to attend culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu, JT met his wife, Ashley, and started a family. While raising two daughters, Anaiyah and Naima, he became an executive chef for Trader Vic’s in Emeryville. JT developed his skill and passion for international cuisine while working closely with an array of international chefs. He found the senior living hospitality industry in 2016 while working as a sous chef with Solstice at Apple Valley. JT is a sports enthusiast and loves the Lakers, Dodgers and Raiders.
Stephanie Chapman, lead concierge at Solstice of Renton, worked in hospitality, in legal offices and as a receptionist prior to joining Solstice. She enjoys working with the senior community and taking care of the front desk duties for Solstice. Stephanie and her husband have just bought their first home in Renton and enjoy living there with Rhys, their corgi. Stephanie’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, hiking with her dog, reading, traveling, and going to the theater.