Meet the Team
Leslie Castaneda is the executive director of Solstice Senior Living at Las Cruces. Originally from the state of Michigan, Leslie currently lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is responsible for planning, overseeing and directing the day-to-day operations and is available anytime to assist you. Her passion and dedication for serving others inspired her to receive her bachelor’s degree in social work, which brought her to a career in senior living. When her mother was diagnosed with dementia, her career path was further solidified. At Solstice, she found a company whose family values, philosophy and passion aligned with her own.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Renee Segura was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and has loved living, working and raising her two children in such a warm-hearted and close-knit community. Renee attended NMSU and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel, restaurants, and tourism management.
She has worked in the senior living industry for 12 years and joined the Solstice Senior Living family nearly 10 years ago. Renee has found great joy in helping seniors transition from their home into a community setting that looks and feels like a boutique hotel and works just like a cruise ship! She is passionate about helping seniors discover their options when considering independent living even when assistance is needed or may be needed in the future.
She has a wide variety of interests but especially enjoys the arts, the outdoors, travel, and spending time with family and friends. Renee looks forward to serving you and your families as you begin your research into finding the perfect place to call home!
Senior Business Office Director
Victoria was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and graduated from Mayfield High and attended New Mexico State University. She enjoys camping at the Gila, making jewelry and riding her bike, and traveling to experience different cultures. She took an interest in the senior community when she received her Certified Nurse’s Assistant Certification and Phlebotomist Certification. Her family and the residents at Las Cruces are the most important people in her life, and inspire her to strive for greatness every single day.
Culinary Services Director
Victor Contreras is the Culinary Services director for Solstice Senior Living at Las Cruces. As the CSD, Victor manages a team in providing an exceptional dining experience for residents and their families and friends.
Victor has spent over 37 years as a cook, starting his career at a steakhouse in Texas. Before joining Solstice in 2011, he worked at a diverse range of restaurants and even owned his own restaurant for five years. While he specializes in Mexican and Italian food, Victor has extensive experience with Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines. In addition to holding a national ServSafe certification, his diverse culinary background and love of cooking are apparent in the food he prepares for residents.
Victor is a big believer in being supportive and honest and consistently supports his team and the surrounding community.
Vibrant Life® Director
Miriam Torres is the Vibrant Life® director for Solstice Senior Living at Las Cruces. She previously served as the Vibrant Life® assistant. She cherishes being a part of the Solstice team and is ready to embrace the role of director and motivate Solstice residents to be the best they can be.
Born in El Paso, Miriam has lived in Las Cruces most of her life. Miriam is married with two children, Alonso and Anahi.
Building Services Director
Manny Maldonado was born in Silver City, New Mexico, but has lived in Las Cruces his entire life. He has been in the building services field for over 20 years, working in both the apartment sector and the hospitality industry. Manny has been with Solstice at Las Cruces for over nine years and enjoys all the different cultures and dynamics that the residents provide every day.
He is a proud graduate of Las Cruces High School and New Mexico State University, where he majored in child psychology (Go, Dawgs! Go, Aggies!). In his free time, his children keep him busy with their active sports schedule.