Meet Chris Lucero: Executive Director at Heron’s Key

We are thrilled to announce that Heron’s Key welcomed Chris Lucero, our new executive director, on January 10th. Not only does Chris come to Heron’s Key with more than 17 years of senior living experience, but he also has a passion and love for the industry unlike any other.

Since starting at Heron’s Key, Chris says a genuine smile hasn’t left his face. He is thrilled to join the tight-knit family of residents and staff at Heron’s Key and already feels welcomed by everyone.

Chris spent the last 17 years working at senior living communities in New Mexico and Seattle. He discovered the joys of working with older adults when he was in college and decided to make this his career.

During his time at the University of New Mexico, Chris and his dog, Fitch, would visit local assisted living and skilled nursing communities. Residents loved spending time with the dynamic duo and Chris soon realized the feeling was mutual.

Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and shortly thereafter started his career in senior living.

Chris is looking forward to continuing to ensure Heron’s Key is a wonderful place to live and work. As executive director, Chris oversees all levels of care including independent living, assisted living, and nursing care. He is responsible for meeting and exceeding standards in all aspects of the community including maintenance, food and beverage, clinical care, housekeeping, resident life and more.

When he isn’t at work, Chris spends his time with his two dogs, Isla and Griffen. Chris loves to explore the Pacific Northwest and take in the beautiful scenery it has to offer. He regularly rides his motorized scooter around town, hikes, kayaks, paddle boards, relaxes in his hammock and loves catching a breathtaking sunset.

He is originally from Arizona where he grew up with two sisters, his mother and father. They moved all around the state and he still visits his family back in Phoenix frequently.

As Chris nears two decades into his senior living career, he shares a great piece of advice:

“Come to work every day to make a positive impact. Whether it is with the residents, staff, family members, or even the FedEx person dropping off a package, be kind and try to make their day better. Wear a smile every day and be grateful to work in such an amazing community.”

Chris is so excited to be a part of the Heron’s Key family and is looking forward to meeting each resident and staff member who makes it a one-of-a-kind place to live.