Mitch Leichter

Mitch started his healthcare career as a Recreation Therapist back in 1996 and was also trained in aromatherapy and holistic treatments. He obtained his Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) Administrators license in 2000 and since 2010 has been the Administrator/Partner Owner at Alexander Gardens.

Mitch is the past recipient of the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) award for his Sensory Integration Program, which he brings to Alexander Gardens to the delight of our residents.

In his spare time Mitch enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying the beach, and adding a new awesome design to his Hawaiian shirt collection.

Karen Dacome
Associate Executive Director

Karen started her career working in Customer Service and Technical Support holding different positions such as Quality Analyst and Quality Manager. Karen also worked for a payroll company as a Senior Analyst creating general ledgers and financial assistance.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, she shifted her focus to healthcare, behavioral and mental wellness, and eating disorders. She has worked as a Program Administrator and Program Director throughout several care communities in Santa Barbara.

Karen is passionate about working as a team. She believes in the value of working together and collaborating with other agencies with the goal of providing the best quality of care possible. Karen loves learning new things and exploring new places. She enjoys walks on the beach, reading, and music. Her family and helping others are very important to her.

Emma Glaser
Marketing Specialist 
Emma recently moved from her hometown of Vero Beach, Florida to Santa Barbara, California to start her career. She is 23 years old and graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Public Relations and Advertising. While in college, she also taught group fitness classes in Cardio Dance and Barre and loved it because she improved her college experience as well as everyone that joined. Fun fact: She has been dancing since she was three and her favorite style is tap!

She is so excited to be a part of the Alexander Gardens crew as the Marketing Specialist and learn many skills that I can use throughout my life. She hopes to learn how to best communicate with not only her colleagues, but the residents and their families here so that I can help provide a positive experience. She is looking forward to networking with various businesses and really understanding what the job of marketing entails!

Dalia Gutierrez
Business Office Manager
Dalia initially joined the Alexander Garden team as a Medication Technician in 2011, after completing the CNA/HHA program at Santa Barbara City College. Her extreme dedication to residents and their families did not go unnoticed, and Dalia continued to grow in her responsibilities becoming our Assisted Living Coordinator. After completing her RCFE Administrator’s training, she was promoted to her current position where her attention to every detail in the operation of the home is greatly appreciated.

She considers caring for our residents and their families to be a great honor. She often reminds our staff of how much she adores the residents and loves to see them smile. She inspires us all!

When not at work, Dalia enjoys spending quality time outdoors with her 2 children and dancing to Latin rhythms (she is an expert on Cumbia).

Lala Ruiz
Administrative Assistant

Lala is passionate about the Life Enrichment lifestyle with the residents and she is an important part of the daily activity program. Her creative flare is seen throughout the community with flyers and arts and crafts. You can see her planning a special event or a day trip. She currently is taking college classes at Ventura Community College with an emphasis in Humanities and working fulltime at Alexander Gardens.
In her free time she loves to walk along the beach, learn new languages and spend time with her family and friends.



Jackie Barron
Assisted Living Coordinator

Jackie’s commitment to the residents, families, and staff is felt throughout the Alexander Gardens assisted living community. She began her work here as a Medication Technician in 2016 and after demonstrating hard work and dedication, she was promoted to Assisted Living Coordinator. Her passion for her work creates a connection to the residents and families. Meeting the needs of the residents, giving them peace and contentment brings joy to her day.
Jackie is a Medical Assistant who is expanding her education in the nursing field.

When not at work she loves spending time with her family and exploring new opportunities and events.

Remy Rodriguez

Remy has been working in healthcare for over 35 years and working with the elderly her whole career. She has joined our team as an LVN and we are so lucky to have her! She was born in Mexico and raised right here in Santa Barbara where she met her husband in high school! After high school, she obtained her CNA license working at Beverly La Cumbre and then got married and had 3 children, two boys and one girl now grown. She went back to school at CCI (Career Care Institute) in Oxnard where she obtained her LVN license.

Remy’s three kids have been playing soccer their whole lives and Remy even joined a co-ed soccer team with her husband in Santa Barbara and has played for 17 years! She is excited to be a part of the Alexander Gardens family!