Meet Our Team
Everyone on our team – from housekeeping to dining, maintenance to medical – is committed to delivering the finest retirement experience to every resident, every day. And they’re led by a group of hardworking individuals who focus on moving East Ridge at Cutler Bay successfully into the future.
Each of our professionals has diverse industry experience and senior living knowledge. But they share the desire to continually improve our community and your retirement living experience.
David Kremer, Executive Director
Mariely Jennings, Director of Operations
Joan Fredella, Interim Health Services Administrator
Marcos Gonzalez, Sales Director
Kristian Vargas, Director of Human Resources
Miguel Parks, Dining Services Director
Kiyria Pedroso Jimenez, Director of Community Life
David Kremer is the Executive Director for East Ridge at Cutler Bay. He has 25 years of experience helping seniors achieve their philanthropic dreams. David has raised more than $30 million and has been a local and national speaker on various fundraising topics. David earned a journalism degree from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Marian University in Wisconsin.
Director of Operations
Mariely has been part of our team since 2016 where she began as the Business Office Manager. As the years went by, she became more interested in the operation of East Ridge and began participating in management projects which lead to various renovations around the community and her promotion to Director of Operations.
She initially wanted to become a homicide detective after obtaining a bachelors in Criminal Justice but shifted over to business at Florida International University to continue her studies in search for more opportunity. Two years later, she obtained two Masters’ Degree’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Health Care Management (MSHCM).
Mariely is a first-generation American born in the Bronx, New York after her parents and brother moved to the United States in 1980 from Cuba through the Mariel boatlift. She is the proud mom of a fifteen-year old superstar named Jack. Jack is her main source of inspiration and her number one fan as she is his.
“The East Ridge family IS my family. Nothing brings me greater joy than knowing we are making a positive difference in the lives of our residents.”
Joan Fredella, Interim Health Services Administrator
Joan Fredella has been appointed on an interim basis to oversee our health services at East Ridge including Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, Memory Support and Home Health.
She is a senior professional in post-acute care, blending a distinct strategic view with an understanding of today’s healthcare marketplace to deliver innovative and value-based solutions. She will be a great addition as we try to create a culture of kindness among our associates.
She has extensive experience working with healthcare laws, regulations and compliance. She excels in developing and maintaining positive relationships with residents, families, vendors, associates, and referral sources. She has a BS in Business Administration from Montclair University in New Jersey. As a licensed nursing home administrator, she has served both as an executive director and an administrator for senior care facilities in New Jersey, Florida, and Virginia. Her Florida experience includes roles at Kindred Healthcare in Hollywood and Genesis-Lakeside Pavilion in Naples.
She currently lives in Stuart, Florida where she has served as a Hospice volunteer.
We are excited to welcome her to East Ridge and look forward to her efforts to improve our health services. Please join us in welcoming her!
Marcos Gonzalez is the Sales Director for East Ridge at Cutler Bay and previously served as the Assisted Living and Home Health Director.
Director of Human Resources
Bio coming soon.
Dining Services Director
Miguel Parks was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. He moved to California to attend college and graduated from Menlo College with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a minor in sports management. After graduation, Parks became the Assistant Director of Dining Services for Vi at Palo Alto in Arizona and later the Food and Beverage Director. After four years in Arizona, he then moved to Port Charlotte, Florida and served as the Food and Beverage Director at South Port Square for four years before joining East Ridge at Cutler Bay as the Dining Services Director.
Kiyria Pedroso Jimenez
Director of Community Life
Kiyria Pedroso Jimenez is the Director of Community Life at East Ridge at Cutler Bay. She provides oversight, continuity and guidance for the activity programming for residents in our independent, assisted living and memory care communities.
Previously, Jimenez served as a registered dietitian for East Ridge’s Three Palms Health Center. In her new position, she will direct campus-wide activity programs to meet the physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of residents.
Under her supervision will be East Ridge’s Lifestyle Center, the Wellness and Fitness Center and the community’s salon and spa. She is spearheading innovative volunteer programs including a new intergenerational initiative with Cutler Bay Senior High School as well as those for Three Palms that involve residents and volunteers from the Cutler Bay area
Jimenez has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and graduated from Florida International University in 2002.
Prior to joining East Ridge, she was with Morrison Healthcare for five years as a Clinical Nutrition Manager. A native of Brazil she grew up in Miami. She is trilingual and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.