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1516 Oak Street #100
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 748-9700


Management Team

With over forty years of experience in the senior care industry, they have successfully built and operated some of the most innovative and well regarded skilled nursing and assisted living communities in the East Bay. These include Waters Edge Nursing Home, The Lodge and Elders Inn. Their extensive experience in meeting the unique and changing needs of older adults has provided them with great insight into the value of community for supporting an independent, active, and purposeful life throughout this stage of life. It is this understanding that inspired them to develop Phoenix Commons; a new model of community living for active adults.

Lauren Zimmerman Cook

Lauren has over 20 years experience working in senior care and is a licensed California Nursing Home Administrator. She has been in the family business her whole life; in fact, she was almost born at the Waters Edge Nursing Home. Read More

Stephen Zimmerman

Stephen is a licensed RCFE Administrator with over 10 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry. Stephen has a unique perspective of the industry; he grew up watching his parents, Chris and Darnelle, manage the facilities. Read More

Darnelle Zimmerman
Chief Nursing Officer

Darnelle is a graduate of University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. She has worked with Chris, her husband, since the early years of Alameda Elder Communities (AEC) and is the driving force behind AEC’s excellent care programs. Read More

Christian Zimmerman

Chris’s work in senior care began in 1971 when he opened Waters Edge Nursing Home, a 120 bed skilled nursing facility and the first free standing intermediate care facility in California. Read More

Moira Morris
Director of Human Resources
Trinh Mai
Lead Accounting Associate

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Community Living and Services Team

Cheryl Champ
Community Living Specialist

A deep desire to help seniors find the right place for aging happily and safely was the inspiration for Cheryl to take the leap of faith in 2007 from a successful career in marketing and advertising to the challenging work of admissions for assisted living communities Read More

Jordan Hill-Washington
Community Living Specialist

As a Community Living Specialist with AEC Living, Jordan holds her clients in the highest regard and exhibits a passion for contributing to the lives of seniors in a progressive way by providing exemplary service with sincerity and consistency. Read More

Denise Marshall
Community Services Specialist

Denise Marshall has been with AEC Living since 2009, but she has been in the healthcare field for over 14 years. Read More

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