Meet the Team
Misty Odhner is the executive director for Solstice Senior Living at Austin. Originally from Prescott, Ariz., she moved to Austin in 2006 and has worked in the senior living industry for 27 years. She joined the Solstice team in March 2019.
Misty began her career as a CNA for hospice when she was just 18 years old. She went on to receive a master’s degree in social work from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in gerontology from Arizona State University.
She is a proud mom of two: Misty’s son, Hillel, lives in Austin and also works in the senior living industry, and her daughter, Joanie, is a junior at Washington State University in Seattle. In her spare time, Misty loves to travel, swim and cook.
She is ecstatic to be a part of the Solstice family here in Austin and believes that, if you love what you do, you never have to work another day again.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Before joining the Solstice Senior Living team, Laura Dutton served as the marketing and sales director for assisted living and memory care communities. She looks forward to working with independent seniors and utilizing the excellent training sessions, management support and local team support found at Solstice, not to mention her office view is full of wildlife and natural light to keep her happy and entertained.
Laura has lived in Austin, Texas, for 30 years. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, eating healthy, volunteering, and hanging out with her neighbor’s dog and furry pal.
Business Office Director
Jaime Schwartz is the Business Office director at Solstice Senior Living at Austin. Passionate about helping seniors, Jaime joined the team three years ago and fell in love with the job instantly. Previously, Jaime worked as a medical assistant and an administrative assistant. Jaime was born and raised in Austin and in her spare time enjoys cooking, crafting and spending time with her 10-year-old son.
Culinary Services Director
Maurice Martinez is the executive chef at Solstice Senior Living at Austin. He was born in Florida but considers Texas his home. Needing to support his family, he became a waiter, a dishwasher, and then moved on to prep cook and eventually a line cook. One year later, Maurice became the kitchen manager of that restaurant, where he remained for three more years.
Maurice and his family then moved to El Paso, where he prepared banquets for guests at the Marriott hotel. After several years, he transferred to the Austin Marriott as sous chef, where he cooked for the likes of Gov. Greg Abbott and Nolan Ryan. He also worked at the Radisson and Crowne Plaza, gaining valuable knowledge in customer experience. He decided to take a position with the University of Tennessee to earn his culinary degree and a second degree in business management.
After graduation, Maurice moved into the health care industry with the Seton network, opening the new kitchen at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. He was promoted to Seton Main as chef manager, and then returned to El Paso to open Las Palmas Medical Center. Wanting to return to Austin, Maurice found his place in the kitchen of a senior living community, joining Solstice Senior Living as Culinary Services director. Maurice loves our residents, and finds them to be hospitable, humble and grateful for thoughtfully prepared meals. He loves when flavors and aromas of food take people back to fond memories of their childhood and is looking forward to enriching the lives of our residents at Solstice.
Vibrant Life Director
Beth Carmean is the Vibrant Life® director for Solstice at Austin. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Beth has lived in Texas for 15 years, and has been married to her wonderful husband for 14 years as well. Beth has a strong passion for working with seniors, veterans and military personnel. She enjoys working at Solstice because of the wonderful, fun-loving residents. As people continue to get vaccinated, Beth is planning on making a lot of new memories with her fellow associates and residents.
Her son, Jason, proudly served in our military until his passing in 2006. Beth also has a daughter who lives in Ohio and has five grandchildren. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband riding his motorcycle throughout the beautiful Hill Country and RVing.
Building Services Director
Jeffrey Dittrich is making his mark as the new building services director at Solstice at Austin. He comes with a history of project management and oversaw the many contractors and builders involved in the recent remodeling effort of the community. He is a certified contractor and has been self-employed through his own business for the past five years. He also has extensive experience in commercial construction as well. He is known for building amazing decks, pergolas and screened porches, as well as total home remodels.
Jeffrey has an adorable 10-month-old daughter and a beautiful fiancée whom he loves dearly. This is Jeffrey’s first experience in a community setting like Solstice, and he is committed to providing a safe, clean and well-maintained home environment for our residents.