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Larry MacDonald

Executive Director

Larry MacDonald joined the Solstice at Bellingham team in July 2017 as the executive director. Prior to joining Solstice, Larry worked in the hospitality industry for over 35 years. He brings a passion for service, and his experience has a broad spectrum in historic, branded and nationally premier hotels. He also spent years in operations, food and beverage, rebranding hotels, and major renovation projects. Outside of work, Larry is a husband of 27 years, and he and his wife enjoy traveling to warm beaches with their three sons, one daughter and two future daughters-in-law. Larry is also the volunteer head coach of the men’s ice hockey team at Western Washington University. He has been coaching ice hockey for over 30 years, and the Solstice residents have attended games the past two seasons to cheer them on to victory. Larry is passionate about making the daily lives of his residents fun and sincere.
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Randi Axelsson

Director of Sales and Marketing

Randi Axelsson joined the Solstice team in July 2018. Prior to joining the team, Randi spent most of her adult career in tourism and hospitality; but when she found independent senior living, she knew she had found her calling. Randi loves being able to help seniors remain independent, find companionship, provide healthy meals and fun activities, and so much more, while in a safe and secure environment. She was born in Hollywood, California, and has played on the improv stage with Ryan Stiles.

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Danyal Gonzalez

Business Office Director

Danyal Gonzalez joined Solstice Senior Living at Bellingham in 2017 as the Business Office director. She was born and raised just outside of Bellingham, Wash., and has earned degrees in business administration and paralegal studies. Prior to joining the team, she spent 15 years in customer service, accounting and management. After working with individuals in a medical atmosphere for many years and because of her helpful, caring and servant heart, Danyal found her way to Solstice. Danyal is married to her husband, Dave, and is blessed with two children, Leif and Karder, and two stepchildren, Joshua and Kyle. In her spare time, Danyal enjoys traveling, camping, fishing, spending time with her family and being outdoors.

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Chef Wynton Kelly

Culinary Services Director

Chef Wynton Kelly is the Culinary Services director for Solstice Senior Living at Bellingham. Prior to joining the team, he spent 10 years cooking in Bellingham, mixing his hunger for learning and his zest for big, bold flavors, with a passion for satisfying his audience. He now hangs his chef’s hat here at Solstice Senior Living, and the residents are definitely enjoying the benefits. Originally from Dallas, Wynton studied cooking at a technical college, then served an internship at a country club before moving into the professional world. “Every time food is around, it’s usually around people getting together for all kinds of occasions. Food is all about love and happiness to me,” he says. Wynton enjoys playing golf and riding his bike, and he has also become an avid bird-watcher.

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Erin McCauley

Vibrant Life® Director

Erin McCauley joined Solstice Senior Living at Bellingham in October of 2019. Prior to joining the team, she spent most of her career working in the hospitality industry, beginning in housekeeping at the age of 15 and most recently working as guest services manager at the Hotel Bellwether. Erin is originally from Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, and moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. She graduated in 2018 with a degree in communication studies and a focus in event planning. Like the rest of the Solstice team, Erin has quickly fallen in love with the fast-paced and caring nature of working with seniors. On her days off, she is either skiing at Mt. Baker or hiking with her two dogs along Chuckanut Drive.

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Peter Day

Building Services Director

Peter Day is the Building Services director at Solstice Senior Living at Bellingham. Peter grew up in New England, and after serving 20 years in the U.S. Army in aviation, he retired from active duty in 2004. He and his wife, Shannon, now live on a hobby farm with their cats, dogs and chickens. Peter enjoys camping with his wife and friends, and spending time riding his motorcycle.

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