Madonna Gardens Open House and New Team Members



Madonna Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care Hosts a Small Open House


New Executive Director and Team Members Join Madonna Gardens & Assisted Living


October, 2022.  Salinas, CA.    Madonna Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care, located at 1335 Byron Street in Salinas, recently hosted an Open House for select guests on September 24th. City officials, community partners, residents and family members enjoyed a live performance by the Thom Cuneo Jazz band in the community’s beautiful courtyard alongside a delicious buffet.  

During the event, Madonna Gardens was honored to receive a Certificate of Recognition presented by Marisa Hernandez, representing California State Senator Anna Caballero, and a Certificate of Appreciation from City of Salinas City Councilmember, Steve McShane.       

Founded in 1966, and formerly known as Madonna Manor, Madonna Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care provides compassionate care for seniors in a beautiful, nurturing environment. Located near Downtown Salinas, just off Highway 68, the recently renovated community features six acres of outdoor gardens, courtyards and walking paths - perfect for relaxing and soaking in the sunshine with family and friends. Residents enjoy supportive assisted living services, personalized memory care for those who need it, a full calendar of activities, and the benefits of a pet-friendly community.


New Executive Director and Team Members Join Madonna Gardens


Tyler Barnes, Executive Director

Born and raised in Southern California, Tyler Barnes has been in the senior living industry for over 9 years including in the Sacramento and Los Angeles areas. He has served as an Executive Director for the past 3 and half years. Working with seniors is his passion along with improving their quality of life. His hobbies include traveling, golf, and visiting with friends and family. Tyler has a younger sister who plays professional soccer in Seattle, WA.

Francesca Caver, LVN, Assisted Living Director 

Francesca is a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) with an extensive background in senior living. Her past experience includes various roles as home health companion, CNA, charge nurse with a background in infection prevention, and serving on the Santa Clara County COVID vaccination team. Francesca loves working with seniors, and treating the residents like family. She also enjoys getting to know the resident’s families so that she and her team can carry on the traditions that make the Madonna Gardens community members feel at home. Francesca also likes hiking, traveling, cooking, reading, painting and spending time with her son and cat.

Vanessa Quaresma, Culinary Services Director 

Vanessa Quaresma is a Portuguese American Chef who has always enjoyed cooking. In 2014, she graduated from Cabrillo College with a Culinary Art & Hospitality Management Degree. Vanessa worked in the culinary area at Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz as well as at Google in Sunnyvale. She was also a food service worker at Natividad Hospital and a Chef in Pebble Beach, CA. Vanessa has a passion for cooking and is also growing her own garden at home. She believes that “food is life” and is happy to share her food experiences with the residents at Madonna Gardens. Vanessa is also a mother who loves to sing and dance when she's cooking in the kitchen.

About Madonna Gardens

Acquired in 2016 by Carefield Living, Madonna Gardens is an assisted living and memory care senior living community in Salinas, California. Just twenty miles from Monterey, in the heart of central California and near Downtown Salinas near Highway 68, residents enjoy outstanding views of the Pinnacle and Santa Lucia mountains.

Residents experience the convenience and coziness of one-story living surrounded by beautiful outdoor spaces, water features and gardens of serenity. Madonna Gardens offers an engaging and varied lifestyle that empowers individuals to enjoy creative pursuits, refine skills, revisit old hobbies, and discover new passions in a family environment.

Madonna Gardens recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation that has reinvigorated the community. With state-of-the-art programs, interesting and exciting activities, caring staff and plenty of opportunities to engage with friends and family, Madonna Gardens aspires to be a center for the enjoyment of life.

The community’s Lightfinder™ memory care program is designed to help residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other forms of memory loss overcome many of the challenges they face in everyday life. A specially designed and secured neighborhood, Madonna Garden’s memory care features an extensive outdoor garden, which can be viewed from residences, a private courtyard, dining room and aviary for bird watching. The care team takes a person-centered approach to each individual by understanding their interests, passions, hobbies and history in order to tailor a wellness program unique to them. 


Carefield Living has carefully designed each of their amenities and programs to encourage residents, friends, family and our staff to interact, enjoy each other’s company and be energized by the beauty and vitality of life. They aim to empower and motivate older adults to chart their own course for a vibrant, meaningful and satisfying future.

For more information, visit or call   (831) 741-4638.