Chateau Lake San Marcos is an Independent Living, Active Adult Community
(760) 471-0083


Meet the Staff

Chris Arvanitis, Executive Director

Mr. Arvanitis has been the Executive Director at Chateau Lake San Marcos for the past 12 years. He is passionate about providing a caring, safe and life-enriching environment for today’s retirement population. Dedicated to the non-profit retirement industry for the past 20 years, he strives to continually cultivate senior living amenities to meet the growing needs of residents in the community with special emphasis on maintaining and increasing homeowner property values and the value of the Chateau Community.

Mr. Arvanitis is also a California Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) with the designation earned from the California Association of Community Managers, the leading entity in the Homeowners Association Management industry. Additionally he holds a RCFE License designation from the California Department of Social Services and is also a Master Certified Foodservice Executive and Chef.

He encourages everyone to visit Chateau Lake San Marcos to experience how carefully planned both the physical design and operations of this resort style community really are. For the money, it’s hard to beat the lifestyle offered at Chateau Lake San Marcos.


Samantha Russell, Director of Resident Services and Fitness

As Resident Services Director, I supervise the execution of key Chateau amenities from Transportation to Concierge support.   We boast a team of skilled drivers who provide warm, courteous transportation experiences to our residents, some of whom may be without a vehicle for the first time in their adult lives. Our Concierge department delivers knowledgeable, friendly assistance with meal reservations, event and transportation sign-ups, as well as general community information. Resident Services works closely with every department to create a comprehensive, luxurious retirement experience.

As an ACE certified group fitness instructor, specializing in senior fitness, I also conduct all of the fitness classes and activities including aquafit, total fitness and balance classes each week.
In addition to overseeing these vital components of the Chateau lifestyle, I also have the pleasure of conducting new resident orientations and community tours for prospective residents.  I look forward to meeting you!


Katrina Norford, Leisure Services Coordinator

My goal is to help our residents maintain a dynamic and satisfying lifestyle by offering activities that engage the individual on social, spiritual, intellectual and physical levels.

Whether it’s igniting an old passion or learning a new skill, getting outside or staying in shape, Chateau Lake San Marcos believes individuals can continue to be productive and grow throughout their lifetime. I take pride in organizing and hosting a variety of special onsite events and parties as well as coordinating and escorting offsite excursions. Check out our Calendar of Events to see what the Chateau Lifestyle is all about.


Richard Ortiz – Culinary Director and Chef

As the Culinary Director, I strive to provide the highest quality culinary experience possible. My philosophy is to prepare meals with the freshest and top quality ingredients available. My goal each day is to meet or exceed all of your dining expectations so you leave the dining room satisfied and ready to come back for more.
As a graduate of the prestigious San Diego Culinary Institute, in La Mesa, I have focused on honing my skills at some of California's finest restaurants.  I strive to bring that experience to every meal that is prepared to you by our skilled staff of chefs.

Once again, I am very excited to be a part of the Chateau team and look forward to providing you an exception culinary experience.



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