Our Staff

Christine (Chris) Murphy - Executive Director, holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from San Diego State University (SDSU), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from CSU Long Beach, and a Master of Science degree in Acquisition Management from West Coast University.  She has 30+ years’ experience as a Contracts Manager in defense contracting, and 7 years’ experience teaching with Los Angeles Unified School District.  She has been Executive Director of CARR since 2009. She holds Certificates in Professional Fiduciary Management for Trustees and Conservators from CSU - Fullerton. 

In 2001, she placed her mother in a local assisted living facility; her experiences and those of her mother were the genesis of her passion for residential care advocacy and accountability.  Her Master’s thesis "An Exposition of Irregularities in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) in San Diego and Imperial Counties," (Montezuma Publishing, SDSU, 2010), results from original research conducted on the public files of 354 RCFEs located in San Diego and Imperial counties. 

Among other achievements, CARR was responsible for AB1523 (Atkins), enacted as law in 2014 and incorporated into Health & Safety Code Section 1569.605; it requires assisted living facilities in California to maintain liability insurance as stipulated in the statute. CARR also sponsored SB 172, codified in 2019 under H&SC 1569.280.  The law requires firearms retained in an assisted living facility to be stored in a DOJ-specified safe.  

Rebecca Ruiz - Research and Data Analyst, Rebecca Ruiz holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University. She is CARR’s data analyst and serves as the coordinator for the San Diego County’s Choose Well Program.

Through her work with CARR, she has come to better understand the challenges older adults and their families face when dealing with the senior care industry. Her knowledge has been applied in both her professional work with CARR and her personal life in understanding how to best care for her grandmother.

She has become very familiar with the public files on local assisted living facilities and has taken an interest in the Administrative Action process used by the California Department of Social Services and how assisted living regulations overlap with the judicial system.

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