Meet The Team

Palma Sorrento


Karen Haze

Business Manager

Hi my name is Karen and I love being at Palm Valley. I was the Community Manager of Villa Veneto in 2001, promoted to Community Manager of Palma Sorrento in 2002 and then promoted to Community Manager of Santa Palmia in 2003. My husband and I moved to Austin, TX in 2006-2007 and then moved back to Northern California. I recently was lucky enough to be able to come back and work at Palm Valley and with E&S Ring in September of 2008. I love to spend time with family and friends, make cards/scrap booking, play games – Rock Band/Wii, watch cooking shows and many other shows – Thank goodness for DVR! ….and most recently been addicted to Facebook!

Kyle Nishijima

Assistant Manager

Hi everyone, I’ve been working in restaurants since I was a sophomore in high school, but am excited to start this new chapter in my life. When I’m not here, you can catch me online gaming until the late hours of the night. I’m a very outgoing person, so if you see me, feel free to stop and say hi.


Claire Docherty

Resident Services Specialist

Hello, My name is Claire Docherty and I am the new Resident Services Specialist at Palma Sorrento. We have recently relocated to San Jose from Scotland.  I am married to Mark and we have a daughter, Madison.  As a family we enjoy spending our time exploring  the The Bay area as there is always something going on.  Also, Facetime is wonderful application as it allows us to stay in touch with family and friends back in Scotland. 


Martin Salgado

Assistant Service Manager

Hello everyone! My name is Martin and I am originally from Mexico City. I’ve been at Palm Valley for 12 years. On my days off, I love just relaxing and watching good movies (would love to hear your suggestions!). I also enjoy a good game of soccer – both playing and watching! I am a big fan of Law and Order: SVU – it’s intense and keeps you interested.


Gonzalo Casillas

Assistant Service Manager

Hi my name is Gonzalo Casillas and I am the new Service Apprentice here at Palma Sorrento. If you see me around the property, please say hi! I enjoy bike riding, playing soccer and walking around the mall.  I have been married 33 years to my beautiful wife and we have 4 lovely kids.  My favorite food is Chinese food….if you know of some good Chinese Restaurants in this area I would love to hear some suggestions