Christie (known as CJ) brings a wealth of expertise to her position as Executive Director. Deeply experienced in senior housing and also a nurse, she has worked in communities ranging in size for as small as 42 to as large as 450. An animal lover - and supporter for the Humane Society - she treasures her English Bulldogs. Now enjoying the wonderful opportunities in Jacksonville, she has in the past lived also in locales as diverse as Louisiana, Colorado, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Specifically attracted to Anthem Lakes because of its park-like setting and the careful attention to design and vision, she has three children who have now followed her passion to serve in senior housing communities.
A native of Rhode Island, Don was commissioned in 1982 , became a Naval Aviator, and then continued to serve our nation for a total of 30 years in a variety of capacities, including as an Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, Officer in Charge, and Commanding Officer. During that period he competed a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
After retiring in 2012, he joined a large CCRC in Jacksonville (near the famed Mayo Clinic) with oversight as environmental director for independent, assisted, memory care, and nursing homes properties and residents. Subsequently, he joined Anthem Lakes and oversees all aspects of facility maintenance, inspections, contracts, landscaping, upkeep, cleanliness and laundry. A quote says it best: “Every I look forward to serving residents at Anthem Lakes”.
Chef Michael has honed his skills in the culinary arts over 20 years, bringing a special passion to the special considerations attendant in senior living communities. Early in his career when working in a hospital setting he achieved 99th percentile scores for resident satisfaction. He subsequently also was a Bronze Finalist in the prestigious American Culinary Hot Foods Competition, and has provided leadership in the assisted living community sector with prior duties including regional dining oversight for over twenty communities. Chef Michael. Another great reason to be at Anthem Lakes!
Tia joined Anthem Lakes shortly after the initial opening, quickly developing a caring heart for all members of the Anthem Lakes family, both residents and staff. Moving through earlier positions, Tia found her present ‘home’ in the marketing office where she excels in working with both seniors directly and also with families beginning the process of assisting their loved ones. Longer term, her career goal is to continue her personal growth and expertise in the senior housing business by increasing her knowledge of all operational aspects of assisted living — a great career path and goal that benefits our residents in her understanding of their needs.
Originally from the great state of Missouri, LaTonya brings deep senior level experience to Anthem Lakes. With over 20 years of service in senior housing which include having held positions in sales, memory care, and even as executive director, LaTonya is exceptionally well qualified to be a great resource for seniors (and their adult children!) in making transitions easier over the entire spectrum from independent living to assisted living and even to the specialized needs and services for excellence in memory care.
A life-long Florida resident, Denise planned for a career in healthcare, earning in 2009 her degree in health care administration followed later (after gaining direct work experience in assisted living) with an MBA. Having truly worked ‘up the ladder’, her first senior housing position was as a server, followed by an administrative internship that allowed her wide exposure -- where she confirmed her passion for working with memory care residents and their families.
That experience provides context for her praise of how special Creekside memory care is at Anthem Lakes. A natural setting, circular interior hallways for walking, a great outdoor space, a high staffing ratio and more -all important, but another critical difference is her ability to create and sustain in staff a caring heart environment. Denise emphasizes the importance of working with families and their loved ones to discover the unique interests of each resident. Also, for family members, she reaches out with education and understanding, including the offer of providing a ‘virtual dementia’ experience which powerfully imparts information not fully conveyed in any other way.
So happy to have Tasia with us! The 'secret recipe' for a great activity director includes a joyously cheerful outlook and a deeply caring heart, both of which Tasia brings to our community at Anthem Lakes. With several years of experience in the long term care business, with a focus on achieving resident engagement and family satisfaction about the very important components of senior life engagement, in addition for ALF Core training, Tasia has all the background to encourage and support residents in staying active, staying engaged, and finding enjoyment every day in living.
"The food is good and the people are so nice. I haven't met one that is not friendly or helpful. All of the residents are friendly. The staff is helpful. There are so many places to sit. Pets are welcome."