Meet Our Staff
Chef Veronica "Vee" Majors
Certified Executive Chef & Culinary Specialist
Chef "Vee" Majors is the flavor specialist directing all dining experiences at the Anthem Lakes Community. She is responsible for designing our custom nutrition plans and menus for all levels of dining at the community. Country Club dining offers meal time options and seasonally-inspired menus.
Most recently, Vee served at The University Club, a private social and fining dining organization owned by Club Corp. Prior to The University Club, she held various management and executive chef positions with Impact Church, the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort in St. Augustine as well as Callaway Gardens & Resort in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
Vee has been recognized with the American Culinary Federation's President's Medal of Professionalism. Vee holds a food service management certificate from the American Culinary Federation and is a master food and nutrition educator, as certified by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science. She earned a certificate of art from Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Garde Manger and has earned additional certifications for service, sanitation and culinary skill from various institutions across the nation.
During her time with The University Club, Vee was named one of the company's Top 10 executive chefs worldwide, with ClubCorp International, who is the leader in private club, business, golf and country management & operations.
Memory Care Director
Mary Pinelli, Memory Care Director of Anthem Lakes has had a life long passion of caring for our seniors. She was greatly influenced by her mother who was a nurse for more then 40 years caring for the elder population. Mary obtained her nursing license at the age of 19 and has been practicing in the Elder Care field ever since.
She was employed as a staff nurse for the State of New Jersey Disabled Veterans Home for 10 years. With a relocation to the sunshine state she secured a position with Alterra Clarebridge of Dr Phillips and managed this free standing 40 bed Memory Care Community for 5 years seeing it thru 2 transitions of ownership. Mary chose a different path for her career and took a position with AIG as a Nurse Case Manager for 4 years but realized her true passion was our seniors and Memory Care. Returning to Clarebridge, now owned by Brookdale she resumed her prior position as Resident Care Coordinator for an additional 5 years.
Her recent relocation to the Jacksonville area gave her the opportunity to hold a management position with Arbor Terrace of Ortega adding to her Memory Care experience. Mary is Fl AL CORE certified and has extensive knowledge and experience with LNS/ECC regulations.
Health & Wellness Director
Diane Strella, RN is Anthem Lakes' health and wellness specialist. She is part of the core leadership team at Anthem Lakes working to create an innovative approach to care and lifestyle while creating a unique choice for seniors of all activity levels. She will provide guidance and structure to the creative and proactive health and wellness programs at Anthem Lakes to enhance our seniors’ lives. Diane has more than 20 years of healthcare, nursing and senior living experience in Northeast Florida. She has worked as rehabilitation and staff nurse at various local healthcare centers including most recently as the director of health services at Beach House and previously the director of assisted living at Cypress Village. She has also worked in various positions with Avante of Jacksonville Beach and Northeast Florida Community Hospice. She is a registered nurse and registered respiratory therapist in the State of Florida and is licensed in assisted living administration. She is a graduate of Cambridge Medical Institute and Florida State College of Jacksonville. She earned a degree in respiratory therapy from Flagler College.