- Chef-prepared meals with daily open dining
- High quality and nutritious ingredients
- Opportunity to collaborate with the culinary team on resident’s own recipes
- 24/7 snacks and drinks
- Various events hosted throughout the month including ice cream socials and wine tastings
- Fresh herbs and vegetables for use in the kitchen
- Lovely area to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather
- Residents welcome to tend the garden throughout the season
- Large activity room dedicated to community events
- Full calendar of educational, social, and cultural activities
- Medium sized dog park for our residents’ furry friends
- Staff is available to assist with pet care
- Easy for residents to schedule and attend physical therapy sessions
- Equipment is also available for exercising
MEMORY CARE ASSISTED LIVING
Chief operating officer
Melissa began her career in senior living over 26 years ago. She grew up in New England and met her husband of 25 years, Andy, at Johnson and Wales University where she studied Travel and Tourism. Her parents and grandmother, whose suitcases were always packed and ready to go on an adventure, had influenced her love of travel. While working in the travel industry she took senior groups on tours across the United States and this is where she learned about senior living.
Melissa started as a Resident Lifestyle Facilitator at Westminster Towers where she spent 17 years creating experiences for over 300 residents, writing articles for the senior living industry, and giving speeches on how to create a well-rounded wellness program for all to enjoy. After serving as her next company’s interim Executive Director, she moved into an Executive Director/Regional role at Plantation Oaks Senior Living for 5 years. She joined Legend Senior Living as their Area Director of Operations for North Florida and moved in the Regional Director of Operations for Florida overseeing all operations aspects of 10 Assisted Living and Memory Care communities for the last 3 years.
Melissa’s commitment to have seniors enjoy life to the fullest is evident in the work she does to create environments for residents to thrive. Melissa enjoys volunteering at Central Florida organizations and is passionate about the Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity. Melissa and her husband have one son, Holden, who is a graduate of American University and works for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, DC.
Tami Milliner is the Executive Director for Strive at Fern Park. She handles the facility budget, oversees marketing activities, implements plans to maintain occupancy all while achieving financial goals, managing staff, and maintaining a community that is conducive to the wellbeing of the residents. Seniors are truly her passion and she couldn’t imagine working in any career other than senior living.
Tami has worked in the senior living industry since she was 16 years old and has worked in almost every position as she worked her way up. In her 14 years of working with seniors, she has been blessed with so many opportunities to build herself professionally, and to build relationships with the residents and families that have allowed her to be a part of their lives. She is certified in the state of Florida as an Alzheimer’s trainer, and really enjoys that part of her job
Regional Executive Chef
Brandon Rowley is the Regional Executive Chef for Strive Senior Living and Strive at Fern Park. He is responsible for developing and planning menus, managing food cost and inventory, maintaining quality standards, and leading, mentoring, and managing the culinary team. Brandon’s vision for Strive Senior Living’s dining experience is to craft simple cuisine that enlivens the senses and surpasses your expectations.
Brandon graduated high school in 2002, and attended Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando, Florida where he graduated in 2005. He started his career working in country clubs and hotels before entering the senior living industry in 2008. Brandon believes that serving meals and caring for seniors is perhaps the greatest reward we have.
Meg Wilson is the Marketing Director for Strive at Fern Park. Meg is often the first person to
meet a family or a potential resident when they are looking for information about the
community. Meg meets with the families, offers tours, and is a resource in developing the partnership between families, residents, and the community as a whole. Meg believes that by building relationships with families, you create trust. These relationships can be with the family, the children, or the new resident depending on the circumstance. Meg is a firm believer that Strive Senior Living is truly about “one family, one community, one Strive.”
Meg has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee. She has been working in the senior living industry in Orlando since 2009. Prior to joining the senior living environment, Meg worked as a Regional in the Apartment industry. Meg has her CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioner) license, and she is always looking for new ways to increase her knowledge on dementia and Alzheimer’s. Meg participates in many workshops and trainings so that she can offer better support to families as they work through the process of understanding the disease and how it affects their loved ones.
James Oakley is the Director of Maintenance for Strive at Fern Park. He oversees all maintenance, housekeeping, and safety procedures within the community. James has always enjoyed helping others whenever possible, and he is a strong believer in giving back to and helping the local community in which you grow up in. Strive at Fern Park is located just five minutes from where he was raised in Casselberry.
James was a certified EMT/Fire fighter while working for a private ambulance company in his early twenties. Prior to rejoining the health care industry in 2018, James acquired his maintenance skills by managing the east coast operations for a specialized heating company in the oil and gas industry. All of the equipment there was custom built, so he became very familiar with both routine and non-scheduled maintenance for various equipment types.
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