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Dining Options

  • Chef-prepared meals with daily open dining
  • High quality and nutritious ingredients
  • Opportunity to collaborate with the culinary team on resident’s own recipes

BISTRO

  • 24/7 snacks and drinks
  • Various events hosted throughout the month including ice cream socials and wine tastings

herb garden

  • 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

community activities

  • Large activity room dedicated to community events
  • Full calendar of educational, social, and cultural activities

DOG PARK

  • Medium sized dog park for our residents’ furry friends
  • Staff is available to assist with pet care

REHAB CLINIC

  • Easy for residents to schedule and attend physical therapy sessions
  • Equipment is also available for exercising

Melissa Bossert

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

Executive Director

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

Melissa Corkish

memory care Director

Melissa began her career in the health care field over 20 years ago. She has a wide range of experience with behavioral health, mental health, medical fragile, as well as the senior population. Both of Melissa’s grandmothers had Alzheimer’s/Dementia, which has inspired her to re-focus back into working with seniors.  Melissa has a genuine passion to care for others and is committed to enriching the lives of seniors. Melissa was born in Upstate New York and relocated to Florida in 2018, where she now calls home with her Fiancé and her dog, Hope. Melissa has her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at SUNY Brockport College in NY. Melissa enjoys sunflowers, chocolate and diet coke.

Ojanay Jones

Nursing Director

Bio coming soon!

Brandon Rowley

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.

Maureen Fallucca

Life Enrichment Director

Born in New Jersey, Maureen lives in Casselberry with her husband, Larry. She has a son named Jake who graduated from Stetson University College of Law and is a practicing Attorney in the Downtown area.  Maureen is an award-winning sales and customer service professional with a passion for bringing people together.  Maureen owned and operated her own party planning company and eventually moved into the event planning arena. Maureen loves dogs, particularly, Golden Retrievers.  She enjoys the beach and travel, photography, cooking, boating, dancing, and family time.

Meg Wilson

Marketing Director

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.

Juan Rivera

Maintenance Director

Bio coming soon!

Samantha Bates

Business Office Manager

Samantha Bates is the Business Office Manager for Strive at Fern Park. She oversees scheduling, ordering supplies, maintaining communication systems, managing payroll, and handling human resources responsibilities. Samantha was born in Florida but moved to Michigan with her family to take care of her grandparents when she was 7. Her grandmother inspired her to work with the senior community, a field in which she has over a decade of experience. Samantha’s passion is creating a great experience for everyone, whether it is through customer service, helping others complete tasks, or just simply offering helpful answers and suggestions. 

 

Samantha has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and an associate degree in massage therapy. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, certified nurse aide and is CORE certified in Florida.

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