our team

Colin Marshall
Colin Marshall
President

With 20 years of senior living and healthcare expertise, Colin Marshall, President of Senior Living Management, ensures the operational excellence of amavida and future Quadrum communities. Mr. Marshall has a dedication for creating exceptional living opportunities to enrich the lives of seniors, built from his multifaceted career in the senior living and healthcare industries.

Colin Marshall is a seasoned senior living and healthcare veteran with a national portfolio of work spanning two decades. Throughout his career, Mr. Marshall has worked in several niche healthcare specialties, including primary and preventative care, practice management, transitional care and rehabilitation, senior living and industry consulting. He has served in a variety of roles, including Vice President of Operations and Principal/Owner of a healthcare and long-term care consulting company.

Responsible for the development and active management of Quadrum’s Senior Living and Long-Term Care division, Mr. Marshall’s expertise supports Quadrum’s vision in the creation of new communities, marrying Quadrum’s hospitality and development expertise to senior living and their continued operational management.

With the abundant knowledge and experience Mr. Marshall brings to the table, amavida is set to be the first of many senior living communities that Quadrum has the honor to manage.

 
Peggy Connelly
Peggy Connelly
Corporate Director of Resident Services

Peggy’s experiences as a family caregiver kindled her passion for serving others and a career in senior living. She is driven by a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others who are faced with the challenges associated with memory loss.

Peggy brings with her over 20 years of senior living experience as National Director of Memory Care Harbor Retirement Associates, Vice President Memory Care Programs at Franklin Companies and Vice President Memory Care Programs at Spectrum Retirement. While there she developed dementia training, person centered model programs, and provided sales & marketing and operations support. She has been actively involved in new building startups and acquisitions for independent living, assisted living and memory care throughout the U.S.

Peggy is a Nationally Certified Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Instructor, Florida Administrator CORE Trained, Florida Certified (University South Florida) Alzheimer’s Trainer. In 2016 Peggy was reappointed to serve a third term on the Florida Governor’s Advisory Committee; Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative. Peggy is also a contributing editor for the Activities, Adaptations and Aging National Journal and a tireless national public policy advocate for Alzheimer’s disease awareness.

Peggy is married to her best friend Tom. Together they raised two wonderful children, Patrick and Kathleen. In addition to work, they enjoy attending a vibrant church, golf, cooking for friends, reading and travel.

Peggy’s goal is to help ignite joyful living on behalf of residents, families and associates!

 

Andi Lurie
Andi Lurie
Corporate Director of Clinical Services

Andi Lurie a Registered Nurse and a certified Alzheimer’s trainer with over 25 years of experience in the assisted living arena comes to amavida with a proven track record of overseeing and developing superior care methods for our assisted living residents.

Andi began her career in assisted living in Massachusetts and following her move to Florida became a Regional Nurse overseeing multiple communities for major assisted living companies.

Andi continues to work at a calling she loves because she feels she makes a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis.

When not working, Andi and her husband are parents to a daughter and son and have three grandchildren. They live in beautiful Naples in a golfing community where Andi's husband gets to practice his golf game four times a week!

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

Katina Williams
Katina Williams
Business Accountant

Katina is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami, FL with a degree in Accounting & Finance. She has worked for various Continuing Care Communities for the past 15 years. Katina grew up in Miami, FL and is the mother of a beautiful daughter.

“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life.” - Joel Osteen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon Thomas
Shannon Thomas
People Services Manager

Shannon Thomas was born and raised in Dayton, OH. She moved to Florida in 2005 and began her career in Human Resources. She has worked in various capacities of HR to include payroll, benefits and employee relations. Shannon began working in the Senior Living environment in 2014, where she truly developed a passion for helping people. She is married and has one son and one step-daughter. She loves to travel and explore different areas of the world. At amavida, her goal is to recruit and retain an amazing team of individuals that best represent what amavida stands for. This involves individuals that love coming to work each day and truly enjoy what they do, while providing the best care to residents and families.

“Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.” - Tena Desae

 

 

 

 

Morgan Clayman
Morgan Clayman
Lifestyle Director

Prior to calling Southwest Florida home, Morgan Clayman spent time living in New York, the US Virgin Islands, South Carolina and Washington, DC. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 2012 and went on to work in the fields of marketing and events. Morgan was inspired to begin working in the senior living industry following her experience with finding the perfect senior community for her own grandmother and has been striving to create an exceptional and fulfilling lifestyle for seniors ever since. She has held lifestyle management positions for Independent and Assisted Living residents at two other senior living communities. Outside of work, Morgan spends her time reading, writing, baking, playing guitar and spending time with her family.

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." – C.S. Lewis

 
 
 
 
John Lane
John Lane
Director of Sales & Marketing

A native of the Chicago Area, John brings unique insight and leadership to the Director of Sales & Marketing Role.

John is responsible for an increase in the occupancy of an independent living, assisted living and memory care community through both inside and outside sales.

John creates and implements the marketing plan, sales plan and budget while overseeing production of all creative, copywriting and graphic design for advertising campaigns.

He does all of this while developing positive and lasting relationships with local area communities, cities and counties.

“I AM GROOT” - Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

 

 

 

Rebecca French
Rebecca French
Sales Counselor

Rebecca is a proud native to the area, born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida.

She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications; It was there she developed a passion for helping and working with people. Rebecca strives in a fast-paced and positive work environment, spending her time outside of amavida in the Florida Keys. She previously worked in the senior living industry as a move-in coordinator at another community and currently serves as a Sales Counselor for the amavida team.

What amavida means to me..."I am so blessed to work with such an incredible and passionate team. Our amavida team prides ourselves on building a work environment that is not only successful, but celebrates everyone’s accomplishments."

 

 

 

 
Joshua Cook
Joshua Cook
Food and Beverage Director

With over 20 years of Food and Beverage experience, Joshua brings experience to amavida in nearly every way imaginable. Combining a tenacious work ethic with an endless culinary and professional curiosity, Joshua has proven to be a tremendous asset to various companies from the very beginning. Beginning his career path in Rhode Island, Joshua was offered a Sous-Chef position in Naples, Florida in 2004. Since relocating, Joshua has held positions as Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director. He has successfully improved financials, staff development skills, along with client satisfaction.

Joshua is excited to have recently joined the amavida management team which is a team full of energy and excitement that brings only the best to the community. Joshua is thrilled to be heading up the Food and Beverage department where his goal to is make dining at amavida like no other place. With multiple dining venues, expansive menus, and the culinary freedom to explore and learn, he plans to make every dining experience a meal to remember.

"When you acknowledge, as you must that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving towards perfection comes clear; to make people happy." – Thomas Keller

 
Ken McNeal
Ken McNeal
Facilities Director

Ken grew up in Ohio and moved to Florida after serving in the Air Force. He worked for a major airline for a few years and then found his passion in senior living when we went to work for a CCRC in Naples. Ken spent 24 years at that community working his way up to Facilities Supervisor.

Ken loves to ride his motorcycle, which you will sometimes see him cruising into work on! He also enjoys fishing in his free time.

“Working for amavida I have the sense of a family-oriented team that works together and has fun doing it! I’m amazed by the team leadership and look forward to seeing the completed project!”

 

 

 

 

 
Adriana Almeida
Adriana Almeida
Housekeeping Supervisor

Adriana is the Housekeeping Supervisor and manages a team of 15 housekeeping professionals. She is from Bogota, Colombia in South America. Adriana is married and has a beautiful Cocker Spaniel named Jesse. Her favorite pastimes are traveling the world and reading.

“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” - Nelson Mandela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Cruikshank
Catherine Cruikshank
Director, The Meadows

Catherine Cruikshank has come to Amavida Living to expand the new memory care environment known as “The Meadows”, and to enhance services for residents throughout the community who may be experiencing memory issues. With more than two decades of experience in the field of dementia, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Catherine Cruikshank has a MA in Geriatric Administration with a dissertation on Elder Abuse and Neglect. Her Doctoral studies in Gerontology focus on Alzheimer’s disease with an interest in behaviors and family dynamics. For more than a decade she has committed herself to a psycho-sociological approach when working with individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). In addition to her research and program developments, she has authored a training manual for understanding and reacting to challenging behaviors, which has been used by facilities across the nation. She has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and has been published in the Journal of Gerontechnology.

Catherine Cruikshank was the Director of Education for the Alzheimer’s Association-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter since June 2009. Prior to that, she was the Regional Program director since January 2006. Cruikshank joined the Alzheimer’s Association, FGCC in August 2004 as a Program Specialist for Lee and Collier Counties. Previously, she directed a Memory Unit in Naples, Florida and was the South Florida Dementia Educator for the same Corporation. Catherine Cruikshank has authored, renewed, and is certified to provide the Assisted Living Facility level 1 & 2; Skilled Nursing Facility; Hospice; Adult Day Care and Home Health Care Florida State mandated curriculums. Additionally, she is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and an educator with the National Task Group for developmentally disabled populations. Catherine also holds certification in: Helping Relationships and Therapeutic Alliances and Psychological Appraisal and Assessment.

 

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