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.
When you offer the very best in exceptional senior living, you have only the best on your team. amavida is proud to introduce our Executive Director, Heather Battey.
Heather offers amavida, its staff and residents a unique balance of strategic leadership and compassionate understanding.
With a background rich in senior living experience, she brings a wealth of expertise to amavida. She most recently served as the Executive Director at a respected Independent Living Community. She was a key point person in leading that community from its start up to stabilization. She had a range of responsibilities there, from hiring department heads, training staff and overseeing human resources to managing finances, working closely with sales and marketing, and developing the Mission Statement and Core Values.
Prior to that position, Heather lead Resort Services and Wellness at a renowned Retirement Community and served as the Lifestyle Wellness Director at a Senior Living Community.
Heather held the position of Director of all Programing at a YMCA, and was the owner and Executive Director of her own fitness center.
She holds a Master’s degree in Science from National University, has taken Master’s degree courses in Counseling on Aging at Walden University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Connecticut.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." – Dr. Seuss
A graduate of Indiana University and former marketing professional from Michigan, Laura joined the amavida team as a Sales Counselor in March 2018. She is a senior living specialist with more than 25 years of successful management experience, holding numerous leadership positions inside of the property management segment focusing on the senior living market. Laura believes the reward of working with seniors is immeasurable.
Committed to success, Laura permanently relocated from Michigan to the Southwest Florida market late in 2017 to enjoy warmer climates and sunshine. Laura and her husband, Kevin, reside in Bonita Springs, FL. Together Laura and Kevin have 3 children, Meryl, Alexandra and Erich, as well as 2 grandchildren, Taya and Brynn, and a dog, Jackson.
When Laura is not working with seniors, she enjoys relaxing at home, reading and spending time with her family. An avid traveler, Laura also enjoys traveling to exotic and out of the ordinary world-wide destinations.
“Working together with the team at amavida truly delivers both professional and personal rewards,” says Laura. “The campus formula of providing innovative housing solutions to seniors drives a spirit that cannot be duplicated, anywhere.”
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."
Mara Wright, practically a native of Florida for the past 43 years, was born in Wisconsin. Her family moved to Texas when she was at the tender age of 6 months before re-locating to Gainesville, Florida, in 1975. In 1980 her family made an everlasting move to southwest Florida. While attending high school, she became inspired by a mentor who piqued her interest in the health care industry and encouraged her to volunteer at a nearby hospital.
Upon graduating as only the 4 th class from Port Charlotte High School, she worked as an Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomist and then a scrub tech in Obstetrics. In 1995 she became an LPN working as a nursery nurse and became a registered Nurse at FSW, returning to the hospital as a labor and delivery and emergency room nurse. She left acute care in 2009, realizing she had a passion for caring for the senior community.
In addition to her lifelong career in nursing, Mara also has valuable experience in management, including the position of Director of Nursing for skilled and assisted living for the past eight years. She has also played a role in opening prior health care communities. As the Director of Nursing at amavida, Mara will oversee the care staff and ensure high-quality care for residents in all areas of the community.
In her free time, Mara enjoys skyping her nieces who live in England, bike riding and cooking.
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!”
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 successfully improving financials, staff development skills, along with client satisfaction.
Joshua is excited to have recently joined the amavida Management team. A team full of energy, and excitement that brings only the best to this community. Joshua is thrilled to be heading up the food & 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
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