about The Lakeside at Amelia Island

About The Lakeside at Amelia Island

The Lakeside at Amelia Island provides residents with a lifestyle focused on wellness and meaningful social connections. Our independent living apartments, cottages and homes, assisted living, and dementia care options allow us to provide individualized care and assistance for everyone who calls our community home.

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Relationships Matter Here

At The Lakeside, relationships are the foundation of our community. We delight in fostering meaningful relationships — we call them deep connections — with residents and family members, and finding ways to create connections between the seniors who live here. As we learn more about our residents, we can provide even better assistance and programs to meet their ever-evolving needs.

Life Is Better Here

The Lakeside at Amelia Island is operated by The Arbor Company. For more than three decades, The Arbor Company has been dedicated to providing the lifestyle and amenities that keep seniors feeling their very best.

  • Art Art and Education Stimulate your mind by learning another language, painting a portrait, or exploring a new craft or skill.
  • people Deep Connections Feel connected to a lively community. We ask the right questions and take the time to listen. It’s why residents accomplish amazing things here — things they never thought possible on their own.
  • PurposefulLivng Health and Wellness Our exercise programs are designed especially for seniors to improve mobility, maintain fitness, and even challenge the brain — all in a fun format.
  • Recreation Purposeful Living At The Lakeside, residents are meaningfully engaged throughout the day. An important part of that includes opportunities to volunteer and give back to others while remaining actively involved in the community.
  • Activities Recreation and Leisure We go out of our way to fulfill each resident’s wish list. From live music to barbecues to karaoke nights, if you can dream it, chances are that we’ll try it. And we love helping with family get-togethers.
  • Spiritual Spiritual Journey For many, the health of one’s soul is as meaningful as the health of one’s body. And so we offer ample opportunities for structured religious activities and individual reflection.

A Company Built on Senior Living

The Lakeside at Amelia Island is operated by The Arbor Company. The Arbor Company has been serving seniors around the country for more than 30 years. Our experience and passion for senior living set us apart from others; we are dedicated to fostering relationships that matter and providing resources that keep our team on the cutting edge of the industry’s best practices.

Meet The Lakeside at Amelia Island Team

Each member of our team brings a heart for service, a passion for seniors, and the experience to create exceptional opportunities for our residents.

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Melissa Sloper

Executive Director

Melissa has 20 years of Senior Living Experience and a background in education. She has managed many Senior Living Communities on the East and West Coast as a Divisional Director of Operations before joining The Arbor Company. Melissa is dedicated to coaching and mentoring high quality teams. She is passionate about serving seniors. Recently Melissa and her family relocated from Washington State, trading in their rain coats for suntan lotion to join the team on Amelia Island.


Meghan Lowry

Associate Executive Director

Meghan is an award-winning volunteer organizer who has spent 20 years assisting nationally known service organizations contribute to their communities. Before her rewarding career in senior care began as an engagement director, she was most proud of the work she accomplished with the United State Army and the American Red Cross. That experience is an integral part of her ability to bring a community together and solve individual challenges. While living in Atlanta, she served on several committees committed to enhancing the lifestyle of seniors. Her peers describe her as "an intuitive friend who always puts others before herself." It is her honor and a privilege to be a part of each day at Lakeside at Amelia Island.

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Kendall Jones

Evergreen Director

Kendall joins the Lakeside of Amelia Island team as the Evergreen Program Director. After graduating from Fernandina Beach High School in 2003, he decided early on that serving the elderly population was what he wanted to do. Kendall started his career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), then became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) , and then earned his RN and Associates degree in Nursing. In 2018 Kendall graduated with Honors earning his B.S. in Nursing, (BSN) and is now is pursuing a Master’s in Nursing at the prestigious University of West Florida in Pensacola. With an extensive clinical background in skilled and oncology nursing, Kendall has a developed a passion to serve the elder population, especially those patients living with dementia. Kendall has an infectious smile and upbeat personality that spreads throughout the community.

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Jennifer Rowe

Business Office Director

Jennifer has over 20 years of business management experience including over 12 years in senior living. After stumbling into senior living quite accidentally, she found her new passion. She recently finished her Bachelors in Finance at the University of Central Florida and found a new home at The Lakeside. As the Business Office Director, she can balance her time between fancy numbers and budgets, with happy hours and meaningful moments with residents. She has one son in the Navy and two daughters following her footsteps at UCF. Go Knights! Both Jennifer and her husband traded the hustle and bustle of the big city of Orlando for the slower pace of the beach. Her passion for classic and vintage items are notable in her VW Beetle and her love of wine.

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Marissa Marody

Move-In Coordinator

Marissa has been working with older adults in different capacities since 2010. She has provided social services to older adults in skilled nursing facilities, non-profit organizations, and aging and disability resource centers. Marissa has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a certificate of gerontology. Currently, Marissa is working on her Master of Social Work degree through the University of Central Florida. Her main goal is to use her education and experience to enhance lives of the individuals she works with. Marissa is proud to serve on The Lakeside team.


Tenishia Colvin

Resident Care Director

Tenishia joined the Lakeside team as the Evergreen Program Director in 2018. Shortly after she accepted the position as The Resident Care Director. She gave up her snow boots in Cleveland, OH and relocated to Florida. Tenishia started her nursing career as a CNA in Detroit 20 years ago. In 2008 she became a Licensed Practical Nurse and has been privileged to care for seniors in several capacities including Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Restorative Nursing and Skilled Nursing. She is also a Certified Wound Care nurse. Tenishia has a passion for helping seniors live a fulfilling life at any age or stage of Alzheimer’s or dementia. She has been a dedicated participant with the Alzheimer’s Association in both Ohio and Florida.

The Receptionist, Hannah, was so helpful in putting together a special event for my father. All the staff have been have been so gracious and helpful getting Dad settled in his new home.

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I used to sit home and skip meals rather than eat alone. Now I enjoy the company of friends and I’m eating three meals a day. I have a regimented exercise program that includes a nice morning walk on the grounds.


Beautiful setting. Sun rise to sun set over the lake. Must see!

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Senior Living LIVE - Tax-free Investing

Date: Wednesday, October 28

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: ArborCompany.com/Investing

Description: Several strategies can help reduce your tax burden.  Choosing tax-advantaged investments is one of them. Join us for our Senior Living LIVE webinar Tax-free Investing: It’s Not What You Make, It’s What You Keep, presented by Edward Jones financial advisor, John Dove.

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