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.

Linda Jones

Linda Jones

Executive Director

 

Linda’s career started in Neuro Intensive Care after earning her RN degree. In 2013 she began working for the senior living center formerly known as Arbor Terrace Ortega as the Resident Care Director before moving her way up to Executive Director of Arbor Terrace Ponte Vedra in 2017. Management changed hands and Linda is thrilled to be back with the Arbor Company as Executive Director here at Lakeside at Amelia Island. Linda is married with five children, eleven grandchildren, and a furbaby named Tinker. When not working, Linda serves as a Stephen Minister and enjoys being by the water. 

Tenishia Colvin

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.

Peter Ojo

Peter Ojo

Evergreen Director

Born in the most populous city in Nigeria, Africa, the second oldest of 5, he learned what it was to supervise and care for a family at the early age of 16 when his Dad passed away. Peter knew management skills early in life, was brought up with respect for the elderly, and loved the stories and wisdom shared.

 

He has over 12 years of experience as a nurse paired with practical and valuable knowledge of dementia management as a charge nurse at St Catherine, Riverside, and Arbor Terrace of Ortega, now Ortega Garden, Jacksonville, Florida. He is excited to be part of  Lakeside at Amelia Island's team to provide care for the elderly, especially those with memory care.

Lisa Drew

Lisa Drew

Engagement Director

Born and raised in New Jersey, Lisa graduated from The Ohio University with a BS in Communication.

After a successful career as a songwriter, Lisa feels very fortunate to have found a second career that she loves just as much in Engagement.

She began as an Activity Assistant in a Memory Care community in Nashville, Tennessee, and knew she had found a calling. After three years as an Activity Assistant in Memory Care, Assisted Living and Independent Living, Lisa took the course work to become a Certified Activity Director through the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals and passed her certification exam in January of 2019.

Lisa lives in Fernandina Beach with her 3 cats and when not working enjoys riding her bicycle around the island.

Melanie Robertson

Melanie Robertson

Dining Director

Melanie is our Dining Director at Lakeside at Amelia Island!

Justin Sloper

Justin Sloper

Maintenance Director

Justin Sloper joined The Lakeside at Amelia Island in 2019 after relocating from Seattle Washington. Justin’s experience as a Facilities Maintenance Operator is extensive. He has held numerous positions with Non-profit, and Senior Living Corporations. He is a skilled Carpenter, specializes in preventative maintenance, facilities management, and relationship management. His passion for people, especially the senior population make him a favorite among residents and staff. Justin has four children and five grandchildren. He is an avid fisherman, and enjoys family time.

Jennifer Rowe

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.

Marilyn Bailey

Marilyn Bailey

Resident Relations Director

Marilyn hails from the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa where she was born and raised. She lived there for most of her life until she and her husband, Gerry relocated to the USA (living in the UK for 2 years en route) to be Grandparents to Grandsons, Caden and Ian.

Marilyn won several 5 Star Awards during her 8+ years at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island , including the Employee of the Year Award in 2014, in her role as the Group Sales Coordinator, Salt Sommelier and Learning Coach to the Ladies & Gentlemen of the Ritz. She brings her passion for people and many years of business experience from a varied and interesting career in business management, administration and customer service to The Lakeside at Amelia Island where she is the Director of Resident Relations with the Concierge, Transportation and Security teams under her umbrella.

Jen Riesenberger

Jen Riesenberger

Director of Sales

Jen is a trusted resource, knowledgeable in the multifaceted aspects of senior living, who guides seniors and families with compassion as they navigate the journey through senior living. Prior to coming to The Lakeside at Amelia Island, Jen served as the Director of Sales for several senior living communities in Sarasota, FL. In addition, she has served the Senior Friendship Centers of Sarasota as an Americorps Vista volunteer and Senior Center Manager and has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for many years. Jen’s expertise in senior living has helped hundreds of seniors and families find the perfect community in which they can flourish. She is devoted to making the lives of our seniors the best they can be.

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Happy Hour

07.21.22

Our Dining Director, Dom, hosted a Pina Colada tasting for our residents. Not only were there tasty drinks, but we also enjoyed karaoke. Thanks, Dom for hosting a great time!

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