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.

Melissa Sloper

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

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.

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.

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.

Kerby Hyde

Kerby Hyde

Director of Sales and Marketing

Kerby is part of the sales & marketing team at The Lakeside. Kerby grew up in Colorado but landed in Fernandina when her husband was transferred with the Air National Guard 4 years ago. Kerby has a degree in Kinesiology but realized shortly after college that she loved sales and working with people! With 20+ years in the real estate industry, she has always had a passion for people, forming deep connections, and finds great satisfaction in helping families find their dream home. Her career in senior living began just over a year ago with The Lakeside. Assisting families and their loved ones find a place to call “home” is one of the most rewarding things she has ever done! Being a part of The Lakeside team is truly a blessing.

Melanie Robertson

Melanie Robertson

Director of Dining Services

Melanie is our Director of Dining Services at Lakeside at Amelia Island!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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