Meet the Staff
Experienced in Independent Care in Wilmington, NC
I am excited to step into the role of Executive Director at Cambridge Village of Wilmington after serving at our Apex community as Director of Marketing for 3 years. The energy and vitality of the staff and residents give me an encouraging platform from which I can easily jump in and play an active role in enriching the lives of each of our residents.
Originally from Florida, I attended the University of Kentucky and earned a degree in Marketing. My first position in property management was a valuable stepping stone to the senior living industry. I was able to gain knowledge from different aspects of the industry by working in business development for a health care services company, and then more hands on experience as Marketing Director for an assisted living community prior to coming on board with Cambridge Village in Apex.
My love for this industry stems from my close relationship with grandparents and helping my family care for my grandfather who had Alzheimer’s. Now in North Carolina, I have no other family except my boxer, Laila, so the staff, residents, and families at Cambridge Village are truly my family. I sincerely value working with every family that walks through our doors. When not at Cambridge Village, I enjoy staying active, working out, and traveling. An avid Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan, I also love cheering on my favorite team….GO CATS!
Community Relations Director
During my career, I worked with Marriott and Intercontinental Hotels Group, joining the senior living team at Cambridge Village was a natural progression. When I first spoke with Kendall Oliver, the owner of Cambridge Village, he shared his vision that his communities be modeled after hotels. I knew immediately that his company was the one I wanted to work for.
Cambridge Village combines the comfort of residency with the amenities of a resort and a staff with what I call a genuine spirit of hospitality. There is no truly no other place I would rather represent.
My role as the Community Relations Director is to be the stepping stone between Cambridge Village and Wilmington. It is so important to us that our residents feel connected to the Wilmington community and that the coastal community knows they are always welcome at Cambridge Village. Creating liaisons to ensure Cambridge is a vibrant, connected community is what I do on a daily basis.
On a personal note, my husband and I moved to Wilmington from Maryland in 2001. Between the beach, the historic area and UNCW, everything we want is right here under the sun. When I am not at Cambridge Village, I am most definitely working out, taking a pilates class or keeping pace with my very busy and talented family. Some of our favorite things include Lewis Berry Farms’ ice cream and berry picking, white water rafting, and Sunday afternoons at the beach.
Resident Relations Director
I was born and raised in Louisville, KY where I married Kevin and we had two children. We moved to Atlanta, GA for four years before moving to Wake Forest, NC in 1993. I have had many roles over the last several years including wife, mother, grandmother and serving alongside my husband at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville, NC for 20 years. I have also held administrative positions in both the construction and communication industries.
I believe living in “community” is key to a richer, fuller life. It is in community that we can both encourage others and be encouraged by others. The community at Cambridge enables us to do just that as we share our life stories and live alongside of one another. We all experience community by participating in the incredible variety of activities offered. There is everything from playing games with friends, shopping, movies, enjoying beautiful music and singing, celebrations of all kinds, trips to restaurants, museums and so much more. And did I mention the food is great!?!
I am truly thankful for the opportunity to serve you and be part of a great team. Thank you for making me feel so welcome!
Business Office Manager
I worked in restaurant management for over fifteen years, where I was able to thrive on my passion for helping and serving others. Those experiences brought me to Cambridge Village in the summer of 2014 where I started as the Front of House Manager. I really enjoy seeing the residents of this community every day, and I try to make a positive impact on their lives, just as they do to mine. I am excited to step into the role of Business Office Manager where I will continue to bring my passion for helping others while taking on new challenges.
In my free time I enjoy painting, decorating my house, and being artistically creative. I spend a lot of time with my husband, Jake, and dog, Carter. We enjoy being outside, going to the beach, traveling, experiencing new things, and spending time with family and friends.
Salon & Spa Director
Originally from Baltimore, MD, I relocated to the NC coast in 2001. I was previously a cosmetology educator and enjoy teaching monthly classes on wellness, beauty, and essential oils at Cambridge Village.
My philosophy of the ‘balance of mind, body, and spirit to be beautiful inside and out’ is carried out in the Salon on a daily basis through the products we carry, the services we provide and also the relationships we foster with each client.
I have 3 children who also share my passion for wellness. I truly love working in our community and inspiring people to feel beautiful from the inside out.
Center for Optimal Living Coordinator
Fitness and wellness has always been an important part of my life. It all began at the age of 5 when I was enrolled in gymnastics and later went on to compete in regional competitions. The unfortunate part of gymnastics is the high risk for injury. Little did I know, the injuries I would accrue throughout the years of gymnastics would show me how important the aspects of fitness, wellness and rehabilitation are to healing.
I continued to be fascinated with my body’s healing process through rehabilitation with all of my injuries. During the year I spent rehabilitating my knee, I had become intrigued with the way the therapist interacted with me and with other patients. The ability to connect with a variety of patient personalities was a strength I saw in myself and it solidified my decision to attend East Carolina University, where I received my B.S. in Exercise Physiology. Following graduation I worked full time as a Physical Therapy Technician which provided me with a way to pursue my vision of creating a program for patients to transition into a wellness program after being discharged from therapy.
I have been able to contribute my interactive and fun style to number of programs and have enjoyed working with Senior Active Aging population. After attending a seminar about Functional Aging at The Davis Community, I was able to tour their facility and understand the need for a Wellness Coordinator in that environment. With my personal experiences, combined with further education and training, I have been able to make a positive and influential contribution to the residents and members of The Davis Community Wellness Center. I have added beneficial classes and given advice to members about their exercise routines pertaining to their medical history and goals set out. I look forward to having a similar interaction with the residents of Cambridge Village and to make relationships through this new active community.
In my free time, you can find me exploring on my bike, hanging out with family and friends or outside with my dogs, Kona and Sullivan. I have a knack for cooking and love to experiment in the kitchen.
Working in retirement communities is a tradition in my family. I was blessed to be able to work beside my mother in a non-profit assisted living community until she retired in 2013. I will always miss working with her, but I am completely fortunate to be working with an amazing, supportive staff at Cambridge Village.
With over 20 years’ experience and a wealth of training and knowledge, I aspire to build a Life Enrichment Program the focuses not only on social events, spiritual fulfillment, but also on mind fitness. I envision active retirement living that inspires and fulfills you.
I have lived in Nashville, Tennessee most of my life and just recently moved to the Wilmington area. I am absolutely loving the East coast living. The weather is perfect, there is always something going on, and that large body of water is a huge plus for me. You’ll most likely find me hanging out with my family in my free time. Our children and three grandchildren make our world complete.
What I enjoy most about my job is sharing time with our residents. I love listening to what’s important in your life. I wish to be a resource in any way I possibly can. I appreciate the time I have had thus far and I look forward to many more times to come.
Chef Charlie Blake
It is with much pleasure that I serve as Corporate Executive Chef for Cambridge Village of Wilmington and Apex. I grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts, but am enjoying the milder temperatures here on the North Carolina coast.
Prior to relocating to Wilmington 8 years ago, I expanded my culinary experience as chef in restaurants up and down the east coast, from Boston to Wilmington. A multi-year recipient of the People’s Choice Award in the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off, I enjoy incorporating fresh ingredients to create dishes that satisfy a variety of palettes. Being able to develop relationships with the residents and talk with them one on one about their favorite dishes is what makes this such a great opportunity.
My hobbies include fishing, boating, camping, rooting for the Boston Celtics, and spending time with my wife and my daughter, Salem.
Front of House Manager
I am originally from Brevard, North Carolina. I attended UNC-Charlotte where I received my Bachelors degree in Business Management. I lived in Charlotte, NC for five years before moving to Wilmington, NC in August 2016. I started out as the Assistant Front of House Manager position here at Cambridge before transitioning into my current role.
I have been in the food in beverage industry for the last eight years, and am thrilled to be a part of such an awesome community that continues to grow. My staff and I strive to provide excellent service to the residents and guests. What I love most about working here is the ability to know the residents on a such personal level.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, snowboarding, and anything outdoors. Family is very important to me, as well as my relationships with my friends and peers.