Meet our leadership.

Everyone on our team – from housekeeping to dining, maintenance to medical – is committed to delivering the highest-quality retirement experience to every resident, every day. And they’re led by a group of hardworking individuals who focus on moving The Village at Gainesville successfully into the future.

Each of our professionals has diverse industry experience and senior living knowledge. But they share the desire to continually improve our community, and your retirement living experience.

Rebecca has more than 15 years of progressive health care experience, with her focus on management, leadership and working with the senior population. Rebecca served as the Director of Health Services at The Village for five years, overseeing all assisted living services, The Village Vitality Program, the private duty home care program and the entire Health Services staff. In her role as Executive Director, Rebecca has overall responsibility and accountability for strategic, operational and financial performance of The Village. Rebecca is accountable for providing exemplary executive leadership, planning and directing the overall on-going operations of the community in accordance with the Values, Vision and Mission of The Village.

Before joining The Village, Rebecca served for 12 years as director of North Florida Regional Medical Center’s senior health care centers, working to enhance primary care services to seniors in Gainesville, Starke and Melrose.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Master of Health Science degree in Rehabilitation Science, both from the University of Florida.

As Director of Operations, Tom provides leadership and oversight of company business operations including strategic planning; financial and budgetary management; leadership succession and training; and safety compliance. He has more than 20 years of IT and business management experience, including management roles with the Department of Transportation as a member of the technology research and development team and senior support, and with the Levy County School Board as a network engineer.

He is a graduate of Santa Fe College Computer Science Program and holds several high-level IT certifications, as well as a Mini-MBA Certificate from Boston University.

Holly Anderson-Bender is a hospitality veteran with over 30 years of experience working for Marriott and Hilton throughout the Northeast. She joined The Village in April 2017 as the Resident Services Manager and currently oversees a hub of services and information including: programming, communications, the concierge desk, The Village Marketplace, move-ins, move-outs and the hair salons.

Holly is a current member of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and Gainesville Rotary. She sits on the Boards of the Gainesville Rotary, Gainesville Fisher House and the Advisory Council for the Ronald McDonald House.

Holly holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Johnson & Wales.

Mark brings almost 10 years of experience in the senior living industry, with his most recent position as the Food and Beverage Director at a retirement community in Illinois. Prior to his career in senior living, he worked for 15 years for Princess Cruise Lines as an Executive Chef, which allowed him to travel to approximately 56 countries and took six world cruises.

Mark was raised in West Germany and moved to England when he was nine. He attended the University of London where he obtained a Certified Chef Degree. He also received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Nottingham.

He is well-versed in all aspects of the culinary world and prides himself on being the best in each. A great strength of Mark’s is developing teams that can learn and develop the very best in customer service and culinary skills. He is a firm believer that “hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.”

Luke began his career in the catering business. He has held multiple catering events for the University of Florida Athletic Association and prepared meals daily for the Delta Delta Delta sorority house near campus. Luke joined The Village in 2010 and quickly worked his way up to Sous Chef. In 2018, Luke assumed the position of Executive Chef where he is responsible for providing residents, family members and associates with more than 28,000 meals a month. Residents love Chef Luke for his creativity and passion for food.

Cheryl has been at The Village for nine years. She began her career as a server at Lake House and was promoted throughout the years to Supervisor, Dining Services Manager and then to her current position, Assisted Living Dining Services Manager. She has worked in every dining venue at The Village and now oversees Jasmine Point, Rose Court, Ivy Lane and Azalea Trace dining services.

Cheryl attended Blackhawk College in Moline, IL and has over 20 years of experience in the food service and hospitality industries. In her free time, one of her favorite hobbies is sailing, and she’s certified to sail boats up to 36 feet.

Kim has more than 25 years of experience in nursing and health care management. She served as the Jasmine Pointe Assisted Living Manager for over four years prior to her current position as the Director of Health Services. In her current role she has overall responsibility and accountability for The Village Vitality Program, The Village Private Duty Home Care Program and the Assisted Living and Memory Support neighborhoods. Kim has a passion for senior living as well as a dedication to ensure The Village provides exceptional and quality care in all aspects of Health Services provided within the community.

Before coming to The Village, Kim served for 12 years as the Director of Clinical Services at The Cardiac and Vascular Institute working to improve cardiac services brought to the Gainesville, Starke and Lake City areas.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Florida.

As Director of Assisted Living, Vickie has more than 20 years of nursing experience in both clinical and management roles. She served as Assisted Living Manager for over five years prior to her current positon. She oversees all Assisted Living neighborhoods by providing leadership and oversight of all clinical operations and strategic planning.

Before coming to The Village, Vickie served as a nurse for Senior Health Care centers and North Florida Regional Medical Center for 10 years. She has a passion for building relationships and providing quality services for our residents.

As Business Office Manager, Candice provides resident billing support; helps to ensure departmental purchasing and accounts payable compliance; oversees expenditures and preparation of annual budget; reviews financial qualifications of prospective residents; sets up accounts with new suppliers; and assists SFSL with tax reporting.

Candice has over 30 years of business office management experience. She graduated with her Associate’s degree from Santa Fe College.

Loretta has more than 20 years of progressive human resource management experience in all aspects of human resources, but has a primary focus on leadership development and coaching, strategic workforce planning, associate engagement, retention, talent management and talent acquisition.

Prior to working with The Village, Loretta worked in human resources as a Senior Manager of Human Resources for eight years at the corporate office of Chico’s FAS, Inc. and for 13 years in progressing leadership roles and ultimately, Director of Human Resources at Mitsubishi Corporation (Nexpak).

Loretta attended Marshall University and holds certification from the Senior Professional of Human Resources with the HRCI Institute and a SHRM-SCP certification (Senior Certified Professional) with the Society of Human Resource Management.

Josh has over 15 years of real estate and facility management experience with a background in real estate sales and management of large hospitality and religious properties. In his role as Facilities Manager, Josh oversees the maintenance and upkeep of the entire Village campus made up of one million square-feet throughout 60 buildings on the 104-acre campus. In addition, Josh is responsible for all facility-related capital improvements, long-range facility planning, campus safety and emergency procedures. He also serves on the SantaFe Senior Living Safety Committee.

Josh is a Gainesville native with deep roots in the community. He has served on the board of directors for Gainesville Harvest as well as Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. He has a passion for keeping the campus in top shape and creating environments to enhance the resident experience.

The Environmental Services team and Tasha are responsible for providing a clean and welcoming home to The Village’s current and future community members. The community provides daily housekeeping, carpet cleaning and laundry services along with a variety of special services by resident request.

Tasha received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Florida State University.  Professionally, she spent 10 years in various leadership roles within the YMCA. A few years ago, she began working in Environmental Services at North Florida Regional Medical Center and has since worked in three other hospitals, including UF Health. She is a hands-on manager and works closely with her team.