Meet the Team

A team whose passion is growing and equipping others to do remarkable things and lead significant and fulfilled lives.

 

Louis Garrard

Founder & Principal

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Louis Garrard entered the senior living space in 2008, partnering with development firms from Atlanta, GA, and Houston, TX. Since then, Mainstay Senior Living's scope has grown to multiple locations throughout the Southeast. Offerings include Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing communities. Louis' career spans over 20 years in the affordable housing industry focusing on secured investment opportunities for his investors. His definiteness of purpose was to create investment vehicles providing investors with a steady income stream, minimal risk, and predictable returns over the life of their investment. Louis has over 25 years of experience in the residential and commercial construction industry. He has a proven track record of adding value to projects through the process of financing, development, construction, and management. As a long time entrepreneur in the real estate and construction fields, Louis brings years of commercial development and financial management experience to Mainstay. He is a graduate of Florida Southern College and is married with three children.

 

Lori Garrard

Owner  |  Planning & Design

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Lori's compassion and giftedness to connect with people and resources make our communities successful. Lori's leadership assures an atmosphere of love, a culture of genuine care, and an atmosphere of gratitude for the seniors we serve. In addition to being a senior advocate, Lori's mission-focused drive is a guidepost for the growth of emotional intelligence and caretaking within each and every community. Lori is a graduate of the University of South Florida, College of Education.

 

Gilles Ouellette

CFO

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Gilles has more than 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, and auditing related to public and private real estate companies. Gilles’ experience includes companies such as Truststreet Properties, Inc., a publicly-traded REIT, and finance manager at CNL Restaurant Properties. 

 

John Ridenour

 

Vice President of Development

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John’s role is to evaluate real estate investment opportunities falling within Mainstay’s focused asset classes. John works with investors to understand their investment goals. Prior to joining Mainstay, John served as Senior VP of Equity Investment for Servant Investments, and VP of Sales at CNL Financial Group.

 

Cheryl Hyde

Director of Operations

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Cheryl leads administration teams for Mainstay operations, oversees licensing, third-party governing, and daily operations within our senior living communities. Cheryl has spent the last 15 years serving residents and their loved ones through multiple assisted livings. Cheryl is very compassionate when it comes to seniors. Cheryl is a graduate of Everglades University with a Bachelor degree in Alternative Medicine.

 

Dana Mercaldi

 

Director of Sales & Marketing 

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Dana leads our team of Family Advisors and directs the sales and marketing efforts for the portfolio. She has 20 years in experience in healthcare marketing and business development and excels in individual and group coaching for customer engagement and service. Dana is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Leadership and Marketing Degree.

 

Elizabeth Garrard

 

Digital & Social Media Specialist 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth is responsible for the creation and management of all aspects of digital design, social media platforms engagement, and print collateral design. Elizabeth graduated from Southeastern University, with a degree in Business Administration that compliments her creative and technological skills.

Additional Team Members 

KARRIE TOMS

DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL OPERATIONS &

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS FOR SKILLED NURSING 

Creates and maintains financial analytics and reporting. 

AMY GEIGER

HR & PAYROLL

Responsible for the employee compensation & benefit administration.

ALEX BUTKOWSKI

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

Ensures accurate and timely billing and receivables.

ROXANNE GARRARD

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Manages the timely response to invoices and receipts.  

TAMMY MCDONALD

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS 

Responsible for the over-site of our clinical operations.

THERESA RUTLEDGE

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

Ensures accurate and timely billing and receivables.

JENNIFER MONORE

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Manages the timely response to invoices and receipts.

ANGEL ORTIZ

CONSTRUCTION 

MANAGER

Responsible for new construction and community building projects.