Executive Director

Rick Watkins

Rick Watkins is an Army brat who grew up in many different places such as Germany, Georgia, Texas, Alabama and Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida and maintains a Florida Assisted Living Administrator certification along with his Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

Senior Director of Sales

Leslie Denino

Leslie Denino is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University. She has over 10 years of sales and marketing experience in the healthcare industry.

Director of Business Operations

Tara Hughes

Tara Hughes was raised in Liberty, Mississippi with her grandparents before spending some time in Jackson, Mississippi and eventually moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She studied accounting at Jackson State University and Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.

Director of Activities for Independent Living

Jordan Berry

Jordan Berry recently graduated from Mississippi College with a Master of Science in mental health counseling.

Director of Activities for Assisted Living

Verna Law

Verna Law is from Gonzales, Louisiana and she currently holds her bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from LSU.

Director of Dining Services

Peter Palisi

Chef Peter went to Culinary school at Walt Disney World for three years, while also working full time. He graduated as a Certified Culinarian.

Walk With Me Coordinator

Sandy Higgins

Sandy Higgins was raised in Slaughter, Louisiana and now lives in Denham Springs. She attended SWCC and Delta Community College.

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