Chief Executive Officer
Coming from the Midwest at an early age, Doug graduated from Dunedin High School and then the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Following his love for designing, decorating and building, Doug’s first career spanned twenty years and three businesses in construction and manufacturing.
In 1989, he found his passion as Director of Sales and Marketing of St. Mark Village. He fell in love with the community his father founded ten years earlier.
In January of 2013, Doug was asked to step up to the position of Chief Executive Officer. He is excited to serve the 600 Resident Members and 300 Staff Members as he moves the company forward following his father’s dream and mission.
Chief Marketing Officer
Carla graduated from Miami University with a degree in Communication, Theatre, and Arts Management. After many years living and working in New York City, she moved to Florida looking for a change, and what she found at St. Mark Village was life changing. Her journey to St. Mark started as a volunteer at a nearby Skilled Nursing Facility, which soon led to a position as the Life Enrichment Director at an Assisted Living Facility. This ALF was acquired by St. Mark in 1990, and Carla realized she had finally found a home. She was very, very fortunate initially to spend most of her time in the Care Centers learning as much as she could from the Residents and staff, who so lovingly supported and cared for each other.
In 1997, she was honored to be asked to join the Sales and Marketing team. Currently, as Chief Marketing Officer, her goals are to help prospective Residents feel, understand, and embrace the warmth and caring that IS St. Mark Village and to ensure that St. Mark will continue for many more generations to come. She hopes you will find your new home here, joining our extended family of friends, who make St. Mark Village such a special place.
Chief Financial Officer
Cynthia joined the management team at St. Mark Village in March 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer. She is originally from Kansas and moved to Florida in 2000 with her husband and two daughters. Cynthia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She has worked in accounting and business management for the Senior Living and Healthcare industries since college including biomedical manufacturing, home health, physician practices, skilled nursing and long term care facilities, and Independent and Assisted living communities. “I have known about St. Mark Village and the great reputation in the community for several years and I am excited to have found my way here. Since my first day, the residents and staff have welcomed me warmly – just like I was already part of the family.”
Chief Culinary Officer
Huseyin earned his culinary degrees in both Holland and Turkey. He is a proud Army Veteran of Special Forces, speaks five languages and a successful entrepreneur of five restaurants. While operating two Mediterranean restaurants in Holland, he met his wife Dee (who also works at St. Mark as our Community Relations Marketer) and soon moved to the States. Huseyin became a proprietor of three more restaurants then discovered his calling in the healthcare industry. His goal was to elevate the dining experience to a restaurant level. He has achieved great success in 28 different communities as Southeast Divisional Dining Director which awarded him “Best Division” in the United States.
When Huseyin isn’t in the kitchen, he is spending time with his wife and three children or traveling to Europe to visit family.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Lisa, originally from New York City, has worked in the Senior Living Industry in Florida for over 25 years, where she held managerial marketing positions at HCR/Manor Care, Marriott Senior Living Services, The Sage Company and St. Mark Village. In addition, Lisa expanded her horizons when she took on the role of regional and divisional marketing manager at The Little Clinic, where she was responsible for Grass Roots marketing, business development, and customer service initiatives and training for Nurse Practitioners. After 5 years of traveling in that role, Lisa returned home to St. Mark Village in 2013 as the Sales Manager – now the Director of Sales and Marketing.
“I am so grateful to be a part of the St. Mark Village team and find it so gratifying to be able to walk families through the process of change by helping them discover a second retirement. I can’t really call this a job, it is my passion and I am exactly where I am supposed to be.”
Highland Lakes Administrator
Sheila received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois in 1988 where she double majored in Community Health Administration and Health Education. During her career, she has worked in a variety of roles throughout the healthcare spectrum including managing group homes for the disabled, coordinating social services for hospital transitional care units and skilled nursing facilities as well as a strong focus on operations and sales for assisted living communities. As past chapter president of the Florida Assisted Living Affiliation, she advocated for elder care and legislative changes while supporting professionals who worked in the assisted living industry. She brings her passion for helping seniors and her many years of healthcare experience to her role of Assisted Living Administrator for the Highland Lakes community. Her focus is on providing seniors with superior care and service that will give their loved ones peace of mind.
Community Relations Manager
Dee graduated from Michigan with a degree in Business Management and is also a Licensed Assisted Living Administrator. Dee has over 20 years of experience in the Senior Living Industry and has vast experience working with the elderly in various roles including Regional, Executive and Marketing Director. As a Certified Trainer she opened her own health club while living in Europe. Dee is involved in several Charitable Organizations in her community as she serves on the Board of Directors for Helen Ellis Memorial Foundation/Florida N. Pinellas Hospital, Rotary, GFWC Woman’s Club, Chamber of Commerce and others. Dee is proud to represent the caring community of St. Mark Village.
Resident Services Director
Karla has worked in the health care industry for over twenty years locally in the Tampa Bay area. Karla received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University, and earned an MBA from University of Phoenix, a Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Care Management from the University of Florida, is a Life Story Training graduate, earned an essentiALZ® Plus Dementia Advanced Care Certification. Karla is an active member of the Aging Life Care Association, Better Living for Seniors, and American Society on Aging. Karla also proudly serves in an appointed position as Chair of the Dunedin Committee on Aging.