Get to know our team.

Founded in 2004, The Marshes of Skidaway Island is a nonprofit retirement community professionally managed by Life Care Services®, an LCS® Company. As one of the nation’s leading and most progressive forces in the senior living management industry, LCS has over 40 years of experience managing more than 130 communities.

The Marshes of Skidaway Island is owned and sponsored by Skidaway Health and Living Services, Inc. (SHALSI), a Savannah-based nonprofit corporation. SHALSI is governed by a dedicated board of directors comprised of leaders from our local community.

Our management and leadership teams work closely with residents to ensure The Marshes of Skidaway Island provides services and amenities that exceed their expectations.

Amanda Elliott

Amanda Elliott

Executive Director

Amanda Elliott has been the executive director of The Marshes of Skidaway Island since June 2010. She began her career in 2005 with Life Care Services, the management company of The Marshes of Skidaway Island. Amanda is a graduate of Ohio University with degrees in long-term care administration and health services administration and a gerontology certificate. She also has a master’s degree in health administration. Amanda is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and the Alzheimer’s Association, and is a national and state member of LeadingAge. She’s a licensed nursing home administrator in Indiana, South Carolina and Georgia.

Amanda is originally from Ohio but has enjoyed living in Savannah with her husband Brandon and their two daughters, Caroline and Hannah, for the past several years.

Heather Kjelstad

Heather Kjelstad

Administrator

Heather Kjelstad is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, with a degree in health care administration. Heather has been an active member of the American College of Health Care Administrators since 2009 and was selected as a distinguished student by the Center for Health Care Administration and Aging Services Excellence.

Prior to starting with Life Care Services, Heather worked at Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington, a full-service continuing care retirement community that includes long-term, transitional and memory care services. Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington is one of 40 communities within the Presbyterian Homes and Services organization based in Minnesota. She started with Life Care Services in 2014, serving as the associate administrator of The Marshes of Skidaway Island. In June 2015, Heather became the administrator. Heather is a licensed nursing home administrator in the states of Minnesota and Georgia.

Heather comes from a large family with six sisters and is a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Wild sports teams. She enjoys the beach, volleyball, farmer’s markets, and all the wonderful culture and activities Savannah offers.

Lorna Carswell

Lorna Carswell

Director of Accounting

Lorna Carswell has been the accounting director of The Marshes of Skidaway Island since March 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has over 15 years of experience as accounting director for Life Plan Communities. Before she joined The Marshes of Skidaway Island, she worked as an accountant for a Life Plan Community in Galveston, Texas, and as a staff accountant for the Council on Aging in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lorna, her husband, Will, and their son, Christopher, moved from Texas to Savannah in 2005.

Amy Blevins

Amy Blevins

Director of Marketing and Sales

Amy Blevins is the director of marketing and sales for The Marshes of Skidaway Island. Originally from Michigan, she has enjoyed being a Savannah resident, living at The Landings for over 16 years.

Amy is a sales and marketing professional with 20 years’ experience in highly competitive service industries. She specializes in customer relationship building and staff leadership. She has served successfully in management positions with American Express and Wachovia Corp.

Amy married a Southern gentleman and has two children. Their daughter, Carmen, and her family live in South Carolina, while their son, Taylor, and his family live anywhere the U.S. Air Force needs an F-16 pilot.

Michael Reese

Michael Reese

Director of Food and Beverage

Michael Reese joined The Marshes of Skidaway Island in 2007 as the director of food and beverage. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University where he majored in accounting. Over the past 25 years, Michael has opened or renovated numerous hotels and restaurants. Additionally, he served on a food and beverage consulting team with an international hotel chain. In 2003, he formed a management consulting company, offering his hospitality and accounting skills to clients. He also serves as a consultant on the Corporate Resource Team, assisting other LCS communities.

Keith Cameron

Keith Cameron

Executive Chef

Keith Cameron is the executive chef at The Marshes of Skidaway Island. He’s originally from Pinehurst, North Carolina, and received his culinary arts degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

He has 18 years of culinary experience with four years at Pinehurst Country Club as the executive sous chef. He also has two years of experience at Belle Meade Continuing Care Retirement Community; three years at the National Golf Club as the executive chef; two years with his own restaurant, G-3 (Gourmet a Go-Go); and seven years at The Reserve Club Woodside Plantation as food and beverage director.

Keith is married to Lilia and has a daughter, Addison. He enjoys mountain biking and traveling. The chef continually aspires to bring new ideas and recipes to the table for our residents.

Mary Coombs

Mary Coombs

Director of Facility Operations

Mary Coombs joined The Marshes of Skidaway Island team in 2007 as an electrician. She was quickly promoted to maintenance supervisor, a role that prepared her well for her current role as director of facility operations where she oversees the maintenance department as well as landscaping and security.

Mary began her career at age 17 in the U.S. Army. In addition to 10 years of military service as a metal worker/machinist, she has 25 years of experience in the maintenance field. Mary holds an associate degree in industrial electrical technology and electrical construction and maintenance, as well as a certificate in technical writing. For as long as she can remember, Mary has had a passion for skilled trades and training.

Although Mary calls Hawaii home, she was born in New Jersey. Being part of a military family, she moved frequently as a child and as an adult. In her spare time, Mary enjoys beachcombing and seashell collecting. She is always on the hunt for that rare shell.

Terry Lee

Terry Lee

Director of Environmental Services

Terry Lee grew up in Augusta, Georgia, but Savannah was always her home away from home. It was an easy transition in 1998 to move to the Savannah area when her husband was offered a position with Atlantic Freight of Savannah.

Terry has had an extensive career in customer service, production scheduling and accounting. She started her career at The Marshes of Skidaway Island as the plant operations coordinator, later being promoted to director of environmental services. She loves working at The Marshes of Skidaway Island. She has often said she loves coming to work here so much that she can only imagine that living here is even more wonderful.

Terry has two children, seven beautiful grandchildren and one great-grandson. Life is busy, but when she has time, you’ll find her out on the golf course.

Michelle Rice

Michelle Rice

Director Community Life Services

Michelle Rice joined The Marshes of Skidaway Island in December 2014. She has been in hospitality management, including sales, catering and event management, for over 16 years. She has a degree in hotel and restaurant management. Michelle is passionate about genuine hospitality. She treasures relationships and enriching the lives of others through her work.

Michelle was raised on a farm in South Dakota where she loves to visit. Michelle and her husband, Christopher, have five smart and beautiful daughters. She enjoys traveling, movies, reading, arts and crafts, gardening and spending time with her family.

Marchel Fairchild

Marchel Fairchild

Director of Nursing

Marchel Fairchild has been working in long-term care for over 10 years and brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to her current position. She previously worked at Select Specialty Hospital in Savannah and was the assistant director of nursing at a continuing care retirement community in Hilton Head. She, her husband and their two sons have lived in Savannah for over 20 years.

Marchel received her nursing degree from Armstrong Atlantic University.

Chris Lee, RN

Chris Lee, RN

Director of Home Care

Chris Lee is a native of North Carolina but most recently resided in Hampton, Virginia, until she relocated to Savannah to marry her high school sweetheart. She has two grown sons and a daughter. Together, she and her husband Louie have five children, five grandchildren and a chocolate lab named Cocoa. They reside on Wilmington Island.

A registered nurse, she graduated from Wilson Community College in Wilson, North Carolina. Chris has a multifaceted nursing background that includes experience working in intensive care, critical care, public health, long-term care and marketing. She also has over 20 years of nursing and management experience in home health care and hospice. She holds certifications in public health, child health and home health care. Her passion is geriatrics.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, being out in this beautiful area boating, swimming, fishing and playing the guitar.

Angie Carroll

Angie Carroll

Director of Human Resources

Angie Carroll, a native of Savannah, Georgia, joined The Marshes of Skidaway Island in March 2016. Angie has been in human resources for over 20 years with experience in academia, retail, industrial distribution and health care industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in english from Armstrong State University.

Growing up in Savannah has given Angie a deep love for the coastal lifestyle. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, taking in the history of downtown Savannah, reading, spending time with her family and friends, and cheering on her beloved University of Georgia Bulldogs!

SHALSI Board of Directors

M. Wallace Smith has lived in Savannah for 14 years after retiring from Proctor & Gamble. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in marketing from Harvard University.

He joined Richardson Merrill, a pharmaceutical company, where he spent his career in marketing and general management, both domestic and international. He has served on numerous boards, including the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and the Chamber of Commerce. While president of the Latin American division, he was on a presidential commission dealing with U.S.-Latin American issues. In Savannah, he was a board member of The Landings Association, president and board member of The Landings Company, and has served on numerous other Landings committees.

Bobbi Thios moved to Savannah in 2010 from Granville, Ohio, after retiring from Kendal at Granville, a life care retirement community, where she served for 10 years as director of marketing and community relations. After retiring from Kendal at Granville, she continued to consult in marketing with the Kendal Corp., including serving 10 months as interim director of marketing for Collington, a Kendal affiliate in Maryland.

She began her professional work serving as a speech language pathologist in Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia, and in Granville, Ohio. Prior to her work in retirement living, she taught part time for 15 years in the communication department at Denison University. She also served in several management and leadership positions in rehabilitation and health care settings, including director of physical medicine and rehabilitation, vice president for community health, and vice president for development at Licking Memorial Health Systems in Newark, Ohio. She received a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, both in speech language pathology.

In Savannah, Bobbi is active at First Presbyterian Church, having served on the stewardship committee and currently serving on the congregational care committee and Back Pack Buddies Ministry. She and her husband, Sam, reside at The Landings. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Prior to his retirement in September 2009, Beau Anders was the KPMG LLP office’s managing partner-in-charge in Silicon Valley and the Western Area partner-in-charge of KPMG’s Transaction Services for five years. KPMG’s Silicon Valley office has over 750 employees, providing tax and advisory services to technology companies throughout the South Bay. In his managing partner role, Beau was responsible for all market-facing activities of the firm in Silicon Valley as well as providing direction and guidance in “making KPMG a great place to work and build your career.”

As Western-area partner-in-charge of KPMG’s Transaction Services practice, based in Mountain View, his focus was on high technology companies doing mergers and acquisitions. He provided due diligence and structuring advice to buyers as well as capital advisory services to early-stage middle-market companies. He joined KPMG in 1997 having spent 12 years in senior-level financial positions in industry with several public and private companies, including three start-ups. Prior to that, he worked in Philadelphia and London for 12 years with Price Waterhouse.

Beau’s extensive CFP experience included participation in two initial public offerings, completion of a three-way highly leveraged merger in the medical device industry and numerous acquisitions of products and businesses in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. This experience also included responsibility for raising more than $300 million in public and private debt and equity. He has participated in a wide variety of due diligence and transaction engagements, both from the company side and as a financial advisor. He has completed more than 100 due diligence engagements on high technology companies. In his various positions in the industry, in addition to his financial responsibilities, Beau has also directed the investor relations, human resources and legal departments in both public and private company environments.

Beau received a degree in accounting from Duke University. He is the former president of the board of trustees of the San Jose Repertory Theatre and a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He has spoken to a wide variety of students and groups of young professionals about leadership and taking risks. He currently lives with his wife on Skidaway Island where he is a member of the board of governors and treasurer of The Landings Club.

Kirby Mason is a partner in HunterMaclean’s litigation practice group with over 20 years of experience. She attended Whitman College and received two bachelor’s degrees before attending the University of Georgia School of Law. Kirby is licensed to practice in Georgia, South Carolina and Montana. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Savannah Bar Association and an elected board member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. Kirby has also served as a board member for Savannah’s Rape Crisis Center, the Boy Scouts of America and Hancock Day School; participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build; served on the Allocation Panel of United Way for several years; and participated in Leadership Savannah.

Tom Sayers is a partner in the law firm of Bart, Meyer & Company LLP and focuses his practice in the areas of corporate law; estate planning, estate and gift taxation; trust and estate administration; and the representation of trustees, executors and administrators. Tom has experience as a practicing CPA in public accounting, including the preparation of corporate and fiduciary income tax returns, as well as estate and gift tax returns and related issues. Tom graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law and received a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University. He has been listed as an “AV”-rated preeminent attorney since 2009. Tom has been selected as a Legal Elite by Georgia Trend magazine as a Top Attorney in Taxes, Estates and Trusts. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Savannah Bar Association (past chairman of the probate and estate planning section), Savannah Estate Planning Council, Georgia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a past board member of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Inc., Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island and Senior Citizens Inc. He currently serves on SHALSI’s finance committee.

David Grosse is retired from Procter & Gamble with 31 years of management responsibilities in U.S., European and Asian Engineering and Manufacturing operations. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and did postgraduate studies at the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration. He also taught for two years at a technical school in St. Louis, Missouri, and served four years of active duty in the U.S. Navy.

Emerson Ham Jr. was raised in Savannah and graduated from Emory University in 1960 and Emory University Medical School in 1964.

He completed an internship at the University of Florida teaching hospitals and then residency in neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

After completing training, he served in the U.S. Air Force at Wilford Teaching Hospital in San Antonio. He then returned to Savannah to establish a solo private practice that became the Neurologic Institute of Savannah. He retired in 2005.

He continues working part time for the Social Security Disability Administration as a neurologic consultant.

He and his wife, Mary, have two sons who live in Savannah and five grandchildren.

James Ruhl is retired from the pharmaceutical industry. He worked for Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert and Pharmacia & Upjohn. He was a consultant with Novartis, Adams Laboratories and Cardinal Health. His areas of expertise are sales and marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Detroit and a master’s degree in management from Aquinas College. James has been president of the Lansing-Waverly Rotary Club and a board member of the Morristown American Cancer Society.

Melissa Bouchillon is a resident of The Landings with her husband, Kelly, and four children. She is the resident director of the Merrill Lynch Skidaway Island Office. In addition to her responsibilities as resident director, she serves as a wealth management advisor working with families on their investment strategies and overall financial plans. Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and has her master’s in special education from the College of Charleston. Melissa is also a Certified Financial Planner™. She has volunteered as a board member for Park Place Outreach; served on the Allocation Panel for the United Way of Savannah; and is a volunteer for a medical mission, Faith In Practice, serving as a translator in Guatemala.

Michael Routhier has over 16 years’ experience in public accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant and partner in the Savannah, Georgia, CPA firm Coomer, Coomer & Routhier, P.C. His practice areas include tax planning and preparation of tax returns for individuals and various entities (estates, trusts, partnerships, corporations, nonprofits) from many industries. His focus areas include complex tax and accounting planning for large families and their related entities, physicians, auto dealerships, and other small- to medium-sized businesses. Other roles include supervision and preparation of audits, reviews and compilations. Michael is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA) and the Savannah Estate Planning Council. He currently serves on SHALSI’s finance committee.

Michael is a resident of The Landings along with his two children. He received his bachelor’s degree in management from Georgia Tech and his master’s degree in taxation from the University of South Carolina. He is also the board treasurer for Boy Scouts of America Troup 57 and coaches middle school basketball for Hancock Day School.

Jim Gainer is a Georgia native who graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University and graduated AOA from the Medical College of Georgia. After completing his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, Jim relocated to Savannah where he practiced cardiology for 34 years prior to retiring in 2015. His practice consisted of general diagnostic cardiology, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology with angioplasty and coronary stenting. He served as chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and as chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a fellow of the American Heart Association. He was a long-term board member of the Georgia Healthcare Partnership. He currently teaches cardiology to med students and residents at Memorial.

Mrs. King is a graduate of Georgia Southern University’s Nursing program and has spent most of her 30-year nursing career at Memorial Health in Critical Care. Currently she’s Memorial Health’s Critical Care Residency Coordinator and Clinician. She also serves as the SID (Serious Infectious Disease) Team Coordinator and Bioethics Nurse Liaison for Memorial Health. Mrs. King is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the local chapter (Greater Area Savannah) President. Savannah Tech has recognized her as a Community STAR for her patient care. In addition, Mrs. King is a past board member of the American Red Cross Southeast Division and actively works with the American Heart Association as an instructor.