About Our Team

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.

Cathy Phillips

Cathy Phillips

Administrator

Cathy Phillips started with The Marshes of Skidaway Island and Life Care Services, Inc. in 2019 as our Administrator. She is responsible for overseeing all health care services. Cathy is a graduate of Lindenwood University with a Baccalaureate Degree in Health Care Administration. She has been serving the senior population since 1995 in different capacities, including physical therapy, pharmaceutical services, and as a skilled nursing administrator.

She has served on the Long-Term Board for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and presented several times as a panel speaker. Cathy has a passion for dementia and is certified in Cognition Stimulation Therapy and is a Certified Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator.

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.

Gaye Rountree

Gaye Rountree

Director of Administrative Services

Gaye has worked at The Marshes of Skidaway Island since 2013, first as concierge, then as office manager, before being promoted to director of administrative services in 2021. Gaye provides support for the executive director while also assisting other department directors as needed. She also serves as corporate compliance officer and maintains records for the board of directors.

Growing up as a third culture kid in the Philippines where her parents served as missionaries and theological educators, Gaye never thought of her life as anything out of the ordinary. Looking back, she sees that what seemed like a normal, everyday life actually afforded her the opportunity to see many parts of the world and influenced how she currently views the world with its many diverse cultures and all its wonders.

Gaye returned to the U.S. for college and received her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in Atlanta and her Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. She and her family moved from Louisville to Savannah in 2001 to be closer to family. Before joining The Marshes, Gaye worked part time for United Ministries of Savannah, volunteered teaching English as a second language and served in various PTA positions.

Erin Garletts

Erin Garletts

Director of Community Life Services

Erin joined The Marshes of Skidaway Island team in June 2018 as director of community life services. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she majored in speech communications and sociology. After college, she was a catering sales manager for Westin Resorts, and served as executive director for Capitol Coast Consulting, where she was a political fundraiser for Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter. At the end of that campaign, she transitioned to a job at The Landings Club as a catering sales manager.

Erin and her husband Scott love spending time with their four children: Briggs, 10; Sydney, 12; Kade, 14; and Kelsey, 20. Erin’s passions include spending time on the water, music, singing, theater and travel.

Terry Lee

Terry Lee

Director of Environmental Services

Terry Lee grew up in Augusta, GA, but Savannah has always been 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 plant operations coordinator, and was later promoted to director of environmental services. She is also on the Life Care Services resource team for Environmental Services. She loves working at The Marshes of Skidaway Island. She has often said she loves coming to work here so much, she can only imagine that living here is even more wonderful.

Terry has two children and seven beautiful grandchildren. Life is busy, but when she has time, you’ll find her out on the beach with her toes in the sand and a book in her hand!

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, in which she oversees the maintenance department and home renovations, as well as landscaping and security.

For as long as she can remember, Mary has had a passion for skilled trades and training. She began her career at age 17 in the U.S. Army, and spent 10 years as a welder/machinist, SSG, In addition, she has 30 years of experience in the construction and maintenance fields. Mary holds an associate degree in industrial electrical technology and electrical construction and maintenance, as well as numerous certificates in specific technical processes.

Although Mary calls Hawaii home, she was born in New Jersey. As 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.

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.

Kimberly Gregory, RN

Kimberly Gregory, RN

Director of Home Care

Kimberly was raised in Moultrie, Ga (home of the Colquitt County Packers). She joined the Army thirteen days after graduating high school. She enjoyed over 20 years of active service serving in locations across the U.S and internationally. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville while serving on active duty. Her army nursing experience ranges from trauma nurse in Afghanistan to labor and delivery nurse at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and Winn Army Community hospital at Ft. Stewart. Since retiring from the Army, she has also worked in hospice and home health care.

Kimberly lives with her husband Omar, and three children (Kimaya, Omarion, and Kimani) in Richmond Hill. Her interests include traveling, reading and making various crafts.

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!

Paula Foss

Paula Foss

Director of Nursing

Paula Foss joined The Marshes of Skidaway Island team in January 2021 as unit supervisor at The Oaks. Shortly thereafter, she accepted the position of director of nursing. She brings with her 10 years’ experience in long-term care. She began her career as a women’s and children’s nurse in Long Island, N.Y., subsequently moving to New Hampshire and Florida, and finally settling in Savannah. While in Florida, Paula transitioned to long-term care.

Paula and her husband fell in love with Savannah on their honeymoon in 2013 and vowed they would move here someday. That someday came in October 2019 when they moved from Florida to their now forever home here in Savannah.

Paula has three children: Carl, Michael and Hannah. Her daughter Hannah and son-in-law Trevor followed the family to Savannah and are expecting their first child and Paula’s first grandchild.

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.

Lauren Dutko

Lauren Dutko

Health and Wellness Navigator

Lauren Dutko joined The Marshes of Skidaway Island in March 2019 as health and wellness navigator. She received her Bachelor of Psychology, Master of Social Work and certificate in gerontology from the University of Georgia. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified advanced social work case manager and a certified grief counseling specialist.

Since 1993, Lauren has enjoyed working in diverse medical and health care settings, ranging from Washington, D.C., to Africa. One of the most unique and memorable experiences was her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa.

Lauren lives with her husband and daughter on Wilmington Island, GA. They love the beach and traveling.

SHALSI Board of Directors

Chuck Koepke retired to Savannah in 2000 following a 32-year career in the international energy business, with senior management roles in Chicago, Houston and Cairo, Egypt.  Since then, he has been an active volunteer, serving in leadership positions for the Landings Club and other Landings community organizations, the Rotary Club and Episcopal Church on Skidaway Island, and the Mediation Center of Savannah.  He has been on the board of The Marshes since 2018, previously serving as Treasurer.

He and his wife, Ann, delight in spending time with their three children and five pre-teen grandchildren spread across the U.S.  Chuck enjoys golf, racquet sports, fly fishing and bridge.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Bill Sterritt was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up outside of Buffalo, in Lockport.  He went to College at the University of Maine where he received a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s in Pulp & Paper Technology in 1958.  He married Sharon Scheffer from Lockport in 1957. They have four children, 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Bill served in the US Army – Chemical Corp.  Upon leaving the Army, he worked for Scott Paper Company for 33 years in Sales, Product Development, Manufacturing, Planning, Finance and Human Resources.  He retired from Scott in 1991 and went to work for James River Corporation as Vice President Southern Operations.  During his working career, he and his family lived in Everett, WA, Mobile, AL, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Boston, MA, Muskegon, MI, and Meridian, MS.

In 1995, Bill and Sharon moved to The Landings and built their 11th house.  Since living at The Landings, he has served on several committees.  In addition, he has had experience serving on a variety of boards, including Leadership Mobile, Mobile Children’s Museum, Pierce Junior College, Council for Experiential Learning, Brunswick Pulp Company and The Landings Club BOGs.  Bill has been on the SHALSI since 2018.

Robert McGuirk is a partner and tax attorney in the law firm of HunterMaclean and specializes in business taxation, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures; state and local, international, corporate, non-profit and partnership tax.  Rob has over  25 years of experience working in private industry, for national accounting firms and law firms.  He also is a certified public accountant.  Rob is a graduate of New York University School of Law where he received a juris doctor and LL.M. in tax, and he is a graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rutgers University.  He is licensed to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey and Georgia, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Rob joined the SHALSI Board in 2020.

Rob lives on Skidaway Island in The Landings with his wife Peggy and his two sons, Daniel and Theodore.  He also serves on the board of directors of Inspire Savannah, which is an organizer of the annual TedX talks in Savannah.

Martin Walsh worked in sales, marketing and general management in the automobile and communications industries.  He was employed by General Motors and by The Interpublic Group.  IPG is a provider of advertising, marketing, and media in the major world markets.  Martin had executive positions in the US, Canada and Central America.  Corporate board positions were held in Mexico and Grand Cayman.  He is a citizen of the US and Canada.

In retirement, Martin has been active on Landings Club Board committees, serving from 2013 until present.  He was board member, Chairman and CEO of The Landings Company.  Outside the Landings he volunteers at The UGA Marine Education Center, at St. James Catholic Church, and as a L.O.V.E. mentor.  Martin became a SHALSI Board member in 2020.

He graduated from Western University in London, Canada with BA and MBA degrees.  He also is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard School of Business, in Cambridge, MA.

Martin and his wife, Joan, have a daughter and son. They each have two children, and they live in California and Wisconsin.

James Gainer is a Georgia native.  He 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, he located 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.  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 participates in the teaching of Cardiology to med students and residents at Memorial.  He had been on the SHALSI Board since 2016.

Susan Helms graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an Advanced Professional Degree from the University of Maryland. She practiced nursing for 43 years in various positions including Pediatric Nursing, Nurse Educator/Instructor, Certified Diabetes Educator and Patient/Staff Educator in a hospital setting. She founded the Frederick County Maryland Chapter of the American Diabetes Association and served on the Duke University School of Nursing Advisory Board. Presently she volunteers at Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Department and serves on the One Hundred Children’s Foundation Board. She, also, enjoys assisting her husband, Dean, delivering Meals on Wheels.  Susan was elected to the SHALSI Board in 2021.

Susan and Dean have three sons, three daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.

Sarah Lamar is a partner with the Savannah, GA law firm of HunterMaclean where she practices in the area of employment law. She received her B.A. degree from Yale University and her J.D. degree from Emory University. Sarah has been named as one of the “Best Lawyers” in Labor and Employment Law and a Georgia Super Lawyer. She is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell and listed in the highly competitive Chambers USA legal directory. Sarah is a past chair of ALFA International, a global legal networking organization. She is also a past chair of Visit Savannah, Savannah’s destination marketing organization, and has served on a number of non-profit boards in Savannah. Sarah lives in Ardsley Park with her husband Scott and their three teenage sons.  Sarah joined the SHALSI Board in 2021.

Vicki McElreath is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Accounting.  She has had extensive experience in the world of finance, serving clients such as Bank of America, BB&T, World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of NY as well as various regional and community banks and private equity and venture capital funds.

Vicki believes in serving her community and has worked with various organizations such as the Charlotte Community Endowment for the Arts, Forum for Corporate Conscience, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Children and Family Services, as well as mentoring through various programs dedicated to the advancement of women and minorities.  She has served on various boards including The Landings Club, United Way of Central Carolinas, Piedmont Natural Gas, Savannah Music Festival, RBC Bank (USA), Hatteras Financial Corp., Critz Motors, Inc., and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  Vicki has served on the SHALSI Board since 2018.

An avid golfer, Vicki is a golf fan who enjoys travel, music, tennis and pickle ball.

Michael Routhier has over 15 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, non-profits) 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 joined the SHALSI Board in 2016.  He currently serves on SHALSI’s Finance Committee.

Michael is a resident of The Landings along with his two children.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech and his Master of 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.

Molly McGinnis Sisson has been in the Financial Services Industry for more than 26 years and is now employed with Sound View Wealth Advisors where she serves as a Senior Relationship Manager, specializing in Trust & Fiduciary Services for her clients.  She has successfully completed Canon Financial Institute’s Trust School (I, II & III), holds the Series 7 & 66 licenses through FINRA and has held the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation through the American Bankers’ Association.  Since 2007 she has served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center, Past President & 15-year member of the Statesboro Kiwanis Club, a recipient of the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award, a past Board member of The Tyson Foundation and advisory committee Board of the GSU Zach Henderson Library, and now on the SHALSI Board, elected in 2021.

Tom Souls worked in the international energy industry for 30 years in senior management positions in transportation, marketing, retail, manufacturing and strategy functions for ConocoPhillips.  A native New Englander, he moved 15 times to live across the U.S.A., England and Moscow before retiring to The Landings in 2010.  He is a graduate of Northeastern University with a BS in civil engineering and did post-graduate work at The London School of Economics.

In retirement, Tom has served on the Board of The Landings Club and committees of The Landings Association.  While on the Club Board, he led the successful project of building the new Marshwood clubhouse, The Deck at Franklin Creek and expansion of the Oakridge Wellness Center. Tom joined the SHALSI Board in 2021.

Tom and his wife, Sue, have 2 children and 1 grandson in Boston and California.

Barbara (Bobbi) Thios moved to Savannah in 2010 from Granville, OH after retiring from Kendal at Granville, (a life care continuing 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 Corporation including serving for 10 months as Interim Director of Marketing for Collington, a Kendal Affiliate in Maryland.

Bobbi began her professional work serving as a speech language pathologist in Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA and Granville, OH.  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 healthcare settings including Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vice President for Community Health and Vice President for Development at Licking Memorial Health Systems, Newark, OH.   She received a B.S. 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 serves 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. Bobbi has been a SHALSI Board member since 2016.