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 Edwards

Erin Edwards

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!

Colleen Edwards

Colleen Edwards

Director of Sales and Marketing

Colleen Edwards joined The Marshes of Skidaway Island as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2021 bringing with her outstanding leadership experience from her time working within companies like Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Auberge, and Club Corporation of America. With over 20 years of experience managing sales and marketing efforts, Colleen is passionate about amplifying brand messaging through cohesive customer experiences. Her in-depth marketing background led her to develop top-notch teams and uncover opportunities that deliver an integrated multi-channel customer experience.

Originally from Ohio, Colleen is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Colleen lived on Skidaway Island in the past and is thrilled to be back with her husband Mark, their daughter, Savannah Marie, and their two, four-legged, furry children, Lola, and Beau! While Colleen has lived in many beautiful places, she has always maintained that Savannah, particularly Skidaway Island, is the most magical place on earth!

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

Charles (Chuck) Koepke headshotChuck 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.

Martin Walsh headshotMartin 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.

Molly Sisson headshotMolly McGinnis Lanier 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.

Susan Helms headshot 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 J. Lamar headshotSarah 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 Wilson McElreath headshotVicki 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.

Thomas E. Souls headshotTom 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.

Adam is passionate about improving healthcare in our communities.  Over the past 15 years he has focused on increasing access to, and quality of, care while reducing administrative burdens and costs.  He currently serves as COO of Professional Credentials Exchange, a digital network for collaborative credentialing.

Adam is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and the Savannah Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of The Year program.  He also serves on the Finance Committee of The Landings Club.  His volunteer work also includes serving as Chairman of the Terry College of Business’ Young Alumni Board and serving on the Board of Directors of Alpha Epsilon Pi.

Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in business from the University of Georgia.  He is also a Leonard Leadership Scholar having earned a certificate in personal and organizational leadership from the Institute for Leadership Advancement at UGA.  Adam also holds a certificate in non-profit board management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

Adam lives on Skidaway Island with his wife and two sons.  He joined the SHALSI board in 2022.

Kent Urness retired to The Landings in 2005 following a 34-year career with St Paul Companies which is now part of The Travelers.  Kent had senior management roles in St Paul, MN before leading the International business from London, England.  The international operations included responsibility for Lloyd’s of London as well as operations in Canada, UK, Spain, and Ireland.  Since retirement he has been a board member of One Beacon Insurance for eleven years in which he has served as the chairman of the audit committee.

Kent and his wife, Liz, are 8-month residents of Savannah.  During the four summer months they live in Minnesota where they spend time with their two children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Kent is an avid golfer, reader and traveler.  Kent holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Minnesota State University and is a member of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. Kent joined the SHALSI Board in 2022.

Mr. Grosse is retired from the Procter & Gamble Co. with 31 years of management responsibilities in US, European and Asia Engineering and Manufacturing operations. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and did post graduate 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 active duty in the US Navy.

Becky Keightley retired from Memorial Health as chief Communications Officer. In that role she provided executive leadership for several key areas including corporate communications and marketing, government relations, physician sales, community outreach, ethics, and several other departments.

Becky currently serves on the boards of Senior Citizens, Inc, and Junior Achievement. She has served on the boards of Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Junior League of Savannah, CASA, Royce Learning Center, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and other local boards.

Becky and her husband live at The Landings and enjoy the many outside activities there as well as traveling and spending time with their two children and four grandchildren.

Becky joined the SHALSI Board in 2022.

William Darden has been a resident of Savannah since 1983.  He graduated with Honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1973) and graduated AOA from The University of Tennessee Medical School, Memphis (1976).  He served as his medical school class president from 1974-76.  He completed a residency in general surgery and a vascular surgery fellowship from Emory (Atlanta) in 1983 before moving to Savannah to practice general surgery from 1983 – 2014.  He has practiced vascular surgery with The Savannah Vascular Institute since 2014.  He is a Fellow of the  American College of Surgeons and has served as chairman of the Committee on Applicants for District 3 Georgia for the College.  He served as chief of surgery of St. Joseph’s/Candler system and as president of the Georgia Medical Society (Chatham) in 2013 and 2022.  He has served as a delegate for the Medical Association of Georgia.  He has been a surgical volunteer with Faith in Practice (Houston) in Guatemala since 1998.  He is a new member of the board as of 2022.

He lives on Isle of Hope with his wife, Janet, who is a registered pharmacist.

Jesse Ruben grew up in the Boston area.  After graduating with a business degree from Bentley University, Jesse started his professional career at The Gillette Company in Boston where he worked for over 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility. After P&G’s acquisition of Gillette, Jesse and his family moved to The Landings and Jesse took the position of Director of Finance for Net Jets International, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, where he worked for 5 years.

When the Director of Finance position at The Landings Club became available, it was too good to be true!  He has served in that role for now 12 years and is excited to learn something new about a community he is passionate about.

Jesse Ruben has been a resident of The Landings since 2005.    He and his wife Degi, who is a native to Savannah, have two children that are currently 17 and 13 years old. Jesse joined the SHALSI Board in 2022.