Meet Our Team
Sam Guedouar is the executive director for The Terraces at Bonita Springs. Prior to joining The Terraces in January 2018, Mr. Guedouar served as the executive director for The Amsterdam at Harborside, a CCRC in Port Washington, New York. Preceding his profession in the health care industry, Mr. Guedouar held a long career in hospitality, serving as the general manager to numerous upscale and luxury hotels throughout the United States. Mr. Guedouar holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Utica College, a bachelor’s degree in community and health services from the State University of New York, several certifications in hotel and restaurant management from Northeastern University in Boston, and a degree in hospitality and tourism from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. As a language enthusiast, Mr. Guedouar also speaks five languages at varying levels of fluency.
As the director of dining services, Cookie’s goal is to create a memorable dining experience for our residents, family members and guests. Cookie brings more than 30 years of food service and hospitality experience to The Terraces and has an extensive background in marketing, catering and as an independent restaurant owner in her home town of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Before relocating to Southwest Florida, Cookie graduated with her degree in business management and served as a member of the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. Cookie’s commitment and desire to provide the ultimate experience is marked by her knowledge of hospitality and ability to build a service-driven team.
A veteran of Southwest Florida’s culinary community since 2005, Chef Martin oversees a 20-person staff to provide residents with a delicious variety of flavorful, unique and healthy menus from around the world. Following his professional training in Cuba and Costa Rica, Chef Martin became a teacher himself, including tenure at Sylvan International University Red in Costa Rica where he worked with a team of instructors from Le Cordon Bleu School. In Southwest Florida, he has worked at several area restaurants and senior living communities. With special events, themed dinners and wine pairing events taking place throughout the year, Chef Martin plans his menus well in advance, paying attention to every detail from the freshest ingredients to spectacular presentation.
As the director of lifestyles for The Terraces, Dana’s energy, leadership skills and fun personality help to create a positive and engaging environment within the community. Her focus is not just on fitness and physical health, but on the overall mental and social well-being for both our residents and our team. Before moving to Southwest Florida to be closer to her family, Dana led a distinguished 20+ year career in Women’s Division 1 college basketball as the coach at Providence University, Wichita State and the University of Illinois. Dana played basketball at Penn State University and professionally in the Women’s European Basketball League in Karlsruhe, Germany. Prior to joining The Terraces, Dana held multiple positions within the senior living industry, including executive director and director of life enrichment.
An Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from The University of Toledo/Medical College of Ohio, Tina has served Southwest Florida’s senior population for the past 14 years. She expanded her knowledge in providing excellent geriatric nursing care as a registered nurse working in North Carolina for six years. Her leadership and management skills quickly advanced her to lead positions in both skilled nursing and assisted living communities. She has since served as the director of care services in several assisted living communities as well as communities focused in caring for individuals with dementia. Tina joined the team at The Terraces in June 2016 with the responsibility of managing assisted living and memory support.
As the director of plant operations, Edwin maintains the building, grounds, security and mechanical assets of the community. Edwin was raised in Puerto Rico and completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration before settling down in the United States. He brings over 20 years of hospitality experience to The Terraces and has spent the majority of his career in the hotel and lodging industry. Edwin is proud to be part of the team who opened The Terraces in 2013. He is passionate about enriching the lives of our residents through positive and memorable experiences within the community.
As the human resources manager, Brielle provides overall administration and coordination of employee relations, payroll, benefits and training for The Terraces associates. She brings with her knowledge and experience from a variety of industries, including research and development, medical billing, health care staffing and retail. Brielle was born and raised in Clearwater and moved to Fort Myers to attend Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). She graduated from FGCU with a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in human resources.
An Illinois native with a Bachelor’s of Science from Southern Illinois University, Sam has served Southwest Florida’s senior population for nearly 20 years. She is an established leader in her field – achieving major milestones in property occupancy; developing and facilitating sales training programs; and overseeing pre-construction operations for new Florida properties. Sam has been a member of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) Executive Roundtable and has served on many other local professional committees. An involved and active member of the community, she belongs to the Bonita Springs Rotary Club and the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and participates in many charitable events, including those presented by the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida, the Alzheimer’s Support Network and many more.
Jenna is the senior living counselor for independent living at The Terraces and joined the community pre-construction in 2009. In her role, she helps prospective residents secure their future with Life Care and enjoys getting to know each and every resident. Prior to senior living, Jenna worked in marketing within the jewelry industry. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a minor in marketing from the University of Central Florida.
Ashley is the senior living counselor for assisted living and memory support at The Terraces. Ashley started her journey in senior living as a certified nursing assistant. She knew then that working with seniors was a passion of hers and has been in the field ever since. Born and raised in Michigan, Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University. During her time at Central Michigan University, Ashley completed an internship at the Walt Disney World Resort at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She grew very fond of sunny Florida and could not wait to return. Ashley relocated to Florida upon graduation and has since been part of the opening team at two senior living communities in Southwest Florida. Ashley enjoys the opportunity to connect with residents and their families. She looks forward to welcoming each and every resident that chooses The Terraces as his/her home.
David previously served as executive director of the St. Camillus Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 15 years. He formed active planned giving committees and worked with volunteers to secure support for those in assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support, ultimately raising $16 million to help seniors. He has worked as a volunteer, committee member and board member for local chapters of both the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and was president of the Southeast Wisconsin chapter of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.