Meet Our Team
Sam Guedouar, Executive Director
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.
Celeste Lynch, Director of Resident Services
Celeste J. Lynch is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), with a Master of Science Degree in Gerontology from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation from Slippery Rock University. She is a native of Pennsylvania and moved to Naples, FL in 2000. Celeste has worked in the senior living industry for over 30 years. She is a Dementia Specialist and has been published in several recreational therapy journals over the years. Celeste has a passion for working with older adults in order to assist them in enhancing their well-being.
Cookie Lam Flack, Director of Food and Beverage
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.
Edwin Maynard, Director of Plant Operations
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.
Samantha Pal, Director of Sales & Marketing
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.
David Kremer, Director, SantaFe Senior Living Foundation, Inc.
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.