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Who We Are

The Canterfield concept was originally created back in the 1980's by Winston Porter. The idea was to create a social model senior housing community that would look and feel like a hotel- not at all like an 'old folks home.' The first Canterfield was built by father and son team Winston and Allen Porter in Atlanta in 2013. The team succeeded in its goal to use its respective strengths in senior healthcare and the hospitality and luxury housing industries to create a senior living continuum that offers unsurpassed services and amenities backed by quality care services. Canterfield is managed by Canterfield Management run by Winston and Allen Porter.

 
Medical Development Corporation

Medical Development Corporation (“MDC”) was the precursur to Canterfield. MDC specializes in the development and management of senior housing and healthcare products. The Atlanta-based company was established in 1990 and has been active in the long-term care and senior retirement housing sector for the last 28 years. Its founder and Principal, Winston A. Porter, MDC and its predecessor companies have developed close to 1700 senior residential, assisted living and nursing home units. Currently the company is affiliated, owns, and/or manages seven properties including Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinics in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, all of which MDC was primary in their acquisition and development.

Canterfield Management

Canterfield Management is a firm that specializes in managing senior living residences. The company provides management oversight for communities in and around the Southeast. Additionally, they provide receivership services for banks in need. They are proud to be involved with Canterfield and are dedicated to providing residents with a gracious lifestyle within a continuum of care.

Our Directors

 

Cherie Hart

Executive Director

Cherie is a native of Georgia and has traveled extensively with her work. She attended Clayton State University with studies in Accounting and Business Management. Cherie began her career in Property Management and has her Florida Real Estate License along with CAM, CMCA and CPM. She later found her calling working with seniors and has been involved with Retirement Communities since. She obtained her Georgia License for Personal Care Home and Georgia Rules and Regulations. Then moved on to get her CORE and ECC training for Florida. She is also licensed in Louisiana. Cherie finds joy in making sure seniors have a quality of life and to really make a difference. On her time off, she finds solace in reading, writing poetry, playing the guitar and piano. She is close to her family and likes spending time with them as well.

Kenan Fleck

Financial Services Director

Kenan Fleck is a native of Tallahassee. She received her bachelor’s degree from Flagler College in Business Administration December of 2019, with dreams of making a difference in the Senior Community. Since entering the senior living industry in 2016, her passion for seniors grows more every day. Kenan joined the Canterfield of Tallahassee team in March of 2020 as the Financial Service Director. She strives to ensure all residents’ requests and suggestions are met in a timely manner as well as making sure our employees have the best work environment possible. When not at work, Kenan enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Chad going to sporting events, movies, taking their boat to the river and long walks.

Kelsie Merritt

Director of Activities

Kelsie received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Life Development from Florida State University. Through her studies, she gained a passion and love for the aging population. Kelsie also has a research background, having worked in a research lab during her time at FSU, and she uses this to provide engaging and evidence-backed activities. She began working at Canterfield in April of 2020 as the Concierge and then, through her passion for the residents, became the Director of Activities in December of 2020. She loves putting her creative skills to use by nurturing the needs of the residents. She provides both the Memory Care and Assisted Living residents with a variety of stimulating activities, but her favorite are themed parties and socials, games, and crafts! In her spare time, Kelsie loves to read, watch movies, and spend time with her family and pet cat, Kale! One fun fact about Kelsie is she is newly engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Jack, who is an officer in the US Army!

 

Kimberly Purser

Director of Marketing

Kimberly is a native of Long Beach, California and moved to Florida in the 90’s. She went to Cypress College and has an extensive background in sales and business communications. Kimberly’s enthusiasm for working closely with seniors is evident. She was close with her grandparents and helped with their care. She goes the extra mile in helping others with decisions for their loved ones. When not at work Kimberly enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is also very creative with crafts as well.

Fayetta Thomas

Director of Nursing

Fayetta is a native of Bainbridge, Georgia and has always had a heart for nursing. She is a daughter of a Pastor. When she was in the 3rd grade her father went through a trauma that caused him to have dementia early. This gave Fayetta an understanding of Dementia and Alzheimer’s and lead to her career as a nurse. She completed a year at Valdosta State University but returned home to care for parents. She then finished her Nursing Degree at Thomas Technical College in Thomasville, Georgia. With over 30 years of experience in all facets of nursing, she is a great asset to our community. She has compassion to care for others. She enjoys Bible Study, time with her grandchildren and planting flowers.

Priscilla Thomas

Resident Care Coordinator

Priscilla is a Florida native and grew up in Gretna, outside of Tallahassee. She studied at Thomas Jefferson University and Keiser College. She is a Certified Nursing Aide and Medication Technician. She has been working with seniors close to 25 years. Her love for the elderly came from being with her grandparents and taking care of them. Her passion is making sure the proper care is being given for every resident. Priscilla has extensive experience in the healthcare field, working at the local hospitals and skilled facilities as well as home health agencies. She enjoys shopping, cooking, exercising and spending time with her family.

 

Betsy Gingery

Executive Chef

Betsy is a Culinary Arts graduate from Capital Culinary here in Tallahassee. She has had a passion for cooking for as long as she can remember. Betsy has been the Chef for Saint Pauls United Methodist Church for over 16 years and also has had her own catering business for over 10. Her favorite food to cook is comfort food and classical French Cuisine. Betsy joined Canterfield of Tallahassee in April, 2019. She enjoys cooking for our residents and always tries to incorporate some of the resident’s favorite meals, while always keeping their nutritional needs in mind. In her free time, Betsy loves spending time with family and her pet dog Kamper. Fun fact about Betsy, she LOVES Snoopy!

Barry Daniels

Maintenance Director

Barry Daniels grew up in Slydell, Louisiana and attended Loyola University in New Orleans. He moved to Florida with his family in 1987. Barry is certified in A/C, plumbing, electrical, flooring and finishes with extensive experience. He was a business owner and has been involved with maintenance and construction for 35 years. He strives to do his best on each project he is given. Barry enjoys fishing, boating and anything outdoors.