Meet the Team


Rhonda Despaux, Administrator

Rhonda enjoys her career with all her heart. She is fulfilled when she is giving care and compassion to Watermark’s seniors. Rhonda was born in New Orleans and relocated to Florida. She came to Watermark in April 2018 and has more than 30 years in the medical field ranging from home health care to behavioral health. She attended Okaloosa Community College and Wallace College in the Associates Nursing Program. She enjoys making a difference with Watermark’s seniors, and she hopes she brings joy and happiness with a bit of sunshine to all the residents. Rhonda loves to motivate and encourage them daily.


Shannon Pettus, Life Enrichment Director

Shannon has worked for Watermark since 2016 and was the activities director before becoming the Life Enrichment Director. Shannon loves her job because she loves her residents. She appreciates that the administration and Board of Directors’ biggest goal is to help residents remain active and independent for as long as possible. Shannon has a bachelor’s degree in Family Psychology and post baccalaureate work in Elementary Education. She spent several years working in education and ministry. Her time as a hospice chaplain and running activities in camps helped prepare her for her passion at Watermark. She tries to get to know each resident personally and in engages them in life where they are. She plans activities that involve as many residents in as many areas as possible. Shannon loves seeing their zeal and honesty about life, laughing with them every day and watching them form relationships that are like family.


Christy Richmond, Director of Nursing

Christy applies her 24 years of experience in healthcare to ensuring every resident of Watermark receives the best care possible. Her passion is senior living, and she is dedicated to providing exceptional care and customer service to every resident and their families. She attended Arkansas State University where she graduated with distinction as a Licensed Practical Nurse. As Director of Nursing at Watermark, Christy oversees the nursing care available to residents and makes sure every resident’s healthcare needs are met immediately. Additionally, Christy is responsible for maintaining Watermark’s compliance with state regulations and healthcare laws, managing nursing staff and keeping resident assessments updated. Christy takes great care of our seniors and provides invaluable peace of mind for their families.


2017 & 2018
Readers Choice Award Winner

Thank you for voting Watermark of Gulf Breeze as the Best Senior Living Community in Best in Pensacola 2018 with VIP Magazine and VIP Pensacola for the second year in a row!!