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Meet the Team

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Tammy Parsons, Administrator

While in the Army, Tammy was given the opportunity to attend the nursing program. Upon retiring, she has had many opportunities in a range of medical settings. Her favorite experience has been working in long-term and dementia care. In 2014, Tammy joined Watermark as a nurse. Then, she was promoted to Director of Nursing and eventually named Administrator. Her dedication to the residents, families and staff is evident in the day-to-day management of the Facility. Tammy enjoys working with the elderly and continually learns life lessons from their daily interactions of living in the moment and always being in the present.

Favorite band: I love all music!

Favorite movie: Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman

Favorite way to spend free time: Going to the beach or the river, working in my yard, spending time with friends and family

What sets The Watermark of Gulf Breeze apart? We are personal. Our residents become like family. We provide a homelike environment.


Rhonda Despaux, Executive Marketing Director

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.

Favorite band: I love them all!

Favorite song: Dancing in the Moonlight

Favorite movie: Beauty and the Beast

Favorite way to spend free time: With all my family watching our favorite movies.

What sets The Watermark of Gulf Breeze apart? Our residents’ zest for staying active and the awesome relationships they are building day by day.


Holly Whitted, Activities Director

As a small business owner, Holly discovered her passion for helping seniors. She has spent the past five years helping elderly neighbors around the house with cleaning and errands and has loved every minute of it. She brings the same sense of purpose to her role here at Watermark, radiating a true sense of excitement for each and every activity planned, as well as a genuine desire to connect with all of the residents in the community. Holly attended UAM on a scholarship and has also coached basketball for the Pensacola Salvation Army for over four years.

Favorite band: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite song: Killing Me Softly by The Fugees

Favorite movie: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Favorite way to spend free time: With my two kids, Aniah and Christian, and coaching basketball

What sets The Watermark of Gulf Breeze apart? The freedom we have within our activities department to get our residents involved and engaged with others to keep them active!


Julie Runnels, Office Assistant

Julie was born and raised in Mississippi and relocated to Florida for a fresh start. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and dog, Paris. Julie captured our attention with her bright personality and sweet disposition. She is always smiling and helping residents around the community. She is far more than an office assistant, going above and beyond for everyone who walks through the door. Families, residents, staff and visitors adore Julie and feel comfortable speaking with her on a personal level. She is the first face you see, and she puts everyone at ease with her nurturing demeanor. Her willingness to tackle any task and be by everyone's side has made her role in the community a special one.

Favorite band: Shinedown

Favorite song: State of My Head

Favorite movie: Wrong Turn

Favorite way to spend free time: I love hanging out with my friends and family.

What sets The Watermark of Gulf Breeze apart? Our residents and their families, the caring staff, and the home-like environment.


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!!