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Meet the Team

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Tammy Parsons, Director of Nursing

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. Her dedication to the residents, families and staff is evident in the day-to-day management of the Nursing Department. 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.

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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.

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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.

Favorite band: Patsy Cline

Favorite song: Amazing Grace

Favorite movie: Princess Diaries 2

Favorite way to spend free time: Watching movies, kayaking, going to festivals, spending time with my puppy, traveling.

What sets The Watermark of Gulf Breeze apart? We are such an active community! We are large enough to offer many amenities, yet small enough to really get to know our residents.

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Casey Howell, LPN

Casey loves working at The Watermark because it gives her a chance to enrich the lives of the elderly and take care of them in their later years. Casey finds this work very fulfilling. As a former hair stylist, she loves helping residents style their hair. She always tries to take the time to listen to her residents if they have a problem or they just want to talk. Hearing their stories of their past years and understanding all they have been through is a learning experience for Casey. Casey worked as an LPN at an urgent care for 5 years right out of nursing school. She then worked at a urology practice and had a short stint as an LPN at a prison before joining The Watermark team. She graduated from Faulkner State Community College with an Associate’s degree in Science and then completed LPN school.

Favorite band: Anything from the 80s or 90. I love all music.

Favorite song: State of My Head

Favorite movie: The Wizard of Oz. I have seen it 400 times.

Favorite way to spend free time: I go to the beach, casino or bike riding.

What sets The Watermark of Gulf Breeze apart? The employees because they truly care about the residents and go the extra mile.

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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.

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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!!