Meet our Executive Team
Phoenix Senior Living’s leadership team not only possesses in-depth industry knowledge and well rounded experience, but also a strategic business perspective to develop and maintain premier Senior Living facilities. Above all, our team is thoroughly committed to understanding and caring for people.
CEO And Founder
Jesse, his wife and their three children reside in Marietta, GA.
For over 14 years, Jesse Marinko has worked in the senior housing industry throughout the East Coast in multiple capacities. He has worked on both the finance and operations side of the business. While in finance, he served as the Vice President of Acquisitions where he was responsible for multiple acquisitions which included a continuing care retirement community and assisted living and memory care communities.
While serving in operations, he served as Vice President of Operations over a New England based portfolio. The region consisted of 24 communities, ranging from continuum care retirement, independent living, assisted living/memory care and skilled nursing, serving approximately 2,200 residents in total. The portfolio generated $200 million in total annual revenue. Marinko’s focus on quality was reflected in deficiency-free state surveys at 17 out of 24 communities under his leadership in the New England market. In his career he has been responsible for the development and implementation of front-line training programs that allowed associates to gain skills necessary to develop into department head level managers.
Marinko holds both his Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration from the University of West Georgia. He also was a member of the Georgia chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).
Nicholas Kavadellas brings nearly 30 years of expertise in operational management, complex solution selling and strategic direction in the technology sector. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Orasi Software, an Atlanta-based $70 million dollar company with 287 employees. Under his leadership, Orasi has ranked among the Top 100 in Metro Atlanta on the Inc. Magazine list of America’s fastest growing private companies 2 years in a row, and consistently earns top honors as a solution partner in the software and services industry. Atlanta Business Chronicle also named Orasi one of the best places to work in Atlanta, attributed to Kavadellas’ commitment to fostering employee satisfaction and professional growth.
Kavadellas was the founder and CEO of Technology Builders, Inc. (TBI) where he grew the software and services company to $30 million with more than 750 clients. He continued as an executive leader after an acquisition by Starbase, where he oversaw product direction and integration strategies for the company’s suite of applications. Kavadellas served as VP of Sales for KnowledgeWare, consistently demonstrating over-quota performance in providing application development tools and services to Fortune 500 organizations. Prior to that, he was the regional manager at Computer Associates (CA) for three years.
In 2011 Kavadellas was recognized as the Cobb Volunteer of the Year award for his work at Kell High School and the creation of the Cobb Football League (CFL), the official high school feeder youth football and cheer program of Cobb County. Kavadellas earned his Bachelors in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Nick, and his wife have three daughters. Nick and his wife reside in Woodstock, GA.
Yolanda Doley Hunter
Vice President Quality Assurance and Human Resources
Yolanda, her husband and their 4 children reside in Marietta, Georgia.
Yolanda Doley Hunter joins the Phoenix Senior Living team with not only 15+ years of extensive experience in Senior Living operations, her expertise also includes 22 years of Social Service experience ranging from case management, residential rehabilitation and individual counseling with a private counseling firm.
Yolanda’s expertise in senior living operations includes design and implementation of onboarding and training programs for front line teams and executive level staff, as well as providing operational oversight to single and multi-site communities. Yolanda has successfully developed company-wide policies and procedures and employee training material and programs, and was instrumental in securing the appropriate ALF licenses for acquired and newly developed communities in multiple states at Phoenix. She has created resident assessment and care planning processes and tools to comply with multiple state regulations, as well as identifying and monitoring key metrics for measuring the operational performance of Phoenix communities.
Yolanda's passion for serving seniors is deeply rooted in her personal experiences when she, along with her husband, cared for her Mother, Carol, during the last five years of life, after surviving the horrific Hurricane Katrina. Her Mother, with a previous diagnosis of COPD was diagnosed with Dementia after relocating to Atlanta. During those final years of her mother’s life, Yolanda had to call on support from home care, home health, and assisted living options and in the end hospice, to help manage her mother's care. After a painful and frustrating experience, she made a decision to place her mother in an assisted living community and recognized the critical role of a quality and compassionate, assisted living option. Yolanda made a commitment to personally impact the quality of care for all individuals, specifically seniors and their families, throughout the remainder of her professional career.
"I have a personal commitment and dedication to ensuring that any senior living company or community I support has quality systems and processes in place at all times, with a laser focus on training for the team. I am unwavering on care and services that are consistently delivered at the very highest level, at all times, by a trained and dedicated team. Phoenix Senior Living’s fundamental belief aligns with my core beliefs and my own personal experiences “When it comes to your loved one, everything matters and it matters to us!" and it matters to me."
Yolanda holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Orleans and a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Missouri.
As chief financial officer, Meggan Drew is responsible for all of the company's financial functions including accounting, audit, treasury, corporate finance and investor relations. Her career spans more than 20 years of varied experience in domestic and international financial management, business leadership and corporate strategy.
Before joining Phoenix Senior Living, Meggan held multiple positions in the senior living industry including corporate finance and investments. Prior to senior housing, Meggan was Vice President of Corporate Finance for an international software company with locations in five countries. During her career, Meggan has developed superior analytical skills with an established record of success in complex financial modeling and reporting with a proven track record of deficiency free audits. Meggan is a firm believer in strategically implementing cutting edge technology to increase profits, productivity, and competitive edge
Chief Financial Officer
Meggan lives with her husband and two children in Needham, Massachusetts.
Chief Operating Officer
Tim happily resides in the Southeast in Marietta, GA with his wife Michelle and their two boys Bennett and Layton.
Tim brings 20 years of operational experience in post-acute and senior housing with progressive levels of responsibility up to his current role as Chief Operations Officer. Starting as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota, He quickly moved into a role as a multi-site manager and then progressed to a VP role covering multiple states including Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska with operational oversite of skilled nursing facilities as well as senior housing. Many of the sites under his oversight at this time were campuses with both skilled and assisted living services offered. Tim’s next career move was a large chain organization as a Division president with operational oversight in multiple states including Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. In addition to his extensive experience his expertise includes the areas of strategic resource planning, organization and leadership development, policy development and administration, revenue development and expense control, influencing government policy and budgetary development and planning.
Tim’s background includes extensive involvement in association and political committees and served as the past President Elect for the South Dakota Healthcare association. He served on the Board of Care Providers of Minnesota for approximately 10 years and was also a Master Examiner with the American Healthcare Association Quality awards program. Tim also takes great pride in developing future leaders and has worked in the past with the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire to place interns and develop future leaders in post-acute care and senior services.
Tim holds a B.A,. Business Administration degree with completion of Healthcare Administration (Hospital) and Long-Term Care Administration Certifications. Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.
Teri Marinko has worked in the senior living industry for 17 years. She served as the Senior Vice President of Sales/Marketing/Customer Engagement for a senior living provider in New England for 7 years and prior to that as a Vice President of Sales and Marketing with a large national senior living provider. She came to the senior living industry with over 15 years of collective experience in healthcare marketing with Psychiatric Institutes of America, Charter Behavioral Systems and Emory University Healthcare Systems. In addition to being a certified sales trainer in 3 different disciplines, Teri has extensive experience in the referral development processes and has trained teams throughout the United States.
She has successfully managed start-up, turnarounds, acquisitions and new product development. With an eye always focused on customer engagement and the brand experience, her career has been centered on a strong belief that the true competitive differentiator is defined by the people representing the brand. Teri’s commitment to cultivating talent in the industry includes a strong background in developing and launching training programs for sales, programming and customer engagement. She believes senior living is a business of people serving people and that every customer touchpoint must be a strong reflection of a commitment to the Core Values and Mission of the organization.
Chief Brand Officer
Teri and her husband live in Canton, Georgia and are the proud parents of 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren.
Director of Information of Technology
Chad and his wife, reside in Marietta, GA.
Chad Ingersoll joins Phoenix Senior Living as Director of Information Technology. Having been focused on the Senior Living Market for the past 5 years specializing in Network Design and Consulting, Chad brings a valuable skill set to the Phoenix Senior Living team. His former role as Senior Network Engineer and Technology Coordinator allow him to contribute in multiple areas of Phoenix Senior Living’s business development and growth.
Over his career, Chad has gained a wealth of IT and customer relations knowledge and experience that is easily transferable to his new position with Phoenix Senior Living.
A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Chad chose a business track that included coursework heavily weighted in Systems Analysis and Design, Data Communication, Project Management, and Marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Information Systems.
For over 40 years, Ray Taylor has been involved in construction, development, and facilities oversight. Ray owned his own construction company, Taylor Construction in Chattanooga, TN, for 30+ years and constructed over $36MM over residential real estate over $100MM light commercial buildings ranging from restaurants to industrial parks. In addition Ray also owned his own custom made cabinetry shop which supplied over 350+ custom high end residential homes with cabinetry. In these roles he has developed extensive project management experience and relies on consistent communication to allow him to manage projects successfully and on time.
Over the last 8 years he has been responsible for the oversight, capital project planning, and project management for senior living communities throughout the Metro Atlanta market.
Ray holds certification for underground storage tank operation and has held electrical, HVAC, and welding licenses in the state of GA.
Director of Construction and Facilities
Nick Rowell joins the Phoenix Senior Living team as a staff accountant. His responsibilities includes the day to day financial operations for the field, investor relations and project financing. Nick is a graduate of LaGrange College where he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Nick played football for LaGrange College for four years and stays active with youth athletics. He has a passion for service and innovation of systems and processes, both of which Phoenix Senior Living embodies. Nick’s personal commitment to values, culture and innovation align with the founding philosophies of Phoenix Senior Living.