Dana Ryder

Dana Ryder,
Senior Executive Director Watercrest Lake Nona

Dana brings to Watercrest 20 years of success in the behavioral health industry, with a passion to making a difference in the lives of others. He has acccomplished many turn around assignments as Business Development Director, Clinical Director and Executive Director, including winning the South Florida Business Journal Excellence in Healthcare Award in 2007-2008.

Dana is very well known and highly engaged in the business community. He joined Watercrest in November 2015 and was honored with the first Watercrest Senior Living Group Servant Leadership Award in 2017. His passion for seniors and drive for excellence in service as Community Relations Director at Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care in Sebastian, FL, launched his promotion to Executive Director at Pelican Landing, and furthermore to Senior Executive Director for Watercrest.

Dana gratefully credits his success in life to a loving God, great family role models including his Mom, Evelyn and brother, Mark and many great mentors along the way that helped him grow in his personal and professional life experiences.

Dana is a graduate of Regent’s College with a Bachelor of Science degree. Dana and his wonderful and supportive spouse, Sheila have two children, Morgan and Dustin who are both graduating college in spring 2018. Dana loves fishing, time at the beach, playing guitar and most of all being grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities that God has provided for him.