MERRILYN HALE

MERRILYN HALE,
PAYROLL SYSTEMS MANAGER

Merrilyn brings to Watercrest a quality track record, reputation of integrity, and a payroll career span, in Healthcare and Senior Living, of more than 15 years. She has processed payroll for small and mid-large size companies, successfully on-boarded associates through numerous acquisitions, completed several payroll system implementations and conversions. She achieved significant cost savings, and upheld high payroll documentation standards, all-the-while continuing in the oversight of multi-million dollar payroll operations. She brings an extensive knowledge of payroll systems, and the ability to integrate those systems with Watercrest’s goals.

Merrilyn’s calling to care for seniors began at an early age, having been strongly influenced by her own relationship with her grandparents. At age fourteen, this was further confirmed during a summer volunteer experience at a local nursing home. In high school, she enrolled in the Health Occupations program where she graduated as a CNA/HHA and went to work for a nursing home. Merrilyn also worked as a doctor’s assistant, before going to work at a Home Health Agency. It was there that she was promoted as an office assistant, and again as a Financial Coordinator, where she began her career in payroll. Prior to joining Watercrest, Merrilyn enjoyed much success, growth and development as a Payroll Specialist at a regional operating company.

Merrilyn is a member of the American Payroll Association and is looking forward to obtaining her CPP through the APA in the near future. She is an active member in her church congregation.

Merrilyn has one daughter, Daisy. She and her daughter Daisy are native to Florida and to the Treasure Coast. Daisy enjoys art, history, is a drawing enthusiast, and has a voracious appetite for reading books. In their free time, they enjoy going for walks, spending time playing with their cats together and traveling whenever they can.

AMORINA LACOMBE

AMORINA LACOMBE
BENEFITS COORDINATOR

Amorina Lacombe comes to Watercrest Senior Living with an extensive background in Human Resources, which includes open enrollment, managing employee welfare, retirement and ensuring that the company benefits policy complies with the laws and regulations.

Prior to joining Watercrest, Amorina worked for Cleveland Clinic, STS Aviation Group and Marriott Hotels. She is an experienced human resources specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital/ healthcare sector and hospitality industry.

Amorina is originally from Argentina, where she studied Business Administration. She moved to Florida 20 years ago where she began her career in Human Resources. She has completed several certifications including workplace diversity, workplace harassment, talent management, employee onboarding and is a certified Notary Public. She currently lives in Port St Lucie with her husband Nate and their children Stella and Luke. In her free time, Amorina enjoys working out and taking Zumba classes.

CHRISTINE SCHROEDER

CHRISTINE SCHROEDER,
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Christine brings to Watercrest over 14 years of collective experience in various business operations and administrative roles, more recently adding Licensed Practical Nursing and a Florida Real Estate License to her plate.

Christine is a Vero Beach native, graduating from Saint Edward’s School in 2000 and attended the University of Central Florida College of Business Administration in Orlando, FL. From 2005 – 2008, Christine served as a Permitting Coordinator for a successful civil and structural engineering firm, moving on to fulfill the role of Operations Manager for her family’s manufacturing company through the end of 2012. In 2013, Christine relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina where she attended ECPI University of Medical Sciences, graduating with her nursing degree nine days before delivering her daughter, Savannah Grace.

It was with the blessing of her angel, little Miss “Grace Face”, that Christine learned the true meaning of faith and service to others. Savannah Grace was born with a very rare chromosomal abnormality called Cri-du-Chat Syndrome, a French word for “Cry of the Cat”, that occurs in approximately 1 in 50,000 newborns. Miss Grace Face is missing a small portion of her fifth chromosome which results in intellectual disability and delayed global development. Despite her condition, Savannah Grace has continued to surprise the medical community with her physical and cognitive development, far surpassing the limits that have been expected of her syndrome. Savannah Grace’s claim to fame are her five dimples in one cheek and her nonstop belly aching laugh!

JESSICA DESJARLAIS

JESSICA DESJARLAIS,
Talent Acquisition Specialist

Jessica brings over 9 years of customer services experience to the Watercrest Family. She is a true native to Florida, born and raised on the Treasure Coast. Jessica attended St. Lucie West Centennial High School, graduating at the top of her class and ranking among the top 25 students. She then continued her education at Indian River State College receiving two Associates degrees as well as her CNA certification. Jessica is currently working towards earning her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management, after which she plans to obtain her Master’s.

One of Jessica’s favorite things to do is give back to the community. Jessica has dedicated over 500 hours of volunteering in various organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Jessica truly believes there is no greater feeling than to give back and make a difference within our community.

Jessica and her husband spend their free time doing various activities with their four German Shepherds named Athena, Loki, Luna, and Malibu. Together they love taking their 4 “kids” to the beach or the dog park, even though the dogs are just as happy with going on a simple car ride getting treats from the pet store.