Meet Our Team

Kendall Oliver

Owner

With more than 20 years in the senior housing industry, Kendall Oliver has an insider’s perspective on what it takes to design, build, staff, and market a community for older adults. His in-depth operational knowledge comes from firsthand experience. He is a licensed nursing home administrator and opened his first assisted living facility, Cambridge Hills Assisted Living, in Roxboro in 2000. After Cambridge Hills proved a success, Kendall was convinced that he could extend his vision and operational experience into independent living for active older adults. In 2008, Kendall and his partners launched what has now become the Cambridge Village Optimal Living Brand, beginning with Cambridge Village of Apex. Cambridge Village of Wilmington followed in 2015, and Cambridge Village of Brier Creek is currently under development for a planned 2019 opening.

Kendall’s diverse skillset has enabled him to venture into a variety of other real estate projects, including office, commercial and land development. He and his family live in Raleigh, NC, and attend Crossroads Fellowship Church.

Anita Vaughn

Chief Operating Officer

The passion to serve, along with the desire to assist with designing and developing senior living communities, led Anita to Cambridge Village. Having been in hospitality since graduating from Campbell University, Anita finds great pleasure in exceeding the expectations of those she serves. Creating a culture and building teams dedicated to service, trust and compassion that withstands the test of time has been Anita’s motivation throughout her career. Her experience as a controller, general manager, director of human resources and marketing director has given her a solid foundation for her role as Chief Operating Officer. Being able to bring her passion, knowledge and experience to the leadership of Cambridge Village is a true blessing for Anita as she continues to serve, lead, teach and design Optimal Living communities.

Nicole Cook, RN, LNHA

Chief Optimal Living Officer

A passion for helping our senior population led Nicole into a career in healthcare over 20 years ago. She spent many years in the role of Director of Nursing Services and Clinical Consulting in both the Wilmington and Raleigh, NC areas. Prior to her role as Chief Optimal Living Officer with Cambridge Village, she enjoyed working as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for a leading hospital system in Raleigh. The opportunity to create a groundbreaking concept of health and wellness at Cambridge Village is a dream come true. There is nothing that Nicole enjoys more than giving back to our senior population by ensuring that they are happy, healthy, and fulfilled. Cambridge Village has assembled an excellent team to achieve a healthy and active living experience for all residents. Her goal for Cambridge Village is simple: to be an excellent and ongoing resource that enriches and improves the lives of those we serve.

Kevin Proffitt

Chief Information & Technology Officer

Kevin joined Cambridge Village in September 2015 as Director of Information Technology and Development. He became Chief Information and Technology Officer in August 2016. He brings over 18 years of experience supporting Fortune 500 companies, across multiple industries while working with EDS and HP. As CI/TO, Kevin has both the strategic and operational responsibility for the technology footprint across the enterprise, including networks, health & fitness devices, phones, access control and security systems. Kevin sees his role as one which supports the Optimal Living approach and he is dedicated to leveraging technology to enhance the residents’ quality of life. He believes that Cambridge Village is a special place focused on maximizing people’s wellness.

Deborah Gaynor

Corporate Accounting Officer

Deborah Gaynor is the Corporate Accounting Officer for Cambridge Village. Originally from Boone, NC, Debbie was the daughter of a Navy Seal, so she grew up living all over the country. After receiving a degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, she returned to her hometown in the NC mountains. Following a successful 20-year career as a Medical Practice Manager, she moved to Raleigh with her husband. She came on board with Kendall Oliver in 2006 and has witnessed, and contributed, as Cambridge Village grew from a dream into a reality. Debbie thoroughly loves her work and also enjoys genealogy, photography, gardening and spending time with her three grandchildren.