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 The Cambridge Brier Creek is currently under development for a planned 2021 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.
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.
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.
Native to North Carolina, Lea grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2015 with a BSBA in Business Management. In 2016, Lea moved to Wilmington where she began her career with Cambridge Village as the Assistant Front of House Manager at our Wilmington Community. After 8 months, Lea was promoted to the Front of House Manager where she continued to utilize her knowledge to guide residents to achieve their Optimal diet. In November of 2018, Lea was relocated to the Corporate Office in Raleigh, NC where she currently acts as the Corporate Administrative Coordinator. Her strong knowledge of our daily operations and functions within the community has added value to the Corporate Team.
Stuart joined the Cambridge Village team in December of 2018 as the Corporate Project Manager. Having graduated from Wake Tech Community College with an Associate Degree in Industrial Systems Technology, Stuart comes from a diverse background that includes working in tobacco, residential construction and the food and beverage industry. Prior to joining Cambridge, Stuart was in Utility Construction Management for the past ten years. Helping to build the Optimal Living® vision and managing the expansion of the company is an exciting undertaking for Stuart as he strives for and promotes “Teamwork”. He understands that a business is only as good as the team players with a positive attitude striving for the same vision. Stuart enjoys spending with family and considers his friends his extended family. He and his wife Caitlin have been married for four years and are expecting a son in September 2019. He and Caitlin attend his hometown church, Theresa Baptist Church in Roxboro, North Carolina. Stuart enjoys most outdoor activities which include training his bird dog, gardening, deep sea fishing, grilling and traveling. He is excited to learn and participate in the explosion of Optimal Living® through Cambridge Village.