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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Human Resources
Kevin joined the Cambridge Village team in March 2017. He previously served as an office manager/HR coordinator at the community level in Wilmington, North Carolina for two years. As the Cambridge Village family of communities continues to grow, Kevin will ensure each business office functions with accuracy and efficiency to serve our residents with excellence and provide vendors and owners with timely responses as their business interests require.
A native of Louisville, KY, Kevin previously served in the insurance industry for ten years from Louisville to Atlanta as a bond underwriter, field agent, and manager for the state of Georgia. From there he attended seminary in Wake Forest, NC, moving into vocational ministry at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville, NC, for twenty years. Kevin moved to Wilmington to join Cambridge Village in January 2015. Kevin and his wife Kelley raised two children, Matt and Pam, and are blessed to have three wonderful grandchildren.
Kevin believes the retirement living industry provides an excellent venue for anyone to exercise their talents and gifts. In community one can provide for one’s family while serving both the residents and the employees in an inviting environment. The reward is security, a sense of fulfillment, and the opportunity to grow professionally. Now at the corporate level he is excited to do his part in making each of the Cambridge Village communities a first class living option for older adults.
Director of Construction
John Kuchta joined the Cambridge Village team in the role of Director of Construction in May 2017. A resident of the Raleigh, NC area since 1997, he is originally from Port Jefferson, NY, and currently lives in Holly Springs, NC with his family. His 20+ years of experience include studying Construction Management at North Carolina State University, as well as serving as Construction/Facilities Manager and Field Operations Manager in healthcare and private real estate development, including retail, hospitality and commercial projects. At Cambridge Village, he looks forward to assisting the team in bringing to life and maintaining the vision of first class living options furnished with the amenities that older adults deserve.