Our Team

Lauren Ross, Executive Director | Legacy Ridge at Marietta

Lauren Ross

Executive Director

Lauren is excited to be a part of the Atlas Senior Living family and brings over 10 years of leadership experience to the Legacy Ridge Marietta community. 

Although she’s not a Georgia native, growing up in Alpharetta and attending Valdosta State University, Lauren calls Georgia home. She and her husband live in Smyrna, GA with their cat, monkey. In her down time, Lauren enjoys cooking, gardening, and antiquing.

She spends the summers with her family in Arkansas and the warm relationship with her Great Grandmother Jubie and Great Great Aunt Opal (yes, two greats!) sparked the passion for seniors in our local communities. They had a wealth of knowledge and insight that needed to be experienced and shared, so the opportunity to have that experience as a job was the best decision ever made.

Lauren believes in fostering a welcoming community setting that is understanding and dependable. Her door is always open and she looks forward to you stopping by to say Hi!

Stefanie Merolla, Sales and Marketing Director | Legacy Ridge at Marietta

Stefanie Merolla

Sales and Marketing Director

My name is Stefanie Merolla, and I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama. However, I have lived in Atlanta for over 35 years. I am a mother of four sons and one grandson that rocks my world. I love meeting new people. By the time I have met someone new we are practically friends when we part; after all I never meet a stranger. As far as hobbies my husband and I love to travel, boating, go out to eat, and do artistic pour painting. We have three fur babies, and together we have 5 awesome sons.

Over the past thirty years I have been a part of opening two successful businesses, one being a family-owned business. The work consisted of sales and customer service. I have worked in two different fields, one being construction, the other with children and the elderly. Overall, I love working with people and building trusted customer relationships.

Legacy Ridge at Marietta | Ann Hollis

Ann Hollis

Business Office Coordinator

Ann entered the senior living industry as a Business Office Manager in 2012 after relocating from West Palm Beach, FL. She enjoys interacting with the residents and their families in our community. Outside of being at the community, Ann loves spending time with Oz, a senior fur baby and Bailey, a younger fur baby, she rescued three years ago. Ann also enjoys traveling with her family to the Orlando area and the ocean at Cocoa Beach.

Sharon Deveaux-Grant, Wellness Director | Legacy Ridge at Marietta

Sharon Deveaux-Grant

Wellness Director

Sharon is a native of the Beautiful Country of the Bahamas, she was born in the country’s capital island of Nassau. There she received her primary education before moving to the Island of Abco where she then attended Abaco Central High school. To help with her transition to Abco she was mentored as a teenager by both her paternal and maternal grandmothers. After completing her high school education she moved back to Nassau and became gainfully employed for 15 years by Bahamas Vacation. It was there that she learned the valuable interpersonal skills, customer service, and sales.

As time progressed, she relocated to Florida in 2011 where she obtained her nursing degree. She has over twenty years of experience in the medical field industry that includes working as CNA, CMA, and RPN. During Covid Pandemic In 2020, Sharon was a part of the first park in Pompano Beach, FL that offered Covid- relief service to the community. She played a lead role on the front line working to educate the community and by processing thousands of applications daily. In addition, Sharon has worked closely with covid patients. Attributed to her success was the closing of an entire covid ward, her patients were duly discharged. On top of that she has experience in working in memory care and assisting with living wills which she says is her “first love.”

Those who know Sharon both personally, and professionally would say that she’s well rounded, compassionate towards both patients, and families. Being a hospice nurse has offered her the opportunity to provide comfort to her patients and their families. Through serving, she’s gained an understanding of grief through death or a person’s new reality of a loved one’s changing condition, or through patients’ death.

Sharon’s life was enriched by her mother and father who taught her the value of life. Today, she passes down those same values to her four children and four grandchildren. Besides her professional vocation, Sharon is a licensed and ordained pastor. She’s well equipped to serve in whatever arena she’s called to.

Chef Albert Goines Dining Services Director Legacy Ridge At Marietta

Chef Albert Goines

Dining Services Director

From Chicago, Illinois, Chef Albert has always enjoyed cooking and seeing his customers satisfied. He meets with our residents, asks questions and does everything he can to meet their preferences. With the support of his excellent staff, Chef Albert has created an enjoyable dining experience for our community. You can even find him presenting a demo in our cooking activities!

In spare time, Chef Albert spends time with his beautiful 18 month old daughter, and dreams of owning his own food truck. We are so glad to have him on our team!

Dennis Willoughby, Maintenance Director | Legacy Ridge at Marietta

Dennis Willoughby

Maintenance Director

Hi, my name is Dennis. I’m the maintenance Director here at Legacy Ridge Marietta. I’m very excited to be a part of the family here at Legacy Ridge and looking forward to many years of service for our community. A little bit about me. I’m a huge Georgia sports fan “Go Dawgs!” and I love my Atlanta Braves. I also enjoy outdoor activities like camping, kayaking and I really love playing cornhole in our league at one our favorite local brewery. I have 10+ years of experience in maintenance and trade work. I like problem solving and helping people with things. I’m an anything I can do to help kind of guy and if you ever see me around our community and you need something don’t hesitate to ask. Have a blessed day.

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