Team

The people at Ovation Heartwood Preserve work around-the-clock to keep up with your busy and active heartland lifestyle – all while providing the care you need to remain vibrant and healthy. Learn more about the Avamere Family of Companies leadership.

Nicolette Merino President

Nicolette has been with the Avamere Family of Companies for 10 years as a Regional Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations for the Community-Based Care line. She was then appointed as the first Division President of Ovation.

As part of the Avamere Family of Companies, Ovation is Avamere’s culmination of 25 years of experience in the long-term care profession. This innovative brand includes assisted living, independent living, and memory care communities.

Ovation is incorporating the best of Avamere while being innovative and dynamic. Nicolette’s focus is on knowing what our consumers want and meeting those expectations. This aligns with the company’s mission: “To enhance the lives of everyone we serve”. Every resident, every family member, every employee, and our surrounding community.

As Division President, Nicolette brings 26 years of knowledge and experience in the long-term care profession. She earned her Master of Public Health degree in 2004 from Rutgers/UMDNJ.

Her opportunities from her humble beginnings as a Business Office Manager to serving as Chair for the National Center for Assisted Living gave her a wealth of knowledge, experience, and connections. Through her unique experiences, she has built professional relationships and gained insight into what has and hasn’t worked for others in the field.

She has also had the opportunity to mentor and train others throughout the years. Nicolette measures her success in building tomorrow’s leaders, and she enjoys seeing them grow professionally.

Nicolette enjoys spending time with her husband and four children who hold a special place in her heart.

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Tina M. Farber Community Relations Director

Tina M. Farber has happily worked with adult lifestyle communities for several years, most recently as a move-in specialist assisting new residents to enjoy a new phase in their lives. Before that, she spent decades working in the tech industry. Through it all, she has always had an eye for helping others.

“Building relationships based on trust and respect is what makes Ovation Heartwood Preserve so special,” Tina commented with kind eyes. “It’s a carefree, worry-free lifestyle where the focus is on the residents.”

Ovation Heartwood Preserve offers a long list of amenities and other benefits that set it apart. These include exclusive wellness programs, concierge services, multiple gourmet restaurants and bistros, as well as yoga classes, and more.

When Tina is not at Ovation, she can be found doing her daily meditation, as well as camping, fishing, and going to the lake with her family and friends whenever possible.

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