Meet The Team

The team at Ovation Sienna Hills is dedicated to creating an active adult lifestyle village during this new chapter of your life. We are committed to serving you and offering opportunities designed to inspire your individual interests and desires.

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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Tim Norman General Manager

Tim Norman has been part of the hospitality industry since he was in high school, and brings over 30 years of experience to the Ovation team. Including restaurants and hotel experience, he has grown his career from line level positions of dishwasher, bellman, and cook up to general manager. While he’s spent most of his career on the East Coast and Midwest at properties such as the Greenbrier, The Homestead, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and most recently the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, he’s eager to get to know the St. George region and Ovation’s guests and family members.

“I’m excited to bring my years of hospitality experience to Ovation,” Tim stated when asked about his ongoing career. “You don’t get enough time to know your guests in the hotel industry because they’re only there a handful of days. At Ovation, we will get to truly build a relationship with our guests and assist in improving the life experience offered in the St. George region. As a hospitality expert, that is a very exciting opportunity.”

Ovation Sienna Hills is a partner in the community, offering private villas, independent living, assisted living, and memory care among an amazing location and atmosphere.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Virginia Tech. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, including camping, hiking, biking, and riding his motorcycle. As a teen, Tim earned the rank of Eagle Scout when he organized and managed the revamping of an elementary school ballpark.

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Colton Balmforth Executive Director

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Audrey Spencer Community Relations Director

Audrey Spencer has over 12 years of marketing experience in the independent living and non-medical home care industry.  Audrey’s interest in the senior care industry came from when her own mother suffered from Lewy body dementia for several years. Her personal experience brought an understanding to the hardship a family goes through when someone you love disappears and is not themselves anymore.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Audrey started working retail while in high school and later joined the staff at a local hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  Audrey moved to Denver, Colorado where she worked at a children’s hospital. Audrey also has experience in the oil and gas industry as well as an accounting position for a property management company and recruiting for major consulting firms in Denver, she also owned her own recruiting business for many years.

Audrey enjoys participating in many outdoor activities with her husband, who she met while in Denver, Colorado. Now living in St. George, UT, the couple are enjoying their new home away from the cold and snow. Audrey and her husband enjoy all that the area has to offer, including playing golf, hiking, biking and entertaining family and friends on their patio.

Audrey is proud to join the Ovation team and work for a company with such high integrity that promotes a culture of trust and respect.  She is excited and blessed to be a part of a continuum of care community, where people can enjoy life to the fullest.

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Susan Erickson Community Relations Director

Susan Erickson understands the importance of a continuum of care as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for the past 18 years. Always emanating a healing and caring demeanor, she has helped countless families navigate the complexities of health care to ensure needs are being communicated and met. At Ovation Sienna Hills, she is looking forward to putting her expertise to work for Ovation as the Community Relations Director.

“I’m excited to be part of Ovation Sienna Hills,” Susan said through a warm smile. “Here, residents will have the chance to live life to the fullest. Family and friends will want to move in at Ovation.”

Ovation Sienna Hills offers multiple culinary venues for everyone’s tastes. Unique wellness programs including massage, fitness classes, and water aerobics are designed for every level of interest and ability.

Susan enjoys time with family and is the proud grandmother of 10 beautiful grandchildren. As a resident of Southern Utah, she loves hiking, biking, and experiencing the area’s ever-wondrous elevations and blooms.

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Construction Updates

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Meet Ovation Club Members

Meeting members who will enjoy maintenance free living at Ovation Sienna Hills.


A destination for seniors who embrace an active lifestyle.

Life Enrichment

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