janann's head shot

Janann Holt

Executive Director

Janann Brings over 30 years of Experience to Discovery Village at Deerwood. A trusted and accomplished leader in Senior Living and Senior Health Care, she has been recognized by Florida Senior Living Association as Executive Director of the Year in 2016 and was awarded the FSLA (Florida Senior Living Association) Leadership Award in 2021. She served on the Board of Directors for Florida Senior Living Association for 5 years. She is known in the industry for her strong leadership and team building skills and collaborative initiatives with other industry leaders. Janann began her career in healthcare as an intake coordinator in the Emergency Department, with the goal of becoming a Hospital Administrator someday. The excitement of the emergency department leads her in a different direction she became an Emergency Medical Technician, working night shift in the Emergency Department while attending nursing school, she worked as a Nurse on a step-down progressive care unit in a hospital; she was a supervisor in a long-term care dementia unit; and worked years in the home care industry before she found her niche in Assisted Living. Janann has three children and two fur babies; she is a Floridian and enjoys swimming, golfing, and reading.

bio pic

Michele Dotts

Senior Lifestyle Counselor

Born and raised in a small town in Ohio, Michele carries with her the warmth and values of heartland living wherever she goes. After spending seven enriching years in the Sunshine State of Florida, Michele has cultivated a deep love for its vibrant community and outdoor lifestyle.
Michele’s heart belongs to her family, especially her son and precious family, with baby number three on the way. Her joy is found in the simple pleasures of life – whether it’s camping under the stars or gathering with loved ones for a BBQ in the backyard.
With a wealth of experience working with Families in need, Michele brings a unique perspective to Discovery Village Deerwood. Through her journey of helping others, she discovered her true passion lies in sales and marketing, where she thrives on connecting families with the quality care and support, they deserve.
At Discovery Village Deerwood, Michele embodies our commitment to compassion and understanding. She’s dedicated to helping individuals and families navigate their search for senior living solutions, ensuring each person finds a place they can truly call home.
Join Michele on this journey of discovery at Discovery Village Deerwood Senior Living, where we prioritize not just living, but living well.

Ann Gannon

Director of Memory Care

Ann moved from Boston in 2000 where she was a Practice Administrator for a geriatric practice at Massachusetts General Hospital for 15 years. Ann came to Discovery Village with a great knowledge of Memory Care neighborhoods and a degree in Health Care Administration. When dementia and Alzheimer’s became prevalent, Ann increased her knowledge of the illness and discovered her passion for working with people with memory care issues, and realized there was a need for advocates and special programming which validated residents struggling with this illness. Ann has been responsible for the startup of quite a few memory care communities around Jacksonville and has made it her mission to assist caregivers and family members in creating moments of success and validation for her residents.

Susan McLean

Susan McLean

Director Of Wellness

My name is Susan McLean, I’ve lived in Jacksonville, FL since 1978. I have been married to my husband Scott since August 30, 1985. We have two daughters and one perfect granddaughter, Olivia who will be two on October 16!

I have been in senior living for the last nine years. For six years I was a director for a private duty care agency located in a retirement community. Followed by three years as the Director of Resident Services.

I love being a registered nurse and working with senior citizens! I have learned so much from them and this is what brings me joy! I don’t ever see myself in any other field of nursing.

Rebecca Headshot

Rebecca Fillingim

Director Of Sales

Rebecca Fillingim, a Jacksonville, FL native, is the dynamic Director of Sales for Discovery Villages Deerwood. With over 13 years of experience in sales working in senior living communities, Rebecca’s passion for creating meaningful connections shines through in her daily interactions with residents and families.

She is a proud mother to her beloved daughter, Emma and her chocolate lab Coco, who has been dubbed the community dog and brings joy to residents each day. In addition to spending time with her family and furry friend, Rebecca enjoys boating, fashion and traveling in her spare time.

In recognition of her outstanding work and dedication, Rebecca was awarded the Florida Senior Living Association Sales and Marketing Director of the Year in 2021. She strongly believes in building trusting relationships and creating a comfortable environment for families, making her an invaluable asset to our team. Get to know Rebecca and experience her genuine care and commitment to enhancing the lives of those we serve.