Marj Pantone, Executive Director
Marj Pantone grew up in the Midwest and received her Master’s of Management from The Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She began her career in senior housing as the director of a Continuing Care Community in Iowa before coming to Virginia and specializing in the assisted living/memory care segment. Marj brings a wide range of experiences to The Memory Center and she believes in the uniqueness of each resident and strives to make each feel special.
Marj and her husband, Scott, have six sons across the United States from Virginia to Hawaii. In addition to family, she enjoys sailing, traveling, and flying.
Sandy Stover, Resident Services Director
Ms. Stover graduated from Washington State University in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing. She previously worked in ICU and has over 14 years experience working in the psychiatric and dementia field. She has served in both hospitals, psychiatric and home health settings. She joined The Memory Center, Virginia Beach in March of 2014 and has provided home health nursing since The Memory Center’s inception in 2009.
Kathryn Bennett, Admissions and Marketing Director
Following 9 years of service in the U.S. Navy, Ms. Bennett completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Care Management in 2011. She accepted a position in a Long Term Care community where she coordinated internal and external marketing events and was responsible for fostering relationships between the long term care facility and the outside community. In 2013 Ms. Bennett joined The Memory Center as a strong addition to the team and has a passion for helping families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Helen Smith, Activities Director
Helen, born in Liverpool, England completed her degree in Hotel and Catering Management and worked as a chef in Derbyshire, England.
Helen has a love for fitness and nutrition and formerly served as Health and Wellness Director for a YMCA. Following her passion she has been the activities director for assisted living and memory care communities for the past 8 years.
She has been married for 26 years has 2 children and 3 dogs and recently became “Nanny” to a beautiful baby girl, Rosalie Reign.
Terry Marriot, Chef
Chef Terry came to Virginia on vacation in 1981 and never left. In 1995 she achieved the title of Certified Executive Chef from the American Culinary Federation and has worked for the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, the James River Country Club and other prestigious venues prior to joining The Memory Center in 2014. Terry accepted the position of Executive Chef at The Memory Center in 2017 and has since added her dynamic twist on the menu options provided to the residents. She is a wonderful asset to the team and brings new ideas and flavors that everyone enjoys.