2020 JAYBIRD ACHIEVEMENT AWARDWINNERS A SPOTLIGHT ON RED CARPET SERVICE
JAYBIRD TEAMMEMBER OF THE YEAR
Nominate a Jaybird Senior Living corporate teammember who has provided invaluable training, resources and/or assistance in helping employees, communities or residents meet their personal/professional goals. This individual should live the Red Carpet philosophy.
LYLA ERWIN Jayb i rd Sen i or L i v i ng
NICK MERLINO Jayb i r d Sen i o r L i v i ng
Lyla Erwinhas been a dedicated team member for over 13 years. During that time, she has held a multitude of roles as her talents brought her to new responsibilities. Lyla serves as Director for Garnett Place, as well as Senior Portfolio Leader for Jaybird Senior Living. In this dual role she is able to make firsthand connections at her community while communicating best practices to a greater audience within the portfolio. Her ability to balance both levels has had a profound impact on the overall success of the properties she touches. “Lyla has always stepped in where she is needed and has dedicated her life to caring for seniors as if they were her own relatives,” shares Tanner Erwin, Lyla’s son and Garnett Place Assistant Director. Part of what makes Lyla impactful is her ability to relate to others and apply the tried and true basics of kindess to the business side of our industry. We are proud to call Lyla a valued member of our Jaybird family.
Nick Merlino began his career with Jaybird Senior Living in November of 2015 as a Staff Accountant. Two years later, Nick became Accounting Controller before being named Director of Operational Analytics in 2020. “Nick is always willing to jump in and help where needed within the company, even as a community Director this past year! He is eager to learn and grow in all areas and is a valuable asset to our company,” says Theresa Bigalk, Portfolio Leader. In his current role, Nick works closely with property owners and investors, streamlining the opening and transition process to ensure the best possible outcome for residents and employees. What makes Nick an incredible employee is his constant pursuit of knowledge and new challenges. He is never afraid to ask questions and effortlessly makes connections wherever he goes. Thank you for your tireless diligence and commitment to excellence, Nick!
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