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Our Team

Our Team

Larisa Skripnikova

Director of Nursing

Larisa Skripnikova has a passion for senior care and after graduating from nursing school with honors, has spent more than a decade gaining experience in nursing by working in skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care. While working as a nurse, Larisa also earned an associate degree in Wound Care from WOCN and has experience as a wound care nurse.

Larisa loves helping people and taking care of their needs. Since moving to Florida, she has worked in assisted living and memory care first as a floor nurse, and then being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has successfully managed the nursing department in two different communities. Larisa is also a licensed Assisted Living Administrator. She loves to spend time with residents, listening to their amazing life stories, supporting their families, and leading the nursing team with passion and respect.

Larisa was born in Ukraine. She moved to the United States with her family to find new opportunities. In her free time, she loves carving fruit, cooking, baking, fishing with her husband, and spending time with family. She has three grown sons and one daughter-in-law.

Amber Luke

Marketing Director

Amber has a passion for caring and assisting seniors and their families to feel confident that they have found the best community. She has built a network of professional resources who admire her attention to detail when helping seniors move to the community. Considered a trusted advisor, Amber consistently exceeds expectations and customers are delighted at her professional attention to detail. She continually receives praise for her seamless move in experiences.

Amber served eight years in the United States Army Reserve where she offered her best to her peers, superiors and country.  In 2012, she graduated as Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Warrior Leadership Course and went on to continue to lead and train other soldiers.

Amber earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Administration from the University of North Florida, graduating in 2015. She has also earned her Assisted Living Facility CORE certification. She enjoys spending time with her family, comedy and traveling.

Amanda Darga

Community Liaison

Amanda is thrilled to service the residents at Palagio Senior Living. She is originally from Michigan, where she earned her degree in Business from Northern Michigan University. Shortly after, she moved to Florida and began her career in senior living. Her passion to serve seniors led her to become an Activity Director Certified, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional.

She strives to fill the day with a balance of purposeful and meaningful programs that keep residents active, engaged and looking forward to tomorrow.

Amanda’s greatest reward comes from creating personal connections with each of her residents. She finds the stories and life lessons they have to share a true testament of life’s journey. With these stories she cultivates innovative programs to delight her residents and bring about a sense of togetherness.

Roger Hart

Maintenance Director

Roger Hart is a seasoned professional in the area of plant operation with many years of experience in both senior living and new construction. His passion is working with senior adults and he prides himself on maintaining the community that the residents can proudly call home. 

Roger has called Jacksonville his home base for 50 years, though growing up in a Navy family, he travelled extensively with his family during his youth. His experiences living among other cultures, especially his time living in Iran, make him very pleased to be living in the USA.

Roger has raised two wonderful sons over the years and enjoys his extended family who live in the area as well. On his time off, he spends time fishing, camping, watching the Dallas Cowboys, and with his dog, Bella.

Sandy Bernard

Dining Director

Sandy comes with phenomenal experience in hospitality and assisted living. She is recognized for her eye for quality of food choices and delicious multi layered flavor combos but is also famous for her incredible meatloaf! She can do it all and enjoys hearing from her residents about new recipe ideas.

You won’t have to choose between flavor and nutrition since she combines both into the dishes along with her attention to detail in food presentation.

Sandy hails from Western Massachusetts originally. She is a huge fan of the Boston Redsox and Bruins but locally she loves to attend the Jacksonville Iceman Hockey. She also enjoys attending concerts in a variety of genres.  You may have seen her at the Jacksonville Symphony as well.

We know having her on Team Palagio is music to our ears!