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Kathryn Bland

Executive Director

Executive Director Kathryn Bland brings more than 10 years of leadership and senior living industry experience to her role at Discovery Commons. She has worked in Assisted Living and Memory Care settings since the age of 18, holding multiple roles and distinctions during that time.
Kathryn holds a CORE Certification and has completed a vast amount of supplemental, healthcare training throughout her career. However, it’s her genuine compassion and commitment to residents and team members that form a foundation for her leadership within our community.
Outside of working hours, Kathryn makes her home in North Port, where she enjoys spending family time with her three children.

Becky Lester

Director of Celebration Services

Director of Celebrations Becky Lester, with more than ten years of experience brings vibrant energy with imagination, creativity, and resourcefulness that you’ll find is contagious and unparalleled in the industry. “We provide a wide variety of senior-centered events and activities for our residents with something for everyone,” Becky proudly shares. “We have an amazing team with a wealth of talent that works together to ensure our residents stay active and involved.” Becky takes a special interest in each individual resident as they arrive at the community. She incorporates their personal strengths and involves them in community activities from day one.  Becky moved to Southwest Florida from Atlanta, Georgia about 10 years ago and has made Punta Gorda her home with her grown daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters. Stop in any time to experience Becky’s warm, southern hospitality for yourself!

Tammy Wearsch

Senior Lifestyle Counselor

Senior Lifestyle Counselor Tammy Wearsch has more than 25 years of senior living experience in both sales and operations. Tammy believes this is more than just a job; it is her calling and real passion working with resident seniors and their families. Originally from Ohio, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and grandchildren, traveling, watching sunsets on the beach and Ohio State football.   

Michelle Williams

Memory Care Director

Memory Care Director Michelle Williams continues her senior-centered training and personal growth in the healthcare field since she initially began at the young age of 15. Michelle has been an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) and Memory Care Manager for more than 5 years at various senior living communities throughout southwest Florida. She is a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Nursing Assistant (NA), and Certified Med Tech with CPR, First Aid, Dementia, and Extended Congregate Care (ECC) training. Michelle is also licensed and registered with The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as a Homemaker and Companion Services provider. Her most recent training was in 2020 for the ALF CORE certification. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she has fostered an undivided love and passion for this essential work. Michelle has lived in Florida for more than 18 years and is thrilled to be a part of the Discovery Commons team.

Shannon Witt

Director of Culinary Services

Director of Culinary Services Shannon Witt joins the Discovery Commons team with more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Shannon boasts an extensive background in fine dining, with most of her time spent delivering delectable dining in country clubs. She has had the pleasure of working with many talented chefs who helped her continue to thrive in the culinary field. Shannon is honored and privileged to elevate seniors’ dining experience with creative, new entrees including international cuisine, pleasing plate presentations along and themed dining adventures.

Christopher Flaig

Maintenance Director

Maintenance Director Christopher Flaig has primarily served in the construction and restaurant industry. For more than 6 years, Chris entered the senior living industry in various roles including Maintenance Technician and Supervisor for a number of senior living communities. Originally from Queens, New York, he enlisted in the United States Army when he was 17 years old. Now, in the beautiful Florida state, he has been married for 29 years with three grown children and in his spare time, you will catch Christopher outdoors boating, kayaking, backpacking, and more.