Who We Are

The Canterfield concept was originally created back in the 1980's by Winston Porter. The idea was to create a social model senior housing community that would look and feel like a hotel- not at all like an 'old folks home.' The first Canterfield was built by father and son team Winston and Allen Porter in Atlanta in 2013. The team succeeded in its goal to use its respective strengths in senior healthcare and the hospitality and luxury housing industries to create a senior living continuum that offers unsurpassed services and amenities backed by quality care services. Canterfield is managed by Canterfield Management run by Winston and Allen Porter.

Medical Development Corporation

Medical Development Corporation (“MDC”) was the precursur to Canterfield. MDC specializes in the development and management of senior housing and healthcare products. The Atlanta-based company was established in 1990 and has been active in the long-term care and senior retirement housing sector for the last 28 years. Its founder and Principal, Winston A. Porter, MDC and its predecessor companies have developed close to 1700 senior residential, assisted living and nursing home units. Currently the company is affiliated, owns, and/or manages seven properties including Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinics in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, all of which MDC was primary in their acquisition and development.

Canterfield Management

Canterfield Management is a firm that specializes in managing senior living residences. The company provides management oversight for communities in and around the Southeast. Additionally, they provide receivership services for banks in need. They are proud to be involved with Canterfield and are dedicated to providing residents with a gracious lifestyle within a continuum of care.

Our Directors


Brenda Lee

Executive Director

Brenda Lee has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry in Northeast Florida. She has been in the marketing field for skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities in Clay and Duval Counties in Northeast Florida. She joined Canterfield of Clay County in March of 2017 as the Director of Community Relations. She was promoted to Executive Director in February of 2018. She has always had a passion for helping residents and families find the perfect living accommodations for them. She continues to have strong ties with numerous networking groups in the healthcare industry in Northeast Florida with being a member of the Clay Chamber of Commerce and the local Biznet group just to name a few.

Julie Peters

Director of Marketing

Julie Peters has been in the senior marketing field in skilled nursing and assisted living in the greater Jacksonville and Orange Park area for over 15 years. She is a graduate of Florida State University and a Jacksonville native, she was thrilled to join the Canterfield of Clay County team in September of 2019. Julie loves to truly help people, especially seniors. She always does her best to provide caring and top-notch customer service to everyone she encounters.

Tawana Bizzell-White

Director of Activities

Mrs. Bizzell has over 20 years experience in the health care industry as a CNA and activity professional in northeast Florida. She received her activities certification as an Activity Director in 1994 at FCCJ under the direction of Randy Blue. Mrs. Bizzell has worked in numerous skilled facilities before joining the Canterfield of Clay County family in 2017. She loves providing fun, challenging, creative, and exciting programs and events for our residents.


Dana Metallo

Business Office Manager

Ms. Dana Metallo attended FSCJ in Jacksonville, FL. She has worked as an Office Manager for over 12 years in the construction industry. Wanting a more fulfilling career, Dana joined Canterfield of Clay County in June 2017 as the Business Office Manager. Dana enjoys helping everyone that walks through the door from residents, family members and staff.

Marilyn Rhoad

Maintenance Director

Marilyn Rhoad has 15 years of welding and manufacturing fabrication skills and 10 years of management. She started at Canterfield of Clay County in 2017 as laundry and housekeeping. She moved up to Maintenance Assistant and now, Director of Maintenance. She loves helping others and loves having the opportunity to grow stronger at Canterfield of Clay County.

Jessica Chausse

Director of Nursing

Jessica Chausse has been a Licensed Practical Nurse and Nurse Supervisor in assisted living communities for the past year. She has worked in communities in the Putnam and Clay County areas. Jessica has always had a passion for ensuring quality care is provided to residents. She believes that providing quality care is a team effort and has a "hands on" approach to management and leadership.

Dee Castro

Resident Care Coordinator

Dee Castro has worked a very rewarding career in the health care industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Med-Tech for over eight years. She joined “Team Canterfield” of Clay County In March of 2017. She was promoted to Resident Care Coordinator In March of 2018. Dee still enjoys being a CNA and often does both at Canterfield; it will always be her first passion to be a caregiver and providing the caring hands, dignity and respect to the residents, family and staff.

Patricia Williams

Executive Chef

Patricia Williams has over thirty years of experience in the culinary and catering field. She has a degree from Tidewater Community College in the Culinary Arts program and was trained by Chef Gary Cheng from Brookdale. Patricia left Brookdale Assisted Living as Dining Service Director to join Canterfield of Clay County in May of 2017. She was quickly promoted to Executive Chef. Her passion is cooking and making sure our residents are happy. She loves catering events and working with her awesome team at Canterfield.