The Shepherd family of companies is tackling the coming demographic wave with insight, vision, and a smile.
Shepherd Health is a forward-thinking real estate development company based in Miami Beach, FL with developments across the Southeastern US. We take pride in integrating advances across numerous sectors into each of our developments and offering investors strategic entry points into demographically solid industries.
Shepherd Senior Living is the operations arm, focused on integrating wellness, nature, personalized care, and joy into the lives of seniors and their communities.
What Drives Us
At Shepherd, we seek to dramatically improve the landscape by focusing on key elements.
Architecture that inspires care-free exploration
Solid, reproducible design and development plans
Wellness / holistic medicine integration
Cost-effective programs that eliminate the middle man
Proven management team that has and will execute
Execution is key, with residents, caregivers, and investors alike proud to share in an experience that clearly represents the premium Shepherd brand.
Our people are our strength.
From our contractors and caregivers to our residents and their families.
Our management and development team consists of seasoned professionals with extensive knowledge, experience, and discretion. In addition to their strong relationships and multi-industry affiliations, our members have a proven ability to execute and create value.
Industry thought leaders advise on all key aspects of our communities. Across the board, management is well supported by a responsive and professional staff.
Healthcare entrepreneur Menedis serves as Chairman, Director, and Advisor to numerous organizations, which under her leadership have gained approvals for their innovations and successfully partnered with government and healthcare institutions around the globe. As co-founder and CEO of Shepherd, she is responsible for overall management and strategic vision.
In addition to her role at Shepherd, Menedis is an active investor, Founding Partner and CEO at Prophet Labs, and Founding Partner and CEO at aquarollUSA. Previously, she co-founded an orthopaedic device company, where she served as Chairman and CEO and several healthcare services companies, where she served as Executive Chairman.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Menedis was an acclaimed concert pianist and criminal defense attorney. She holds degrees from SUNY, Texas Christian University, and the University of Miami, where she obtained her JD with honors. Menedis is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Dade County Bar Association, as well as the ABA Healthcare Law, Business Law, and International Law Sections. A well-respected and sought-after communicator, Menedis has received numerous awards and advises in areas of advocacy skills and the future of the healthcare industry.
Locklair serves as Creative Director, where he is responsible for crafting and maintaining Shepherd’s brand, spanning online, print and social media. With a background in graphic design, printing, website development, and photography, he brings over 34 years of experience to his role at Shepherd.
Prior to Shepherd, Locklair led marketing design campaigns as Creative Director for a variety of clients across the country through his design firm, Studio Seven Designworks, including successful recruitment “Viewbook” campaigns for Charleston Southern University and the cover-to-cover design and production of two magazines, Carolina Healthcare Business and A Wonderful Wedding.
Before starting his own company, he gained experience as a designer and leader at advertising agencies, printing companies, and sign companies in the Charleston, SC area. Locklair holds a BS degree from the College of Charleston.
Dean serves as Program Manager via partnership with DeAngelis Diamond Construction, where he is solely dedicated to Shepherd Health. Dean is responsible for managing all aspects of Shepherd’s project development, including strategic planning, equipment, design, construction, and successful opening of new communities. He further oversees the integration of next generation technology into Shepherd’s developments, and ensures distinctive brand continuity. Dean brings 7 years of experience as Project Manager for DeAngelis Diamond and Southern Nuclear, including serving as Project Manager for construction of Shepherd Living at The Range in Madison, AL. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Auburn University.
Lewis serves as Strategic Advisor via partnership with DeAngelis Diamond Construction, where he is Executive Vice President of Program Management Services. Within his role at Shepherd, Lewis coordinates and oversees development and construction life cycles and brings the full resources of DeAngelis Diamond, including its estimating department, to ensure sound financial planning and performance. He further brings over 26 years of construction experience, including serving as Division Manager for DeAngelis Diamond in Birmingham, AL from 2010 to 2017. Lewis’ strong leadership skills inspire those around him to consistently strive to improve. He holds a BS from Auburn University.
Trehan is a graduate of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and spent nine years in public accounting at Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse before becoming an industrialist. As co-founder and Chairman of Shepherd, he is responsible for providing guidance to the Board of Directors and working closely with the CEO to establish strategic capital partnerships.
In addition to his role at Shepherd, Trehan is an owner and Director of Pacific BPO, an offshore revenue cycle management provider, and a Founding Partner at Eos Healthcare, an innovator in the healthcare logistics space. A veteran of the healthcare industry, Trehan has provided both on and offshore services to numerous clients, building successful service businesses in the United States and abroad. Trehan founded healthcare management company Globerian (later MediConnect Global), growing it to 1,000 strong in the US and India.
Other recent ventures include IFANglobal, a company known for it’s advanced training and overseas placement programs for healthcare professionals, and Vidyanta Skills Institute, providing simulation-based skills training for Indian industries. Recognized as a pioneer and trendsetter in India, Trehan has been featured in the India Times, Times of India, The Business Times, Global Services Magazine and several other forums.
Fox serves as Chief Operating Officer, where he is responsible for oversight of all operations, including policies, systems, and training implementation, and successful lease-up and continued stabilization of communities under all verticals.
Fox started his senior living career 20 years ago, immediately after graduating from college. Upon graduation with a bachelor’s degree in Business, Fox felt a calling to do something related to ministry or service to others. He made plans to attend seminary to earn a Master’s degree and saw himself going to work in a not for profit church related ministry after graduation. Not knowing that God had other plans, he accepted his first professional position with the idea that he would simply work while attending seminary. It only took a few short weeks in his new role for him to fall in love with the senior living industry and realize that serving seniors was his professional calling. Upon this realization, Fox returned to school at night and earned an MBA while working as an Executive Director, instead of attending seminary.
During Fox’s varied career in senior living, he has had the experience of working in all facets of the industry. He has managed anything from a HUD 202/Section 8 subsidized community, to a 58 unit stand-alone assisted living community, to a 500+ resident Life Care Community, to a region of 33 communities, to a company with 30 locations in five states and everything in between. Fox has held nursing home administrator’s licenses in the following states: Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee. In addition to residential based services, he has experience managing several community-based services, such as home health, outpatient therapy, a CCRC without walls, and private duty.
Fox has been instrumental in successfully opening or repositioning over 20 communities throughout his career at the community, regional and corporate levels. He successfully opened his first community in 2000 for Sunrise as an Executive Director. The community opened with over 40% of the apartments leased during the pre-opening phase. As a Regional VP of Operations Fox was responsible for opening a high end SNF or Healthcare Center in Lakeway, TX. In his previous role at Morning Pointe Senior Living, as Senior Vice President of Operations, Fox led the management company that successfully grew the portfolio of communities from 16 locations to 30 within a five-year timeframe, solely through new development. In addition to the 14 ground-up developments, he also oversaw two different repositioning opportunities where older assets were converted from assisted living through extensive renovations and rebranding to stand alone memory care communities. While at Morning Pointe Fox led a team comprised of over 1,300 team members that cared for over 1,500 residents daily in 30 communities across five states. In addition to supporting the community and regional teams, Fox led the staff at the home office support center, under the direction of the two owners and principals of the parent company, Independent Healthcare Properties.
He holds a BA in Business Management and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Ziegler serves as Corporate Chef, where he is responsible for crafting and implementing the company’s culinary identity and oversight of all daily culinary activities, including community planting and gardening, relationships with local farmers, creation of seasonal and daily menus and recipes, hiring and training of all culinary staff, and the successful coordination between the culinary and wellness programs.
Born in France, Ziegler has served in some of the finest kitchens around the world and brings a unique global perspective to his role with Shepherd. Previously, he has served as Executive Chef at Pullman Hotels and Resorts, Executive Chef at Lebua Hotels and Resorts, and Assistant Director, Culinary Operations at Wynn Macau, as well as positions with The Peninsula Chicago, The Delano Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
As a Sergeant in the French Army, Ziegler served as Chef de Cuisine and Bodyguard for the French force commander for UN-UNPROFOR in Yugoslavia, Five-Star General Morillon Philippe. He has been awarded a Military Cross with two bronze stars, a Citation a L’Ordre du Merite, a UN Medal with 2 Mandas, and a Bataillon Medal with mention of external mission. He holds a CAP in Hospitality-Culinary from Lycee CFA Storck and a Masters in Essentials of Hospitality Management and Hospitality Marketing from Cornell University.
Chang serves as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, where she is responsible for oversight of all census-related activities, including crafting and implementing training materials and techniques for each of the brand’s verticals to ensure long-term community success.
A dynamic sales specialist, she has successfully opened over 40 new properties countrywide, consistently exceeding sales targets and occupancy goals. Chang brings remarkable energy to every interaction, whether with leadership, team members, or residents. Prior to her role with Shepherd, she founded an independent consulting company where between 2001 and 2018 she has successfully hired and trained sales and marketing staff and surpassed sales goals for numerous clients, including Hamlyn Senior Marketing, Capital Health Group Management, New Dawn Assisted Living, Forest City Daily Housing, Brookview Group, Presbyterian Homes and Services of New Jersey, Chelsea Senior Living, Castle Senior Living, Hospicomm, American Heritage Communities, and Sunrise Assisted Living. She holds a BA in Sociology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Dierke serves as Shepherd Senior Living General Manager, CountrySide Lakes, where he is responsible for ensuring exceptional resident care and strong financial performance. Recognized within the senior living industry for his leadership skills, Dierke has consistently received 100% resident and family satisfaction scores for the past 5 years in his communities. He has over 10 years of senior management experience within the industry, with a particular emphasis in Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.
Prior to senior living, Dierke spent 12 years in sales, marketing, and logistics, and 7 years in culinary and hospitality management. His depth of experience and ability to relate closely with residents and families make him a special asset to Shepherd Senior Living. Dierke holds a BS from Texas Tech University.
Todd serves as Shepherd Senior Living General Manager, Shepherd Living at Savannah Quarters, where he is responsible for ensuring exceptional resident care and strong financial performance. A former U.S. Marine, he has served his country with honor and brings the same discipline and compassion to Shepherd Senior Living. Prior to joining Shepherd, Todd served as Regional Vice President of Operations for Morris Communications Corporation, where he was responsible for managing cross-functional teams focusing on the delivery and production of multi-media holdings including newspaper, magazine, outdoor advertising, radio broadcasting, book publishing, and distribution. With over 27 years of operations leadership, Todd possesses strong management, marketing, and financial experience. A strong servant leader with a compassion for helping seniors, he is well-known throughout the broader Savannah, Georgia region. Todd is a Six Sigma Green Belt and holds a BA in Publication Management from the University of Georgia.
Burke serves as Shepherd Senior Living General Manager, Shepherd Living at The Range, where she is responsible for ensuring exceptional resident care and strong financial performance. She has 24 years of clinical healthcare and senior living experience, and previously served as the Director of Admissions for Huntsville Health and Rehab, where she was responsible for business expansion, community relationships, occupancy, and education. Burke has also served as Manager at Huntsville Emergency Medical Services, Inc. (HEMSI), where she oversaw the day-to-day operations, financial planning and execution, and human resources. A valuable resource to Shepherd, she is an experienced clinical leader and compassionate with residents and their families. Burke holds a BSN from the University of Alabama – Huntsville.