Team

Meet Our Team

The team at Ovation Sienna Hills is dedicated to creating an active adult lifestyle village during this new chapter of your life. We are committed to serving you and offering opportunities designed to inspire your individual interests and desires.

Nicolette Merino President

Nicolette has been with the Avamere Family of Companies for 10 years as a Regional Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations for the Community-Based Care line. She was then appointed as the first Division President of Ovation.

As part of the Avamere Family of Companies, Ovation is Avamere’s culmination of 25 years of experience in the long-term care profession. This innovative brand includes assisted living, independent living, and memory care communities.

Ovation is incorporating the best of Avamere while being innovative and dynamic. Nicolette’s focus is on knowing what our consumers want and meeting those expectations. This aligns with the company’s mission: “To enhance the lives of everyone we serve”. Every resident, every family member, every employee, and our surrounding community.

As Division President, Nicolette brings 26 years of knowledge and experience in the long-term care profession. She earned her Master of Public Health degree in 2004 from Rutgers/UMDNJ.

Her opportunities from her humble beginnings as a Business Office Manager to serving as Chair for the National Center for Assisted Living gave her a wealth of knowledge, experience, and connections. Through her unique experiences, she has built professional relationships and gained insight into what has and hasn’t worked for others in the field.

She has also had the opportunity to mentor and train others throughout the years. Nicolette measures her success in building tomorrow’s leaders, and she enjoys seeing them grow professionally.

Nicolette enjoys spending time with her husband and four children who hold a special place in her heart.

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Colton Balmforth Executive Director

For almost a decade, Colton Balmforth has been a rising star in the industry. With a degree in health administration and extensive experience at regional retirement communities, Colton knows what older Americans and their families want from an active lifestyle village.

“Ovation puts the residents first,” Colton answered when asked what makes Ovation special. “Nobody can beat Ovation’s amenities, services, and lifestyle offerings. This is where people can be as independent as they want with the option for more assistance as needed.”

Ovation Sienna Hills is a unique blend of independent living, assisted living, and memory care mingled together to create an active lifestyle village where people live, thrive, invent, volunteer and innovate.

Colton enjoys everything the St. George area has to offer, including outdoor adventures. He and his family can often be found hiking, swimming, running, and taking in a movie or two.

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Susan Erickson Community Relations Director

Susan Erickson understands the importance of a continuum of care as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for the past 18 years. Always emanating a healing and caring demeanor, she has helped countless families navigate the complexities of health care to ensure needs are being communicated and met. At Ovation Sienna Hills, she is looking forward to putting her expertise to work for Ovation as the Community Relations Director.

“I’m excited to be part of Ovation Sienna Hills,” Susan said through a warm smile. “Here residents will have the chance to live life to the fullest. Family and friends will want to move-in at Ovation.”

Ovation Sienna Hills offers multiple culinary venues for everyone’s tastes. Unique wellness programs including massage, fitness classes, and water aerobics are designed for every level of interest and ability.

Susan enjoys time with family and is the proud grandmother of 10 beautiful grandchildren. As a resident of Southern Utah, she loves hiking, biking, and experiencing the area’s ever-wonderous elevations and blooms.

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