Independent Living at its Finest

3434 West South Boulevard
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
(248) 829-1030
Fax: (248) 829-1034
Our Team

Melanie Dex


Melanie has been with the Pomeroy Family for 9 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, where she worked for over 15 years in the construction industry as a Project Coordinator helping others to create the homes of their dreams.  In 2010, she changed careers which took her to the Children’s Hospital, and behavioral health within the medical field. This is where Melanie wanted to be part of a change and help others.  She joined Pomeroy Living in 2012 working in the Skilled Rehabilitation Facility in Rochester. For 9 years she continued to grow and gained knowledge and experience while working different roles. Prior to becoming a director for the independent community, she was an Administrator in Training at our Skilled Rehabilitation community. Melanie has a passion for creating a lifestyle that best fits our seniors. She wants to ensure that they have the best quality of life. She believes that our seniors should be able to do the things they love when they choose to. Melanie enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling when she can. She loves being a part of the Pomeroy Living Family.

Mackenzie Peterson

Sales and Marketing Director

Beginning as a receptionist with the Pomeroy company, Mackenzie then began to learn and love the passion she had for creating an environment for our seniors to live in. Home is a feeling and Mackenzie is passionate about dedicating her time to impact the lives of many of our loved ones. Mackenzie joined Pomeroy Living in September of 2018 but has come on as the Sales and Marketing director of Rochester Independent in September of 2020. During Mackenzie’s free time, she enjoys the outdoors and spends her time camping or hiking. Just like her passion for seniors, she has a passion for adventure.

Julie Turnes

Life Enrichment Director

Julie Turnes was born in Detroit, MI. She was raised by her parents Thomas and Patricia Edgeworth and is one of 5 siblings. Julie has three sisters, and one brother. Julie has been married to her loving husband, John, for 26 years but does not have any children. Rather, they have adopted two female cats. 

Julie has been in the property management industry for approximately 9 years and then transitioned into the senior living field. She has over 23 years’ experience in the Senior living industry and is currently working as a Director of Activities for Independent seniors. She likes to find what their passion for life is and give them a sense of purpose.

Julie enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, exercising, kayaking, and traveling to the Caribbean Islands with her husband and friends.  She is very enthusiastic, loves to make others laugh and, overall, just loves to have fun. Julie feels blessed each day that the Lord has given her the chance to give back to others to enjoy life to its fullest. 

Mike Smith

Maintenance Director

During his high school and college years, Mike began working doing cabinetry and kitchen remodeling. This had inspired him to open his own kitchen remodeling company in which he continued to work hard towards for 5 years. As the years went on, Mike knew it was time to move on to bigger and better things. For 6 years thereafter, he worked for a local union company doing carpentry work. Mike had heard about Pomeroy Living through word of mouth where he then applied as a Maintenance Technician. Mike primarily worked in a skilled nursing setting to familiarize himself with long-term living and there he realized his true passion. He enjoyed working with those around him and helping those who needed it. Over the course of 12 years with Pomeroy, Mike used his skills as a Maintenance Director to oversee many of the Pomeroy buildings.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family and friends doing adventurous things like camping and riding motorcycles. He continues to remain active in the winter too with snowboarding.

Amber Johnson

Executive Chef

Chef Amber is a Certified health coach and Executive Chef. She owns a catering business and has a passion for food and Plate Presentation. She has a desire to continue to improve and develop her skills both as a chef and as an entrepreneur.

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