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Meet the Renaissance Team

Jennifer Butler
Executive Director

Jennifer’s journey in senior care started more than 20 years ago when her grandmother was diagnosed with Dementia symptoms.  Through this experience, she learned how to be a caregiver for someone in her family who had always been the matriarch.  Going through this process was difficult, as was learning how to best to care for her grandmother.  Her focus, along with family, was to provide her grandmother with comfort and dignity through the end. Jennifer came to Renaissance with more than 12 years overseeing Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.  As a Certified Assisted Living Administrator, she continued her education in the senior living industry by obtaining her Dementia Practitioner Certification.


Aarene Alessi
Lead Senior Living Advisor

Aarene has a passion for helping seniors and their caregivers find the best in senior care. Aarene started her career in senior living as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She worked as a rehabilitation liaison and healthcare educator before her career led her to Life Care Sales and Marketing of Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Aarene has lived in the New Tampa – Wesley Chapel area for 13 years with her husband and two children. She has been an active member of the Greater Federation of Woman’s Clubs for 13 years and formerly a Rotarian. Outside of work, Aarene loves working in her yard, the beach and yoga. 


Erica Leonard
Lifestyle Director

Erica Leonard has been planning events for more than ten years. Her passion is to help seniors live out their desired lifestyle by planning events around their specific needs. Originally from Oklahoma, she now considers Florida her home after residing here for 22 years. Before starting her career in senior living, Erica was a former sports writer and also worked in marketing for 12 years. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her three kids and two dogs. She loves to sing, write, listen to music, watch sports, cook and take on DIY projects.


Shivani Maharaj
Business Office Manager (BOM)

Shivani's greatest motivation is knowing that her work makes a difference in people’s lives. Originally from Trinidad, she now considers Florida her home after residing here for 16 years. She has been employed at Renaissance for the past four years, but she has volunteered in the community for more than a decade which has led to her passion for working with seniors. She further developed that passion while obtaining BS degrees in Public Health and Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida. Shivani takes great pride in her role as BOM, shows compassion for residents and can often be found sharing jokes and bringing laughter to those around her. Outside of work, Shivani loves shopping, spending time with her family, watching movies and traveling.


April Flowers
HR Director

April has been in the Senior Living Industry for the last 9 years and loves it. April’s primary focus is working with the associates at Renaissance; however, her favorite part of working in the Senior Living Industry is getting to know the residents and seeing them make a difference in her life. April graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources and recently completed courses at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Long Term Care. In her spare time, April enjoys going to the beach, spending time with family and friends and most importantly her 4-legged, fur baby Brody! April relocated to the Tampa Bay area from Delaware and looks forward to enjoying the sunny weather and not having to deal with cold temperatures of the North East.


Joe Deluca
Dining Services Director

Ever since Joe’s first day working in senior living, he has loved cooking for seniors. Not only does Joe strive to cook delicious meals, but he also focuses on creating a first-rate dining experience for each resident. He can often be found singing in the kitchen with his team and creating new menu options for the residents. Outside of work, Joe loves to fish, hang out at the beach and keep up with his kids.


16001 Lakeshore Villa Drive • Tampa, FL 33613
16001 Lakeshore Villa Drive
Tampa, FL 33613
Allegro Senior Living