STEADY AT THE HELM.
Together, our leadership represents over a century of experience in the evolution of compassionate care for Lufkin-area seniors.
Heath Foust has served in the senior living industry for 21 years, 15 of which he managed the day-to-day operations of the Physical Plant. Upon moving into his new position as Executive Director, he has earned multiple certifications to help him better understand and manage his senior living community in Lufkin. Heath has earned two certifications in Leadership and Management, one of which was earned through the Texas Leading Age Leadership Institute. He holds a certification as an Assisted Living Administrator and one in Hospitality Management through the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association. One of his greatest accomplishments was enlisting in the U.S. Air Force following high school graduation.
Heath is married to Cindy and they reside on Lake Sam Rayburn. They have two boys and two girls. While not working, Heath and Cindy enjoy camping, fishing and anything outdoors.
Hannah Pierce joined MRC in 2012 as a social worker for PineCrest Healthy Living Community in Lufkin, Texas. She completed the Administrator in Training Program in April 2014 and was named the administrator for all health care areas in 2015. Hannah obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2012, as well as her nursing facility administrator license in 2015.
Hannah’s enjoyed working in long term care since 2011. She strives for excellence in all her endeavors. Her passion is promoting the best quality of life for the residents through coaching, managing and mentoring staff.
Hannah is married to Jason and they have 3 sons.
BJ Thrall joined MRC PineCrest in 2021. She is from Austin, TX where she worked for Dell Computer Corporation as an Operations Manager prior to moving to East Texas where she has concentrated her career in Human Resources and recruiting. BJ has lived in East Texas for nearly 20 years, and loves living near family.
While Human Resources is her true passion, she and her husband also run a restaurant. They enjoy catering and spend several weekends each month catering weddings and other special events.
BJ loves spending quality time with grandchildren, going fishing and sleeping in from time to time.
Victoria Hutto joined the MRC PineCrest Marketing team in 2018 as the Outreach Liaison. She was promoted to Marketing Director in November 2019. She has been very involved in our local healthcare system and loves to advocate for senior adults within our community. Victoria is a native Lufkinite and bleeds purple and gold. She is very involved in the community and loves to volunteer. She participates in several local organizations including The Healthcare Networking Association and The Alzheimer's Association. She enjoys traveling and sports. Outside of PineCrest, you can find Victoria spending time with her two daughters, Serenity and Avery and their fur baby Maddox.
Tammy Anderson was born and lives in Nacogdoches Texas. She attended Angelina College in 1989 and received her certification as a dining service manager. She’s worked for PineCrest since 2010 and has enjoyed every minute of it. Tammy’s passion is creating and implementing great nutritional food while providing great customer service to seniors. She has three children and three grandchildren, and enjoys watching sports and spending time with family and friends.
Angel Johnson-Branch joined MRC PineCrest in October 2006 as case manager for their new and growing home health department. She’s continued to serve as director of nursing licensed care for the past eight years. During that time, she earned her Certified Aging Service Professional certification from the University of North Texas, graduated from the LeadingAge Texas Leadership program, and earned her certification as a cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructor. She’s also been serving MRC PineCrest in the leadership role as director and administrator of home health for the last three years. Angel’s health care experience started in 1988 when, as a senior in high school, she received training as a certified nursing aide by one of MRC PineCrest’s current residents. Angel’s love for serving people has given her the privilege of working in post-partum and dialysis, as well as serving the community as a pastor’s wife, a member of the Angelina College Nursing Advisory Board, and a board member of the Parent, Teacher and Student organization for Lufkin Middle School. She seeks to continue her mission of being commissioned by God to work in love and provide excellent service with continuity care to the lives of our seniors and the community.
Julie joined the PineCrest team as its social worker in 2015. She enjoys assisting residents and their families to discover the best options for care and for their future needs. Julie also provides training and education to staff members, helping to expand their knowledge that will ultimately assist residents as they journey through retirement. Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Stephen F. Austin State University and is currently continuing her education with the goal of attaining licensure as a Nursing Facility Administrator. Julie is married to J.R. Johnson and they have two daughters, Skylar and Saylor and one son Stryker.
Karla Kendrick has been certified in life enrichment for over 15 years, and most of that time has been spent with the residents of PineCrest.
She’s been able to provide lively, fun activities to seniors in all stages of life, giving seniors opportunities to live life to the fullest no matter what their limitations may be.
She’s an ordained minister and is passionate about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Karla’s been married for 27 years, has two children and a sweet little dog named Lu-Lu.
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