Dedicated to senior well-being.

Together, our leadership represents over a century of experience in the evolution of compassionate care for Lufkin-area seniors.

  • AMY THOMAS

    AMY THOMAS

    REGIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Amy has served residents of PineCrest since 1995. Starting out as a licensed vocational nurse, Amy has touched many lives in her career growth. She also served as human resources coordinator and staff development director, roles that gave her great insight into the support needs of PineCrest employees. After obtaining her Bachelor of Business degree, Amy was charged with managing operations for the nursing and rehabilitation services of the community, and is currently working toward expanding home health services to residents of the greater Lufkin community.

    In her current role as executive director, Amy continues to lead by example and is a champion for customer service and excellence in resident health services. Amy is also invested in the greater Lufkin community through the Kiwanis Club. She is an inspiration to our employees because she looks for the best in others and strives to help others grow professionally as they serve our mission.

  • HEATH FOUST

    HEATH FOUST

    ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Heath Foust has served in the senior living industry for 20 years, 15 of which he managed the day-to-day operations of the Physical Plant. Upon moving into his new position as Associate 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

    HANNAH PIERCE

    HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATOR

    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.

  • TAMMY ANDERSON

    TAMMY ANDERSON

    DIRECTOR OF DINING SERVICES

    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.

  • CAROL CHMIELEWSKI

    CAROL CHMIELEWSKI

    ACCOUNTANT

    Carol Chmielewski obtained both a bachelor’s of business and a master’s of professional accountancy from Stephen F. Austin State University in May 2000. Carol was employed at Brookshire Brothers’ corporate office for over 20 years before joining the PineCrest staff in December 2006 as their accountant. She currently serves on the Angelina County Child Welfare Board. She also graduated from LeadingAge Leadership Institute in 2017.

    Carol is married to Jim and resides in Lufkin, Texas. They have two daughters: Ashley (a University of Texas graduate living and teaching in Austin), and Amanda (a respiratory therapist at Woodland Heights who’s married to Zach). They also have two grandchildren, Jacob and Kenzie.

  • ANGEL JOHNSON-BRANCH

    ANGEL JOHNSON-BRANCH

    DIRECTOR OF HOME HEALTH FOR PINECREST

    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 JOHNSON

    JULIE JOHNSON

    ASSISTED LIVING DIRECTOR

    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.

  • KARLA KENDRICK

    KARLA KENDRICK

    LIFE ENRICHMENT DIRECTOR

    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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