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

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.

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.

VALLIE CROSS

VALLIE CROSS

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Vallie Cross was honored to join PineCrest in May 2016. Prior to coming to PineCrest, she was regional sales director for the Southern Division of At Home Healthcare. Vallie has over 10 years of experience marketing senior living in settings ranging from assisted living and skilled nursing to dementia care and home health. Prior to moving into the marketing field, Vallie was a licensed counselor serving adolescents and adults in Houston and East Texas. Working with senior adults has offered her the opportunity to help seniors and their families thrive while adapting to life’s changes. Vallie has lived in Lufkin with her husband and two children for over 20 years.

MONA MILLER

MONA MILLER

HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR

Mona Miller joined MRC PineCrest in March 2016. Prior to coming to MRC PineCrest, Mona was the corporate director of human resources for nine years at a Texas health care company with approximately 900 employees. Mona is PHR-certified and has managed functions in multistate and multisite locations, and she has extensive knowledge in organizational development, strategy execution, compensation planning, recruitment and management training. Mona began her human resources career in 2001. Prior to moving into the HR field, Mona was an independent insurance adjuster, holding a multiline Texas adjuster’s license and serving a wood manufacturing corporation with 23 manufacturing plants in Texas. Mona’s experience has prepared her to manage the change process while facilitating effective teams for process improvement. Mona is a member of Pineywoods SHRM, ETHRA, and National SHRM organizations.

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.

KAREN LAZARINE

KAREN LAZARINE

DIRECTOR OF MEMORY SUPPORT AND ASSISTED LIVING

Karen Lazarine is a dementia specialist and a certified trainer in dementia care. She attended Lamar University and obtained several certifications in aging. She’s been with PineCrest since 2007 and has many accomplishments. Two of her favorites are initiating the Celebration of Trees fundraiser within PineCrest and publishing the award-winning PineCrest cookbook, Recipes from the Good Ole Days.

Karen is married to John Lazarine and has two children: Brooke, 24, and Blake, 20. When not at PineCrest, Karen enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and creating things for her home.

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.

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.

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.

BREANNA MURPHY

BREANNA MURPHY

COMMUNITY OUTREACH LIAISON

Breanna Murphy is serving as our community outreach liaison. She has only been doing this for a few months, but she isn’t new to PineCrest. She has worked as a charge nurse in Health Services on the weekends.

Breanna is from Mabank, Texas, but is now a permanent resident of Damascus, just outside of Diboll. She lived in Mabank her whole life, in the same house her parents still reside in, until she moved to College Station. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. After that, she was a teacher for nine years, and taught agricultural science and elementary math and science.

She is married to Thomas Murphy, who is a lifelong resident of Damascus, and they have two young boys. Breanna also has a chocolate lab named Jethro, that she calls her first-born son. She enjoys cooking, and relaxing by the water in the summer and by the fire in the winter.

HEATH FOUST

HEATH FOUST

DIRECTOR OF PHYSICAL PLANT

Heath Foust has worked at PineCrest for 18 years and has managed the Physical Plant department for the past 15 years. His prior experience includes working for Sears repairing all major brands of appliances and for an A/C company installing and repairing A/C systems and minor electrical work. One of his greatest accomplishments was joining the U.S. Air Force after high school graduation, where he learned leadership and supervisory skills that serve him well in his current role.

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