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.
Dedicated to senior well-being.
Together, our leadership represents over a century of experience in the evolution of compassionate care for Lufkin-area seniors.
Frances Beltran began her service at MRC in 1998 as the Human Resources Specialist, moved to the Corporate Director of Human Resources, and now serves at the Vice President of Human Resources. She earned her CPP (Certified Payroll Professional) designation in 2004 and her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) in 2011.
In her current role, Frances allows the ICARE values of Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence to guide her in serving MRC employees, as they in turn serve our most worthy seniors.
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.
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.
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.
Ron Jennette has served in the senior living industry since 1994, initially joining the tax-exempt world as a financial management consultant for many years after serving as CFO for a private conglomerate of relatively small for-profit corporations in heavy equipment, construction, retail, and rental housing markets in Kansas and Texas. Ron joined Methodist Retirement Communities in April 2008 as CEO of the system and president of each affiliate. MRC is celebrating 55 years of service ministry to senior adults, now as a growing system of six market rate retirement communities (and a seventh in early development), plus five affordable housing communities and their own insurance captive. Prior to joining MRC, Ron also feels blessed to have served as CFO and CEO of Air Force Villages retirement communities in San Antonio, now known as Blue Skies of Texas.
Ron is a graduate of the University of Louisville, with a degree in business administration and a major in finance. Prior joining this industry, Ron became a Certified Management Accountant. Since joining our industry, he first achieved certification as a Home for the Aged and Assisted Living Facility Administrator, then later as a Certified Aging Services Professional. Earlier this year, Ron completed 12 years on the LeadingAge Texas Board, including two years as the board chair. He also previously served on the Public Policy Committee of LeadingAge (national), the Advisory Board for the Coalition of Leadership in Aging Services, the Vanderbilt Home Care Board of Directors, and spent approximately 10 years as a surveyor for the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Ron is passionate about the mission of service ministry to senior adults and is focused on being a catalyst for making a positive difference in this world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Steve joined MRC in 2017 in his current position from United Methodist Communities of New Jersey, where he had been the Corporate Director of IT (Information Technology) for about 3 years. Prior to that, he was the IT Director for Tennova Healthcare in Lebanon, TN for about 2 years; for Hillsdale Hospital in Hillsdale, MI for about 2 years; for Gibson General Hospital in Princeton, IN for about 5 years and for IU Health – White Memorial in Monticello, IN for about 5 years.
Steve holds an associate’s degree in computer information systems from Ivy Tech Community College, a BS in computer systems networking and telecommunications from Capella University, and a graduate certificate in cybersecurity from Central Michigan University.
Yvonne is a native Texan with more than 20 years’ experience in long-term care, beginning as a charge nurse. She has held various positions throughout her career, including unit manager, MDS coordinator and director of nursing at one care center, where she worked for 10 years. She held the position of director of nursing at the center for eight years. Yvonne’s experience also includes the role of regional director of clinical services for another company where she oversaw the quality of care for eight centers across the state. During her tenure, the entire region showed significant improvement in the 5-Star rating system and in the company’s internal score card system.
Yvonne establishes a strong emphasis on delivering high quality care, and she expects nothing short of excellence in the clinical department. In 2011, she joined MRC as the director of nursing at its Cornerstone community in Texarkana. In 2015, she was promoted to MRC director of clinical services. Yvonne holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from UT Arlington. She currently chairs the Peer Group for Leading Age and has mentored nursing students in precept programs from several nursing schools in ADN and BSN disciplines.
Don joined the MRC team in January 2015, having worked in the senior living field since 1990. Prior to joining MRC, he served as CFO for retirement communities in Louisville, KY and Midland TX and spent a couple of years working as a financial software consultant for a provider of software to senior living organizations. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University and then completed his education in Finance and Accounting at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY.
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.
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