Vanessa Filla has served as our human resources coordinator at The Crossings in League City, Texas, since September 2016. Prior to joining the MRC family, she worked in the hospitality industry, which she entered in 2002 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in human resources from the University of Houston. Vanessa is always willing to learn, discover, develop and grow as she takes on each day to serve the residents, family and staff.
Over a century of experience in caring for our seniors.
Abraham started working in health care in 2003. He began as a direct caregiver and then became a social worker in a long-term care facility in Chicago, Illinois. He then joined a not-for-profit organization in the Chicago area and served as admissions director for more than five years before becoming the licensed nursing home administrator in 2010. He also was instrumental in turning another facility into a premier operation under his leadership.
Abraham and his family then had the opportunity to move to Texas, where he served as a health care administrator for a facility offering short-term rehab, long-term care and assisted living in Houston. He joined MRC The Crossings on April 24, 2017, as the health care administrator, noting that he truly embraces the ICARE values of Methodist Retirement Communities.
Abraham graduated with a master’s in social work, a master’s in English literature, and a bachelor’s in English literature. He’s currently enrolled at California Intercontinental University pursuing a doctorate in business administration, specializing in health care management and leadership. He’s also a licensed nursing facility administrator in Illinois and Texas.
He plays and coaches soccer and is involved in activities at his church. As a certified preceptor by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, he also enjoys teaching his staff at work and coaches other health care managers on leading the industry.
Greg joined MRC in 2017, bringing an extensive background in the hospitality industry, including positions with the Hilton North Hotel and Hotel Zaza in Houston as well as the San Luis Resort in Galveston. His experience with hospitality fits well with our mission to provide an engaging and amenity-filled quality of life for our residents. Greg holds a Masters of Business Administration from Florida International University in Miami and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
Lauren Saloom joined MRC as an intern in 2011 while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in hospitality administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. Once her internship was finished, she was offered a position in marketing, where her heart for seniors contributed to our mission to serve. During her six-plus years in the industry, Lauren’s served our communities in several capacities. She moved to League City, Texas, to join MRC The Crossings before construction was finished in June 2015. Her current role as lifestyle director encompasses her love for seniors, energetic personality, commitment to excellence, leadership and lifelong learning in the field of aging services. In 2016, Lauren earned a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in senior living from Stephen F. Austin State University while graduating with honors. In 2017, she completed the LeadingAge Texas Leadership Institute.
Lauren enjoys learning, traveling, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, reading and photography.
Native of Houston Texas and residing in the Clear Lake area since 2001. Abe’s background is real estate development marketing and has over 20 years of successful experience with resort and retirement communities located in Texas, Mexico and Panama. Abe joined MRC in December 2012 for the launch of The Crossings.
Alyssa handles sales training and management, census development, branding, investor relationships, and implementing effective marketing communications for all the communities. In addition, she participates in shaping the MRC portfolio through strategic planning of new product lines and reinvention of current product lines.
Before joining MRC in 2012, Alyssa served as regional director for sales for Asbury Communities in Germantown, MD, and as regional marketing manager for Greystone Communities in Irving, TX, developing and executing marketing plans and focusing her teams on clear branding and marketing communications.
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.
Chuck Childress has been serving senior adults since 1996, in both health services and residential living. Prior to joining MRC in 2009, he served as Executive Director for Buckner Retirement Services Parkway Place community in West Houston.
After earning his Bachelor of Social Work degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1996, he worked in case management with Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin. In 1998, he moved to Houston where he developed many relationships and business skills, serving residents and families in West Houston. During this time, he earned his Master of Social Work degree from University of Houston. In 2003, Chuck completed post graduate certification through the University of Texas Health Science Center, receiving credentials as a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator. In 2010, he completed the Certified Aging Services Professional program through University of North Texas.
Senior residential and health services have become a lifelong ministry for Chuck. He is committed to MRC’s mission of service excellence for seniors.
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.
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.
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