Mary Lou Merkt

Mary Lou Merkt

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mary Lou’s connection to The Woodlands runs deep. While serving as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Furman University, she was involved in the development of our community. And she has an even more up close and personal perspective because her father was a resident here. She’s been a part of who we are for a long time, so she knows what makes us ‘us.’ And her financial, administrative and leadership experience will keep us moving forward as we continue to find new ways of serving residents and growing our relationships in the Greenville community.

Carol S. Babbitt, NHA, CRCFA

Carol S. Babbitt, NHA, CRCFA

Chief Operating Officer

Carol keeps daily operations running smoothly throughout the health center, which includes our Assisted Living, Memory Care and Short- and Long-Term Skilled Nursing Care. That’s no small task, so her 20+ years of experience in senior living health care administration is appreciated by staff and residents every day.

Angela Hecker

Angela Hecker

Director of Sales and Marketing

Angela is responsible for the continued growth of The Woodlands community through sales and branding. Her leadership and strategy experience in the pharmaceutical industry goes hand-in-hand with her experience in building relationships as a senior living sales counselor. And her experience in musical theatre makes for some very entertaining conversations.

Brandy Reece, RN

Brandy Reece, RN

Director of Nursing

With over 20 years of experience in rehabilitation and geriatrics, Brandy understands quality senior patient care, and she brings compassion and insight to the daily operations of the health center. She provides valuable leadership to ensure that residents receive excellent health service from different levels of licensed staff.

Evan Faucette

Evan Faucette

Director of Dining Services

Evan strongly believes in the power of food to give joy and bring people together. He oversees all things related to dining services here at The Woodlands. He uses his 15 years of experience in the food service industry to create ever-changing seasonal menus, featuring local organic meats and vegetables to produce high-quality meals. Evan prides himself on paying close attention to each resident’s dietary preferences, and makes sure they all know their satisfaction is his top priority.

Andrea Payment

Andrea Payment

Lifestyles Director

Andrea is responsible for the daily entertainment and activities that keep our residents connected, engaged and very happy. Her experience in the art and nonprofit worlds are serving her well as she serves our community every day.

Rick Brackett

Rick Brackett

Executive Director of Plant Operations

Rick’s behind-the-scenes work keeps our whole community running efficiently. He supports the day-to-day maintenance needs, works with contractors and vendors, plans community improvement projects, trains staff, and oversees preventive maintenance, landscaping, safety and security.

Kathy Young

Kathy Young

Business Office Director

We work hard to maintain the financial goals of the community. Kathy is a big part of that effort, working closely with our management company. She’s involved in budgeting, financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. She also makes sure residents stay informed about financial matters, and keeps those lines of communication open.

Bobby R. Kimmons Jr, MHRD, SPHR

Bobby R. Kimmons Jr, MHRD, SPHR

Human Resource Director

Bobby is the reason we have the kind of staff that makes this community feel like family. He recruits, trains and retains outstanding team members for The Woodlands. With his background and certifications in human resource management and health care recruitment, when he makes a hiring recommendation, we listen.

Merietta McKenzie

Merietta McKenzie

Director of Concierge Services

“Service” is not her middle name, but it should be. Merietta and her team of communication professionals are the first points of engagement for the community. They keep information flowing to all departments and ensure that our award-winning customer service standards are met. Her background in hospitality, customer service and public relations serve us all well.

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