MEET OUR TEAM
Prior to joining Magnolia Brook Assisted Living, Mike worked as a Regional Director of Sales and Regional Director of Operations for Holiday Retirement and as a Regional Director of Operations for Senior Lifestyle Corporation. A majority of his experience was accomplished during his first six years in the senior care industry, specifically overseeing independent, assisted living and memory care communities, in 13 and 19 locations, respectively, in Louisiana and Texas. Mike has a passion for helping seniors and their families during a time when many emotional and practical issues must be considered.
Mike credits his success with his ability to bolster a team who understands that having an attitude of gratitude can be the difference between providing acceptable and memorable service. His goal is to provide a clean, fun and friendly environment for both his employees and the residents he and his team serve by empowering his team members to have the courage to do what it takes to make things right.
“Not too many people get to do what we do on a daily basis. We become a part of our residents’ lives and they become a part of ours. It is not only a privilege but a blessing to be able to spend the better part of my day and work for the Greatest Generation.”
When Mike is away from work, he enjoys attending LSU football and baseball games, reading and taking his two dogs, Izzy and Chloe to the dog park and most of all spending time with his two daughters, Taylor and Cameron, and his wife, Lauren.
Sales & Marketing Director
Teri began her career in helping seniors and their families to live a better life at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area. She transitioned from there to A First Name Basis as their Marketing and Sales Director, and then to Sunrise Senior Living as their Sales and Marketing Director where she was able to enjoy building relationships with residents and their families. As the Sales and Marketing Director for Magnolia Brook, she is responsible for helping potential residents and their families navigate the complex world of senior living communities.
Her 10 years of knowledge in the needs of seniors span the care continuum from assisted living to memory care and beyond. “When seniors need care as they age, it can be a very chaotic and stressful experience. It can lead to many feelings of frustration, hurt and the fear of uncertainty. When families allow me to help them choose a senior living community, it is a privilege to be part of that journey.”
She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and has enjoyed living in the Baton Rouge community for 27 years. In her own words, “I feel like I’ve lived here forever.” Teri believes that everyone should have a little joy in their everyday life and working in senior living communities is one of her passions. Sharing her talents and resources is a great way to connect with people in her everyday life. Connections are the best way to make a difference in our community.
In her free time Teri enjoys reading, designing jewelry, running and spending time with her family and dogs.
Business Office Director
Shawn has worked as an executive administrative and finance professional for over 20 years. She came to Magnolia Brook from Coca Cola but found her calling to senior care during her career years in healthcare and working for the Food Bank. While assisting with securing the millions of pounds of food that otherwise go to waste every year, she also assisted with the Senior Café and the mobile pantries that served the retirement communities in her region. She helped refine the programs to accommodate specific feeding abilities and dietary restrictions while also reflecting the traditions of Southern Cuisine. She valued her Senior Volunteers that truly improved the food security of the children and elders of her community.
Shawn allows the Concordis values of Integrity, Passion, Empowerment and Teamwork to guide her in serving Magnolia Brook residents and their families. She also believes the key to be the very best at this is also attracting and retaining faithful and trusted staff who will in turn serve our most worthy residents just like family.
Shawn and her husband recently “rightsized” their lifestyle after selling their home in Texas and moved to Louisiana. They now live with their four-legged daughters, Stella & Roux, both Boston Terriers. They are eager to immerse themselves in the culture, food and community of Baton Rouge.
Rebecca has dedicated her life to providing the highest level of dignity and to providing the best possible outcomes for both the seniors and their families throughout all phases of care. She began her passion for caring for the senior population first by working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in both the hospital and the home health settings, before ultimately becoming a Registered Nurse. Rebecca has worked as a Registered Nurse Case Manager providing direct hands on care, as a Director of Nursing in Home Health, Director of Nursing in Long term Care Skill Nursing / Rehabilitation and Assisted Living, and as a Regional Director of Nursing providing oversight over multiple skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
Rebecca believes everyday is such a blessing to be able to be a part of meeting the needs of the seniors and their families in the seniors home. Her care of others philosophy is, “We work in their home … they do not live where we work.”
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys going dancing with her husband, Billy, and spending time with their large family and their two spoiled dogs, Angel and Bella. She volunteers for the Homeless Vets charity events and Mighty Moms. Rebecca collects costume jewelry, enjoys anything outdoors, participates in 5K runs, traveling, cooking, sewing, cheering on our football and baseball teams, and of course, watching re-runs of “The Golden Girls.”
Dining Services Director
Chef Michael Foster began his cooking career as many Chefs have; helping his mother in the kitchen at home. After attending culinary school, he started cooking in restaurants in Pittsburgh, PA. Chef moved from Pennsylvania to Louisiana in 1994 and married his high school sweetheart; a girl he has known since kindergarten. They have been married since 1995! In Louisiana, Michael’s cooking career began in local restaurants. In 1998, he landed a position as Sous Chef at St. James Place. This was his first foray into Senior Care. He was later promoted to Executive Chef when the Executive Chef abruptly walked out.
After all of the construction at St. James Place was through, Michael felt that the mission he was placed there for had come to an end. Michael moved on to another position and did relief work after Hurricane Katrina. After this work was through, he and his wife moved to California, working at the Long Beach Convention Center. In 2008, his wife’s father became ill and they moved back to Louisiana. Michael landed a position as Executive Chef for Residential Dining at LSU. He worked there in many capacities for 8 years. He and his wife had a son, their first and only child, in 2012. Michael decided he was interested in looking at another position that did not require so many hours away from his wife and new child. A position came up with Morrison Healthcare at the Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge. Michael earned the position as Executive Chef for the hospital, which was a new account opening for Morrison. After two and a half years, Michael was approached by Blake Management to come work for The Blake at the Grove. This would be his second experience in Senior living. After a year and four months, Michael left The Blake at the Grove to come open the new and exciting Magnolia Brook Assisted Living. His favorite color is green, his favorite food is ribeye steak and lasagna. He likes spending time with his wife and son, fishing is one of their favorite pastimes. His son loves space, NASA, wants to Terraform Mars and have the first-born Martian.
Life Enrichment Director
Born and raised in the small town of Teays Valley, West Virginia, Marybeth and her daughters moved to Baton Rouge in 2018. She has often been referenced as the “Mary Poppins” of her community because she is always smiling and willing to serve others.
Marybeth is passionate about building a supportive, inclusive and loving community wherever she works. In her new role as the Life Enrichment Director at Magnolia Brook, Marybeth is excited to bring creative and meaningful programming and special events to every resident. She strongly believes that investing quality time in people improves emotional and physical health.
In college at West Virginia Wesleyan, Marybeth did extensive research on the dorm she was living and working in. Being one of the oldest female dorms in the US, Marybeth created a community food drive and “haunted tour”, in which she walked residents of the community through the dorm, telling of its history and ending in the attic with a haunted house. Marybeth was also awarded RA of the Year and Programmer of the Year her senior year.
At her previous employer in Charleston, West Virginia, Marybeth co-created a fundraiser called “Raise the Bar”, in which she and her local 24-hour fitness gym partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities to raise money for their local house. In that same vein, Marybeth loves to incorporate fitness as part of her health and wellness approach to programming (she has also been a vegetarian for 10 years, but don’t hold that against her).
When she isn’t tackling a mountain of laundry or lifting heavy weights at the gym, Marybeth is dancing in the kitchen and playing outside with her beautiful daughters, Finley and Maven. She also enjoys playing the piano, singing, writing music, photography and rollerblading. Her secret dream is to be a singing cartoon voice in a movie one day (soon!).
Life Enrichment Director, Memory Care
Ed was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in Cajun country. After leaving high school he moved to Baton Rouge to pursue work opportunities. Ed began his career working with children at the Louisiana School for the Deaf. During summers, Ed served as a camp counselor and director.
In 1986, Ed began working with elderly populations at St. James Place and Ollie Steele Burden Manor Nursing Home as an Activity Coordinator. He coordinated and supervised activities for the elderly where many of the residents were affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
In 2008, Ed accepted a position at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area as Coordinator for Charlie’s Place Respite Center. He was responsible for ensuring clients received person-centered care that guided them through their disease journey. After leaving the organization in 2014, Ed began working for St. James Place as the Life Enrichment Manager, helping fulfill his passion working with elderly people with dementia.
After dedicating over 30 years of his life to serving the elderly and specifically those with dementia, Ed decided to retire and spent his “retirement years” by devoting his time to volunteering. In Ed’s free time, he enjoys doing yardwork, watching movies and the occasional weekend getaway. His pet family includes his two children, Maggie and Millie, who are Min Pins that have also have his heart. Ed’s incredibly excited about this opportunity, working at Magnolia Brook as our Life Enrichment Director for Memory Care, which will once again allow Ed to bring his talents and skills to provide optimal person-centered care in a fun and friendly environment.