Arbor people are amazing! It starts with you, of course – our residents and neighbors. And, our staff is experienced, compassionate, and professional. Our nurses, activity directors, housekeepers, professional chefs, therapists, office managers, maintenance folks – all are here to serve you. But our most cherished employees are our caregivers – you can count on these fine people to take care of your every need.

Our Executive Directors are trained assisted living professionals. But we go beyond what is mandated by the State – our management and nursing personnel are exposed to rigorous training and continuing education.

Your transition to The Arbor promises to be a smooth one. Our staff has worked with numerous families to assist during this important transition. We work closely with every new resident to ensure their move goes as smoothly as possible, from settling into their new home, to meeting new friends at meal time, and everything in between.

Our Amazing Staff

Mary Jo

Executive Director
Mary Jo has been working in senior care for over 26 years, spending 23 of those years as part of the team at The Arbor. She appreciates every aspect of her job – to the point where it does not feel like a job at all. Participating in special events and activities with the residents are some of her favorite times spent at the Arbor. Residents know her door is always open to assist them in any way. When Mary Jo is not at the Arbor you can find her spending time with her family. She has been married for 40 years to the best husband. Randy is often seen at the Arbor volunteering. Together they had 3 children who have blessed them with 6 wonderful grandchildren whom they love to go on adventures with, especially to the lake or the beach. They also love spending time with their church family and help in any way they can when called upon. Arbor is very proud to have her on staff.

Kathy

Community Relations Director
Kathy, a native of Houston Texas, found her way to Nacogdoches when she and her husband decided to move here to be close to her parents. Her mom and dad had moved into The Arbor where they lived for several years. Kathy fell in love with the staff and people that live here so after retiring from her job of 37 years she decided to work at The Arbor part time. That part time position soon became full time and she loves being a part of The Arbor team. Kathy enjoys meeting new people so being the Community Relations Director gives her the opportunity to do just that. Having experienced The Arbor from both sides gives her a unique perspective when touring and showing the property to potential new residents. She feels blessed to also be able to care for and interact with the residents the way others cared for her parents when they were here. Outside of work Kathy loves cruising with her husband Tommy and hanging out with her dogs. She sings in her church choir and also with The Heart of the Pines Chorus who often perform at the Arbor and other venues around Nacogdoches. Kathy describes The Arbor as her dream job and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Christi

Wellness Director
Hi, I’m Christi Barrett LVN. I’m a resident of Nacogdoches County. I’m married with a blended family of 5 children and 12 grands with 1 on the way. I’ve been a nurse since 1999 and in the medical field since 1990. I’m a graduate of the Tyler County Vocational Nursing Program. I have 20+ years experience in the ER and currently also work as an Aesthetics nurse doing Botox, Fillers, Medical Weightloss etc. I have recently joined the fabulous TEAM at The Arbor as the Wellness Director and am so excited about this opportunity. My Hobbies include Rodeo’s, Small Tire ProTree No Time Racing (with my husband), Shopping, Traveling and absolutely anything that includes my grands. They are my life.

Chelsea

Business Office Manager
Chelsea has been with The Arbor for about 8 years now. And in that time, she has held a few positions including Caregiver, Med Aide, Activity Director and lastly Business Office Manager. She has always had a passion for helping others especially the Elderly Community since she grew up taking care of her blind Grandfather. Since Chelsea has been an employee of the Arbor for most of her adult life, a lot of milestones have happened. She got married in 2019 to Chandler Wimberly and in 2022 they welcomed their first child Annabeth Wimberly into the world, and they will be welcoming baby #2 in December of 2024. In her free time Chelsea enjoys all things photography and spending time with those she loves. Chelsea is currently enrolled as a full-time student to pursue a Career in Elementary School Teaching, so by the time her children are in school she will be too.

Kelsie

Activity Director
Kelsie grew up locally in Nacogdoches. She went to Central Height Highschool and graduated in 2017. She has worked here at The Arbor since January 2020. Kelsie started here as a Caregiver and was promoted to Activities soon after. She has always been the creative and artistic type. Her creativity also includes being musically inclined. She loves playing her guitar and singing for the residents. Kelsie also loves people and enjoys taking time to know others. Kelsie has an upbeat attitude that shines through her role as the activities director. She enjoys making people laugh and smile. Kelsie goes to church and always keeps the scripture Proverbs 3:5-6 in mind. Kelsie loves working at The Arbor and hopes to keep excelling in what she does.

Gamika

Assistant Wellness Director
Gamika has been an Assistant Wellness Director in Assisted Living for 25 years and this August will be her 5th year at this position for The Arbor and she loves it! She loves helping the residents enjoy their remaining years…this gives her joy. She loves the residents and The Arbor team and tries to do her best daily. Gamika has been married for 27 years and has 4 children (2 girls and 2 boys) and 7 grandchildren with 1 on the way due in September 2024. She has one autistic grandson that has taught her so much. She says it makes you see people in a different, loving way which causes her to have even more compassion and patience for everyone. Watching and loving him has changed her life. She also does catering as a second job. She cooks and serves the food she prepares for her church and other events. Gamika loves both of her jobs.

Angela

Memory Care Coordinator
Angie has been with the Arbor for 5 years as our Memory Care Coordinator. She was born and raised in Nacogdoches, TX and graduated from Central Heights High School and then went on to attend Angelina Jr. College. She comes from a large family with four brothers and three sisters and has two wonderful sons and a daughter-in-law. Her hobbies are reading good books in her free time, traveling, baking and being with family. Angie loves working with the elderly and says you can learn so much from them if you pay attention and listen. Her favorite bible verse…Psalm 27.

Dustin

Culinary Director
Dustin, originally from Austin, moved to Nacogdoches to pursue a college career in Rehabilitation Services. While attending college, Dustin cooked to provide for himself. During this time, Dustin took a plethora of culinary classes and worked a few different positions within the restaurant industry. During his stay at Stephen F. Austin State University, he met his fiance, who he will marry in June of 2024. He has been in Nacogdoches for 9 years, and plans to continue to grow here. On his days off he enjoys hosting dinner parties, reading books, testing new recipes and working with his three dogs.

Bennie

Maintenance Director
Bennie grew up in Tyler Texas and spent most of his career in industrial refrigeration. He is excited to be in the assisted living space utilizing all of his mechanical skills. Bennie is one of our newest team members and is proving to be a real asset around here. Aside from his being a Mr. Fix-It he is also very personable and good with the residents. An all around good guy. Bennie has been married for 19 years and enjoys being outside with his 3 boys.

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