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Dominion Senior Living Of Athens Hires Five Directors To Serve Residents At The Assisted Living And Memory Care Community

ATHENS, TN–Dominion Senior Living of Athens is excited to announce the hiring of five new members of its management team. The directors have accepted the mission of Dominion Senior Living to honor God through service to seniors and create the best environment possible for their future residents. Dominion Senior Living of Athens is proud to welcome and announce the addition of Melissa Ingram, Wellness Director; Jessica Skelton, Business Office Director; Rhonda Elkins, Life Enrichment Director, Joy Lewis, Dining Service Director; and John Crisp, Maintenance Director. The new team members are all Tennessee natives. Each will be under the direction of Shannon Alvey, the community’s Executive Director. They are all passionate about their work and see their positions as a vocation rather than a job. The team will collaborate to fulfill the daily mental, physical and spiritual needs of each resident as they seek to create an environment where seniors in the Athens area feel at home.

“Our team is made up of exceptional people who want to make a difference in the lives of seniors,” said Alvey. “Our Directors share over 100 years combined experience of servant leadership within their individual fields of expertise. They have a genuine excitement for helping residents live their best lives with personalized care in a faith-based environment. The culmination of God-given talent and professional experience represented by these five people is an amazing gift to our community and residents. It is an honor and privilege to have each of them to help lead Dominion Senior Living of Athens.”

Melissa Ingram, Wellness Director, has been a licensed practical nurse for 27 years and is experienced in clinical care, emergency room care and pain management. She has also served as a Resident Services Director for an assisted living community. Ingram graduated from Pickens Technical College with a licensed practical nurse diploma. She is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician Intravenous (EMT-IV) in addition to holding certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Melissa is married to Mike Ingram, has two sons Jacob and Jack, and is the proud nana of Marilyn Shubert.
She is also the Team Nurse for the Polk County Wildcats Youth Football League.

Jessica Skelton comes to Dominion Senior Living to take on the role of Business Office Director. As such, she will be responsible for overseeing all bookkeeping and localized accounting functions for the community. Skelton will be a resource of information and assistance for residents and their family members. She has more than 20 years medical field experience with Athens Family Practice in all aspects of operations. She resides in Athens with her husband Lebron and daughter Baleigh. She attends Englewood First Baptist Church and is well known within McMinn County for years of involvement with McMinn Central High School Basketball boosters and Chargerettes Soccer.

Rhonda Elkins joins the team as the community’s Life Enrichment Director. In this position, Elkins will be responsible for planning, developing and implementing recreational and social activities as well as entertainment that meets the daily needs of residents. Elkins has three decades of creative sales, advertising and customer service experience which she can draw upon in her new position. She volunteers her time with several Athens organizations and was once named the American Business Women’s Association – Athens Chapter Woman of the Year.

Joining the Athens team as the Dining Service Director is Joy Lewis. She will oversee the dining staff and brings nearly two decades of food management service to the community. She will use her knowledge in the kitchen to ensure that the culinary team creates nutritious and delicious meals for residents to enjoy every day. Prior to her career in the food-service industry, Joy was a certified nursing assistant, caring for the personal and emotional needs of residents.

Rounding out the five directors is John Crisp as the Maintenance Director. Crisp has over 20 years of experience in multiple disciplines including management and more than six years at senior living communities. He was given a corporate-wide Community Impact Award in 2016 at a senior living community in Knoxville for overall job performance and for building relationships with staff and residents. Crisp will focus on preventative maintenance and the safety of residents, team members and visitors. Crisp is originally from Athens and is happy to return to his hometown to be with family and friends.

These new team members are already working on- and off-site as the community completes construction. The team is looking forward to incorporating Dominion Senior Living’s values, specialized training and expertise into their daily routines to create purposeful moments for seniors.

“We are blessed beyond measure to have each of these directors at Dominion Senior Living of Athens, and I know our community will thrive as they use their gifts and talents on a daily basis in service to seniors,” Alvey said. “We look forward to opening our doors and our hearts next month welcoming seniors and their families to our community, providing a peaceful place to call “Home Sweet Home” and the best care possible as we honor God through service to seniors.”