Over a century of service.

Our leadership, unusually strong and experienced, knows what works when it comes to providing compassionate care for Texas’ seniors. Add a fervent commitment to providing a faith-based environment, to helping each resident maintain their dignity and self-esteem regardless of circumstances, and a staff whose every member sets their personal bar higher when it comes to ICARE (integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence) – and results speak for themselves.

FRANCES BELTRAN

FRANCES BELTRAN

VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

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.

TERESA BETHEL

TERESA BETHEL

DIRECTOR OF HOME HEALTH

Teresa joined Cornerstone in 2001 with 10 years of nursing experience in hospital and in-home health settings. She holds a degree in nursing from Texarkana College. In 2005, she was tapped to help create a Home Health division for Cornerstone. Now after more than 16 years at Cornerstone, Teresa brings an in-depth understanding of the needs of home-bound patients to her work. She’s passionate about serving the needs of seniors through her knowledge of geriatric nursing and her considerable administrative abilities. Through her dedication, the Home Health division has grown to serve clients within the Cornerstone community, as well as clients spread across the city of Texarkana, including Bowie and Cass counties.

JEFF BRADFORD

JEFF BRADFORD

ADMINISTRATOR

Jeff brings 12 years of long-term care experience to MRC Cornerstone.  He obtained his Nursing Facility Administrator license in 2008 and has served as an administrator and executive director in Louisiana, Arkansas and now Texas. Jeff is a native of Louisiana, but has made Texarkana home, with his wife Melissa and three children: Wes, Levi, and Reese.

TIFFANY DOWDEN

TIFFANY DOWDEN

SENIOR LIVING COUNSELOR

Tiffany joined the Cornerstone marketing team in 2012, after a previous career with the Prevention Resource Center, where she educated the public on the dangers of alcoholism and drug abuse. Now she educates seniors on the wonderful community of Cornerstone and the benefits of living here. She loves working with seniors and making a difference in their lives. Tiffany is known for her generous hugs, being quick to laugh, telling jokes, and being the queen of social media for Cornerstone. She is married and juggles three teenagers and a 14-month-old. She has a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Texas A&M University.

DELONDRIA EPPS

DELONDRIA EPPS

ASSISTED LIVING DIRECTOR

Delondria is currently serving as the Assisted Living Director at Cornerstone. She holds an associate degree from Texarkana College and is currently extending her studies at Texas A&M Texarkana, with the goal of ultimately becoming an Administrator or Executive Director within the MRC system. Delondria holds both a CMA and CNA license, and is devoted to the well-being of assisting seniors. She is a humanitarian who strives to grow daily in the knowledge and skills that will enable her to advance in the health care field and provide excellent care and services. Delondria loves to spend time with her daughter Mekylie Epps, travel, and listen to music.

BRITANY GAVRIEL

BRITANY GAVRIEL

ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Britany has several years of experience as an area director of operations for hotels in the Texarkana area. She was most recently general manager of a local hotel in Texarkana. Britany has a strong hospitality background, and with her ICARE values, she’ll be a great asset to the MRC team. Britany is a native of Texarkana and has solid business ties with the community. She is married and has two boys, 18 and 21, and a 6-year-old daughter.

ANITA HICKS

ANITA HICKS

LIFE ENRICHMENT DIRECTOR

Anita began her career in the senior care industry as a volunteer at nursing homes.Even though she had previously spent 20 years working in the communications field, her love of seniors led her to take a job at a small assisted living community in Texarkana. In 2013, she joined the Cornerstone team as the life enrichment director, creating endless opportunities for social engagement, educational enrichment and creative expression for Cornerstone residents. Anita considers her work a source of joy and reward that goes far beyond her expectations. Her only regret is that she didn’t pursue her passion much earlier in life.

RON JENNETTE

RON JENNETTE

PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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.

AUTUMN NORTON

AUTUMN NORTON

HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR

Autumn joined the CSR team in November 2017. She has worked in health care since 2005, most of that being in human resources, but also has experience handling accounts payable and a resident trust fund. Autumn says she truly loves seniors and what she learns from their experiences. Autumn has lived in the Texarkana area since she was 12, so this is home to her. She has 2 children; Brock is 13 and Kaylee is 11. Their family enjoys various adventures, including camping, hiking and traveling to new places.

STEVE RAUSCH

STEVE RAUSCH

VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY

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 SEIFERT

YVONNE SEIFERT

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES

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 STEPHENS

DON STEPHENS

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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.

AMY THOMAS

AMY THOMAS

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As regional vice president Amy oversees the operations of Cornerstone as well as sister MRC communities Creekside in Huntsville and PineCrest in Lufkin, where she also serves as executive director.

Starting out as a licensed vocational nurse, Amy has touched many lives in her career growth. She also served as human resources coordinator and staff development director, roles that gave her great insight into the support needs of PineCrest employees. After obtaining her Bachelor of Business degree, Amy was charged with managing operations for the nursing and rehabilitation services of the community, and is currently working toward expanding home health services to residents of the greater Lufkin community.

Amy continues to lead by example and is a champion for customer service and excellence in resident health services. Amy is also invested in the greater Lufkin community through the Kiwanis Club. She is an inspiration to our employees because she looks for the best in others and strives to help others grow professionally as they serve our mission.

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