Marcus Van Ameringen

MARCUS VAN AMERINGEN

Marcus is a senior housing acquisition specialist bringing his 25+ years of expertise in driving investment strategy and creating value through direct oversight of property operations, leasing and capital deployment to the 12 Oaks team. Having served in several senior leadership roles integrating acquisitions, business intel, operations and marketing, Marcus offers a balanced scorecard approach to the business development of 12 Oaks.

Marcus most recently served as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions with Lloyd Jones, LLC, a Miami-based multifamily and senior housing firm. There, he oversaw, negotiated and managed all senior housing deals; led the financial analysis and underwriting process; conducted market research and due diligence; prepared presentations to the investment committee; structured deal financing; and interfaced with the COO on operational strategies and market intelligence pre- and post-acquisition. Throughout his tenure, he brought numerous off-market deals and portfolios (opportunistic, value-add and core plus) to the table.

Prior to that position, he was Principal of Marcus & Associates Senior Living, LLC, underwriting three portfolios and 20+ one-offs for acquisition.

He was Vice President of Independent & Assisted Living for Ethica Health & Retirement Communities, managing a number of properties.

Prior to that, Marcus opened the Seniors Housing Investment Sales Division at the Atlanta office of Colliers International.

Marcus earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Music from the University of Auckland, then went on to earn his Master of Business Administration in Marketing Management from Vanderbilt University.

Lori Jones

LORI JONES

A Registered Nurse, Lori brings extensive senior living experience to her role of Chief Operating Officer. She leads a team of regional managers and operational support staff in maintaining the operational and financial aspects of communities managed by 12 Oaks Senior Living communities.

Lori started her career in senior living as a Registered Nurse, spending her first seven years in the industry as a Director of Nursing. She then transitioned to operations. Prior to joining the 12 Oaks team, Lori was on the team at Holiday Retirement for 10 years. Most recently, she served as Regional Director for 15 of their communities in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Hawaii. She also held several leadership roles within Holiday Retirement, developing and launching their home care division, and leading their assisted living division, Spectrum , through sales.

A strong proponent of culture as a driving force in attaining results, Lori is poised to elevate 12 Oaks Senior Living’s already strong commitment to culture development and nurturing.

Vikki Clyburn

VIKKI CLYBURN

My career in senior care began in the late 70’s as a caregiver in a skilled nursing facility, and immediately I found my passion! This job was the catalyst for me as I became a certified nursing assistant, medication aide, and eventually went to nursing school.

As I tried many different roles in hospital nursing, I always returned to caring for senior citizens. There is just something about that little hand of a resident on your cheek, or the memories of a past they willingly share. We have so much to learn, if we only listen.

After my husband and I moved to League City in 1995, I was hired as a Resident Care Director by the old Rosemont……which is now Reunion Court of Clear Lake! I have so many memories of laughter and tears from this community, and I see faces of those I cared for years ago!

In 2006 I was given an opportunity to grow into another role as executive director, and began learning a different side of senior care.

I honestly think my years of experience in operations as well as the clinical side, will be helpful at Reunion Court of Clear Lake, and feel it is an honor to serve the residents.

I am so excited to be back where it all began!

Brittney Richardson

BRITTNEY RICHARDSON

Brittney is a Michigan native and a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. With a passion for helping others, Brittney loves leading our compassionate and dedicated team members as we serve each of our senior residents.

She has a diverse background in direct care, management, and team leadership with the ability to motivate and lead by example. Brittney’s strong sense of mission and purpose lives into our corporate values. Her excellent communication and interpersonal skills are evident from the moment you walk into our community.

LIZ THIGPIN

I am Elizabeth Thigpin or (Liz) to the residents here to keep it short. A little bit about me: I am a Houstonian born and raised in the East Aldine area of Houston. I have kids, grandkids, and my mom that live with me and of course I have to have some pets. I came to work in this community many moons ago (May 2013). I was out job hunting one day and had prior janitorial skills and as luck would have it they were looking for a housekeeper! I had my interview and I was in. I got along so well with the residents and learned a lot from them. The opportunity to move up to Housekeeping Supervisor came up and I took a shot at it. Then this past year (2020) I was offered an Activities Manager position, so of course I took that opportunity. I wouldn’t see myself anywhere else but here. My love for the residents and hearing their stories is what helped me thrive in all my roles here. I thank the residents and the Company for giving me this blessing to be here for as long as I’ve been here and counting. I wouldn’t be here still to this day without all of them.

CATHY EVANS

I was born in Chicago, Ill but Texas has been home for the last 48 years.

Senior living has been a big part of my life for 2 years now. And I would have to say I have the best job ever as an Activity Manager! I get to bring joy and fun into our residents daily lives. I enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces while we play the games or are working on an activity.

I am a wife of 33 years and we have 4 grown children and best of all I have 4 adorable grandchildren.

Volunteering at my church brings me joy. I also love to cook, bake and sew.

MELODY STEPANENKO

Melody brings a wealth of experience to her position as Executive Director of Reunion Court of Kingwood. Her career in senior living began in the late 1980s as a devoted caregiver. Her commitment to and love for seniors would eventually reward her efforts in the mid-90s as she began her leadership role in senior living.

Melody is blessed with a beautiful daughter and four wonderful grandchildren. The saying goes, “If you want to be happy, do what you love,” and that’s exactly what Melody has done in her career. Her sincere love, respect and appreciation of our residents serves as her daily motivation at Reunion Court of Kingwood. “My goal is to continue serving seniors for as long as God allows,” says Melody.

SHELIA CARWILE

As the newest member of our team, Sheila brings over a decade of management, team leadership and training experience to her role at 12 Oaks. As a Consultant for 12 Oaks Solutions, Sheila uses her experience and expertise to support property management operations in the areas of memory care, training, and compliance. She specializes in implementing our trademarked Symphony of Life® Memory Care programming, enhancing employee performance and revising operational and training manuals for our communities.

She joined 12 Oaks in 2020 after previously serving the senior living industry in various capacities, including Executive Director, Operations Specialist, and most notably, various regional roles. She has demonstrated success with team building, regulation compliance and program implementation.

Sheila attended Troy University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She holds certifications for Texas Assisted Living Administrator License and Hospice Administrator.

MISTY ROUNTREE, PHR, SHRM-CP

Since joining 12 Oaks in 2007, Misty has held a variety of positions in the organization. She started in an administrative role at the 12 Oaks corporate office. She then transitioned into a Business Office Manager role at a Plano-area community, establishing all business office protocols that would ensure efficient operations. In 2009, Misty returned to the home office to lead the payroll and benefits activities, and in 2010, was promoted to Payroll Manager. In 2016, she was promoted to Human Resources Manager with responsibilities including management of all payroll, benefits, workplace injuries, onboarding, compliance and employee relations. She supervises two members of the Human Resources staff.

Misty graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resources Management.

She obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2010 and in 2015, was awarded her SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) designation. Misty is licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation as an Assisted Living Manager.

MICHELLE GARRETT

Michelle brings over twenty years of management, operations and team building to her role at 12 Oaks. As Regional Vice President for 12 Oaks Solutions, Michelle uses her experience and expertise to support property management operations in the areas of sales, training, and licensing compliance. She specializes in our trademarked Symphony of Life® Memory Care programming, Sherpa CRM utilization, prospect-centered sales training and property operations.

She joined 12 Oaks in 2011 in the role of Executive Director at Corinthian Retirement Community and re-joined in 2015 as Executive Director at Prestonwood Court. In the interim, she worked as the Executive Director for an independent living community. She has served the industry in various capacities, most notably as an Executive Director for independent, assisted living and memory care communities. She has demonstrated success with turnaround and underperforming properties, increasing census and profitability.

Michelle attended the University of North Texas, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She holds certifications for Texas Assisted Living Manager and for Oklahoma’s Assisted Living Administrator.

LINDA GREEN

Linda Green, Manager Operations Coordinator, oversees the support staff for the operational function and office management at 12 Oaks Senior Living. In addition, Linda is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO and Personal Assistant to the CEO, while supporting the CFO in risk management for the company.

Linda worked for Allstate Insurance Company for 18 years as a staff accountant in their Reinsurance division in Chicago before moving to Dallas.

Linda began her career with 12 Oaks at one of their managed communities, filling several positional and leadership roles during her tenure. In 2004, Linda was recruited and hired as the Administrative Assistant at the 12 Oaks corporate office. Linda brings a unique set of skills to 12 Oaks with her background in risk management and her operations experience at a senior living community.

Linda attended Harper College and Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.

KELLI SAWYER

Over 18 years ago, Kelli began her career with 12 Oaks Senior Living as the Business Office Manager at one of our managed communities. Previously, she held the same position at other skilled nursing communities. In 2006, she became Staff Accountant at the 12 Oaks Corporate office. Today Kelli’s responsibilities include oversight of accounting, treasury and IT. Her specialty is financial reporting, SOX compliance and Yardi maintenance and implementation.

Kelli studied at Strayer University, where she earned Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.