Meet our leadership.

The Brandon Wilde leadership team is committed to providing superior hospitality that exceeds the expectation of the residents they serve.

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Jacob Elliott

Jacob Elliott

Executive Director

Jacob joined the Brandon Wilde family in 2018, and has been a part of the Life Care Services® team since 2014. His main focus is maintaining a high level of resident satisfaction and team member engagement, while also ensuring the community continues its financial viability and operational efficiency. Jacob loves coming to Brandon Wilde every day because he has the unique opportunity to build genuine and lasting relationships with the residents he serves.

Larry Banks, NHA

Larry Banks, NHA

Administrator

As a seasoned leader in healthcare, Larry has enjoyed working for organizations where his operational expertise and knowledge of systems and compliance is utilized. He prides himself on being extremely familiar with the current regulatory and financial environments. His expertise includes strong financial management as well as team development and leadership. As a strategic planner, he has a strong working knowledge of how to develop, market and operate high acuity patient care units while also caring deeply for long term patients and their loved ones.

Most recently, he has been working for a physician provider organization as the Director of Business Development and Growth. This experience expanded his understanding of the physician side of the industry and broadened his understanding of the changing environment of reimbursement across the spectrum.

Avery Villines

Avery Villines

Community Life Services Director

Avery has worked with seniors for over 25 years, including the last 13 years as the community life services director. From events, concerts, art and volunteerism to weekly transportation and salon, spa and massage, she and her team enjoy keeping residents fully engaged in all aspects of community life.

Avery has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Valdosta State University. She also has an extensive physical fitness background that includes personal training, water fitness and Masters Swimming coaching.

Chris Pierson

Chris Pierson

Director of Plant Operations

Chris oversees all aspects of Brandon Wilde’s operation including interior and exterior maintenance. He focuses on providing excellent hospitality and service to Brandon Wilde’s residents, families, staff and vendors. After working at Brandon Wilde for over 22 years, Chris considers everyone at the community to be a part of his family.

Stephen Pryor

Stephen Pryor

Director of Environmental Services

Stephen is a native of Augusta, GA, and attended Augusta State University and Troy State University. He joined Brandon Wilde in 2005. Stephen has experience in the textiles and manufacturing industries. He has also worked with national providers of health care in skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and other medical centers in Augusta and Fayetteville, GA, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Jackson, MS and Orlando, FL.

Lynn Powell

Lynn Powell

Director of Sales & Marketing

Lynn joined Brandon Wilde as the wellness coordinator in 2009. In 2011, Lynn brought her sincere understanding and belief in the benefits of the Life Plan Community lifestyle, as well as her experience in other senior living communities, to the Brandon Wilde marketing team. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism/public relations from the University of Georgia.

Todd Greimel

Director of Dining Services

Todd is a graduate of First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine, Florida, and has been to many continuing education courses at The Culinary Institute of America in California. He is also a certified teacher and proctor in the ServSafe program. Before joining Brandon Wilde, Todd worked in many different roles for Compass Group, including director of dining services, executive chef, regional trainer of hospitality, and service manager. Prior to joining Compass Group, he worked for Westin and Sheraton hotels as a regional traveling chef and executive chef. His other work experience includes private clubs and independent restaurants.

Cheryl Taylor

Cheryl Taylor

Director of Accounting

Cheryl graduated from Augusta College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. While still in college, Cheryl began working for Georgia Railroad Bank and Trust Company. After this company merged with First Union, Cheryl worked in their Atlanta and Charlotte offices, eventually becoming head of accounts payable. In 1992, she left First Union to become the assistant director of accounting at Brandon Wilde and was named director of accounting in 1994.

Jen Boyett

Jen Boyett

Director of Human Resources

Jen has been part of the Brandon Wilde family since 2019. She has a unique combination of both health care and hospitality human resources experience. Her main focus is doing all she can to better our team member experience, which will help Brandon Wilde continue to provide the highest level of service and hospitality to our residents.

Jen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in psychology and managerial sciences from Georgia State University. Jen is also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and WorldatWork.

Nikki Vaughns

Nikki Vaughns

Director of Nursing

Nikki started her career as a neurology nurse with Augusta University Health. There she was part of a dynamic neuro team that helped develop and implement many milestones for the neurology department at AU and nationwide. In 2017, Nikki tried her hand in long-term care and fell in love again. She has traveled throughout Georgia assisting skilled nursing facilities in staffing development, resident satisfaction and state compliance. Nikki has a passion for working with dementia and geriatric individuals and has found the best of both worlds here at Brandon Wilde.

Marie McGill

Marie McGill

Director of Assisted Living and Memory Care

Marie graduated from Appalachian Technical College in 2000 with a diploma in practical nursing. She started working as a certified nursing assistant and transitioned into nursing because she loves caring for residents. Marie has worked in pediatrics, cardiology, ICU, home health, and skilled nursing with ventilator residents. In her new role at Brandon Wilde, Marie hopes to enrich the lives of all residents in any way she can.

Susan McWhorter

Susan McWhorter

Nurse Navigator

Susan graduated from Ogeechee Technical College in 1999 and worked in several different areas of the medical field before starting at Brandon Wilde in 2012. Today Susan works as a nurse navigator with the residents in independent living, where she follows up with all health center discharges to ensure they have a smooth transition back home.