Team

Valerie Howe

Valerie Howe

Executive Director

Valerie is the Executive Director responsible for overseeing daily operations of the community, ensuring quality care and services are provided to residents and achieving high resident satisfaction. Valerie has been in the healthcare industry for over 20 years, and served in a wide variety of roles from certified nursing aid; to long term care nurse in a skilled facility; to project manager in a private practice office; to Director of Nursing in assisted living; to Executive Director in assisted living. Valerie was previously Bloom at Bluffton's Community Relations Director and came to Bloom from an assisted living community in Beaufort, South Carolina where she served as Executive Director. She holds an Associate of Arts and a Practical Nursing Degree from The Technical College of the Lowcounty, as well as, a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from South University. Valerie is licensed in the State of South Carolina as a Community Residential Care Facility Administrator as well as a Licensed Practical Nurse. When she is not working, Valerie spends time with her large family enjoying life and living each day to the fullest.

Herb Wilkins

Herb Wilkins

Area Culinary Director

Herb is the Area Culinary Director responsible for overseeing the Dietary Department of Bloom communities and making sure that their delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals are made from scratch for our residents using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Our residents enjoy a five-star dining experience lead by Herb filled with a rich assortment of menu options. In collaboration with our Registered Dietician, Herb incorporates resident’s personal recipes, special requests, old time favorites and specific dietary needs so our well-balanced gourmet menus are designed with their health, personal tastes and preferences in mind. Understanding how important great food is to our residents, Herb is consistently introducing exciting new cuisines for the communities to enjoy. Herb has had a long career in the food industry as Food Service Manager, Food Production Manager, Executive Chef, Foood Service Director, Director of Culinary Services and Food & Beverage Director for various health care and other organizations. He received degrees in Food Service Management and Culinary Arts, received the highest marks for customer satisfaction and won numerous awards.

Artemus

Artemus "Artie" Edwards

Dietary Service Director

Artie is the Dietary Service Director responsible for overseeing the Dietary Department and makes delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals from scratch every day for our residents using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Our residents enjoy a five-star dining experience lead by Artie filled with a rich assortment of menu options. In collaboration with our Registered Dietician, Artie incorporates resident’s personal recipes, special requests, old time favorites and specific dietary needs so our well-balanced gourmet menus are designed with their health, personal tastes and preferences in mind. Understanding how important great food is to our residents, Artie is consistently introducing exciting new cuisines for the community to enjoy. He has been in the food service and hospitality industry for over 25 years. Over his illustrious career, Artie has been the Food Services Director and Head Chef at numerous restaurants, bakeries and national senior living providers, including Brookdale Senior Living, Five Star Senior Living, Sunwest Management and Life Care Services.

Jillian Staub, LPN

Jillian Staub, LPN

Wellness Director

Jillian is the Wellness Director responsible for overseeing resident health care services, the medication delivery system, in-service training of the Health Services Department and conducting assessments.

Brian Houlihan

Brian Houlihan

Community Relations Director

Brian is the Community Relations Director responsible for sales and marketing and has helped numerous families find placement for their loved ones. Brian previously worked for a national Assisted Living and Memory Care provider, Brookdale Senior Living, as a Medical Technician and for Home Helpers of the Lowcountry as a Home Health Caretaker. He has also worked in retail, merchandising and design. Brian’s extensive sales expertise, clinical background and long-standing dedication to seniors make him a tremendous resource for families and professionals. He attended Boston College and Albertus Magnus College earning degrees in economics and psychology.

Nancy Briggs

Nancy Briggs

Life Enrichment Coordinator

Nancy is the Life Enrichment Coordinator responsible for planning and coordinating community-sponsored activity, exercise and wellness programs for Assisted Living residents, as well as, ensuring our residents continue to live life to their fullest potential, enjoying their favorite activities while discovering new ones, and blooming into their best selves through growth and discovery. Nancy is a seasoned event planner, and her creativity and enthusiasm is second to none.

Carla Edens

Carla Edens

Life Enrichment Coordinator (Memory Care)

Carla is the Life Enrichment Coordinator responsible for planning and coordinating community-sponsored activity, exercise and wellness programs for Memory Care residents, as well as, ensuring our residents continue to live life to their fullest potential, enjoying their favorite activities while discovering new ones, and blooming into their best selves through growth and discovery. Alzheimer’s and dementia does not stop an artist from wanting to paint, a fisherman from wanting to fish or a dancer from wanting to dance. While some residents may have lost their short term memories, Carla's mission, through our specialized programming and full calendar of activities and wellness programs, is to stimulate the long term memories that remain intact allowing our residents to continue being who they have always been.

Kenya Barkley

Kenya Barkley

Business Office Manager

Kenya is the Business Office Manager responsible for maintaining day-to-day business office operations and procedures, including payroll, rent deposits and resident billing.

John Taylor

John Taylor

Director of Maintenance

John is the Director of Maintenance responsible for maintenance, repairs and improvements to the community. John loves working and interacting with our residents on a daily basis to ensure their homes and surroundings are in a safe condition and our residents are happy. He previously served as a Project Coordinator for Brookdale Senior Living overseeing maintenance for Assisted Living and Memory Care communities in North and South Carolina. John has over 25 years of experience across Project Management, Business Development and Application Development. He has worked for the United States Postal Service, antique stores and tool supply companies. John graduated from UNC-Greensboro and Guilford Technical Community College. He served for nearly 20 years on the Board of Directors and as President for the Postal Credit Union, and for over 10 years on the Board of Southeastern Workers Conference. He has been the Deacon of his Church and volunteers, through his Church, with young groups. He also volunteers for various education centers and at Girl Scouts camp. He holds the Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. John is an avid reader, advanced woodworker, experienced yachter and excellent golfer.

Terri Mack

Terri Mack

Director of Housekeeping

Terri is the Director of Housekeeping responsible for keeping our residents' homes and surroundings in a clean, comfortable and safe condition. Terri is a dedicated and professional, self-motivated achiever who simply gets the job done. She is respectful and pays attention to detail ensuring our residents are happy and proud to call our community home. Terri is a true asset. She has worked for our community over 10 years. She started as a Resident Assistant and was promoted to Director of Housekeeping.

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