Like every family, we all make a difference in many unique ways…
… from a hug to celebrate a grandbaby
… to the best birthday cake
… to helping others in a time of need
… because love knows no limits.
Sandra Palmer is the Executive Director at SomerOak Senior Living, serving as the original director since opening in August 2011. Sandra has served in various capacities in the Healthcare field since 1990. She was the Clinical Director of a not-for-profit clinic in East Tennessee where she worked closely with East Tennessee State University, writing grants and soliciting physicians to donate their time to help those impoverished patients who would otherwise not receive any medical treatment. Over 200 clients were helped per month by the work done in her clinic. In addition, Sandra was a practice manager for several physician groups in the Memphis area, one of which is a world renowned retina surgeon. Her love for and desire to help seniors, however, caused her to move her career path into the Senior Community arena, where she worked in the Memphis market for eight years. During those eight years, she was responsible for a 52 bed Assisted Living Community along with a 28 bed Memory Care Unit.
In 2011, Sandra opened SomerOak, and has busied herself growing the 40 bed facility, and becoming involved in the Fayette County Community. In 2012, SomerOak was voted the “Best Assisted Living Facility in Fayette County.” Future plans for SomerOak include a Memory Care addition as well as independent Villas.
“Opening SomerOak Senior Living has been like a dream come true for me. I am honored to be part of this beautiful community of seniors, and I am delighted to work for a faith based company like GoodWorks Unlimited. At SomerOak, we make our residents our number one priority, believing ‘we truly are God’s workmanship created to do good works.’ We know there are many choices in the senior living market, but the thing that makes us stand out from our competition is our love, concern and dedication to each of our residents. We believe we are making a difference every day in the lives that we touch. We offer quality care for the quality life that every senior deserves.”
Sandra has been married to her high school sweetheart and minister husband, Jim, for 48 years. Jim is one of her biggest supporters and is very active in the community as well. She has two children and four grandchildren. When not at SomerOak, Sandra enjoys spending time with family and traveling with her husband.
Kelly Boyette is the Activity Director at SomerOak Senior Living. She worked ten years as a paraprofessional in the McNairy County school system working in the Special Education department. Later, Kelly decided to further her education by attending the University of Memphis and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2014. Upon completing her degree, she took a position in a Nursing Home where she worked in Memory Care with residents who have dementia/Alzheimer’s. It was here Kelly found a love and desire to work with the senior population.
Kelly has been married to her husband, Dwight, for 32 years. She has two children and four grandchildren. Both Kelly and her husband are active in their church where he serves as a deacon and she has been the church secretary for over 25 years. Kelly and her husband are also bible class teachers.
Garland Greer is the Maintenance Director at SomerOak Senior Living, and he is responsible for keeping everyone and everything up and running! He does a wonderful job making sure our building is always in top notch condition. Garland has been at SomerOak since 2012. Upon retiring from Malone and Hyde, Garland worked for a senior apartment complex before coming to work at SomerOak. His servant’s heart is geared toward seniors and making our residents safe and happy. In fact his nickname at SomerOak is “Mr. Darling!”
Margaret Phillips, LPN, Director of Nursing
Margaret describes herself as a Christian first, then Mother and Nurse. She has four children and two grandchildren and has been a widow for 21 years.
Margaret became our Director of Nursing in May of 2015 after working for us part-time for 18 months. She has been a nurse for 17 years and in the healthcare field for 24 years, with most of her experience in geriatrics.
Our Residents and families all know that Margaret’s main objective is caring for her Residents, all referenced by her as “her babies.” Her number one goal is putting their safety and happiness first.
Annie Watson, Dietary Manager
Annie Watson, the Dietary Manager, has been cooking for the Residents at SomerOak for seven years. She is loved by all who sit at her table for a meal, both Residents and Family. Annie loves to cook and it shows in each dish she prepares. It is very obvious that she puts time, effort and most importantly lots of love in each meal. She makes sure that each plate she serves looks inviting and tastes delicious. Annie is well-known for many dishes, but the Residents are especially fond of her fried cornbread, turnip greens and Southern fried catfish! We have several families who make it a practice to dine with us at least once a week to eat some of Annie’s down home, Southern recipes.
For the last 23 years, Annie has worked for a number of Senior Communities as a Resident Assistant and as a cook. Her passion, however, is cooking and it shows in everything she serves. When not at SomerOak, Annie enjoys cooking for her family and friends and she is not afraid to try new recipes. SomerOak is very blessed to have her as part of our team.