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Executive Director

Chad Polk

Chad Polk, our Executive Director, is originally from Picayune, Mississippi. He attended Picayune Memorial High School, Mississippi State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Director of Sales

Suellen Gunn

Suellen is from Forest, Mississippi and attended Holmes Community College in Goodman, Mississippi. She has been in Clinical Sales for the last 18 years and in sales positions since she began working as a teenager!

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Director of Business Operations

Michael Pollard

Michael Pollard is a native of Flowood, Mississippi and graduated from Northwest Rankin High School. He went on to earn a degree and licenses in Funeral Services Management and has seven years of experience in Funeral Services and six years of experience in Banking Management.

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Director of Wellness

Lorie Swilley

Lorie Swilley grew up in Pelahatchie, Mississippi and graduated from East Rankin Academy, Class of 1991. She then attended Hinds Community College for two years to get her pre-requisites for nursing. From there, she went to UMMC School of Nursing and earned her BSN in 1995. She has been a nurse for 24 years and has worked in hospitals, nursing homes, and home health.

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Director of Activities

Rachel Edwards

Rachel Edwards grew up at the Ross Barnett Reservoir and graduated from Brandon High School. Afterward, she attended Hinds Community College and has worked at The Blake for three years.

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Director of Dining

Rachel Worthy

Rachel Worthy, the Director of Dining, is originally from Bassfield, Mississippi. She attended Pearl River Community College and has been cooking for 20 years.

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Director of Facilities

Kenneth Porter

Kenneth Porter was born in Gary, Indiana and graduated from Provine High School in 1979. He has over eight years of experience in senior living.

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Memory Care Coordinator

Marilyn Smith

Marilyn Smith, the memory care coordinator, was born in Huntsville, Alabama. She grew up in South Alabama on her family farm where she enjoyed raising livestock. Following graduation from college, she lived in Texas but recently relocated to Mississippi after spending the last 20 years raising her family in Louisville, Kentucky.

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