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Director of Sales

Irina Strembitsky

Irina has over 10 years of sales and marketing experience in a variety of industries including retail, property management, and senior living. Irina’s experience includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, brand new lease-up communities, as well as repositioning communities.

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Director of Business Operations

Laura Glenn

Laura was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but she considers South Carolina her permanent home. She is a graduate of Miami University and has a degree in marketing.

Laura joined the team at The Blake in December 2016, bringing with her more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. Her career focus for the past eight years has been in assisted living. As the director of business operations, Laura oversees employee payroll, resident billing, HR, and accounts payable.

Director of Wellness

Melissa Hicks, RN, BSN

Melissa joins us from a skilled rehab community where she served as assistant director of nursing. After working in skilled rehab for a time, she was eager to get back into assisted living where her true passion lies.

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Director of Dining Services

Enrico “Rico” Johnson

Rico grew up as an Air Force brat, eventually landing permanently in Austin, Texas. The variety of positions he’s held throughout his career makes Rico well-rounded and able to handle any situation that comes his way. He began working in psychiatric nursing, then ventured into computers and logistics, finally discovering his passion and talent for culinary arts.

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Director of Activities

Albert Thomas

Albert is a South Carolina Native and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. His family owned a nursing home in Hopkins, South Carolina. At an early age, some of his best friends were residents of the family-owned business. It was there that he discovered his passion to care for the aging population.

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Director of Facilities

Jonathan Close

Hailing from Altoona, Pennsylvania, Jonathan has more than 20 years of experience in customer service and maintenance, as well as a military work ethic that can’t be beaten. Jonathan enlisted in the United States Air Force and graduated from Utilities Systems Specialist School in 1998 at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.  Jonathan continued his military career, graduating from Airman Leadership School in 2003 at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia and the Noncommissioned Officer Academy in 2012 at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

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Memory Care Coordinator

Makeitha “Kiki” Hollis

Kiki was born in Elgin, South Carolina, as the youngest of nine siblings. In 1991, she attended Winthrop University, majoring in education while volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Domestic Violence Against Women & Children and hospice.

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