Retirement community announces new executive director

Published 11:04 am Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Executive Director at The Village at Woods Edge Billie Turner, left, with former director Rhonda Stewart. -- SUBMITTED

New Executive Director at The Village at Woods Edge Billie Turner, left, with former director Rhonda Stewart. — SUBMITTED

Earlier this month, memory care director and long-time employee of The Village at Woods Edge, Billie Turner, assumed the position of executive director. Turner began her new role in the company on Feb. 1, as Rhonda Stewart, now former executive director, exited The Village.

“I immensely enjoyed my time serving as the executive director at The Village at Woods Edge. It was a difficult decision to leave such a wonderful place, but my husband’s relocation due to his employment required a change,” Stewart said when asked to reflect on her time at The Village and her decision for leaving. “The Village Board, residents, family members and staff embraced me when I started at The Village in 2008, and we all worked together to strengthen and grow The Village’s services. I am grateful for the opportunity and appreciation of the many meaningful relationships I developed living and working in Franklin.”

Turner said of Stewart’s departure, “Rhonda Stewart has been instrumental in enhancing the services of The Village — we now have the best dementia care available through Asa’s Neighborhood, Memory Care at The Village. The Back Porch & Grille is yet another example of quality service for residents and the community. We will definitely miss Rhonda’s insight, energy and guidance, and we are thankful The Village had the opportunity to benefit from her leadership.”

Turner has worked at The Village for the past eight years, and has held a variety of positions during time including administrative assistant, resident services director, memory care director and now executive director.

Francie Bradshaw, administrative assistant, stated that everyone at The Village was very confident and excited to have Turner take the role as executive director. Bradshaw said that Turner’s experience at The Village, as well as her dedication and knowledge of the business, played a vital role in the Board’s decision.

“I leave knowing The Village is in good hands,” Stewart said. “The Village Board of Directors made an excellent decision in promoting Billie Turner. Billie has both the knowledge and commitment to lead The Village going forward. In addition, The Village is fortunate to have a strong management team and staff that all work toward the common goal of providing the best care and services to those we serve.”

Turner added, “In my role as executive director, I look forward to having the opportunity to build new relationships, and to continue working with staff to enhance The Village and serve residents with quality care. I am excited about reconnecting with residents from days when I was director of resident services. I learned so much during that time and really enjoyed forming relationships with residents, families and staff of The Village.”