Bryan Cooper, Executive Director
With more than 10 years of experience in the senior living industry, Bryan brings valuable knowledge to the Presbyterian Village North team. As Executive Director, he is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the community, finances, programming, marketing, and strategic planning, all while facilitating a teamwork-centered environment for the staff. Bryan received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance at Brigham Young University and is certified as a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator. He was drawn to Presbyterian Village North because of the hospitality-driven culture. Bryan and his wife have a great love for the outdoors and enjoy spending time with their four children.
Mike Sims, Associate Executive Director
Mike Sims has an extensive background in leading long-term care communities. He began his career in Galveston with Moody House, Inc. (currently, Methodist Retirement Communities), and later served as the executive director of Crestview Retirement Community in Bryan, Texas. After that he joined Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, as the executive director of Regis Retirement and St. Elizabeth Nursing Home in Waco, Texas. Mike has also served as the interim executive director at St. Joseph’s Villa in Salt Lake City, Utah, and as the administrator of St. Anthony’s Center in Houston. While Mike was the vice president for long-term care services with Providence Healthcare Network Waco, Texas, he was responsible for consolidating the two Catholic systems providing services to the elderly into one provider. In 2004, Mike joined Sears Methodist Retirement System (SMRS) and served as the start-up executive director for Wesley Woods Alzheimer’s Care Center in Waco until 2006 when he became the senior vice president of operations. During his 10-year career with SMRS he served in multiple roles including the vice president of veterans services.
Mike has been involved in professional, civic, and community organizations during his career. He has served on the House of Delegates and Nominating Committee for American Association of Homes and Services for Aging (currently LeadingAge), the Board of Directors of Texas Association of Homes and Services for Aging (LeadingAge Texas) and the Board for Educational Institute on Aging. He was appointed to the Texas Board of Nursing Facility Administrators from 1993-1997, which he served as the chairman during this time. In May 1998, the Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging presented their highest award to Mr. Sims, the Award of Honor.
Mike is a licensed nursing home administrator. He received his BBA from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and his MBA from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Lisa Englander, Director of Residential Services
Lisa entered senior living only 11 years ago after her dad passed away from lung cancer. During the last weeks of his life, she saw how wonderful the caregivers and then the hospice “angels” took care of dad and her family. It was in those final moments with her dad that Lisa realized she had to make a career change from retail management to helping seniors.
“The residents truly nourish my soul and fill my heart with joy each and every day.”
As the director of residential services, Lisa oversees the life enrichment department and the receptionists. Most importantly, she has wonderful interactions with the independent living residents and their families. “I truly learn from my residents each and every day — it touches my heart when I give them a hug and they say thanks for just listening to them. I truly feel blessed that I was called to this role, and am thankful every day for this opportunity to truly make each moment matter!”
Lisa is married with two grown daughters and one adorable grandson. She loves playing mah-jong, reading and cooking, and her favorite pastime is traveling.
Shannon Radford, Director of Health & Wellness
With over 15 years in the health and fitness industry, Shannon Radford is passionate about helping residents maintain quality independence as long as possible. Shannon began her career in cardiac rehabilitation before transferring to the world of senior living. Throughout her career at Presbyterian Village North, Shannon has grown the Fitness and Wellness program from three group exercise classes per week in independent living to over 75 classes per week across the entire campus. Shannon also brought the Get Fit program to life by offering residents individualized cognitive and exercise maintenance plans, as well as personal training services.
As the director of wellness, Shannon oversees The Jim and Bess Blanchette Lifestyle Fitness Center, the Lifestyle Spa and Clinic, and the fitness and wellness programs throughout assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Shannon’s passion for providing high-quality services to all residents is evident in each of these areas. She was recognized at the 2016 Each Moment Matters Luncheon for her hard work and dedication to serving others.
Shannon received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology, with a focus in applied exercise physiology, from Texas A&M University. She also holds various group exercise certifications, including water fitness. Although Shannon is involved in areas all over campus, you can still find her teaching a few fitness classes per week – building relationships and connections with the residents. Outside of Presbyterian Village North, Shannon enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband and two children.
Jennifer Goen-Runnels, Director of Nursing
Jennifer Goen-Runnels studied to be a licensed vocational nurse at Paris Junior College and Texas A&M University Commerce, Texas. She received a Science in Nursing associate degree from Excelsior College New York in June of 2003.
Early in her career in senior healthcare, Ms. Goen-Runnels worked as a patient care coordinator for Complete Care Services in Greenville, Texas, where she was responsible for MDS and Medicare assessments as well as care plans. Before returning to Christian Care Center in 2001 as assistant director of nursing, she briefly held the same role at I.H.S. of Richardson. In 2005, Ms. Runnels was promoted to director of nursing.
Since September of 2015, Ms. Runnels has served as director of nursing for Presbyterian Village North in Dallas, Texas. She is a certified American Heart Association CPR instructor, a member of the Leadership Triple C class of 2012, Leading Age Texas Alumni class of 2013, Leadership Triple C class of 2014, and a certified dementia practitioner.
Tireatha Moore, Director of Assisted Living
Tireatha Moore is the director of assisted living at Presbyterian Village North. With over 15 years in the industry and having worked in several disciplines, she began her career as a caregiver. Since then, she has held varied positions, from medical records to nurse supervisor to quality improvement, enjoying all areas. But nothing has brought her more joy than becoming a Certified Assisted Living Manager.
After graduating from a nursing program, Tireatha returned to school to obtain her B.A. in healthcare administration and is currently working toward a B.S.N. Her greatest passion is bringing a sense of security and joy to the lives of others. Residents and families have referred to her as “The Troubleshooter” for her ability to provide quick solutions.
Kelly Cook, Director of Dining Services
Kelly Cook has been responsible for organizing and producing formal and casual dining experiences for U.S. presidents, members of Congress, and other dignitaries and organizations. He has served as the coordinating liaison for the National Kidney Foundation of West Texas Master Chef Dinner Series, along with chairing the American Culinary Foundation national and regional conventions and the Texas Chefs Association state conventions.
He has been active with the Texas Chefs Association for more than 20 years and has served on the board of directors in many capacities. He has received many service and culinary awards and is actively involved in the community and charity organizations. In 2005, he was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs—the honor society of the American Culinary Federation.
Kelly graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in organizational management from Lubbock Christian University. He also achieved the level of Certified Executive Chef from the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute.