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Gerardo Parra

Gerardo Parra is a Maintenance professional with over 14 years of experience supporting luxury retirement and family residential communities. His experience includes areas of HVAC, electrical, plumbing, painting, appliance maintenance, pool service and hardware installation. Gerardo ensures proper upkeep, per The Abbey’s community standards, of every apartment and also oversees the property grounds. Gerardo is a great fit for The Abbey because of his knowledge in prioritizing requests, multitasking, making cost effective decisions without affecting quality and ensuring timely delivery of work orders, while keeping the safety and living experience of residents as top priority. We appreciate his skills and are happy he joined our exceptional team at The Abbey at Westminster Plaza.

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Hazel Smith

Hazel Smith has been devoted to our residents in The Kensington community for almost 16 years since 2005. She runs our Memory Care programs with compassion, patience and lots of love! Her commitment is enhanced with continuing education in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease care and life enrichment. Hazel is a doting grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren. Her family is central in her life, as is her dedication to her faith and her church. We are so grateful to have such a caring staff member in on our Memory Enhancement team.


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Jill Merfish

Jill joined the Abbey team in the Fall of 2017. Her passion for the senior population and those with dementia comes from the loss of her father to Alzheimer’s disease. Jill attended the University of Denver, the University of New Orleans and the University of Innsbruck (Austria) with studies in psychology and sociology. Her thirty year career in non-profit management and fund development led her to a long-term care community where she fell in love with the residents and families. After retiring in 2013, Jill decided to get back into the workforce and studied Assisted Living management, MEPEP 1 and MEPAP 2, and has been an Activity Director ever since.

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Jena Buchanan

Jena is the newest team member at The Abbey and serves as the Leasing Director for our Assisted Living and Memory Enhancement communities. She joins us with 20 years of sales and hospitality experience including regional and national sales titles with Landry’s and Caesar’s Entertainment and passenger hospitality roles with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Serving the senior community gives Jena the opportunity to utilize her talents and passion in a deeply meaningful way. In her off time, Jena loves traveling, cooking and finding fun things to do right here in Houston!

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Daniel Magbo

Daniel was born in eastern Nigeria and emigrated to east Texas at a young age where he completed high school and graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and management in 1991.

In 1992, he moved to Houston to start a career in public service with the State of Texas Health and Human Services. At the inception of his career, he picked the special interest of serving the public with a concentration in the geriatric population. Daniel’s tenure with the state of Texas provided him with opportunities to work in a multicultural environment to interpret and administer various policies and procedures to different demographics in the society. In 2005, driven by his passion to serve and learn, he started taking classes in nursing and earned his license in Vocation Nursing (LVN).

His passion to service drives his self-demand for excellence; this is what brought him to the Abbey. On August 31st, 2021, he concluded his 28 years of serving the great people of Texas; recently serving in an assisted living facility as wellness director in October 2021. He is here to continue to serve and provide second-to-none service. Daniel is enthusiastic about the opportunities at the Abbey, we are forward- bound and he is excited to be part of the team.

He is very fast paced, athletic, likes marathon races, is married for 35 years with 4 grown children and eight grandchildren.

Reach out to him for any questions/concern or ideas on how we can continue to provide excellent service.

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Imrai Sanvicente

Imrai Sanvicente graduated from the Superior School of Tourism with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a minor in Culinary Arts and he is now a Certified Assisted Living Administrator.   Imrai has worked under Jeny Knight’s mentoring since 2014, bringing a stellar record of 27 years in the service industry now focused on senior retirement communities. Imrai’s career started as an apprentice at five diamond-five-star hotels in Mexico City, directed mostly by European chefs. Shortly after graduation in the year 2000, he decided to move to the United States where he worked at Arcodoro for Efisio Farris, in the Galleria area. During that time, he met his mentor, Chef Joe Mannke owner/Chef for Rotisserie for Beef and Bird and Bistro Le Cep). Imrai served as the Executive Chef for 13 years at Bistro Le Cep. Imrai’s work has been displayed in local TV segments, newspapers, and magazines. Through his services, Imrai has delighted diners all over Houston. He brings his expertise and passion to The Abbey residents where he will always greet you with a warm smile and a positive attitude. Imrai is father to an amazing son and a precious daughter.

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Jeny Knight

Jeny Knight graduated Magna Cum Laude from Houston Baptist University with double majors in Marketing and Business Management. She is a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator (LNFA) from The University of Texas Center on Aging and is also a Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) from Southwest Texas State University. She has a passion for serving senior adults with over 30 years of industry experience to her credit. Jeny has served in the capacity of Executive Director at The Abbey since January, 2005 and has never missed a day of work. She loves her job and looks forward to coming to work every day!