Marbella is from Caracas, Venezuela. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in Journalism. In addition, she has a Master’s in Marketing & Advertising. She came to this country four years ago when Venezuela was going through a hard time. She has 25 years of experience in tourism and Customer service; and the years she enjoyed the most were those in tourism and helping retired people from the USA and Europe on board cruise ships. This lead her to the Senior Living Industry. She loves bikes, tennis, and reading. She is married and has a 16 year old son.
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.
Kathi Hill became a part of the Abbey family in 2016 as an Assistant Activity Director. In January, 2019, she became the Fitness Director for the Abbey. Kathi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Lamar University. She spent 36 years in the Education field before bringing her bright smile and endless energy into the lives of our seniors! She loves to sign, especially patriotic songs, and will spontaneously break into some dance moves for the residents at a moment’s notice! She has two children and 5 grandchildren who are her whole world. She and her husband, Glen, have been married for 49 years and are looking forward to the next 49! Kathi is beyond excited to be able to bring quality fitness/wellness programs to the residents of the Abbey in order to improve their quality of life and extend their longevity!
Meet Irina Wardrip, Social Director in our Independent Living community. Irina comes with eleven years of experience in Senior Healthcare, Activities and Development at MorningStar Senior Living in Denver, Colorado, and most recently, at Village on the Park Steeplechase in Houston, Texas. She moved to Houston with her husband and is still acclimating to the humidity.
Irina loves to organize and host special events, fundraisers and plan meaningful activities to engage seniors. Irina’s calendar has included edan Art Show featuring The Abbey at Westminster Plaza’s residents’ collectibles, a dog show, “Pawject Runway,” Octoberfest, jewelry making, watercolor classes, published an Abbey Cookbook, coordinated a Vow Renewal Ceremony and other exciting events which are worthy of creating new and fun memories. She and her husband Tony are blessed to have identical baby boys!
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!