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!
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.
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.
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!
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.