Brian Clarke is the founder and CEO of Abby Senior Living. Mr. Clarke is responsible for the growth and strategic planning of the company. Founded in 1999, Abby specializes in seniors housing and multi-family development, construction and management. Mr. Clarke’s experience also includes the development and management of Class A office and build-to-suit retail.
Mr. Clarke’s management skills and affinity for working with seniors were forged in the mid-1990s as the owner, president and CEO of Life Medical, a medical and rehabilitation equipment company. His interest in senior lifestyle enhancement quickly led to hands-on involvement in the design and development of seniors housing communities.
After selling his medical company in the late-90s, Mr. Clarke recognized a void in quality senior living facilities in secondary markets and subsequently began financing and developing facilities throughout East Texas. Since then, Mr. Clarke has designed, developed and constructed numerous CCRC’s throughout Texas, Louisiana & Mississippi.
Mason is the Vice President of Abby Senior Living. His responsibilities include oversight of the development and financing of multi-family & seniors housing communities. In addition, Mason handles all acquisitions & dispositions for Abby as well as the execution of finance, refinance and recapitalization strategies for the portfolio.
Prior to joining Abby Senior Living, Mason was a Senior Director for a leading national real estate investment services firm. His responsibilities included the disposition of middle-market and institutional multi-family & student housing communities, distressed asset transactions & REO dispositions throughout Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi & Oklahoma. In addition, he oversaw various originations of U.S. Housing & Urban Development loans (221(d)(4), 223(f) & 223(a)(7)). Mason’s experience also includes the operation and management of self storage facilities and ground-up urban townhome developments.
Mason received a BBA degree in Finance & Real Estate from Texas Christian University’s M.J. Neeley School of Business and is a licensed Broker in the state of Texas.
As Vice President of Senior Living, Bryan oversees the operation of Abby’s seniors housing properties, including budgeting, quality control, administration, marketing, culinary sourcing, staffing, employee development, programming and customer satisfaction. With more than 20 years’ experience in the seniors housing industry, Bryan’s expertise is vital to Abby’s operational success.
Prior to joining Abby, Bryan worked for national senior living providers, including Emeritus Senior Living, Brookdale Senior Living and Holiday Retirement. During his career, Bryan has served elders at all care levels, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and continuing care retirement communities.
Throughout his career, Bryan has been recognized for his ability to navigate operational challenges, and create positive, sustainable revenue growth and occupancy stabilization at communities he is responsible for leading. Bryan’s extensive experience in the industry has provided him with a strong financial acumen, ability to achieve occupancy growth, and propensity to mentor future industry leaders. Bryan has received numerous awards for operational excellence throughout his career, has served on the boards of the Oklahoma Assisted Living Association and Utah Geriatric Society, and has been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association.
Bryan received a BS Degree in Health Administrative Services-LTC from Weber State University and has an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Bryan is licensed as a Health Facility Administrator.
As Vice President of Sales for Abby Senior Living, Alexis oversees the development and implementation of sales processes, market analysis, occupancy/revenue growth, marketing, and provides hands-on coaching for sales and marketing staff at all of Abby’s seniors housing properties. Alexis brings more than 10 years of sales experience in the senior living industry. Prior to joining Abby, Alexis has worked for national providers such as, Holiday Retirement and Eclipse Senior Living. During her career, Alexis has served seniors at multiple care levels including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and home health. Alexis’ background also includes experience in acquisitions and process and procedure implementation for new brands. Over the years, Alexis has become a leader in training, managing, and cultivating a professional sales team. Her ability to drive organizational growth and profit by forecasting trends and conversions has made her a valued team member. Alexis’ motivational leadership style and sales expertise is essential to Abby’s success.
On the surface, Brittany Lee is an accomplished Clinical Leader with over twenty years of experience in the healthcare industry. As Vice President of Clinical Services, Brittany provides direction and clinical oversight of Abby's Senior Living portfolio by establishing consistent standards and implementing resident-centered services. Her clinical expertise, combined with her sharp financial insight, is critical in driving positive outcomes and sustaining business growth. More than her role in leveraging best practices, Brittany has crystallized her focus in adapting to diverse healthcare environments, responding to shifting market demands, and influencing others to walk into their unique purpose and calling. Before joining Abby, she held the top clinical position in a highly respected senior living organization overseeing regulatory functions and healthcare compliance requirements in multi-site developments. She has also assumed leadership roles in various settings that encompass acute and long-term care continuum, including hospital-based systems, geropsychiatric field, and individualized case management. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Management degree with a Human Resources Administration concentration. Her certifications in legal nurse consulting and healthcare risk management have also proven beneficial to the organization's forward-thinking and innovative strategies that continually exceed industry standards.
As Chief Financial Officer for Abby Senior Living, Marc oversees the company’s financial forecasting, planning, structuring and reporting, as well as all accounting activities. His extensive background in corporate finance and accounting is a vital asset to the company. Before joining Abby Senior Living, Marc served as Controller for Street Lights Residential – one of the nation’s largest multi-family development companies. His responsibilities included treasury management, financial forecasting, investor reporting and overseeing all accounting functions. During his tenure there, the company managed a portfolio of approximately 8,500 apartment units and over $2 billion in capitalized real estate throughout various phases of development, construction and disposition. Marc also oversaw all accounting functions for Street Lights’ wholly owned construction company with over $300 million in annual construction revenue.
Marc holds a BBA degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Texas.
With over 20 years of human resources experience in healthcare, Sally joined Abby Senior Living in 2013 as Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining Abby, Sally worked at The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital in HR administration. In addition, she served as an adjunct faculty member at The University of Texas at Tyler, teaching various classes in the School of Business. Her responsibilities with Abby include talent acquisition, ensuring compliance with state and federal employment laws, benefit administration, worker injury program, training and other related duties. Sally received her BBA in Organizational Behavior from SMU in Dallas and her MBA from SFASU in Nacogdoches.
Terrie Lynn Harwell brings over 23 years of senior living experience to Abby Senior Living Team. As the Director of Customer Experience, she steers the corporate strategy to deliver an exceptional Resident Experience across every resident touchpoint. Through collaboration with each community’s leadership team, her role is to mentor and coach, while driving resident service and engagement programs that make our communities the favorite choice. She partners with management to develop and implement strategic plans and measures of resident satisfaction and experience programs. Her oversight of compliance initiatives, policies and procedures provides a cohesive standard of service and empathy for all communities, residents and families.
Terrie Lynn is a native Texan and began her senior living career in the late 90’s as an Assisted Living Sales Director in Burleson, Texas. She worked her way into operations serving across the Dallas-Fort Worth, North and West Texas markets as an Executive Director, Regional and District Director, and Director of a CCRC. Her extensive experience in Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Long-Term Care, accompanied with her love and passion for serving elders creates the perfect balance for her to champion the Customer Experience for Abby Senior Living’s hospitality-focused organization.
Jeff Thuesen brings over 27 years of experience working in the culinary industry. Jeff began his career working for the Fresh Foods Concepts company where he taught made from scratch cooking in several local restaurants as a kitchen manager. Jeff entered the hotel industry where he worked for 10 years at the Sheraton, specializing in new menu creation as the Executive Chef. Jeff discovered the senior living family in 2010. Jeff worked as Executive Chef for Holiday Retirement where he quickly became the Regional Mentor trainer for all new chefs in his Region of 15 communities in 5 states and was promoted to Regional Chef where he managed the dining programs for 12 communities in 5 states. In 2017, Jeff spent 18 months with a startup company, Solstice Senior Living, helping them develop a new dining program.
Jeff joined Abby Senior Living as a consultant chef in 2019 where he developed the dining program for another new start-up company. Jeff was the Culinary Director at Ridgemere Senior Living for a year and transitioned into the Director of Culinary Services role with four more communities opening in the next year that Jeff will be managing as the Regional Chef.
Morgan is the Commercial Interior Designer at Abby Senior Living. She is responsible for executing all phases of the design process including programming, design development, material selection and construction administration. She also selects, procures and oversees the staging of furniture and other finishes as projects are completed. Raised in Texas, Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Dallas in 2013. During her collegiate education, she spent a semester abroad traveling through Europe and studying at the Cite Internationale Universitaire in Paris. She credits her time in Europe with shaping her unique perspective on architecture and design. Since graduating, Morgan has created commercial spaces for a variety of clients throughout the Dallas area. Her extensive portfolio includes multi-family, seniors housing, corporate, retail, healthcare, and industrial design. Morgan’s strengths in collaboration and creativity show through in the quality of Abby Senior Living’s projects.
Weston is a Development and Marketing Associate at Abby Senior Living. In this role, he oversees all marketing efforts including development and property marketing and corporate branding. In addition, Weston assists with project interior and exterior architectural design elements, including 3D modeling. Weston is also instrumental in project feasibility analysis, site selection for new developments, architectural plan review, financial analysis and project design coordination. Weston received a BS Degree in Geology and a minor in Energy, Technology and Management from Texas Christian University and is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the state of Texas.