May We Introduce Ourselves?

The Woodlands at Furman is the only locally owned, not-for-profit Life Plan Community in the Upstate to offer a Life Care contract that guarantees independent living and a full continuum of care on-site, including assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing.

Because we’re a not-for-profit senior living community, we can reinvest in The Woodlands—benefiting the people who live here. Because we’re locally owned, we don’t have to answer to outside, big corporate interests. We know the area and are involved in the Greenville community.
Because we have Life Care, you can age in place with the confidence of knowing your health care needs will be met at predictable costs.

Located on 45 beautiful acres adjoining Furman University and just minutes away from downtown Greenville, SC, we’re perfectly situated for enjoying everything the Upstate has to offer.

The Furman Connection

Our partnership with Furman University is a big reason many of our residents choose The Woodlands. It connects you with the energy, excitement and lifelong learning opportunities of a college campus that’s adjacent to ours.

  • Feed your curiosity through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
  • Stay connected to the college spirit by attending Paladin sporting events
  • Keep moving on the hiking and walking trails or by playing a few rounds at Furman University Golf Club. Get a Furman library card and discounted/free tickets to Furman music events.

Our Values

We’re guided by principles that help us fulfill our vision to be the retirement community of choice by nurturing a distinctive culture of enrichment for our residents.

We’re responsible to the people living in our community and to their families.

Everything we do will be of high quality to meet their needs. Everyone will be recognized as an individual, and we’ll respect their dignity and opinions. They must have a sense of safety and care while residing in our community. We’ll provide continuing opportunities for them to enrich their lives. We’ll strive to manage our costs to maintain reasonable prices.

We’re responsible to our employees.

Compensation will be merit-based and fair, and working environments will be clean, orderly and safe. We will provide qualified employees with equal opportunities for professional development and advancement. Employees are encouraged to make suggestions and provide constructive feedback.

We’re responsible to the communities in which we live and work.

We’ll be good citizens; support good work and better health and education. We’ll maintain our properties while protecting the environment and conserving natural resources.

We’re responsible to our community for how we manage finances.

New facilities and equipment will be purchased and new programs paid for. Reserves will be preserved to cover adverse times. We’ll continuously strive for innovations and efficiencies in our programs and operations to be good stewards of our financial assets.

Our Leadership Team.

Rick Brackett
Rick Brackett

Rick’s role is to lead and direct the executive leadership team in achieving the vision of The Woodlands at Furman for residents and team members alike. He has a passion for listening and serving others, as well as a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, operations, construction and capital planning. He joined The Woodlands at Furman in 2014.

Donald Lilly
Donald R. Lilly, NHA, CRCFA, LMSW

Donald holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina and maintains his license as a nursing home administrator and master’s-level social worker. He’s also certified in dementia care. Donald is great with people, passionate about his profession and possesses a unique talent for analysis and problem-solving. His ability to push himself and inspire his team to expand their capacities keep him on a path of continual improvement. He’s a natural teacher and an adjunct instructor at the University of South Carolina, focusing on macro-level social work.

Angela Hecker
Angela Hecker

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Angela earned her B.F.A. degree in musical theatre from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She spent the first part of her career working on Broadway and for national touring companies. In addition to her 10 years of experience in senior living, Angela has extensive experience in medical and pharmaceutical sales. She’s a person of tremendous heart and deep integrity. Her family is her inspiration, and she’s dedicated to serving others.

Merietta McKenzie
Merietta McKenzie

An Ohio native, Merietta earned her bachelor’s degree in media and communications from The University of Akron. She’s held positions in hospitality, customer service and public relations, and is a studied, active listener. Merietta is also a genuinely caring person devoted to making the transition to independent living seamless, positive and rewarding for older adults. She’s a liaison for support services and a true ally to residents long after they’ve made their initial transition. Merietta is a voracious reader who loves spending time outdoors, hiking and kayaking.

Making a Difference.

The Woodlands Legacy Fund was created to honor our commitment of providing lifelong enrichment and care, as well as to improve the quality of life for residents. Your gift is used for programs and capital needs, as well as for future benevolent care, allowing us to offer support for residents who meet unexpected financial hardships. To find out about the many ways you can give, please contact Ezra Hall at ehall@twafsc.org.

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