Meet Our Leadership Team.

Our leadership team is one of a kind. Through their hard work and the support from our Board and team members, The Woodlands at Furman has quickly become the premier non-profit Life Care Community in the Greenville area and the Upstate. For several years running, The Woodlands has won Best of the Upstate in multiple categories.

Best of all, The Woodlands is catching the attention of future residents throughout the East Coast, and we are well on our way to becoming the most sought-after, not-for-profit Life Plan Community in South Carolina. So, with that in mind, we present to you brief biographies of the leaders who make this community what it is today and what their vision is for its future.

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 Masters 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 keeps 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 ten 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.

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