Like every family, we all make a difference in many unique ways…
… from a hug to celebrate a grandbaby
… to the best birthday cake
… to helping others in a time of need
… because love knows no limits.
Gail Salaun, RN
Gail Salaun, RN is the Executive Director at Carrick Glen Senior Living. Gail has spent the past 29 years working with the geriatric population. She spent the first 14 years in nursing homes and the rest of her career has been in the assisted living environment.
Originally from upstate New York, Gail received her nursing degree from Monroe Community College. She graduated with an AAS degree as a nursing major. Gail received her RN license in 1986.
Gail’s first job was as a charge nurse at a continuum of care nursing home in Rochester, NY. At that capacity, Gail was the evening charge nurse of a 34 bed unit with two of the beds for emergencies occurring in the independent living. After 5 years, she was offered a position with a nursing home in transition. Having had 59 deficiencies before her arrival, after a resurvey was found to have 3 deficiencies. In this facility, she worked as the relief ADON. During her career, she has done Medicare audits for the State of NY, worked in rehab, and did a brief time in home health.
In 1997, Gail moved to Atlanta to be with her husband. After one year there, her husband was then transferred to Nashville. Her first nursing job was at Mount Juliet Health Care Center where she stayed for one year. Then the opportunity of a lifetime came when she met Ken Holland, who was opening Providence Place at that time. Gail accepted the position as the Clinical Director at Providence Place. In 2005, GoodWorks bought the property, Ken was made Director of Operations for GoodWorks, and Gail was made the Administrator at Providence Place.
In 2008, GoodWorks bought a piece of property for another assisted living facility with independent living included. After 10 years at Providence Place, Gail asked to be the Executive Director of the new facility and was given the position. Gail has now been at Carrick Glen for the past four years and has enjoyed it very much. This will be her home until she retires.
Gail has had the honor of receiving an award for being in the top 1% in the country for assisted livings for the past two years in a row.
Gail is currently married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She is very involved with the community. She is the Sargent-of-Arms for the Mt. Juliet Rotary, was on the Board of Directors for three years for the Mt. Juliet Senior Center, was on the Board of Directors for the Mt. Juliet Help Center, went through Leadership Wilson, and is very active with the Mt. Juliet Sports program.
“My goal as the Executive Director is to have my families be able to sleep at night knowing that their loved ones are being taken care of like I would take care of my own. It is an honor and a privilege to know that you trust me in this capacity and to provide the quality of life that they expect and deserve.” Gail Salaun, Executive Director
Judy Allen is the Activity Director at Carrick Glen Senior Living.
Judy received her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Virginia Tech. She has been in the senior care industry for 25 years, initially working as an Alzheimer’s Unit Director in the Chicagoland area. From there, Judy became an Activity Director at an independent living where she worked for seven years. She was also an Assisted Living Director for six years at a community that offered independent and assisted living.
Judy then took a job with Belmont Village Assisted Living as the Activity Director and then the Dementia Program Coordinator. With this position, she was certified to teach Dementia classes to all staff on an annual basis. She was with Belmont Village for 6 years.
Judy and her husband moved to Nashville in 2013, where she continued to work for Belmont Village for 1 ½ years and in February of 2015, she became the Activity Director at Carrick Glen. Judy has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Memory Care Director
Mitch Holland is the Memory Care Director at Carrick Glen. Mitch has been with GoodWorks Unlimited for awhile. He was the Assistant Director at Providence Place, Carrick Glen’s sister-facility in Mt. Juliet. He was actually one of Providence Place’s first employees since its opening in 2000. Mitch has been the dishwasher, grounds keeper, receptionist, bus driver and caregiver. He is now on the business side and is responsible for the daily operations of the memory care in Carrick Glen, and he also manages accounts at three GoodWorks Unlimited communities.
A graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Mitch received his Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Industry Management with a Business Minor from Middle Tennessee State University. His love and talent for music has made him the bassist of two bands during his high school and college days, and his compassion for seniors and his humor has always made Mitch a wonderful addition to the communities he serves.
Sharon Walker, LPN
Sharon Walker is the Clinical Director for the assisted living at Carrick Glen. Sharon has been with Carrick Glen since April 2012, as she started as a tech on night shift. She had a passion for working with the elderly and loved her residents, so she decided to give nursing a try. From then, Sharon decided to enroll into nursing school at the Tennesee College of Applied Technology and graduated as a LPN in May, 2014. In early August of 2017, Sharon became Carrick Glen’s Clinical Director.
Sharon has lived in the Mt. Juliet area throughout her entire life, and graduated from Mt. Juliet High School in 1996. She now lives in Lebanon with her kids Haleigh (17), and Gavin (16) and also has an older daughter, Breanna (20). Sharon has a big heart and a keen sense of humor, which makes being around her fun at work.