St. Martin’s In The Pines is a continuing care retirement community that offers countless elder care services. Without the help of our wonderful team, St. Martin’s In The Pines would not be the flourishing senior living community it is today. Our staff members work tirelessly to upkeep our facilities, provide top care to our residents, and to create an exceptional atmosphere for living. We invite you to learn a bit more about these individuals who often operate behind the scenes!
Carol comes to St. Martin’s in the Pines from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where she began her career in healthcare as a Board member of a Quaker guided, Continuing Care Retirement Community under construction in Lewes, Delaware – Cadbury at Lewes. After two years on the Board, Carol joined the community that opened in 2007 serving 13 years in various leadership roles; most of that time as the Executive Director of the organization.
In late 2017 Cadbury at Lewes affiliated with Springpoint Senior Living and was renamed the Moorings at Lewes. Carol managed the transition of the affiliation then moved to Birmingham to join us at St. Martin’s in the Pines. “I find myself humbled, excited and fortunate to be chosen to share the gifts of my experience as the Servant Leader of St. Martin’s in the Pines. I am enthusiastically engaged in working with residents, their families, our staff, supporting contractors and the wider community to sustain and grow the mission of St. Martin’s in the Pines.”
Carol has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware and a M.B.A in Healthcare Administration from Wilmington University. She is also a certified Spinning instructor. Carol and her husband, Neil have a daughter living in Salt Lake City, a son living in Australia and a daughter living in Boston. She and Neil look forward to getting involved in the Birmingham community.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Faulkner joined St. Martin’s in 1999 with many years’ experience in senior financial management positions with rehabilitation and acute care hospitals. He is dedicated to the long term care field and is active with state and national associations advocating for aging services.
Corporate Risk Manager, Quality and Corporate Compliance Officer
Dr. Mercedes Dewitt
Dr. DeWitt joined St. Martins in 2012; she has over 30 years in Healthcare Management experience in hospitals, clinics, and long term care. As Corporate Compliance Officer she has the responsibility for overseeing the Corporate Compliance, the Risk Management and Quality programs of the organization. Her responsibilities include facilitation of best practices, ensuring compliance with state and national regulatory agencies as well as serving as a liaison with state and national long term care leaders, and healthcare organizations in managing care transitions. In her position she develops and assists operation managers in implementing specialty clinical programs serving as facilitator to other healthcare organizations in managing care transitions, disease management programs, and other clinical protocols. Mercedes serves on the board of the Alabama Coalition for Culture Change (ACCC). She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and Aging Services Risk Management (CPASRM), and a licensed Category II Administrator for Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living.
Director of Pastoral Care
Reverend Jennifer Riddle
Rev. Riddle joined St. Martin’s in 2010 and brings a wealth of Chaplaincy experience. She has served as a Naval Reserve Chaplain and Hospice Chaplain. She was ordained by the Southern Baptist Church in 1989. After becoming an Episcopalian and being accepted in the ordination process, Rev. Riddle received a Post Graduate Degree in Anglican Studies from the Episcopal Virginia Seminary in Alexandria, VA. Rev. Riddle was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 2001.
Director, St. Martin’s Care at Home
Shannon Dewberry comes to St Martin’s with an extensive background in the senior living arena. She started as a volunteer for the Alabama Baptist Retirement centers when she was in high school and worked there through college. After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Communications, she worked in Public Relations and Sales. Knowing her passion was always senior adults, her journey led her to Brookdale Senior Living and later Brookdale Home Health Services.
Her vision for Care At Home is to provide care with compassion, engage and develop the best practices at St. Martin’s. She also wants to earn client and family trust by providing a high quality care and personalized service to each person. Our Goal … The Care of Saints, The Comfort of Home.
Shannon resides in Hoover, AL with her two dogs Pippa and Barney.
Director of Development
A native of Birmingham, Nicole fell in love with nonprofits when she was only a teenager. Inspired by her volunteer work with The Crisis Center, Nicole quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. This resolve stuck with her through college and beyond, leading her to get her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College and Master’s in Social Work from The University of Alabama. Over 20 years later, Nicole focuses on putting donors first and creating simple fundraising systems that deliver growing revenue for St. Martin’s. Nicole enjoys her involvement with the Junior League of Birmingham and serving on the Board of Directors for The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, Irondale Chamber of Commerce, and Mountain Brook High School Band Association. Nicole, her husband, Scott and their daughter, Olivia live in Mountain Brook with their greyhound, Ducktape.
Director of Human Resources
Mrs. Taylor joined St. Martins in 2015 with over 24 years of senior management experience, including Human Resources. She brings extensive knowledge in training, employee relations, employee retention and labor relations. She has a passion for the elderly and working hand-in-hand with employees as we carry out our mission.
Arbors Apartments Administrator
Mrs. McDonald joined St. Martin’s in 2016 with over 17 years of experience in Sales and Marketing in the healthcare field. She is focused on maintaining a culture of respect in the long term industry and remains passionate about customer service.
Administrator of the Pines and Cottages
Trina Vines has returned to us after an 8-year journey that took her to Oak Trace Care and Rehabilitation Center and Brookdale University Park where she served as Administrator and East Glen Center for Care and Rehabilitation where she served as Executive Director. Trina started her 30-year skilled nursing career as a Social Worker and has always been and continues to be an advocate and activist for person directed choice, putting those we care for first. Trina (helped open or was instrumental in opening) our Cottages and was the first Guide for our Green House homes. Her love for our community and her commitment to the Green Houses and how we can create a better way to provide skilled care was the overriding factor in her decision to return to St. Martin’s in the Pines. It was said once about Trina that she is a “catalyst” for change in long-term care and that is what she brings to our community. Trina earned her Social Work degree from UAB and soon after became a Licensed Social Worker. She is a Certified Eden Associate, Music and Memory Specialist, and is Immediate Past President for the Alabama Coalition for Culture Change. Her greatest accomplishment is her beautiful little family, one daughter Kista who with her husband Aaron have given Trina an incredible grandson Memphis.
Director of Plant Operations
I joined St. Martin’s in The Pines in February 2017 bringing 38 years of experience in the maintenance field. My wife Debra and I have one son and two wonderful grandchildren. I am devoted to maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for our elders, family members, visitors and staff.