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 in Lewes, Delaware – Cadbury at Lewes. After two years on the Board, Carol joined the community serving 13 years in various leadership roles, most of that time as the Executive Director.
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 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. Carol and her husband have a daughter living in Salt Lake City, a son living in Australia and a daughter living in Boston. She and her husband look forward to getting involved in the Birmingham community.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Faulkner has served as Chief Financial Officer for St. Martin’s since 1999. He has helped lead a financial strategic plan affording the organization opportunities to redesign its operations from new service lines to new facilities. Responsible for all financial aspects of St. Martin’s, he is involved in cash management, budgeting, accounting and reporting, and financial operations. He is dedicated to the long term care field and is active with state and national associations advocating for aging services. He serves on the board of directors of a local affiliated organization.
Prior to joining St. Martin’s, Mike worked in various roles, from Director of Accounting Services to Chief Financial Officer, for rehabilitation and acute care hospitals since 1984. He was instrumental in the financial turnaround of one facility and heavily involved in the financing, design and operation of a $48 million replacement hospital. Mr. Faulkner received a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting) from Auburn University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
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
Reverend Jennifer Riddle joined St. Martin’s in 2010. She came to us from Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Guntersville, AL where she served as the assistant Rector for nine years.
Rev. Riddle is a graduate of Judson College where she obtained her BS degree in Psychology and Religion. She was ordained by the Southern Baptist Church in 1989 and attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where she received a Masters of Divinity. After becoming an Episcopalian and being accepted in the ordination process, Rev. Riddle attended and 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.
Jennifer grew up in Pell City, AL. She now lives on and 11-acre farm in Odenville, AL with her three horses, two dogs, pony, donkey, and barn cat. In her spare time Rev. Riddle enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews and camping and trail riding with her horses.
Director, Dining Services
Elaine McLean comes to St Martin’s with an extensive background in the senior living arena. She migrated from Jamaica in 1974 to begin studies in the area of food and nutrition in Toronto, Canada. In 1980 Elaine moved to Rochester, NY to pursue a career in food services for the Senior Living industry. Elaine has managed food services for short/long term healthcare settings, rehabilitation facilities, and continuing care retirement communities for over 25 years.
Elaine brings broad knowledge of staff development, team building, regulatory compliance, resident relations, and managing multiple departments and programs.
Her vision for Dining Services is to provide service with compassion and develop best practices for St. Martin’s.
Elaine and her husband reside in Birmingham. They have three children (two sons living in New York and a daughter residing in Atlanta) and 5 grandchildren.
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, and their daughter live in Mountain Brook with their greyhound, Ducktape.
Director of Human Resources
Mrs. Taylor joined St. Martins in 2015 after her previous employer of 24 years went out of business. Originally from Dothan, Alabama, Susan moved to the Birmingham area in 1989. She was in corporate senior management at a large retail chain for 350 stores and 1500 employees.
During her time there, she held positions of Store Operations, District Manager and Regional Loss Prevention Manager. For the last 8 years of service, she was over 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.
Ms. Taylor is married to a retired Methodist Minister. She has one daughter that also lives in Birmingham and 2 of what she refers to as the greatest grandchildren in the world. In Mrs. Taylor’s words “I count it a privilege and honor to play a small part of serving a generation that once took care of us”.
Administrator of the Arbors Apartments
Anica McDonald is the Administrator of Independent Living at St. Martin’s in the Pines. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama where she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences.
After graduation, Anica began working in sales and marketing. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 22 years but feels that her “calling” is senior living. Anica is focused on maintaining a culture of respect in the long-term care industry and remains passionate about customer service.
Anica has been married to her husband for over 20 years and has a daughter that attends the University of Alabama and a son that attends Hewitt Trussville High School. They are members of Holy Infant of Prague Catholic Church.
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 was instrumental in opening our Cottages and was the first Guide for our Green House homes. Her love for our community and her commitment creating a better way to provide skilled care was the overriding factor in her decision to return to St. Martin’s.
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 daughter, who with her husband have given Trina an incredible grandson.
Director of Plant Operations
Terry joined St. Martin’s in the Pines in February 2017 as the Director of Special Projects. In August of 2017 he was named Director of Plant Operations.
Terry lives in Albertville with his wife of 48 years. Terry and his wife have one son and two grandchildren who also live in Albertville.
Terry has over 40 years of maintenance experience with the last 10 years serving the needs of seniors, which he says has become his passion. Terry is devoted to maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for our elders, family members, visitors, and staff. St. Martins is more than just a place to work. It is his home!