Meet the Staff at Oaks at Braselton
Oaks at Braselton is staffed with professionally-trained caregivers, selected for their knowledge, compassion, and understanding of residents’ needs.
Samantha Lee Executive Director
I grew up in the small town of Dacula, Georgia with two brothers and hardworking parents. I’ve always loved animals and began volunteering at a local veterinarian office at the young age of fourteen. This experience later turned into my first job. Over the next 10 years with this Veterinarian, I worked my way up from “kennel girl” to helping run the practice. After much prayer, I decided to pursue my nursing degree and serve people instead of animals. During nursing school I worked with many geriatric patients, it was then that I realized my love for seniors with a special interest in those suffering from Dementia/Alzheimer’s. Since graduating in 2008, I have worked as a charge nurse, restorative nurse, and unit manager for a memory care unit. I’ve also served on the steering committees for the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” and “Relay for Life”. I’m blessed with two beautiful children Jaxson (4), Bella (1), and a loving husband of 10 years, Eddie. When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my family. They are the most precious gift in life to me. I take honor in caring for your family and vow to treat them as if they are my own.
Kathryn Aiello Community Relations Director
When I graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Child and Family Development, I knew I wanted a career helping people but did not know exactly what that would be. After spending 8 years as a legal assistant, I was unfulfilled and eager to find a better fit. We all hope to find a career that we truly enjoy but few are able to do so. I am one of the blessed ones! My first job in senior care basically fell into my lap in 2008 and I’ve loved it every day since! The best part of my job is being a resource to those in need, and making connections with our families and residents. Whether it is assisting with VA Benefits information, touring the community or helping a new resident arrange furniture on move-in day, I am here to serve. I feel so incredibly honored to be part of The Oaks family and look forward to working alongside this amazing team for many years to come!
Violet Swanbeck Assisted Living Wellness Director
When I was a child, I remember frequently visiting my grandmother in the nursing home she lived in. It was not the best environment, and I told myself that one day she would live with me and I would take care of her myself. Unfortunately, she passed before I graduated high school and could fulfill my plan, leaving behind a lasting impression on my purpose in life. That situation, coupled with the fact that my mother worked as a CNA, meant that I was around seniors my entire childhood. I enjoyed interacting with them so much that I got a job at the local nursing home in the laundry department. After high school, I joined the United States Navy, and then went to nursing school in my mid-20s.
I have spent the last 11 years of my nursing career in a Long-Term Care skilled nursing facility and have enjoyed many fulfilling relationships with residents and staff. I was excited when the opportunity to work at the Oaks presented itself. I look forward to using my skills and passion for senior care and caregivers to help provide the best quality of life for our Oaks at Braselton residents.
Outside of work, my husband, Larry, and I stay busy with our children and their various sports and activities. I have 3 daughters, 1 step-daughter, and 1 step-son, so we definitely have our hands full!
Lanie Burley Horizons Wellness Director
I was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia, by two great parents that I am so thankful for. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse. My first job was at Revco (CVS) and then I went to work in a doctor’s office. I started with the doctor my junior year of high school and stayed until I finished nursing school. I was always drawn to the senior patients and the geriatric population was truly my favorite to work with. They were so sweet, understanding, and kind; and had so many life lessons to share. Given my young passion for seniors, it is no surprise that my first full-time nursing position was in a skilled nursing home. During my 25 years as a nurse, I have also worked as a school nurse, charge nurse, manager of a crisis home for adults with developmental disabilities and hospital case management. My heart is with those living with dementia and I feel honored and blessed to become a part of The Oaks’ family and have the opportunity to work daily to ensure each resident has the best possible quality of life.
I have two amazing beautiful daughters and a toy poodle, who will hopefully join me from time to time at the Oaks! He makes a great pet therapist! They are my entire world and in my free time, we love just being together and laughing!
Becky Thompson Lifestyle Director
I was born and raised in Buford, GA. I am the youngest of four girls. I have been married to the love of my life for 39 years and have three boys and eight grandchildren. I was a stay-at-home mom while my kids were in school. When they left home I felt empty inside. I decided to re-enter the work force. I have always liked to help people so I decided to find a job along those lines. I feel I made a great decision coming to the Oaks. I have been here at the Braselton location since they opened the doors. The running joke is that I came with the building. I have held several positions here. I started as a caregiver and worked my way up to Business Office Manager. Although I loved that position, I had the longing to be more involved with our residents. I believe that God has a plan for everyone. When the Lifestyle Director position became available I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to fill it. I look forward to getting to spend more personal time with all of our sweet residents and hopefully I will enrich their quality of life through activities. These residents have brought me more happiness than they will ever know and I am so thankful to the Oaks for giving me the opportunities I have had and for being a part of this great Team!
Morgan Maddox Horizons Lifestyle Director
My first experience with dementia occurred in my childhood, as my paternal grandmother lived with Alzheimer’s disease. As a family, we assisted her during this time, ensuring she had a safe environment. It was then that I learned the importance of not only keeping her safe but also creating a life with purpose for her. During my years at that Oaks, I have seen her in so many of our residents. The blessing in disguise with my own experience is that I can truly empathize with our family members. I learned how vulnerable this disease can make each of us and I love being able to make a positive impact on both the residents and their families. As the Horizons’ Lifestyle Director, I am continually searching our residents’ past and present for insight in to hidden passions. I then take those passions and develop them into meaningful activities, individualized for each resident. Glancing at our calendars, you will see daily activities including sensory stimulation, cognitive and physical activities, spiritual enhancement, social hours, productivity, and leisure time. I enjoy creating a stimulating environment that gives purpose to their days. I have had the opportunity to learn and grow with this family-oriented company, first as a Care Partner, then as a Team Leader, and now as a part of the management team. I strive to support my community on every level and recognize the value of being a team player. I love being part of the Oaks’ family and am excited to continue to carry out my grandmother’s legacy by ensuring that every Oaks’ resident has the best quality of life possible and knows they are loved by me. In my spare time, you will find me outside! It might be fishing, kayaking, gardening, or helping on my family’s 20-acre farm, where we deal in agriculture and business. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, planning our next adventures and traveling.
Laura Corner Business Office Manager
I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, along with 4 sisters and 1 brother. My love for seniors started at a young age from visiting my Great Grandma at her nursing home. Some of my best childhood memories are visiting her and getting to know the person she was. I loved hearing about her life – she was so wise and had the absolute best stories. I also knew from a young age that I wanted to help people in any and every way possible. I worked at Chick-Fil-A for 4 years while I finished high school. After graduation, I used my great customer service training from Chick-Fil-A and obtained a job with a market research firm in Atlanta. I loved it because I got to see new products that companies were thinking about trying and felt a part of the process, knowing that our studies would help them further their business. I was then offered a job as an Administrative Assistant at an assisted living community in Dunwoody. That was when I truly found my passion for senior care. I enjoyed being at the center of all the hustle and bustle that goes on in a community. Seeing the sweet residents’ faces everyday made me excited to come to work. It is so fulfilling to see people thrive in a community environment and to know that I can help provide a great quality of life for others. I recently bought a house in Winder and wanted to work closer to home, which is when I found the Oaks. My hopes and dreams are to obtain my nursing degree so that I can become a Wellness Director and eventually an Executive Director! I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful Oaks’ family and I cannot wait to grow and learn in this field.
Terrell Johnson Food Services Director
I am a graduate of the Delgado Culinary School of Arts. I started my career in the City of New Orleans at Age 15. During that time I learned I liked being creative with food, that’s when I knew “ I had a love for cooking fine foods. I worked in New Orleans for a number of years, at Felix’s and Mr. B’s Bistro in the French Quarter. I was also a part of Emeril Lagasse’s first New Orleans’ Restaurant, and have experience on Cruise Lines and Resorts all over the World. Although, my favorite food of red beans and rice is true to my roots, my family and I moved to Georgia over 19 years ago. I am very proud to be a part of the Oaks family.
Chris Wilcox Maintenance Director
My interest in the healthcare industry started at a young age as I would listen to the stories my grandmother told about being a nurse and the lives she touched. After working in various industries including retail, construction and veterinary medicine, I finally found my calling when I started with the Oaks in 2016. I started as a caregiver and fell in love with the work and the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. I was quickly promoted to a Team Leader and happily served in that role for 2 years. Recently, I was given the opportunity to move in to a management position as the Maintenance Director here the Oaks at Braselton. With my experience as a customer service rep and working with builders, along with my knowledge of the Braselton community and our residents, I work hard each day to make sure we stay compliant with various state regulations and with the expectations of our residents and families.
My hope is to continue to grow, both personally and professionally, and I am also enrolled in the nursing program at Lanier Technical College, pursing my license as a Registered Nurse. My long-term goal is to stay a part of the Oaks Family and eventually become an Executive Director for one of our amazing communities. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. I love to be outdoors, whether I am fishing, camping or on the water somewhere.