The experience of our staff contributes to the high quality care we offer.

Senior staff have made The Pines their personal mission.

The mission-driven goals of The Pines cannot be reached without senior staff who approach their jobs as more than a way to earn a living. Look at the tenure of The Pines staff and their record of customer satisfaction. When you do, you’ll feel comfortable asking for more information about vibrant living in a college community.

“Having long known about The Pines before moving here, it was still a pleasure to discover the high level of respectfulness that characterizes The Pines. The respectfulness extends across and to all levels - staff, employees, residents. It creates a very comfortable atmosphere in which to live and, I imagine, to work. Furthermore, in addition to respectfulness, graciousness permeates our living here, and that is another genuine asset.” - a resident of The Pines

Vernon M. Baker

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Mr. Baker has worked in the senior living industry for more than 30 years. Before joining The Pines in March 2021, he was Executive Vice President/CEO of Williamsburg Landing, Inc. in Williamsburg, VA.  From 2002 to 2017, Mr. Baker was the Administrator of Dogwood Village of Orange County, a senior living community in Orange, VA, which provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation services and assisted living. Earlier in his career, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations at American HealthCare, LLC, in Roanoke, VA and in the years prior, was an Administrator in facilities in Charlottesville and Brookneal, V. For nearly 20 years, he served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Health Care Association/Virginia Center for Assisted Living, including as Past Chairman.  Mr. Baker is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1987 and completed all course work for a Master of Science in Education.

David C. Rainey
Vice President, Assistant Secretary & Director of Financial Services

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Mr. Rainey is licensed by the State of North Carolina as a certified public accountant and is licensed by the State of North Carolina as a Nursing Home Administrator.  He has served as The Pines’ Director of Financial Services since May 1988.  Prior to working with The Pines, Mr. Rainey worked as a bank officer in the Financial Accounting Services Department of First Union National Bank for three years and as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Company for three years.  Mr. Rainey has a B.A. in Psychology from Davidson College and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He has served on the Finance Committee of the Lake Norman YMCA and Davidson College Presbyterian Church and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Mr. Rainey has served as Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop Number 58 in Davidson.

Brenda Sage
Assistant Director, Financial Services/Controller

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Mrs. Sage is licensed by the State of North Carolina as a Certified Public Accountant, as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant.  She has been employed by The Pines since July 2022.  Mrs. Sage has over 20 years’ experience in accounting primarily focused on healthcare and the foodservice industry with more than 6 years in a controller role. Mrs. Sage received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Master of Accountancy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Judy Green
Director of Nursing

Mrs. Green joined The Pines at Davidson in 2011 as Charge Nurse for the Health Care Unit and was promoted to Assistant Director of Nursing in May 2012 and to Director of Nursing in 2015.  She left The Pines in 2018 to work as a traveling nurse which gave her flexibility to spend more time with her family. In 2020, Mrs. Green joined the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation as a nursing home surveyor which involved passing a three-hour national exam on nursing home rules and regulations. She is returning to The Pines at our request, which reflects the confidence we have in her based upon her past work with us.  She is a member of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care and through that organization is recognized as a Certified Director of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care, having passed a national exam and met certain Director of Nursing experience requirements.  She studied nursing at Erie Community College and the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Mrs. Green came to The Pines with twenty years of long-term care experience, having served as Director of Nursing at Meadowood Nursing Center in Gastonia, Assistant Director of Nursing and Staff Development Coordinator at Avante at Charlotte, Nurse Manager at Southminster CCRC, and ten years as a Nurse Manager at a CCRC in Getzville, NY prior to relocating to Charlotte in 2005.  She also worked as a Hospice nurse for many years, but her love for the elderly redirected her path back to long-term care. 

Stephanie Clontz
Health Care Administrator

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Mrs. Clontz has worked at The Pines since 1999.  She graduated from Appalachian State University with a social work degree, minoring in sociology and psychology.  She served as Health Center Social Worker for 14 years prior to her promotion as Director of Social Services in 2014.  In 2016, Mrs. Clontz was appointed Assistant Nursing Home Administrator of The Pines and promoted to Nursing Home Administrator in 2022.

Wendy Tobin
Director of Resident Services

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Wendy Tobin has been working at The Pines since 2014 when she started as a Resident Services Intern.  She accepted a full-time position in 2017 as the Activities Director and was promoted to Director of Resident Services in 2022.  She earned an M.A. in Counseling from UNC Charlotte in 1997 and is a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor. In 2013 she returned to UNC Charlotte to obtain her Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Prior to joining The Pines, Mrs. Tobin worked in education (secondary and post-secondary).  She is a member of St. Therese Catholic Church.

Michael Bummel
Director of Dining Services

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Mr. Bummel is a seasoned hospitality executive with decades of food service and country club experience, working in places such as Savannah Yacht Club, Quail Hollow and River Hills Country Clubs, as well as Nobles, M5, Upstream and Rooster’s restaurants.   

His breadth of experience has ignited several areas of passion for him.  Some of these include working with, appreciating and serving older populations, planning fabulous events, educating on affordable fine wines, supporting team members in their career interests and growth goals, and building a workforce of organized professionals. 

Raimund Hofmeister
Master Chef

Chef Hofmeister was born into a family of Chefs and Vinters, growing up in the wine country of Rhineland Pfalz, Germany.  He graduated at age 17 from a three-year culinary apprenticeship and hotel school in Germany and established his career by working in leading five-star hotels in Europe, South Africa and the United States.  He worked for the Westin Hotels for 20 years, opening Westin properties in Kansas City, Atlanta, Detroit, Tulsa and Maui, before being appointed as the Executive Chef at the Westin’s Five Star Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.  In his 13-year tenure at the Century Plaza, he supervised an apprenticeship program and was also the Culinary Coordinator in charge of 10 Westin Hotels and resort properties on the West Coast.

He moved on from the Century Plaza to establish the Los Angeles Culinary Institute in Burbank, CA, serving as its President and CEO for 8 years.  Chef Hofmeister continued his work in culinary education by opening the Las Vegas Culinary Institute and serving as its Academic Director for 4 years.  He left the area of culinary education to serve as the General Manager for Martin’s Caterers Valley Mansion, which handles special events for up to 1,300 people in three ballrooms, where he worked for 10 years.

Since 2019, Chef Hofmeister has served as the Food and Beverage General Manager for the Belle Haven Country Club in Virginia.

Chef Hofmeister’s honors have included being named Chef of the Year by both the Chef de Cuisine Association of California and the California Restaurant Writers Association, winning gold medals in international culinary competitions including the Culinary Olympics, being named Culinary Educator of the Year by the American Culinary Federation and being inducted into the Hall of Fame Society with the International Food and Beverage Forum at Johnson and Wales University Rhode Island.

Corey Ferris
Food & Beverage Manager and Assistant Director of Culinary & Dining Services

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Mr. Ferris is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he received a B.S. in Environmental Science.  Prior to joining The Pines in September of 2019, Mr. Ferris worked as the Assistant Clubhouse Manager at the Gaston Country Club, for five years, as the Dining Room Manager at the High Hampton Inn and County Club for a year and a half and as the Assistant Clubhouse Manager at The Chattooga Club for a year and a half.  As the Food and Beverage Manager at The Pines, Mr. Ferris reports directly to the Director of Culinary and Dining Services and serves as the Assistant Director of Culinary and Dining Services.  On a day-to-day basis Mr. Ferris is responsible for the general operation of all Independent Living front of the house operations.  Mr. Ferris has an extensive knowledge of wine having trained for two years with a certified Sommelier.  In addition, Mr. Ferris has been an active member of the Club Management Association of America for five years.  Mr. Ferris lives in North Charlotte with his wife and enjoys hiking and outdoor activities.

Jennifer Hewey
Medical Nutrition Therapist

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Mrs. Hewey is a Registered Dietician who earned a Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics from James Madison University and a Master's Degree in Nutrition from Mississippi State University, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship.  She came to The Pines in 2016 with 14 years of experience in the dietetics field.

Stuart McCachern
Senior Groundskeeper, Horticulturist and Safety Officer

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Mr. McCachern is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he received a B.S. in Horticulture.  Prior to joining The Pines in January 1994, he had experience supervising landscape installation and construction.  Mr. McCachern is a certified plantsman and a certified pool operator.  His responsibilities at The Pines include supervising the maintenance of the grounds and installation of new plantings, assisting in fire control, safety and operation of the Warm Water Therapy Facility.  Mr. McCachern has served on the Board of Deacons and was on the Grounds Committee at First Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Carolyn Picton
Director of Sales and Marketing

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Mrs. Picton has been employed by The Pines at Davidson since June 2011. She has a B.S. degree in Journalism and Public Relations, with a minor in Marketing from the University of Florida. She has almost 30 years’ experience in healthcare-related sales and marketing, including hospital relations, employee recruitment, and pharmaceutical sales. Prior to moving to Davidson, Mrs. Picton worked for Westminster Retirement Communities of Florida.  Before that she was a Senior Pharmaceutical Consultant for Glaxo SmithKline where she was the recipient of many awards and recognitions.  She is an active alumna of Tri Delta sorority and has volunteered and served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations. 

Theresa Frey
Sales & Marketing Representative

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Ms. Frey is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where she received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.  Prior to joining The Pines she worked in advertising and marketing in Charlotte, until she moved to Davidson in 1994.  Ms. Frey first came to The Pines as an employee of First Charter Bank, managing the branch located on site for six years.  She continued her banking career becoming the Assistant Branch Manager and Bank Officer for Aquesta Bank in Davidson.  She returned to The Pines in December 2011.  She is a member of Davidson United Methodist Church and volunteers with Hospice and Palliative Care of Lake Norman.

Motria Procyk
Director of Development and Community Relations

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Ms. Procyk joined The Pines in 2006. Prior to moving to Davidson, she worked as a fund raiser at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and later, at the School of Law, where she served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Associate Director of Development, and Director of a $125 Million capital campaign. She also served as Assistant Director of Corporate Relations at Mount Sinai Hospital during its capital campaign. Ms. Procyk has a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently serving as an Elder at Davidson College Presbyterian Church.

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