Leadership at Asbury Place Kingsport

At Asbury Place Kingsport we strive to create more opportunities for residents and associates to live every day to the fullest. Get to know the senior living team responsible for guiding the community forward.

Asbury Place Kingsport Leadership Team

Vice Presidents of Tennessee Operations Melissa FuryMelissa Fury
Vice Presidents of Tennessee Operations
Asbury Communities

Melissa began her role with Asbury in December 2020 and has oversight over both the Maryville and Kingsport campuses.

Over her 25-year career in healthcare and operations, Melissa has a proven history overseeing the development and implementation of complex clinical and administrative programs to achieve operational goals and revenue targets. She is skilled at delivering cross-functional alignment of teams and opportunities to create value for customers and organizations with a talent for building and maintaining long-standing business relationships with providers and staff, executive teams, community partners, and program stakeholders at all levels. Melissa’s passion aligns with Asbury’s Mission “to do all the good we can,” and Vision “to redefine the expectations of aging.” Her career has been dedicated to serving others, through innovative programming, prioritizing cultural and environmental initiatives, and strategic and operational planning with an eye on financial stewardship.

Melissa Fortner
Interim Associate Executive Director
Asbury Place Kingsport

Melissa oversees the Health Care Center and Residential Living neighborhoods, and also has a number of other leadership responsibilities on campus, including playing a key role in overall community operations. She comes to Kingsport with more than 25 years of managerial and leadership experience in aging services, including several years in the early 2000s serving as a Director and Assistant Administrator at a sister Asbury community in Maryland (Asbury Methodist Village).

More recently, Melissa served as an Executive Director from 2015-2021 at a continuing care retirement community in Winchester, Va., (The Village at Orchard Ridge), and had an 11-year stint as a Vice President of Supportive Living at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. In the 1990s, she served as an Administrator at multiple communities in New Mexico and also in Virginia.

 

Meet Our Board of Directors

Nellie Cole, Chair

From Nashville, Tennessee, Nellie is the Director of Finance and Administration with Integrative Life Center. She has over 20 years of experience providing accounting and advisory services to public, private and nonprofit entities in the Nashville area.

David Atkinson, Vice Chair

From Kingsport, Tennessee, David has a wealth of experience, including 29 years at Eastman Credit Union, including 17 years as executive vice president and chief financial officer. David is active with the United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis and other community agencies and organizations.

Vickie Harris

From Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Vickie is the Founder and CEO of QEC Partners.

Bob McCollum

From Blountville, Tennessee, Bob is the Chief Executive Officer of WaterProfessionals.

Marsheine McClurg

From Alcoa, Tennessee, Marsheine is the Owner of McClurg’s Decorating Center, where she also offers her design services. She is also active with United Methodist Women on local, district and conference levels. Marsheine has served with local education and community agencies.

Cole Piper

From Knoxville, Tennessee, Cole is the Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Director of Development for Mountain Challenge. He is also a part time professor at the University of Tennessee and Maryville College and serves on local organizations and community agencies as a board member.

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