Leadership at Asbury Place Maryville

At Asbury Place Maryville 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 Maryville Leadership Team

Melissa 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.

Deborah Cheatham
Associate Executive Director

Deborah oversees the Health Care Center and Assisted Living neighborhoods, and also has a number of other leadership responsibilities on campus, including playing a key role in our overall community operations. She is uniquely suited to serve in this position having built a track record of success as a NHA and Executive Director at several Ohio-based communities dating back to 2001. Deborah uses a collaborative, relationship-based approach that helps her efficiently identify opportunities and set a strategy for success. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing home management from Youngstown State

Clay Nieman
Interim Nursing Home Administrator

Clay brings a 21-year career rooted in serving others, including the last 12 years in interim roles and as a consultant for several skilled nursing and hospice providers. He has helped drive results and outcomes in roles ranging from Physician Services Director to Administrator to Executive Director. Career highlights include improving financial performance, increasing census, implementing strategies to decrease falls and seeking opportunities to add services to enhance and expand care.

Beth Houk
Director of Sales & Marketing

“I love working in this profession. I meet wonderful people with fascinating backgrounds and passions, and have the privilege of helping them make a move that, from experience, I know will be transformative.”

Sharon Kaye Miller
Director of Human Resources

“The culture of Asbury Place is one that creates and fosters a caring community for residents and associates. It is a privilege to serve the two stakeholder groups who form the foundation of this community and drive our Mission.”


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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