Our compassionate team of experienced leaders models the warm, family environment that has made Spring Harbor the retirement destination it is today. We don’t just come to work each day; we look forward to seeing the smiling faces of our many amazing residents whom we’re honored and blessed to know. More than just employees, our Directors and staff are friends with a listening ear and servant hearts that come to be thought of like relatives in the eyes of our residents.
Our housekeeping staff doesn’t just clean living spaces, they also share joyful conversations and check in on residents to create true bonds and connections. The dining team doesn’t just serve delicious food, they also work with residents to brainstorm alternative dishes that cater to their dietary needs. Together, we form a family that shows up every day ready to pamper and enjoy the company of our fascinating residents. The wealth of knowledge and prideful passion that each department leader brings to our community perfectly complements that of their colleagues to create a cohesive team with one focus: to provide an active, productive lifestyle to seniors within an independent, supportive environment.
Shane McDougall joins the Spring Harbor family, serving as the interim Executive Director. Shane holds a Master of Business Administration and has been in the healthcare field for over nine years at Piedmont Columbus Regional. He has served indifferent leadership capacities and for the last three years held the position of Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development.
As Executive Director, Shane will lead and direct the overall operations of the facility while working with his team to ensure Spring Harbor provides excellent care for the residents. With his expertise being in strategic planning he and the leadership team at Spring Harbor will work to achieve the facility’s business objectives and yearly strategic plan.
He is a native of Columbus and enjoys spending time with his family more than anything. He is an avid outdoors man that enjoys hunting, fishing and most of all golf.
As Spring Harbor’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Juanita Thomas is likely the first cheerful face prospective new residents meet. Overseeing all aspects of the community’s sales and marketing plans, advertising, media placements, sponsorships, budget growth projections, as well as social media, she loves meeting new residents and their families, while getting to know current residents even better.
Having spent the past decade serving the Spring Harbor community, Ms. Thomas is known for her communications and public speaking, business development, and sales and marketing acumen. Her well-rounded background includes various roles in the personal care services and healthcare industries, along with work in the hospice sector. Ms. Thomas is a graduate of the Leadership Columbus Class of 2017 and was honored with the Kathy Cruce Memorial Award from the Georgia Association of Health Underwriters in 2002.
With seven beloved grandchildren and a passion for reading, writing, walking, vacationing and traveling, fashion, sewing and cooking, she knows what it means to live life fully and ensures Spring Harbor residents can do the same.
"Both residents and coworkers make Spring Harbor feel like family. My job here has truly given me some wonderful opportunities to do what I enjoy—teaching and socializing with others! I particularly enjoy our Oscar nights to honor residents, our delightful Fashion Shows for guests and prospects, and our Holiday Night of Lights tours!”
As Director of Nursing, Cindy Walker oversees the day to day operations of Spring Harbor’s skilled nursing unit, interviews all applicants, and facilitates quality assurance projects. With a knack for team building, knowledge of long term care regulations, and communicating expectations, she is also responsible for developing and implementing all new nursing policies, educating staff, staying current on all new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as reviews all information and coordinates new admissions with hospitals.
Before joining the Spring Harbor community in 2014, Ms. Walker worked as a nursing assistant, LPN, RN and care plan coordinator, as well as previously served as assistant director of nursing and director of nursing for five years. Having served patients as a nurse since 1991, Ms. Walker has spent most of her career in long term care and a brief amount of time in the home health setting.
Ms. Walker holds an LPN Certification from Reid State Technical College and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Jefferson Davis Community College and is currently President of the West Central Region in the Georgia Association of Nurses in Long Term Care.
“I love the residents and people I work with. I love our common goal of wanting to be the best! I am excited about the direction that Spring Harbor is moving as we continue to surpass all other facilities in the area in amenities and quality nursing care.”
As Accounting Director at Spring Harbor, Janet Peters manages the organization’s budgets and financials, as well as oversees accounts receivable and accounts payable.
With over two decades of experience in hospital accounting, Ms. Peters has served Spring Harbor since 2012 and previously held roles such as staff accountant, controller, and CFO. Ms. Peters earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Columbus State University.
Focused mainly on form and function, as well as organization in terms of her specific role, Ms. Peters believes the people are the most important aspect of her position, as well as all others, at Spring Harbor. With an affinity for reading, writing, gardening, puzzles, and movies, Ms. Peters knows the importance of preserving the quality of life for residents in every way possible.
“I have so many wonderful memories at Spring Harbor, but I think my favorite was a music video we did which included both residents and employees. Ultimately, we are here to make sure our residents are enjoying living. When you consider the typical lifespan, and then realize we have residents that are well into their hundreds, I think that means we must be doing something right.”
As the Director of Human Resources, Patsy Royster manages the benefits, payroll, and hiring processes for all Spring Harbor staff. With expertise pertaining specifically to benefits compensation, payroll management, and talent recruiting, Ms. Royster aims to hire individuals who believe in enriching the lives of those served by the Spring Harbor community.
Through the ACE-IT employee nomination program, she encourages staff to submit the names of coworkers that go above and beyond for the Spring Harbor community with selfless and outstanding contributions. Representing positive attitude, compassion, enthusiasm, integrity and teamwork, the ACE-IT program helps human resources determine the employee of the month at Spring Harbor.
Prior to joining Spring Harbor in 2014, Ms. Royster held various roles in industries including human resources, customer service, textiles, and education. Ms. Royster holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama.
“The most difficult thing about the 2020 pandemic has been the limited interactions it has required us to adhere to safety. We have a lot of plans that hinge on being able to be around each other again and I cannot wait to get to see more of our residents and employees!”
As the Director of Plant Operations, Tommy Claridy oversees Spring Harbor’s resident safety and security, project management, buildings and grounds, compliance, and capital budgets. Also serving as the organization’s Operational Excellence Leader, he organizes and manages annual Spring Harbor leadership offsite meetings allowing the various department directors to discuss lessons learned, brainstorm paths for better collaboration and determine and prioritize facility improvement projects.
With a focus on lean management, continuous improvement Initiatives, and overall quality assurance, Mr. Claridy looks forward to accomplishing each new facility project and the opportunities they offer Spring Harbor residents for enjoying a vibrant independent lifestyle.
Prior to joining the Spring Harbor community in 2011, Mr. Claridy worked in the manufacturing industry as both an engineering manager and plant manager. Mr. Claridy is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a Master of Science in Personnel Management from Troy University.
As an avid golfer and family man, he understands how certain aspects of one’s environment lead to better opportunities for having fun together and creating long-lasting memories.
“My job is focused on continuing to make Spring Harbor the preferred Senior Living Community in the Area, and our leadership team meetings are a great way to make that happen. Every so often, it helps to take a step back and sharpen the saw to ensure we keep doing our best and giving our all for our residents.”
As Spring Harbor’s Healthcare Administrator, Kelsea Garrett oversees a team of healthcare professionals, schedules staff on the personal care floors, and serves as the customer service liaison for healthcare residents and family members. She is responsible for building relationships with Spring Harbor’s personal care floor direct care team members, housekeepers, and additional staff members working in healthcare to verify efforts are balanced and help them avoid burnout.
Recognized for her servant leadership, relationship building, and people skills, Mrs. Garrett makes it a point to check on healthcare residents each day, always ensuring they have something to look forward to--even if it’s a simple conversation.
Her experience prior to beginning at Spring Harbor in early 2020, includes serving a faith-focused nonprofit senior living facility, a home care organization, and an osteopathic medical school. Mrs. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration with a minor in Business Administration from Auburn University and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare from South University.
As an advocate of spending time outdoors, walking, and being with family, Mrs. Garrett particularly appreciates the community-oriented roots of Spring Harbor, as well as the walking paths throughout the campus that allow residents to take scenic strolls.
“Long term care is a calling for me and God’s purpose for me here on earth is to be a friend to the elderly. I leave each day here at work with highest sense of gratitude and that comes from conversations and interactions with all of our amazing residents.”
As Director of Resident Services, Sean Slaughter oversees Spring Harbor’s exercise and wellness classes, plans resident activities, and coordinates community-based trips. He is also responsible for assisting with residents’ transportation needs and communicating with the community through the calendar and newsletter.
Upon joining the Spring Harbor community in 2015, Mr. Slaughter served as the as Director of Rehabilitation and two decades working as an occupational therapist for children with special needs children prior to that. In each of his previous positions, he was promoted to leadership roles and worked to coordinate services for his team to provide the best customer service in rehabilitation.
Mr. Slaughter holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia, as well as certification in both modalities and functional capacity evaluation.
As a sports, reading, and fishing hobbyist, he believes in a little friendly competition to keep things exciting—and that the recently added putting green and shuffleboard court on Spring Harbor’s campus is the perfect place to make that happen.
"I love that I get to have fun interacting with the residents each day. Considering all the events and activities, there are so many fun options here. One of my favorite activities each year is when we put on our version of the Kentucky Derby here at Spring Harbor. My staff and I have some very fond memories of this event."
As Housekeeping Manager, Jill Stewart oversees the daily scheduling of the housekeeping and laundry team for both independent and healthcare residents. She is responsible for helping to make sure work orders are completed in a timely manner and working with the plant operations and marketing teams, as well as subcontractors, to complete renovations and repairs to all units and buildings on campus.
Beginning at Spring Harbor in 2013, Ms. Stewart previously owned and managed a local cleaning business, as well as served as an activity director for long term care facilities. Now, she is able to apply those experiences to respond and work with residents and team members while maintaining—and exceeding—the highest standards possible. Ms. Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Therapy from Jacksonville State University.
Knowing that she is helping to enhance the quality of life and safety of residents is what keeps her going day after day. She is excited about what the future holds for Spring Harbor, including the many additions to the “Spring Harbor family” and campus upgrades.
“My best memory, so far, at Spring Harbor was being able to sing a little Patsy Cline for residents at an event. I’m not the best singer, but they seemed to enjoy it!
Muhammad Mohyuddin, M.D (or best known to us as Dr. Jamal), is a board certified geriatrician providing in-home, assisted living and nursing home care as well as in the outpatient clinic setting. He completed his residency at Columbus Regional Medical Center (now Piedmont Columbus Regional) and his geriatric fellowship at Emory University before joining Spring Harbor in 2011 as the Medical Director. His office has an in-house lab, clinical nurses to assist and offer consultation and, best of all, there’s little to no wait time to see him.
When not working, Dr. Jamal volunteers at health fairs. He also enjoys reading, traveling, swimming, playing table tennis, golf and racket ball.
Schedule a time to tour our stunning community, meet our vibrant residents, and let us answer your important questions. Once you step into our world, you’ll understand why so many seniors happily call Spring Harbor home.