Senior Living Management Team

Guiding our senior living community
with expertise and compassion.

Terrence Francis | Executive Director

Terrence Francis

Executive Director

Terrence has been in the senior care field for over 14 years. He has served seniors in almost every aspect of senior care including Hospice, assisted living, and specialty care assisted living. His knowledge of various areas of senior care motivated him to pursue an assisted living administrator license.

When Terrence isn’t caring for seniors, he is spending time with his wife, four boys, one girl, two dogs, two turtles, and 3 hermit crabs! Originally from New Orleans, LA. Terrence moved to Huntsville 20 years ago to work with troubled children. After his family (5 sisters and mother) suffered loss from Hurricane Katrina, he temporarily moved them and 6 other relatives into his home until they could rebuild in New Orleans. He then found his passion working with seniors at a retirement community as an activities director, and he has been serving seniors ever since.

Terrence also enjoys creating unique New Orleans based dishes for his family and friends through cooking shows and grilling “Gators”! He is also an avid collector of antiquities, coins and paper money.

In brief moments of spare time, Terrence shoots aerial videography for HGTV’s House Hunters TV show around various locations of North and Central Alabama and Southern Tennessee. Terrence loves flying drones and teaching his residents how to do so as well.

Terrence is extremely excited to lead our community to be the most loving, caring, and sought after community in Alabama!

Shannon Oakley | Sales and Marketing Director

Shannon Oakley

Sales and Marketing Director

Shannon is Yankee Doodle Dandy born on the Fourth of July at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. As an Army brat she has lived in several states as well as Japan and Korea. She attended kindergarten in California and graduated high school in New Jersey. After high school graduation she attended West Virginia University. She loved the Mountaineers, but after two years she transferred to the University of Alabama where she earned her BA in Communication.

She began her career 30 years ago in sales and marketing working for an adolescent treatment program. This is where she developed her passions for helping families. In 2018 she began working in senior living and found her true calling was being able to assist seniors and their families with a place for seniors to call home. 

Shannon has two beautiful daughters, Madison and Mackenzie and a wonderful husband Robbie. She also has a dog named Katie that she insists is the smartest, cutest, and sweetest dog anywhere to be found! She is an avid reader, enjoys jigsaw puzzles, working out, loves to travel and spending time with family and friends. She also loves Alabama football…ROLL TIDE!

Brittany Poythress

Wellness Director

Brittany has a passion for working with seniors. She has over 10 years of healthcare experience including working in oncology, general surgery and caring for mentally disabled adults. She is caring and always willing to help others. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

Candance Duncan | The Goldton at Athens

Candace Duncan

Business Office Coordinator

Candace has been in the medical field for roughly 28 years. She started as a CNA at 16 and worked her way through many areas; Senior Living/Care has always been her passion not just her profession. She has 3 children and one amazing grandson. She went back to school and received her Associate Degree with Honors in Medical Billing and Coding in 2018. 

She started as a concierge with us 2 years ago and learned all she could assisting the Business Office Coordinator. She loves all the residents and families and focuses on doing all she can to better help them all. 

Jessica Paxton | The Goldton at Athens

Jessica Paxton

Dining Services Director

Jessica, a proud Canadian by birth and upbringing, calling many places home as a “Military Brat.” In 1996, her and her Dad settled for good after his retirement from the Canadian Air Force, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the place she now calls her Canadian home. During her teenage years, Jessica discovered her affinity for seniors while volunteering at the local hospital’s Extended Care Facility. The profound connections and passion for senior care that blossomed during that time have remained a driving force in her life.

Jessica joined The Goldton Family in Activities in 2023, but quickly showed a love for supporting the dietary department as well. Her love and passion for food was evident while she was the Activity Director, and she jumped at the opportunity to step into the Dining Director role at the Goldton. She brings not only  a love of food, but a passion and care to hearing the residents in both their wants and needs. She is eager to bring the Dining Department to a new level with her team.

Away from work, Jessica can be found at home with her four children, a husband, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 3 snakes and a turtle. Whether that’s outside doing yard work, at ball games, or engrossed in writing. She is dedicated to her growth in Senior Living across the board and is working hard on mastering the art of “Southern Cookin’” at the request of the residents.

Zina Bennet | The Goldton at Athens

Zina Bennett

Lifestyle Director

I have been in the Healthcare for 7 years. I started working here when it was Traditions of Athens in September of 2017. I left in February of 2022 and returned to the Goldton at Athens in May of 2022. I started working as an RCA, then a MedTech upon my return I was the concierge and recently was promoted to Activity Director. I came here to Alabama because of Hurricane Katrina. My father wanted to move back home which is Montgomery, but they decided to come here since my father’s sister was here. Since they were getting older, I decided to move here with and my son. When I’m not working, I’m usually at home

Reynaldo Burgos

Reinaldo “Ray” Burgos

Maintenance Director

Reinaldo “RAY”  hails from Puerto Rico and was raised in a very close-knit family. During his childhood, Ray moved to several states in the U.S. where he learned the value of hard work and family. As he traveled with family, he developed several trade skills of construction and management. Ray states the reason for his personal successes and knowledge is the way his family all worked together to teach each other skills and trades. He is a firm believer that smile, and a positive attitude can change lives and bring people closer.

Ray is very eager to bring his knowledge, skills, and positive energy to the Goldton family so we can all grow and help each other as one unit!

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