The Blakeford Team
When it comes to your well-being, you want an expert, caring professional who is constantly updating their skills. The experienced Blakeford team ensures that we offer consistently high-quality care at our retirement community in Nashville that enriches the lives of our residents, clients, and members. These dedicated professionals are committed to creating an environment of exceptional healthcare and a place of true belonging and community.
President and CEO
In 2018, Brian Barnes began his tenure with Blakeford. Brian has more than 19 years of senior leadership experience, while currently leading the financial and operational aspects of a multi-site not for profit senior living company. He has substantial experience in running high quality, fiscally strong, and vibrant communities. Brian also has developed new communities from the ground up as well as started new home and community-based service programs
ALLISON GRIFFITH, LNHA
VP and COO
Allison Griffith joined Blakeford as director of human resources before she was promoted to her current position in 2007. Previously, she served as human resource manager for Federal Express in Memphis, Tennessee. Allison is a licensed nursing home administrator and brings more than 17 years of long-term care experience to Blakeford, as well as more than 23 years of experience in management with a focus on operations and employee relations.
Al Griffin, a native of Rockwood, Tennessee, has been in the healthcare industry for his entire career. A graduate of Lipscomb University, Al joined our team from Crossville, Tennessee, where he worked for two-and-a-half years. Prior to that, he served as Controller at the hospital in Crossville for 17 years.
LAKECIA THOMAS, LNHA
Health Care Administrator
Lakecia Thomas serves as the healthcare administrator for Woodcrest and Burton Court. Lakecia’s responsibilities include medical records management, ICD-10 coding, campus-wide staffing, resident and family relations, regulatory compliance, employee recruitment, and health information management.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Sarah Bishop is the director of sales and marketing at Blakeford at Green Hills, where she oversees sales initiatives in the Independent Living and Assisted Living communities. She also manages Blakeford’s marketing team. Sarah brings more than 18 years of senior living experience to her role.
JANE KELLEY, FACHE
Executive Director | Community & Home Services
Jane Kelley serves as the Executive Director of Home & Community Services which includes LiveWell By Blakeford, a Life Plan at Home program unique to Middle Tennessee and Blakeford At Home, our CARF-CCAC accredited provider of at-home services. Jane has been responsible for the development and successful launch of both of these programs, from concept forward during her tenure at Blakeford.