We welcome Greg Byrge to Wesley Homes Lea Hill as the campus’s new executive director.
As we begin 2017, Wesley Homes Lea Hill has a new executive director. Greg Byrge is a licensed and certified campus administrator with years of experience with retirement communities. He is eager to build upon the great reputation of the campus and develop the Wesley Homes Lea Hill Rehabilitation & Care Center.
Greg has lived in the Pacific Northwest for a number of years but was raised in Kentucky in a close-knit family. His mother worked at the local college, and when he was young, Greg worked with his father in a catering business.
“Dad was known very well locally for his food. He owned three restaurants and catered large parties for governors, senators and other important public officials in Kentucky,” said Greg.
Growing up, Greg was especially close to his grandmother. He attributes his immense respect for older adults, his close associations with them and his drive to work with them to this significant relationship with his grandmother.
Before starting his career working with older adults, Greg took college courses during high school and during his service in the U.S. Navy. He joined the military in 1991 as an Operations Specialist stationed in Long Beach, CA. In 1992, he earned a Bachelor’s’ degree in Communications.
As a patron of continuing education, Greg earned administrator licensing in 2000 from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. He also earned administrative certification from the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) in 2011.
Greg’s first job after the Navy was as an admissions and marketing coordinator at a skilled nursing facility. Shortly after beginning his career in long-term care, he soon managed a 134-bed nursing facility in Tennessee where he was promoted to regional vice president for five campuses. With a desire to improve the service quality for retirement communities nationwide, Greg began a career in administrative consulting. It was around this time that he attended a convention where he happened to meet Wesley Homes Vice President of Marketing and Development Christine Tremain, who introduced Greg to Wesley Homes President and CEO Kevin Anderson.
“I found Kevin to be very personable and easy to get along with, but what I was impressed by was how much he really believes in the vision for the level of care and comfort provided by Wesley Homes communities,” said Greg.
When Greg was able to tour the Lea Hill campus in Auburn, he was surprised by how positive and welcoming the community was.
“In my short time here,” said Greg, “I’ve been very impressed by the people of Wesley Homes. The staff and residents alike not only believe in the values of this not-for-profit organization but also put those values into practice on a daily basis. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve seen in my career.”