Meet Our Team at Heritage Green
Heather Pippen, the executive director, has been with Heritage Green since 2001. She oversees the overall operations of the two communities including ensuring excellence in care and services, customer satisfaction, public awareness, community involvement, fiscal soundness, regulatory compliance, and more. Heather also enjoys sharing her creativity with the residents when she participates in resident activities. She also enjoys being a wife and mother of two, and making home a special place.
Resident Care Director
Alice has been a nurse for 25 years. She brings a great deal of skill and experience in a variety of nursing settings, including dementia care, long term care, and restorative nursing. Dr. Peter Betz said, “You’ll have a hard time finding a better nurse.” She is invested in her residents and making sure all details of their care provide a high quality of life. On a personal note, Alice and her husband live in Brookneal and have a daughter, son, and a dog named Chico. Alice enjoys singing and acting and has been involved in local theater productions.
Director of Dining Service
Graham has 25 years restaurant experience with over 15 years as a professional Chef. His passion is for great food and southern style home cooking. Graham's motto is cook from the heart. He moved from Connecticut to Lynchburg in March of 2018. He and his wife have two daughters, two cats and one dog. Hobbies include, range time, painting nails, braiding hair and cooking. Graham loves traditional Italian family style food and is also trained in classic French Cuisine, Sushi, and foods from around the world. Graham says, “I am happy to be here serving you and your families good quality home cooking with love.”
Business Office Director
Melody Thomas, Business Office Director since 2010, oversees the daily functions of the business office including accounts payable/receivable, human resources, and payroll. She is married, has one daughter and one grandson. Melody and her husband have devoted more than 25 years to rescuing and placing abused and abandoned animals.
Life Enrichment Director, Assisted Living
Clarissa Chapman,“Coco” as she is known, Daybreak's Life Enrichment director, is a Lynchburg, Virginia, native who has worked at Heritage Green since 2007. Her many outside interests and love for the residents make her successful in her position. She has three grown children, David, Warren, and Heaven. Coco enjoys cooking, reading, sightseeing, outdoor activities and her dog Jake. In addition to directing the Daybreak Life Enrichment Program, Coco also schedules the van and driver for all resident doctor appointments and outings.
Environmental Services Director
Waddell brings experience as a Maintenance Director from other long term care settings. He studied at Apex Technical school and received certification in HVAC/R, also received his EPA Universal License. He obtained an Associate’s Degree in Facilities Management Technology at Technical Career Institute and has a 30-hour OHSA and DEP Certified. One of Waddell’s favorite hobbies is video gaming and he’s a huge dog lover. Waddell says “I always put our residents here and want to serve them and our Heritage Green team.”
Dr. Burak Gezen is one of Lynchburg’s finest physicians and he has a passion for adult and elderly care. Burak has 15 years of healthcare experience and is dual board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He graduated Medical school from Virginia Commonwealth University, attended Northwestern Medicine for Residency, and finished his Fellowship at Cooke County Hospital. Since finishing, he has worked as a hospitalist at Centra Health for the past 5 years since moving to Lynchburg from Chicago where he previously practiced. He loves being around residents and their families and helping all feel comfortable.
Ta’Shauna Johnson has a diverse background in marketing and enjoys the opportunity to build relationships. Her passion is helping families join the wonderful community here at Heritage Green and helping them get settled in their new home. In her spare-time she loves to travel and cook, but nothing makes her happier than spending time with her son Ayden who keeps her busy with a variety of sports.
Memory Care Director
I decided a longtime ago that I wanted to make my career in the healthcare field. I received my formal education at RHHS in Charlotte Court House Virginia and studied at SVCC in Keysville, Va. I started my journey with Heritage Green 15 years ago and I have treasured every moment working with the residents and their families. When I’m not enjoying my role as Memory Care Director, I enjoy spending time with my husband William of 23 years and my 3 children, Khiana, Kaisha, and Keshon.
Daybreak Activities Director, Daybreak
I have been married for 34 years to my husband Joseph and have 5 beautiful grandchildren. Heritage Green has been a wonderful place to work for the 3 years as an assistant. I have enjoyed the knowledge that the residents have shared with me about their past lives. The family members have become like family because of the bond that we have shared. Being here at Heritage Green gives me a chance to show my love and care to each person that I encounter. It is my pleasure to share my talents in the Activities department to bring joy and happiness in singing, and active activities.
My name is Daniel Kamara and I am one of the nurse practitioners working with Dr. Burak Gezen, the Medical Director of Pro-Medical Inc. and Heritage Green Assisted Living Communities. For almost 20 years, my hands have carried out the passion of my heart, to care for our seniors in long-term care communities in our area. I started as a CNA (Certified Nurse Aide), then became an LPN, then an RN. I hold a bachelors degree in nursing as well as a masters degree in nursing (MSN) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). My lifestyle hobbies which keep me healthy and fit are prayers (spirit), cooking authentic African foods (soul), writing poetry (mind), and boxing (body). I am excited to be a part of Heritage Green Assisted Living Communities.