Meet Our Team at Heritage Green Assisted Living and Memory Care
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.
Debra Robinson, “Debbie” is excited to call Lynchburg her new home. She moved here in July 2020 to begin her position as Director of Sales and Marketing. Debbie has extensive sales experience as a Sales Manager of a Retreat Center for seven years. Prior to that, she was a Director of a Public Library for many years and through that position, she did fundraising and grant administration. She began her career as a Caseworker for an Area Agency on Aging. While working for the Aging Office, she began the first Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver support group in the tri-county area. She facilitated that support group for ten years. Debbie has a heart for serving Senior Citizens and is looking forward to assisting the greater Lynchburg area with their Assisted Living and Memory Care needs. She has two daughters, a son-in-law and a granddaughter who also reside in Lynchburg. Her desire to be close to the family has brought her to the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains, but she says that she is quickly falling in love with the beautiful community and friendliness of everyone in the area. She is looking forward to meeting many new people and using her gifts and talents in service to Heritage Green Assisted Living and Memory Care for many years to come.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Tiona is a Lynchburg native, but has spent time in California and Chicago. Whether West coast or East cost, she has enjoyed serving seniors over 20 years. She has a background in insurance sales and service, Long Term Care insurance case management, and caregiving. Her education is in healthcare sciences, business administration and marketing. She is the mother of two, Elizabeth and Isabella. She feels that her God given gifts should be of service to others, which is why she serves in a mission group that advocates for the homeless and those suffering from addiction. She has considered herself abundantly blessed to have found her place Heritage Green where she can use the culmination of her experiences, along with her skills, to help family members and prospective residents find their home at Heritage Green.