Meet the Team

Monark Grove Greystone offers distinguished care for seniors in Birmingham, AL. We are dedicated to the compassionate care of all our residents. Professionally managed and staffed by a friendly team of highly qualified individuals, we help seniors live a comfortable, active life.

Team member Carla at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaCarla Sanders

Business Office Manager

Carla loves to set a great example for her employees, show her dedication to the community, and ensure that things always run smoothly. She spends her days processing rents, invoices, collections, and new move-ins. She also assists with the residents’ daily needs while also handling issues such as payroll, interviewing prospects, hiring employees, and more. 
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she enjoys spending time with her family outside of work, going to church, and being a children's pastor. She also enjoys arts, crafts, and gardening. 

Team member Tara at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaTara Bailey

Director of Sales & Marketing

For over 20 years, Tara has had a passion for working with seniors, building relationships to support families during difficult times, and making sure that everyone feels heard and protected. She can be found marketing the community in various ways and giving tours of the property. She gets great reward from seeing how she affects both the residents moving in and their families. 
Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and traveling whenever she gets the chance, especially to the beach. 

Team member Cindy at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaCindy Widdig

Director of Life Enrichment

Cindy has over 20 years of experience working with seniors. The daily activities of her and her team include designing and implementing comprehensive activity programs tailored to the physical, emotional, and social needs of residents. Her inspiration comes from caring for her grandmother who had Alzheimer's disease during the last two years of her life.
Away from work, she enjoys thrift store shopping, spending time with family and friends, movies, concerts, and going to new restaurants. She’s originally from Clinton, Mississippi.

Team member at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaMarkiese Jones

Executive Chef

Markiese will be the first to tell you that his love language is always food. He takes pride in creating meals that give the residents amazing dining experiences. His day-to-day activities consist of supervising the entire kitchen staff including the sous chef, cooks, dishwashers and servers.
Markiese is originally from Jackson, Alabama. Outside of work, he enjoys being a youth leader at church, spending quality time with his family, and traveling the world. 

Team member at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaCarol Smith

Housekeeping Supervisor

Carol makes sure that the community is in tip-top shape for residents. She also makes sure that her team learns and maintains company standards so that they can do their best work throughout the community. Another daily task includes interacting with residents to make sure that they’re comfortable both inside and outside of their rooms. 
Away from work, she loves going to flea markets and thrift stores to find interesting items to restore. She also loves to travel to her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee to spend time with her family. 

Team member at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaDoris Hall

Resident Care Coordinator

Doris firmly believes in the saying "you have to love it to do it." That’s why she has followed her passion to help diverse memory care residents. Having been a nurse for 31 years, she has 10 years in assisted living as a director, unit nurse, and resident care coordinator. She finds incredible fulfillment and joy when providing care and support to residents and their families.
Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, concerts, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She’s originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Team member Jason at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaJason Kohler

Executive Vice President, Senior Living

Born and raised in Flint, Jason Kohler has worked in Senior Living and adjacent industries for over 18 years. Since 2003, he has been involved in nearly every facet of senior care, including Independent and Assisted Living, Memory Care, and more. Jason’s prior experience in the hospitality industry was incredibly helpful when refocusing his career on Senior Living. In his current role, his day-to-day involvement at the community primarily involves helping to support the work that happens in the field, spending quality time in the communities whenever possible. Jason is energized by serving others and loves making a resident’s day whenever and however he can. Outside of work, he plays competitive billiards and also enjoys snowboarding, working out, and spending time with family and friends. His guiding principle is “Take care of your associates. In turn, they will take good care of the residents, and the rest will take care of itself.” A quote that inspires him is, “Whether you think you can, or think you cannot, you’re right.”  - Henry Ford

Team member Adam at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaAdam Snyder

Senior Vice President of Operations, Senior Living Division

Originally from Lancaster, PA, Adam Snyder has been involved in Senior Living since 2003. He now oversees the day-to-day operations for all Beztak Senior Living communities. Adam enjoys interacting with people every day and helping brighten lives. He has a passion for tackling issues and finds brainstorming and implementing new solutions very rewarding. Outside of work, Adam loves attending his kids’ sporting events, golfing, hiking, and fishing. 

Team member Colette at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, Alabama

Colette Belcourt

Regional Director of Operations, Senior Living

With 8 years of experience in senior living, Colette’s focus is on providing leadership oversight for day-to-day operations at the community level, as well as regional oversight of all operations for the Monark Grove sites. With regard to her role within the Monark Grove family of communities, she says, “I love seeing the positive impact our work has within the senior living environment, providing a luxury product to our senior residents, and knowing they thrive in our care.” In terms of her leadership role within the Monark Grove team, Colette believes in cultivating a positive and productive working environment that drives the communities towards excellence, while treating team members with dignity, respect, and appreciation for their contribution. Born in Fowlerville, she spent her college years in Kalamazoo, and now resides in Lake Orion. Married with 3 children and a golden retriever, outside of work Colette enjoys long distance running, reading books, baking, listening to true crime podcasts, watching her children play sports, and spending time with family.

Team member Daniel at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaDaniel Novak

Corporate Director of Food and Beverage, Senior Division

Daniel Novak, a native Detroiter, has been working in management, food service, and senior living for over 20 years. His day-to-day responsibilities include working with our culinary teams developing dining programs, setting and maintaining standards, verifying food safety compliance and ensuring quality. Dan treats each day as an opportunity to exceed our residents expectations by creating a spectacular dining experience from start to finish inclusive of food, ambiance, décor and service. When not at work, he enjoys cooking for family and friends, dining out trying new restaurants, and fishing and spending time at his cottage in Northern Michigan.

Team member Natalie at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaNatalie Stringer

Director of Artistic and Intellectual Planning

Originally from Washington D.C.,  Natalie brings over ten years’ experience in performing arts, nonprofit administration, and arts conference programming and producing to her role. As Director of Artistic and Intellectual Planning, she is responsible for curating and overseeing the artistic and educational programs. More specifically, Natalie actively conceptualizes, develops, maintains, and controls the vision, venue, and content that shapes the artistic, educational, and cultural programming of the senior living communities. Natalie believes there’s no better feeling than witnessing a room of strangers form an innate bond because of a shared art experience. When not working, she enjoys travel, exploring the outdoors, writing, and seeing as many new performers as she can. A quote that inspires her is “The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers.” -James Baldwin

Team member Erica at Monark Grove Greystone in Birmingham, AlabamaErica Patterson

Director of Clinical Compliance

As Director of Clinical Compliance, Erica puts her 28 years of experience in senior living, including 16 as Director of Nursing at a skilled care/assisted living facility, to work ensuring that care meets the highest possible standard for our residents. Erica conveys that she loves being able to bring compassion and empathy to the lives of those who she says have, “laid the groundwork for us.” Over the course of her work, she says, she has learned, “People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, …but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Erica’s top priority is to foster an atmosphere in which every member of the team knows their contribution is valued. After all, a great team is the foundation of great care! Originally from Detroit, Erica loves to cook and bake for family gatherings. When she has time, she also loves scouring bookstore shelves for the next great mystery novel!

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