LEADING FROM THE HEART
Our leadership together represents over a century of experience and a great wealth of knowledge in the evolution of best practices in compassionate care.
James Logan is the executive director for MRC Creekside Retirement Community in Huntsville, Texas. James has been associated with MRC since July of 2000. He started his career with MRC as the dining director for MRC Crestview in 2000 and was later promoted, after successfully completing the requirements for his Texas administrator’s license. James graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in food science and technology. He is also a graduate from The Leadership Institute from LeadingAge Texas and successfully completed his CASP (Certified Aging Service Professional) certification. James is a member of the Huntsville LIONS Club, an active member of the Huntsville — Walker County Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the board of directors for both. He has three sons — Jeromy, Patrick and Jacob Logan. Jeromy and Patrick are currently attending Sam Houston State University, while Jacob is attending Lonestar College. In his free time, James enjoys camping, swimming, hiking, family time, and playing with his two dogs — Simba and Gunner.
Varion I. Walton, MBA, BSN, RN, LNFA, CEN
Varion has a broad experience in healthcare, as he has served in various roles throughout his career. His experience ranges from serving as an Emergency/Trauma nurse in Dallas and at Houston Methodist in The Woodlands, to serving as Skilled Nursing Facility Administrator and Nurse Supervisor at various communities. When not in the community, he manages his Nonprofit organizations; Walton Inspires 501c3 and Walton Healthcare Associates.
Walton is a three-time graduate of Sam Houston State University; receiving his Bachelor degrees in Nursing and Business Management, and his Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA). He went on to earn his certifications as a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), First Aid & CPR Instructor, and license as Skilled Nursing Facility Administrator(LNFA).
Walton moved to Huntsville in 2013, where he is an active volunteer in the greater community and at the Walker County Boys and Girls Club. He has been a member of Galilee COGIC for 6 years.
Morgan joined the MRC team in 2018 as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and she presently holds her AAS in Nursing (RN). Morgan is currently enrolled in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is certified in Wound Care and Infection Prevention & Control.
Morgan is a lifelong resident of Huntsville, Texas and resides with her husband, Robert and their daughter, Aubrie Elizabeth. She is a graduate of Huntsville High School where she played four years of varsity softball. Morgan enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and beach vacations.
Kittie Vanston has worked for MRC Creekside since December 2015. She holds a master’s degree in social work and has worked in the health care field for over 35 years. Having spent most of her life in Dallas, Kittie decided in 2005 to trade traffic jams and smog for blue skies and pine trees. Settled on 15 acres in a renovated farm house close to Huntsville, she and her husband enjoy caring for their 2 horses, 5 dogs and 2 cats.
Joie joined the MRC team in January 2017 as the Human Resources Coordinator. She holds a SHRM-SCP human resource certification, and brings over 15 years of experience to our team. She transitioned to Assisted Living Director in September 2019. Joie is a Certified Dementia Care Professional (CMDCP) through the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (ICCDP).
Joie is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County and currently lives in Montgomery, Texas with her husband, Jeff, 2 sons, Cash and Rayce, 2 dogs and 2 cats. She also has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys spending her spare time entertaining friends and family in her home and looks forward to annual beach vacations.
Joie volunteers her time and talent serving on the board of a 501(c)(3) charity that supports underprivileged youth and elderly in Montgomery County.
Jason joined the Creekside team in 2021 after working in dining serves and management for several years. Jason is passionate about providing excellent meals for the elders as well as for their friends and family. He is committed to serving meals that are made from fresh ingredients without additional preservatives. While Jason is best known for his burgers, he is also popular for his smile and commitment to incredible service, seasoned with kindness and compassion. Jason has been married to his wife for over 20 years with six children. Jason and his wife feel uniquely called to foster and adopt children and minister to their needs. When Jason isn't at work, you might find him serving as a Volunteer Firefighter.
Jennifer Nickell is a 2019 graduate of Texas A&M University where she studied Kinesiology with a minor in Marketing, Communications and Journalism with an additional minor in Coaching. The Piney woods have been a second home most of Jennifer’s life. She spent most of her summers in the cozy pocket of East Texas with her wonderful grandparents. The very same grandparents who inspired her passion and love for hospitality, care, and a commitment to both.
Jennifer volunteers her time at her church in Spring, Texas that she has attended for 20+ years. Here, she has been a part of leading the kid’s, youth, and the young adult’s departments. She currently volunteers her time to the media and sound department.
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