Maplewood of Mt. Pleasant Staff

Our Staff

What differentiates one assisted living community from another? The answer is... the people who work and reside there! The people set the tone, the atmosphere, and the expectations. At Maplewood of Mt. Pleasant, we take great pride in ensuring that everyone feels like part of our family, and that they are treated as special "guests" in our home.

Maplewood of Mt. Pleasant employs a team of highly qualified medical professionals, including Registered Nurses and state tested Certified Nursing Assistants. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Therapist are available on an outpatient basis through The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. Our on-site Dietary and Activities departments provide personalized and compassionate care to each guest. From the moment you walk through the front doors, the warmth and caring of the staff will begin to gain your trust and confidence, as they strive to exceed your expectations.

Unlike other facilities that use "contracted" staff members, each member of the team at Maplewood of Mt. Pleasant is directly employed, not "contracted". Each Team Member takes great pride in portraying "The Laurel Way of Caring", as they strive for excellence in providing only the highest standard of care and services to every guest, and to every family member and visitor. Come on in! Visit a while! Let us show you our very best... let us show you The Laurel Way.

Sharie Barringer, Community Manager

Sharie has been in the Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living profession since 1990. Sharie started out in a Skilled Nursing Facility as a Certified Nursing Assistant working in that position for three years and then moving into Marketing and Admission Coordinator for two years and then into the Business Office in AP, AR, and Payroll, while also attending Great Lakes Community College nursing program. After realizing her love for the elderly, she continued with taking the Michigan State Nursing Home administrator course and during this time accepted the position with Laurel Health Care Company as the Community Manager at Maplewood of Mt. Pleasant and has held her position since 1997. Sharie is also co-founder of C.A.R.E. (Compassionate Associates Reaching the Elderly) and is an active member of the Lions Club International and Michigan Center for Assisted Living.

Robin Johnston, Community Manager

Jennifer Gushen, Director of Nursing

Jenny received her associates in nursing in 2005 and is currently working to obtain her BSN. Jenny started early in her career working as a Nursing Aide and has found her calling in working with the senior adults. Jenny feels that Maplewood allows her the opportunity to collaborate with residents and families on a daily basis and this is what she truly enjoys. Jenny states, ‘’ The family environment is incredible. I love to see how residents and staff are so caring to one another.”Jenny’s top priority is the comfort and happiness of each Maplewood resident.

Heather Parkhurst, Director of Marketing

Heather Ashley has a Master's Degree in management and currently serves as Director of Marketing. Heather also has an Associate's Degree in Radiology from Mid Michigan Community College, and a BA from Spring Arbor University. Heather is committed to the community and is a proud member of the Mt. Pleasant Rotary club and Co-Founder of C.A.R.E (Compassionate Associates Reaching the Elderly). Heather's experience in the medical field and joy of working with the elderly brought her to The Laurel Health Care Company.