James L. West Leadership

Continuous training and years of service have built a staff at the James L. West Center for Dementia Care that can care for the most difficult dementia complications with compassion and expertise.

Staff members in every department receive initial and ongoing training in all aspects of memory care for many types of dementia disorders. Every resident is different, and our staff is skilled in discovering each one’s needs and abilities, at every stage of their journey.

Average staff tenure at The James L. West Center for Dementia Care is four years — a remarkable achievement in the healthcare field.

Medical Directors

Dr. Janice Knebl

Has served as our lead medical director since the inception of James L. West Center in 1993. She also serves as the Interim Chair and Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and is the Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Sarah Ross

Is co-medical director. Dr. Ross completed part of her fellowship training at James L. West in 2010-2011. She has served at James L. West in the co-medical director role since 2012. She is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Barb Harty Nurse Practitioner

Has partnered with both physicians to provide on-site care at James L. West since 1997. She is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.



Cheryl Harding, PhD, LNFA

President & CEO


Tami Fitzgerald, LNFA

Healthcare Administrator


Tanisha Manual, RN

Director of Nursing


Cathy Neece Brown, CFRE

VP of Mission Support/ Chief Strategy Officer


Kathryn Brigaitis

Chief Financial Officer


Jaime Cobb Tinsley, CAEd

VP of Dementia & Caregiver Education


Kristie Boiles, PHR, Project+

VP of Admin Support & Human Resources


Courtney McLaughlin

Director of Marketing & Admissions


Hollie Glover, LPC

Director of Education & Family Support Services


Samantha Skinner, LBSW

Director of Social Services


Pamela Williamson, CDP

Director of Dining Services


Valynda King

Life Enrichment Director


Heather Macchietto, MS, CDP

Director of Senior Day Program


Kate Killian, ODT

Director of Day Program


Tia Viera

Director of Bilingual Education

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2023 Board Of Directors