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Charlie Wilson

PRESIDENT
Charlie joined the senior living leadership team at Buckner Retirement in 2000 as director of quality improvement and regulatory compliance, then went on to serve as vice president of operations. He’s served in his current role since March 2010 and today leads the team of roughly 900 employees across the five existing Buckner communities with his more than 20 years of industry experience.

“Buckner Retirement Services exists to enrich the lives of senior adults through active living and expert care,” he said. “Getting to be part of this mission and see seniors’ lives transformed is truly rewarding.”

Brian L. Robbins

VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Brian joined Buckner Retirement Services senior leadership team in April 2017. Prior to Buckner, he served as director of operations with Life Care Services. A Navy veteran with nearly 20 years of leadership and management experience in Long-term Care, Brian values the opportunity to serve “the greatest generation” through his position.

“Touching the lives of senior adults is the most rewarding part of my job,” Brian said. “I’ve heard some of the greatest stories and developed lifelong friendships with many of the residents I’ve met along my journey.”

Heather Potts

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF SALES
Heather joined Buckner Retirement Services in 2021 as senior director of sales. She brings more than 25 years’ experience in the senior living industry with extensive expertise in directing high-performance sales and marketing programs for new developments and repositioning in Life Plan, rental, and 55-plus active adult living communities. Heather has broad operational and business acumen through collaboration with senior management and small business ownership experience. She is adept at solving problems and connecting people with the right resources for favorable project outcomes.

Heather currently serves as a volunteer board member for two nonprofit organizations, AustinUp and Capital City Village, that address and serve the needs of Austin’s aging population. Heather also serves as a volunteer for Helping Hand for Children, a residential treatment center and foster and adoption agency for children who are victims of severe child abuse.

Heather has a B.A. in speech communications with a minor in business administration from Texas State University. In addition to Heather’s senior industry experience, she is the co-owner and operator of two restaurants located in downtown Austin with her husband, Steve Potts. Heather and Steve stay busy raising their three children and enjoy attending the extracurricular activities that keep their schedules full and on the move.

Wes Wells

Senior Director of Lifestyles and Memory Care Programs
Wes returned to Buckner Retirement Services in 2022 after serving as executive director at Morningside Ministries in San Antonio for several years. Wes worked for BRS from 2010 to 2019 and Baptist Retirement Community prior to that beginning in 1995. In his previous time with BRS, he served in several roles, including vice president of resident services and vice president of healthcare services as well as director of resident experience.

 

In his current role, Wes supports lifestyle and memory care programs across all BRS communities and care levels. Developing programming that is designed to engage residents socially, physically, mentally and spiritually, as well as providing unique experiences is Wes’s passion.

Chuck Childress

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Charles “Chuck” Childress was named director of operations for Buckner Retirement Services in 2020 providing leadership and support for Buckner six communities associates and residents. Chuck is a 20-year veteran of the senior living industry and began his career at Buckner Parkway Place in Houston for 11 years, where he served as executive director and then later served as executive director for Ventana by Buckner for two years.

 

Chuck also spent nine years with Methodist Retirement Communities, serving first as the executive director for MRC PineCrest in Lufkin, Texas and as Chief Operating Officer for the organization. He also spent a year and a half as the COO at Mueller Environmental Designs.

 

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in social work from Stephen F. Austin State University, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Houston and a Long-Term Care Administration Post Masters Certificate from University of Texas Health Science Center. He is also a licensed Nursing Facility Administrator and Master of Social Work.

Cheryl Johnson

DIRECTOR OF HEALTHCARE SERVICES
Cheryl joined Buckner Retirement’s senior living staff in 2008. She spent the first five of those years as the founding Buckner Hospice administrator, then served as the director of Assisted Living, Memory Care and education services before entering her current role where she works with each Buckner senior living community to ensure compliance with healthcare regulations.

“My life has been richly blessed by senior adults and their perspective on life,” she said. “The opportunity to give back to this generation and increase their quality of life is fulfilling and life-enriching.”

Kaley Lockaby

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Kaley stepped into the senior living industry by joining Buckner Retirement Services in July 2019 as director of marketing where she drives strategic brand marketing and lead generation initiatives, programs, and plans designed to support the organization’s continued growth and success.

Kaley brings more than a decade of sales and marketing experience to her current role and excels in business versatility, critical communication, executive coaching, and being a solution-oriented leader. In her previous roles, Kaley lead high-impact teams in multimillion-dollar event execution, content development, social and digital media, and corporate communications.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and is a member of LeadingAge Texas. Kaley resides in Gunter, Texas, and enjoys spending time with her husband, Nathan, and their two children.