We open doors and serve with a smile. We use a team approach and treat residents as if we work inside their home, which we do. Our community has a rich history, and many of our team members have spent years serving residents. And why not – those who choose to spend some or all of their career at Canterbury Court are valued by leadership, peers and residents alike. This ideal is exemplified through a resident-funded scholarship fund for employees seeking to enrich their own lives through education.
Dr. James H. Wells, President & CEO
Dr. Wells was raised in Santa Barbara, California. He is a graduate of the University of California and the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary, where he received a Doctor of Ministry in medical ethics. He has more than two decades of executive experience in the senior living industry, serving at the helm of both stand-alone and multi-property continuing care retirement communities (Life Plan Communities). His leadership has been instrumental in the successful launches of new community developments and redevelopments.
Dr. Wells is a licensed nursing home administrator in Georgia, California, Florida and New Jersey. Prior to his tenure at Canterbury Court, he was a leading senior living consultant, sought after to perform operational analyses and offer recommendations for retirement communities and nursing centers. His philosophy and stewardship foster vibrant, engaged communities that are uniquely resident-centered. Dr. Wells is also an accomplished pianist.
Julie Parker, Administrator
Ms. Parker is the campus administrator and a licensed nursing home administrator in Georgia. She served as assistant administrator of Canterbury Court between 2011 and 2016, upon which she was promoted to administrator. Her roots at Canterbury Court provide a broad perspective. She knows and has formed bonds with residents and their families through multiple generations of residents.
From 1993 to 2011, she was the director of dining services at Canterbury Court. Previously, she was the director of food services for the Marion County Healthcare Center in Indianapolis, Indiana; director of food services for the Toledo Home for the Aged, Toledo, Ohio; and assistant director of food services for Oakland General Hospital in Warren, Michigan.
Ms. Parker received a BS in dietetics from Michigan State University in 1982, and is a certified dietary manager and certified food protection professional with the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals.
Warren Swanson, CFO
Mr. Swanson recently joined the Canterbury Court senior management team. He is a certified public accountant with more than 28 years of experience in the accounting and finance field. He started his career at one of the “Big Four” accounting firms, and has spent approximately half of his career in the public sector providing auditing and consulting services to clients in various industries. In the private sector, Mr. Swanson has served in financial roles for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including serving in the CFO and controller positions for Life Plan Communities (also known as continuing care retirement communities, or CCRCs).
In his work with Life Plan Communities and other nonprofit organizations, he streamlined processes and improved reporting while strengthening internal controls around the accounting and reporting functions. Mr. Swanson was instrumental in the planning, installation and final configuration of several accounting systems for companies with complex requirements. He has also completed SEC Section 302 and 404 Sarbanes Oxley projects.
Mr. Swanson is a graduate of the State University of New York with a BS in Accounting and a minor in computer science, and he earned a master’s degree in business with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs. Mr. Swanson is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Our board of trustees believes in our mission and works diligently to fulfill it. Experienced business executives from multiple disciplines, these committed individuals earn the trust of residents and staff through their hands-on involvement in making Canterbury Court the wonderful community it is.
Board Members 2017
David Aldridge – Retired EVP & CFO, Superior Essex Inc.
Charlie Boyd – Business Owner, Corporate Food Service
Elizabeth Chadwick – Director of Benefits/Human Resources
Hal Daniel – Practicing Attorney at Law
Betty Feezor – Certified Financial Planner
Anna Gillon – Commercial & Educational Architecture
Kevin Hayes – Technology Management Executive
Matt Cole – Headmaster, Wesleyan School, Atlanta
Chuck Konas – Real Estate Development Executive
Phil Lamson – College Executive
Bobby Mays – Retired Banking Executive/Foundations & Endowments
Bob Miller – Retired Partner, King & Spalding
Paul Robertson – Investment Management
Lee Robinson – Chief Financial Officer
Steve Stephens – Retired Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Merit System
Kenneth Stewart – Retired Attorney, Senior Advisor Georgia Tech
Wayne Vason – Practicing Attorney at Law
Rick Woodward – Insurance Executive