Meet the Staff at Mindful Care in Murfreesboro, TN
Tina O’Brien graduated from Duke University, later earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at MTSU in 2001. Tina’s life goal is to help elders remain at home and have a high quality of life. Tina led the start-up of a senior center adult day services program in 1999 and was director of this program for seven years prior to initiating Elders First/Mindful Care Adult Day Program.
Tina previously served for twenty years as a geriatric counselor for groups and individuals in nursing homes with The Guidance Center in Murfreesboro and also directed the adult day care program there.
Tina served as President of the Tennessee Association of Adult Day Services (TAADS) 2007-2010. Tina facilitates a monthly Early Stage Memory Loss support group for persons with memory loss a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Jamie Watters is our Program Director. Jamie feels that joining the staff at Mindful Care is a wonderful way to be able to express her love for older people while using her many years of education and experience in the best possible way.
Jamie was raised in Lascassas, a small community on the outskirts of Murfreesboro, on a farm with her mother and grandparents and graduated from Oakland High School in 1997. She worked for the Tennessee Veterans Home in 1998 as an activity assistant and enjoyed spending time with the residents as they told her stories about their lives. She later worked as the activity director for Crestwood Nursing Home in Manchester, Tennessee before becoming a stay at home mom to her son Caleb. Four years later she had a daughter, Abigale, and 11 months later a son Thomas. She returned to college and studied in the area of Recreation with a concentration in recreation administration. In the spring 2013, she interned with the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce in Warren, Arkansas and was soon hired as the Downtown Network Director for the City of Warren.
Jamie graduated in 2013 from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro with a bachelor of science degree in behavioral and health sciences. In July 2014 she and her family moved back to Hillsboro, Tennessee to be closer to family.
Stacye Brecht, assistant program director, was born and raised in Nashville. She and her husband, Tim, moved to Murfreesboro in 1989. They have two sons—Timothy, the older, is a kicker on the semi-pro football team Nashville Storm. Their younger son, Andrew, is a senior at MTSU. Stacy served for several years as a caregiver for her mother-in-law, who was in and out of several rehab facilities. Stacye says that’s where she acquired her love for seniors. “Working for Mindful Care is a blessing, she notes. “I love the participants and my co-workers.”
Audrey Bolek has been married to her high school sweetheart for 40 years. She has worked as a realtor in middle Tennessee since 2004. Her gifts of patience, compassion, adaptability and energy serve her well as an assistant program director at Mindful Care. She describes her passions as her relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, good health through nutrition and using her God-given talents to serve others. She believes each participant in the Mindful Care program is unique, special and cherished.
Meet the Mindful Care Board of Directors
Board members (top row, left to right) Melissa Cross, Habitat for Humanity; Maxine Drake, WGNS; Cynthia Jones, retired Murfreesboro City Schools; Nancy Loucky, community volunteer (not pictured); Faye Northcutt-Knox, retired, Alive Hospice; Sarah Rahal, State Farm Insurance; (second row, left to right) Vince O’Brien, retired, Goodrich/UTC; Lucy Scarvell, formerly IBM, fulltime mother; Tom Tozer, retired, MTSU