Jeny Knight

 Executive Director of Independent and Assisted Living 

Jeny Knight graduated Magna Cum Laude from Houston Baptist University with double majors in Marketing and Business Management. She is a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator (LNFA) from The University of Texas Center on Aging and is also a Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) from Southwest Texas State University. She has a passion for serving senior adults with over 30 years of industry experience to her credit. Jeny has served in the capacity of Executive Director at The Abbey since January, 2005 and has never missed a day of work. She loves her job and looks forward to coming to work every day!!

Hazel Smith

Activities Assistant.

Hazel Smith has been devoted to our residents in The Kensington community for almost 16 years since 2005.

Hazel runs our Memory Care programs with compassion, patience and lots of love!  Her commitment is enhanced with continuing education in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease care and life enrichment.

Hazel is a doting grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren.  Her family is central in her life, as is her dedication to her faith and her church.  We are so grateful to have such a caring staff member in on our Memory Enhancement team.

Gerardo Parra

Maintenance Director

Gerardo Parra is a Maintenance professional with over 14 years of experience supporting luxury retirement and family residential communities.  His experience includes areas of HVAC, electrical, plumbing, painting, appliance maintenance, pool service and hardware installation.  Gerardo ensures proper upkeep, per The Abbey’s community standards, of every apartment and also oversees the property grounds.

Gerardo is a great fit for The Abbey because of his knowledge in prioritizing requests, multitasking, making cost effective decisions without affecting quality and ensuring timely delivery of work orders, while keeping the safety and living experience of residents as top priority.

We appreciate his skills and are happy he joined our exceptional team at The Abbey at Westminster Plaza.

Assisted Living Leasing Director

Jena Buchanan

Leasing Director

Jena is the newest team member at The Abbey and serves as the Leasing Director for our Assisted Living and Memory Enhancement communities.

She joins us with 20 years of sales and hospitality experience including regional and national sales titles with  Landry’s and Caesar’s Entertainment and passenger hospitality roles with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Serving the senior community gives Jena the opportunity to utilize her talents and passion in a deeply meaningful way.

In her off time, Jena loves traveling, cooking and finding fun things to do right here in Houston!

Assisted Living Activities Director

Jill Merfish

Activities Director

Jill joined the Abbey team in the Fall of 2017.  Her passion for the senior population and those with dementia comes from the loss of her father to Alzheimer’s disease.  Jill attended the University of Denver, the University of New Orleans and the University of Innsbruck (Austria) with studies in psychology and sociology.

Her thirty year career in non-profit management and fund development led her to a long-term care community where she fell in love with the residents and families.  After retiring in 2013, Jill decided to get back into the workforce and studied Assisted Living management, MEPEP 1 and MEPAP 2, and has been an Activity Director ever since.