man in a suit speaking with a senior man

Contact Us


Mike Shmerling

Michael D. Shmerling, Founder and Board Chair

A native of Nashville, he began his career 41 years ago as a Certified Public Accountant (now “Inactive”) with the Nashville office of Ernst & Young, formerly Ernst & Ernst CPAs. Mr. Shmerling has founded or co-founded multiple businesses since leaving the practice of public accounting, four (4) of which were ultimately sold to publicly traded (NYSE or NASD) companies. Following the sale of Background America, Inc. to Kroll Inc, in 1998, he joined Kroll – eventually serving as a member of the Board, EVP, Chief Operating Officer of Kroll Inc.; and subsequently a Senior Advisor to Marsh Inc., following the sale of Kroll to Marsh. He currently serves as Chairman of private equity firm Clearbrook Holdings Corp, formerly known as XMi Holdings.

He has received numerous Nashville Business Journal Future 50 – as well as INC. 500 Awards for companies in which he was involved. In addition to this recognition, he received the Tennessee Society of CPAs – Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry Award in 1999. In 2007, he was awarded both the Tennessee Society of CPA’s; and the American Institute of CPA’s Public Service Award. In 2009, he received Community Nashville’s Human Relations Award.

Mr. Shmerling currently serves as Founder and Board Chair of not for profit, Abe’s Garden. In addition, he serves on the Nashville Public Television Board and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. He currently serves on two public company boards; Renasant Bank (“NASD – RNST”), and HealthStream Inc. (“NASD – HSTM”).

Chris Kincaid

Chris Kincaid, Chief Executive Officer

Prior to his role at Abe’s Garden, Kincaid held the position of Regional Operations Director of Tennessee at Americare Senior Living, Inc. There, he was responsible for operations of 12 assisted living and memory care communities in Tennessee, including 260 total units generating approximately $17 million in annual revenue.

His assisted living, retirement, and memory care community experience includes senior leadership roles at Rivermont Retirement Community, CCSC Franchising Systems, Inc., Copper Lake Estates/Certus Management, and Sterling House/Alterra Healthcare Corporation – all located in Oklahoma.

Kincaid serves on the board of the I'm Still Here Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies and Business Management at University of Central Oklahoma, and currently resides in Franklin, TN.

Chris Bowater

Chris Bowater, Executive Chef

Chris joined the Abe’s Garden / Park Manor team as the Sous Chef in November 2019. Since then, his role has grown into overseeing Culinary Services as Executive Chef. Chris began working in the restaurant industry at the age of 15 as a dishwasher and busboy, then served as the Kitchen Manager of Pie in the Sky Pizza for two years. He continued to hone his skills at the upscale Germantown restaurant, Silo, where he served as Sous Chef for two years before becoming the Executive Chef. He is a certified ServSafe® Manager and focuses on cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients.

Chris Coelho

Chris Coelho, MMHC, Senior Director of Quality Analysis

Chris has a master’s degree in Management of Healthcare from Vanderbilt University. His experience includes conducting research and quality improvement projects in long term care communities and hospitals and developing a quality improvement system in assisted living. He has co-authored five peer reviewed papers on topics ranging from management of quality improvement in assisted living communities to monitoring pain and geriatric syndromes for discharged hospital patients.

Donna W. Coleman

Donna W. Coleman, Senior Director of Marketing and Development

Donna Coleman has been a charitable gift planner since 1993. Prior to joining Abe’s Garden®, she worked at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices for 23 years, and served as the Vice President of Charitable Gift Planning during her last six years there, leading a team of six fundraisers across 14 locations, consistently raising $2M+ each year. Donna’s focus is on building relationships with those who are interested in deepening their connection to the Abe’s Garden® and Park Manor mission through philanthropic support. 

Jeannie Davis

Jeannie Davis, Housekeeping Manager

Jeannie joined the Park Manor team in 2005 as a part-time housekeeper after moving from South Carolina, where she was a caregiver and owned a home-cleaning business. In 2012, Jeannie was promoted to Abe’s Garden and Park Manor housekeeping manager. In addition to leading the 6 person housekeeping team, she is responsible for housekeeping supply efficiencies and inventory, managing Helping Hands and resident personal shopping services, as well as Park Manor guest room and model apartment interior design. In 2013, LeadingAge Tennessee honored Jeannie with its “Whatever it Takes” award.

Angela Farmer

Angela Farmer, Senior Director of Human Resources

Angela brings over 20 years of human resources experience to Abe’s Garden and Park Manor, including 17 years in the healthcare industry. During those years, she worked in the areas of radiology management, hospice and specialty pharmacy. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and earned Certified Professional designation from the Society of Human Resource Management. Her career has spanned all aspects of HR, with strengths in leadership development, performance management and employee relations.

Donna Finto-Burks

Donna Finto-Burks, Senior Director of Clinical Care

Prior to joining Abe’s Garden®, Donna was director of nursing at The Meadows, where she supervised assisted living and skilled nursing operations. She achieved the title of Nurse Practitioner upon earning a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University.

Judy Given

Judy Shmerling Given, Senior Director of Campus Development

Daughter of Abe Shmerling, after whom Abe’s Garden® is named, Judy worked with her brother Michael to found the organization in memory of their father. Judy helps families determine which programs and services at Park Manor and Abe’s Garden best meet their needs and lends support through the transition process. She also identifies unmet needs of families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease to develop new community-based programs.

Judy brings her experience as a Clinical Professional Counselor and business owner, as well as 22+ years working as a clinician, expressive arts therapist and administrator in special education and private practice. She has been working at Park Manor and Abe’s Garden since 2008.

Bob Himes

Bob Himes, Senior Director of Finance

Bob oversees Abe’s Garden’s accounting and financial reporting. He has over 30 years of financial management experience, including serving as XMI’s Controller for almost 15 years. His previous roles include public accounting and Controller for numerous other private industry companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University.

Jacob Pursell

Jacob Pursell, Senior Director of Facility Management

Jacob joined the Park Manor team in 2008, when he was hired as a maintenance technician. His role expanded to Director of Maintenance in 2018. In this role, he is responsible for facility management of the entire campus. His Journeyman Electrician and HVAC Technician certifications and repair skills are valuable as he ensures the Park Manor and Abe’s Garden communities perform at optimum functionality.

Vicky Raines

Vicky Raines, Business Office Manager

Vicky joined the organization in May 2002. Her role focuses on Park Manor Independent and Assisted Living, which is an operational department of Abe’s Garden.

She brings to the organization over 27 years of experience in management, sales and marketing in a variety of fields. Vicky Raines has an extensive technology background, serving previously as an IT manager.

Vicky received her Assisted Living Administration Licensure Education from the University of North Carolina.

Kylie Stratton

Kylie Stratton, Senior Director of Home Care

Kylie manages our in-home care offering Independence Plus. In the coming months, we will announce a new home care initiative that she will be launching. Kylie comes to Abe’s Garden and Park Manor with nearly 15 years of industry experience, most recently as Regional Operations Manager at Accredited Home Care in California. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with an option in Health Services Administration from California State University, Chico (CSUC).

Beverly Theis

Beverly Theis, Senior Director of Resident and Family Support

Beverly has a Master’s Degree in Social Work at University of Maryland, with a specialization in aging. Her career has involved working with older adults in health care, mental health, skilled nursing and community settings. Prior to Abe’s Garden®, she worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Cardiology and Thoracic care.

Walter Wilson

Walter Wilson, Manager of Clinical Care

Prior to joining Park Manor, an operational department of Abe’s Garden®, Walter worked at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute. His previous experience also includes being Baptists Campus Minister at University of Tennessee Knoxville and Vanderbilt University. He completed a BS in psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, and MDiv at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his MSN/RN in Adult Psychiatric Nursing at Vanderbilt University.

Watch this brief video to see the campus and learn more about the Abe’s Garden® model.

Board of Directors member Paula Lovell
“The individuals guiding the initiative to bring Abe’s Garden® to life have surrounded themselves with knowledgeable professionals and committed community leaders.”
Board of Directors member Bill Purcell
“I just hope that they’ll be a time when every son or daughter can know that their parents have a place like that when they need it.”
Music Advisory Council member Kim Campbell
“At Abe’s Garden®, our family joined a memory care community. That’s the way I think of it and that’s the way it felt.”