Our staff is the cornerstone of the Georgetown Living Experience. We have highly trained professionals who have devoted their life to gerontology and are aligned with our theory of resident care. You will be hard-pressed to find another facility with staff that have more education, experience and community involvement.
Char Hu, PhD – Director
Char completed his Doctoral thesis at Baylor College of Medicine where he performed basic research into the underlying mechanisms for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. He utilized high-performance computing in order to shed light on the biophysical motivation behind protein folding. He is responsible for seven peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, including one book chapter. He has been invited to give scientific lectures at the President’s Meeting of the International Society of Quantum Biology and Pharmacology in Cetraro, Italy, College of Pharmacy at the University of Baltimore, and the Sealy Center for Structural Biology. Recently, Dr. Hu has begun speaking about Georgetown Living’s unique method of dementia care at long-term care workshops around the state.
Dr. Hu is highly active as a leader in several community organizations in the region. Recently, he was awarded the 2018 SXSW Community Service award for using technology to help solve age-related issues. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick recently appointed Dr. Hu to the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.
He is extremely proud to be selected as a member of the Board of Directors for Texas Alzheimer’s. Dr. Hu has the great honor of being selected as a member on the first ever Mayor of Austin Task Force on Aging – a small group of community leaders tasked with tackling the growing needs of the aging population. He is a member of the Board of Directors for AustinUp and A Gift of Time Adult Day Care.
Eric Corum – Home Health Chief Executive
Eric has been a part of Georgetown Living since its inception. He has helped lay the foundation for our unique and highly effective approach to dementia care. He is currently the Chief Executive for our in-home care division: Georgetown Living Home Health and Companions. Our agency specializes in providing skilled nursing and therapy to home-bound dementia patients.
Along with his experience with healthcare in the services domain, Eric has a strong technical background and was the Director of Product Management for a high-tech company that created a FDA-approved eHealth solution. The solution allows seniors with chronic conditions to seamlessly integrate medical device interactions and health related communications into their normal lifestyle. Eric brings his technology knowledge into the day to day operations of the facility by identifying new health technology solutions on the market and evaluating their application to resident care.
Eric is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has extensive experience in defining and improving business processes to ensure high quality products and services. As part of the management team of Georgetown Living, Eric is able to bring in best practices from differing industries into our resident care operations.
He is also the founder of Georgetown Golden Girls, a home for independent senior ladies.
Jane Lowrance – Senior Assistant Director
Since first opening, Jane has been a vital member of Georgetown Living as the second employee ever hired. She has been with us for 10+ years! Jane brings a wide array of Alzheimer’s care expertise to our community. She is a very compassionate person who is entirely dedicated to dementia care. She was the personal caregiver for a family member with dementia for 10 years and learned first hand many of the struggles that family caregivers go through. This experience, along with skills obtained from being the proprietor of a successful family business, lead her into the dementia care industry. Jane understands Alzheimer’s care from both the family member side as well as from the service oriented business side. This gives her keen insights for assisting families facing tough decisions related to dementia care. Jane is a dual citizen of the U.S. and France, loves cooking and enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and granddaughter.
Heather Koehne – Assistant Director
Heather joined the Georgetown Living team recently to help lead our resident care operations. Heather is a proud Aggie, having graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Allied Health. A constant learner, she then went on to obtain her MBA with a focus in Healthcare Management. In addition to a very solid educational background in healthcare, Heather has a strong real-world medical operations experience. Prior to being at Georgetown Living she was instrumental in the starting and operating of local urgent care clinics. Outside of caring for her residents, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, along with her hobbies of: crafting, traveling and raising awareness and funds for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Nicole Duntsch – Director of Outreach and Engagement
Nicole’s interesting history with Georgetown Living embodies the uniqueness of the community. She first started as a volunteer. For over a year she steadfastly came in a few days a week to help with activities with the residents. After a short stint as our staff Activity Director, Nicole moved to the operational side of the company taking on the Assistant Director position for 12 months. Although the experience was wonderful she decided that her true passion was Resident Engagement and Outreach, so she moved back over to take on a Director role for Outreach. She is the ideal person for this job as she is now armed with significant insight from her time leading resident care and uses this experience to create the best engagement activities. Nicole marries her inborn passion to assist those with dementia with many advanced certifications in dementia care: Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional, Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Grief Counselor. She volunteers in several local respite and support programs and also leads Georgetown Living’s own support group monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 4pm.
Jennifer Beebe – Administrative Assistant
Jennifer is the grease that keeps the Georgetown Living HR machine humming. She is responsible for phone interviews of our great caregivers, maintaining compliance on all HR documentation, keeping us well-stocked with vital supplies, and making sure that the Directors don’t break the printer. She is absolutely critical to not only maintaining State Licensure compliance, but she is also the first person most new folks speak to or see when they visit our facility. When she’s not at the community keeping the trains running on time, she spends her time at several area Renaissance Festivals.
Bee Bartell, Pharm.D, RPh – Staff Pharmacist & Hospice Executive
Dr. Bartell received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin. She then decided to expand her pharmaceutical knowledge to encompass more direct patient care and therefore focused on the more clinical aspects of pharmacy. In aspiring to achieve this, she completed her General Practice Residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, and continued to enhance her clinical knowledge by specializing in Critical Care during completion of her second residency at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Houston, Texas Medical Center. She currently remains at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital as the Clinical Coordinator for Critical Care/Nutrition Support for the Department of Pharmacy. Dr. Bartell ensures that Georgetown Living’s medication administration and destruction processes are done according to all relevant regulations. She also participates in quarterly medication reconciliations at the request of Georgetown Living’s directors, where the purpose is to ensure more oversight over our residents’ medications. She is the family executive in charge of the newly Medicare-accredited hospice agency – Tranquility Hospice.
DeeDee Hu, Pharm.D – Staff Pharmacist
Dr. Hu is an active staff member at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Houston, Texas. Her specialty includes that of critical care medicine, cardiology and infectious disease services. She is an associate clinical faculty member at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, and is an active preceptor of pharmacy student interns and Memorial Hermann residents. Dr. Hu’s current research portfolio includes the perioperative management of cardiovascular surgery patients, Human Immunodeficiency Virus/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) therapy in underdeveloped countries, and the usage of vitamin supplementation in conjuction with anti-parasitic therapy for children in third world countries. Dr. Hu serves on the board of directors at the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).