It is not uncommon to meet one of our department managers or team members who have earned their 15-, 20-, 25-, or even 30-year service pin. At Givens Highland Farms, our dedicated staff is passionate about serving our wonderful residents each and every day.
We strive to be an example of our core values — caring, compassionate, collaborative, and courageous — at work and within our greater communities in honor of those we serve.
Mr. Kramer is a graduate of the Miami University of Ohio. He has over 20 years’ experience working in the retirement community industry. He began his career with Maple Knoll Village in Cincinnati, Ohio. From there he spent seven years with Immanuel Health Systems in Omaha, Nebraska. As Wellness Director, he managed the Wellness Center and program for their Lakeside Community and led the development of Wellness Centers for three of their six communities. In 2005 Ken joined Givens Estates as their Wellness Director and led the development of their new Wellness Center and continued to build their wellness program. In July of 2014, Ken took the role of Associate Director of Givens Highland Farms and in March 2015 became Executive Director after the retirement of the previous Executive Director. Ken is well versed in culture development and has presented on this topic on a national level. He has also been published in journals such as Assisted Living Success and The Journal on Active Aging. Ken has consulted nationally with retirement communities to help them design and develop wellness centers and implement successful wellness cultures.
Mr. Kerestes has been Controller at Givens Highland Farms since December 2014. Mr. Kerestes is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in North Carolina (2003). He is a graduate of Wilkes University with a B.S. in Accounting, and received his Master of Business Administration from Western Carolina University. His experience includes 2 years in the law firm industry and 13 years in public accounting. While in public accounting, he was an auditor in the senior living industry for 10 years at Dixon Hughes Goodman, with 7 of those years as the Audit Manager for The Givens Estates, Inc., and the previous ownership of Givens Highland Farms. He also has served on the Audit Review Team for the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, and as Treasurer for the Land of Sky Toastmasters.
Mrs. Byrd has been a licensed nursing home administrator for skilled nursing centers in Virginia and North Carolina since 2010. As a graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s in Health Law, with a concentration in Risk Management, in 2011, Sheree brings many years of well-rounded experience in health care, ranging from acute care hospital administration, human resources, health care staffing sales, and long-term care administration. Prior to joining Givens Highland Farms, she received the Turnaround Facility of the Year award and a deficiency free survey in 2012 at Lexington Health and Rehab Center in Lexington, NC. In addition to other strong survey results over the years, in 2016, she received an AHCA Quality Award in Quality Measures and a Business Development Award Honorable Mention for her work at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.