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June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015

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At its June 12 board meeting, Asbury Inc., operator of Asbury Place continuing care retirement communities in Maryville and Kingsport, added Eric Deaton to its board of directors and elected new officers.

Eric Deaton

Eric Deaton

Deaton, who is from Kingsport, is the executive vice president/chief operating officer at Wellmont Health System. He earned his MBA at Bristol College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting at Milligan College. An active community volunteer, Deaton currently serves on the Federation of American Hospitals board of governors and the Averett University board of directors in Danville, Va. In 2012, he was appointed by the governor’s office to serve as a hospital industry representative on the Virginia Board of Health.

Newly elected officers include: Nellie Ward Cole, chair, Nashville; Guy Wilson, vice chair, Johnson City; Bob McCollum, secretary, Piney Flats; and Beth Stubbs, treasurer, Knoxville. Sandra Davis of Maryville is immediate past chair, and ex-officio members include Kingsport resident Michael Lattier, board legal counsel, and Alcoa resident Mary Virginia Taylor, bishop of the Holston Conference.

Other members of the board are: David W. Atkinson of Kingsport; Michael Cullen of Louisville, Tenn.; Marvin Eichorn of Johnson City; Larry Martin of Maryville; Marsheine McClurg of Alcoa; and Cole Piper of Knoxville.

“Ours is a very diverse and talented board, with members possessing backgrounds in business, health care and the nonprofit arena,” said Marjorie Shonnard, chief operating officer for Asbury Inc. “Collectively, they bring a wealth of knowledge, vision and the energy needed to support us as we transform our campuses physically and embrace a culture that allows our residents to direct their lives in an environment offering privacy and graceful living.”

About Asbury, Inc.

Asbury, Inc., operates Asbury Place, CARF-CCAC accredited continuing care retirement communities in Kingsport and Maryville, Tenn. For more information, visit